Friday, April 29, 2005

But they're smarter than their Commander in Chief...

Marines in Ramada were so short of men that they propped cardboard dummies in sentry towers to fool the insurgents into thinking they faced more Marines than were available.

As Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld put it, "you go to war with the army you have, not the army you want". Even if it's four years after the war started. Or something like that. Don't ask me, it made no more sense the first time.

One thing you gotta say for cardboard cutout dummies: They're smarter than their Commander-in-Chief. But given that it's been almost four years since we knew we were going to war... do you realize that by the time four years had gone by during WWII, the U.S. had launched over 30 aircraft carriers, built over 70,000 tanks, over 300,000 aircraft, and enlisted an army of 19,000,000 men? But hey, that's because FDR wanted to *WIN*. Which appears to be a concept that the Bushies are a bit fuzzy on... hmm, could it be that Orwell's "perpetual war for perpetual peace" has finally arrived? Naw, couldn't be!

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin


  1. Ummm, could the draft have had something to do with it? (sorry).

    Everyone was busy during WWII. Even Shrub's grandfather was busy. Busy laundering money for the German government. Made his first 3mill that way.

  2. The point, my friend, was that we knew 4 years ago that we were going to need more equipment and more men, and no effort was made to procure either. Now our soldiers are paying the price.

  3. "perpetual war for perpetual peace"

    you're one of the few who realize this, certainly who say it. It never ceases to amaze me that people don't see that ALL the U.S. actions are designed to PREVENT peace..

    this wars sole (main?) purpose is to keep people in a state of uncertainty, fear even..

    I am afraid... but not of Iraq, North Korea, Syria etc..
    I am afraid of "my" government..

  4. Life imitates art, yet again. In this case, Blazing Saddles:

    Reporter (shaking wooden figure in the fake Rock Ridge): "But Sir, these people are dummies!"

    Governor LePetomaine: "I do you think I got elected?"


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