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What happened to Skylar Blue?

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Year Two and then some

In all the days, weeks and months of reading the Times-Standard’s mountain of words – worthless opinions, social and economic critiques and suggestions, classified ads, food and gardening recipes and articles, art and other local stuff – if one mines the paper diligently there appears, once in a blue moon, something worth reading. I stumbled upon that little gem Tuesday, September 13, 2011, when I spotted a My Word by Skylar Blue – We are so much better than this. Problem is, I can’t find that My Word article posted anywhere on the Times-Standard web site. They certainly don’t have any problem prominently posting Dave Stancliff’s mostly irrelevant nonsensical dribble right out there next to the myriad other Opinionator blather and propaganda for everyone to read. Why is that?

Skylar Blue, whoever that may be, puts their thumb right on the heartbeat of the problem facing America today. More importantly, what’s facing everyone of us right here within the influencing space occupied by the Times-Standard. Are the people right here in Humboldt County going to settle for business as usual – voting for the “father knows best” elitist minority who tells everyone how to live, think and believe while looting your very last holey sock right out of your bedroom dresser? Or are the people going to stand up as legitimate citizens and demand their rights as equal individuals like Skylar Blue suggest? Or is everyone going to roll over like a mongrel dog and submit (compromise) because they can’t or won’t take responsibility for their lives?

This is the “Class War” everyone is involved in right now. I’ve looked and looked where the Times-Standard has published the My Word article on their web and I don’t find any mention. Why is that? I guess we know what side Dave Kuta and Kimberly Wear are on.

So in their place, without pointing the finger, the Joe Blow Report will post online what Skylar Blue says in that My Word commentary:

Many people spend too much time pointing the finger at one another, and I’m just sick of it. It does no good and wastes valuable energy and time. The ancient Aegean war principle of divide and conquer is at play here. Split people up into small groups, and they are easier to conquer while they fight amongst themselves. Make sure people are fearful, and you can bet on mob actions and insensibility’s.

Too many people have disconnected themselves, out of fear, from the rest of the world that they no longer can see past their computer or TV “news.” We’re all dying out here, and Congress spends their time reevaluating Roe vs. Wade. When you have th “Us vs. Them” mentality, it is so easy and cruel to find all the differences to point the finger. What has happened to the “we” mentality? We are so much better than this! What this country needs is community … the feeling that there is a place for everyone. We need to stop all this fear mongering caused by fringe groups and their vast media attention. Fear and anger go hand-in-hand, and ultimately lead to violence. We’ve seen this before. Is that really what we want? Taking your mind off what really needs to be done my the constant influx of bad ideas and information is all that is passing for news these days.

This is a time in history when we really need each other. We can’t expect kindness if we don’t initiate kindness. Why must we continue to slap in the face anyone who we think lives differently than we do? We are all just trying to survive this self-made economic disaster and learn how to never do this again. We may not know what to do, but we now know what not to do and can continue from there. Isn’t that how most of people learn?

We can no longer throw whole groups of people under the bus because of the thoughtless man-made fears that we should abort from our lives forever one by one. We are not sheep and we need only follow the road of community and trust again. Can you trust any politician any more? They’re just hearing the same crap we are on what passes for news these days. It wasn’t always like this. This will all end one day because we all know one thing for sure … we are all better than this!
Skyler Blue – Bridgeville, CA

Are we all REALLY better than this? Personally, I don’t think so.

It doesn’t hurt anyone to hope, but “hope” only goes so far when that “hope” is based on the offerings of liars. Maybe there is hope in the young people coming to terms with believing in themselves. They certainly will not get such confidence in the older generation – their parents. It’s time to put the authoritarian, dictatorial, Dark Age Believer where they belong – on the mantel with all the other “has been wannabe” tenny tiny little gods.

–Joe

Debt Crisis Flimflam

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Day before yesterday, actually Friday, July 22, 2011, I started out listening to Democracy Now. Halfway through the program I listened to an interview with economist Michael Hudson, Pushing Crisis: GOP Cries Wolf on Debt Ceiling in Order to Impose Radical Pro-Rich Agenda.

