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Up is down, to is fro

Posted by metaphorical on 20 November 2006

When tectonic plates grind up against one another, you get earthquakes and mountains, right? So what happens when entire decades collide? Among other things, this: the unindicted war criminals admit the “conflict” in Iraq is unwinnable, while the liberals call for a return of conscription.First, here’s Henry Kissinger:

If you mean by ‘military victory,’ an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don’t believe that is possible.

There’s plenty of links to choose from, but the AP version is fine:

“Kissinger presented a bleak vision of Iraq, saying the U.S. government must enter into dialogue with Iraq’s neighbors – including Iran – if progress is to be made in the region.”

Next, there’s Charles Rangel who apparently thinks the way to peace is to reinstate the draft.

There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft, and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm’s way,” Rangel said.

In other words, War Is Peace. So there’s the answer: when the 1960s crash into the 2000s, they split the difference and end up at 1984.

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