When President Bush took this nation into our current war I was still living in Texas.
I worked with several Bushies and we constantly debated his policies and his sanity (wink). This bitch watched the pre-war debates in Congress, the media and the presentation to the United Nations and I just wasn't convinced that preemptive war was required. Obviously my Bushified colleagues felt otherwise.
One day we were at lunch...a bitch was addicted to Herrarra's yummified sour cream burritos (sigh)...and the topic of war came up. America was marching towards Baghdad and CNN was in multi-orgasmic fully embedded bliss, so no one could understand why I was so worried.
Well, this bitch sat in a booth at Herrarra's with a mother of two sons (13 and 10) and the father of two boys and one girl (9, 7 and 3) and tried to explain my concern.
Even the best planned military exercise has unanticipated consequences...and this war was anything but carefully planned.
War isn't an action adventure show that airs in prime time for three years and then wraps up with a big gushified happy ending...war is death, destruction and chaos...and preemptive war is all of that with the additional burden of cause.
But none of these angles seemed to matter.
"Didn't you see our progress on CNN? Didn't you see?!? We're kicking ass! We're the best army in the world and this whole thing will be over before you know it. Bush is making the world safe for freedom and blah, blah followed by blah..."
I sat back and returned with the following.
"What if we're in this war for years? What are you prepared to sacrifice?"
They grumbled and rolled their eyes.
A face went pale then flushed red.
"Your sons and your daughter?"
A mouth tightened and nostrils flared.
"Well, I don't think it will go on that long but if it does my sons will have to make up their mind."
This bitch raised a brow.
But didn't you raise them to love their country? If a cause is so just that this nation should risk other mother's sons...why would you not encourage your son to take up arms?
"Well, this is all a hypothetical and I don't think it will come to that."
Sighing, I took out my wallet and stood to pay my bill.
When I read this news item I thought of that conversation and those chil'ren who are now young adults of draftable age.
I thought about how those pro-War parents never even considered the possibility that their sons wouldn't have a choice.
When some other mother's son becomes your son...well, that changes things doesn't it?
The draft has long been the consequence of "stay the course" and "see the mission through to victory".
But it still ends up being some other mother's son, doesn't it?
Oh, how easy it is to support a decision that only demands sacrifice from others.