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Rot, indeed.  I suppose this particular bit was a bit shocking to me, since this guy is actually a bit younger than I am.  I sometimes wonder, whenever I'm watching the news, about high-school friends of mine who joined the military for various reasons -- college money, 9/11, learning skills, etc -- as soon as they received their diplomas.  They all wound up in Iraq.  One of my best friends almost joined about a year prior to the invasion.  Thank God he opted for a 9-5 in Orlando and community college instead.

And you can see this same sort of thing in any international airport's bar.  On any given day in Atlanta International, there could be a solid thousand or so soldiers -- most younger than me (not sure why that matters but it somehow does), usually sitting in silence in the smoking room on the concourse, or cracking blatantly nervous jokes with fellow soldiers.  Everytime I've walked through Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson, it's the same thing.

But at least Blair is finally pulling the rug out.  The administration can try to spin it, but people know what this means: The Brits are getting the hell out before the country suffers collapse (if one can even argue that it hasn't already).  At this point, the American public wants out, too.  Now it's just a question of how many more come home like him, or worse (if any of the alternatives are even worse).

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Feb 21st, 2007 at 09:23:14 AM EST
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