Thursday, November 01, 2007


Under siege in April 2006, when a series of retired generals denounced him and called for his resignation in newspaper op-ed pieces, Rumsfeld produced a memo after a conference call with military analysts. "Talk about Somalia, the Philippines, etc. Make the American people realize they are surrounded in the world by violent extremists," he wrote.

Am I the only person in America with any outrage left? I'm amazed that revelations from today's WaPoarticle, based on documents that WaPo FOIAed out of Rumsfeld, have slipped into our collective pond, producing nary a ripple. Even if these revelations did have to compete with, ZOMG, Hillary's scary vagina and some tennis star taking drugs. Retired generals, who almost NEVER criticize a sitting admin., demand Rummy's resignation and his reaction is to insist that his aids go out and try to scare the shit out of Americans so that they'll stop daring to criticize him. Dood. Halloween was last night. WTF? Anyone want to comment on this? Pelosi? Clinton? The NYT? Harry Reid? Hello? Is this thing (America) on??? Can I get a tar and feathers mob?

In one of his longer ruminations, in May 2004, Rumsfeld considered whether to redefine the terrorism fight as a "worldwide insurgency." The goal of the enemy, he wrote, is to "end the state system, using terrorism, to drive the non-radicals from the world." He then advised aides "to test what the results could be" if the war on terrorism were renamed.

Again, am I the only one who thinks this is just amazing, shocking, absurd? Our nation is founded upon the notion that [w]hen, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them all that is necessary is that a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. And this criminal is suggesting that America wage a "war on insurgency"???? Dood! We were insurgents to the British! Fuck the motherfucking "state system." WTF is wrong with your soul?

And, of course, it wouldn't be complete without the racism and the ruling class' complaint that the "others," here, Muslims, just won't work hard enough: He also lamented that oil wealth has at times detached Muslims "from the reality of the work, effort and investment that leads to wealth for the rest of the world. Too often Muslims are against physical labor, so they bring in Koreans and Pakistanis while their young people remain unemployed," he wrote. " For more on this important topic, you really need to read Barbara Ehrenrich's Dancing in the Streets. Is his argument even logical? (Don't answer that.) They're "against physical labor" -- obviously the only kind of work for which "they're" fit -- so "they" bring in immigrants to do the hard work that their young people would, apparently, otherwise love to do (so I guess that they're not aginst physical labor). Remind you of anyplace coughAmericacoughfarmworkerscough?????

I really hope that bad things happen to this person. He's done so much evil and he's such an idiot and he's really a phenomenol ass.


madamab said...

Tell us how you really feel, Hecate! :-)

I know, I posted a link to this yesterday at Eschaton. Keith Olbermann did a segment on it.

It's just that no one likes Rummy and no one is surprised at how evil and horrendous he is. IMHO.

kilfarsnar said...

Well, yeah, basically. I saw the report and kinda shrugged. It didn't surprise me in the least. It's like a report that says the KKK is racist. i would imagine that no one else commented because he is out of office and people in Washington don't care about it. They should, of course. But the fact that they don't evokes the same reaction from me as the Rumsfeld comment and for the same reason.

Bobby St. Chomsky said...

So many outrages, piled one on top of the other, for so many years, become numbing and engender less and less of a response.
That, and the enabling of these lunatics by the goebels inspired m$m.
America sure is in the shitter.

pookapooka said...

Please, oh Ubergod/dess of spiritual and psychedelic inspiration, grant me yet one more wish beyond the many boons you've already generously bestowed on me:

May I remain alive long enough on Earth to watch these selfish, arrogant thugs eat their words at a Nuremberg-type trial. May they have no place to hide, no way to obfuscate. May the pile of videotaped evidence force their own words and behavior back down their putrid gorges. May they choke on the sheer enormity of the amount of it, so that we can at last see unpremeditated, existential fear replacing the smirk-masks they so casually wear now. May we still have enough of a civilization left that the above can be witnessed as it happens, by the world at large, especially those millions of souls who have suffered so greatly and needlessly by their cynical actions. May we again hope our species can rebuild the goodness of our planet.