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December 2, 2009

POLITICS AND LANGUAGE

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I get so tired of politicians think we are stupid. Change the language and you “hoodwink” Americans: well, at least those who care. 30% are simply unthinking, 25% are out to lunch, they could care less, regardless. That leaves less than fifty percent who are paying attention. If you heard the President’s speech last night, what you heard him say is how he is tying everything

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November 30, 2009

DANCING WITH THOSE WHO BRUNG YOU

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DANCING WITH THOSE WHO BRUNG YOU is a NC staple. I don’t know who the president is dancing with in sending 30,000 more troops but it ain’t those who “brung” him. Those who brung him want us out of two unwinnable and untennable wars. What we cannot accept is that there are no answers and there aren’t short of total peace on earth. And, yet the president is almost taking a page or pages out of the George W. play book. Sending more troops is a bad move. And, what is fascinating to me is that the president and others don’t see what those of us out here in the hinderlands see. Generals always want more troops, they always think in military terms. They are using counter insurgency as an argument. We all believe that it will work in twenty years. Everybody who believes we will stay in Afghanistan twenty years, raise your hands?

Out here in the real world, we understand that Afghanistan is ripe with corruption. Ruled by War Lords, a tribal people, and living in the Middle Ages as relates to women. The list is endless and this doesn’t even include the drug culture. And, we can solve this with more troops? Scare tactics like fight theTaliban at the source and we don’t have to fight them at home. This is an argument from Don Rumfelt and George W. Not our president.

His speech and all the rhetoric since then has not turned us around. And, choosing to make the speech in friendly territory like the military academy definitely began to seem like another verse of the song we’ve heard for eight years. I’m beginning to feel like something attributed to Abe Lincoln: “I am not bound to win but I am bound to be true. I will stand with any man when he is right stand with him while he is right but will depart from him when he goes wrong.” More troops in Afghanistan is a “wrongheaded” move.

August 3, 2008

LIGHTING FLASHING MAD

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My High School English teacher, Ms Dixon, use to chide us about the world siuation by saying something like, “You can never accomplish anything in life unless you get lighting flashing mad. I think she is basically right. I recently read one of those pieces in the New York Times Magazine that made me lighting flashing mad. It was written by someone who seemed to know what he was talking about. Basically that we weren’t allowed to eradicate the opium fields in Alfganistan because of corruption at the highest levels and a myth that had been perpetrated intentionally that poor farmers are driven to raise poppies as their livlihood: take away that and we hurt them. According to this article, not so, quite the opposite, the wealthy war lords in the South of the country are making big time bucks from poppies while in actuality the poorer farmers in the North of the country have reverted to traditional crops already and are making great headway. The wealthy farmer/warlords/profiteers in the south arer putting big bucks in their pockets, not mention the Taliban taking in millions to finance their war efforts.

There were so many disturbing things about this artcle: the first glaring one is that the guy would write it to begin with; a high muckedy muck with a good case for how we are screwing up. His patience based on his article astounded me it may be written from his perspective but thete is no doubting that he knows what he is talking about and is taking a risk. The second thing is the continuing fact that it is a wonder that we ever get anything done given the egos and turf issues, to include the military. Rarely does anyone say “for the good of the country,” or accomplishing the overall mission as opposed to calling a spade a spade.

From the article one has to conclude that Afghnistan has become a country where it is only a matter of time until it reverts to where it was or worse, like so many places in our world, self interests trump the people and the good of the country.

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