Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Quotes of the Day

I hate war, as only a soldier who has lived it can, as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity...

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Both quotes are from the same person, care to take a guess? How about a hint the speaker was President of the US and a famous General as well...

Dwight D. Eisenhower said that (not sure if the quotes came at the same time or at different occasions) Bob Hebert opens his column in the NYT today with them. He goes on to argue against ramping up US troop presence in Afghanistan calling it a tragic mistake but also the easier road politically.

It's especially frustrating to try and figure out what the right thing for the US to be doing in Afghanistan is now in light of the new Senate report revealing that in the very opening days of the US invasion Osama bin Laden was within the grasp of US soldiers who were denied the necessary reinforcements to capture him by then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

You did a heck of a job Rummy!

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