Why are so many Americans so goddang ignorant... and proud?
Susan Jacoby offers some pretty good insights (for those oblivious to the obvious). The inspiration for her book came on 9/11 when she stopped at a bar in NYC for a much needed drink and overheard two young, well dressed suits conversing. One remarked how the situation was just like Pearl Harbor, and when the other asked what the heck was... the first replied that it was "where the Vietnamese attacked the US." Pah rum pump.