Saturday, January 20, 2007

Kristol and Kagan seriously nuts

Glenn Greenwald continues his ongoing series on the AEI tag team of Kristol and Kagan. As Glenn points out these two have singlehandedly made "serious" the new code word for completely crazy. If we're to believe the Evel Kneivel twins of video game style warfare, we should take the responsibility for the mythical war on terror out of the hands of our White House nutcase and place our trust solely on a man who was offered a big promotion in order to agree with the President's last ditch effort to bail out Baghdad by sacrificing yet more American soldiers to politically driven strategies.

Patraeus gets a shiny new star on his uniform whether it works or not and Bill and Fred have secured their place on the invitation list to the White House tea parties. Pass the nutcakes and pay no mind to the anguished crying in the distance. That's just the sound of that annoying and trivial collateral damage. Just believe them -- it's nothing serious.

UPDATE: Joe from Cadillac Tight defends Gen. Patraeus' credentials in comments. To clarify, I mean no disrespect to the General's ability to command. I'm sure he's an intelligent and competent commander, but I find it difficult to believe he would have received the promotion if he didn't agree to support the escalation. You have to admit it's a powerful incentive to come up with a plan that goes against the opinion of the majority of his equally qualified peers.
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Anonymous Joe said...

That's an unjust portrayal of Dave Petraeus, Libby.

Wiki: Before his tour in Iraq, he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force – Bosnia.

Petraeus was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

He has been injured at least twice in the line of duty. In 1991, Petraeus, then a batallion commander, was accidentally shot in the chest with an M-16 during a live-fire exercise at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, when a soldier tripped and the rifle discharged. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, where he was operated on by future Senator Bill Frist [3]. In 2000, during a parachute jump, Petraeus's parachute collapsed at low altitude (approximately 60 feet), resulting in a hard landing that broke his pelvis.

An Infantry officer, and former commander of the 101st Airborne Division (not the "fighting keyboardists", mind you). A little respect, please.

3:08:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That's a fair point Joe. I updated the post.

10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous lester said...

it's criminal the way kristol and co keep stringing republicans along. they read these things and believe success is right around the corner. it's been 4 years!

word verifcation: oegic

10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I think Kristol and Kagan should put their boots where their mouth is and lead the charge if they believe in it so much. I understand at least Fred is at least young enough to enlist.

11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous joe said...


I have a post set to publish tomorrow morning that references this one.

You are an impressive, honest blogger.

- Joe

10:15:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks Joe. That means a lot to me coming from you.

8:38:00 AM  

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