WHAM – winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan

It works the same in Afghanistan as it did in Vietnam. Deploying thousands and thousands of trigger-pullers in a foreign country will always have the same impact on hearts and minds.

What a disaster that Obama is making Afghanistan his own Vietnam. There is always the choice of declaring victory and withdrawing the troops.

Will the US be attacked if we fail to chase terrorists to the ends of the world? Yes, it will.

Guess what? The US will also be attacked if we chase terrorists to the ends of the world.

It might be smart to pick our battles. The attack on September 11th warranted a response, but it was not like Pearl Harbor or the German invasion of Poland in WWII. There was no country or military army behind the attacks and our response should have been directed to finding and prosecuting perpetrators, the invasion of two or three countries that had little or nothing to do with the attacks on the US was idiocy.

Look at the pictures of the villagers below who are burying their family members and neighbors. The US has no friends in this crowd now.

clipped from www.nytimes.com

NATO Strike Magnifies Divide on Afghan War

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — A NATO airstrike on Friday exploded two fuel tankers that had been hijacked by the Taliban, setting off competing claims about how many among the scores of dead were civilians and raising questions about whether the strike violated tightened rules on the use of aerial bombardment.
Afghan officials said that up to 90 people were killed by the strike near Kunduz, a northern city where the trucks got stuck after militants tried to drive them across a river late Thursday night.
The public health officer for Kunduz Province, Dr. Azizullah Safar, said a medical team sent to the village reported that 80 people had been killed, and he said that “most of them were civilians and villagers.”
But he said it was also clear that some of the dead were militants, noting that the site was scattered with remnants of ammunition vests and other gear carried by insurgents.

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Thanks to the BBC for coverage on the Science journal.

I hope that we do not hit a point of no return in respect to a relatively stable environment. This could be difficult to discern. The Waxman Markey bill in the US is a complete waste of effort with regard to cutting greenhouse gases. It may take a decade or more Katrina scale events before the public recognizes that Waxman Markey was primarily a deal for the coal industry to avoid strict EPA regulation and that economics have to take a back seat to survival.

Fred Singer disputes the warming data, of course. I notice he gets quoted in the mainstream media as a warming skeptic without mention of his history as professional (paid) skeptic for health concerns related to tobacco. He is a skeptic for hire.

Connect the dots folks. Turning to scientists who are willing to be paid to be skeptical of any scientific issue on behalf and on the payroll of specific industries does not constitute balanced coverage, it is simply journalistic negligence.

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Arctic ‘warmest in 2,000 years’


Arctic temperatures are now higher than at any time in the last 2,000 years, research reveals.

Changes to the Earth’s orbit drove centuries of cooling, but temperatures rose fast in the last 100 years as human greenhouse gas emissions rose.
Scientists took evidence from ice cores, tree rings and lake sediments.
Writing in the journal Science, they say this confirms that the Arctic is very sensitive both to changes in solar heating and to greenhouse warming.
“The 20th Century is the first century for which how much energy we’re getting from the Sun is no longer the most important thing governing the temperature of the Arctic,” said another of the study team, Nicholas McKay from the University of Arizona.

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