The American Bear

Sunshine/Lollipops

Forgetfulness, of course, comes at a price, which includes the escalating long-term costs of paying for the American war-wounded and war-traumatized. On this Memorial Day, there will undoubtedly be much cant in the form of tributes to ‘our heroes’ and then, Tuesday morning, when the mangled cars have been towed away, the barbeque grills cleaned, and the ‘heroes’ set aside, the forgetting will continue. If the Obama administration has its way and American special operations forces, trainers, and advisors in reduced but still significant numbers remain in Afghanistan until perhaps 2024, we have more than another decade of forgetting ahead of us in a tragedy that will, by then, be beyond all comprehension. Tom Engelhardt | The Road to Amnesia