September 22, 2005

Notes in Passing

Brainiacs of the Midwest:

Unhappy voters imperil heartland Republicans

Pat Wilkerson says U.S. troops and veterans are her first priority, believes family values are important and voted Republican in 2004. But in November she'll switch parties -- though not because Democrats have won her over.

"When I vote now, it's not who I'm voting for, it's who I'm voting against," said the 59-year-old administrator, adding she is fed up with the war in Iraq and wants troops home.

Great idea. Pat. You've got the Big Picture on the State of the World Today. But your brainwave doesn't go far enough.

Let's have ALL THE TROOPS HOME. For about five years. Yes, every single solider stationed outside American homeland soil comes back now. Out of Europe. Out of Asia. Out of Korea. Out of Guantanamo. Out of South America. Out of the Balkans. Out of the MidEast.

The Air Force shall also be withdrawn from all bases everywhere. Especially Turkey and Diego Garcia so they can't operate as a watchdog over the oil fields and the world can start paying the Iranian piper whatever it decides oil is worth. And the Navy too. No more securing the sea lanes of the world. No more rolling the carriers up to help out in the next Third World Disaster. You get a tsunami that your corrupt plutocrats didn't budget for or prepare for? You are on your own. Crank up your backhoes and start digging mass graves in the muck.

Yes, for five years what we do in the world and for the world is exactly..... NOTHING. Instead, we work with the Pat Wilkerson's of the country and just parade and admire our armed forces here at home. Think of the fuel oil and aviation gas we'll save. As for the rest of the world, well, they can just pound sand. Which is what they will be doing in exactly 30 days after all the American forces in the world just pack up and head home for a long period of R&R.

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Homage to a Government,
by Philip Larkin

Next year we are to bring the soldiers home
For lack of money, and it is all right.
Places they guarded, or kept orderly,
Must guard themselves, and keep themselves orderly.
We want the money for ourselves at home
Instead of working. And this is all right.

It's hard to say who wanted it to happen,
But now it's been decided nobody minds.
The places are a long way off, not here,
Which is all right, and from what we hear
The soldiers there only made trouble happen.
Next year we shall be easier in our minds.

Next year we shall be living in a country
That brought its soldiers home for lack of money.
The statues will be standing in the same
Tree-muffled squares, and look nearly the same.
Our children will not know it's a different country.
All we can hope to leave them now is money.

Posted by: ccwbass at September 23, 2006 12:05 AM

Reuters, AKA "Disinformation Central" may WISH that the disenchanted voters somewhere were imperiling the Republicans. And indeed, to a limited extent, they are.

What Reuters isn't going to tell you, none of the Photoshop Media want to talk about, is that the insane excesses of the Democratic left-wingers are imperiling the Democrats more. And the imaginative flack hacks at the Old Media are near to becoming as big an impediment to the Democrats as they are an asset.

Not that they'd recognize any known poetic form, classical English and its better uses being alien to the Buttinski Press, but poetic justice is being served here.

Posted by: AskMom at September 23, 2006 6:04 AM

Love the expression "pound sand". Its image is exquisite. Still, sending the UN away from our soil remains at the top of my wish list.

Posted by: RK at September 23, 2006 9:54 AM

I agree completely...bring everyone home and let the world fend for itself. And while we're at it, let's put an end to the idea of providing "international aid" money to the unappreciative bastards and use the money to re-build the homeland infrastructure.

Maybe then, and only then, will they realize that without US they will cease to exist.

Posted by: gabrielpicasso at September 23, 2006 2:15 PM

really a pretty silly post, no?

Posted by: Barnabus at September 23, 2006 3:31 PM

No, Barnabus, not at all. It is you who are silly, posting such a lame criticism without any supporting arguments. Are we really supposed to just nod our heads and say, "Yes, that was very silly. Because Barnabus says so. That's all we need to know."

You may be that easily swayed, but the rest of us are not.

Posted by: Pat at September 23, 2006 3:49 PM

The French have a saying that translates as: "Dogs don't get jokes."

Posted by: Gerard Van der Leun at September 23, 2006 8:22 PM

I grew up with ladies like the one in the article. Their world view doesn't really go much further than can viewed from the roofs of their houses.

Sad, really.

Posted by: Eric Blair at September 24, 2006 6:49 PM

To quote the philosopher Stan Lee, "With great power comes great responsibility."

My hope is that one day we will have the wisdom to use our power to empower others.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at September 24, 2006 7:35 PM


Posted by: Barnabus at September 25, 2006 12:01 PM

It’s time to recognize some realities: 1) collateral damage has become an insuperable constraint to waging traditional war for America 2) non-uniformed illegal combatants have been accorded virtual Geneva Convention equality with our uniformed armed forces 3) no amount of moral high ground will protect us from the tsunami of anti-American propaganda 4) Europeans, Russia and China are happy to let us bear the burden of the GWOT.

It’s past time to convert our millions in uniform to a much smaller cadre of lethal assassins. With 100,000 such people and perhaps 10,000 Predators spread around the world we could eradicate Islamists at a tiny fraction of our current costs with virtually zero collateral damage. Since we are going to be vilified in any event, we should reap actual benefits of our putative transgressions. Since international law is aimed primarily at reining in rogue American power, we should do what all rogues do: whatever they can get away with.

Posted by: PD Quig at September 26, 2006 1:45 PM

Oh, and I forgot: we keep all our nukes and develop new ones.

Posted by: PD Quig at September 26, 2006 1:47 PM

Living in a red state, I still see the same pro troop stickers, even new ones:
(In Valor is Hope)
The support for the war remains. But it's disorganised, weary from the mortar pounding of the relentless MSM. It's not that the idea of 'leaving' anywhere makes much sense. But that's the only drumbeat of the news, local and national.
Disinformation is hard for even busy professionals such as your Indiana voter to overcome.
In one sense, America has been too successful. We live in the safer world created by many of America's actions. The economy has left 9-11 behind. We can play our games (see the SuperDome Monday night), and pretend that is life. Iraq is just a bad nightmare.
Indiana (my home for 10 years) remains heavily Republican. Perhaps you see its native isolationism at play. The real world is still there, with many Indiana soldiers at war.

Posted by: jgr at September 26, 2006 6:53 PM

Quigg, you may have something there.

Posted by: gabrielpicasso at September 28, 2006 7:29 AM
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