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Now let's see here if I understand all this correctly.
President Clinton has ordered our forces to engage an entrenched,
politically motivated enemy, backed by the Russians, on their home
ground, in a foreign civil war, in difficult terrain, with limited
military objectives, bombing restrictions, boundary and operational
restrictions, queasy allies, far across the ocean, with uncertain
goals, without prior consultation with congress, the potential for
escalation, while limiting the forces at his disposal, and the
majority of Americans opposed to or at least uncertain about the
value of the action being worth American lives.
So just what was it that he was opposed to in Vietnam?
According to a radio report, a middle school in Oregon was faced
with a unique problem. A number of girls were beginning to use
lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but
after they put on their lipstick they would press their lips to the
mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She
called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the
She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major
problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every day. To
demonstrate how difficult it was to clean the mirrors, she asked the
custodian to clean one of the mirrors.
He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it into the toilet and
then cleaned the mirror.
Since then there have been no lip prints on the mirror.
Modern Travel: To promote airline safety, a proposed FAA rule
would require that every suitcase checked on a US flight be
on the same plane as its owner. "That means that even though
you want to fly to Orlando at 9am, you may end up on the 10pm
plane to Boise." (Jerry Perisho)
Major airlines oppose the plan. "They are even against a less
stringent rule that would require luggage and owners to be in the
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