On this Memorial Day weekend, it is the Haditha incident that is occupying my thoughts.
The wingnuts are busy parsing the minutia of what exactly happened in that village, mouthing the proper words of shock and horror as they simultaneously dodge the bigger implications of the story.
Meanwhile, in another "disconnect" all too common for the current administration, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was presented with the Boy Scouts of America's top award yesterday, the Silver Buffalo.
The Silver Buffalo Award, created in 1925, is bestowed upon those who give "truly noteworthy and extraordinary" service to America's youth.
The latest U.S. military death count from the Iraq War stands at 2,460, so, great work Secretary Rumsfeld (and BSA), though not exactly what I would call "noteworthy and extraordinary" service to America's youth.
I'm more in step with Maureen Dowd's larger reflections on Haditha, reprinted at jurassicpork.
It's the big picture that matters, and we'd better stand back far enough to get a good look.
On this Memorial Day, I'm celebrating the "noteworthy and extraordinary service" of America's youth to their country because isn't that what this day is about?
Rumsfeld is the face of military atrocity – Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, Haditha and how many others yet to be revealed? He deserves our contempt, not our awards.