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  •  Actually, the little boy was like a.... (none)
    Russian partisan kid in WW II.

    Fluffed up on bravery, quite willing and wanting to be "like the big kids."  To do something against the invader, those who murder, plunder, and disrespect.

    McCoy's own view of the Arabs which borders on untermensch actually feeds the boy's drive and those with RPG's to resist the occupier.

    We often fall pray to myths and fables about America and "good guys."  McCoy is simply another one that learns that myth and fable can be costly in the extreme.

    The was an Iraq, and there was stability and control.  But that has been turned upside down.  Why?  No one gives either McCoy or the Iraqis a straight answer.  

    Was it Saddam?  Our actions have made Saddam look kind, and I thought that was impossible.  

    Were we a proxy for Israel?  To what advantage?  How could it help?  How could turning turning Iraq into a Mullah-cratic theocracy, packed to the gills with religious fanatics, many of whom are aligned and cooperative with Iran be in any way helpful to Israel?  

    Iraq was an ideological assualt, no more and no less.  The outcome has been grossly counter-productive.  With the latest news about the Kurdish ploys in the military, I think we are royally screwed in Iraq, not militarily, but administratively....the devil was in the details and the paperwork...and guess what, McCoy had no part in that.  Mccoy is like the protagonist in a Stephen Crane story about a Civil War veteran, the remains of grand adventures, the price of policy...but Crane's old veteran knew why he had fought.  McCoy is left to wonder and remember.

    "same old fears, same old crimes-we haven't changed since ancient times.." "Iron Hand" Dire Straits

    by boilerman10 on Thu Dec 29, 2005 at 09:10:13 PM PST

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    •  Ascribing racism to McCoy (none)
      That is utterly inaccurate, compounded by the absolute absence from the narrative of any mention whatsoever of McCoy's views on Arabs.

      The only clue I can think of that might spark such an inference would be the description of a 'reservation strategy'.

      Sorry. That's my theory of what drives the neocons, not McCoy's thinking, though McCoy's perspective is of a long, protracted country-hopping campaign lasting for decades.

      However, he expressed nothing but dismay about Iraq, and a earnest wish to wrap it up.

      I asked him, glibly, if Iraq was as much fun as it's made out to be. He laughed tersely, then began his saga with the line:

      It's much worse than you'll ever hear...

      You can't contain CSKendrick, you can only hope to stop him. :)

      by cskendrick on Thu Dec 29, 2005 at 09:39:41 PM PST

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      •  Thank you....however, (none)
        The inference comes from the phenomenon of having to humiliate an opponent in order to control him, especially when having to deal with people from a radically different culture who are not friendly towards you.

        Vietnam was like that how you put your last sentence in your reply.  From that feeling that we had about that place in my generation, it is not a long stretch to think the same feelings carry over into this conflict.

        I have a hunch that the neo-con scheme is lurking around, in spite of many noted neo-cons leaving the administration.  Another poster said we should pray for Rummy's health, as Stephen Cambone, an arch neo-con and considered the intelligence brain of the neo-con cabal is crazier and more bloodthirsty than Rumsfeld.  But for now, the scheme of Pax Americana is on hold.

        And for the many McCoy's and those Hatfield's too left to prosecute what I causticaly refer to as "Plan Dubya From Outer Texas," the political brouhaha cooking at home just might save life and limb.

        Thanks again for the reply.  

        "same old fears, same old crimes-we haven't changed since ancient times.." "Iron Hand" Dire Straits

        by boilerman10 on Fri Dec 30, 2005 at 02:07:21 AM PST

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        •  On second look... (none)
          Hey, I might have been a bit heavyhanded in that answer. Sorry about that.

          It was late and I had been battling with a certain "Uncle" of mine all evening long.

          Thanks for the redirect. :)

          You can't contain CSKendrick, you can only hope to stop him. :)

          by cskendrick on Fri Dec 30, 2005 at 06:20:34 AM PST

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