- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at email@example.com.
The editor’s page in the November issue of Proceedings begins with the phrase "As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down…."
Putting aside the fact that the war in Iraq is not winding down, and no hit on Proceedings editor Paul Merzlak, what does that phrase mean? I mean, we all use it. I think I have used it, and I know some of youse have in comments on this page (because I checked).
As I read it, it occurred to me that this phrase has become very popular in the last couple of years, but I have no idea what it really means. If I had to guess, I’d invoke T.S. Eliot:
Almost like we just got bored with our wars.