For Memorial Day:
(1) Paul Fussell:
“Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected. Every war constitutes an irony of situation because its means are so melodramatically disproportionate to its presumed ends.”
(3) Steve M is right: Chris Hayes is full of shit to avoid the word “heroes”. People who serve in war are heroes precisely because war is terrible. The fact that the right wants the 101st Chairborne to whack off to Lee Greenwood over it doesn’t make war any less terrible and it doesn’t make those who serve any less heroic. Remember: though elites start fights in jest, working-class people get shot in earnest. Update. People say I need to listen to Hayes in full context to understand, so maybe he’s not full of shit.