* wow. army times:
"The active Army enjoyed its 14th consecutive successful recruiting month in July, but both the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve fell short, the Defense Department announced today .that would be be an amazing effort by ther recruiters, notwithstanding the fact that there are a heap of lies, and bribes, and lowering of standards.
Active Army recruiters brought in 10,890 people, 440 more than the goal of 10,450 recruits. This puts the Army at 104 percent of its year-to-date goal, and with two months left in the fiscal year, officials predict the Army will meet its annual goal of 80,000 soldiers."
* following up on my post yesterday about israel and her right to defend herself where i wrote:
"... and even if we do call that 'defense', and even tho we understand and accept 'the RIGHT to defend' - was the 'defense' smart/wise?"- comes this from the LATtimes via drum:
"Is there an alternative to this pattern of mistakes and countermistakes? There is, but it involves a quality that neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians have ever come close to mastering: tactical restraint in order to achieve strategic advantage. Simply put, this involves looking past immediate and all-out retaliation as the best method of countering threat. It is not a call for turning the other cheek; rather, it suggests that savagely swinging back every time one's cheek is dealt so much as a brushing blow does not amount to effective boxing, much less enlightened belligerent behavior."* xymphora:
"Gaardner is essentially making the ultimate threat: stop abusing claims of anti-Semitism or we’ll call your bluff and connect what Israel does to allegations about the nature of Judaism, thus reversing 50 years of success in eliminating much of the world’s anti-Semitism. If you want us to reestablish that connection, just keep ‘standing for’ Israel’s slaughter of civilians. We dare you."