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Memorial Day

I hope your Memorial Day is a pleasant one, with picnics or parades or just a couple of extra hours to relax before returning to the grind.

As is usual for Memorial Day, I remember my Uncle Butch (Irving B. Tchakirides), Marine sergeant killed in Viet Nam on his fourth tour by “friendly fire” (a term I will never understand… how something can be friendly and kill at the same time). And I remember my Tabor days, marching in uniform through the cemeteries of Marion, Massachusetts, with our platoons, our band, and the members of the VFW.

Today I will do cleanup around the house, walk dogs and update this blog a couple of times. Then I’ll look through job listings for tomorrow.

I hope your day is good… or at least uneventful.

Quote of the Day

“At no time in human history has a nation of diminished economic vitality maintained its military and political primacy.”

– President Obama, in a speech justifying the continuation of the War in Afghanistan given to West Point Cadets yesterday.

…and it is going to destroy us economically, not to mention how it will fail our younger generations.


Sunday News shows focused on troops to Afghanistan…

and both Rahm Emanuel and Senator Kerry (who was in Kabul at the time) were critical of the apparently fraudulent reelection of Karzai and what would come along as a new vote or some other way to solve the problem.

This from McClatchy (only a clip… there’s a lot more):

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As two commissions reviewing the allegations of fraud in Afghanistan’s August 20 presidential election haggled in Kabul Sunday, a top Obama administration official and a senior Senate Democrat publicly turned up the heat on Afghan President Hamid Karzai to find a credible end to the electoral dispute.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said on CNN that President Barack Obama wouldn’t make a decision on his military commanders’ request for as many as 80,000 additional American troops in Afghanistan until the administration is convinced that the country has a credible central government.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who’s visiting Afghanistan, told CNN that, “It would be entirely irresponsible for the president of the United States to commit more troops to this country when we don’t even have an election finished.”
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Bernie Sanders Unfiltered: Should we up the troop commitment to Afghanistan?

This week’s Bernie Sanders Unfiltered takes on this question (keep in mind that the American President has just won the Nobel Peace Prize):