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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on September 23rd, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Bob Woodward’s Book Obama’s Wars Political Talk of the Week

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Here is what all the cool people are talking about this week, Bob Woodward’s new book Obama’s Wars:

“Obama’s Wars,” a new book by respected “Washington Post” journalist Bob Woodward, is not due to be released until September 27, but excerpts published in two U.S. newspapers are already fueling public debate in the United States with revelations about President Barack Obama’s war effort in Afghanistan.

Published by “The Washington Post” and “The New York Times,” the excerpts detail how Obama’s initial attempts to take control of the war in Afghanistan resulted in a plan driven more by politics than U.S. national security.  [Radio Free Europe]

You can click to the link to read some of the various excerpts from the book which do make it appear that politics had a lot to do with the Afghanistan war strategy initially.  The Washington Post editor also has an interesting Q & A about the book here.  I will need to read the book to draw any firm opinions, but I won’t be reading it as long as it costs the ridiculous $14.99 for the Kindle edition when the hard cover costs $16.20.  How can the Kindle edition cost so much when there is no printing or shipping fees for the book?

Anyway it now appears judging by statements coming from General Petraeus lately realism is beginning to drive the Afghan policy instead of politics.

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  • Liberty
    3:53 pm on September 23rd, 2010 1

    "How can the Kindle edition cost so much when there is no printing or shipping fees for the book?"


    Because that's capitalism which all you lot apparently love so much. Rejoice, someone is trying to make a profit!

    And this, x1000 is what it feels like for people in the third world in regards to just about every item that is taken for granted in the West.

  • Hamilton
    4:47 pm on September 23rd, 2010 2

    "Because that’s capitalism which all you lot apparently love so much. Rejoice, someone is trying to make a profit!"

    It is and I do love it. The price will come down if the demand is lower and the profit doesn't work out, but in the meantime you get a book in a superior format for less. The value is determined by the buyer who chooses and negotiated by the seller who attempts to maximize profit. (….and employes more people, builds better products, etc etc etc)

    You forget that people in the third world have a choice as well. Unfortunately twits like you think that they deserve to be given every convienience of the first world whether they want to work for it or not. No one is dragging them out of their mud huts and forcing capitalism on them, in fact many are working as slaves in Chinese mines that make the worst EU or US sweatshop look like nirvana.

  • Retired GI
    5:09 pm on September 23rd, 2010 3

    Well said Hamilton. Well said, and (of course) I agree.

  • Matt
    8:50 pm on September 23rd, 2010 4

    Of course, those of you military or retired military can contact your post library and ask them to order it for their collections and then read it for free when it comes in, supporting your local MWR and not paying for it yourself. :)

  • Leon LaPorte
    9:20 pm on September 23rd, 2010 5

    Hamilton, I like the cut of your jib sir. Well played and good show.

  • Mark
    11:50 pm on September 23rd, 2010 6

    A bit off topic, but what's that badge above GEN Petraeus' French jump wings?

  • Mark
    11:52 pm on September 23rd, 2010 7

    Nevermind…it's the 101st Airborne crest.

  • ChickenHead
    12:01 am on September 24th, 2010 8


    You are watching the wonders of capitalism in action.

    A seller sets a highly profitable price on a new product.

    Buyers purchase the product because the desire it satisfies is worth the labor required to buy it…

    …or the product is deemed to be unworthy of the price and they don't buy.

    The seller is then forced to lower the price to gain the maximum number of buyers paying the highest possible price.

    If the profit is high enough, other sellers enter the market which drives prices down further.

    The complaint you have witnessed is an important part of functioning capitalism… not a point to ridicule. The free flow of information is one of the cornerstones of capitalism.

    Now let's look at the third world version.

    Due to restrictive taxes and duties, supply and distribution monopolies, layers of corruption, censorship, a passive/uneducated/infighting population, divisions of class, etc, etc, etc… capitalism is never given a chance to function correctly or is subverted and modified by the ruling class to use as a tool against the population.

    So, you are absolutely right when you say, "this, x1000 is what it feels like for people in the third world in regards to just about every item that is taken for granted in the West."

    But it isn't because of capitalism… it is because of not enough capitalism.

    There are numerous bad points to "pure" capitalism which need to be kept in check by a benevolent government…

    …complaining about the unreasonably high price/profit of a luxury item is not one of them.

    If you would like to explain the wonders of an alternative to capitalism and site some examples of its success, I would be happy to discuss it in more detail.

  • Hamilton
    12:50 am on September 24th, 2010 9

    Thanks LL and RG. As chance would have it, my new Kindle was delivered about 2 hours after I wrote comment number 2.

    Let me just say, right out of the box capitalism is looking very very good. I already had a few books downloaded to kindle for ipod and low and behold Amazon lets you transfer already purchased merchandise to your other platforms.

    Very nice, and delivered in about 60 seconds over a crappy wireless system.

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:02 am on September 24th, 2010 10

    Congrats. I think Amazon could own/dominate the entire market if they sold it cheap or even gave it away. Owning the platform is a money maker even if you loose money on the device itself. I'm cheap and waiting for it to come down some more… :o

    /capitalism at work


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