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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Harry Gottlieb

Your comment "thoughtful centrist" regarding Wes Clark implies that his point of view is not "thoughtful," and that centrists are the wave of the future.

My view is we should be planning to pull out of Iraq as soon as possible, preferably within the next six months.

My thoughtful position is closer to that of Joe Murtha than to that of any other politician.

We don't belong in Iraq. The longer we stay there, the more we are contributing to recruitng for worldwide terrorism.

Our troops deserve to come home.

The international loss of respect we have suffered negatively affects our ability to gain support for other initiatives such as a plan for peace for Israel/Lebanon.

Ancient Mariner

The international loss of respect we have suffered negatively affects our ability to gain support for other initiatives such as a plan for peace for Israel/Lebanon.

I certainly agree with that.

What Wes Clark said, if I remember rightly -- months ago, before the violence got as bad as it is now -- was that Iraq was not a problem that could be solved with military only; it had to be solved politically -- which means by Iraqis who want, or don't want, one united country -- but that a military presence was necessary until Iraqis could take it over, just to provide the minimal security that makes a political process possible.

If we simply pull out and come home, Ă¥ la John Murtha, we will have:

a) conceded victory to the jihadis who've been trying to foment and provoke civil war, not only for their own sectarian purposes but in order to defeat us;

b) gone into Iraq, ruined it -- thrown it wide open to the worst forces both within and without -- and left its people in the lurch;

c) given the Sunni Bin Ladenist jihadis a new training base in the Sunni part of Iraq;

d) massively increased the influence of Iran.

If we leave Iraq, Israel will be destroyed. It may be destroyed anyway. Bin Laden's gang gained a lot of courage from being able to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan, and imagine how emboldened they will be if they're able to drive "us" out of the Middle East -- a plan which includes destroying Israel. You ready for that? Maybe Israel should never have been put there, but it's too late now.

A lot of people are saying this is a Munich moment. I'm not sure when you were trying to sign up for WWII -- whether it was before or after Pearl Harbor -- but this is another world war and another holocaust.

First the Republicans screwed things up by trying to dump Saddam on the cheap -- they should either not have gone in at all, or listened to the experts who told them they'd need two to three times as many troops -- and now the Democrats are going to finish the job by just conceding defeat and pulling out. We could try to retreat within our own borders? We could let the Middle East be a Caliphate, do without their oil (believe me, I wish we would, but the transition will be an economic cataclysm), and the terrorism would miraculously stop -- if we just toss them Israel? You really believe that would work? You want that on our conscience?

"Bring the troops home now" is understandable and emotional wishful thinking.


To continue with the curious WWII parallels:

If we hadn't been attacked at Pearl Harbor, we might not have gone into WWII, not even to aid a tiny country, our closest ally and "relative" in Europe and the mother of our own language and culture, Great Britain.

If we hadn't been attacked on September 11, would we have gone to war with fascist Islam even to aid a tiny country, our closest ally and "relative" in the middle East and the mother of our own Judaeo-Christian religious culture, Israel?


Actually, we did go to war to aid a tiny country, Kuwait, that was attacked by a fascist Islamic country, Iraq. And Wes Clark has too many enemies in the military. If you thought the boat attack ads against Kerry's wartime experience were bad, wait and see what Rove does to Clark.

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