If you are shocked by such things, get over it. Be more concerned with the president’s declaration that U.S. troops will be in Afghanistan until 2024. That reality means Americans who were not even born on Sept. 11, 2001, will be occupying Afghanistan 20 years after those attacks. Never mind that the epicenter of Al Qaeda’s operation has moved to Yemen or that U.S. taxpayers are doling out $2 billion a week on a war whose main purpose is propping up one of the most corrupt regimes on the face of the Earth.

Making matters worse is the fact that Mr. Obama’s opponents in the GOP want to stay longer.

The takeaway of President Obama’s speech tonight is simple. The neocons won, the troops lost and the endless war grinds on in a land that humbled the Soviet Union, the British Empire and Alexander the Great. Good luck with that, Mr. President.

I think I might have just developed a bit of a man crush on Joe Scarborough. 

Thank you, Congressman, for telling the plain yet uncomfortable truth in post WWII America: we’re an empire. Empires, especially ones built around utopian aims of hegemonic rule, have to constantly fight to maintain their idealistic visions.

Move along, kids. Nothing happening here.