The media and Libya – 2011-08-23 Quote of the Day

Tam has a post up about the ridiculousness of Teh Won claiming credit for the rebel victory in Libya. Jay G hits one out of the park on a related subject in the comments.

I would, however, like to know how much American money has been spent in Libya. The vanguard US press, who kept a rolling tally of both deaths and costs when the guy in the Oval office had an (R) next to his name, is strangely silent now…

That is a very good question. I’m sure there’s a perfectly valid reason that they’re not counting every penny being spent in Libya like they did for Bush in Afghanistan and Iraq – or, for that matter, a valid reason why the running totals for Afghanistan and Iraq suddenly and quietly got relegated to the back pages (if they get printed at all) shortly after the election.

I mean, it couldn’t be because the media is in the tank for Obama. That would be ridiculous!

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Remember how Obama said he would pull our troops out of Iraq this year?

Turns out, not so much.

Eight months shy of its deadline for pulling the last American soldier from Iraq and closing the door on an 8-year war, the Pentagon is having second thoughts.

Reluctant to say it publicly, officials fear a final pullout in December could create a security vacuum, offering an opportunity for power grabs by antagonists in an unresolved and simmering Arab-Kurd dispute, a weakened but still active al-Qaida or even an adventurous neighbor such as Iran.

So now they think they’ll have to leave “perhaps several thousand” troops there. For how long?

[Defense Secretary Gates] said the U.S. would consider a range of possibilities, from staying an extra couple of years to remaining in Iraq as permanent partners. [emphasis mine]

Got that? Permanent “partners”.

This is my shocked face.

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[Source: AP Article on Yahoo! News, retrieved 4/9/11]

Terrorists take care of themselves

I found this video while wandering teh interwebz today. Premature detonation, a la “Achmed the Dead Terrorist” at about 2:43 into the video.

The best part? As the pilots seem to be preparing to attack after the child has wandered away and the device goes off, you hear one say “Nevermind!”

That video gives me the warm fuzzies.

Edit 9-15-09: Fixed the embedded video.

What about Bush’s manners?

I’ve read a lot of comments about Virginia Senator-Elect Jim Webb’s “boorish” response to the President, but no one seems to have commented about the fact that the President also showed a lack of manners in that exchange. It seems to have started off politely enough. “How’s your boy” is a reasonable and courteous question to ask someone whose son has been deployed to a war zone. Mr. Webb, however, did not wish to discuss this topic with President Bush. So he attempted to redirect the conversation. (“I’d like to get them out of Iraq.”) Perhaps not the best response, but still, barely, within the bounds of courtesy. Here is where the President’s manners failed him. Instead of taking the hint and moving on President Bush not only repeated the question but bluntly (and rudely) called attention to the attempt at redirection. (“That’s not what I asked. How’s your boy?”) At this point Mr. Webb firmly, but equally bluntly, closed the topic. (“That’s between my boy and me.”) It should be noted that this is similar to the response he routinely gives reporters and others who ask about his son. Mr. Webb has, in fact, made it a point to not discuss his son with those outside his immediate circle.

Rudeness does not justify rudeness, but the President made it very difficult, if not impossible, for Mr. Webb to close the topic politely. I don’t know that I could have done any better. Could you?

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