I cannot recall if it was a film or a book that had the title Oh What a Lovely War but without wishing to sound too sarcastic, I cannot but feel it is proving to be for some, ie the present situation in Afghanistan following the events in the USA on 11 September past. Before the horrendous events on that day, on one side of the Atlantic was George Bush, who had won the presidency (not the popular vote) in dubious voting/circumstances, bumbling along with policies seemingly to give tax cuts to the already very rich, losing the majority vote in Congress, and being constantly slated in the press for his uninformed, badly (even embarrassingly so for viewers) spoken speeches, etc. Come the war on terrorism and even phrases like run for the hills or smoke 'em out and round 'em up sounding like something from an old Ronald Reagan B movie, became acceptable to a stunned home and overseas audience. Add to this his scriptwriters having a patriotic, chest-beating opportunity to write war speeches and all other domestic issues are put on the back burner indefinitely.
Home front is left in favour of front line