An amazing essay from Colby Buzzell in the Guardian on the Donald Rumsfeld documentary The Unknown Known:
I remember realizing: these people in Washington really don’t give a fuck if soldiers live or die. They really don’t. To them, we are numbers. That’s it. But that’s also what I signed up for.
It wasn’t till years later, after I studied a bit of military history, that I kind of understood more clearly what Donald Rumsfeld was trying to say. American soldiers have always gone to war with the Army they had. Doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be – and, yes, it sucks – but I guess that’s just the way it’s always been. I wonder if any of the soldiers who crossed the Delaware River went up to Mr Washington and said, “Excuse me, sir. It’s freezing cold and we have no shoes. Some of us are tying old rags around our feet. I was just wondering if there was anything being done to correct this?” War, like always, is hell. That’ll never change.
Something else that won’t change: the more I try and forget about Iraq, the more I’m reminded of it.