Guess the gender

During the course of this investigation I conducted a lengthy interview with Brig. Gen. Karpinski that lasted over four hours, and is included verbatim in the investigation annexes. Brig. Gen. Karpinski was extremely emotional during much of the general’s testimony. What I found particularly disturbing in the general’s testimony was the general’s complete unwillingness to either understand or accept that many of the problems inherent in the 800th MP Brigade were caused or exacerbated by poor leadership and the refusal of the command to both establish and enforce basic standards and principles among its soldiers.

Emotional and unable to accept responsibility. Shocker. Meanwhile, her lawyer has this to say: “Brig. Gen. Janis L. Karpinski is the first and only female general officer to lead soldiers in combat. She is a hero to the men and women of the 800th Military Police Brigade.”

Yeah, that may well be true. And judging by their performance at the prison, it may be part of the problem. Now, it’s entirely possible that the whole affair is yet another intelligence debacle – or masterstroke of conspiracy, for that matter, depending on what the goal was. In either case, who better to play the patsy than an incompetent female general incapable of understanding that the whole point of treating prisoners decently and well is to encourage others to surrender instead of continuing to fight.

Holy bureaucratic inefficiencies, Batman!

The Department of the] Interior alone is managing about 31,000 Web sites, presenting between 3 million and 5 million pages of information with maintenance costs approaching $220 million a year. “Now, AOL-Time Warner, who I believe is the largest Internet service provider in the world, manages in contrast about 50 sites, but the Interior Department manages 31,000 different Web sites,” the congressman says. “In an agency that employs 70,000, that means the Department of Interior has almost one Web site for every two employees.”

How anyone can read something like this and still expect positive results out of government, be it managing the debt, nation-building or welfare, I’ll never know.

It’s not all the woman’s fault

The infamous Gargler was exploring the bitter roots of feminism, and while it’s undeniably true that many women are raised from birth to be bitches, the sad reality is that many men mistakenly believe that they are interested in subjecting themselves to this sort of punishment.

My blood ran cold when one of my friends described a girl he was seeing as “spunky” and how much fun they had “giving each other a hard time”. Because it was “all in fun” of course. Fortunately, he stopped seeing her before it became too serious, but what a disaster in the making that was! Think about it, guys. Sure, it may be fun crossing wits with a girl and hearing her snappy retorts for a while, but it’s not going to be that fun when she decides to up the ante. It will be even less fun when the barbs are laced with genuine venom. It won’t be fun at all when you are not allowed to respond in kind, or eventually, at all, without her going nuclear on you at the least hint of criticism.

Do NOT encourage this sort of behavior in a young girl, or in any woman either. Men, only you are responsible for the merde you elect to take. If a woman’s behavior is out of bounds, you must call them on it just as you would a man. Okay, perhaps not just as you would a man. Society tends to frown somewhat on the whole punch-in-the-mouth thing.

Immigration and invasion

This tends to underline my point about how invading any one country, or even three countries, is not going to make the US any safer from jihadist terrorism. From Debka: “First arrest in US of suspect in Madrid train bombing. FBI takes US citizen Brandon Mayfield, a Muslim lawyer, into custody in Portland, Oregon after his fingerprints found on items used in attack.”

You’re not imagining things

I did, briefly, post something about some aspersions cast publicly at Ms Rodham-Clinton. However, I elected to nuke that post as I prefer to keep my Clinton-hating pure, based solely on quantifiable, undeniable ideological issues and other matters that, like a continental watershed, separate her and me. Such as socialized health care, for example. And phylum.

Furthermore, I find it very, very hard to believe that the Lizard Queen has genuine interest in anything warm-blooded, except perhaps as lunch.

There are successes, but….

One measure of the Bush administration’s foreign policy incompetence that it has refused to do the obvious in the one area of Iraq where it has been successful. The Kurds are happy to be liberated from Baathite rule, delighted to be on friendly terms with the United States and would like nothing more than their own country. Why don’t we give it to them? Are the lines drawn by British colonial officials really sancrosanct? (If so, our Founding Fathers have a lot for which to apologize).

Of course, the Iraqi Kurds only make up part of the mythical Kurdistan. The other Kurds are in Iran and Turkey. But so what? Turkey hasn’t exactly been a staunch and loyal friend, and besides, a potential partition of Iraq is no business of theirs. Turkey is a second-tier power; it can handle itself. And any potential destabilization of Iran would be a good thing, even if we’re putting off WWIII for a rainy day.

Apparently George Delano and company aren’t really quite as interested in furthering democracy and self-determination as they pretend. Otherwise, we’d already have witnessed the triumphant declaration of a free Kurdish nation.

Airball

David Limbaugh demonstrates his military expertise: Liberal columnists are using this isolated case [Abu Ghairab] to validate their preformed opinion that our entire war effort has been mismanaged and a failure. Well, I’m not willing to concede that everything has gone bad for us in Iraq or that we are guilty of poor planning because we didn’t accurately predict every terrorist strike against our troops. Do the critics really believe it’s possible to fight a casualty-free war, especially against an enemy that has less respect for the rules of war than it does for life itself?

I just don’t understand the logic behind allegations that we are bungling the war because we sustain casualties or because a few of our soldiers get out of line. How easy it is for the armchair quarterbacks to condemn our whole military operation every time we experience setbacks while fighting an unpredictable urban war against an uncivilized, brutal, inhumane and evil enemy.

If you don’t understand it, David, let me explain it to you. We are not fighting an actual war; if we were Fallujah would have been flattened a month ago. As the German soldiers complained in WWII, Americans fight in a deadly and unfair manner, by advancing until they meet the enemy, engage him, then bury him with air strikes and artillery. Advance and repeat.

But, since we are not actually fighting a war, but instead playing deadly Israeli-style wargames with “terrorists”, (who aren’t terrorists for the most part, but guerilla militias), we are sending lightly armed troops into urban zones without armor, thus ensuring that we lose more troops in the occupation than in the conquest itself. Since this method did not work in Northern Ireland and has not worked in Israel, it will not work in Iraq either.

Even worse, the so-called battle for hearts and minds is a war of semiotics, of symbolism. In that sense, the images of American mistreatment of POWs is a major defeat for the administration’s cause. I’m not condemning our post-Baghdad military operations because of current setbacks, but because I never saw any way that they could possibly succeed in the first place. Three decades of Soviet failure in Afghanistan and Chechnya demonstrate that the only way to handle these countries is to kill the dangerous leaders and support the unaggressive, more or less harmless leaders from a distance.

We’re going to withdraw in the end. Cultures cannot be completely remade by external dictate. Germany was a civilized country that took a bad turn and was relieved to return to sanity. Japan simply followed the orders of the emperor and the ruling elite to follow MacArthur’s path, just as they had earlier followed them into imperialist war. In neither case were the anti-occupation forces, (the werewolves) still dangerous more than a year after the war ended. And since we’re going to withdraw, better to do it before we needlessly sacrifice another one or two hundred young American lives. We should have left as soon as we had Hussein in hand, when we had successfully achieved all that we could reasonably hope to accomplish.