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Can We Give Everyone a VDH Brain Chip? January 21, 2006, 11:45 pm

Posted by quintapalus in People Smarter Than Me.
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Because every week we get a dose of common sense from this guy that makes everything so clear, with such great perspective. Then again, it’s not as hard as it sounds when you actually know human nature well enough and are a student of history:

After September 11, many of our experts assured us that it was “not a question of if, but when? we were to be hit again — with the qualifier that the next strike would be far worse, entailing a dirty bomb, or biological or chemical agents. Yet when we are still free from an assault 52 months later, censors assure that our safety has nothing to do with the Patriot Act, nothing to do with wiretaps, nothing to do with killing thousands of terrorists abroad in Afghanistan and Iraq, and nothing to do with creating democratic Afghan and Iraqi security forces who daily hunt down jihdadists far from America’s shores. And yet, strangely, there is no serious legislation to revoke the Patriot Act, to outlaw listening to calls from potential terrorists, or to cut off funds for operations in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Summarize what the media, the Europeans, the Middle East, and the opposition at home say about Iraq, and the usual narrative is that an initial mistake was made far worse by ideologues, leading to a hopeless situation that only makes the U.S. appear foolish and impotent, while ruining the military, creating a police state at home, and emptying the treasury. Yet these same critics surely don’t want Saddam Hussein back. They concede that after three successful elections, Iraq just might be the first truly democratic society in the history of the Middle East. And they privately acknowledge that the reputations of Osama bin Laden and Al Zarqawi are on the wane. How was that possible when almost everyone fouled up?

What can I say, but ouch!! Oh, yeah, and read the whole thing.
As much as Victor Hansen is a great intellectual and historian, he also reminds me of that simple, practical “lived through the depression era” type grandfather. You know, the kind who would tell you to stop your whining and just do it.

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