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We Can’t Even Win an Unwinnable War – America the Train is Passing Us By

July 29, 2010

The other day my sister-in-law said she is tired of reading my “gloom and doom.”  I can’t agree more. But like an actor on the stage, give me a good script. Each day I look around for even the smallest glimmer of hope. I’m a fighter, always was and always will be. From Thomas L. Friedman to local, national and international news, where is the stuff that dreams are made of.  

For example, in  today’s New York Times (NYT) an article by William J. Broad titled, “Nuclear Forensics Skill Is Declining in U.S., Report Says” seemed to underscore the loss of another homegrown technology. My mind flashed with a big and resounding “WOW.” I guess its time to: forget that we invented nuclear energy; forget our once prominent position in space; forget our high consumption of fossil fuels and our need for renewable energy; forget that we invented mass production, which shepherded us to into the modern world, and forget that economic strength now lies in a national debt estimated to be $13,787,000,000,000 (13.787 trillion) by the end of 2010.

Who does not hear a daily head count of the loss of American lives in a war that in the long run may be unwinnable. A current movie “Restrepo” tells not a tail, but chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. What you see is an actual 18 month account of ceaseless, firefights and ambushes. In April of this year we pulled out of the Valley. But be it as it may,  Congress just approved a supplemental war -funding bill. Hooray, congress did something, however incapable of passing a meaningful climate control bill that can benefit American and all Americans. Hey, did someone mention Vietnam and the vivid scene of  the last Americans leaving Saigon in desperation by helicopter.  It should be noted the we dropped 6,727,084 tons of bombs on Indo China during the Vietnam War, more than twice the amount dropped by the Allies during WWII in both the European and Pacific theaters.

No matter what you think, should the Climate Control Bill ever pass as a real solution rather than a watered down version of something that has the word climate in it, the ultimate benefit would be to wean us off foreign oil. Guess that’s not in the cards for sometime. Sorry Sis, for getting optimally pessimistic again.

Seems as though the train is moving fast and somehow missed our stop. Nice to watch the train go bye, but sooner or later the tracks won’t even be here to stop.

Someone give me a positive sign, anything.

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