Monday, February 25, 2008

How the Right kidnapped the military --- GOP + USM = CQB

It has become increasingly clear to me that the average conservative supporter of the Global War of Terror knows more about the military, the Iraq war, the missing WMD's, insurgent snipers, Humvees (the ill-equipped ones and the better-equipped ones) than, well, everyone else on the planet. Even those who were virtually disinterested in military affairs have become "synthetic soldiers" in post-9/11 America. Now, I'm not talking about the enlisted soldier, I'm referring to the "next-door neighbor" type who has become enamored with everything military.

You may encounter these individuals in the blogosphere but you may run into them in real life as well. This demographic is the one that found "Shock and Awe" to be orgasmic, the one that would thoroughly enjoy invading another country and showing anyone that "these colors don't run." They use a wide array of acronyms that display their superior knowledge in a field that is apparently useful only in a foxhole or seated in an armored tank.

Here are some general example that you and I could comprehend fairly easily:

SCOTUS = Supreme Court of the United States
POTUS = President of the United States
CiC = Commander in Chief
DoD = Department of Defense
CO = Commanding Officer
HVT = High-value target (probably used for Bin Laden when we were looking for him)

Apparently there are several "initialisms" that to lovers of the military and bombs are really amusing. Such as these:

BOHICA = bend over here it comes again
AWR = Allah's Waiting Room (when insurgents are in a building and an air-strike has been called in)
INI= Intoxication and intercourse (other than throwing puppies over cliffs these are other activities performed when not on duty)
USMC = Uncle Sam's Misguided Children

The list can go on for pages. The bottom line is that this vernacular has ceased to remain within the confines of the military and has spilled over into the general population that is supportive of war. Not only did the Bush Crime Family divide the country in such a way that pitted American vs. American, it also created a sub-culture that is absolutely fascinated and mesmerized by guns, tanks, bullets, bombs, death and destruction. I envision many of them watching movies like Red Dawn and Top Gun on a weekly basis. And to think this all started with 19 geeky terrorists who got lucky one day...

This love for all things military has created alter egos in many of this brethren. I've witnessed countless in the blogosphere who either claim to have fought in Iraq or Afghanistan and in reality have not (but so desperately want to fit in using some of the above acronyms) or claim to have a relative or friend that is in the military and that relative or friend was part of the team that found Saddam or was part of the team that "found the WMD but can't talk about it for 5-6 yes, Iraq had WMD".

These terms and expressions are commonplace for the average right-winger. They use these expressions in forums or in an e-mail or in simple conversation. When the other party is not familiar with the expression, this is the opportunity they've been waiting for. They are all too excited to explain to Mr. or Mrs. Ignorant Civilian what these acronyms stand for or what the expression really means, its origin and how they are intrinsically tied to the expression.

Yes, the right has hijacked the military much like the Bush Crime Family has hijacked our Constitution. This is not a surprise. We've seen it in the past with countries like Germany in the 1930's and Italy in the late 1920's, early 1930's. A steroidal sense of nationalism combined with a dangerous lack of education produces this type of citizen. They are usually the easiest to convince and buy into nearly every form of propaganda.

Those that oppose war as the first option, like myself, will continue to honor the military and the service the men and women so courageously offer.

I still firmly believe, and hopefully will always believe, that the concept of a military is to defend our country rather than to create an empire.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"I wish I knew how to quit you..."

There's something about this photograph that gives me the chills.
It could be the placement of McCain's left hand or the senator's head buried in Bush's neck as a possible effort to smell the strong, sinister scent of that neocon cologne known as "Deception No. 9".

In any case, it's odd that you would find that kind of affection coming from a man who was swift-boated by Bush (Rove) in the 2000 election. McCain appeared to be on course to get the nomination and then ...((((ROAR)))) ...the Neocon lion awoke from his slumber and decimated his prey with a single, fierce blow. There were war plans to execute and nice guy McCain simply lacked the heart (morals, ethics, brains, conscience, soul) to do it. So now that nearly 8 LONG, damaging, divisive, deceptive, murderous, hateful years have passed, the "nice guy" is back and is closing in on a real opportunity to live in the White (Guy's) House for 4 or more years.

But not so fast, Sheriff! The neocons ain't havin' none of that "no torture, think first" kinda attitude 'round here.

McCain has been "waterboarded" by his own Republican (apologies to the man from Dixon, IL) party. I use "Republican" simply as an adjective to describe that political party which is not Democrat. Everyone knows that the Republican party has been hijacked by the neocons (Project for New American Century---William Kristol and the other fascist hobbits) and Jack Bauer is the only one who can save us (if only Kiefer Sutherland didn't get that last DUI and have to do jail time, we'd have been out of this mess a lot sooner). McCain was tortured as a POW in Vietnam. That is why he is against torture now (that will soon change).

The torture his own party has put him through is in the very early stages. His rhetoric has gotten significantly more aggressive; he's mentioned about being in Iraq for 100 + years, going to war with Iran, promising that there "will be more wars" (neocons had to smoke a cigarette after hearing that declaration) and basically underscoring that Bush's policies that have worked so incredibly well will remain in place to ensure the continued destruction of American principles.

McCain has become the "mascot/little brother/kid who will do anything to make friends/water boy" for the neocons. McCain knows he can't get elected without them and he's 71 and not likely to make another run (unless he is going to campaign between the hours of 4am and 4:30pm). At this point, everything is on the table for negotiation: more wars, increased torture, more revoking of civil liberties, ...did I mention more wars?

So what is McCain prepared to do? Well, get ready for the ultimate sell-out. Those who have followed the "Straight Talk Express" (funny name...I mean, what's the opposite? Gay Talk Express?) for many years have become accustomed to the senator's open-mindedness and thoughtful approach to politics. He's known for reaching across the aisle frequently and he's often gone against party lines in hard line issues like immigration.

But that will change now. Pay close attention and you will see McCain ratchet up the war threats, the fear-mongering and he may even let slip out which country will be the 2009 recipient of American democracy (Bombs Away!).

At least in 2000 the neocons got a gift from Texas in the form of a doltish, aphonic idiot who had the "audacity of arrogance" after running numerous businesses in the ground and setting the record for most executions under a governor (experience needed to become president...this is where Obama is lacking).

But in 2008 you will get the chance to watch the metamorphosis of a man who will trade his moral compass and his character for an agenda that is against America, her principles, her forefathers and her Constitution. An agenda that is potentially so catastrophically damaging to this country that many U.S. citizens are making preliminary plans to leave our country until the smart people start running things again.

I'm tired of being afraid and I want my Constitution back.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? ---Mahatma Gandhi, "Non-Violence in Peace and War"