2500 yards swum, and um. Oh yes, and I did my 15 minute walk.
And we’re at war, oh yay. Apparently they saw Saddam going into a bunker a while ago, and dropped 2000 pounds of artillery on it. I said to Dad, “Why didn’t they just drop a Moab?”
I hadn’t realized they only had one.
And they used it to bomb Florida.
Okay. I get that it was a test bomb. But does anybody else think that, y’know, last week, with a war coming up this week, somebody might’ve said, “Hey, let’s save this for Iraq. If we don’t tell anybody about it, nobody’ll know if it’s a dud, and if it’s not a dud, it’ll be real impressive”?
Yes yes yes, shock and awe, I get that too, but again: wouldn’t it be rather more shocking and awesome if the Moab blew up in somebody /else’s/ country? Nevermind that 1. I don’t think the Iraqi people need to be shocked or awed, because I suspect overall they’re really not happy about the prospect of getting the hell bombed out of them, and 2. I don’t think anything’s going to shock or awe Saddam “Meglomaniac” Hussein into quitting his day job.
My point is that if they’re planning on using this thing, why not have one available to /drop/ on Saddam’s pointy little head when they know where he’s gone? Even if it’s the first and only one they’ve got, isn’t instituting a regime change what Bush is on about? Get rid of the bad nasty man in power (an excellent idea; America should consider it) and make the world safe for capitalism and wealthy people, I mean, democracy and the common man?
This whole thing pisses me off. Did you know that instituting a war of aggression is the #1 crime in the world War Courts? Raise your hand if you think Shrub is going to face a world court for his actions today.
Know what else pisses me off, while I’m on the topic? There’s a Patriot’s Rally in town here on Saturday. That doesn’t piss me off. What pisses me off is the hijacking of the word patriot. There is absolutely no correlation between patriotism and supporting the actions of the administration. I’m not a particularly patriotic person, although I’d rather live in the USA than any other country in the world, and I believe that overall, we’re the good guys, current events nonewithstanding. I support my country, although at the moment I’d like to see it get bitchslapped. I even support our troops, and I have no wish whatsoever to see /them/ bitchslapped. I’d far rather not a single American got hurt. I’d rather not a single Iraqi got hurt, too, but that seems even more unlikely than the former.
But the people crying ‘Patriots!’ aren’t seeing a difference between supporting our troops and supporting our government’s actions. Anything less than wholesale, unquestioning support of the President’s idiocy is apparently treasonous.
Patriotism is by no means swallowing whole the propaganda fed to us by the government. That very concept would be inconceivable to the men who founded this country. They would argue that it is in fact our patriotic duty to disagree, vocally and endlessly, with our government’s actions if we don’t support them. Even, in the most extreme cases, to take up arms and overthrow that government. This is an action to take when there is no other recourse, and at this point, we still have one–there is an election in eighteen months, and I’m not /quite/ sure Kaiser Shrub will find an excuse to extend martial law over the land and prevent the election. Those actions–voting, discourse, supporting troops even without supporting the government which orders them–define a patriot. Tossing loaded words around out of fear and anger do not.
“You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”