A BATTLE WITH NO VICTORS

WHO COULD HAVE ANTICIPATED THE SUICIDE OF AN OVERLY DECORATED ADMIRAL?

The news of Admiral Jeremy Boorda's suicide passes through the indignation-and-acceptance machine:

Stage 1: Anger (upon hearing the bulletin). God damn the media, anyway!

Murray Kempton said the task of editorial writers is to come down out of the hills after the battle is over to shoot the wounded. Is it the job of jackboot reporters in this country to conduct house-to-house searches, ransacking private lives for every disreputable little secret, driving quarry to such humiliation that their only refuge is self-destruction? Shame on my profession! To hell with its venal careerism, its hypocrisy, its prurience, its pietistic ruthlessness.

Stage 2:...

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