With the decision on the strategy and objectives in Afghanistan to be presented by the Obama administration soon, there can be one thing for certain: he will be criticized no matter what decision he makes. He inherited a mess in Afghanistan. To complicate matters, he is receiving mixed signals from leaders who have some experience and understanding of the great importance of his decisions.
Sitting alone in a rehab center is a military veteran. It is not pertinent to know his/her political perspective. Age, gender, color, ethnicity, religion have little bearing on how or why he/she needs you.
As we in America, western Europe, and most places outside of Germany make a big celebration about the dismantling of the infamous Berlin Wall in 1989, I reflect on my personal experiences in Berlin...
We like to teach American history as though we have been a nation that prides itself on emancipation. We like to preceive ourselves as liberators and freedom providers. Let's pause and reflect on how the United States of America has been so reluctant in granting "others" emancipation and freedom.
We are in danger in America. We need to give people some basic orientation and instruction about historical accuracy and objective journalism. This would require a huge infusion of cash and nationwide honesty. A national program of this scope would require immense amounts of capital. [Attention: Bill Gates and Warren Buffet]. If this does not happen, our democracy is in serious jeopardy.