This-n-that

This may be the best brief summary of the Iraq War I’ve read to date:

First, the American government did not find what it had been looking for at the war’s outset, then it failed to prepare its troops and medical corps for the aged weapons it did find.

Be sure to read the entire linked story, because those chemical weapons didn’t just get there by themselves… or only at the Iraqi government’s behest.  This is but one blatant example of our nation’s blundering about in the world coming back to bite our own.

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Speaking of holding back information

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And then you have grossly inappropriate government requests for information, which should be forcefully ignored.  If churches will now be harassed for opposing city ordinances that would deny businesses the ability to require that men use the men’s room, and ladies the ladies’ room, then it’s safe to say freedom of speech AND religion are both dead.

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Why is it so hard to understand that one of the best ways to prevent the global spread of Ebola is to deny it jet-assisted travel?  And why was/is our government so persistent in allowing unfettered travel from the affected countries in Africa?  Cui bono from this determined inaction?

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Facing death:  a contrast in worldviews

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