Arma Virumque has a good post about the implications of the recent NEWSWEEK bad journalism flap. The post quotes Rudyard Kipling, which is always worth repeating:
Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.
Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, ’ow’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ’eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ’eroes” when the drums begin to roll.
It just makes me think of how far the intellegentsia has fallen. At least in Kipling’s time, they would recognize the value of a strong military during a war. Not so our modern version, which continues makin’ mock ‘o uniforms even while the owners fight.