You can see the whole landscape of this debate before it even starts. Our side will attack the school board for being anti-military; the left will counter that they’re not anti-military, they’re anti-militarism; we’ll note that there are, perhaps, more “nuanced” ways of expressing anti-militarism than with drawings of Ronald Reagan hugging Osama Bin Laden; they’ll answer that we don’t seem to have a problem with rogue school boards when they’re pushing an anti-evolution agenda; we’ll respond that if they’re comfortable with “alternative histories” in this case, they should be comfortable with alternative histories involving creationism; they’ll point to the Establishment Clause; we’ll declare it a basic civic duty not to teach kids contempt for their own country; they’ll call us racists and stomp off to their computers to write some pretty vicious rants and important action alerts; and that’ll be that.
Click the image and check out the video report in the sidebar — but only after you’ve clicked here first. I want you to know what they mean by “anti-militarism” before you watch.
The current publisher, Frank Dorrel, came across the book in 1999. “This is the best thing I’ve ever read,” the Air Force veteran told the Guardian. “I’ve got a whole library of US foreign policy, but this puts it all together in such an easy format. Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Michael Parenti — they’re all [authors of] great books, but they aren’t easy reads.”