RIP Philo

John Bolton

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-fallen-heroes-who-went-to-vietnam-in-john-boltons-place

Our new national security adviser, John Bolton, was born on the same day in 1948 as Weyman Cook, Jerry Miller, and Richard Lassiter, whose own chances for future achievements ended when they were killed in Vietnam.

Their common birthday was Nov. 20, number 185 in the 1969 draft lottery, which was based on date of birth and ended student deferments—such as the one Bolton had until then enjoyed at Yale. He might well have been called up, as the draft went up to 195, but he managed to get a spot in the Maryland National Guard and then a local Army reserve unit. The Guard and the Reserves had long waiting lists, as they offered a way to avoid being sent to Vietnam.
Permalink Bob Baden 
April 13th, 2018 9:11pm
Great links.

Personally, nothing wrong with being gutless. Going to war is evil stuff. It’s the personal cowardice combined with the eagerness to propel others to go off and kill for their country.
Permalink Bob Baden 
April 13th, 2018 9:59pm
They're not a new thing:

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-duke-of-plaza-toro/
Permalink trollop 
April 13th, 2018 10:12pm
> eagerness to propel others

This is the key. In the good ol' days the warrior king would lead his men into danger. That's a guy you could follow. Today's "leaders" sign death warrants of their own citizens for the benefit of other than those citizens, usually. The decision-makers should face risk of their own before having power to make that decision.
Permalink ,ndo 
April 13th, 2018 10:45pm
There should be a separation of powers.

The decision to make a particular endangering action (eg use military force in a geographic area during a time period) and the decision whether or not to do that action should be made by two totally separate groups of people.

That way, pollies couldn't engage in wars to benefit their military contractor mates.
Permalink ,ndo 
April 13th, 2018 10:59pm
Sounds cumbersome
Permalink Bob Baden 
April 13th, 2018 11:37pm
It's not the gutless part that bothers me.

It's all the fucking sabre-rattling, while being gutless enough not to go yourself.  Pushing others to the front of the killing line because you like swaggering around with American Power, but being unwilling to go yourself, just gets people killed for no good purpose.

That's how you get quagmires that you have to continue to prop up in perpetuity.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 16th, 2018 5:19pm

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