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Saturday, May 06, 2006

It's Desert One and Blackhawk Down all in one day

A Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan (aka Bush Quagmire I), killing 10 US soldiers. Meanwhile, in Basra, Iraq (BQII), a British chopper crashed and was then attacked by Iraqis.

Failures of this magnitude, although not a part of much larger failures as these two crashes are, significantly reduced the popularity of two Democratic presidents--Jimmy Carter, when the attempt to rescue the hostages in Iran went down in flames at Desert One in 1980, and Bill Clinton, with the "Blackhawk Down" fiasco in Somalia in 1993 (never mind that Bush Sr. put the troops into Somalia in the first place). Let's hope today's events have a similar effect on what's left of aWol's popularity.

Because there certainly won't be anything else positive to come out of these two brutal and illegal wars, or today's tragedies.