Today marks the seventh anniversary of the invasion in Iraq.
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In August of 2005 Trijicon was awarded a $660 million dollar, multi-year contract to provide up to 800,000 of its Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) to the U.S. Marine Corps. According to Trijicon, the ACOG is “designed to function in bright light, low light or no light conditions,” and is “ideal for combat due to its high degree of discrimination, even among multiple moving targets.” At the end of the scope’s model number, you can read “JN8:12”, which is a reference to the New Testament book of John, Chapter 8, Verse 12, which reads: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (King James Version) (ABC News)
This photo was taken by Judy Jacobson of the Associated Press. This is what happens when young men are sent off to fight old men’s wars. Maybe, seeing more images like these will hasten our withdrawal from both Iraq and Afghanistan. Full the full story, click here.
Can anyone please tell me why we are still in Afghanistan? I for one do not believe that it has anything to do with the Taliban or Al-Qaeda. Or the eradication of the poppy fields that are responsible for most the heroin that eventually finds its way into the United States. I am totally against nation building and the only thing that comes to mind is that quagmire that was once Vietnam! You know, that war that cost over 52,000 American lives and in my book counted as the second lost war that America fought. Korea being the first.
Now this blog is strictly opinion and I am not putting much research into it, nevertheless, it’s my observation of what is going on in that part of the world. Pakistan and India are mortal enemies and both are nuclear weapon states. Both of these countries require a destabilized Afghanistan to ensure an American presence in the region to keep the peace between the two countries. The Kashmir Conflict must be resolved in order to establish a resemblance of peace between the two neighbors. Adding to the complications is that Pakistan is in the midst of a civil war.
But what is really troubling is that we are in a country fighting for a government whose elections last week appear to be seriously flawed. Afghan President Hamid Karzai in an attempt to win favor with the voters in some parts of Afghanistan signed into law a provision that allows a certain sect of Muslims to starve their wives if they refuse to have sex with their husbands. This comes after a law allowing men to rape their wives if they refused to have sex with their husbands was repealed. Is this a nation we really want to be in fighting for democratic values that the natives don’t give a shit about? The best way to deal with Afghanistan I hate to say comes from a commentator I heard on television a few week ago. His suggestion was that we should airlift all of the women out of Afghanistan and let the current group of men unable to reproduce and therefore, die off. Then bring the women back and start over.
I have yet to hear about an exit strategy for getting out of Afghanistan. They say that Barack Obama’s war might have us in Afghanistan for up to a decade. That’s a lot of wasted money. Isn’t the estimated $3 trillion spent in Iraq a pretty obvious clue as to how much might be wasted in a country that should be left to itself? If we haven’t found Osama bin-Laden in eight years I say call off the search. Barack Obama can pay for health care by bringing the troops home. I advocate leaving behind a small highly specialized force for emergency flare ups. I for one am tired of being raped by a country whose leaders are more interested in receiving cash bribes and Viagra than making any meaningful changes for its citizens. Particulary, its women!
Has anyone seen Sean Hannity?
Just when you thought that the barbaric practice of water boarding was at the top of the torture list; along comes the Los Angeles Time with a headline grabbing story about sleep deprivation. Given the details of the story, I think that I would opt for water boarding everyday of the week and twice on Sundays rather than be deprived of sleep shackled and chained for up to eleven days at a time. Read the story here!
This story is part of a larger picture that is being painted by Jane Mayer in her book The Dark Side. The Holy Grail of presidential power does not reside inside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but rather in The Office of Legal Counsel within the Department of Justice. If you want to know more I suggest that you buy the book or borrow it from your local library. It really is a must read.
Through this office Dickless Cheney and his War Council manged to circumvent the United States Constitution, The Geneva Conventions, United State’s laws against torture, The Uniformed Code of Military Justice, and over 200 years of U.S. military etiquette. This group of rogues also broke long established protocols between inter-agency cooperation. There is a reason that Dickless Cheney is taking the point on this issue. All illegal roads taken, point back to him.