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There is no excuse (Update)

We have been in Afghanistan for over a decade. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. None.

From BBC:

At least two of four US Marines shown in a video appearing to urinate on Taliban corpses have been identified, a Marine Corps official has told the BBC.

The video, which was posted online, purports to show the Marines standing over the bodies of several Taliban fighters, at least one of whom is covered in blood.

The Marines have begun a criminal investigation and an internal inquiry.

Update: Rick Perry proves that he is clueless what it means to be an American. We are a land of rules and laws. We honor our word. When we signed the Geneva conventions we have promised that we are not going to desecrate the bodies of those who died on the battlefield. Yet, for some reason Rick Perry doesn’t get this.

US officials and Afghan officials have condemned the video.

By |2012-01-15T16:16:17-04:00January 15th, 2012|Military|Comments Off on There is no excuse (Update)

What’s going on in London?

As I wait for news from the Wisconsin recount, I continue to drift over to the London story. Although London has been relatively quiet, sporadic outbursts of violence has erupted all over England. I’m kind of confused. What’s going on?

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From the BBC:

Sporadic violence has broken out in several cities around England, although London remained largely quiet with a heavy police presence on the streets.

With 16,000 police officers deployed in London, the streets remained calm after three previous nights of rioting.

But there was unrest in cities including Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham with shops being looted and set alight.

The PM is recalling Parliament over Monday night’s “sickening scenes”.

Forty seven people have been arrested so far over trouble in Manchester and Salford where crowds of youths have set fire to buildings and cars while 87 have been arrested over disorder which has broken out across the West Midlands.

By |2011-08-10T00:31:36-04:00August 10th, 2011|Foreign Affairs|2 Comments

More on Iran

It appears that the Grand Ayatollah may have been wrong. I know… that’s a shocker. It is possible to fudge an election! Iran’s Guardian Council admitted that over 50 cities had more than 100% turnout of eligible voters. According to the spokesperson, this discrepancy may have added as many as three million “voters.” Well, that takes the margin of victory from seven million down to four million.

Nate Silver had a little bit more on the Ayatollah’s flawed logic.

BBC reporter Jon Leyne has been asked to leave the country by the Iranian government.

By |2009-06-21T20:20:08-04:00June 21st, 2009|Iran|Comments Off on More on Iran
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