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Sun., Sept. 2, 2012, 8:16 p.m.

The price of war…

Good evening, Netizens...


I've read one hell of a lot of comments and blogs over the last 48 hours about Clint Eastwood's diatribe spoken before the Republican National Convention, some good, some irreverent and some only marginal. Having read a lot of texts of the various speeches given before the august body of the convention, until last night, something had been nagging at the corner of my mind like an unwanted, unannounced relative who has showed up at a family gathering without bringing a crumb, but pigging out on all the good desserts and then leaving.


No one, except Eastwood, even mentioned the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Condoleezza Rice, who I believe helped craft the war during the Bush administration, never said a word about it, or maybe she is just heavily into denial for Mitt's sake. Ron Paul mentioned it, but he wasn't allowed to speak to the delegates of the convention, although he did speak at an arena he rented across town.


Bringing us up to current, for what it is worth, I cannot understand the logic when Romney spoke today of a new agenda of a “winning season” but no details of how we are going to win, either at war or the battle of the budget. Oh. Somebody forgot to tell the members of either party how much of our national budget is being spent every time we ship one of our soldiers home in a box from Afghanistan, didn't we? Perhaps instead of either political party using their big LED sign showing the rising national debt, somewhere someone should post an equally big sign showing how much the War in Afghanistan is costing Americans. We don't even have to throw in the accumulated debt from other countries to make the total appear utterly depraved and sickening.


So perhaps Clint Eastwood was very close to the truth when he suggested we bring our soldiers home from Afghanistan tomorrow morning. Suddenly that was not so funny, after all.



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