What caught my attention was this comment by Amy Goodman:

“Meanwhile, more details have emerged about the massive government bailout of the banking industry. On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office issued an audit of the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending programs. It revealed the Fed provided more than $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses.”

This is money the Federal Reserve simply printed then used. If you ever wondered why the dollar doesn’t buy as much as it used to, well – there’s your answer. The more they print the less valuable the dollar becomes. Remember, this is printed money on top of all the other bailout money and wars.

Read the complete interview. He details exactly what is going on with the current “crisis,” the so-called debt war between President Obama and the Republicans – what Obama is REALLY doing and what America and the World can expect. Here’s a taste:

“What’s happening across the world is an attempt by the financial sector to really make its move and say this is their opportunity for a power grab. And they’re creating this artificial crisis as an opportunity to carve up the public domain and to give themselves enough money. They’re taking the money and running, because they know that unemployment is going up. The game is over. They know that. And the only question is, how much can they take, how fast?”

Later that morning is picked up the Times-Standard newspaper and read, this masterful piece of invective written by eight brilliant and undaunted people: Progress or protest? We need to work together to move forward.” Their solution for “working together” will take your breath away. The implementation of the flimflam betrayal Michael Hudson explains is demonstrated locally by these eight individual and their class warfare. Classic sheep in wolves clothing.

To conclude, that afternoon I listened to Barack Obama as he spoke to the White House Press Core as he tried to explain why the talks on the debt crisis broke down. Of course, he accepted NO responsibility for what happened. Later, I listened to Speaker of the House John Boehner explain his conduct. He, however, said something rather interesting. He said Obama would say one thing to the public, but when he was in direct talks did something altogether different, putting Boehner in a difficult position. Since under those conditions he couldn’t negotiate in good-faith he had to accept the reality and act accordingly. Based upon my own life’s experience, I’d say John Boehner is the one most likely speaking the truth.

Amazingly, what Michael Hudson talked about earlier that morning was playing out right before my eyes. There’s a crisis alright, but not the one they want everybody to believe we’re facing.

If Michael Hudson has it right, and I’m inclined to believe he does, then this flimflam is about the Rich Elite’s finalizing their looting. They’re really only just fighting over the scraps.
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–Joe

Shoe On Other Foot

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When I first looked to see what Dave Stancliff had written in his Sunday As It Stands opinion column I thought,
“here he goes again – preaching more lawless, mob rule.” After reading the article I decided not to make any observations – the whole thing was way too trite.

So, what changed my mind? You don’t suppose I could pass up another golden opportunity to excoriate Dave Stancliff, do you?

Actually, no. What griped me is the constant drum-beat for more laws to deprive everyone of what freedom, justice and accountability remains in our corrupt society. “Frivolous lawsuits” are just that, FRIVOLOUS.

When every deck there is, is totally stacked against the average working and retired man and woman in this country, using one Mickey Mouse lawsuit to fill newspaper space railing against “frivolous lawsuits” does everyone a disservice. Rather than denigrate the injured, he would have better served everyone had he spent the time and word dealing with the real cause of the problems: greedy, self-serving and amoral lawyers.

Let’s set the matter right – right up front, I don’t have any use for lawyers. First, its been my experience, that they all believe they are better than everyone else. If for no other reason than they are in a position to victimize the people that are forced to use them. The judges in this country think they are too good to speak to or recognize the “common” man. So they breed this special class of royalty that judges will accept past their Bar. Second, if you don’t have the money to pay their exorbitant fees, despite the fact that they are employed by you, the “fee” payer, they exercise their right to betray you, to the detriment and harm to you, your business and your family’s best interest. Even if you have the money, where “money” is no issue, they still treat you like some sub-human, low-class pile of dog crap.

Since that’s pretty much the bottom line when it comes to lawyers, for me personally today, whenever I have a problem, rather than look to a lawyer to purportedly speak in my behalf, I deal directly and personally. Since the gutless, effeminate paranoid have passed so many laws today restricting speech, the safe possibility to personally resolve ANY matter by simple speech (communicating by letter, email, telephone or personally) – actually talking to one another, I realize this is a rather precarious solution. That’s the way people used to settle their problems. So, what’s happened?

