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Bush og nstofna "strskeisara" embtti Hvta Hssins

SheehanSeinasta tspil Hvta Hssins vintralegri sigurgngu eirra rak er a stofna embtti strskeisara, ea "War Czar". Hugmyndin er s a a vanti einhvern sem geti strt llum strsrekstri Bandarkjanna bi Afghanistan og rak. The Daily Show hefur sennilega gert essu mli llu best skil (a er hgt a horfa upptku af umfjllun Jon Stewart og Jon Oliver Raw Story:

So there you have it, folks: five years into the global war on terror, the President believes it is now time for someone to be in charge of it.

Af lestri bloggsna og frttaskringavirist sem essi skoun s nokku rkjandi, og efstrskeisaraembtti tti a vera PR-stunt hefur a lklega misheppnast. En essi frtt er mjg merkileg, fyrir nokkurra hluta sakir, og arfi a afskrifa essa hugmynd alveg strax.a er af ngu a taka: af hverju her "keisara"? og hva var um embtti "commander in chief"? Gerir stjrnarskrin ekki lka r fyrir embtti sem hefi endanlegt rskurarvald og gti stt deilur milli runeyta og samrmt strf eirra? Mig minnir a a s meira a segja haldnar kosningar fjgurra ra fresti til essa embttis?

a sem hefur vaki mesta athygli er a forsetanum hefur ekki tekist a finna neinn til a taka etta starf a sr.a er ekki hverjum degi semjafn httsettar stur eru stofnaar ogenginn villf heiurinn af vf keisaratitil. Fred Kaplan Slate:

Let's be clear about the significance of these refusals. Generals do not become generals by being demure. They are, as a rule, confident, opinionated, and in many cases, arrogant. Retired generals like to talk with other retired generals about how they would handle one foul-up or another if they were still in command.

In other words, if some retired generals out there had a great idea about how to solve the mess in Iraq, and if the president offered them the authority to do what they wanted to do, few of them would hesitate to step up and take charge.

The fact that Bush has found no takers suggests one of three possibilities: The generals don't have any great ideas; they don't believe they'd really be given carte blanche; or, most likely, to some degree, both.

Kaplan bendir a essi herkeisari Bush s ekki fyrsta keisaraembtti sem bandarkjaforsetar hafa stofna til a takast vi erfi vandaml. Frgastur er auvita eiturlyfjakeisaraembtti sem Ronald Reagan stofnai - og a arf sennilega ekki a segja miki um hversu rangursrkt a embtti hefur reynst. Ef vandamli er leysanlegt er augljst a a breytir engu hvort skipaur er "keisari" til a leysa a, og eins og Kaplan bendir , essi "czar" embtti ll hefur skort vald ea umbo til a mta stefnu - hlutverk eirra er a samrma strf annarra stofnana svo hn samrmist betur stefnu stjrnarinnar:

...they're not given the power to set policy. If the president doesn't have a sound policy, the most efficient coordinator can't solve anything important.

eir herforingjar sem stjrnin hefur leita til fram til essa virast allir vera eirrar skounar a a s ekkert sem eir geti gert til a leysa standi rak. Best ekktur eirra herforingja sem hefur hafna tilboi forsetans er John Sheehan, en hann skrifar langa grein Washington Post dag. tskringar hans eru merkilegar m.a. vegna ess a r veita innsn hvernig hst settu og reyndustu herforingjar Bandarkjanna upplifa strsrekstur eirra Bush, Cheney og Rumsfeld.

... after thoughtful discussions with people both in and outside of this administration, I concluded that the current Washington decision-making process lacks a linkage to a broader view of the region and how the parts fit together strategically. We got it right during the early days of Afghanistan and then lost focus. We have never gotten it right in Iraq. For these reasons, I asked not to be considered for this important White House position. These huge shortcomings are not going to be resolved by the assignment of an additional individual to the White House staff. They need to be addressed before an implementation manager is brought on board.

