http://www.omlettesoft.com/newjournal.php3?who=Lord+Omlette&id=1579065373We Rocking Weehawken
Fucking horrendous night of little sleep.
Still, got out of bed on time and got ready kinda on time despite frequent pauses to play Total Warhammer.
Lunch = chicken tendy + chili salmon + green beans.
Interview w/ J could've gone better. I liked him but it isn't clear that he understood what position he was interviewing for...
2 tickets, both meh too easy.
Phone call with FH went poorly... for the other guy. F explained in great detail what the guy was missing and he didn't want to hear it. Surprise.
Spent alot of time (a couple of hours at least!) reviewing comments for her. This is gonna pay off one day, and I can't wait.
TPG stopped by to remind me that we were close to missing Fogo de Chao... Not on my watch!
Dinner = Mom's chicken + rice + the last of the canolis from Friendsgiving.
Stayed up way too late thanks to the Golden Order campaign. It's almost time for the Chaos invasion. Unfuckingbelievable how much the most recent patch changed the game.
If the US government ever told the truth about Afghanistan
, it isn't clear when.
A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.
The documents were generated by a federal project examining the root failures of the longest armed conflict in U.S. history. They include more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes of interviews with people who played a direct role in the war, from generals and diplomats to aid workers and Afghan officials.
The U.S. government tried to shield the identities of the vast majority of those interviewed for the project and conceal nearly all of their remarks. The Post won release of the documents under the Freedom of Information Act after a three-year legal battle. It took three years and two federal lawsuits for The Post to pry loose 2,000 pages of interview records. In the interviews, more than 400 insiders offered unrestrained criticism of what went wrong in Afghanistan and how the United States became mired in nearly two decades of warfare. With a bluntness rarely expressed in public, the interviews lay bare pent-up complaints, frustrations and confessions, along with second-guessing and backbiting.
"We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan -- we didn't know what we were doing," Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who served as the White House's Afghan war czar during the Bush and Obama administrations, told government interviewers in 2015. He added: "What are we trying to do here? We didn't have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking." "If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction . . . 2,400 lives lost," Lute added, blaming the deaths of U.S. military personnel on bureaucratic breakdowns among Congress, the Pentagon and the State Department. "Who will say this was in vain?"Craig Whitlock
Or, as was said by a certain former Democratic candidate for president, how do you ask someone to be the last man to die for a mistake?
This has been a bipartisan cock-up right from jump. None of the three administrations involved in it comes out of this report looking like people you'd trust to wash your car. One trillion bucks and climbing, and what have we learned? Basically, that we haven't learned anything. It took the Post three years to pry these documents loose (and there's nothing that Post editor Marty Baron likes better than prying documents loose--just ask the Archdiocese of Boston), and we find that the old Vietnam Syndrome wasn't kicked very far during our walkover wars in the 1980s and 1990s.
Frankly, and maybe it's because I persist in believing that the activism of the 1960s actually accomplished something lasting, I can't believe that we've gone down this road again. Hell, we've made hit movies about the Pentagon Papers. That was a watershed. Everybody learned a lesson from those documents, right?
And, of course, the most damning thing about these revelations is that they vanished from the media almost immediately, lost in the din of the barely organized crazy that this administration has brought to Washington. This was a monumental scoop, the result of dogged work by the entire news operation of the Washington Post, and most people know far more about Giuliani's insane overseas ramblings than know anything about the archived failure and waste present here.Charles P. Pierce
They weren't misled, they didn't misspeak, they didn't misunderstand the situation, they just lied every fucking chance they got. Assholes.
Sylvester Turner won re-election as mayor but Janaeya Carmouche didn't win an at-large seat on the city council. 50% win!
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