.... To me, one of the signal signs of the times is the number of people surfing the Internet looking for . . . something. One friend looks for small farms in distressed rural areas. Another logs on late at night looking for a house to buy in a small town out West, or down South, or in the Deep South. She is moving all around America in her imagination. I asked if she had a picture in her head of what she was looking for, and she joked that she wanted to go where Atticus Finch made his summation to the jury. I don’t think it was really a joke. She’s not looking for a new place, she’s looking for the old days.
I spoke to a Manhattan-based psychiatrist who said there is an uptick in the number of his patients reporting depression and anxiety. He believes part of the reason is that we’re in a new place, that “When people move into a new home they increasingly recognize the importance of their previous environment.” Our new home is postprosperity America; the old one was the abundance; we miss it. But he also detected a political dimension to his patients’ anguish. He felt that many see our leaders as “selfish and dishonest,” that “our institutions have been revealed as incompetent and undependable.” People feel “unled, overwhelmed,” the situation “seemingly unsalvageable.” The net result? He thinks what he is seeing, within and without his practice, is a “psychological pandemic of fear” as to the future of things—of our country, and even of mankind.
There's a "political dimension" to all this? Say it ain't so.
From my same email inbox, yet another (parallel?) universe:
... Think Bataan.
Bataan [was] the largest single surrender of American Troops in history. 75,000 American and Filipino troops went on the Death March.
We've become so used to fighting countries the size of Texas, That we've forgotten there are players in the world big enough to engage us on multiple fronts and in multiple theaters of operations.
What was China's single greatest success in the Korean War? The march down country from Chosin. They very nearly encircled and bagged an American army there and I doubt the Chicom military has forgotten that.
.... All the Chinese would have to do is hand us an ultimatum over a U.S. intervention in Korea. We'd have one Army bogged down on the Han River. The Navy Fighting them off Taiwan and then Pow! They roll into A-stan and sweep up our forces there.
It looks like a damned long walk from Kabul to Kandahr in winter with no fuel for the vehicles.
Rudyard Kipling once wrote. "When yer wounded and laying on afghan Plains and the women and children come out to cut up what remains, jes role to your rifle and blow out yer brains, an go to your god like a soldier."
This little Afghan surge (Surges don't work unless your willing to kill people with something other than Predator drones.) could very well be America's next Bataan.