Stupid wars, a redundant phrase

04/04/2014 9:03 AM

03/31/2014 12:27 PM

Re "A friend long gone but never forgotten" (Dan Morain, March 30): Dan Morain's column generated poignant echoes of a miserable war.

As a disabled Vietnam war vet, retired career military officer and author of two books about that war, I felt emotions stirring within me as I read it - emotions that are never too far from the surface in most people that have experienced war.

After reading it, I immediately forwarded a copy to former US Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia.

Cleland was an Army captain who lost both legs and one arm to a soldier's careless handling of a grenade. He wrote Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed, and Karl Rove which strikes the same loud chords as Morainâ™s column. Heart of a Patriot is an indictment of stupid wars, a phrase that is patently redundant. --Kenneth Levin, author of "Crazy Razor, A Novel of the Vietnam War," and "The many deaths of Comrade Binh," Oakland

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