I miss the concept of honor, which used to be so important in the South. Today you hardly ever hear people talking about honor. Occasionally, you hear some mention of an honor code at the service academies, but usually in the context of its being violated. You hear more about rapes at the academies than about an honor code. And so we have Abu Ghraib, torture, and killing of innocent civilians. Such things happen in all wars, but they should be viewed with revulsion. Today they are just swept under the carpet, and life and death and the war just go on. Honor is an alien concept to this government, including to most of those elected from the South; certainly it is alien to those from Texas.

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