Interesting personal diary on Daily Kos. After visiting an Army recruiter this dude decides he doesn't have it in him to enlist.
My fellow Americans were dying in a far off land and I was sitting in my nice house doing nothing.
That I heard a guy/gal was going back for their second, third, and now even fourth tour just didn't seem right. Maybe I ought to do something.
But when the time came to get serious I was gutless. I couldn't do it.
I found it was easier to talk about projecting force, then actually picking up a gun and doing it myself. This realization made me feel really, really small.
It is something I have only mentioned to one person. Not something I am proud of. But something I won't ever forget about myself.
OYE Comment: There's something strangely admirable in this. Sure, he didn't 'man-up' and enlist, but his honesty with himself in realizing he doesn't have it in him to serve is certainly more brave than anything Peter Beinart or Anthony Mantova are capable of.