and Germans. When I was a kid in the late 40s, early 50s, we played WWII games. I remember playing Kamikaze and diving into imaginary ships with my little friends. I thought the word “German” had something to do with “Germs.”
Later, I was on the alert for “Commies” as a 10 year old. Not to mention the “Duck and Cover” drills and helping the Civil Air Patrol by looking for Russian planes.
So the current pre-occupation with terrorists, etc. is not so new to me. IT is deja vu all over again!
Huh. I could’ve sworn I remembered something about people flying passenger airliners into office buildings full of civilians and thousands of people being killed and the whole Manhattan skyline being radically altered in an hour and the Federal government grounding every single non-military aircraft in the U.S. for several days and the President being rushed off to some “undisclosed location” somewhere.
But, hey, my very own Congresswoman thinks that maybe that was all just part of The Plot, so what do I know?
And we had U.N. sanctions on them for years, and we even lobbed cruise missiles at them a few times. Then came the aforementioned terrorist attacks and mass murder of Americans citizens and foreign guests on American soil. They upped the stakes, and now so are we.
Gee, I didn’t think the Taliban had put it up for sale.
Not sure where you got that figure from or what it refers to. Personally, I think we need to spend more money “buying” Afghanistan, something the current administration seems reluctant to do. Not letting Afghanistan slide back into being a hellhole is not only the Right Thing To Do, it’s also a necessary step to keep it from being used as a base for future attacks by the kind of fanatics hellholes breed.
You’ll note we are continuing to spend money to correct that problem.
I think the current campaign of saber-rattling against Iraq is a separate matter from the war against Al-Qaeda (despite the administration’s attempts at “linkage”).
Of course this entire exchange probably belongs in my bailiwick, not over here in MPSIMS.