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60,000 troops in Afghanast Afthanaxt Afgahanstiani – asshole of the world?

What are we doing?

There are high schools in Palm Beach County where the literacy rate isn’t much better than Afghanastan. AFganastqana. What ever.

I don’t care about rebuilding Afgahanstianidan.

It was never built.

It isn’t worth one Marine.

Get our people out.

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Written by Charles Keefer

September 11, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Posted in Blog

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  1. He has risen!

    ksteinhoff

    September 12, 2009 at 8:45 am

  2. I am having a problem with the Obama presidency.

    I thought he was a progressive. I was hoping he might be the new Teddy Roosevelt. You know – big things. National Parks. Bully pulpit. Health insurance.

    Now he wants to fight a war and build a country in Afghanistan? We have no business there. Mucking with those people is what brought Russia down. Can’t we take a lesson?

    If Bin Laden ever leaves his cave, we can whack him with a drone.

    We have plenty of people in this country that are in a world of hurt. Maybe I see it clearer than others because of my position with The Children’s Coalition, but the needs we have here at home are horrendous and they are not being addressed.

    I won a national award 35 years ago by pointing out that half the children that enter Palm Beach County schools don’t graduate and most of them are minorities. The situation has not changed.

    Can you imagine not having a high school diploma?

    I can’t imagine not having a college education. What would you fill up your brain with?

    I know people who want to be rap stars. They think they have something to say but can’t even name the planets in our solar system and have no idea that we have found planets in other solar systems.

    If you don’t know that simple fact, can you imagine how parochial you are?

    You remember Earthrise. From Wikipedia – Earthrise is the name given to NASA image AS8-14-2383, taken by astronaut William Anders during the historic Apollo 8 mission, the first manned voyage to orbit the Moon.

    I know people – adults with children – who have not seen it.

    I also know adults for which it means nothing.

    Until it means something to all of us, we are missing the point.

    ckeefer3

    September 14, 2009 at 11:29 pm

  3. When I got into the news biz shortly after the content stopped being chiseled onto stone tablets, Afghanastanism was the term used for stories that were published in the “Silly Season.”

    The Silly Season, depending on where you lived was the time of year when nothing happened. Legislatures adjourned, all the movers and shakers were on vacation, the schools were out and it was even too hot for the bad guys to be bad.

    Here’s the way Bob Greene described it:

    “Afghanistanism,” some old news hands recall, was used as a derisive term to describe local editors who were too meek to take on the problems in their own towns, so instead wrote long-winded editorials about countries far away. Don’t want to incite the wrath of the mayor, or the city council, or the city’s leading merchant? Then leave them alone — and instead pontificate about the political climate in Afghanistan.

    The alternate meaning of “Afghanistanism,” according to those who remember its use, could be translated something like this: “One cat in a tree rescued in this town warrants bigger display on Page One than 5,000 people killed in an earthquake in Afghanistan.” As with the first definition, it was spoken with not a little cynicism — the people who spoke about Afghanistanism were not endorsing it, they were moaning about the provincial aspects of hometown news coverage.

    ksteinhoff

    September 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm

  4. A while back we met a Dutch special forces officer in a bar. He was in DC for some kind of assignment with the Marines. He had served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He said Iraq was like “Mad Max” — a seemingly modern infrastructure of roads, power lines, modern building, etc, amidst a complete social breakdown. But Afghanistan, he said, was Medieval — like stepping back into the 5th Century. He had hope for Iraq because overall it has an educated population. But he thought Afghanistan was a lost cause because, outside of Kabul, people really don’t want to change and they don’t like outsiders. I can’t see how this goes well.

    Scott Campbell

    September 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

  5. Hey… I don’t have a college education. I barely have two semesters at FAU.

    Matt

    Matthew Steinhoff

    September 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm

  6. Scott Campbell, my friend, I miss talking with you.

    Did you see Jon Stewart?

    Afghanistan didn’t go well for Ghengis Khan, Alexander the Greart or the Russians.

    Unless we find new and profitable uses for opium, goats and rocks, I doubt it will go well for us.

    I keep looking for instances where stone age populations have been transformed into Jefforsonian democracies, but I think they have to go through witch burnings and stuff on their own.

    Would you kindly tell our President that we don’t really care about Afghanistan’s global warming footprint because they have not yet discovered coal.

    I think we could pay for Medicare for all just by cutting the Defense Department money for mercaneries. And maybe by bringing a few troops back home to their families.

    Charles Keefer

    September 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm


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