No, You Won’t See Veterans For Peace on the Cover of TIME Magazine

Leah Bolger, CDR, USN (Ret) in today’s Common Dreams rips apart TIME Magazine’s sop to its readership.

The cover of the August 29, 2011 issue of TIME magazine features five members of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), with the caption “The New Greatest Generation.” The point of author Joe Klein’s article is that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new kind of veteran who is “bringing skills that seem to be on the wane in American society, qualities we really need now: crisp decision making, rigor, optimism, entrepreneurial creativity, a larger sense of purpose and real patriotism.” Klein profiles a small number of veterans (including a Harvard valedictorian, a Rhodes scholar, and a Dartmouth grad) who have done well since returning to civilian life and credits their military service as the reason, then goes on to make a sweeping generalization that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have created a whole new generation of hard-working, disciplined young citizens who have something “more” to offer than their civilian counterparts.

Please visit Why You Won’t See Veterans For Peace on the Cover of TIME Magazine at Common Dreams.

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One Response to No, You Won’t See Veterans For Peace on the Cover of TIME Magazine

  1. James Babb says:

    They do have unique skills that are being used at home: busting in doors, confiscating weapons, enforcing martial law, torture, etc. We’re all “haji” now.

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