Sheehan segir vandann liggja v aforsetinn og stjrnin hafi enga heildsta strategu ea sn varandirak ea Mi-Austurlnd, og lk markmi stjrnarinnar stnguust :

What I found in discussions with current and former members of this administration is that there is no agreed-upon strategic view of the Iraq problem or the region.

...Simply put, where does Iraq fit in a larger regional context? The United States has and will continue to have strategic interests in the greater Middle East well after the Iraq crisis is resolved and, as a matter of national interest, will maintain forces in the region in some form. The Iraq invasion has created a real and existential crisis for nearly all Middle Eastern countries and created divisions among our traditional European allies, making cooperation on other issues more difficult. In the case of Iran, we have allowed Tehran to develop more policy options and tools than it had a few years ago. Iran is an ideological and destabilizing threat to its neighbors and, more important, to U.S. interests.

Mo: Forsetinn hefur ekki haft heildsta utanrkisstefnu ea strategu rak, og Sheehan gagnrnir stjrnina fyrir a hafa breitt yfir etta me v a sl um sig me frsum og klisjum:

The day-to-day work of the White House implementation manager overseeing Iraq and Afghanistan would require a great deal of emotional and intellectual energy resolving critical resource issues in a bureaucracy that, to date, has not functioned well. Activities such as the current surge operations should fit into an overall strategic framework. There has to be linkage between short-term operations and strategic objectives that represent long-term U.S. and regional interests, such as assured access to energy resources and support for stable, Western-oriented countries. These interests will require a serious dialogue and partnership with countries that live in an increasingly dangerous neighborhood. We cannot "shorthand" this issue with concepts such as the "democratization of the region" or the constant refrain by a small but powerful group that we are going to "win," even as "victory" is not defined or is frequently redefined.

Grundvallarvandaml Bush stjrnarinnar, essu, lkt og llu ru, virist vera a forsetinn heldur a starf sitt s pltk - en ekki a stjrna stru rki og leysa vandaml. Pltkusar sl um sig me frsum og slagorum mean eir eru a skjast eftir atkvum almennings. a er hgt a vinna kosningar og rukeppnir me v a kunna a raa saman slagorum og frsum ogsna t r fyrir andstingunum. En a er ekki hgt a sigra str me slagorum og trsnningum - og a er ekki hgt a stjrna lndum me PR einu saman.

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Melimur r innsta hring repblkanaflokksins, verktaki fyrir varnarmlaruneyti krur fyrir a fjrmagna... Al Qaeda!

Gallagher vill fleiri hryjuverkarsir til a agga nir vinstrimnnumAllt san 2001 hefur Repblkanaflokkurinn blmjlka Al-Qaeda gnina. Allar kosningar san "9-11" hefur flokkurinn vara kjsendur vi v a ef demokratar kmust til valda vri stri gegn terroristunum tapa, v allir demokratar vru einhverskonar flugumenn Bin Laden. Mike Gallagher, sem er republican "pundit", sem er starf sem gengur t a hafa, ea ykjast hafa, vit mlefnum landi stundar og geta tala t eitt um essi ml ll, skrifai um daginn bloggsu sinni Townhall:

Seeing Jane Fonda Saturday was enough to make me wish the unthinkable: it will take another terror attack on American soil in order to render these left-leaning crazies irrelevant again. Remember how quiet they were after 9/11? No one dared take them seriously. It was the United States against the terrorist world, just like it should be.

a er sennilega ftt semveitir betri innsn ankagang margra hgrivng (nei, rttara sagt, hlfvita, og fasistavng) repblkanaflokksins: "9-11" var hi besta ml vegna ess a a aggai niri essum leiinda vinstrimnnum! (g mli me umfjllun Pandagon um essi ummli Gallagher.)

ljsi essa kemur a eiginlega ekki vart a fjrmlamenn flokksins skuli hafa reynt a halda lfinu essum flagsskap me fjrgjfum! Samkvmt CBS news hefur aumaurinn Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari veri krur fyrir a hafa reynt a senda htt anna hundru sunda dollara til Afghanistan til a kaupa bna fyrir Osama!

