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.

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Update: More.

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.”