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Robert McNamara about Vietnam: “there is no evidence that the South Vietnamese would ever have been able to accomplish on their own what they failed to achieve with massive American assistance. The level of congressional funding was irrelevant....The Nixon administration, like the Johnson administration before it, could not give the South Vietnamese the essential ingredient for success: genuine indigenous political legitimacy.”

You can say that Dems have declared defeat, but how much more time, money and life need to be wasted until you believe that what you now regard as victory (after finding WMD, deposing Saddam, etc., etc.) isn't going to happen?

Do we just go at this indefinitely?

BTW, it's only fair that I let you poke holes in my writing at redpillbog.com.


Well, first off, I don't think Iraq is much like Viet Nam. More like Italy, really, than either VN or Germany or Japan. But it's a screwed up place with a lot of screwed up people, to be sure.

How long? As long as it takes.

How much money? As much as it costs.

How many lives? As many as it takes. But more on lives -- except for the liberation of Kuwait, this has been the least deadly war we've ever fought. Well, I'm not sure about the Barbary Pirates in the 18th century, but comparing to the 19th or 20th centuries, this war has been almost bloodless. For us, that is.

What's the big hurry to declare defeat? Why stop now? And what about the consequences of retreat in the face of a puny and innept yet clever and determined enemy? It might please France, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran, but what is in preemptive surrender for us?

And to be clear, I don't believe defeat is going to happen unless we make it happen. All we lack is determination on the part of 50% of our population.

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Seen at low tide

  • American White Pelican
    Saw 30 in one flock on a weptember evening while fishing
  • Hummingbird
    Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
  • Flamingo!
    One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
  • Falcon!
    Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
  • Black Skimmer
    These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
  • Dead sea turtle
    cool, but smelly
  • Reddish Egret
    These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
  • Sand Piper
  • Brown Pelican
    I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
  • Wood Pecker
    They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.
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