A moment of truly spine tingling synchronicity:(cue the Twilight Zone theme music…): Just as Clint Eastwood was proving that 82 is too old to vamp, back in Afghanistan, a member of the people once described as Clint Eastwood in a turban was proving that 70 is not too old to die fighting.
*A nightime raid by Australians had drawn the ire of President Karzai. Responding, a U.S. spokesman offered the current blanket categorization that if you are military age and dead, you are a Taliban. The wrinkle here is that we now recognize that Pashtuns never quit.
Now, let me say at once as a nineteen year old with noncomforming paperwork, that I am fully in sympathy with a rule of thumb that recognizes my military worth.
That said, the idea that any random dead 70 year old is in fighting trim does give pause, closing the circle back to Clint who just yesterday had occasion to question the wisdom of undertaking our excellent Afghan adventure, albeit his 82 year old brain blamed Obama for going in rather than his real blunder, doubling down.
* " the raid killed 70-year-old Haji Raz Mohammed and his 30-year-old son, Abdul Jalil, and a spokesman for the provincial governor said the two men were not part "of the Taliban. Captain Einert said the two men were “military-aged” insurgents."