I was just reading Bob Herbert’s NYTimes column, Someone Else’s Child. There was a curious quote in it:
I support the war and I think we need to be there.
I would not want my children to go.
Huh? I understand that (a) this is just some random person (not even named), and you can find anybody to say just about anything and (b) some people are just stupid or unbelievably selfish or both, but … huh? How can you say, with a straight face, that you support the war (not even the ambiguous “support the troops”, but the war itself) and think we need to be there, but also say that someone else’s children should be the ones to do the dying?
Is this sort of schizophrenic thinking common in our country? Or is this just a tempest in a teapot?