Arthur Hadley in his book The Straw Giant talks about the Great Divorce. A mostly voluntary seperation between the military culture of the US and the civilian populace at large has occurred. How this gulf leads to misunderstandings and non-comprehension between the two. One sentence from that book leaps out to me in light of current events.
Nor will our armed services ever function effectively if much of America indulges in the luxury of seeing the military as an unwanted stepchild.
Unfortunately Mr. Arkin in his screed at the Washington Post goes far beyond that. To him the American soldier is not an unwanted stepchild. The American soldier is, instead, a brutal amoral monster who rapes and kills while extorting from the American taxpayer a luxurious lifestyle.
Mr. Arkin, the sign to the left is one that was erected at one of the better remote sites during the Clinton years fighting the drug wars. With tongue firmly in cheek, the sign thusly reads 'Remember - you volunteered -NO SNIVELING-'
So I will adapt that sign to have better applicability on Mr. Arkin. 'Remember - you wanted to be a reporter -SO REPORT-' And if you can not handle negative feedback from those whom you have slandered with your poisoned word-processor, then perhaps, to quote Truman, you should get out of the kitchen.
Others talking about Mr. Arkin's hateful rambling rants: