Gee, Maybe Soldiers Should Learn Arabic

Almost three years after the invasion of Iraq the U.S. Army has decided it’d be a good idea to teach officers how to speak Arabic. You think? We decide to topple an unauthorized dictaorship (The Tick hat tip: “American Maid! American Maid! We’ve lost our arms, we’ve lost our arms!”) and then occupy the country for a while until we decide they’re on their feet–yet we neglect to bring along a few people who can speak the language (1 in 400 hardly qualifies as a “few”)? And we don’t begin to remedy the problem until three years later?

The image of U.S. soldiers–the best military force in the history of the world–doing a little dance in front of Iraqi locals in order to communicate is just embarrassing.

Sheesh. You’d think after 9/11 speaking Arabic would be one of the most in-demand skills. Why are we still teaching French in high school? We should be teaching Arabic and Chinese.

Home from the Hospital

We brought Lexi home from the hospital today and it’s all starting to feel real. I watched Abby fall asleep while sitting up, we’ve taken our first nap, and I’ve had to try just about everything to get her to stop crying. The dogs also met Lexi today, which so far seems to be going pretty well. Though it’s hard to yell at the dogs when they start barking at nothing, since then I’m even louder than they are and not what Lexi wants to hear.

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