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Droning On 0

Title:  Hey kids!  It's Droney--the friendly  drone.  Image:  Little girl says to Droney,

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The Past Is Prologue 0

Writing at The Roanoke Times, Nancy Liebrecht discerns a disturbing pattern of hubris and repeated error.

I don’t agree with every point she espouses, but methinks she makes some points worthy of consideration.

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Mission Creeps 0

The writer of a letter to the editor of the Las Vegas Sun, one who has experience with military strategy, makes an important point. I do not necessarily agree with every word and sentence, but his main point is quite relevant to dis coarse discourse. A snippet:

To make valid command decisions, there must be a definite mission presented.

(snip)

What was our defined mission in Vietnam? Other than getting Obama bin Laden and his group, what was our defined mission for entering and remaining in Afghanistan?

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Wasted Warriors 0

Caption One:  How Long Was the War in Afghanistan.  Image show pictures of a child from birth to death, captioned as follows:  Just before the war began, a child was born.  The child learned to walk and the war went on.  The child went to school and the war went on.  The child became a teenager and the war went on.  The child went to high school and the war went on.  The child became a marine and the war went on.  Just before the war ended, the child was killed by a suicide bomber.  Caption Two:  How long was the war in Afghanistan?  A lifetime.

Afterthought:

Over the last decade until the withdrawal began, the Afghan war probably got more coverage on the NCIS television show than it did on major U. S. television news broadcasts.

Image via Job’s Anger.

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And the Moral of the Story Is . . . . 0

Lady Liberty lectures Uncle Sam,

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The Culpable Criticize the Capable 0

I normally don’t pay much attention of Ross Douthat–he has a long history of rationalizing the irrational–but, as my old boss used to say, “Even a blind pig finds an acorn sometimes.”

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All the News that Fits, War and Mongers of War Dept. 0

Sam and his crew marvel at how much noncombatants seem to love themselves some combat (which, natch, they will view from afar).

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A Tune for the Times 0

Warning: Mild language.

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Lessons Unlearned 0

In the first half of this week’s episode of Le Show, Harry Shearer reads from the August 16 “Lessons Learned” report of the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

It is not pretty, but it needs to be heard.

You can download the Special Inspector General’s reports (PDF) from the SIGAR website.

I would not call this “recommended listening.” Rather, I would call it required listening.

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Then and Now 0

Title:  Ironies of Afghanistan.  Frame One, captioned

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Those Who Ignore History . . . 0

. . . condemn themselves to repeat it, as Frances Coleman points out in a powerful piece.

Read it yourself.

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The Republican Alternative Reality 0

Seth reminds us that those who are now complaining about the events in Afghanistan are the same persons who made the war, then lied about its progress for two decades.

Afterthought:

I think blogger Vixen Strangely may be onto something.

It feels like there is an unwillingness to see the evacuation efforts as a success because it means the war wasn’t.

The full post is at the link.

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Missing the Point 0

Michael in Norfolk delivers himself of an epic rant about how our media is missing the point. A tidbit:

Responsible news reporting should be looking at the reality of the Afghanistan disaster launched by Geoprge W. Bush and Dick Cheney . . . .

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War and Mongers of War 0

Don’t stop now. We’re having too much fun!

Via Atrios.

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Pressing for War, One More Time 0

News anchor says,

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The Rude Awakening 0

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Tony Norman pens a parable.

I think he has a valid point.

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Pressing for War, Reprise 0

Two men on park bench.  One is reading a newspaper with the headline,

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While on the topic, Gwynne Dyer offers an historical perspective on the roots of Islamic radicalism. Her article provides a context sadly lacking from dis coarse discourse.

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Pressing for War 0

Via Delaware Liberal, read a related take on the press’s lust for war.

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Those Who Ignore History . . . . 0

Susan:  What's wrong, Lemont?  Lemont:  Afghanistan.  Back in 2001, I predicted that we'd waste countless lives and trillions of dollars, and it would end just as it's ending now.  Anyone with a history book predicted it, actually.  Susan:  Didn't we rewrite those?  Lemont:  Only in some states.

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A Random Memory:

I remember standing outside my workplace in the smoking area (it was right outside the back door and, yes, I freed myself from that addiction over a decade ago, thank heavens) with my boss at the time (he was, by the way, a really good boss and a pleasure to work for), a veteran army NCO who, among other things, had participated in “drug interdiction” efforts in Central America.

He was enthusing over President George the Worst’s proposed war in Irag, saying that he was glad “there is a Texan in the White House.”

All I could say in reply was, “I have a bad feeling about this.”

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The Diagnosis 0

Uncle Sam, clutching a missile and surrounded by guns and other weapons says to a psychiatrist,

Via Job’s Anger.

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