Here are the headlines this morning that make you wonder if we are a brain dead nation:
Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There – I wonder if there was a similar headline back in 1975 when the fall of Saigon represented the fall of the entire country and where at one time we had over 500,000 troops in-country. Or even more germane, was the lesson that we were fighting a battle we should not have been fighting just totally forgotten in Iraq. Both were civil wars where the real issues were internal and we had no real understanding. In both we decided we were fighting the wrong kind of war and had to learn guerrilla tactics, but we never got that all we could do was hold the two sides apart until we left when the root cause of the conflicts had to be sorted out. Yes Virginia, Iraq was Vietnam all over again and we learned nothing the first time. Apparently after reading the article and listening to those who think we should have stayed there, we learned nothing this time either.
U.S. Economy Adds Only 74,000 Jobs in December – That number is not enough to sustain the number of people entering the job market and that is in December when retail hiring should have been at its peak. Now remember all those end of year stories about how Wall Street was at record highs and the outlook for next year is just peachy. Tell that to the ever increasing number of people looking for a job, and no, the unemployment rate does not reflect the real unemployment. So in the meantime, we are fighting about unemployment insurance with no real plan to provide jobs. We are just waiting for things to get better and they are not. Maybe it will finally dawn on most Americans that the Republican agenda to make the wealthy wealthier and wait for flow down is not something they should be voting for. Oh, I forgot. Be afraid of the debt.
At Issue Two Troubling Cases, What to Do After the Brain Dies – Speaking of being brain dead, this article raises the two case I wrote about yesterday in California and Texas, but misses the larger story. While it gives us a look into what it means to be brain dead, it does not ask the really tough questions (which I did) about when the state should step in against the family’s wishes, or said differently, whose life is this anyway. This is the critical issue about who has the final authority and who it affects and the article danced around what is the central question.
After Chris Christie’s Performance – This op-ed in the NYT tells us that, ” If the governor wants to regain any creditability, he has to admit he set a tone or vindictiveness.” There are so many problems with his defense that he is not a bully and these people acted outside his knowledge or control. Just his statement that “he fired his ‘stupid’ and ‘deceitful’ deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, ‘because she lied to me’ about the gridlock scheme,” raises all kinds of question about whether he is not a bully and just who he will throw overboard to protect his skin. Just from a personality point of view, this man is unfit for national office, and no one has yet examined his truly conservative economic and social stances to see how out of step with America he really is. Right now the whole discussion is on form over substance, but now the substance is coming up and he is screwed. But we are better for it.
Chemical Spill leaves thousands without Water in West Virginia – Actually it is hundreds of thousands and is the result of an industrial leak into the Elk River. That coupled with the calls for investigation into the derailments and fires resulting from moving oil from shale oil areas through the United States by rail should tell you all you need to know about less regulation. Cheaper is not always better and there is a lot at risk when we let industries self regulate (like the banking industry back in 2007-2008). But the Republicans never change their tune and we seem to never learn.
Just another Friday in clueless America.