51SPX4W8YDL._SL500_AA240_You know I don’t even like patchouli oil and Birkenstocks but I sure wish there were some campaign promises the President was more committed to keeping than others. Nevertheless, given the ever disturbing list of nightmare choices available, this sure sounds familiar (America: Start a War Party vs. Continue a War Party) (via Digby):

Q General, why should the U.S. expect to succeed in Afghanistan where other superpowers have failed?

GEN. MCKIERNAN: …especially with the history of Afghanistan, there’s always an inclination to relate what we’re doing now with previous nations and history that have been in Afghanistan for other reasons. And I think that’s a very unhealthy comparison.

We’re in Afghanistan with the support of the Afghan people, to bring stability and a better future to that country. That’s a, certainly, far different reason than, say, for instance, the Soviets were in there.

Okay, how many ways is this disturbing?

It’s unhealthy to look at, well, history?

“That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act we create our own reality.”
– Unidentified Bush Adm. official to Ron Suskind

As opposed to those non-empires; Alexander’s Greece, Tamerlane, the Mongols, the Ottomans, the British, and the Russians – both Czarist and Soviet. Their version of reality in Afghanistan went awesomely.

Meanwhile, the statement about what the Russians were doing in Afghanistan…uh, that’s also patently false. You might not have liked the fact it was the Soviet Union doing it, but it’s pretty clear from their perspective the reason they were there was stability and a better future to that country.

But who am I but just a dirty effing hippie who’s read some history?

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Attaturk

In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .

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