“The soldiers think they can win,” reads Bill Kristol’s subhead in The Weekly Standard while “some Senators lose their nerve.”
This conflation of the actual physical courage exhibited by soldiers risking their lives in a war with the alleged courage demonstrated by pro-war pundits and politicians in advocating that the lives of others be risked is surely the most annoying tick of America’s War Party. War is hard. Favoring war is easy. The distinction isn’t difficult to grasp.