and thanks to all our readers who wrote to let us know that Rush read part of John’s post of last evening: “Some thoughts on casualties in time of war and peace.” We’re especially gratified by our readers’ sharing our own (I hope pardonable) pride in Rush’s recognition. Mr. G. writes, for example:
If Mr. Limbaugh is — in his words — “Show prep for the rest of the Media,” wouldn’t it logically follow that Power Line is show prep for Rush Limbaugh?
Many readers wrote to express sheer gratitude for the post. Deborah Durkee writes, for example:
Thanks, Mr. Hinderaker, for your excellent dissertation on casualties during war. You stirred my soul, and gave me encouragement to continue my never-ending support of our president and this war.
I’ve sent your essay to my many e-mail friends and relatives. Just know you are doing your part for your country, and I, for one, appreciate it very much.
Peter DeCaprio writes:
As a long-time fan, I have to say that this post by John might be your best one yet. I am securities analyst for a large money management firm in Boston, trained to think critically about, and challenge, every data point that crosses my desk. Every time I’ve seen casualty figures, I’ve wondered about overall fatality rates in the military. Thanks to you guys, I wonder no more.
My cousin is an F-14 pilot, just back from his third tour in Iraq (in the last 14 months, he’s been deployed for 12. He was shot down during his first tour, two weeks into Operation Iraqi Freedom, and spent three miserable hours in the desert half conscious, waiting for his rescue). Saw him last week at a wedding and I asked him how morale was, given the increased casualty rates. He said that being in a squadron deployed in theater has actually led to a decrease in casualties because everyone was operating with a much higher sense of urgency – it tended to sharpen concentration, was how he put it. The implication being that accidents happen in peacetime at a far greater rate than the public knows.
Kudos for your excellent insight.
A few readers have written in to claim the six-pack John offered for evidence of liberals expressing concern over military deaths in peacetime. We’ll let John sort that issue out. In the meantime, thanks to all who have written in response to John’s post.
UPDATE: Rush has posted the transcipt of the segment referring to John’s post here.
JOHN wonders: Would it be churlish to wish that someone would tell Rush how to pronounce my name? It’s “hinder” — rhymes with “cinder,” not “finder”–“rocker,” not “raker.” (Hence “Hindrocket,” a straightforward play on the name, which is pronounced “hind”–ryhmes with “wind,” not “kind”–rocket.)
Anyway, Rush, if you’re reading this: that’s how it’s pronounced: hinder-rocker.