The optics surrounding the Barack Obama administration's "Enduring Strategic Partnership" agreement with Afghanistan and the Memorandums of Understanding accompanying it emphasise transition to Afghan responsibility and an end to U.S. war.
But the only substantive agreement reached between the U.S. and Afghanistan - well hidden in the agreements - has been to allow powerful U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) to continue to carry out the unilateral night raids on private homes that are universally hated in the Pashtun zones of Afghanistan.
Take a picture, in a few days, Gareth will be back to slobbering all over Barack and explaining how nothing his fault.
In the real world, we listened to music this evening. My granddaughter wanted to look at vinyl -- my husband's vinyl. It went well, I'm not joking. Except for Mike, none of our kids (we have 8) were allowed to touch his vinyl. Why was Mike able to? Because he just did it. And he took care of it and didn't act like it was a big deal.
So that's basically what she did. I had told her no but she ended up sneaking in there. I didn't even know. Her father came into the kitchen and asked if I'd seen her. I thought she was in the living room with him.
She had pulled out several albums. She took care of them and my husband ended up explaining to her what she'd pulled out. Carly Simon was two of them. And one was the one with Carly sporting the fedora, the Spy album.
I got lost in that one as we listened. "Love You By Heart" has always been a favorite Carly song of mine but with my granddaughter listening for the first time, it was like I was hearing it for the first time as well. I loved the work on that song, the music, the fills, it's just an amazing album. I like the album but track for track, the whole thing was like a new listening experience and so beautiful. A lot of work went into that album.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: