OT: Risking Your Pension

To tell it like it is: Leaving Iraq: The Grim Truthpdf. And, by risking pensions, I mean the last comment on possible Iraqi scenarios:

[Gen. Tony McPeak (retired)]: This is a dark chapter in our history. Whatever else happens, our country’s international standing has been frittered away by people who don’t have the foggiest understanding of how the hell the world works. America has been conducting an experiment for the past six years, trying to validate the proposition that it really doesn’t make any difference who you elect president. Now we know the result of that experiment [laughs]. If a guy is stupid, it makes a big difference.

Related from the LATimes, channeling a little Walt Kelly: The enemy and us are starting to look alikepdf

Only in retrospect, as the historian leafs through the documents that survive redaction and classification, will it become apparent how the war on terror turned a part of us into our enemy — and a part of our enemy into ourselves.