So, is anyone actually going to do anything about "it?" The "it" being the fact that Bush (apparently at Cheney's urging) is just thumbing his nose at virtually the entire world. Those who wish to see our troops "augmented" in Iraq are few and far between (McCain, Lieberman, and some of the neocons). Bush/Cheney have made it clear they don't care what the American public wants, or what Democrats want, or what many of their own Republicans want, or what the entire world wants, they are going to go ahead and do what THEY want. What they want is so unutterably stupid and predictably useless as to make one tear out one's hair. It is perfectly obvious that 20,000 additional troops in Bagdad cannot possibly turn that doomed city around. This is no more than a human sacrifice designed to prolong the "war" until after the 2008 election when it can be simply dumped on whoever the next president may be. If, as some surmise, they are going to attack Iran (or have the Israelis do it), you can say goodby to life as we know it now. This would be an act so incredibly insane as to leave no doubt about the sanity of our "leaders." I wonder if it is possible to be too dumb to be insane?
Here at Sandhill it has been very cold for several days, single digits every morning and not much warmer during the day. This is unusual here. We often have temperatures in the 20's and 30's during the winter but rarely single digits or below. My wife has been sick with flu or something for several days. I have developed a sore throat and worry that I have what she has had. Our driveway is a mass of ice two or three inches thick, and there is no end in sight (of course there has to be an end eventually). But we have a nice fire in our living room stove, the kittens from hell have been put to bed, life, of course, continues.
Life. A terminal condition transmitted by sex.