America is not at war

Unsourced photo posted at the Daily Irrelevant

A letter to The Marine Times:

“America is not at war. The Marine Corps is at war. America is at the mall.” So says the message in a photo floating around the Internet, popular on several Marine-related Web sites. On one site, a fourth line has been added: “And Congress is out to lunch.”

If this is correct and America is really “at the mall,” maybe what we need is a 1 percent federal sales tax specifically to pay for the war. Let Americans do what they appear to do best, “shop us to victory.” Then, everyone in the U.S. will be sacrificing for their country.

How many Starbucks coffee sales would it take to buy a new Humvee vehicle or M16 rifle?

Air Force Maj. Van Harl (ret.)

Altus, Okla.

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