The men in these photographs are soldiers who were wounded in Iraq. Two of them were wounded in firefights. One was delivering ice. Another walked off into the desert on a bathroom break and stepped on a mine. One was wounded while blowing up a munitions dump. Two of the soldiers who look the least damaged are blind, far more damaged than the camera can record. Whatever they may feel about their condition now, these men tend to sum up our involvement in Iraq in simple, blunt phrases. Like this, from a double amputee: “The reasons for going to war were bogus, but we were right to go in there. Saddam was a bad guy.”
Big rigs with bombs are secretly cruising the interstate near you. But how safe are they from terrorists or accidents? To find out, we sent Adam Weinstein to investigate…and haul ass after one on a long stretch of South Carolina lowcountry highway. YEEHAW.
(Plus, later today, we’ll share the list of headlines for this story that we rejected. They’re oh so good. And bad.)
He’s a West Point grad, an Iraq vet…and a history professor specializing in Holocaust studies. “I think our public needs to realize that this is not a case of the ‘liberal media’ going after our brave men and women in uniform,” he tells MJin an exclusive interview. “Symbols are important. They send messages. These messages are important.”
He reiterates that his concern is the protective instinct of males toward female comrades. He acknowledges that women are presently in combat positions in the Air Force and Navy. “But I don’t think you see the same problems [that servicemen] would find on the front line.” He says, “It’s not a matter of putting women in dangerous roles.” He tells me, for example, that women are fully capable of “flying small planes.”
— From Jennifer Rubin’s lovefest with the sweater-vest in today’s WaPo.