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When did people get so dependent that they actually expect to get pulled out of whatever mess that they've gotten themselves into? I realize that it makes me sound completely heartless, and perhaps I just am completely heartless, but come on. This family is in Lebanon and they're…

When did people get so dependent that they actually expect to get pulled out of whatever mess that they’ve gotten themselves into? I realize that it makes me sound completely heartless, and perhaps I just am completely heartless, but come on. This family is in Lebanon and they’re upset that they are unable to get out.

Among their comments, things like “They (presumably Israel, but I’m not certain) did not even drop leaflets to tell them (a family who was killed) that they (Israel again, I guess) were going to bomb (prior to dropping said bombs)…”. You’re in a war zone people. If you get hit by a bomb, it makes it all right if someone dropped leaflets first?

Then we get “I am scared they (meaning the US, I think) are never going to get us out…”. I can buy this one, to some degree, until “All the Americans here feel like we have been abandoned and slapped in the face.” Gee, maybe you shouldn’t have gone to someplace where they have the potential to erupt in wars. Have you not heard that there is unrest in the Middle East, and it’s been like that for, oh a couple thousand years? I’m sorry that your husband is from Lebanon and all, but why is that our problem?

But wait, it gets better because everyone complained that it might cost a couple hundred dollars per person, and to this family it may cost as much as $4000. So naturally, the State Department dropped the plan to charge anything at all. That’s right, now it’s someone else’s problem entirely. What is wrong with the world?

I am sorry that you’re in a war zone, and I do hope that nothing happens to you. But if you don’t want to get killed, perhaps you shouldn’t have gone there in the first place! I feel better now.

12 replies on “Stupid is as Stupid Does”

That wasn’t what I meant. What I meant was that they could get themselves out of the contract if they get themselves a clever lawayer. I didn’t say that it was the right thing to do.
If one thinks about it, how did they plan on getting back in the first place? Right back to my previous statment only it get’s changed to, “Hey, free money.”

Current law explicitly states that the State Department *must* charge people the current going rate for airfare, plus $1. What these people are asking the government to do is break its own laws. Charging them money is not heartless, it’s the law.

Incidentally, Nancy Pelosi was one of the most vocal critics of the State Department throughout this whole time. She voted *yes* to the law requiring the State Department to charge money.

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