Great Response to Ken Burns' "The War" [UPDATED}
There is the war (Iraq, Afghanistan and, God forbid, Iran) and "The War," Ken Burns' powerhouse World War II documentary. Being of an age that made me a kid during the actual WWII years, seeing the newsreels that Burns uses so effectively, knowing the relatives and neighbors with dead and wounded kids, doing the paper drives, living with rationing and the whole nine yards, I have the visceral response to "The War" of memories revived*.
But beyond that I have an even more powerful response. I was pleased to find an articulate, passionate commentary that captured nearly every element of this other response of mine. It's by a remarkable young man Bob Cesca published on the Huffington Post website. Since he's young he uses "fucking" a lot and with total appropriateness. (One of the real markers of the "new media" is that he can, and it's no big deal.)
So check it out. It's titled America Used To Be Really Goddamn Awesome. What he says, I totally agree with.
While you're on huffingtonpost.com also check out New Rule: Stop Saying Iraq is Another Vietnam, it's Another Enron by Bill Maher. Spot on.
* Also thrilled by seeing my old friend the noted military historian Dr. Roger Spiller on the list of "Wise Men Who Advised" (something like that) in the credits. His latest book is "An Instinct for War."