As a reporter I have covered half a dozen foreign wars and one American one, Vietnam. I know that if you go to them, you see awful things. Some people react very badly to them which is why the headline in the paper—"gunman wasn't seen as a threat," did not surprise me. I refer, of course, to the shooting at Fort Hood this week.
He was a veteran of Iraq. The morning paper says he was getting help, psychiatric help. But it obviously didn't help enough.
I don't know how much all that care costs, But we all know guns and planes cost miillions and we surely know that the young people who fight our wars are the most precious things we have,
Until we stop sending our children to wars, let's spend all we can--all, if we're lucky, they will need.