Thursday, December 31, 2009


God damn the Naughts. It was a perverse decade, in which that thing so many responsible people had agreed was the right thing to do, the removal of a dangerous, mass-murdering dictator, was strangely rendered not just unnecessary but an evil act by an unexpected twist of fate. The accusations of lies were themselves lies, all of it built on a tyrant’s framework of lies, that became an unquenchable fire that just burned hotter. It was as revolting as the stench of death.

That war dragged on and became a wretchedly divisive thing. Not only in the way it divided our nation. It cost people friendships. I saw some, friendships decades old, walk away. I walked away from others. It was an embittering experience. The thing that it became deepened political cynicism beyond what many of us might have imagined, as accusations of scheming met with accusations of political betrayal, cowardice, and opportunism., even as both sides claimed to represent the best interests of our nation, our soldiers and the world. It caused people to reconsider their allegiances.
RTWT.  It's very good.

This will probably be my last post of the year, seeing as how we're all tied up in football on this dreary gray winter afternoon.  Well... football, beer, and cigars (Thanks, Jim!)... of course.  But that said, I'll give you my usual New Year's Eve admonishment:  Have fun, celebrate in your chosen way, but PLEASE be careful if you go out tonight. I wanna see all your smiling (virtual) faces throughout the coming year.


  1. Buck, you don't have to worry about me, I'll be in bed early so I can get out of the rack and on the road to the Philly Airport to fetch home the Boy! He is taking a Red Eye from the Left Coast. It will be good to see him again, all in one piece.

    BT: Jimmy T sends.

  2. I must concur - a very good piece indeed.

    Here's to a very happy and prosperous new year to you as well!

  3. We drove to Lubbock yesterday and home today. We managed to miss the snow all around. Now we are snuggled down and I am trying to catch up on the blog world.

    Have a great New Year!

  4. Excellent piece.

    I blame Bush v. Gore. It seems the one talent we've lost interest in keeping or showing in this new century, is keeping in mind someone can disagree with us on this-issue or that-one, and not be evil.

    I'm confident our fatigue with the extraneous conflict will pull our heads out of our asses, and soon. Maybe 2010 is the year it happens. But I'm grateful, in the meantime, for people like you who aren't suffering from this mental illness. Even if you are wrong about some things, heh. (Insert tongue stickey-outey face here.)

  5. Just had a chance to read the entire Crittenden column.

    WOW! He covers a lot of territory and all of it thought-provoking.

  6. I'm glad all y'all thought this piece was worthwhile. It kinda hit me where I live... in more than one aspect.

    And Morgan... me? Wrong? I think that happened once in the way-back. That specific occasion was when I thought I was wrong and it turned out I wasn't. As usual. ;-)


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