November 23, 2010


1994. Just back from the mountains of Northern Pakistan.

The television was broadcasting words, in English, by someone name Newt Gingich. And a star-spangled graphic across the screen said something that might have been a foreign language for all the sense Mortenson could make of it:

"Majority Whip Touts Republican Takeover"

On the television, a strident, cocksure voice told an interviewer,

We are embarked on the Second American Revolution and you have my solemn vow that with a new Republican majority in Congress, American life is about to be profoundly different. The people have spoken.

"Different," yes. But "better?" History has its lessons.


From "Three Cups of Tea," by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.


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