Reading the Washington Post every day is one of the least favorite (self-imposed) tasks of my wonderful job. The paper used to be thought of as liberal, but that was eons ago, at this point it has moved right and mostly just reflects the “conventional wisdom” in DC, though it still has some decent international and domestic political reporting.
Still, some mornings bring articles that are important to our work, especially regarding said “conventional wisdom” in the government and elite media, even if what we need to do with it is deconstruct it to find the truth, or at least figure out how to counter the baloney.
This morning’s paper featured several articles worth checking out. “Army reports big increase in Guard, Reserve suicides” is alarming to say the least. Army officials tried to tout the good news that suicides are down among active duty military personnel. I was astonished by the following quote from General Peter Chiarelli, Army Vice Chief of Staff: “If you think you know the one thing that causes people to commit suicide, please let us know, because we don’t know what it is.”
With all due respect to the general and to the families of those who took their own lives, it’s the wars, stupid. End the wars, and this tragedy would surely decline if not vanish.
Similarly, these are two headlines we wouldn’t see if we’d end our disastrous occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq:
Finally, there is some good news from conservative Republicans in The Cable column (scroll down to the second and third articles). House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), no peacenik, vows to stop further dangerous, potentially weapons proliferating “civilian nuclear co-operation agreements” the Obama Administration is pursuing with “a host of countries.” Remember, Obama’s biggest corporate supporter was Exelon, the nuclear power industry giant headquartered in Chicago.
And Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, again no peacenik, is among many conservative budget hawks calling for ending the war in Afghanistan in order to stop squandering over $120 billion annually.
Never thought I’d say this, but go Ileana and Grover! Strange bedfellows indeed.