American Extremists: "Celebrate bad times"
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Recommended reading on this topic, from Reuters: "Obama calls treatment of Vietnam War veterans 'a disgrace.'"
The president said to Vietnam vets "you came home and sometimes were denigrated, when you should have been celebrated," thus perpetuating the rightwing notion of dirty hippies spitting on heroic veterans, a trope he directly reinforced in his transformatively transformative second book.
He also said "you should have been commended for serving your country with valor," as if the mission we drafted a generation of young men into were truly in the service of a decent national aim.
The horrors we subjected them to, and the ones we sent them to visit upon so many others, are not—or by gum should not be—something to celebrate.
Pity, learn from, heal from, yes. But to use the language of disgrace to describe some Americans' reticence to celebrate Vietnam troops as conquering heroes is a vulgar display of pandering for the head of a nation that remains ready, willing, and able to repeat the sins of that war as long as our empire has bullets, bombs, and Selective Service and military volunteers.
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