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Arkin: Hey dumbasses, it’s not Vermont you have to worry about, it’s the country

Bill Arkin, a man of his convictions, has the heart & soul to take his fellow Vermonters to task about where to base F-35s: The roar of F-16s or F-35s might rupture the peaceful image of Vermonters, nice people who think that they can create some sanctuary and drop out of the national tragedy. They ...

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Bill Arkin, a man of his convictions, has the heart & soul to take his fellow Vermonters to task about where to base F-35s:

The roar of F-16s or F-35s might rupture the peaceful image of Vermonters, nice people who think that they can create some sanctuary and drop out of the national tragedy. They should spend their energy instead going to war against a national security system that can no longer police itself, and one that no one in Washington has any intent of changing.

Bill Arkin, a man of his convictions, has the heart & soul to take his fellow Vermonters to task about where to base F-35s:

The roar of F-16s or F-35s might rupture the peaceful image of Vermonters, nice people who think that they can create some sanctuary and drop out of the national tragedy. They should spend their energy instead going to war against a national security system that can no longer police itself, and one that no one in Washington has any intent of changing.

Thomas 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 ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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