On the Loss of 31 US Special Forces: We're Still Standing
This is just an extraordinarily bad day for America.
Thirty-one U.S. special forces members in Afghanistan died aboard a NATO helicopter that crashed Saturday in an area reported to have insurgent activity, officials said.
The crash occurred in the eastern province of Wardak, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office said in a statement.
It is among the worst single-day losses of American lives in the Afghan war.
Reportedly, the helicopter was shot down. The Taliban are taking credit, but they would. If indeed they shot it down, it is very alarming--the obvious question would be, with what?
There will be a great deal more news and analysis, I'm sure, in the next twenty-four hours.
For now, I'd like to call your attention to a comment from our member Rascalfair:
Pessimism is for the time when we cannot see a way out, but we're not there yet. There is a way out, and we can see it, still. That's what the current political upheaval is all about. There is no such thing as The Tea Party, only those millions of us who are awakening and finding a new common purpose, and that purpose is to find or to create the way out.
Mead knows we're out of money. Indeed so, but we can make some more; we know how to do that. We know how to create wealth. We're still standing, and there's still fight left in us.
Of course we may fail; we may not convince our fellow citizens; we may not prevail in any of the necessary endeavors, but we're just getting started and the fight's not over.
We can do this. Let's not throw in the towel, quite yet.
I do not think pessimism is worthy of the men who died today. Nor is defeat.