Searching for a cure [to “Vietnam Syndrome”] took up no small amount of conservative energy.
But it was the centrists and liberals who produced the WWII nostalgia that ultimately provided it.
Nostalgia succeeded in helping shift the burden of proof — such that wars were presumed innocent and righteous — as opposed to the far more sane position that war is guilty until proven innocent.
When politics dies — when it is suffocated underneath the warm blanket of patriotic consensus — the conscience of the republic dies along with it.
This is a must-read graphic treatment of a 2006 piece by Chris Hayes, ‘The Good War on Terror’.