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I had heard that Rod Dreher was blogging at The American Conservative. When I received my most recent copy the other day I saw that he is also a Senior Editor. I can’t find the last issue so I don’t know if this is a new development or not, but it strikes me as very odd. Not only does he have greater status than the mere contributing editors, most of whom, let us say, have a more impressive resume than Mr Dreher, but he is known to don his cheerleader uniform and pick up his pom poms whenever Israel brutalizes its neighbors, while TAC has a record of opposing Israeli aggression and human rights abuses.

I am befuddled. Any theories?

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The Price of War

It would not have taken much forethought to predict that sending soldiers into war repeatedly would cause great harm to their psyches. The soul can only take so much trauma. If there had been conscription these repeated deployments would never have been tolerated. They were tolerated, like the wars were tolerated, because most of our lives are untouched by the wars our nation continually wages.

We will pay for our Long Wars for a very long time.

The numbers of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are rising:

“Ten thousand combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder flooded into VA hospitals every three months this year, pushing the number of patients ill with the disorder above 200,000 and straining resources, Department of Veterans Affairs data to be released today show.”

More: http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2011-11-29/PTSD-cases-rise/51476604/1

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