Terrorism charges brought Friday against the administrator of a loan investment program claimed that he secretly tried to send $152,000 to the Middle East to buy equipment such as night vision goggles for a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan.

Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari, 53, of Ardsley, N.Y., pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to an indictment accusing him of terrorism financing, material support of terrorism and other charges. The charges carried a potential penalty of 95 years in prison.

Alishtari er einnig ekktur undir nafninu Michael Mixon, og hefur veri strtkur fjrsvikamaur:

He was also charged with money laundering for allegedly causing the transfer on Aug. 17 of about $25,000 from a bank account in New York to a bank account in Montreal, Canada. The money was to be used to provide material support to terrorist, prosecutors said.

The indictment also charged him with wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud. It said he devised a scheme to administer and promote a fraudulent loan investment program known as "Flat Eletronic Data Interchange" through which Alishtari and others fraudulently obtained millions of dollars from investors by promising high guaranteed rates of return

Besti parturinn er a essiAlishtari var lka innsta hring repblkanaflokksins!

CBS News has confirmed that Alishtari is a donor to the Republican Party, as he claims on his curriculum vitae. ...

Alishtari also claims to be a lifetime member of the National Republican Senate Committee's Inner Circle, which the NRCC describes as "an impressive cross-section of American society community leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs, retirees, and sports and entertainment celebrities all of whom hold a deep interest in our nation's prosperity and security."

TPM hefur fylgt essari GOP/Terrorist-kingpin sgu eftir -Alishtari segist einnig hafa veri melimur einhverju "White House Business Advisory Committee"...

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Mlshfun gegn Borat Bandarkjunum - og Borat bannaur Rsslandi!

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ur hafa samtk hmorslausra sgauna hfa ml hendurBorat skalandi, en etta er fyrsta mlshfunin gegnhonum Bandarkjunum!Tveir unglingspiltar sem birtast Boartmyndinni hafa hfa ml gegn Sasha Baron Cohen fyrir a hafa logi a sr,gabba sig til ess a taka tt fylleri og fyrir a hafa neytt sig til a horfa klm... en a vita allir a heiarlegir ungir menn myndu ekki drekka vn ea horfa myndband me Pamelu Anderson og Tommy Lee Jones rmini nema tilneyddir af vondum dnum me yfirvaraskegg!

The plaintiffs -- listed as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 -- were allegedly assured the film would not be shown in the U.S. and their identities would not be revealed. They were both selected to appear in the movie and, according to the suit, taken "to a drinking establishment 'to loosen up' and provided alcoholic beverages." They claim they signed the movie releases after "heavy drinking."

Kvikmyndatkumennirnir eiga a hafa hvatt til ess a halda fram a drekka - og a Borat hafi vnst gabba til ess a horfa dnalegt myndband me sr.

The plaintiffs claim they suffered "humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress, loss of reputation, goodwill and standing in the community..." because the movie was indeed released in the U.S.

v a vita allir a "the fratboy community" er ekkert meira niurlgjandi en a standa fyrir fyllerisltum,horfa Pamelu Andersonnaktaog hega sr almennt eins og deli... a er hgt a sj afrit af mlsskjlunum hr, og au eru strskemmtileg lesning.

Ungmennin krefjast ess a f minnstakosti 25.000 dollara btur - en lta dmstlum eftir a kvea hversu mikiberi a greia sr fyrir allt hugarangri.

rum Borattengdum frttum er a helst a velsmis- og listmatsskrifstofa Rsslands (The Federal Culture and Cinematography Agency) hefur kvei a banna kvikmynd Borat! Ekki vegna ess a hann geri grn a Bandarkjamnnum, heldur vegna ess a ritskounarapparati telur a Rssar muni ekki fatta brandarana... Samkvmt The Chicago Tribune:

An agency official, Yury Vasyuchkov, cited the film's potential to offend religious and ethnic feelings...

