Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Do We At Least Get A Participation Trophy?

When my kids were in rec soccer and the lower levels of Little League, they'd get participation trophies at the end of each season, even if their teams were terrible and they got pounded every game. America is in the same situation now, losing in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine and so on. You wouldn't know it from the news as winning and losing seem to be terms from the 19th Century and completely inappropriate to the post-modern elites. In the meantime, we're losing wars like mad.

Just to be clear, I consider a lost war to be an event where we say we want X to happen and we shoot and bomb people to make X happen, but the other side makes Y happen and prevents X. It's a war because we're shooting and bombing and it's a loss because our goals are thwarted and the enemy's goals are achieved.

Is that too simplistic these days?

On the other hand, we tried real hard. That counts for more than winning and losing.

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