Why it matters

In which Sig discusses Scott Thomas at some length.

Between the lines

It's practically a form notice. I'm sure that there's a MS Word template somewhere with places to fill in the names and units.
[quote="DefenseLink"]The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Kevin F. Edgin, 31, of Dyersburg, Tenn., died on July 6 in Baghran Valley, Afghanistan, when his convoy encountered enemy small arms fire. Edgin was assigned to the Army's 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.[/quote]
His convoy encountered enemy small arms fire. Vague. Sounds like they were just driving around and came across some gang bangers or something.

I didn't know Kevin Edgin. I never met him. But like another fallen soldier I never met, I know a bit about him.

Is that what we look like from the outside?

[quote]It is quite common in advanced democratic societies for elections to produce results that oblige political opponents to govern in partnership. Germany today is governed by a "grand coalition" of left and right. France has experienced periods of "cohabitation." The U.S. Constitution seems to invite it, with the White House and Congress occupied by different political parties more often than not.

Despite this, these societies remain stable, prosperous and well-governed. In each case the political elites understand that there is something more important at stake than the pursuit of political power. Respecting the wishes of their voters, they seek to share power in the national interest.[/quote]

Query: do we really look like this to other nations? Do we look like this to ourselves?

Too much rage for words

Seriously. Have we lost it this badly as a society, that this man is an object of pity?

Is this good or bad?

I'm confused. Is this a real-news-vs.-silly-blogs sort of thing? Half of the article is devoted to questions about the identity and credibility of the sources, after all. Or is it purely a political thing, with the not-so-subtle insinuation that these guys are in cahoots with our Commander in Chief to make things look better than they are? Either way, I expect my slanted media to be more circumspect in their biases.

Walter Reed redux

There's a lot of posturing going on about the mess at Walter Reed, so I thought some additional perspectives might be helpful. Political brouhahas have a way of generating noise and heat without light--I'm sure science will someday find a way to use this to solve future energy crises.

Ground truth for Iraq

I don't talk much about Iraq. I have opinions just like everyone else, but no more ground truth than can be gleaned from an analogous-but-not-really-the-same deployment to Afghanistan.

That said, I have a few contrasting approaches to the Iraq question for your consideration.

[Lots of linkage and a video. Moving pictures!]

Russian stability

[quote]Yes, stability has come to Russia. It is a monstrous stability under which nobody seeks justice in law courts which flaunt their subservience and partisanship. Nobody in his or her right mind seeks protection from the institutions entrusted with maintaining law and order, because they are totally corrupt.

Lynch law is the order of the day, both in people's minds and in their actions. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.[/quote]


[Edit: Check out also this link to a review of the twenty journalists killed in Russia since Comrade Putin became the president. While some may joke about "a good start" in this country, it's not a laughing matter over there.]

The bombing at Bagram

This is the Taliban's idea of a publicity stunt. This is the sort of thing they are reduced to--largely symbolic attacks.

I support the American people.

Honestly, I'd just like people to sit up and pay attention. This is a clearer example than most of exactly what some of these people think of your neighbors, the ones who are out fighting in a foreign land right now.

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