Over half of the population of this great country is female, and while I understand that some of them agree with the Republican party, I can’t quite see how this was a good idea:
If Nancy Pelosi’s failed economic policies are any indicator of the effect she may have on Afghanistan, taxpayers can only hope McChrystal is able to put her in her place.
That’s from the National Republican Congressional Committee.
So, the Dems are led by a black man and a woman who both just happily landed in the positions they are in.
Two things: whoever leaked the McChrystal report in the first place should be found and taken to task; the media is over playing the conflict — if there is any — between what McChrystal has proposed and what President Obama’s options are. I keep hearing from principles that the president needs to hear options, but the media keeps casting it in and either/or fashion. That’s just not right.
I heard Edd Hendee on the radio this morning discussing the value of Americans vs. Afghans. He put in all sorts of qualifiers, but ended up stating that the U.S. should use drones and change the ROE because an American life is worth more than any Afghan life.
It’s one of those things that I think modern Americans will never understand — unless they know someone who lived in a place that experienced warfare. Americans volunteer for military duty. People living in Afghanistan (in this day in particular) didn’t volunteer. People in Iraq didn’t volunteer. And yet they have died — are still dying — in numbers that don’t justify Hendee’s argument. He has no perspective — no empathy — for the ordinary Afghans or Iraqis. To me, that shows a lack of humanity. They are people — just like Americans are people. I’ve seen General McChrystal sacrifice his own personal security in order to make a point with the Afghans he is dealing with. If Edd Hendee had his way — every single American VOLUNTEER in Afghanistan would be protected to the hilt while the Afghan civilians were left to take their chances.
That’s just not right.
It’s probably a good thing that Hendee waited until he returned from his well-protected trip to Afghanistan to voice such opinions. I’m sure there are more than a few Afghans who would have argued with him about the varying value of their children’s lives.