Monday, June 19, 2006

I have it on good authority that this isn't happening

"And as a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence. And the people of Afghanistan are now free. (Applause.) In other words when you say something as President you better make it clear so everybody understands what you’re saying, and you better mean what you say.

--President George W. Bush. September, 27, 2004.

Meanwhile, back in reality-land:

Taliban fighters ambushed two convoys carrying members of the same family in southern Afghanistan, killing 30 people, relatives and officials said Monday. In another clash, Afghan and coalition soldiers killed seven militants in the southern province of Uruzgan, where a large-scale anti-Taliban offensive is under way, an Afghan official said. Coalition forces have unleashed a massive offensive in four southern Afghan provinces targeting Taliban fighters who have been waging increasingly bold attacks against coalition and Afghan forces in recent months.

--AP, June 19, 2006.

This reminds me of the origins of the F-4 Phantom Naval fighter. Originally the design the Navy wanted was one without 20mm canons as they believed that era of close in dogfighting was over. The Navy believed that missiles fired from long distances would be the future of air combat. A pilot in Vietnam encountering enemy aircraft and while preparing to dogfight in close quarters told his weapons officer in the number two backseat, "Don't worry, I have it on very good authority from the Pentagon that this isn't happening." Vietnam, the resurgence of the Taliban, the chaos and civil war in Iraq. Don't worry America. I have it on very good authority from the White House that this isn't happening.


Blogger Cranky's Wife said...

I thought you liked pretending things aren't happening? How about our BBQ adventures?
See, I read your blog!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Crankyboy said...

You're so good to me my cranky wife.

1:50 PM  

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