Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Well, I wouldn't think to lecture one as perceptive as you, but I will say that the greatest error in the Iraq war might be that we used up all our will for war on the wrong fight.

Nevertheless, a nuclear Iran is a frightening thought. It doesn't take a very creative mind to envision to what horror all this could lead.

I think our way out, if diplomacy and sanctions fail, is for Europe to take the lead. That is probably sacriligious to say in the current foreign-policy environment. But imagine if French and English and Spanish and Dutch jets are the ones that take out the facilities. That would send a clear message. Much clearer than if we leave it to the Israelis snd/or our forces to handle.

Odd thought I just had: half our population seems weary of war and ready to scurry back home while the other half seems to just be getting started. This isn't going to be a great opening to the new century.


OK, this is the thread on which this belongs:

"Let's hope that cooler heads prevail, and they do exist."

Part of the problem is that, despite all of the rhetoric and public posturing, in actual diplomatic terms it's possible that we have not been all that clear in terms of quid pro quo for Iran's standing down or freezing.

As much as it might be desirable for that regime to implode or what have you, regime-change isn't the only available option or goal. Insistence on that, at this juncture, may be questionable.

Europe's problem is that it has a "softer" voice, but no big stick. We have the opposite problem.

Last, full-scale nuclear programs are not cheap. National budgets in terms of percentages of spending are accessible through research.


Every other subject -- foreign, domestic, personal, societal -- pales in comparison to this one. The U.S. must act, and there will be hell to pay. Only questions are, how many will pay it, and where?


Thomas Friedman's column today touches on what lies at the heart of the problem: our refusal to wean ourselves off petroleum. Every $60 barrel contributes to the mullahs' nuke fund.


Invading Iran may be "militarily doable" in the sense that our military forces could do it . . . if they weren't doing anything else. But considering that we can barely manage the personnel needed for Iraq, where does anyone think we would be able to find the troops? Or do they assume we could a) re-institute the draft, b) train up a few hundred thousand troops, and then c) get them to the Middle East -- all while continuing to do all the stuff we are currently doing?

Fond as Bush is of ignoring facts that he doesn't like, I suspect that this particular reality is going to defeat him.


Thanks for stopping by, Amba. I knew about that little mistake, I get hurried and...well, sorry. It's fixed now.


As an Indian citizen, a nation dominated by 81% hindus, we are not great friends of islamic fanatics, but i beg to differ in this case. Iran is not a arabic country as greatly misunderstood, people there were forcibly converted to islam, but they still are deeply tied to their ancient values and are generally very pious in nature. Of course there are some radicals every where, but iranians are aryans and very nice people unlike the arabs. It is a land with great history and they have plenty of progressive people.

Next, dont be too over confident about US military, too much tax payer money has been spent on iraq for nothing and just killing innocent children every day, when not a single iraqi was even involved in any incident in the US. and remember there are 4 countries in the world where the US does not and can never have a military base, those four Russia, China, India and France will not keep quiet if innocent kids are killed and an ancient civilization like iran is destroyed.

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