Friday, November 16, 2007

Meanwhile, in Washington:
No Money for the Troops

I heard this on the news, a few minutes ago: The American congress failed to vote on funding for U.S. troops. No money. Layoffs will likely start soon (for support staff, I'd assume). Nancy Pelosi has stated that the next vote will be in January.

This isn't a political blog. I'm not for or against any party or politico here.

But, I'm very concerned about the effect those jokers on capital hill have on the rest of the country. It's hard to shake the feeling that, faced with the apparent success of a troop surge in Iraq, and improvements, albeit limited, in the political situation in Iraq, some of America's leadership is desperately trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
And yes, I've written about Washington's apparent aversion to victory before:

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.