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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:36 AM

 

Meanwhile, there is still an endless war being conducted in Afghanistan in your name.

As you watch the bowl games, hit the fridge for some Christmas leftovers, try to figure out that new Kindle Fire you got Christmas morning, people, some who are soldiers, some who are innocent bystanders, are continuing to bleed and die as this continues to conduct an illegal, immoral war in your name.

While you were waking up to the smell of fresh pine in the air and presents under the Christmas tree, people lay bleeding and dying from an imperial war being conducted in your name.

While you were sitting down to Christmas dinner, drones were dropping bombs on soldiers and innocent children alike. All in your name.

The fact of the matter is that this, the longest war in our history, is quickly becoming war without end. Despite the much touted 2014 withdraw date, the fact of the matter is that Obama signed an agreement with the Afghan government that promises to keep US soldiers in country and in harm's way through the year 2024, and probably beyond then. The agreement specifies that we'll keep twenty thousand pairs of boots in country, supposedly just performing things like training and observation. But as we all know, no soldier in a war such as this one is simply an observer. Our troops will continue to actively engage in the war, killing innocents, and getting killed themselves in return.

Afghanistan is now the forgotten war, the war that flies below public perception and public criticism. It is routinely upstaged by such mundane things as Peter Parker's "death" or the latest winner of American Idol. It may have slipped into the background, but that doesn't mean that its intensity and casualties have disappeared. They are killed, and killing, in your name.

Obama talks a good game about how we need to rein in military spending, but he continues to fund this war without end. That is another good reason for going off the fiscal cliff, it will give us our first real chance to significantly cut military spending in generations. Of course, it is the threat of military budget cuts that are driving negotiations right now.

But the thing is, you don't need Congress to cut military spending. Obama is the CinC, and with a stroke of his pen he could end this endless war, thus sparing lives, improving our image abroad, and saving money here at home.

Let us hope that Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate actually does, finally, live up to his award and ends this war. If not, then we, a country who lived by the sword, will probably die because of a sword.

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Reply Meanwhile, there is still an endless war being conducted in Afghanistan in your name. (Original post)
MadHound Dec 2012 OP
leftstreet Dec 2012 #1
bigtree Dec 2012 #2
roody Dec 2012 #3
OnyxCollie Dec 2012 #4
hughee99 Dec 2012 #5
Skittles Dec 2012 #6
MadHound Dec 2012 #13
Ernesto Dec 2012 #7
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #8
JReed Dec 2012 #9
Bombero1956 Dec 2012 #10
Skittles Dec 2012 #16
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Wilms Dec 2012 #11
LWolf Dec 2012 #12
woo me with science Dec 2012 #14
Jim Warren Dec 2012 #15

Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:37 AM

1. Occupation is hell

DURec

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Response to bigtree (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:06 PM

3. I believe that he or she does

give a damn. Poster wants this endless war to end.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:09 PM

4. Thar's minerals in them thar hills.

America's imperialism continues to exploit every opportunity, and uses distractions of all sorts while it does so.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:10 PM

5. What happened to "Out by 2014 come hell or high water"?

Wasn't that what Biden said at the debate?

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:22 PM

6. I mailed a package to Afghanistan yesterday

I've been mailing packages and postcards for eight years - some of us do more than "watch bowl games and hit the fridge"

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:17 PM

13. Was I talking to you specifically? No.

 

I was talking in more general terms. Don't take offense at something that wasn't meant for you personally.

Me, I've been out at least once a week, every week, for over ten years protesting the war(s).

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:58 PM

7. I'm currently reading "The Outpost".......................

It makes my tour in Vietnam seem like a vacation.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 12:59 PM

8. It's the price of empire.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:40 PM

9. Scarcely a whisper

 

They say one of the most effective tools of propaganda is silence. If noone reports it it isn't happening- even if it is.

Of pipelines and strategic positioning for mineral extraction.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 02:46 PM

10. I am accutely aware of what's going on in Afghanistan

My nephew was just sent there and arrived on Christmas day. How's that for a gift? He already did a years deployment in Iraq and who knows how long he'll be in Afghanistan. I pray for his safety and the safety of all others still there. Bring them home.

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Response to Bombero1956 (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:20 PM

16. watch out, you will get a snarky reply

apparently if you're not standing on a street corner protesting you don't count

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:05 PM

11. ^

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:09 PM

12. It's a little late at this point

to live up to the award.

I'll join you in hoping he ends this war, the sooner the better.

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Response to MadHound (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:09 PM

14. Nooooo!

Let's make warm, fuzzy, vague posts about the joy of being Democrats instead.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:14 PM

15. Only if

it can be done with righteous indignation toward all the cold, pricklies!

Oh, and posts about cats are okay.

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