White Mans Burden
It is a bit difficult, I must say, helping these blasted Arabs form a genteel society when all they care to do is fight. The lusty, swarthy characters are obviously prone to violence but it is our Christian duty to guide them out of this medieval darkness and into the light of cheeseburgers and myspace.com.
The race is on to see who is the toughest. The toughest on terror, the toughest torturer, toughest love, the toughest guy with the toughest truck. Between John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart, who would be the toughest president?Talk about tough, says here "the military has increased elistments by individuals with serious criminal misconduct in their records, and eased requirements of non-citizens, of which there are currently about 40,000 in the armed services" One day of active duty and you can be a citizen. Send us your tired and huddled masses. This is an old tradition, many Irish and others stepped right off the boat and into a uniform. They'd be back on the boat headed for WWI quiker than you could say potato.
The Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca are anxiously preparing for an all out assault by state and para-military forces. This is a variegated social movement of reformist and radical trade unions and other leftist political forces converging in support of the 129 day teachers strike, demanding that the governor step down. He would rather bust heads. Maybe the Mexican Revolution starts here?
Back to the" perception" thing in the NIE. A document created by the same group that brought us WMDs. The more you read it, the more you see it really says nothing. Except that we are fighting an "image"war. We have the largest economy in the history of the world , the largest military apparatus, the largest nuclear arsenal, the highest standard of living yet we cannot allow the jihadists to have the "perception" of having won.