The Creators and Protectors of Civilization

Cassy Fiano is right to lambaste the callousness and selfishness of Courtney Cook, who took to the pages of Salon to explain how ideal a circumstance is presented to the military wife to initiate a separation and divorce from the deployed father of her children.
By her own telling, Cook took to Marxism and cowardly men while brooding about herself as her husband risked his life for their country, and her solipsism developed to the extent of this scene, which Fiano highlights:

Last July my son, the baby that was born to television coverage of Operation Desert Storm, said goodbye to his high school friends, shaved his head and enrolled in the United States Naval Academy. I am deeply proud of him, but it was my ex-husband who stood with my son on Induction Day. I could not bear to be there, could not watch the child of my body step away from the safe, civilian world I’d tried to so desperately to create for myself and him.

However “deeply proud” Cook may be of the son who’s a “that,” not a “who,” and whom she could not support in her pride, she should heed the lesson of his choice. He understands, one suspects, that the safety of the civilian world was not of his mother’s making, but of his father’s.

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Pragmatist
Pragmatist
11 years ago

Jeez, do you ever get tired of being negative about EVERYTHING and EVERYONE? I mean, reading this blog regularly could qualify a person as clinically depressed. You would have made a great Puritan, Justin. Is there anything that isn’t just totally f*cked up in your opinion? (Other than a strict adherence to Catholicism, that is — I got that point a long time ago).

Jeff
Jeff
11 years ago

“Cook took to Marxism and cowardly men”
Justin
She dumped her soldier husband, and married “coward” who chose not to fight
for his country.
Others, who some might call “cowards”
include Cheney,Bush,Romney, Carcieri, Gingrich,DeLay,Frist Thompson,Limbaugh
Clarence Thomas,Scalia,Alito,Roberts
and JUSTIN KATZ. Because they chose NOT to fight for their country.

rhody
rhody
11 years ago

It’s a sad state of affairs when someone younger than me turns into an old crank.
Courtney, you are as American as any of us.

steadman
steadman
11 years ago

How you people twist this story and manage to bash Justin and others amazes me. This story is about a women who is the definition of selfish and shady. Yes Justin did manage to harp on the fact she took to “marxism”, which is not the real issue or problem with this story. However, this women is a selfish, phony, scumbag. While her husband is away she takes to flirting with younger men at bookstores and finds herself hating him for being away. Now replace soldier with salesmen, do you think this womans behavior would have changed? No, she is
just a lowlife. Yet, you people come on here defending her. Of course she can leave her husband, people do that all that time. Yet in a letter???? While he is away??? Come on, what is she 16? How about being a mother and leading by example for your children. Regardless of whether or not her husband was a soldier, her behavior and attitude is disgusting. She is the reason men all over this country bang their heads into the wall daily. We all should collectivly trash this poor excuse of a human, not foolishly exclaim “she is as American as any of us”. This is about a scumbag wife two timing her husband while he is away, and then blames him for it all. Who breaks up a marriage via a letter? What about common decency and respect towards someone that fathered your children and you at somepoint had feelings for? Disgusting women, sickening article.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

Steadman-thank you.
Jeff-a lot of people ducked the Vietnam War.
Justin isn’t ducking anything.There’s no draft.
My wife of 39+ years waited for me the whole year I was in Nam.She was waiting at the airport for me with my dad the day I came home.And guess what?We weren’t even married at the time.We finally did tie the knot later on.She could’ve done better by far than marrying me,but for some reason she stayed with me.
Jeff-you’re right about some of those chickenhawks from the Vietnam era.
Even though I now know that war was insane(WTF, I was just a kid when I wnet over)I’d do it again-for being fortunate enough to be an American.
Can you understand that?

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

Jeff-I’ve noticed you comment here,but don’t engage,??.Except to give rhody a back rub on occasion.
If you’re in for a dime,get in for a dollar.

boingo oingo [AR codenamed: Assigned Pest]
boingo oingo [AR codenamed: Assigned Pest]
11 years ago

Justin, why didn’t you quote the part where she basically pays tribute to her husband and his effort., or the part where she wrote about the current state of the realtionship being friendly . I don’t agree with her actions but I won’t place judgement on the failings of her marriage. Perhaps it was never meant to be no matter the circumstances. Live your life and let other do the same.

rhody
rhody
11 years ago

When Rhody Derangement Syndrome starts affecting interaction with others..,
🙂

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
11 years ago

Jeff chose to make remarks about my disputes with you-I shouldn’t have answered right?Just let him make comments about someone else’s argument.Nope.
This person has been beefing about me since he started posting here-it’d be nice if he wanted to add something on his own,but apparently he doesn’t care to.

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