Phillipe and Jorge love Senator Jack Reed, but there comes a time when you just have to say, "Don't try to bullshit two bullshitters."
We are of course referring to Jack's new role as shill for the US military and its involvement in Afghanistan. His recent claim (repeat as needed and take with a huge grain of salt) that we have turned the tide against the Taliban insurgents and that there is a "remarkable" turnaround in the fighting capacity of the Afghan army (now they walk away from battles, rather than run) is simply a dog that gave up hunting long ago. There isn't enough makeup in the world to turn this walking dead nation-building zombie into a cover girl for democracy, no matter how thick you lay it on.
Perhaps the good senator would have been wise not to claim victory in true "Mission Accomplished" fashion just as a suicide car bomber blew up a NATO convoy in Kabul, killing 17 people, including several Americans.
It makes P&J sick to think of the more than 1600 US troops, our finest and bravest young men and women, who have been killed and maimed in the no-win, 10-year-plus effort to bring some stability to a Stone Age country that has rejected the arrival of civilization for centuries, whether it was the British, Russians, or the US peddling it.
Add in the billions of taxpayers' money that has been spent on this travesty — much of it lost to corruption, payoffs for murderous drug lords, and theft by a Taliban that then buys weapons to kill our own troops — at a time when the middle is being beaten to death with an economic hammer back home, and there is no defense for this horror show to continue.
We are sure that the relatives of the soldiers who have lost their lives were pleased to hear that Jack Reed had a "long, one-on-one" chat with a leading Pakistani Army general last week about the situation in Central Asia that was "definitely not polite and perfunctory."
THAT'S NOT WHAT ISAID
P&J's friend, Ms. Lovely Lady, whilst monitoring pension reform testimony on television, gave the iPad's new dictation app a whirl.
From iPad's transcription of one witness's testimony:
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