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30,000 more troops.  Smaller than other proposals, but an escalation nevertheless.  Some items through this link, including a letter from Michael Moore and some threats from progressive House Democrats.

Will it build democracy in Afghanistan?  No.  Will it make Afghan women safer from acid throwing crazies?  Probably.  Will it defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban?  No.  Those aren’t forces which can be defeated militarily.

Watching the Republicans on television over the past week has been kind of comical.  They’ve been dodging the question entirely.  Do they want to be interpreted as supporting anything from Obama when they’re so invested in anti-Obama rhetoric?  Where will the tea partiers fall?  I’ve already debated a neo-con on Facebook who argues that Obama’s policies are all part of a Bernsteinian Marxist program of incrementalism, boosted in part by a policy of “gunboat liberalism.”  But that’s a fairly complex narrative for political purposes.

In the meantime, my sister-in-law’s 19-year-old nephew is to be deployed to Kandahar at the end of the month.  I’m not sure if he’s officially part of the surge.

Democrats seem to be scratching their heads as to why their base is unmotivated for 2010.

For those of you wondering what ever became of the findings of the review committee, which completed its task quite some time ago, the subject is finally coming up for some sort of decision on how to structure the unit.  It is set for discussion and vote at tomorrow’s BOS meeting.  One issue is whether the unit will be placed under Sheriff or D.A. management (if it will continue to have its own sworn law enforcement personnel), or remain under County Counsel authority (in which potential criminal cases would be referred to the DA for investigation).  The TS article references “staff reports” but makes no reference to the review committee’s report.

Personally, I think it’s a huge mistake to blend building and land code enforcement with criminal investigations.  We are the only county which as done so and we’ve seen the results.

The BOD meetings always start at 9:00, but I don’t know where the CEU issue is on the agenda.  If there are any CLMP people reading, maybe you can post what information you have?

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