Well, in Mr. Stancliff’s case, the “shoe’s on the other foot.”

It wasn’t too long ago that Dave Stancliff was threatening to take me to court for writing an observation or two about his newspaper column. Despite the fact that he was making all kinds of outlandish accusation, from where I stand, that was about as “frivolous” as it could get. His “threats” were not “frivolous,” but the basis he set forth certainly was.

What have we recently learned about how we are justified in dealing with people that makes threats? What was the justification President Obama gave for going to war with Muammar Gaddafi and Libya? His, Gaddafi’s “threat.”

There’s another lesson learned here and that is when you don’t communicate, and I am not talking about arbitrary ultimatums either, the only other way to resolve issues is WAR. The choice: either talk peacefully or act violently. When people refuse to recognize your legitimate rights to exist same as them and then act on that belief refusing to talk to you, they are at de facto war with you.

The best solution is to work out the problems personally – peacefully – one on one. Whenever you bring in a surrogate to speak for you or act in your behalf, you are ostensibly at war. No one ever wins at war. Yet, it seems, that is a lesson few if any wannabe elitist Americans have learned.

April Fool’s Day today, right?

–Joe

Fixation or Obsession?

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Fixated and Obsessed is defined as:

Medical Dictionary 

c : stereotyped behavior (as in response to frustration)
d : an obsessive or unhealthy preoccupation or attachment 

Dave Stancliff’s most recent comment posted below starts out by saying: 

Do you know what Google Alerts are Joe?
Everytime [sic] you say something about me I get one. Good, bad, or indifferent.
I get numerous Google alerts every day. 

Do you know what “Google Alerts” are? “Google Alerts – Monitor the Web for interesting new content.” 

You set them up right and Google will follow you around the Internet like a crotch-sniffing hound dog on the make.  Continue reading Stancliff’s comment(s) and you’ll begin to see evidence of paranoia showing it ugly head. Remember, this guy writes for and is published in the local Times-Standard newspaper. If questioning the rational for some of his convoluted, opinionated conjecture, on occasion, is a problem for him, maybe he should take up another hobby. Or, does he already have one, stalking me? 

His ad hominem attacks, threats and constant tirade of filthy, unproven accusations constantly made against this writer are designed for only one purpose: obfuscate and confuse the issue so people have a hard time seeing the truth of Dave Stancliff’s legitimacy as an individual in this community and credibility of his “As It Stands” newspaper column. 

Following this commentary is Dave Stancliff’s latest contribution to the Joe Blow Report, apparently written in response to the Report’s, “Living With Dignity.” It’s worth highlighting when you compare it to what he’s had published in the Times-Standard newspaper for last several weeks. In fact, three and a half weeks ago he said the following: “I’ve learned not to get upset at negative feedback and not to pat myself on the back too hard when someone likes what I’ve written.” You’re welcome to draw your own conclusions, but I’d say he’s REAL upset, to the point of obsession, at this writer. That’s what happens when you make assumptions and take what other people say personally. 

This country, including Eureka and Humboldt County are facing some serious problems that are sure to adversely affect us all. Let’s quantify the area a little closer to home by saying, all the area serviced by the Times-Standard newspaper. That’s who publishes Dave Stancliff’s “As It Stands” opinion in every Sunday paper. No one, including this knee-jerk reactionary knows what to do. All anyone suggests is to keep trying to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again – to no avail. They keep voting in (mostly) new faces, but the same old politician – same old failed ideas and solutions based, mostly on unsubstantiated worthless opinions, ideologies and beliefs. Why do they do that? Apparently, because they’ve bought into the lie that they need the Thought Police telling them what to do and how to believe. Then if the masters of lies, deception, propaganda, innuendo, and plain old unadulterated “bullshit” aren’t enough you have the non-thinking believers running interference. 

For instance, the Earth is starting to burn up and all anyone can say is, “What’s the point of talking about “that” and getting all upset? There’s nothing we can do about “that” anyway. Don’t you know it’s all in God’s Hands? Then they go off and carry on like there’s no tomorrow without a care in the world. 

