Of patriots, fawns, and coyotes
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It's Memorial Day...a day we're meant to honor those who have died in all our wars. It seems to me that the best way we could honor fallen soldiers is to stop making so many of them. But I'm in the minority, apparently--at least among our elected officials.
Last week, in addition to refusing to set a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, Congress passed, with little debate and few amendments, an extension of the Patriot Act authorizing unusual government surveillance on its own citizens—despite the fact that the war that justified its passage has become the longest in U.S. history; that we’ve “won” by any measure other than all the lives, goodwill, and lives that we've lost; and the final "gotcha": how can you occupy a country, destroy its already pathetic infrastructure, prop up a cruel, corrupt, and inefficient government, and "win" once you leave?
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