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Friday, January 23, 2009

We're Very Hopeful

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

--"Hope" is the Thing with Feathers,

Emily Dickinson


Ranger will shelve negativity when dealing with the Obama administration. Although hope is not a Ranger word, we sincerely hope that hope will prevail. As weak as this sounds, it is furlongs ahead of anything felt in the George W. Bush era.

America is stuck on a battlefield that in many respects is of our own choosing. The criminal activity of 9-11 did not necessitate a march to war, but that is the road our leaders chose, and the nation fell into lockstep support.

Today brought good news of Obama's intended reversal of Bush policies on detention and interrogation. But Obama is still espousing a surge in Afghanistan, and this is one point on which we strongly disagree. This is exactly what 43 wold have done. But it is early, and Ranger will shelve it until the situation develops.

All tactically proficient commanders know when to delay
, advance, defend or retrograde. Military moves must be dictated by realistic considerations; if they are not, then reality will inexorably shape the plans.

Commanders either act or react, either controlling events or being controlled by them.
Since the U.S. is at a "change of command" mode, now would be the ideal time to reevaluate and ramp down activities in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

All indicators are the Obama is a thinker and capable of bold action. Ranger's hope is that he will draw down in Afghanistan. Surely Obama and the U.S. must realize that the health and economic welfare of America must be placed ahead of Iraq and Afghanistan false hopes.

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Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

i'm listening..... ambivalent about Afghanistan..... at least Afghanistan is charging in the right direction. Afghanistan has historically not been kind to foreign military excursions of any kind..... not a good place to hang out for long..... pashtun

Friday, January 23, 2009 at 7:48:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great photos -- loved the guy with the RED beard.

Friday, January 23, 2009 at 9:58:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

when you look into those blue, and green eyes, you are seeing almost the only remaining things from the western invaders, the alexanders, the gordons, the russians.

they are a beautiful people. that was one of the things i loved about the cambodian, lao, and vietnamese. they were a very pretty people. even in a fairly primitive ville, there were some heartbreaking beauties.

love the music too! reminds me of some of our songs on the rez.

Friday, January 23, 2009 at 10:05:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

"...Obama is still espousing a surge in Afghanistan..."

A cynic might say that they need the money from the opium crop to help the U.S. out of its financial difficulties.

As Kevin at Cryptogon asks in his post Who Is Going to Lend the U.S. $2 Trillion?: "Where has all the opium related money been going since the War on Terror went to Afghanistan? Is that money about to buy U.S. Treasuries in heretofore unthinkable quantities?"

Friday, January 23, 2009 at 10:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

It does surely seem strange that US long term interests seem to be in drug areas.
The implications are overwhelming.I will keep out of
conspiracy stuff as observable reality is so confusing.

Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 10:18:00 AM GMT-5  

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