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August 29, 2005

Why not?

Discovered that, while .html cade can be added to text in comments, image code works only in entries, not in comments. So following is in response to a request for an editorial (see first comment in "On Cindy Sheehan, honor and dishonor" below).


So why can't the troops come home?

Posted by jcb at August 29, 2005 09:49 AM

Comments

Well, that's cute, jcb, but that's not what I meant by "editorial". Obviously everything you write at The Passing Parade is an "editorial".

I was keying in on E&P's editor calling for newspaper editorials nationwide to start the drumbeat of Pull Out Now. I presume the Pull Out Now crowd dominates newsrooms nationally. So I was asking for you to write an editorial for the D/A (not your column) calling for Pull Out Now.

Possibly I misunderstand who writes editorials for D/A. Is it just one person (if so, it must be Mr. Rogers, since D/A editorials are so bland), or do several people do it?

I have no idea how prevalent the Pull Out Now crowd is in our community. I think it would be a disaster to Pull Out Now, but many of the people I associate with on a daily basis seem to think two years is long enough. Like me, most have teenagers and are concerned about the draft. I try to tell them the only way we'll have a draft is in the event of some national emergency, but they don't buy it. So it might be interesting to throw out a Pull Out Now call to see who and how many answer. IMO, the editorials in the D/A are one of the weakest parts of the paper, and I say that as a long time subscriber who recently ponied up the nearly $200 to continue for another year.

Posted by: paladin at August 31, 2005 10:16 AM

The national guard is nice to have during those national emergencies you speak of. I wonder if the folks down in Mississippi and Louisiana are missing the 40 and 35 percent, respectively, of their guard that are now in Iraq.

I don't think a complete pull-out of Iraq would be the best course of action either. We broke it so we had better fix it. I think getting help is our best option - maybe we should bribe another country like Poland to help us out.

I think the tragedy in and around NOLA shows us why we need to keep National Guard units stateside. Folks like General Shinseki warned us before this war that we did not have enough troops to effectively pull this and Afghanistan off at the same time. What's done is done but maybe if we hold our commanders-in-chief accountable for not heeding such advice maybe history won't repeat itself.

You know, the National Guard used to be where cowardly drunken frat boys with powerful parents went to *avoid* fighting. :)

Posted by: t at August 31, 2005 01:48 PM

Sorry, Paladin, I couldn't resist.

Anyway, I neither write D/A editorials nor influence their content. If you want to urge the papers to do as E&P suggests, you can contact the editorial page editors, Murray Hancks at the Argus or Kenda Burrows at the Dispatch.

Only the point that t makes, about fixing what we break, keeps me from being an out-and-out get out now guy. But it increasingly seems to me that we're doing more breaking than fixing.

Posted by: jcb at September 1, 2005 10:36 AM