When the first news came out of the terrible loss of life in the recent helicopter crash in Afghanistan I knew to wait for a few news cycles. Lots of details get confused, fog of war, etc. It's also hard to know what the people on the scene know, especially when so much of it is of necessity classified. However, the things that have been reported that are not in dispute raise some questions.
-Why were so many SEALs in one helicopter? There are claims that this was an elaborate Taliban trap (naturally, the Taliban are most fond of this version) but in reality one bozo with an RPG getting lucky is all it takes. Helicopters do not want to fly. They don't glide well. If you have 20+ very valuable SEALs (and I do not mean to imply the lives of any of those serving are less valuable) why jam them in one fragile package for easy destruction?
-Why were SEALs used at all? The most recent story is they were called in by the Rangers to help prevent targets from getting away. It's news to me that you use sneaky special ops small-team types like SEALs as backup troops for bulk daylight operations. Unless they are the ONLY TROOPS AVAILABLE because some feckless halfwit in the White House has declared a troop drawdown in Afghanistan. If that is the case, I am severely cheesed off.
-Speaking of feckless halfwits, why are we getting any information at all about the SEALs? Sure, release the names of the dead. They deserve our recognition. But you DON'T need to identify them as SEALs, or that they were Team 6, or all the rest. Don't give the bad guys any extra information that they can use to narrow down a list of *still living* SEALs to attack.
-Schlock Mercenary Schlock knows the brass never believes it's the gun's fault.
-TwoLumps Gaseous warfare.
-Girl Genius The super kitty robot has arrived.
-No Need For Bushido No, you didn't kill all the Daisuke. But good job reminding the sole survivor how much he hates you.
-Delta Bravo Sierra Taking up smoking to go cold-turkey on carrots.
-Amya Faye will not be allowed to return.
- Banished The whole mine is leaving now.
- Ratfist With Ricky's noble sacrifice, Gina is saved and Ratfist comes to a close. Stay tuned for something involving sasquatches....
-Commander Kitty The transporter works and Ace wants Mittens to try it.
Somebody needs to go sift through the wreckage of the once thriving Borders' Bookstores and find some good, large-print dictionaries for all the pontificating liberals. Maybe the kind with pictures. And put bookmarks in for the following words--
Unexpected: Right about the 10th time in a row something happens you lose the right to call it unexpected unless you are a goldfish (or Joe Biden). These things are no longer unexpected: increasing job losses, inflation, President Obama's plummeting approval rating, barely measurable economic growth.
Terrorist: A terrorist is an individual who uses extra-legal destruction and death in support of an agenda. Actual people actually die. Terrorists do not use laws or the structures of laws, nor do they care much about killing children on purpose. Tea Party supporters haven't killed anyone, and are mostly fanatic about the highest law of the land, the Constitution. It is not terrorism to insist that Congress obey the laws that give them power, which, by the way, comes from the people. People like the Tea Party. If confused, try the following test. See which of these phrases will cause people to run and scream. "Oh my God, he's got a bomb!" vs. "Oh my God, he's got a copy of the US Constitution!". (results not guaranteed for Congress, goldfish, or Joe Biden).
Compromise: This does NOT mean "total and abject surrender of the other side". Just a hint. It means nobody gets everything they want, or they have to pay a huge price for it. It does not mean Democrats win and Republicans lose. It does not mean it is "fair" for the other side to unilaterally give up a position of strength.
Economic Recovery: This is a condition where the economy *today* is better than the economy *last month*. Note for Joe Biden, Congress, and goldfish--this has not happened. You can keep saying the word but it doesn't DO anything. People do not have jobs, houses are being foreclosed on, and businesses are not hiring. This is not a recovery, it's a death spiral.
Fiscal Responsibility: Actual quote from an email from my Senator Patty Murray
Over the course of the last month, Washington state families have written me in record numbers to lend their voice to the debt ceiling debate. Many, who had never e-mailed or called their elected official before, wrote to ask for compromise and sanity in this debate. They told me about the tough but reasonable choices they made to rein in their own finances and how they couldn’t understand why it was so difficult for Washington, D.C. to do the same. That’s why I voted this week to raise the debt-ceiling and avoid default.
You know, never mind. She seems to know what the words are, can use them correctly in a sentence, and the logical *meaning* completely escapes her. Tell me how you get to the highlighted section from the rest, because in my universe, when I "rein in my finances" I don't go out and get another damn credit card. Maybe her goldfish wrote that email.