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March 19, 2006


Gen. George Casey, Commander of the Multi-National Force told Tim Russert this AM that Operation Swarmer was not a "major offensive" and had that it had probably received too much hype because of the impressive looking helicopters that were being used (at incredible expense).

Swarmer sent about 1,000 troops to a small village in the middle of nowhere...doubling the population in that area. It was a true coalition effort, as Rumsfeld pointed out on a number of occations, and was supposed to be proof of Iraqi troop "readiness".

They were after between 30 to 60 specific "insurgents". I bet it was easy to round up coalition support on this one...look at the odds - 1,000 to 60...look at the gear they brought with them - state of the art helis ready to bomb the shit out of anything that showed a heat pattern.

But no shots were fired in the end...no resistence. They found "weapons caches"...nothing more specific than that, although cache is an impressive word, i admit. They also rounded up a bunch of people...again nothing more specific, and i'd like to point out that in wartime you can round up as many people as you like anytime you want.

The White House was quick to say that this bizarre display was not politically motivated.... to distract us from the possibility of civil war...to create a meaningless operation that could be pointed to as proof of coalition support and Iraqi Army readiness ...to bring a bunch of troops to a place where they could conduct an operation without suffering casualties.

also: why no outcry about Reese Witherspoon? I just rented Walk the Line. Phoenix was great, and Reese was good, but come on...BEST ACTRESS??? really? explain this to me...and when you do it better be a conspiracy theory.

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Ok - I'm on a soapbox and here's my thoughts -
I really don't think it matters who is president. I think it is our society - here's why. We are so wrapped up in "me" that we don't see what is going on next door. It used to be that if there was a stranger on the street you'd know it by the odd car - now you don't even know what your neighbor drives... because we live in such a bubble now (we stare at a computer, communicating with strangers, unaware of the fact that the person accross the hall broke his arm) that our point of view is the only one that matters [stay with me I'll tie this together]- this causes the "me verses you" attitude and it gets wrapped up in political parties. You align yourself with Dem./Repub./etc. and that side is right - period. Whoever is president will have all of his party behind him and the other against him. If Clinton took us to war, the Repubs would think it was a bad idea - if Bush had an affair with an intern the Dems. would be up in arms. It seems like it doesn't matter who is in office, nothing will get done because we don't TALK to our neighbors - we don't listen to their point of view - we just say "we're right and they're wrong". I only hope that because I think so many people are realizing that we NEED to compromise that they run for office, some of the "gray hairs" finally leave office and maybe just maybe we'll start listening again.
OK - I'm off my soapbox. I know I'm not as eloquent as Ze, but hopefully I've explained what I'm trying to say...

Posted by: nutinashell [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 19, 2006 12:06 PM

Oh yeah - I see your point of view - and I agree about Reese...he he he...

Posted by: nutinashell [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 19, 2006 12:07 PM

I think it matters who is the president.
And I think matters too the way we live in our home and in our city.
A point is clear. I cannot change most of the world events that I watch on tv. Or I cannot change it directly as they happen.

I'm not feeling to have the complete control of my life.
The world outside tries to let me think the opposite. It does it in many ways. Consumism. 1"You're what you have"
2"You have what you buy"
3"You can buy anything you want($ apart)"
= "You can be what you want".

I try to resist.
I think this world as a melting pot. The best I can do is keep the best of what I live and leave others thing out of my head.


Posted by: smastro [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 19, 2006 1:19 PM

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