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Category Archives: The War Is Stupid

Three Out Of Four Republigoat Candidates Agree…and So Do We


It’s time to get the hell out of Afghanistan. The latest events do nothing more to throw a spotlight upon this idea and to put it into the headlines. A U.S. Army sergeant (allegedly) walks off his base in southern Afghanistan and kills 16 Afghan civilians, many of them children. A Koran is burned. The […]



I have been lately revisiting my effort so go mining about in the wonderful world of Leftblogistan. It’s a tiny little site powered only by me, just a collection of some of what I find interesting among the work of my colleauges. Sometimes, you get a post that just blows your skirt up. Bill Scheher […]

Gloaty Gloaty


It is impossible not to be gloaty today. I heard it commented somewhere in the news that it’s somewhat unnatural to celebrate a death. Unfortunately, I think that’s wrong. I think that humanity has yet to shed the whole of its lizard brain, and that actually it is quite natural to want to vanquish a […]

The War Is STILL Stupid


I have been silent here for some time; am adjusting to a new situation in life. However, I would be remiss if I did not make this brief point before I dash off to my new day job: The United States and Britain have just handed Gaddafi exactly what he needs. His most recent political […]

Happy New Year


It’s a weird day to be reflecting on the attacks of September 11, 2001. I’m on dog, cat, hen, and house-sitting duty this week, a regimine that wraps up today when PB and the gang return from a jaunt to the Garden State. I wanted them to arrive home to a spotless kitchen and dining […]



Perhaps most revealing about today’s posting on the National Security Archive’s Web site is what is missing—any indication whatsoever from the declassified record to date that top Bush administration officials seriously considered an alternative to war. In contrast there is an extensive record of efforts to energize military planning, revise existing contingency plans, and create […]

A Fitting Address


I think the best adjective one can conjure for President Obama’s Oval Office address—in which he REALLY declared that combat operations are over, at least as really as can be—last night would be “fitting.” Or, perhaps, “appropriate.” I think it was those things. There are a lot of people on both “sides” who are not […]

Major Combat Operations In Iraq Have Ended


We would be remiss here at Ketchup Is A Vegetable if we did not mention that the stupidest war ever is finally, officially, over sort of. It’s funny. As we went through the Iraq War and the Preznit what oversawl it, I thought I was living through the entirely stupidest period in American history ever. […]

Gen. McChrystal Gets His Life Back


So President Obama told McChrystal to pack his duffel today. I don’t think he had much choice in the matter. But one can’t help but wonder if Obama actually affected a policy change regarding Afghanistan today as well as a change of personnel. He said he didn’t. But we’ll see. One thing’s for sure: This […]



History’s made today! Yay! Longest. War. Evar. Eight Years and Eight Months! Take that, Vietnam! Wouldn’t it be great if President Obama could simply admit what I think is true, that he made a commitment to Afghanistan for cynical political reasons, because for some reason, you can’t get elected to the White House as a […]