One of the purposes of the Joe Blow Report is to stimulate thinking. We firmly believe that people that live in glass houses one should never throws stones. In other words, hypocrites should keep their mouths shut! Stancliff concluded historical review three and a half weeks ago by saying: “As It Stands, I’m grateful for this opportunity to communicate, and I hope you stop by again next week.” Do you think he was making that offer to everyone, but little ol’ me? 

The definition for “communicate” is: 

1) to impart knowledge of; make known: to communicate information; to communicate one’s happiness.
2) to give to another; impart; transmit: to communicate a disease. 

 Unfortunately, the “communicators” we end up getting are people like Dave Stancliff whose version of what it means to “communicate” is to tell everyone how to think and what to believe. Kind of like President Obama’s presidency; “say one thing and do another” and then wonder why some people are unhappy. Then question their sanity and blame the “unhappy people” for questioning him about his facts. But then, that’s just “politics,” or is it worthless opinionated conjecture? What does that have to do with personal integrity, good reputation, honesty, decency, moral commitment, self-worth or dignity and honor? 

Everyone wants to do what they want, say what they want, think and believe whatever they want irregardless of who or how it hurts everyone around them. But, Lord forbid anyone that questions them on anything they say or do. They bring the wrath of God down on your head. Ask anyone to backup what they say or justify what they are doing and you get the Dave Stancliff’s of this world going at you like a pack of wild animals. Rather than discuss the merits of the subject-motivator or relevant issue in dispute, they take everything personal; an assault on their legitimate standing as a human being with the God-given right to judge everybody and everything. The first thing they do is lie about you. They say, for instance, that you “hate” – actually, “you have only demonstrated hate towards me.” They lie because they produce NO proof or evidence that justifies their accusation. Then they act on that lie and use that act as their proof. This is what makes them “false gods.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4, 9–12. 

First, it’s important to remember, Mr. Stancliff came on this blog and with his very first comments directed personally at me, changed the rules. I was discussing my observations regarding the issues he raised in his newspaper article. In that instance I was NOT talking about him and as it turns out, with damned good reason. He made the issue about himself, about his credibility and legitimacy as a person with some standing in this community, not me. He changed the rules. Now he accuses me of “hypocrisy” and, “call me every name in the book, make malicious accusations, libel me.” Not one time does he show the reader or me what he’s talking about – “malicious accusations,” “libel” etc. Where’s his proof? Not one time in any of his comments this past year has he demonstrated the “malicious accusations” or “libel” or any other of his filthy accusations I’m supposed to be guilty of committing. He not only expects, but demands without any respect or consideration for the reader that you accept or take him at his word that what he accuses is a true and a valid fact. Is that not having “the nerve to appoint” himself “as The All-Knowing One” who, in fact “pontificates”? Now read his Sunday, August 1, 2010: ‘I know I’m right’ syndrome or being stupid and proud of it.  Now tell me if he not defining himself here, over and over again? 

I heard this on the TV the other day, something President Harry Truman supposedly said and I thought it quite appropriate to the Joe Blow Report: “I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.” 

The truth is Dave Stancliff does not write for the benefit of the reader. If he did, he would NEVER take anything someone says that disagrees with or questions his so-call opinionated “facts.” He writes only for his own personal gratification and self-aggrandizement. Nothing wrong with that. Just don’t enforce the hypocrisy – say one thing and do another. The only one ratted out here is Dave Stancliff. That’s why I continue to let him vent his bile on this website. Nobody put a gun to anyone’s head and forced them to come to my blogs and read what’s here, let alone make some comment. Stancliff’s not the least bit interested in “communicating.” He’s only interested in trying to muddy the waters in the hopes that no one will see the true Dave Stancliff for who and what he, in truth, actually is. It’s tempting to tell you what that “truth” is, but we’ll leave it in Dave Stancliff’s capable hands. He does a better job of that than I ever could and that’s why he’s had comment access on this blog. 

Finally, no one forced Dave Stancliff to come to my blog and say what he said. Nor did we ask him to demonstrate how you first falsely accuse someone, then act on that lie as if was the God’s-gospel truth – only to expose and judge yourself as the liar and the hypocrite. All we’re forced to do is treat him exactly for what he is. He’s had a year or so to change that. It was and is his choice, his responsibility to expose himself or not. 

