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Monday, October 17, 2011

Flags at half-staff

Lyndon Baines Johnson
36th U.S. President (1963–69)
Today along New York State’s Erie Canal, flags fly at half-staff. I asked the main staffer why the flags were flying at half-staff.

He told me that usually when a soldier dies in Afghanistan, someone (he did not know who nor did he know the name of the dead soldier) orders flags flown at half-staff.
By Carolyn Bennett with news item edited for TIN

The United Nations reports violence in Afghanistan up nearly 40 percent this year over 2010, averaging 2,108 incidents a month in the first eight months of 2011.

Hey, hey, LBJ!

“The north of Afghanistan, dominated by ethnic Tajiks and Uzbeks, has traditionally been more secure than the south and east,” Radio Netherlands Worldwide reported this morning, “but an increase in attacks has raised fears about stability.”
Afghanistan-Pakistan-Arabian Sea

Over the weekend (Saturday), the first suicide attack since 2001 occurred in the northern and Tajik-dominated Panjshir province, an area said to be bitterly opposed to the Taliban. In the attack, two men died at a U.S.-run development base.

In the west on Saturday, a Taliban ambush left five Afghan soldiers dead and three others wounded. Another soldier was reportedly missing after the attack in the Bakwa district of Farah province.

Attacks in the Afghan capital and high-profile political assassinations over the summer have fed perceptions that a decade after the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, the West is losing the war in Afghanistan.

Arabian Sea-Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan
Hey, hey, LBJ!

Today a child caught in the U.S.-led war on Afghanistan died. In the increasingly volatile north, a suicide bomb exploded next to a car carrying the National Directorate of Security (NDS). The provincial chief of NDS and six others suffered wounds. A child died.  

A not-so-old, “Same Ole” story of brutally entrenched Washington

“As his popularity sank to new lows in 1967,” reads a Britannica article, [President Lyndon Baines] Johnson was confronted by demonstrations almost everywhere he went. It pained him to hear protesters, especially students—whom he thought would venerate him for his progressive social agenda—chanting, ‘Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?’

“To avoid the demonstrations, he eventually restricted his travels, becoming a virtual ‘prisoner’ in the White House.”

Is this the 44th's  ‘Hey, hey, LBJ’?

Sources and notes

“Attack in north Afghanistan targets intel chief,” October 17, 2011, http://m.rnw.nl/english/node/82020

Lyndon Baines Johnson “LBJ” (b. August 27, 1908, Gillespie County, Texas; d. January 22, 1973, San Antonio, Texas) was the 36th president of the United States (1963–69). Britannica note

Maps, Johnson notes (edited) and photo  Britannica

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