Thank You for Your Service

I don’t generally put a whole lot of stock in the notion of a “proper burial” or “respecting the remains of the dead”—a landfill is a good a place as any for a pile of ashes, really—but I have to say, this is a pretty fitting metaphor for the relationship between the political-military establishment and the people who are stupid, or hapless (depending on how much sympathy you have for anyone who knowingly joins an institution whose mission is to murder people for no apparent reason), enough to get killed fighting in its pointless wars.  Once you get past all the maudlin bullshit about our brave fallen heroes, fighting for truth and justice and the American way, they’re obviously just so much human excrement, to be taken out back and burned and then dumped in heap with the rest of the trash.