Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Endless War

Trump’s speech Monday night on the war in Afghanistan basically committed the U.S. to another president’s term of continuing the status quo.  The difference between what he said and what has been said by the previous two presidents is that he’s not going to tell us what the objective is and how he will end it.  That’s because he doesn’t know any more than George W. Bush or Barack Obama did on how to get out of a war that started in 1979.  The invasion by the U.S. forces after the September 11, 2001 attacks was, to the Afghanis, just another piece of the puzzle.

According to someone whose opinion on fighting a war I highly respect, adding 4,000 troops to the forces already there won’t make a dime’s worth of difference.

And just what does 4k troops mean?

Basically, nothing. Whenever you hear of troop numbers, you need to understand that sending 4,000 more soldiers somewhere does not mean you are sending 4,000 more trigger pullers. The vast majority of these 4,000 soldiers will be logo toads dealing with supply and logistics and maintenance and signals and what not. This probably amounts to about 800 actual combat troops being sent there. That’s basically a batallion. They’ll be able to do what- build another firebase? And you can’t have all of them on patrol at once, because soldiers need sleep and rest, they need to pull security, etc.

Again, I have not been in the military for almost twenty years, so I am not an expert and my numbers may be wrong, but from where I sit, this isn’t a fucking plan. It’s a blood sacrifice.

If the most abrasive, arrogant, and imperious President we have ever known thinks all he can get is political support for 4k more troops, it’s game over, man. I heard McMaster pushed for 50k more troops and was rejected, and that wouldn’t have been enough.

This is bullshit. After sixteen years, the American people have moved on. We have lost the will to fight in Afghanistan, as we should have. It’s just a waste of blood and money. All we are doing now is feeding the war pig. Stop sending Americans off to slaughter for no reason. Bring home the troops now.

They should never have been there in the first place.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

Short Takes

Ten missing after oil tanker collides with U.S. Navy ship.

Spain terror cell had 120 gas canisters.

Trump to put forward his “path forward” on Afghanistan.

Drone used to smuggle in 13 pounds of meth from Mexico.

U.S.S. Indianapolis wreck found after 72 years.

Big Ben to be silent until 2021.

R.I.P. Dick Gregory, 84, comedian, philosopher, and civil rights advocate.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Short Takes

Otto Warmbier, sent home by North Korea after lapsing into a coma, dies.

Police identify London mosque attacker.

Russia not happy that U.S. downed Syrian jet.

Largest ever breach of U.S. voter data reported.

Supreme Court to rule on Wisconsin gerrymandering.

Tropical Update: Two storms form in the Gulf: PTC Three and TS Bret.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017