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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Pesky Settler

The Gaza Palestinians have had it easy so far with Olmert as Prime Minister. In the past year, they've spent way too much time firing Kassams into Israel and not enough time trying to build themselves out of a refugee camp mentality and do something constructive with the land they DO have.

Maybe by having Netanyahu back in office he'll be able to give them the proper incentive to start creating their own state and stop trying to destroy ours.

Mark  Daniels

Thanks so much for linking to my post.



The problem is that the Powell doctrine is confused with the new right "exterminate the brutes" doctrine by people like you.

Overwhelming force means an army capable of defeating the oher army, it usually means less dead because the other force has room to act and situations can be controlled. Thus we controlled Somalia when we had 30,000 troops.

Your belief is bombers and lots and lots of dead people especially women and children. You think this proves one is tough.

In a situation such as it faced the IDF was incpable. You can't take fortified, competent defences with a rag tagg army that hasn't trained in large formations in years which won't put infantry out to defend tanks and hold territory and is afraid of casualties.

Thus the reliance on air war and massive destruction of infrastructure (which you confuse with Powell doctrine except you feel hundreds of thousands should be dead to show toughness) and other magical beliefs.


Julie, what you are protesting against is actually the Rumsfeld Doctrine. I think when you taok about Amba and Mark's "magical beliefs" and confusion about the Powell Doctrine, you are in fact imputing to them thoughts and beliefs and confusions they do not actually hold, which you would not do if you knew either of them better, or had read their posts with greater attention.

It is strange how the phrase "people like you" is invariably used about people we know very little or not at all...


Quite wrong, Julie (by the way you're the same as Anna, I see). "Overwhelming force" would have been a ground force. Air attacks were a mistake. Rumsfeld doctrine, a proven failure. They're too imprecise (depending as they do on imprecise intelligence), too indiscriminately destructive, and they do give the impression that an army is afraid to take casualties.

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