I am quite disturbed by the tenor of many diaries floating around on this site in regards to the fear of a national military takeover. Reports over the a ready force of 30,000 soldiers ready to respond to a domestic emergency form the first tip of this spear.
Being a member of the military I believe I am in a unique position to state what I hear when John McCain's spouts his latest tripe about the SURGE-(TM).
This is without words, MSNBC has got to be kidding me. You can't be a viable news organization if you do this....
This whole day has been about one John McCain campaign disaster after another, from his Social Security comments to his complete idiocy on the Viagara/birth control moment to Senator "Dr. Phil"
Senator McCain, your double-dog dare of Senator Obama frankly disgusts me to the highest extent, and, as a final straw, forces me to no longer respect John McCain's military service. No man or woman who has ever seen war, and all its attendant misery, would ever use this type of tactic as a means of showing up another American, let alone a fellow senator and presidential candidate.
I know some are watching the Pittsburgh-Jacksonville NFL playoff game right now, and Al Michaels has sealed it.
For a long time after I got back from Iraq I was looking for a way to express my displeasure about the way the war in Iraq was going. For a couple of years I visited kos, Crooks and Liars, TPM, etc. to find out what was really going on. Being that until recently I was still on active duty I was prevented from actually speaking out and didn't even want to create the slighest impression that I was violating military policy--we all know what the righties would do to me then.
That may sound a little harsh, and no offense to the man personally, but when you read what's below, you'll understand.
Well, I just got home from a long day and have been reviewing the various accounts of what Bush's lackeys...err General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker said before Congress today, and one quote jumped out at me right away, specifically, when Ryan Crocker said 2006 was a "bad year for Iraq. The country came close to unraveling politically, economically, and in security terms. 2007 has brought improvement."
Well, I recently stared school again, and I've gotten into some statistical analysis as part of my studies, which I believe gives me an opportunity to examine one key statistics: American casualties. That does not mean I don't care about other metrics. It's just something near and dear to my heart as a veteran and the fact that three of my close friends are counted in the list of dead US soldiers.
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