We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Forget the color of skin, the shape of eyes, or other features. The men and women volunteering, signing up, serving in our armed forces, and acquitting themselves unbelievably well in combat/ security-making theater are so racially inconsequential and personally brilliant as to make me cry whenever I think about them. Theyíre tough, they do what the rest of us arenít doing, they still feel as they do the impossible, and shed tears and send prayers of joy, grief and frustration as they keep on keeping on.
Thank you, our brave men and women of the US military. Also, to our many contractors and their workers, too. Itís an unstable world, and we need these courageous, duty-bound, risk-taking souls to fend for us and those others. May our planning and execution of war and power projection be not perfect but the best they can be and self-correcting for the sake of those flesh and blood Americans who are willing to execute our will and policy at a gritty, bloody, soul-rending level that makes a real, humane difference. They need to know that we know that.