Tuesday, April 24, 2007

How long can it be?

This morning someone forwarded me one of those angry e-mails now circulating the Internet that express the sender's utter bewilderment at the behavior of the "President of the United States":
Sometimes it takes a while for something to sink into my over-taxed brain. But I finally heard Georgie, in his presser with General Petraus, say that the Congress has no right to try and micro-manage the war. "No one should be telling the general what to do."

Uh...Excuse me, you Dim Witted Twit....Sorry, George. In America, the Congress, and the American people, do control the military. We decide with our votes, and our protests, what the military will and will not do....Unitary Executive, my ass. You really don't have a clue....
Whatever epithets best peg Bush, the ones we're hearing these days are being uttered so loudly and openly it makes me wonder how long it can be before people march on Washington to hurl them at Bush personally and demand that he get out of the White House immediately and hotfoot it back to Texas and take up an occupation that he may actually be competent to do—apilar brocha y arbustos [stacking brush and shrubs].


  1. No one seems to talk about the 125,000 man/woman shadow Army. They're well armed and being paid over $100,000 a year. One day they will be coming home. No War Dept. to count or take away their weapons and now unemployed. No VA to turn to for mental help because they weren't soldiers but Bush's mercenarys.(Be afraid; be very afraid). Morris, do you remember the killings by Vets after Nam. One guy wiped out his whole family. These were soldiers that had controls placed on them in combat and after. There is no telling what these mercenarys have done over there and how they will live with their actions once back home. Just a happy thought, I get them everytime I hear Bush's name.

  2. Criminy! You're right, and I have heard about the grave threat posed by these disenchanted, disenfranchised, disused mercenaries. If I don't think about them (and if few people do besides yourself), I can understand why. Too scary a thought.

  3. From Bob Herbert's op-ed piece in today's NY Times:

    “I had coffee the other day with Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, and she mentioned that since the murders of Robert Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, well over a million Americans have been killed by firearms in the United States. That’s more than the combined U.S. combat deaths in all the wars in all of American history.

    “'We’re losing eight children and teenagers a day to gun violence,' she said. 'As far as young people are concerned, we lose the equivalent of the massacre at Virginia Tech about every four days.'”

  4. Ed

    Anytime you put violent people back into society in any context, you risk mayhem. But as professional mercenaries, perhaps they will just find some other conflict in which to offer their services. God knows there's enough to choose from.

    A similar threat to safety might come when gov't, discouraged over the war on drugs that they do nothing but lose, decide to legalize drugs. Plenty of very violent people will lose their means of livelihood. They will replace it with something and it won't be working at MacDonalds. Perhaps it will be violent robberies of folks who have heretofore "just said no" to drugs and thus have not been especially victimized by the drug war.

  5. Yikes! I hadn't thought of what lines of work drug dealers who lose their livelihood might go into!