Supporting the Troops

So where are all those fascist assholes now who came down on me when I wrote that I do not "support the troops" in the knee-jerk, brownshirt fashion that is now required by the culture of compliance & the permanent state of exception in which we live? Telling "the troops" -- what a reified abstrtaction! -- to suck it up & do their duty for the empire, no doubt. Update: Predictable. Digby gets it right: The War Party has a new magnetic ribbon: Fuck the Troops. And make it yellow, for cowardice.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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    Against all thinking are the mighty host
    of the sons of Pandu arrayed
    and Drupada’s son
    against all clear thinking

    such men are blueprints
    exact drawings of fields
    valleys and elevations
    for some future race to fill

    he was young and therefore
    opposed to death by war
    and pleading to have it explained

    but Lord Krishna younger still
    builder of worlds destroyer of worlds
    soon convinced him to fight and die.

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