The internet, at it’s best, is one of the most amazing things humans have ever built. Want to reconnect with friends from high school or the military? Once it would have been impossible without hiring a detective. Interested in knowing something obscure, say when did people first put shoes on horses? It would have required research, a trip to the library at least. Now it’s to the Googles and you know.
But more that that, it’s the opportunity to meet people, to share ideas, to occasionally make a friend with someone that enriches your life in some way. I went all “Hello World” with a blog on July 2nd, 2008. Put up my first gun post on July 5th.
Borepatch started blogging a week before me. We were six States apart. We would have never met except for the internet. The first contact between us I can find is a comment I left on a range report he made about a Beretta Storm on July 5th.
He first linked to my blog on July 25th, to a post on home defense. I was thinking about what had happened to the Petits.
My son was at Parris Island during those months and I was writing about my memories of the summer of 1977 and reflecting on his experiences. Borepatch linked me again on July 29th with my post about Weapons Battalion.
We became friends. Brothers from different mothers. We met the next year when he was traveling south with his family on vacation. Called and asked if we wanted to meet at a restaurant. Instead, I invited them here for home cooking and they accepted. The next time we got together we went to the range. I took the picture he still has in his sidebar of him with a Garand. It’s my rifle and we are at my local range. We read each others writing, email occasionally, and about once a year manage to get together, which is the subject of my next post.
In 1938 it was Czechoslovakia. This week it was Israel. The Wall Street Journal lays it out in detail. We capitulated to Iran. It will lead to more instability and inevitably to war.
Here’s my predictions
1. Iran will develop a nuclear bomb. Sooner rather than later.
2. This will lead to one of two outcomes:
….a. Iran will deliver a working nuclear weapon to Israel and detonate it. Israel will respond.
….b. Israel will see the threat for what it is and launch preemptive strikes against Iran.
3. After 2a or 2b, there will be a larger war in the Mid-East.
The other thing you can count on is U.S. Presidents and their Secretaries of State announcing Middle East peace initiatives that fail. Every administration tries it. It looks good, and since the people they are dealing with don’t mind lying and signing papers to advance their positions, for a few press cycles it gets their current domestic problems off the front page. What is different this time is that we have left Israel to twist in the wind alone.
2300 dead, more than 17,000 wounded. 650 billion dollars and counting. That’s the estimates for what it has cost the United States for our operations in Afghanistan so far.
But it was worth every drop of blood and every dollar, right? We routed the Taliban. Rebuilt the infrastructure. Established a democracy. Created a new country where the freedoms we all believe are essential to living a life of value are protected. Where minorities and women live lives of equality. Where religious diversity is celebrated.
Oh wait. You say we got rid of the Taliban, but not really? Afghanistan has a state religion? Women are oppressed? They have decided to reintroduce stoning as a punishment for adultery?
Then I would say it is a total, epic failure. That we have accomplished nothing. That it was not worth the first American life. That the effort, blood, money, and equipment could just as easily been dumped in the ocean for what we did with it.
70 years ago it took less than 4 years to beat the Empire of Japan. Now we can’t even manage to keep the Afghans from murdering people with rocks.
There was a time when everyone knew what the question was referring to and had an answer.
I was a 1st grader at Culbertson Elementary School in Joliet, Illinois. We heard the news from Dallas while we were in class. A little while later the janitor came in and put black cloth over the American Flag. The teacher put her head down on the desk and cried. That night at home there were black and white images from Dallas on the television.
So the Affordable Care Act isn’t affordable, isn’t going to provide care, can’t be signed up for, and generally is one giant sucking ball of fail. The Grey Lady has finally accepted that reality cannot be ignored any further. They need to get out front on this. So what do they have to say? The link itself tells the tale. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/us/politics/parallels-to-bush-in-toxic-political-mix-threatening-obama.html That’s right. The most important thing they can find to say about the destruction of the health care system is BUSH! REMEMBER BUSH! KATRINA! BUSH!
Click the link and read it all. Remember it’s been 4 years and 303 days since George Bush left office.