Friday, January 20, 2006

What rhymes with "alcohol-saturated dread"?

I'm about 100 pages into The Assasin's Gate and as I am reading it I grow more horrified than I thought possible at the people who architected the Iraq war. Our own Disappearingink wrote: "The War in Iraq is simply a tangible culmination of 20-year-old intellectual movement." I am more inclined to say that calling the movement "intellectual" is being far too charitable. What people like Perle believed would happen, and the rationalizations they made, is tantamount to a belief in magic - only with the power emanating from use of the military rather than a magician's wand. Someone let these people make life and death decisions? ARE YOU EFFIN' KIDDING ME? Still, what better way to celebrate this new level of terror-inducing enlightenment than a new message from Osama Bin Laden?

What the arrival of this message points out is some people - pundits, specifically - need Bin Laden alive. For example, how else could that spewer of senseless conventional wisdom, Chris Matthews, keep pretending playground taunts against the Left are in any way relevent to our current situation? This sort of "in-depth" analysis is exactly what we don't need right now. I don't need a policial hack cum media dork to tell me what Bin Laden (if the message really is from him) sounds like. He sounds like a religious fanatic who has some pretty horrible ideas about how to enact his agenda. Chris Matthews, on the other hand, sounds like a four year old.

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