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After all, almost 16 years into the war on terror it should be apparent that isn’t working.Perhaps it’s time to ask whether the United States is really playing the role of the positive protagonist in a great global drama. is indeed combatting it, though various allies and even adversaries (think: Iran) are doing most of the fighting. Take a good, hard look at the region and it’s obvious that Washington mainly supports the interests of Israel, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt’s military dictator, and various Gulf State autocracies.Preparing their ambush, they would “lie” on top of books or “crouch” behind them, fingering -- in my imagination, of course -- bows, tomahawks, or guns.Into that grim valley, the bluecoats (and because I had too few of them, the GIs and redcoats from other wars entirely) would ride.Amid the carnage, as arrows rained down, a few Indians would begin to fall.There was no particular order, no special precedence in the roll call of death, since bad guys were, by their nature, essentially indistinguishable, the only exception being “the chief.” He held a silver-bladed tomahawk, and miraculously in those days, his arm actually pivoted at the shoulder.
The Wrong Side It’s long been an article of faith here: the United States is the greatest force for good in the world, the planet’s “indispensable nation.” But what if we’re wrong?As the sole Indian with a distinguishing trait, he was invariably the last to die.These scenes from my childhood -- and with minor variations I suspect, from so many childhoods of that era -- came to mind when I read the latest piece by , on our never-ending wars in the Greater Middle East. And I’m still fixated on a few of them like this one private first class (PFC) in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2011. Nine months after graduating from high school, he’d found himself chasing the Taliban with the rest of our gang.Sometimes the war doesn’t kill you until years later.And of this much I’m certain: the moment our nation puts any PFC Anderson in harm’s way, thousands of miles and light years from Kansas, there had better be a damn good reason for it, a vital, tangible national interest at stake.