God bless America. Flags wave, fireworks burst on the horizon. Aren't we terrific? But this idea we celebrate -- this nation, this principled union of humanity -- is just a military bureaucracy, full of dark secrets.
Might it be that war isn't something we wage, so much as a force that wages us? And if that's the case, it doesn't particularly matter whether we win or lose because it's not in our control anyway, at least not in the way we think it is.
The language of the McCain-Palin campaign now goes far beyond the divisive language that has most typically characterized U.S. political campaigns. McCain and Palin are promoting a perception of Obama as an enemy, not as an opponent.