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Friday, March 11, 2005

Mine Is Bigger Than Yours!

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee yesterday, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made the following comparison in justification of his policies:
The world has seen, in the last 3 1/2 years, the capability of the United
States of America to go into Afghanistan . . . and with 20,000, 15,000
troops working with the Afghans do what 200,000 Soviets couldn't do in a
decade. They've seen the United States and the coalition forces go into
Iraq. . . . That has to have a deterrent effect on people.

In the Rumsfeld lexicon of power, we now compare our military efforts to those of the discredited Soviet Union. So much for the onward march of democracy!

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