Southern discomfort

Last night Bush briefly referenced the Civil War (full text here), no doubt hoping to invoke Southern Pride in a shaky audience: "North Carolina may call itself 'the most military-friendly state,' but...there's trouble on the homefront: '42 percent of active voters agree the war has been worth it, but 49 percent say it has not,'" reports Chris Kromm, whose Institute found that the state bears a disproportionate burden of casualties: "Of the over 1,930 U.S. troops that have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 230 have been based in North Carolina – over 12% of the nation's war fatalities, or nearly one out of eight U.S. soldiers killed overseas." In that Bush's war is killing young southern men and women, the Civil War reference may have been truer than he knows... (Facing South)

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