…the largest experience of being cut off from what matters of which I am aware involves the American crisis in the Middle East…The American myth is that such concern gives form to the political process, never more so than during a presidential election. But there, too, as the candidate debates steadily show, the defining note is one of ineffectual detachment.
Substitute "Vietnam" for "Middle East" above, and sure enough James has recycled his exact same words and emotions from 40 years ago. Poor, poor, James. Perhaps someday he will be blessedly lucky enough to actually live in a democracy!
For those who wish a line-by-line dissection of Carroll’s whine, see Mark Finkelstein over at Newsbusters.