Bacevich on His Son’s Death

Here’s the link to Andrew Bacevich’s column on his son’s death in The Washington Post. He’s an angry man right now, and his piece reflects that. In the piece, he goes so far as to write sharply of the public officials who expressed condolences to him for his son’s death: “To whom do Kennedy, Kerry and Lynch listen? We know the answer: to the same people who have the ear of George W. Bush and Karl Rove — namely, wealthy individuals and institutions.” (I was proud to see John Kerry at Andy Bacevich’s funeral.) He adds: “Money buys access and influence. Money greases the process that will yield us a new president in 2008. When it comes to Iraq, money ensures that the concerns of big business, big oil, bellicose evangelicals and Middle East allies gain a hearing.”

Still, it is an emotional time. Tomorrow is Memorial Day. I spent the morning at the city’s observances at Mt. Hope Cemetery and just finished watching the National Memorial Day concert. My father participated in Memorial Day observances with Chapter 51 of the Special Forces Association at the Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada. Bacevich, who is a skilled writer and knowledgable thinker, is acting in accordance with the pain of a father grieving over a son.

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