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Tuesday, December 26, 2006
I forgot I needed it:
John McCain, please read this op-ed by Emily Miller. It's about her brother, an Army National Guard soldier serving in Iraq, and our responsibility to him and his brethren.
McCain's son Jimmy is now a marine, with all the honor joining the Corps confers and implies. Jimmy McCain will surely be part of McCain's preferred "surge" option; and even if the surge never happens, he will probably be sent to Iraq anyway. McCain apparently seeks to separate his thoughts on what to do about the war from his son's fate. In one sense, that is statesmanship: the recognition that one's own sacrifice and the national sacrifice must be distinguishable. But in another sense, it is an exculpation, an inhuman desire to see those serving in Iraq as belonging to someone else. It wouldn't be such an awful thing to see the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines in Iraq as the most precious national commodity we possess. Instead it would clarify that they cannot be sacrificed on the altar of a decent interval or vainglorious pursuit of an illusory honor.
Senator, see your son as your son, and then see his comrades as your sons as well. Then you might do the courageous thing.