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5 Days in August
Author: Raine    Date: 08/26/2021 13:05:21

That's all there are left in the 8th month of the year. The 31st day of the month is our deadline to be out of Afghanistan
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27 comments (Latest Comment: 08/26/2021 22:24:51 by Raine)

Cleanup on Aisle One!
Author: BobR    Date: 08/25/2021 13:24:49

President Biden was sworn into office on Jan 20, 2021. That was just 7 months ago. He inherited a mess, and that's putting it mildly. The previous four years with TFG were a non-stop firehose of ineptness, malfeasance, and outright treachery. In the first week or two, Biden blasted through a bunch of Executive Orders, undoing much of what the Orange Menace put into place (also through Executive Orders). Some things, however, required more.
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11 comments (Latest Comment: 08/25/2021 17:43:58 by Scoopster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/24/2021 10:07:20

Seven days remain until President Biden's deadline.

Chaos is accelerating, but we are doing the best we can.
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16 comments (Latest Comment: 08/24/2021 19:45:44 by Raine)

Author: Raine    Date: 08/23/2021 13:07:56

I'm a liberal. I'm a proud member of the Democratic Party. With that stated, I know I have bias and make no secret of it. The video and images coming from Kabul are really ugly. The story of how we got to this point is equally ugly. There is a general consensus that President Biden f*cked this withdrawal up. looking and listening to the news, it is hard to argue that point.
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20 comments (Latest Comment: 08/23/2021 21:05:11 by livingonli)

The Immunity Syndrome
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/21/2021 12:22:18


Or, with apologies to James Bond - "The World Has Had Enough".
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 08/23/2021 00:40:45 by BobR)

Author: wickedpam    Date: 08/20/2021 13:31:52

Stub Friday
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25 comments (Latest Comment: 08/20/2021 20:20:50 by Raine)

It did happen here.
Author: Raine    Date: 08/19/2021 13:03:16

Suddenly they want you to think they care. They want you to think they have matured and will show the world they are responsible.
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26 comments (Latest Comment: 08/19/2021 22:42:33 by Raine)

Slicing up the Blame Pie
Author: BobR    Date: 2021-08-18 12:00:00

Like anyone with any kind of beating heart, the Hanoi-ization of Kabul in Afghanistan has been devastating, as we watch desperate people climbing on top of a plane - as if it was a giant overcrowded bus - and then falling to their deaths after takeoff. There are thousands of women and thinking people trying desperately to get to Pakistan or any other place that will allow them to be themselves - and live. For now, the Taliban is holding back for the most part and not interfering with the exodus. Perhaps they're trying to show the world they're not as bad as people say. Color me unconvinced.

The question on everyone's lips seems to be: who is to blame for this?

Not that finding blame will help anything... we've certainly not learned the lessons of the past (Viet Nam), but Afghanistan has always been a forbidding country, populated with hardy men of the land who have little to lose, and aren't afraid to fight to the death. In that regard, underestimating them (the religious extremists) seems to be a common thread over the last 40 years.
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11 comments (Latest Comment: 08/18/2021 18:06:39 by BobR)

The final accounting
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/17/2021 11:25:56

This actually happened yesterday.

Three young men have reportedly fallen mid-air from a plane leaving Kabul after allegedly losing grip of the exterior of the aircraft, alarming footage appears to show.

In a video uploaded by the Afghan Asvaka News agency and seemingly taken from the ground, two unidentifiable objects can be seen falling from the body of a plane as it flies overhead.

"The video shows a flight from Kabul airport where two people are thrown from a plane into the people's homes," the agency said alongside the 11-second clip which has since garnered more than one million views.

The Afghan men were hanging to the tires of a C-17 U.S. military aircraft, the publication reported.

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12 comments (Latest Comment: 08/17/2021 16:14:26 by Raine)

Unwilling Unqualified Unfortunate Ungrateful
Author: Raine    Date: 08/16/2021 13:03:35

It was a Tuesday. I took the morning Amtrak from Rhinecliff to NY-Penn station From there I rode the subway to Central Park South. It was a freelance gig at Loreal. After we were evacuated, I never went back to that gig, or that building. The sky was an incredible blue. To this day, when I see that color of the sky, it has a name. Nine Eleven Blue.
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15 comments (Latest Comment: 08/16/2021 20:53:30 by Raine)

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