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Friday, August 19, 2005

Sacrifice for What?

SACRIFICE? COUNT ME OUT - Yahoo! News: "I'm already sacrificing too much for a war I always believed was stupid and wrong. I'm paying three dollars a gallon for buck-fifty gas and walking through gauntlets of over-armed National Guardboys at airports and bus stations. I'm in greater danger than ever before of getting blown up by a pissed-off fanatic. And I dread the giant tax hike we'll eventually need to pay off Bush's deficit. But these aren't enough sacrifices for Bush and his vainglorious generals, who are planning 'a Civilian Reserve, a sort of Peace Corps for professionals...a program to seek commitments from bankers, lawyers, doctors, engineers, electricians, plumbers and solid-waste disposal experts to deploy to conflict zones for months at a time on reconstruction assignments, to relieve pressure on the military.' If you voted for Bush, here's your chance to plant your butt where your ridiculous car magnet is, smack dab in the middle of the Sunni Triangle. Good luck."
A bit of a rant, but the author brings up an interesting observation about the opportunism of this war. We don't want to talk about it with the general public. We don't want the discussion to spread much beyond the Pundit Zone (The Pundit Zone is a point in time and space where reality is somewhat twisted by the need to sound smarter than the pundit sitting next to you.). A war prosecuted for the profit line of Exxon and Haliburton. Thousands of American youth mowed down. A country and region destabilized. More terrorists than have ever been before. Good plan, Mr. President.

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