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December 06, 2006

More on PTSD...

Followng a week of leaks, the actual report of the Iraq study group turned out to be simply bipartisan confirmation of the obvious: invading Iraq was a huge mistake, it's proving very costly, and we have yet to develop good plan for getting out. To me, the real surprise has been how steadfastly the Bush Administration has been able to deny reality and still get away with it.

In that connection, an NPR report on PTSD among recent Iraq returnees  that I happened to hear while driving home on Monday evening might also be described as shocking, but not especially surprising. I have personally encountered the same blame the victim attitude among die-hard retired military who still think we should have ‘won’ the Viet Nam war and look upon ex-comrades who have been tormented by PTSD for decades as shirkers and ‘sad sacks of s__t.’

Thus knowing that the public is still in denial about the legitimacy of using cannabis for any symptoms of anxiety becomes even more understandable. As Walt Kelly once famously said: ‘we have met the enemy and he is us.’

Doctor Tom

Posted by tjeffo at December 6, 2006 10:23 PM