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Looking back five years later


Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Now that we've come to the 5th anniversary of the Iraq War, it's time to look back and see what we have obtained by prematurely abandoning the search for Osama bin Laden to invade Iraq. At least we should see how the predictions of great minds that planned and executed this fiasco worked out. There is too much to choose from to cover it all.

Paul Wolfowitz: (sometime before the invasion). The Iraqi oil will pay for the reconstruction of the country all by itself.

General Shinseki: (before the invasion). It will take 300+ thousand troops to control Iraq.

Donald Rumsfeld: (in reply). Nonsense.

George Bush: (about six weeks after the invasion on an aircraft carrier). Major combat operations are over and we have prevailed.

Paul Wolfowitz: (just before the invasion). The war should cost between 50-60 billion dollars.

George Bush: (on many occasions after Abu Gharaib). We do not torture.

Michael Mukasey and Michael Hayden: (early 2008). We used water boarding on three occasions and we might do it again if the President thinks we should.

Richard Cheney: (just before the 2006 elections). The insurgency is in its last throes. Just a bunch of dead-enders now.

Bush, Rice, and Gates: (in the selling of the "surge"). The Iraqis' will have to meet these 18 benchmarks. Also 18 provinces of Iraq will be under Iraqi central government control by November, 2007.

Bush, Rice, and Gates: (early this year). Benchmarks are an artificial construct and really don't matter as long as there is any progress.

John McCain: (just before the invasion). The Iraqi people will greet us as liberators.

John McCain: (after the "surge"). General Petraeus routinely goes about Baghdad in unarmored Humvees. [Absolutely false.]

An obscure Congressman from Indiana: (sometime before the 2006 election). The market in Baghdad where he bought five rugs for five dollars was just like any open air market in Indiana. [Where else would you need 100 soldiers, two Apache attack helicopters over head and four other aircraft circling the market?]

John McCain: (the summer of the invasion of Iraq). The next 2 to 3 months will be critical.

Douglas Feith: (July 2003). This month will be the turning point

President Bush: (June 2004). The turning point will come in two weeks. (June 2006) It's easy to see the tides turned.

[My all time favorite] Richard Cheney when asked about the .....
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Water, water, everywhere?

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Recent newspaper and television stories have reported scientific concerns with the appearance of medications, both human and animal in our water supplies. These are only a tiny drop in the enormous bucket of the problem. I believe that in the future, ..... 
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And We Prayed

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Many of us, of certain age and blessed or handicapped as long time Minnesotans, know religious diversity as Lutheran vs: Catholic. What the Lutherans had in numbers the Catholics battled with fully uniformed nuns and movies starring Bing Crosby. Eve ..... 
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Them that serve

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It must be difficult to be an elected government official. They must be responsive and accountable to various constituencies including themselves. These include the people whom they represent, which also includes people from their state or district ..... 
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Death by a thousand catastrophes

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

One day in the not so distant future, the Discovery Channel will air a documentary detailing the life and death of the Conservative Movement, that all-white tribe of bible-thumping, war-mongering, rich folk, who, for a brief period in American histo ..... 
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My forbidden fruits (and vegetables)

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Rushford, Minn. - If you've stood in line at a farmers' market recently, you know that the local food movement is thriving, to the point that small farmers are having a tough time keeping up with the demand.

But consumers who would like to b ..... 
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Speaking out: The Muni is a win for all of us

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is a fact that a resolution to rebuild the Rushford Municipal Liquor Store (the Muni) with both on and off sale has been brought up for vote before and after change of council members and passed both times. There remains a small group (mostly bus ..... 
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What happened to the R word?

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

What happened to the R word? You know, that old fashioned word called Regulation. Government regulation to be specific. With the sub-prime mortgage crisis and it's shady lenders about to put us into a recession for the second time in 20 years, isn't ..... 
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The ugly stain of torture

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Morris Davis, a bird colonel in the Air Force, and until October the chief prosecutor in Guantanamo Cuba, related the story of Tom Ahern in the New York Times ten days ago. According to Davis, Ahern was the Tehran station chief during the Iran hosta ..... 
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