Did you happen to catch Steve Carrell and Nancy Walls going into the Oscar's last night? Although I really love the Daily Show, Rob Cordrey and gang are not a match for the greats of the 2000 election. Reason the AXE is thinking about that is, as always, tangental. Steve Carrell, Nancy his wife, and Mephistoples S. Colbert could probably get the whole thing about leaks into 10 minutes, with Time for Lewis Black to roar and Denis Leary to guest with "Preserve, protect, defend, what the fuck!"
I was trying really hard not to think about the administration today. However, as the Post reports, the administration can't help thinking about me. And you. And how we are misled by people actually tearing off the scab that is this government and letting us see what sort of nonsense they're up to. Instead, we should all sing campfire songs and trust them to...not get us all fucking killed before their term is up?
Now, Steve Colbert has coined the phrase truthiness and is doing an excellent job of playing Bill O'Reilly about misuse of the word. In this case, our leadership -- Dubya Say Wha?, the Dick of ERRL, Princess Condiment, Dashing Don and li'l Alberto G along with Karly Karl Rove -- are so concerned about us knowing the truth and being overcome with the vapors that they are going after anyone who might leak...except when they want it leaked, aka Scooter-Tooter Libby. Otherwise, they want us to bow to truthiness...meaningless gibberish that sounds good.
So, one way to muzzle the pomeranians of the American press is to threaten everybody. When all the news is reduced to "Big Traffic Accident on I-10; Monkey mates with a pony; pictures at 11" and the Little Nickel-Pennysaver, they'll be happy. Idiots.
The same logic that says the internet will force China to be more open applies to us. We do not have the knack for secrecy and obfuscation that they have in the Middle Kingdom...so, the leakers who want to pass things on will blog, email from internet cafes and do other things. Truth and information sorta kinda wanna be free, especially if one is a pissed off, principled public servant who gets shit on by politically appointed morons.
Here's another bit of interesting trivia to mull over. Whatever happened to Peter Pace, General, USMC? Remember the guy who corrected big Donny on the law of war and earned the admiration of bizillions? Now he's reduced to saying things that are patently absurd like Iraq is not in a civil war. Look, the people who are most excited about keeping us there now are the Sunnis. If we leave, they are toast... This is not optimistic. Reuters through the NY Times shares these gems... "`We first need to see if the country can hold together for the next four years before worrying about whether the government will last that long,'' another Sunni politician said."`We may not have a country by then. We might have little countries -- I am talking about a physical split.''A senior Shi'ite politician close to the interim government said talk of an impending civil war was misplaced. ``It depends what you mean by civil war,'' he said. ``But as far as I can see we are already in an undeclared civil war.'' Now and then, from the mouths of religious fanatic politicians, some gems must fall. So, Pace can go whistling past the graveyard of his troops,saying things are getting better because we built one more school this week than the assholes burned, but things are absolutely fucked up in the fertile crescent, and the sooner we get people in charge who are more concerned about fixing it than about us figuring it out, the better for the world.
By the way, the picture of the soldier was taken the day that the family of Sergeant First Class Paul Smith, the first Medal of Honor winner since Somalia unveiled his headstone at Arlington. The Sergeant Major of the Army was there and spoke with obvious emotion about Paul Smith's courage and devotion to his soldiers and the nation. "Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston called Smith’s memorial an important reminder to soldiers past and present and to the more than 4 million people who visit Arlington each year that “freedom is not free.” He also called Smith a dedicated soldier who “solidified the very core of our Army.” “On that day, 100 American soldiers witnessed and learned leadership of extraordinary proportions -- leadership that changed and influenced their lives forever,” Preston said." The citation for Sergeant's Smith heroism is linked here. The are thousands more that didn't get written up; this is the reality of the war. I'm surprised they don't want to block access to this one...