I just finished reading Robert Mason’s Chickenhawk, the latest in a line of exceptional books on war that I’ve been fortunate enough to have fall into my hands. My takeaway quote was the following passage - the cognitive dissonance of those who fight our wars never writ more succinctly.
The clerk, a young woman, took my money and asked if I was returning from Vietnam. I said yes, proudly. She suddenly glared at me and said, ‘Murderer.’ I stared at her for a long minute, feeling confused. Then I smiled. I realized that she was talking about someone else.