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Hogging the limelight

By Al Schumann on Tuesday September 7, 2010 06:40 AM

The insufferable David Petraeus stepped up to demand his share of the Quran-burning spectacle.

"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort," Gen Petraeus said in a statement to US media. "It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems.

"Not just here, but everywhere in the world, we are engaged with the Islamic community," added Gen Petraeus, who heads a 150,000-strong Nato force against a Taliban-led insurgency. "We engage them here, we engage them there, we engage them with a thrum-thrum tiddle and a military air," concluded Gen. Petraeus as he produced a fife to signal the end the of interview*.

Bless his heart, he's not quite on the ball. The biggest danger to the troops is the overall effort, closely followed by the general himself, his fellow generals, the Obama regime and Congress. The concept can be difficult to understand for people accustomed to communicating entirely in euphemism. But it's not one of those tricky post modern things. There are no grand numinous forces working unseen. The "overall effort" didn't appear out of the blue and demand compliance. It's traceable.

*An editorial gesture, forced on me by grand numinous forces.

Comments (13)


flash rally call from

comrade bob's posse:

"Revolution is NOT a Tea Party! "

"You've seen them all summer long.

The angry mobs in Arizona, overwhelmingly white, threatening immigrants—and sometimes carrying out their threats. The ones in New York City, and in many much smaller towns, demonstrating—and, again, threatening violence—against the right of Muslims to have places of worship and painting all Muslims as "enemies" in the so-called "war on terror." They call civil rights groups racists—while they themselves post vicious racist "jokes" on their web sites, and make openly racist slurs against Obama. And there they were again, last Saturday in DC, rallying at the behest of the reactionary Fox News broadcaster Glenn Beck, in a show of "Christian soldier" piety—to anoint their vicious edge with holy water and to "sanctify" the blood-soaked U.S. military in particular.

This is the Tea Party movement and their allies. They clothe themselves in the symbols and rhetoric of the 1776 American revolution. But beneath the costume of that previous revolution beats the heart of 21st-century counter-revolution—an American fascist movement"


deep anallytic clarity :

"The Tea Party movement will of course deny it from now to next year, but it is in fact fighting for fascism, a much more openly repressive and reactionary form of capitalist-imperialist dictatorship/democracy. This fascism will not mainly come to America with the swastika, but with the cross and the flag. The Tea Party movement is not rebelling against the system; it is a product and tool of the system"

note well

"capitalist-imperialist dictatorship/democracy"

visit this two faced monster in HIS cave !!!!


coming soon .....!!!!!

"Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal),"

"How a revolution would overcome these social antagonisms and divisions"

"the aims, governmental structures,
and policies of
a new revolutionary state power
in a country like this"

look for it ...!!!

"to be published
this fall"

Al Schumann:

Comrade Bob will have to wait his turn. That limelight belongs to the pwogs right now. If he wants a share, he's going to have to recruit Sara Robinson.

Al Schumann:

There's much to make of that. But the methodology is so opaque and the definitions so loose that I'm staying away.

A minor but essential point: the troops signed up for danger, they're paid to experience danger, and when you invade another country you'd better expect to meet some dangerous foes.

It comes with the job.


jay has it right
the move from a soldier culture
to a warrior culture
among our boots on the grounders
is precisely about attracting the thrill seekers and natural blood bathers

soldiers do their duty
warriors ................WAR !!!


fighting brush "wars"
and in particular pre emptive brush wars
moves from
"duty calls"
"You can't handle the truth"

"but I can handle the optional blood baths "

Al Schumann:

There is one point I'd like to make, in spite of my doubts about the study. Communities in which everyone has a guaranteed income tend to be very prosperous.


The comparison between Austin and Fort Hood seemed rather significant. Especially considering the size of the UT endowment and the typical economic relationship of a state capital to its state.

Al Schumann:

Socialism is wonderful thing! All the capital locked up in the UT endowment is doing no good. No good at all, its indirect contributions to Jamie Galbraith's salary notwithstanding.

I'm glad you posted that link, on reflection.


Meanwhile 'cross the pond an ally ponders a different reality: how to buy those expensive devices without a blank check (the global reserve currency).


Al Schumann:

That article mentions of my favorite think tank dorks, Evil Dildo, or Ivo Daalder as he's sometimes called.

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