Do you know who was the last President that didn’t engage in overseas warfare? Hoover. The last 13 Presidents and 44 Congresses — with every permutation of Republicans and Democrats you can imagine — have all steadily cultivated the military-industrial complex that has shed the blood of innumerable innocent individuals that we blithely refer to as “collateral damage”.
I’m hardly a MoveOn supporter or a Code Pink aficionado — and besides, protesting our foreign wars is so quaint these days. Even the enthusiastic hard-left wannabe peaceniks seem to be saving their ire and indignation for the next Republican president. [pdf] A pox on them. But: salient point. 13 Presidents. 44 Congresses. Even without the little lecture about the military-industrial complex and the blood of innocents, that fact is due some reflection. [link]
Rogier is a Dutch-born, New-England-dwelling multi-media maven (OK, a writer and photographer) whose dead-tree publishing credits include the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Reason.