I got this from the excellent PBS show "Now," last Friday night, and haven't been able to put it out of my mind. I should have noted the set-up...I recall it as an exchange between an instructor and soldier-student in a military setting, but can't nail it down beyond that. Anyway, here it is:
INSTRUCTOR: America is at war --
STUDENT: No, sir. The United States Army is at war. America is at the mall.
One of my favorite writers -- let alone Vietnam vet writers -- Larry Heinemann, recently summarized it this way, in that slow, lingering drawl he has:
"We have a vol-un-TEER army now. All of 'em are vol-un-TEERS.
Those boys are screwwwwwwwwwed."
The girls, too, one might add.
Oughtta be the opener of the State of the Union, hunh?, 'cause at least we all have that in common, now. "Good evening. As your President, I am here this evening to tell you that the Union is screwwwwwwwwwed."
Sir, yes Sir! We noticed.
Pray for deeply undeserved luck.
93 93/93 -- AJ