TCA (my initials)

February 19, 2007

don’t leave the children on their own

Filed under: Doodling — TCA @ 8:30 pm

“Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?”

Singer Vera Lynn was the sweetheart of British and American troops in the Second World War. She’s 89 years old. The title of the song “Vera” by Pink Floyd refers to her. The song “We’ll Meet Again” at the end of Stanley Kubrick’s film Doctor Strangelove is sung by her. The London Observer reported in late January that “Dame Vera Lynn, the wartime Forces Sweetheart, has launched a withering attack on the government over its ‘appalling’ treatment of Gulf war veterans.”

Then the other shoe dropped. The Washington Post revealed last week that wounded soldiers face neglect at the U.S. Army’s top medical facility. Grandparents raising children of slain soldiers are being denied a $100,000 death benefit.

The U.S. Congress recently asked what happened to $12 billion in cash that was airshipped to Iraq.

The U.N. predicts that a million Iraqis will flee their homes this year. They’ll join countless hundreds of thousands who have fled already. The Wall Street Journal published an article about near-future Iraqi refugees titled Iraq’s Other Surge.

Roger Morris has written a postmortem on Donald Rumsfeld’s tenure as Defense Secretary titled The Undertaker’s Tally, Part 1 and Part 2.

An editor for The Economist is keeping a war diary. From Canada to Kandahar is a recent entry. It ends with these words: “Forget the special relationship. For America, Britain is just the poor relation.” The neoimps (neoimperialists) of Team USA have worn out their welcome–even with their closest friends.

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