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  •  "Dirty Wars" will be opening in a theater near me (7+ / 0-)

    approximately never.  The closest theater in which it might be shown is at least 100 miles away.

    The details of these dirty wars is something I find incredibly depressing.  It's enough for me to know that it's occurring without knowing the who and the how.  American foreign policy continues to ignore history at its peril.  Surely we've been involved in enough debacles since becoming a superpower to last us at least a century, no?

    -5.13,-5.64; GOP thinking: A 13 year path to citizenship is too easy, and a 5 minute background check is too burdensome. -- 1audeyrenee

    by gizmo59 on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 07:20:08 PM PDT

    •  Without a doubt. (5+ / 0-)

      The who and the how are completely interchangeable as we have seen.  It's the why that is always the same.

      I don't know if you saw the Oliver Stone miniseries on Showtime, but I learned so much about our history over the last 60+ years. To think, if one or two people be able to stay or become President we might have headed in a completely more positive direction.

      I must end each day with a dose of Top Comments. A TC diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

      by cohenzee on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 07:25:51 PM PDT

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      •  I did not see the Stone miniseries. (5+ / 0-)

        We don't own a TV, and I am currently boycotting all TV shows because they waste so much time that I could just as easily waste here (:-)).

        Be that as it may, I often wonder if outcomes would truly have been different had presidential elections gone differently.  So much of foreign and military policy is up to career civil servants, while presidents come and go.  Of course, if you're talking about G. W. Bush, there's no question that he mucked things up beyond all previous muck-ups (as it were).  Changing the outcomes of the 2000 and 2004 elections really would have made a profound difference.

        -5.13,-5.64; GOP thinking: A 13 year path to citizenship is too easy, and a 5 minute background check is too burdensome. -- 1audeyrenee

        by gizmo59 on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 07:46:25 PM PDT

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        •  I don't blame you for not owning (4+ / 0-)

          a TV.

          The person I really think could have made a difference was Henry Wallace. I didn't know much about him prior to watching the series, but had the insitutionalists not interfered in the '44 Convention, Wallace would have easily been the VP nominee once again. The people Truman put into his Cabinet would have never been in a Wallace Cabinet. Who knows, the dropping of the Bomb and the Cold War may never have occurred.

          I must end each day with a dose of Top Comments. A TC diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

          by cohenzee on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 07:52:33 PM PDT

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