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September 13, 2014

If You Liked Vietnam, You’ll Love the War With the Islamic State

Young progressives of Barak Obama’s generation were taught by their professors that the Vietnam War was an evil undertaking few had the inclination to seriously study. Obama himself described it as one of the “dumb wars” when he was a candidate. There are no dumb wars; there are however, wars fought in a dumb manner. Our president appears to be embarking on one. | Small Wars Journal

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 13, 2014 8:51 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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What the "young Progressives" never got, starting with the late Baby Boomers who got their education in the '70s, was that the teachers and professors bloviating about the '60s, and the war, and the demonstrations, and the politics - were, despite their hip costumes, people who hid out in universities, and therefore had nothing to do with any of it

If they'd been out there fighting it out on one side or another, they wouldn't have been finishing up the graduate degrees that put 'em in front of those classes, would they? In my opinion the best of my generation dropped out on one side or another and never came back.

Posted by: Rob De Witt [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 13, 2014 12:06 PM

Those that hid out in the book closets and cloak rooms may in their dotage get that chance to fight that war.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 14, 2014 5:14 AM

This lifted off the pages of The Washington Rebel some years ago, before it imploded. The sophistry and polemical discussion on that blog site reached critical mass:
"I doubt the efficacy of teaching, though it's noble indeed to attempt it.
Witness the enormous learning, wit, and insight of so many wonderful bloggers whose voices can now be heard.
Still, as entertaining as their efforts are, it seems to me that the effect of their work in defeating the liberal, grifter enemy is marginal."
Colonel B. Bunny

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 15, 2014 6:52 PM

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