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FREED: Right. I don't think that there's a correlation between being a strong war president and necessarily in having served directly in the military. I want to make that point. But I do think there is something to be said for a shared responsibility when it comes to something as grave and significant as the prosecution of a war. You know, in the past, when we've had wars, the responsibility has been shouldered fairly uniformly. You can argue about the unfairnesses inherent in a draft, but the reality is has been that with everyone ostensibly in Nike Dunks White the country having skin in the game, the wars that we have been engaged in the past have not been as protracted certainly as the as our involvement in, say, Zoom Nike
in fact the you say that just 1 percent of the Congress has sent their children off to war.
regard, I think, we're largely sort of ignored by increasingly by the media. And I don't think there's really any fully there's no full comprehension, I think, on the part of the leaders who send these kids off into harm's way on what the, you know, what the weight of that responsibility is, not only for the people that do go off but for the people that they leave behind. It's pretty weighty. CONAN: You argue that in fact I think it's one in five members of Congress are veterans, that the last two presidents to conduct the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan did not serve in the military and Nike Kobe Shoes Latest
Afghanistan. And in Vietnam, of course, there was a huge groundswell ultimately amongst people that it served and amongst the people that were family members and ultimately amongst the leadership that that did see their own kin go off to war, that this ultimately had to end. And in today I think the reality is that we live in a country where 1 percent of the nation is in uniform, and the other 99 percent of Americans decreasingly have any interest in what's going on overseas.
FREED: Well, there's no denying that, and I respect him for that and what he's doing, I think, is very honorable. And, you know, I would be lying if I said I didn't try to dissuade him from this path, but this is what he has long wanted to do. And as I said, I respect him for that. My problem is that I think I feel that that my family and the families of those who do send people off to these far flung places are very much a minority. And in that Hypervenom Nike Free
Somebody much more intelligent than I.
dent and Congress consider before they send your children off to war?Just a reminder: We're not going to go be able to take any new calls on the program today. David Freed is a novelist and former reporter who covered the first Gulf war for the Los Angeles Times. He joins us now by phone from his office in Santa Barbara. Nice to have you on TALK OF THE NATION today. FREED: I got an email from him when he arrived in country. He said he was fine. He was excited, a little jetlagged, and asked me to wish him good hunting. CONAN: Well, we wish him the best of luck. And in the meantime, the first thing a lot of people will say is your son is clearly an adult and made his own decision.
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