FWIW: The error has now been changed on most sites. Nonetheless, on December 29, there are 941 links on Google to this article. Of course, not all of them use the complete source document, but it seems reasonable to conclude that no less than a few hundred people chose to pass on this news without actually reading it. Can you say cognitive dissonance?
People with a bug up their butt about Vietnam understand that the escalation began after regular American military officers got shipped into Saigon, and started directing actual military operations by our allies.
The slippery slope went like this: military support started in 1950, training in 1956, direct involvement in 1961, and war in 1965.
I used the term "communist Vietnam" intentionally. In Vietnam, the communists controlled some areas and were the more popular group in those they didn't; they just couldn't get the entire place under their control because elements descended from the previous regime were still in place.
So ... how long until the Iranians have to get more deeply involved just to save face? That was Kennedy's reasoning:
... We have a problem in making our power credible ...
That pretty much sums up the current Iranian position, don't you think? Let me paraphrase Kennedy, and let you wonder if a statement like this has been made in counsel in Tehran:
Iranian objectives and concept of operations [are] to prevent non-Shiite
domination of Iraq; to create in that country a viable and
increasingly Islamistc society, and to initiate, on an accelerated
basis, a series of mutually supporting actions of a military,
political, economic psychological, and covert character designed to
achieve this objective.
Light blogging for the holiday - I'm using the time to rip some of my CD's (swapping a disc in and out every once in a while doesn't take me away from the fun for too long).
Know what I've noticed? Cheap production of recent vintage CDs.
I was an early adopter of CD technology, and I ripped a bunch of dinged up ones that I bought in 1985. They were essentially problem free.
But the ones from the last 10 years are constantly giving me trouble ... even though with two young kids they get played a lot less than the ones from the 80s.
A lot of this looks like a cheap media issue. It was impossible on early CDs to tell where the digital information resided. But now ... every store bought CD looks like it got burned by some teenager doing CDRs at home.
LOL - maybe that is what all the "work-at-home" signs posted on telephone polls are for ... production work for the major record labels.
In short, in 1870 they opened a demonstration project. Unlike a regular subway (in which the trains are powered), the pneumatic subway ran like the tube and capsule set up at your bank's drive-through window: they actually pushed the train cars through the tube with a big fan mounted permanently at one end of the line. It actually worked for 3 years before being abandoned.
This tidbit of news should be inserted as Point 4a in that argument:
4) Berger removed the documents from the National Archives. The
penalties for this are stiff, so the marginal cost of this act was
high. But the marginal benefits must have been even higher or he
wouldn't have done it.
Berger was permitted to make an unescorted trip outside of the Archives while doing research in the classified area. This new news strongly suggests that he had maliceaforethought in finding a potential hiding spot.
It's hard to say what this means, but it indicates that the marginal benefit of what he was stealing was higher than has been previously recognized.
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