A14 – A 15

There are two stories buried in today’s The Washington Post that are must-reading, though it’s not to say that the in-depth look at the Blackwater company isn’t probably a good idea too.

Iraqis Decry U.S. Airstrike That Killed Civilians: The quotes are devastating, and the story highlights the notion that our presence there serves to escalate grief and rage. Interestingly enough, one of them echoes a sentiment that I’ve held for quite a while now: “Where can anybody be safe from Bush’s democracy?”

Putin Publicly Rebukes Rice, Gates on Foreign Policy Goals: There is so much absurdity in this story. The Untied States is still blathering on about missile defense, an unproven technology that we’ve spent billions building anyway, but our attempts to get Russia to consider such an option for Europe have led to a very public rebuke from Vladie Putin. From the tone of it, I’m surprised the man wasn’t beating his shoe on the dais. Squandered political capital, anyone?

2 thoughts on “A14 – A 15”

  1. A conservative I used to be friends with is on the other side of the Blackwater debate than me on a political forum we both belong to. This is what he had to say:

    “When you recieve warnings and ignore those warnings you become ‘of hostile intent’ guess what happens next, you get shot.

    The mission parameters are clear, protection of those in your charge, if that means civvies get burned, then perhaps they’re not so civvy eh?”

    Although the military’s reports have been pointed out to him time and again, he refuses to even respond. I’m not sure if it’s because he thinks they are liberal media lies, or because he has chosen Blackwater over the military as a point to defend to the digital death.

    But I thought it was an interesting eye-opener to why articles like the Iraqi descriptions of bombings can be brushed aside by that segment of our population.

    I gather they would say that being under the bomb when it falls on you is what makes you a terrorist.

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