Senator McCain is apparantly demanding an apology after the white house issued a report saying veterans returning home from Iraq/Afghanistan could be vulnerable to right wing extremism. Ok, it’s a fair demand, the white house should clarify what they mean, and that process has begun. Quoth Janet Napolitano:

The report is not saying veterans are extremists, far from it. What it is saying is returning veterans are targets of right-wing extremist groups that are trying to recruit those to commit violent acts within the country. We want to do all we can to prevent that.

At the least they should make an addendum saying returning Peace Corps activists are vulnerable to left wing extremism.

I’d have left it at that, but then something in McCain’s statement struck me:

The last people on earth we need to worry about are our veterans.

The current rate of suicide and PTSD in the military, however, would like to disagree. I won’t go as far as the dark realms of DailyKos and HuffPo and attempt to deliberately misquote him as not giving a shit about veterans, esp since he himself is a vet. However his word choice is undeniably poor, esp given the demands placed on our soldiers. Rather than calling for an apology the soapbox might be better utilized bringing the focus back to helping veterans receive better medical treatment/transition back into their civilian lives upon returning home.

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