More fighting erupts in Iraq this week as the US struggles to contain the influx of insurgents. Everything was fine going in, but coming back out, militants fired on US soldiers. We know the body count of the militants, but nothing’s been released on the coalition side.
The hardest part of this entire conflict is that a lot of people – including the Administration – assume that there are defined bad guys and groups to attack to “win.” That’s totally not true. Take Pakistan, for example. Right now, the US has an ally in control of the government. But for how long? Pakistan can’t even control the militants in residence in the western half of their country, let alone assist the US in derailing them. On top of that, supposed neutral parties like China and Russia are supplying weapons and bombs to both sides of the conflict. The lesson that should be learned (but doesn’t seem to be taking) is that there are no set “bad guys.” The insurgents are a mixture of people – from religious zealots to political freedom fighters.
That’s why the reality of a pull-out of Iraq in the winter is being planned for in earnest by the Pentagon.
Congress Republicans give the distinction that they still support Bush in hiding information longer. I realize some Senators think that the FOIA is a violation of National Security, but what some of them don’t consider is that by setting a trend of hiding information that should be public domain, they are essentially sending the message that they are hiding someting appalling (or at least support it.) Which doesn’t equate to trust, which means less votes in elections. On the positive side of it, they are trying to work with Democrats to force through the security recommendations of the 9/11 commission. We’re not a semi-police state that censors information, people – this is the USA.
At the same time that Rupert Murdock is told to go f**k himself with the Dow Jones deal, Comic Con is in full swing. I wish I could attend this year. I’ve missed about 7 years of it now, and since it’s grown incredibly huge in the past years, now is the time to go. Damn.
Guy and his wife from Omaha is going to move to Afghanistan to help improve the quality of life over there. I love selfless people.
And finally, I wanted to talk about Obama and Clinton for a minute. I have to agree with some analysts about how Hilary seems to be a strong candidate who is one tough cookie to beat. So why do a lot of people bet on the long shot Barak Obama? Well, for one thing, he’s pushing the other candidates to work and think harder on both sides of the party line. He has taken a higher road when it comes to campaigning. John Edwards has followed Obama’s lead on that, which is refreshing. Clinton still takes shots at her closest contender because in reality, she’s afraid of him. He’s a better candidate with strong beliefs. She seems to be a wishy-washy Congresswoman who will say whatever it takes to win.
And that’s why he’s still there, nipping at her heels. I think eventually she’s going to do a Howard Dean and say/do something that will totally ruin her career as a politician. All because Barak Obama is patiently closing the gap between them, with better tactics and greater honesty.
And I’m done.
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