Fixated and Obsessed? – Not much doubt.
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Incremental Riparian Outsourcing

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 It’s all about your water and your rights that leaves you ‘high and dry’.

That’s what happens when the State takes away your water rights little by little. First, you have to report whatever access you have to water running through or next to your property. Then you have to get a permit to use that water. Next you have to report how much of that water you use. After that you will be charged according to specified rates on that amount. You can be sure that every step of the way there will be some sort of fee, or cost associated.

You can be sure they will have some Mickey Mouse reason for why they need to control all the free running water. Just like they have to justify taking away every other right we used to have. It seems you can’t do anything to or with your property without some sort of costly, time-consuming permit.

More than that, it seems there is a list of agencies with reasons for coming on your property to see what own, are doing and what you are using. All that is needed if you object is for someone to anonymously allege something and you are confronted with a whole squad of paramilitary police tramping and thrashing through your home and property.

You know you’re in trouble when they go after your water.

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–Joe

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May 26, 2010 at 11:27 pm

“Eureka” Slaughter NOT an Aberration Either

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This is the head line: Iraq slaughter not an aberration by Glenn Greenwald on the video just released yesterday of the “business as usual” murder of innocent people in Iraq by an American helicopter gun crew.

You can see the video in all its gory details here.

Compare that to:

“’The officer took his gun, put it at the base of Sequoia’s head, and fired a round into Sequoia’s head,’ he said, adding that the second shot ended the struggle and likely killed Sequoia instantly.” This is a quote from Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen reported in the Times-Standard March 21, 2010.

Business as usual.

What is most disturbing is the commentary of the helicopter gunship crew. And that was what was most disturbing in the account of the police use of deadly force on David Sequoia who just happened to be the innocent victim here too. The police identifying Sequoia in those moments as the aggressor was no “aberration” either. Those officers shot Sequoia like a mongrel dog just like those people in Iraq. The conversation during the encounter compares to the conversation by Chief Garr Nielsen in the calloused manner such deadly force is applied and justified.

The “slaughter,” however, is of more than just subhuman things. It is the complicity of the news media to cover up, to skew and bias the facts. This is a classic example by Thadeus Greenson in his March 21, 2010, newspaper report where he repeats the “official” account of what happened as if it is the god’s-gosple truth: Two officers fired weapons in fatal Eureka shooting; chief says there was no alternative to deadly force.

Two Eureka police officers fired their weapons in the exchange Thursday that left 25-year-old David Sequoia dead Thursday morning, Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen said Saturday.

On the face of what Greenson wrote, i.e., “no alternative to deadly force” and “fired their weapons in the exchange” you’d logically think they had a gunfight with Seqouia, and NOT a summary execution.

This Report has spoken extensively on this issue. Here are the links in sequence:

1) Who Really Killed David Sequoia

2) Basic Freedom: No Right To Tough

3) Personal Safety In Eureka Is An Illusion

4) Stacking The Deck

Notice how, since the initial reporting, there’s been no followup? Based upon the local non-reaction – since the general consensus sentiment is that Sequoia was obviously a “scum-bag” and the police did the community a favor, who cares? Who cares whether or not the police officers are back on the streets? Who cares if the DA is looking into Kris Coon’s conduct in this matter? Who cares?

Well, the The Atlantic’s James Fallows offers the following. Ask yourself why this is not the same situation right here in Eureka, California?

I can’t pretend to know the full truth or circumstances of this. But at face value it is the most damaging documentation of abuse since the Abu Ghraib prison-torture photos. As you watch, imagine the reaction in the US if the people on the ground had been Americans and the people on the machine guns had been Iraqi, Russian, Chinese, or any other nationality. As with Abu Ghraib, and again assuming this is what it seems to be, the temptation will be to blame the operations-level people who were, in this case, chuckling as they mowed people down. That’s not where the real responsibility lies.