The agency's decision amounted to the first such restriction on a film's public distribution--pornography aside--since the Soviet system of censorship collapsed in the late 1980s. In doing so, Russia has gone further even than Kazakhstan, the country that bears the brunt of Baron Cohen's mock documentary by Borat, a boorish state television reporter who visits the United States.

g get ekki me neinu einasta mti skili hvernig Borat getur st til haturs neinu ru en Suurrkjamnnum. En kannski hafa Rssar, Sgaunar og fratboys annarskonar hmor en vi hin?

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mbl.is Segjast hafa veri platair til a koma fram mynd Borats
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Enn af Borat og Kasakstan: Kasakar hta Borat liflti: "I'd kill this impostor on the spot"

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Kasakstanska jin er viti snu fjr af bri yfir framferi og upptkjum Borat. Alunni er nefnilega alveg jafn misboi og stjrnvldum, sem keyptu auglsingar NYT til a leirtta misfrslur Borat. Og kannski er alunni meira a segja misbonara: Samkvmt AP er einhver maur me flka gtu Almaty sem hatar Borat: "I'd kill this impostor on the spot". (AP lsir manninum annig: "Eltai Muptekeyev, who makes his living in Almaty by posing for photos with a blindfolded falcon clinging to a thick leather glove on his hand".)

Og hgvrir stjrnmlamenn, meira a segja kurteisir ssaldemkratar, eru lka mgair:

"If it happened in a country where rules are more strict than ours, there would have been a government decree to destroy Borat," said Zharmakhan Tuyakbai, leader of the opposition National Social-Democratic Party.

Tuyakbai btti vi: "If I see him, I'll hit him in the face". Akkrat. llumrttarrkjum ar semeinhver viring er borin fyrir lgum og regluerus til ess a menn eins og Borat su ekki a spilla almannafri og sverta orspor jarinnar. a sem er samt fyndnast vi vibrg Kasakstana er ekki a eim skuli finnast Borat hrilega fyndinn, heldur a eir su mgair yfir v hvernig hann ltur t, v eim finnst hann ekki lta t eins og Kasakstani:

But many Kazakhs still bristle at the way they are being portrayed. Svetlana Chuikina, an anchorwoman on Kazakh television, said Borat didn't even look the part.

"He might look like a Turk, but definitely not like a Kazakh," she said.

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Fyrstu fjrar mnturnar r r Boratmyndinni YouTube

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Huffingtonpost er hgt a horfa fyrstu fjrar mnturnar r nju Boratmyndinni. Vi sjum heimab Borat, kynnumst hugamlum hans (table tennis, disco dancing, photograph watching women do the toilet), og komumst a v a hann var sendur af upplsingaruneyti Kasakstan til Bandarkjanna til a finna svr vi vandamlum Kasakstan. Kasakstan nefnilega vi rj vandaml a glma: Economic, Social and Jew. Sgaunarnir eru augljslega meira svona almennt nuisance en alvru vandaml? (Myndbandi er hr)

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Borat boi opinbera heimskn til Kasakstan

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Samkvmt njustu frttumhefurkasakstanska utanrkisruneyti boi Borat opinbera heimskn til Kasakstan. Fram til essa hafa kasakstnsk stjrnvld einbeitt sr a v a reyna a sannfra lesendur New York Times um a Kasakstan s fallegt og ntmalegt land. Utanrkisruneyti Kasakstan virist n hafa kvei a a vri auveldara a reyna a sannfra Borat um fegur og gti Kasakstan:

"His trip could yield a lot of discoveries -- that women not only travel inside buses but also drive their own cars, that we make wine from grapes, that Jews can freely attend synagogues and so on," Aliyev told local news agency Kazakhstan Today late on Wednesday.

Eftir langa nefndarsetu og skrsluskrif komst Utanrkisruneyti Kasakstan a v a a vri mikilvgt a hafa "a sense of humor" og a bera viringu fyrir "other people'sfreedom of creativity", og a a vri fullkomlega gagnslaust a reyna a mgaea lgskja "listamenn".

Aliyev said he understands why Kazakhs are unhappy about Cohen's character, Borat Sagdiyev. "But we must have a sense of humor and respect other people's freedom of creativity," Aliyev told Kazakhstan Today

"It's useless to offend an artist and threaten to sue him," Aliyev said. "It will only further damage the country's reputation and make Borat even more popular."

a var kominn tmi til ess a Kasakstanir geru sr grein fyrir v a Borat vri ekki alvarleg gnun vi orstr Kasakstan!

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riggja metra hir kannabisskgar valda herjum bandamanna Afghanistan vandrum

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Rakst essa frtt hj Reuters: "Troops battle 10-foot marijuana plants". Samkvmt frttinni eru kanadskar hersveitir Afghanistan mestu vandrum me talbana sem fela sig inn kannabsskgum. Skgarnir eru svo ykkir a kanadamennirnir ora ekki inn af tta vi a vera fyrir launstri. Rick Miller, yfirmaur kanadska hersins Afghanistan, segir farir snar ekki slttar:

"We tried burning[the forests] with white phosphorous -- it didn't work. We tried burning them with diesel -- it didn't work. The plants are so full of water right now ... that we simply couldn't burn them," he said.

Even successful incineration had its drawbacks.

"A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hillier said dryly.

N auvita hefur a "some ill effects" a standa undan vindi egar brenndir eru 3 metra hir kannabisskgar!

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Bandarkjaing tlai a halda upp "sigur" rak nsta ri

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New York Times birti morgun grein ar sem fjalla er um furulegan li fjrlgum essa rs - nefnilega 20 milljn dollara sem verja til htarhalda Washington - "for commemoration of success" rak og Afghanistan. Og ar sem ekki tkst a eya peningunum r, hefur liurinn veri frur til nsta rs.

The original legislation empowered the president to designate a day of celebration to commemorate the success of the armed forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe that day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

etta finnst demokrtum auvita mjg srkennilegt, og benda a ef forsetinn hefi eytt rlti minni tma a planleggja "Mission Accomplished" htarhld, vri betur komi fyrir bandarkjunum og rkum,

If the Bush administration had spent more time planning for the postwar occupation of Iraq, and less time planning mission accomplished victory celebrations, America would be closer to finishing the job in Iraq, said Rebecca M. Kirszner, communications director for Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader.

En a verur a segjast republiknum til varnar a eir hafa veri a "hugsa utan kassans" undanfarna daga - samanber hugmyndir Bill Frist um a a s lklega best a leyfa talbnunum a stjrna Afghanistan.

"the people that call themselves the taliban... You need to bring them into a more transparent type of government... And if that's accomplished, we'll be successful."

Af orum Frist a skilja myndi a a koma talbnunum aftur til valda teljast sem "success" og vri vntanlega hgt a halda htleg "the success of the armed forces in Afghanistan". En demokratar vilja ekki leyfa hernum a vera "successful" og hlupu upp til handa og fta og skuu Frist um a hafa gefist upp, og vera fylgjandi "cut and run" strategu.

Phil Singer, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said, "Doctors are supposed to wear the white coat, not wave the white flag. Dr. Frist's proposal to surrender to the Taliban ignores the fact that they enabled the 9/11 hijackers, give safe haven to al-Qaida and remain hell-bent on destroying Western civilization."

En samkvmt talsmanni Frist hann alls ekkert a hafa sagt um talbanana - hann hafi veri a tala um mikilvgi ess a "Afghan tribesmen" "often targeted by Taliban recruitment" hefu sti stjrn landsins. En a er ekki a sama og "the people who call themselves the Taliban" - og a er eiginlega alveg sama hvernig Frist snr essum undarlegu ummlum snum, eftir stendur a forystumenn republikanaflokksins tra v ekki a a s hgt a vinna stri Afghanistan.

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Bill Frist: Vi urfum a koma talibnunum aftur til valda...

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Strsrekstur og utanrkisstefna n-haldsmannanna sem stjrna Bandarkjunum verur furulegri me hverjum deginum. Seinasta tvisti er a Bill Frist lsti v glahlakkalega yfir a a yrfti sennilega a bja talibnunum a taka tt stjrn Afghanistan. etta er brg hugmynd, sennilega jafn g og hugmynd BIll O'Reilly a koma Saddam Hussein aftur til valda.

vri hringurinn fullkominn - vi frum str til ess a dreifa lri og frelsi, v vi htum harstjra og lrisleg stjrnvld meira en plguna. Svoleiis hleit markmi krefjast ess auvita a vi sendum sundir manna t opinn dauann (og kannski drepst eitthva af infddum... en "democracy is messy", eins og Rumsfeld komst svo skldlega a ori). Og slundum milljrum og aftur milljrum af almannaf essar vonlausu herfer, j og kllum alla sem voga sr a efast um a etta s klk utanrkispltk "svikara" og skum um a hatast vi "the troops". En svo kemur ljs a essir vondu svikarar sem efuust um heilindi Rumsfeld og Bush hfu rttu a standa, og allt fer til helvtis - og hva gerum vi ? Gefum Frist ori:

"You need to bring them [the Taliban] into a more transparent type of government," Frist said during a brief visit to a U.S. and Romanian military base in the southern Taliban stronghold of Qalat. "And if that's accomplished, we'll be successful."

"Approaching counterinsurgency by winning hearts and minds will ultimately be the answer," Frist said. "Military versus insurgency one-to-one doesn't sound like it can be won. It sounds to me ... that the Taliban is everywhere."

Ha? g sem hlt a tal vri bara fyrir einhverskonar manndmsleysur og aumingja, Bandarkin yru a sna a au vru sterk og hrdd og ltu engan bja sr byrginn? Ef etta er ekki til marks um algjrt gjaldrot utanrkisstefnu republikanaflokksins veit g ekki hva.

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Af steppum kasakstan

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g hef undanfarna daga veri a fylgjast me rursherfer Kasakstans hr bandarkjunum, og fundist frekar lti til hennar allrar koma. g er enn eirrar skounar a Kasakstan s ein allsherjar pst-sovsk aun, ar sem ekkert anna s a finna en yfirgefnar herstvar, dump fyrir kjarnorkurgng, skrlnaa bmullarakra og leyfar "virgin lands" Krustsjeff. Um daginn sat g og drakk bjr me Denis vini mnum, sem erRssi, en fddur og uppalinn Kasakstan, og hann var nokkurnveginn sammla mr. Jja, nstum. Endalaus aunin er vst voalega falleg.

En a er fleira Kasakstan en leifar hrunins strveldis og efni grn fyrir Borat. aan sktur rssneska geimferastofnunin upp geimflaugum snum. Og fyrir eirri stofnun hef g alltaf bori mjg djpsta viringu.a er eitthvamjg svo rmantskt vi a vera "kosmonaut" en ekki "astronaut".

Um daginn fjallai BoingBoing um lendingu hafnar 13 til aljlegu geimstvarinnar, en me eim var geimferalangurinn Anousheh Ansari, en hn hafi veri gestur ISSS nstum tvr vikur. myndinni eru Ansari, og geimfararnir Pavel Vinogradov og Jeff Williams, ll vafin inn svefnpoka, og rssarnir dnlpum bakgrunni. Mean Ansari var um bor hlt hn geimferablogg um vangaveltur snar og upplifanir ar sem hn sveif yfir jrinni. Og ar fr maur a vita a geimurinn lyktar eins og mndlur! etta vissi g allan tmann: Himnarnir lykta eins og mndlur og marspan:

The time went by really slowly, but finally the moment arrived and they were ready to open the hatch. Mike and Misha called me closer and told me to take a good whiff because this would be the first time I would smell SPACE.

They said it is a very unique smell. As they pulled the hatch open on the Soyuz side, I smelled SPACE. It was strange kind of like burned almond cookie. I said to them, It smells like cooking and they both looked at me like I was crazy and exclaimed:Cooking!

I said, Yes sort of like something is burning I dont know it is hard to explain

a hltur a vera eitthva mjg strkostlegt a svfa yfir jrinni. a s inn litlu mlmhylki sem lyktar af mndlum. Reyndar lyktar blsra lka eins og mndlur.

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