Monday, December 11, 2006

Word Choice

The Daily Telegraph reports that Mr. Jalal Talabani, President of Iraq, denounced recommendations that the US withdraw its troops from Iraq by early 2008, saying such a move would be an “insult” to the Iraqi people.
Well, sir, that's one way to put it. But the word "insult" involves a degree of moral and emotional concern that is far from the minds of those preparing to deliver this offense, so far as your country is concerned to them. Your Excellency would be more correct if you had said that such plans would be an abandonment of the Iraqi people. Your Excellency needs to reflect well on who you're dealing with now: the Evil Party is well and truly coming into the saddle here. The Evil Party abandons causes and sacrifices that they no longer care about; such causes are beneath insulting.
Still, it's high time to be worried: Things being what they are, Florida or Texas real estate might be good things to investigate. If you don’t like those places, try Massachusetts, or the UK. Nguyen Van Thieu, another President who believed in American promises, for whose country Americans also died, and which was similarly abandoned by the Evil Party -- lived in both.


The Ripper said...

Great post, thanks. Don't know if you've seen these two short videos from Iraq yet or not, but both show the US Military engaging in some very dubious actions. I have them up on my site at ..You have to wonder what these soldiers were thinking when videotaping this stuff...

El Jefe Maximo said...

In the history of the world, no military force on the planet fights or has ever fought, an antiseptic war. The US military makes more of an effort than most to be careful and to avoid collateral damage.

The fact that there are any living persons, whatever, in Fallujah, Ramadi and other places that have favored the rebellion in Iraq is testimony enough that our military authorities have tried to behave correctly. What your short videos have to contibute to anything is difficult to see.

louielouie said...

all i can tell from the first video is the truck is not carrying palestinians.
they would have fired a couple of li'l kates at the kids.