Now tell me if this is not the same moral justification for everyone’s reprehensible and morally indefensible conduct:

And, of course, imagining what Fallows asks us to imagine — that this was all being done to us, rather than by us — is exactly the exercise which is most steadfastly avoided. Besides, even if it were to be engaged, it would be dismissed as an exercise in “moral relativism.” When we do X, it is right; when others do X to us, it is wrong. That’s the benefit of being so Exceptional.

When the truth becomes the enemy, it’s time to ask yourself, “what makes you think this couldn’t be you?”

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–Joe

Learn Something Today?

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betrayal_betrayalThe Report has been a bit critical with the staff and management at the Times-Standard of late, but occasionally they DO come through. The following article by John M. Crisp about lessons learned (?) worth thinking about.

John M. Crisp (jcrisp@delmar.edu teaches) in the English Department at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. So, right away this means he’s head and shoulders smarter than the most of us, right?

He writes: What we learned from Vietnam. If you want to know what “he” learned read the following. It’s well worth your time. Specially, all of you people that believe in the latest “Hope Messiah.”

THE DEATH of Robert McNamara creates an apt occasion to consider the Vietnam War. For many Americans, it’s already ancient history. In fact, most of my students know more about the Civil War than about the decades-long Southeast Asian conflict that consumed millions of lives.

But for Americans of a certain age, Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense during much of the war, represents that episode in our history better than anyone. When he died last week at age 93, he was one of the last of the men responsible for carrying on the misguided conflict that became “McNamara’s war.”

The Vietnam-era presidents are long gone: Eisenhower, who provided resources to the wrong side for at least a decade before American troops arrived; Kennedy, whose misgivings about the war were eliminated with his assassination on Nov. 22, 1963; Johnson, who escalated Vietnam into a real war; and Nixon, who perpetuated the bloodshed long after the war, in practical terms, was over.

The generals are gone, as well: Maxwell Taylor, Earle Wheeler, William Westmoreland, Creighton Abrams. And with the death of McNamara, so are most of the young civilians — the “whiz kids” chronicled by writer David Halberstam — who administered the war according to their flawed faith in the organizational and management capacities of the corporate world. About the only principal left is Henry Kissinger.

But there are still plenty of survivors of the Vietnam War among us, late-middle-aged men — and a smaller number of women — who honorably performed what they believed was their duty when they were young. Others survived long after the war ended, but eventually couldn’t cope with what the war had done to their lives. And there are the old people who never fully recovered from the loss of a child among the 58,000 American soldiers who didn’t make it home.

The irony, of course, is that even though the effects of the wars we fight linger long after the details themselves are forgotten, we rarely learn anything from them. The generals are famous for always fighting the last war. But the politicians and the rest of us don’t learn much either, especially from a war like the one in Vietnam, whose purposes and goals were vague and dubious to begin with.

So, 35 years later, if we bother to think about the war, at all, we find ourselves wondering what all the suffering was for.

A few days after McNamara died an Oliphant political cartoon pictured him being welcomed warmly into hell by Satan himself, as demons nearby celebrate amid the flames. A character asks, “Is Henry the K here yet?”

Both these men have a lot to answer for, but this judgment seems harsh. Our criticism of them should be tempered by the fact of our continued willingness to use war in the service of our interests, rather than as a last resort.

At present, we’re carrying on two undeclared wars in the midst of considerable uncertainty about their purposes, benefits, or goals. We’re desperate to portray Iraq as a “victory,” but the predictable increase in civilian deaths and the threat of chaos before we’ve even left the country challenge that depiction.

And while the war in Afghanistan seemed like a worthy cause eight years ago, many Americans have only a vague sense its purpose now and no clear concept of how our current tactics can achieve that purpose in a land that has served as a sinkhole for the armies of the great powers for generations.

So, as the deaths — Afghani civilians and Americans and 15 British soldiers in the last 10 days — mount in Afghanistan, this war calls for a scrupulous re-examination of its goals and our capacity to reach them.

Perhaps we know what we’re doing in Afghanistan. But at one point the “best and the brightest” thought they understood Vietnam perfectly. Years later we discovered, after great national cost, that unquestioning faith in our leadership was unjustified.

When you see the current betrayal, you’ve got to know it’s still UNJUSTIFIED.

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–Joe

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July 16, 2009 at 12:55 am

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