Where have all the soldiers gone? The U.S. Armed Forces isn’t saying much about the fact that so many troops — over half of which are from the Army alone — are AWOL and neither is the mainstream media. Why? Well, it doesn’t really mesh with the “we’re winning the war against terror” and “we’re fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here” storylines we usually hear from the Bush administration. Apparently, some of us are neither fighting “them” over there nor over here.

Deja vu, it seems: During the Vietnam War era (roughly between 1961-1975), about 50,000 Americans fled to Canada to avoid the war. Our generation is apparently more decisive, I guess, when it comes to bailing individually out of ill-conceived, ill-managed, bloody conflicts with no exit strategy.

Hat tip: Playahata

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