A direct quote from an officemate today; I walked in on the middle of this conversation:
…but war is good. We need war every few years or so to kill off all the morons – send the jocks, the meatheads, all of them. We need to let them volunteer, go off and get killed – like in Iraq; it’s perfect. Who else would be willing to go? I mean with respect of course – the morons die with our respect. [Waving his hand to dismiss someone.]
One of the most unusual people I know discussing why war is good. He’s generally a conservative, in a Catholic religious sense. But he has a determinedly independent streak and a penchant for saying outrageous things.
He also maintained at a previous point that the Taliban in Afghanistan were “basically” the “good guys” because they were religious instead of the thugs growing drugs. I in no way endorse what he says – but his point of view is distinct and usually well-thought out. It just goes to show how far a faulty premise can take you.