09 Jun

Sanders, Upon Reflection

Upon Reflection

The McGlynn

Why the emergence of Bernie Sanders?

Wall Street bailout? Yes. Offshore factories and loss of jobs? Yes. The whites and immigration that gave the rise to Trump? Yes. But I believe more so are the veterans and their families, two and a half million American families, spread widely across the country. They  understand truths about the price of badly conceived wars that their political leaders, such as Obama and Hillary, and their foreign policy experts will not confront.  We have replaced the bishops of WWI with television idiotic pundits of today.

However,  not much has changed since Wilson’s war.

Nor since  Siegfried Sassoon wrote “They” in 1916:

The Bishop tells us: “When the boys come back
They will not be the same; for they’ll have fought
In a just cause: they lead the last attack
On Anti-Christ; their comrades’ blood has bought
New right to breed an honourable  race,
They have challenged Death and dared him face to face.”

“We’re none of us the same!” the boys reply.
“For George lost both his legs; and Bill’s stone blind;
Poor Jim’s shot through the lungs and like to die;
And Bert’s gone syphilitic: you’ll not find
A chap who’s served that hasn’t found some change.”
And the Bishop said: “The ways of God are strange!”


Millions went to war in Iraq, Afghanistan, leaving many with lifelong scars

Ten years after the United States went to war in Iraq, one of the most common numbers associated with the conflict is the tally of Americans killed: nearly 4,500. Add in the twin war in Afghanistan, and the tally goes to more than 6,600. But for the men and women who served in America’s war on terrorism, the number of people affected is far larger. And for many of them, the impact of the war will last a lifetime.

As of today about 670,000 veterans have been awarded disability status connected to their military service. Another 100,000 have their initial claims pending, according to last November VA analysis.

Those numbers are constantly climbing – and will continue to rise for decades.

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