ife is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid.” You probably recognize that popular internet meme, falsely attributed to John Wayne. But like many such mystery quotes, it speaks a truth that should have been said by somebody. Most recently, it should have been said to the idiots who look like they are about to torpedo the program that brings desperately needed foreign-born recruits into the military for a shot at citizenship.
A month ago, a Washington Post reporter named Alex Horton broke the news that this was in the works. Horton is relatively new to the paper, but he has been behind a surprising number of the stories that may have shown up in your news feed. It was Horton who was attacked, by name, by the NRA. But he has also been touching nerves over in the Pentagon, because he knows how to do that quite a bit better than your average beat reporter.