All War Is Hell
All war is hell.
In this Washington Post piece, Frank Schaeffer reminds us of this inevitable fact. But take a look at the picture above, and then decide whether the war on terror is worth it, despite the isolated incidences of malfeasance and/or incompetence.
At his piece's conclusion, Schaeffer unfortunately succumbs to a spot of Michael Moore-ism, arguing that the problem is that there aren't enough children of elected officials serving.
Really? Try asking my old boss, U.S. Senator Christopher S. ("Kit") Bond, whose son, Sam, has served honorably as a Marine intelligence officer in Iraq. Or any of these elected officials.
It's also worth noting that more of the "elites" -- i.e. young people like the children of federal legislators -- might find their way into the military if ROTC were returned to the campuses of elite private universities (Harvard, for example, springs to mind).
In the meantime, we'll keep praying for Schaeffer's child, who's fighting in Iraq -- and everyone else's.