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I have to admit nothing has really been grabbing my attention lately

August 3, 2010

The most interesting thing I have seen today is the fact that 43% of the American populace thinks going to war in Afghanistan was a mistake. In my opinion the mistake is listening to polls tell us what is or is not the proper execution of national defense strategy. If I remember correctly even after Pearl Harbor a fairly sizable portion of the population opposed WWII, same with the Civil War. Should we have listened to them also? That isn’t to say the people should have no say, but that’s why we have elections and a representative democracy – to execute the will of the people through a group who can look at the facts and make careful determinations of policy. (I will grant you that the system is not working particularly well at the moment, but a large portion of the problem is polls like this driving the political cycle. Say what you want about George W. Bush, on national security he took a position and the polls didn’t matter. It is going to be that that redeems his legacy in another 15 years.)

Sharron Angle continues her mission to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and hope of the GOP Marco Rubio continues to cost the GOP the Florida senate seat. Fortunately despite my pessimism Rand Paul still leads in Kentucky, but if we lose FL and NV I am not sure how we take the Senate.

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  1. xbradtc permalink
    August 3, 2010 3:42 pm

    …but if we lose FL and NV I am not sure how we take the Senate.

    We don’t.

    As to Afghanistan, the biggest mistake we made was letting the NATO camel get its nose under the tent. I’m not knocking the troopers from the various allies, but their leadership allowed the insurgency to grow in areas where it absolutely shouldn’t have been able to gain ground.

    Right now, with a president unwilling to give a clear statement of determination, of course the public is wavering. Leadership 1o1.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      August 3, 2010 6:12 pm

      We don’t.

      I’m glad someone else has figured that out.

      I wish others would and that they would have figured it out earlier. I don’t want to be a Cassandra but I kept saying “it doesn’t matter who gets selected in the primaries, they have to be able to win in the general”, but it’s much more fun to bitch and moan about ideological purity than to actually elect intelligent grown-ups that have a chance of successfully running the country.

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