Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wag the Dog

Today is Tuesday, 30 March 2010.

“Sur-prise, sur-prise”: the legacy of W. Bush continues to relieve itself all over the Afghan and American peoples.

As noted (“Doh!”) today in The New York Times, W’s handpicked choice of Hamid Karzai for President of Afghanistan/Mayor of Kabul continues to be one more nail in the ongoing crucifixion of the Afghanis.

As could only be expected. The lesson wasn’t learned when Ike and J. F. Dulles chose the corrupt and incompetent Ngo Dinh Diem to “lead” South Vietnam, or when LBJ, Nixon, and Ford backed a series of similar losers. The lesson wasn’t learned when the Soviets backed losers of their own during their attempted conquest of Afghanistan.

The lesson is simple and obvious. When a great power believes it has much at stake, it can easily become the victim of its “puppets”, and the tail wags the dog.

(Article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/world/asia/30karzai.html?hp)

Vincent Van Gogh was born on this date in 1853.

On this date in 1858, the first pencil with an attached eraser was patented. It was marketed under the brand name “Bush-Proof”.

Dith Pran, the photographer and journalist whose story was recounted in The Killing Fields, died on this date in 2008. Pran was born in 1942.


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