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And Also: James Fallows was on Al Franken today talking about how hard it is to create/train a new Iraqi Army. He has a new Atlantic Monthly piece. My sentiment was "why in the heck is this our job?" But, then, I remembered ... you break it, you own it ... or have to replace it. Grr.
Many of the military’s most senior generals are deeply frustrated, but they say nothing in public, because they don’t want to jeopardize their careers. ... One person with whom the Pentagon’s top commanders have shared their private views for decades is Representative John Murtha, of Pennsylvania, the senior Democrat on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.
Various people have suggested Rep. Murtha is doing a Cyrano de Bergerac in respect to his pullout proposal. This suggests all the blowhards who suggest he is some kind of turncoat or something are basically calling top commanders such names. For instance, the political cartoon portraying him as a turkey ...
By the way, Charlie Brown had better luck kicking the football than NY kickers at the end of yesterday's games. Sigh.