Ironic, isn't it, how the Vietnam War is being re-fought by the boomers, but this time in reverse: those of us who were against the war are now supporting one of the elite soldiers who we did not support at the time; and those who were for the war, are supporting a guy who, to put it kindly, defended Alabama from attack.
Of course, to further twist it all up, Kerry then came back and opposed the war. What did he think he was volunteering for at the time I don't know. At least Bush knew where he wanted to spend his time.
In defending himself against the Swift Boat Let's Live Through It All Again guys, Kerry now uses Bush's line:
"Bring it on" which is already lame.
Maybe Kerry hasn't noticed, but Bush has already "Brought it on."
Of course, Kerry is in a box. He can't really attack Bush without attacking the national guard. And he certainly doesn't want to attack those who served. He needs their votes, if he can get them.
Maybe people tell you now that back then we were against the war, but supported the troops. In rare cases, that may have been true - but mostly we thought the war was wrong, ergo our troops were doing bad things.
I'd like to hear someone say that today - can you imagine that? This war is wrong, ergo our troops are doing bad things? Well, how about this - our military doctors are doing bad things? According to New York Times reports, our doctors at Abu Garub. falsified death certificates to cover up homicides.
So the rules are: you can attack big companies that are profiteering; doctors, lawyers and even generals are okay. But however loud you shout about the war being war, perhaps evil, do not forget to say: we support our troops.
One thing that people seem to forget, is that evil things are often done with the best intentions. No one sees themselves as evil or as doing wrong. And - to make it worse - the more heinous the act, the more one sees oneselves as doing good. Ask any method actor who has ever played a bad guy and they will tell you that you don't play bad. You play fear. You play desire. You can play insecurity. But you don't, once you've become that character, see yourself as bad. You see yourself as forced by circumstances beyond your control. You might see that the world is out to get you. But you - you are just doing your duty for God and country. That's the way it is - and that's the way it will always be.
So, the world has, to quote Dylan, gone wrong. And politics has tossed us in with some very weird bedfellows.