America’s top ranked general on capturing Osama Bin Laden: “I don’t know that it’s all that important, frankly.”
This was an incredibly moving scene for me.
There’s never any shortage of things to blog about. I’m still making my way through “The Guns of August,” a fabulously written book about world war one. On of the things that strikes me is how every country involved in the war was run by a combination of idiots and people with severe interpersonal issues. Yes, most countries throughout history are run by the same sorts of people that are running your office or company. Except of course they are trying to do something vastly more complicated than run an office or a business. There are individual exceptions here and there, but I think it’s safe to say that people wouldn’t trust their nation’s leaders to water their plants while they were on vacation, if they really knew what sort of people they were.
Which of course leads to one of history’s big mysteries, why the hell do so many people have bedrock faith in their government despite overwhelming evidence that they don’t know what they are doing? Christ, Hitler had reduced Germany to ruins and Russian tanks were rolling into Berlin, and still, people were maniacally defending him. And modern propaganda and the mass media being what it is, I think this problem may even be getting worse. More proof that our civilization is doomed, as if we needed any more proof.
Speaking of the end of civilization, I saw a movie last night which I was very impressed by: Children of Men. It’s a dark, violent, disturbing post-apocalyptic movie with a tiny sliver of hope running through it. I can’t recommend it enough, it touches upon avast array of contemporary issues, both spiritual and secular. It is however, not for the faint of heart, the movie is set in a future world where violence is endemic.
Moving right along, a few of today’s assorted news bleeps and commentary on same:
Israel Seeks Permission to fly over Iraq and attack Iran? I’m not sure what to think of this one, it says they are seeking permission from the USA to overfly Iraq on their way to bombing Iran. Um, gee, shouldn’t they be negotiating with the sovereign nation of Iraq? It’s also hard to imagine Israel doing anything so stupid unless they are trying to start a wider war in the region. Which may even be a possibility.
Comedy in Iraq. Maliki, the putative Prime Minister of Iraq claimed the crackdown was working, even as car bombs exploded in the background. He’s actually a pretty funny guy who says all sorts of amusing things along these lines. Of course he rarely if ever leaves the air conditioned splendour of the Green Zone, so his complete lack of contact with reality in Iraq can be understood.
Capturing Bin Laden “not important.” General Peter Shoomaker, the USA’s highest ranking officer, said he is unsure if the USA will ever capture Osama Bin Laden, remarking that “I don’t know that it’s all that important, frankly.” OK then. If capturing he man who murdered thousands of American on 911 isn’t important, what the fuck is important to these people? I mean, we started the whole goddamn war on terror because of this guy, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent, hundreds of thousands of people are dead and maimed, including thousands of Americans, two countries are in ruinous wars…and capturing the guy who started it all is not all that important? Please, could some of my pro Bush policy readers explain this dogshit?
No cat stories today, I won’t debase my cats by mentioning them in the same post as General “success is not a priority” Shoomaker.
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