Chris Hedges: The Lie of Patriotism

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In a country with as much desperation and poverty as Afghanistan you’d do anything to put money or food on your family’s table. Essentially that’s what we were doing. But we were also bringing people who had absolutely no stake in the fight into the war. We were creating enemies.

By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  April 3, 2016

  Supporters, at left, of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump face off with protesters after a rally was canceled last month at the University of Illinois, Chicago, over security concerns. (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

BALTIMORE—When Rory Fanning, a burly veteran who served in the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion and was deployed in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004, appeared at the Donald Trump rally in Chicago last month he was wearing the top half of his combat fatigues. As he moved through the crowd, dozens of Trump supporters shouted greetings…

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