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July 21, 2009

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Get over your castigation of the Bush administration. There's a new government in town, and guess what? They're continuing the policies of their predecessors. It's Obama's war now, and it's his hands which are stained by the blood of innocents because he has done nothing to reverse the policies of the previous regime. Cosmetic changes like changing "war on terror" to "overseas contingency operations" don't count---innocents are still dying in droves, people are still being tortured, and the same old US imperialistic agenda is continuing in the name of "hope" and "change".

I'm sorry if this offends your liberal sensibilities, but the ball is in Obama's court. It has been for half a year now, and it's been in the court of the Democratic Congress for several years now.

If your criticism of US policies is to have any relevance at all, I suggest you focus on those who current have the authority to authorize and re-authorize systematic brutality in the name of imperialism. And that's no longer Bush and Cheney.

You do not have to go back to Sun Tzu's Art of War. If the American political class cannot even heed the lessons Robert McNamara learned from the Vietnam War, it is hopeless.

R.S. McNamara's eleven life lessons

1. Empathize with your enemy
2. Rationality will not save us
3. There's something beyond one's self
4. Maximize efficiency
5. Proportionality should be a guideline in war
6. Get the data
7. Belief and seeing are often both wrong
8. Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning
9. In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil
10. Never say never
11. You can't change human nature

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