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Falstaff

It still is tearing us apart, I think, in ways large and small. We seem to talk about it constantly -- not as constantly as when I was in high school in the early-to-mid '90s, thank goodness, but we can't seem to leave it behind any more than we can leave behind the debate over the New Deal.

I don't know. My father was drafted during the Vietnam War; the fact that he knew how to type got him assigned to, by sheer coincidence, do essentially the same work he'd been at for three and a half months before his number came up -- he went from being a deputy sheriff in semirural Oregon to a military policeman assigned to a military base in South Korea. He came home with a baker's dozen of funny stories and a vow to never again eat a single bowl of rice. I'm proud that he did his part, and I'm glad he wasn't sent off into combat in what I view as an entirely wasteful and immoral war. I know countless other Americans have their own stories, great and terrible and mundane, about that war. I don't think I'll be sorry when it stops being part of the nation's political consciousness, though, and we can just view it through the lens of history.

The image of Watts watching his wife and children, though... my God, but that's powerful. If I had real talent as an artist -- as a painter or a filmmaker -- I would love to capture it somehow, but I think Weiner does a great job as it is.

FDChief

I think that we will look back and realize that we are already creating a new and terrible division within us. The Iraq War DolchBtosslegende" - that the "victory" engineered by Teh Surge and Republican tactical brilliance was tossed away by the Kenyan Usurper and his Evil Librul Minions is already circulating. As the Middle East becomes less stable and the Islamic Wars of Religion play out that trope will spread as the very sorts of mendacious cretins that trudged across the stage tonight insist that it's all the Liberal Traitors fault.

Now...to an extent that trope was born in Vietnam or, rather, in the minds of people like Dick Cheney who saw antiwar protesting and the retreat from imperial/Cold War policing the hustings as a dastardly attack on American Greatness. It midwived atrocities like Iran-Contra and the Black Sites and Abu Ghraib. But I think we're going to regret not strangling the new lie as it lay aborning...

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