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  •  You're right. (1+ / 0-)
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    S Chelydra

    By the time the American people turn against this war in sufficient numbers to force a withdrawal, we probably will have sacrificed no more than another couple thousand troops and a few thousand non-combatant Afghanis.  So, in terms of lives lost, Afghanistan will not be another Nam.

    The only parallel that I foresee is the one that will become evident in 2012 when Obama gives a speech that ends with the words:

    Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.

    And that is a speech that I will take no joy in.  That is a speech that will mark the end of what could have been the greatest presidency this country has ever experienced.

    I SO want to believe it's 11DC.

    by WisePiper on Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 10:51:53 PM PST

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    •  Will police riot outside 2012 Democratic Conv. (1+ / 0-)
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      be as bloody as 1968?

      I figure that depends mostly on the selection of host city, but even generally pretty good police departments can be whipped into a frenzy by their FBI advisors, as happened in St. Paul.

      McChrystal Meth makes you ugly.

      by ben masel on Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 11:01:23 PM PST

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      •  No, I don't foresee the kinds of violent (0+ / 0-)

        protests against this war that were the hallmark of the anti-Nam war.  We no longer have the draft.

        I do see, however, a growing awareness by the country that continuing to feed the war machine is madness in a time when America's economic security is swirling down the toilet.  The pressure to end the war will not be in the streets, but in the outraged feedback to Congressional representatives.

        I SO want to believe it's 11DC.

        by WisePiper on Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 11:08:46 PM PST

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      •  teabaggers might... "More War! More War!" (0+ / 0-)

        "I don't do cowering." - Barack Obama

        by NamelessGenXer on Wed Dec 02, 2009 at 04:53:37 AM PST

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