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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-25-09 11:07 AM
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51. Bwahaha! The Perils of Ignorance...
Santayana's remembered in Detroit:

Perils of ignorance

Vietnamnesia: Why it's dangerous that today's kids don't know their history

By Jack Lessenberry

For weeks, we've been waiting for President Obama to decide whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, and, if so, how many.

This ought to give Americans a worried feeling in the deepest levels of their guts. Afghanistan has been wearing down, chewing up and defeating invading armies for centuries. Think of the once-mighty Soviet Union, the country the Nazi war machine couldn't beat.

Moscow was ground down and ended up fleeing the mess in the 1980s. We've been there now for more than eight years. We came in with a bang and overthrew the nutty Taliban with ease. Unfortunately, then the war started. Lately, we've been more or less losing, after a long stalemate. The Taliban has been getting stronger and the number of Americans killed is on the rise.

The puppet leader the previous administration selected for us, Hamid Karzai, just won a corrupt new election.

Everybody not on our payroll seems to want us out. If you are a baby boomer, you can't help thinking we've seen this movie before, under the title: Vietnam. That war ruined a presidency, cost us untold billions and 58,000 dead, sacrificed for nothing.


With the classy swells in charge, those who are doomed are us.
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