More than a month ago stories hit the press about the US so-called "Stryker Brigade" and its hideous actions in Afghanistan. At the time I wondered whether the Star Tribune would ever report on the atrocities committed in our names. Today the Strib answered that question with a Washington Post report on the brigade's activities.
Okay - the report came only a month after everyone else in the world knew about it, but nevertheless, progress. I wrote a terse comment to the story, taking note that while the US may be terrible at economics, we are the best in the world at one thing - killing other humans.
While that may be somewhat of an extreme comment, it is nevertheless true. An uncomfortable truth, to be sure, but an important and undeniable one. The US now spends double on its military what the entire rest of the world spends. We use soldiers sitting at computer consoles in North Dakota to kill people from 10,000 feet in Pakistan. I'd call that good at killing.
Only the Strib would have none of the truth. Believe it or not, my comment on the US being the best at killing was removed twice from the comments forum. Earlier I called the "journalists" at the Strib "authoritarians," and now they're just helping prove that.