America is at the mall again

Well, it appears that the America is at the Mall photo has taken off a bit throughout the blogosphere. I first noted it on Thursday. Castle Argghhh! linked. Mike the Marine did the same. My buddies at Op-For then posted it (and scored an Instalanche–life and blogging are so unfair).

It’s turned, predictably, into a discussion of if/why Americans are “at the mall”, and some interesting thoughts have surfaces here and there.

I mentioned “war fatigue” last fall during the “nuke the Muslims” spat:

Is it frustration with the pace of things that’s making some folks throw up their hands and declare that this will never work?

If so, they had better take a deep breath. We won’t know if this is really working for at least twenty more years. When the Iraqis who are very young children now are those making decisions in Iraq, when large numbers of those who lived their entire lives in the Old Iraq have passed on, only then will we really begin to get a good idea.

They aren’t calling it the Long War for nothing folks.

Ry at Castle Argghhh! has On Normals and War Weariness:

What are we tired of? Guilt. Guilt we experience for sending them out there. Guilt developed over families living through the difficulties of combat deployments, and worse. But mostly guilt for seeing you all suffer so much for this, with the specter of it being for no tangible benefit to anyone hanging around. We’re tired of being drenched in guilt like Lady MacBeth. Switching sides, and flipping channels, gets us away from that.

When our daily life isn’t obviously threatened, it can be tough to keep the important issues in mind with so many immediate issues trying to push them aside. And when it’s something like sending men and women off to war, something that we would rather not do, it’s easy to second-guess.

Others linking include:

I’m sure there’s more. Drop me a line if you know of one.


  1. We really are not a patient people. In some ways, it is a good thing that America is at the mall. It keeps the economy rolling (which funds our military) and it provides a distraction. We would probably be better off if it was like the old British Empire where nobody paid much attention to the colonial wars. The Brit Army was free to do what needed doing while the English people worried about making money and more English people.

  2. Thanks for the link … this rattles around in my head often – the concept of ‘average folks’ not paying attention to the current events beyond MSM headlines. I have to agree that lack of patience is a big factor, and it’s evident in so many ways. Look at the yo-yo activity on the stock market when a company fails to *exceed* their estimates by some unknown quantity, for example. (Not to mention how stupid it is to judge the quality of a company by a single quarterly report)