Tuesday, September 26, 2006

We didn't come here to fight monsters, we're not equipped for it.


Shortly after I started this blog I was told by a friend that he didn't enjoy reading it much because I can be "shrill."

I'm really not sure how to respond to that. A lot of people seemed to automatically tune-out of a political discussion when one of the parties becomes emotionally involved on any level. They aren't going to stick around to weigh the merits of the arguments at that point.

But in a larger sense I wonder why anyone with a functioning brain cell isn't shrill when they look at the state of our country and our government. I was upset when Bill Clinton lied to us, even though it was in response to a question he shouldn't have been asked. Today we have people at all levels of this administration who lie about everything. Repeatedly.

Wouldn't that make you a bit shrill? It did Bill Clinton during his Fox interview with Chris Wallace.

In response to Clinton's impassioned take-down of his critics within and without the administration they responded in the only way they know how: they lied.

Condoleeza Rice met with reporters yesterday and dropped this gem:


"We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al-Qaida," she told the newspaper, which is owned by News Corp., the same company that owns Fox News Channel.

No?

On January 21st, 2001 Richard Clarke sent a memo to Rice begging her to convene a principals meeting on terrorism attached to which was this Clinton administration document entitled "Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadist Networks of al Qida: status and prospects." It was declassified during the 911 hearings.

The last two paragraphs of the opening summary read:

The United States' goal is to reduce the al Qida network to a point where it no longer poses a serious threat to our security or that of other governments. That goal can be achieved over a three to five year period, if adequate resources and policy attention are devoted to it.

Towardthat end, the United States has developed a comprehensive and coordinated strategy that employs a variety of tools including: diplomacy, covert action, public information and media, law enforcement, intelligence collection, foreign assistance, financial regulation enforcement, and military means to affect al Qida to its core."

I encourage you at least skim the document and ask yourself if you find it "comprehensive."

Then consider yourself shrill.

5 comments:

Aaron said...

In my experience, you are accused of being shrill when you have touched a nerve with someone who disagrees with you. I'd take it as a compliment.

Dean Wormer said...

Thanks Aaron. I'm not gonna forget that beer...

Don Snabulus said...

Condi's quip was highlighted on The Daily Show. Jon Stewart showed that quote and her later saying thaat all they received was a "list of ideas" and "actionable items".

Stewart started mocking her saying, "All we got was this list of ideas and ways to act to stop terror. How could anyone call this a plan?"

It was great fun. I say express yourself however you feel appropriate. I would rather know how you feel than have you walk on eggshells or something trying to fit someone's definition of "not shrill."

Dean Wormer said...

Don,

"Actionable items" sure sounds like a plan.

Clintonian level parsing to say it's not.

I just want to say that if you check the time of this post you can see it was pretty darn early in the day that I put all that together.

By the end of the day most lefty blogs were making much the same point.

I was first!

Don Snabulus said...

Scoop! Scoop!