Stop-Loss Memory

March 20, 2013

4398_600Reportedly, at a little after 4 AM out here on California’s north coast, the sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator during a moment known as the vernal equinox when both day and night are about equal, or spring has sprung.

The change of the seasons, however, seems to remain the same. War bones are sticking up through the flesh all over, even a decade after most-likely the worst event in US history — a lot of stories this week on the anniversary of the Iraqi war and most of it bad, or tongue in cheek, or filled with the bluster of delusional denial.

(Illustration found here).

Still in the winter of the asshole, however — a Tweet from Don Rumsfeld yesterday on the dawn of the dead (via Mediaite):

And the Tweeterites responded — from Tweeter  ‘didier dogbro‘ (one good one): i wanna strap on my golf cleats and march all over those nuts of yours
I don’t have the cleats, but that’s a full-tilt numb-nuts for Rummy.

And for sure, the asshole deserves a golf-course stomping for this callous, shit-head display nine years ago — troops questioned the sonofabitch about shit equipment used in Iraq. Rummy responded with the quote that could just as well be the epitaph of that horrifying conflict:

Rumsfeld replied: “As you know, you go to war with the Army you have.
They’re not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”
He added: “If you think about it, you can have all the armor in the world on a tank and a tank can be blown up.”

Well, if you think about it, absolutely no one was crying to go to war at any time, except for all of George Jr.’s crowd — and a shitload of the media.
And way-not many in journalism have repented like John Cole at Balloon Juice — the best example of righting the wrong.

The New York Times in an editorial dated yesterday asks why those responsible haven’t been brought to justice, to stand before the bar and be found guilt of war crimes:

Yet none of the Bush administration’s war architects have been called to account for their mistakes, and even now, many are invited to speak on policy issues as if they were not responsible for one of the worst strategic blunders in American foreign policy.
In a video posted recently by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Mr. Wolfowitz said he still believed the war was the right thing to do.
Will he and his partners ever have the humility to admit that it was wrong to prosecute this war?

And what about you, the great, Gray Lady?
The editorial above didn’t mention one freakin’ word about is own part in beating the war drum. Remember Judith Miller?

Delusion of memory.

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