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Joshua Holland: Monkey grabs banana, monkey gets a shock ... monkey grabs banana, monkey gets a shock ... monkey grabs ...
Interesting column today by WaPo style writer (?) Henry Allen, who argues that we should give Bush enough rope to hang not only himself, but also American military adventurism for years to come …
The problem, if we lose in Iraq, is that America is apt to keep on doing what it's been doing for decades when it loses, which is to say learn nothing and have years of hissy fits about who's to blame. And set itself up for another fiasco someplace else. […]
… our combat fiascos are coming to define America both to the world and to itself. They are also demonstrating that we are incapable of winning ground wars against some of the poorest people on Earth, if those wars last more than a week.
After Vietnam, one hoped that we could salvage pride in the courage with which our soldiers fought, and in the knowledge that we had learned our lesson well enough that we would never again send them to die in such a doomed cause.
As we watched our helicopters abandon our terrified allies on the roof of our Saigon embassy, it seemed reasonable to assume that the shame of that moment would lead to a new sanity.
I've read three Op-Eds just this morning that reference helicopters evacuating people from the roof of the embassy in Saigon. "Embassy," "roof" and "Saigon" nets you 100,000 hits on Google. But, interestingly, nobody was ever actually flown off of the U.S. embassy's roof -- the iconic image was of a random apartment building in downtown Saigon where CIA employees were housed.

Just a little trivia; now let's return to our column already in progress…
Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer.