Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Chickenhawk Awards....Von Clausewitz...The Usual Stuff

Steve Giliard at the News Blog brings us the KKB, Kombat Keyboard Badge. Dedicated to "those pundits who advocate the Iraq War, but refuse to serve or have family members serve, when eligible."

Eligibility is strictly limited.

"To be eligible, one must have risked nothing to advocate the war, while advocating it voiceriously."

Over at the the Pen and the Sword, Commander Jeff Huber, reminds us of the words of master strategist Carl Von Clausewitz:

“No one starts a war--or rather, no one in his senses ought to do so--without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by that war and how he intends to conduct it.”

Since there was no Classic Comics version of "Vom Kriege", we can assume that it was not on George Bush's reading list. As Commander Huber points out, the fact the President Bush was clueless doesn't mean the library over at the Project for the New American Century didn't have a couple of copies available.

"The real policy makers were (and are) the core members of the neoconservative Project for the New American Century: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Scooter Libby, John Bolton, Bill Bennett, and Jeb Bush, among others. (Funny how Little Brother had more to do with formulating policy and strategy that Big Brother did.)"

Alternate Brain gives us a peek at the new Iraq constitution. How could anyone feel left out of this all inclusive blueprint for democracy?

"Recognizing God's right upon us; obeying the call of our nation and our citizens; responding to the call of our religious and national leaders (and our national forces and politicians) and the insistence of our great religious authorities and our leaders and our reformers, we went by the millions for the first time in our history to the ballot box, men and women, young and old, on Jan. 30, 2005, remembering the pains of the despotic band's sectarian oppression; inspired by the suffering of Iraq's martyrs -- Sunni and Shiite, Arab, Kurd and Turkomen, and the remaining brethren in all communities -- inspired by the injustice against the holy cities (and the south) in the popular uprising and (burnt with the sorrows of the mass graves, the marches and Dujail and others); recalling the agonies of the national oppression in the massacres of Halabja, Barzan, Anfal and against the Faili Kurds; inspired by the tragedies of the Turkomen in Bashir, and as in other parts of Iraq, (the people of the western region have suffered from the liquidation of its leaders, symbols, tribal leaders and displacing its intellectuals, so we worked hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder) to create a new Iraq, Iraq of the future, without sectarianism, racial strife, regionalism, discrimination and (elimination)" ....................... and on and on and on.

That's just the preamble to the preamble. No wonder the Sunnis walked out. They were bored to death.

Finally, check out The Heritik's take on George Bush and baseball, The Fortunate Son Slides Into Home.

“TALK ABOUT THE FORTUNATE SON GEORGE BUSH means talking baseball. His magical mystery tour through the NATIONAL GUARD and his COKE USE AND DENIAL can be canned for later. George Bush made money for nothing. No word about chicks for free. (Chicks for free is the story of his brother Neil. Brother Neil made money in China. And brother Marvin too. Remember Dad had a few jobs. One of them was as an ambassador . . . to China.) But George W. doesn’t like to travel.”

Come back later. We're going to introduce you to the pissed off fundamentalist splinter group of the Church of the Flying Spagetti Monster, the Order of the Vindictive Vermicelli.

We'll also look at the devastation caused along the Arizona border by voracious Mexican shoppers.

Film at 11.