Another of the good quotes from the Independent Clearing House blog:
"It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear."
-General Douglas MacArthur, Speech, May 15, 1951
Now I ask you...anything familiar there?
Little things....writers were talking about grammatical errors and such last Tues nite and also down on the hotel patio at breakfast last week sometime. So what do I read in the very first paragraph of "Column One: A Death in the Family" on the front page of the LA Times this morning? This sentence: "If one of them was attacked..." Grammatical rule: When "if" is used, then it is never "was", but always "were". Thus that sentence should read, "If one of them were attacked..."
That being said, David Zucchino, the reporter, wrote one hell of a fine article from Muqdadiya, Iraq, about Lt. Col. Roger Cloutier's battalion and the way the shit hit the fan when one of his men was killed on his very first day on patrol. Take a look at Column One at www.latimes.com It's worth a fascinated read.