“The Only Good American Soldier Is A Dead American Soldier”

That’s how the indispensable Arthur Chrenkoff titled his email to us tonight:

Ted Koppel will be again reading out the names of American soldiers fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan sice last year.
I’ve got a modest proposal to Ted Koppel and “Nightline”: why don’t you read one day the names and show the pictures of the 170,000 or so American servicemen and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan who every day are working their hardest to ensure that democracy takes root, terrorists are defeated, and these two countries have a chance to build a better future for their people. That might convince a cynic such as myself that you really care for the troops generally, and not just only when they can be cynically used to embarrass the Bush Administration.

I’m afraid that’s true. Soldiers have been dying in the line of duty for a long time–even in peacetime, theirs is a dangerous profession. When did the left suddenly start caring?


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