Surrealism is alive and well in Japan.
Early Wednesday, according to CNN, Japanese authorities found traces of radiation in tap water in Fukushima city, 50 miles from the nuclear plant at Daiichi — odd, however, a check of tap water later in the day found nothing.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s Astronomy and Space Science Institute reported the Korean Peninsula was shoved real hard two inches to the east off Friday’s 9.0 earthquake.
(Illustration found here).
And to make matters even worse, the New York Times reported this morning a second reactor unit may have ruptured and is apparently releasing radioactive steam — the second such incident, which now makes two pieces of nuclear shit spewing death.
During this bullshit, the US Navy reported low levels of airborne radiation have been detected at military bases in the Tokyo area — resulting in US naval officialsÂ to secure the installations’ external ventilation systems.
This is a story that never fails to improve with time — an unfolding scenario that batters the old saying, ‘you just can’t make this shit up.’
Meanwhile, back at the ranch with the same old story repeated with just a slight change of characters and places.
One most-wonderful creature, Gen. David Petraeus, testified before Congress on Tuesday and amid some of the regular bullshit came the real-big news that gains made by the US in the Afghan war is extremely frail.
No shit Sherlock.
â€œThe momentum achieved by the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2005 has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in a number of important areas,â€ said Petraeus.
â€œHowever, while the security progress achieved over the past year is significant, it is also fragile and reversible.â€
And despite Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s pressing to get the US the shit out of Afghanistan, Big Dave, of course, disagreed:
Petraeus warned that the United States abandoned the region after Charlie Wilsonâ€™s war without sending additional funds to rebuild the country.
The result, he argued, was a â€œbig mistakeâ€ that could be repeated if the United States again leaves the region too soon.
After all, Petraeus said the reason for American involvement in the country is to stop Taliban forces from harboring terrorist groups or, as he simply said to the committee, â€œtwo words: nine eleven.â€
Those two words have caused more horror than the very incident itself.
And as Jason Ditz atÂ antiwar.com points out: If the comments sound familiar, it is because this was the exact same line General Petraeus used in 2007 when explaining to the American public that the Iraq war had to continue for many, many more years.
On top of that,Â a new ABC News/Washington Post poll points US peoples are sick of it:
The survey (.pdf) found that a record 64 percent do not support the war.
Only 31 percent thought the war was worth fighting.
The findings were a major swing from February 2007, when 56 percent approved of the war, and only 41 percent disapproved.
While 73 percent thought that the U.S. should withdraw a substantial number of troops from the country this summer, 53 percent doubted a major withdrawal would happen.
If we keeping monkeying around with this somebody’s bound to get hurt.