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I'm so mad I made a Tweet

Affordable Care Act should NOT be on the table. Give it a chance to work! Congress should move forward and start resolving other issues.
—@songdogmi, Nov. 21, 2012

This was presaged by this op-ed piece by John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives. Apparently, bringing repeal up for a vote over 30 times during this session of Congress did not sufficiently demonstrate the utter pointlessness of this session of Congress.

You know what I want, then? A vote to repeal the resolutions supporting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. While you're at it, vote on the resolutions for the Gulf War, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War while you're at it. Finally, repeal the law that makes the bald eagle the national bird, and replace it with the turkey. The bunch of turkeys in Congress ought to be real comfortable with THAT.

Or, y'know, Congress could move on and solve some other issues. I've heard that we have some.


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Nov. 24th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Sure. I mean, if the partner countries had better ideas that the U.S. military overlords wouldn't let them try (very possible), maybe they should stay. But otherwise.... nah. Let 'em go home. I mean, did we learn nothing from Vietnam?
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Nov. 24th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
You're right, just because Western troops leave won't mean the war will end. It will, probably, move to a new phase, and maybe things will settle down into something stable again. It might not be a stable regime we like, but stability is a virtue in itself. To me, at least, it seems the outcome is inevitable and we are only prolonging it in a painful way.

I have to admit to supporting the notion of a fixed withdrawal schedule early on, blind at least partly to the problems that would cause. Certainly the generals should have had a schedule, otherwise how else can one make any project work -- but announcing it so the Afghans knew it too was too big a problem. (Not that their intelligence couldn't have figured it out, anyway, I suppose.)

You're right that Obama inherited a lot of strictures put in place by Bush's strategy. I'm not knowledgable enough to know whether Obama could've tweaked anything differently and made the results better. I rather fear he was kind of stuck with the Afghan exercise lasting through his first term and beyond because of the way it ran through Bush's tenure.

Edited at 2012-11-24 03:48 am (UTC)
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