Whatever it is, it will aid the growing divide between the military folks in this country and their civilian counterparts.
FWIW, during my time in the canoe club it was fairly common to hear the old "sailors and dogs, keep off the grass" urban legend. For those not familiar with it, this is a tale about a park in (pick your favorite town near a naval base) where a sign with that wording was posted. I never saw such a sign myself and have serious doubts about it's actual existence.
However the sentiments embodied by it were VERY evident in a few places I had the luck (?) to be stationed. And if you want a bunch of squids from diverse commands such as subs, destroyers, frigates, etc. to find common cause with one another, just have some "townie" start harassing a sailor for being in the Navy. Amazing how everyone suddenly bands together.
I feel the same thing is happening now with our military. Too many stories like the one linked to here, too much realization of the truth that while America is at the mall her military is at war.
IMHO if the estrangement between the civilian and military communities continues to grow it won't be too long before we'll have a real problem on our hands. I have no idea how it would manifest itself, we're not a society that lends itself easily to military cabals, juntas, etc. But there will be nothing good to come of this.
Just the opinion of a retired turd chaser.
Friday, August 22, 2008