The problem with putting it all on the line is that it might not work out. The problem with not putting it all on the line is that it will never (ever) change things for the better. Not much of a choice, I think. No risk, no art. No art, no reward.
Wake up and don’t be lazy.
Of all the things that are going on in my life right now, I’m compelled to post something about my finger nails. I stopped biting them a couple of months ago… or was it a month ago? I stopped because @lolahess wanted me to have nails for the wedding. I had to ask her why, because I honestly couldn’t remember. You know, for the close up shots of my hands. Wait until you see them… Quiting smoking wasn’t ever this difficult. I did that cold turkey. I just woke up one day and decided not to smoke again and I didn’t. The nail biting was kind of the same. She asked. I refused. I smiled. And at underneath the exchange there was a challenge. So I decided to stop biting my nails right then. And I hate it. I hate it for the same reason I hate having hair. I just don’t like the maintenance.
When will it end? I feel so overwhelmed when I think about the war for longer than a few minutes. It’s an inexplicable luxury to be able to stop thinking about it when I want to. And I feel guilty about it. I feel ashamed.
“We are spending $100 billion or close to that a year, as well as an expenditure of blood that is now over 1,200 killed and countless others wounded. And we have lost sight of what this is or what this is not doing to keep Americans safe from terrorism.”
– Former CIA counterterrorism official Paul Pillar
“The reality is while we have been there for nine years, we’re only now starting to make a serious effort to win the war. The surge is only now taking effect, and operations of the surge forces are only now beginning, and we know that counterinsurgency is doable, but it takes time.”
– Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations
From the story Dissent Grows Over US Presence In Afghanistan