WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

war we’re at war we are war weary we are war

We’ve been here before. As a man of some years now, I realized the other day that I’ve been here several times before: on the brink of a catastrophic global conflict.

I spent my childhood ignoring the war in Vietnam. I was too young to understand it, and the images on the evening news were too unreal for me to wrap my head around, so I just put my G.I. Joes through ungodly tests of courage and manhood and tried to forget about the larger world.

We all thought it would be quite a while before another calamity like Vietnam came around, but in 1979 Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took fifty-two American hostages. Every day it felt like WWIII was about to start. But even though we dodged a bullet when the hostages came home more than a year later, our government was busy undermining democracies and propping up dictators in Central America all through the eighties. St. Reagan got in trouble for selling arms to Iran so he could fight a leftist regime in Nicaragua.

In the nineties we turned our attention to Iraq, first pushing Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, then lobbing cruise missiles into his country every so often to remind him who was boss of the beach. He was a convenient patsy to pin 9/11 on, at least in part, plus we knew that defeating his army would be a walk in the park, so that was a no-brainer. In we went.

The rest is history. Or should I say folly.

Have you read Barbara Tuchman’s The March of Folly, by the way? I last read it in February 2003. Just as we were getting ready to march into Iraq. Feels like time to pick it up again.

Because we’re making the same kind of noises now, and if I know our military-industrial complex I’m completely confident wagering that another calamity is on the way. This time we’re being led into it by an incompetent crime boss. Trump needs to distract us from his impeachment trial. He also needs the honorable glow of being a war president heading into the election. He needs his proxies to be able to go out there and say it’s time for all Americans to support “our” president. God bless our troops, and God bless the United States of America. People in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are sure to hear the call.

Ever since the end of Word War II, these indulgent adventures have not gone well for us. But I guess that depends on who we mean by “us.”

2 comments on “war we’re at war we are war weary we are war

  1. kingmidget
    January 8, 2020

    I’m getting so tired of the endless war used by Republicans as a test of patriotism and to justify their hold on power. If you need war to “lead” maybe you’re not actually a leader.

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