Monday, November 30, 2009

So how's the 'anti-war' president doing?

One of the big hopes for the current occupant of the White House was that he'd end his predecessor's saber-rattling ways and bring the boys (and girls) home to live their lives in relative peace.

As it turns out, of course, President Barack Obama isn't anti-war -- he's anti-the other guy's war. He may get around -- eventually -- to scaling things back  in Iraq, but that's only so he can raise the stakes in Afghanistan. According to the New York Times, the White House has officially committed itself to a troop hike in the graveyard of empires. An estimated 30,000 more American soldiers will be sent over to bring ... democracy? ... peace? ... gender equality? ... well, something, anyway, to the Afghans.

Don't worry, they won't kill and die alone. At least bloody-mindedness is once again multi-lateral -- the Brits, Italians, Macedonians (Macedonia? Really?), Australians and other politicians with an apparent surplus of healthy young people to spare are also putting more boots on the ground.



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