Friday, June 14, 2013

Here goes with the stupid ...

Somehow the empire has managed to move from covert to overt entanglement in Syria at just the moment when it looks as though Bashar al-Assad might pull it out against the motley bunch trying to overthrow him. This will involve lots more carnage of course, perpetrated by all sides, against all sides, including the merely unlucky. Shameful as well as stupid.

Concurrently, it is worth noting that this foolishness occurs just as the House of Representatives finally got around to telling the executive to get on with ending the Afghanistan fiasco.

Representative Jim McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, offered an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill specifying that combat operations involving United States forces in Afghanistan be completed by the end of 2013, and “the accelerated transition of military and security operations by the end of 2014.” More than half of the House Republican caucus, 120 in all, supported Mr. McGovern’s effort, and the amendment passed by 91 votes.

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