Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Council Comes, Bearing Votes

Watcher's Council

Dr. Sanity wins again! This time with her re-visitation to Bush Derangement Syndrome, a truly fascinating disorder.
     The number of things that Bush has been blamed for in this world since 9/11 (even acts of God like Tsunamis, hurricanes and other natural disasters) is the stuff of major comedy. You name the horrible event, and he is identified as the etiologic agent.
He is blamed when he does something (anything) and he is blamed when he does nothing. He is blamed for things that ocurred even before he was President, as well as everything that has happened since. He is blamed for things he says; and for things he doesn't say.
What makes Bush Hatred completely insane however, is the almost delusional degree of unremitting certitude of Bush's evil; while simultaneously believing that the TRUE perpetrators of evil in the world are somehow good and decent human beings with the world's intersts at heart.
This psychological defense mechanism is referred to as "displacement".
One way you can usually tell that an individual is using displacement is that the emotion being displaced (e.g., anger) is all out of proportion to the reality of the situation. The purpose of displacement is to avoid having to cope with the actual reality…
Good on her. This topic is fascinating. The Baron’s Boy has described having to wipe spittle off his shirt as otherwise-normal college kids start foaming (literally) at the mouth with BDS. A strange derangement indeed. Politics seems to be where the unresolved personal issues get dumped.

The Glittering Eye and Gates of Vienna tied for second place. Questioning Their Patriotism is a thoughtful and — to use a ruined word, nuanced — look at the divisions in this country over the Iraq war. Or at least some of the main issues. He puts his own case well:
     This might be an appropriate time to re-state my own position on the war: I opposed the war in anticipation but I believe that once we had invaded and removed the detestable Saddam Hussein government we were legally, morally, and strategically required to create an environment in which a decent, stable one would replace it.
Prudence requires that we adapt means suitable to that end. Other countries do not understand the degree of openness and self-criticism which we routinely engage in here. We have needed to be much more circumspect in the tone and content of criticism lest it be misunderstood as confusion and weakness. And we shouldn’t demoralize our troops in the field with loose talk. If you are absolutely unable to give open, enthusiastic support to the troops and their mission (which are indivisible), silence is the best recourse. Now. When are boys and girls in the military are out of harms way there will be lots of time for open and even bitter and angry debate.
The strongest point for me is the demoralization of our troops by all the bitter contention. As though only “my” point of view mattered and must prevail and if a few American kids die for that, well…whatever. I find both “the tone and the content of criticism” to be harmful to the point of malevolence. Evil does not have to be intentional to do its harm. Were I the parent or relative of someone in Iraq I would be furious with these people for creating a civil war at home while our kids are dying somewhere else. It’s unconscionable.

“The Untouched Hot Potato” at Gates of Vienna was The Big Pharaoh’s phrase for the problem of bringing a truly democratic government into being in Egypt — and the rest of the Arab world. He thinks that Islam must undergo its own Reformation before that can happen and this fact is not one that those in power are willing to face.

I don’t usually go so far down the list in the Council posts, but Rightwing Nuthouse’s reminiscence of his father for Veteran’s Day made me cry. So you should have to sniffle a bit, too. I hate suffering by myself.

The Anchoress was a clear winner -- loud and clear! -- for her rap on the knuckles of the GOP leadership:
     If your plan was to make people so disgusted with your cowardice, your disorganization and your political tone-deafness that they either stop contributing to the RNC, or they decide to just sit out the next election (because what’s the point), or they decide to vote out every stinking one of you in the next elections, because you freaking well deserve ouster for literally doing nothing constructive and squandering your majority…well…you have succeeded spectacularly! Beyond your wildest imaginings, I am sure.
I can’t think of a single reason to vote to re-elect a any one of you.
The world is tilting, and you useless, ineffectual, dithering moneysuckers seem increasingly to be empty suits, given shape and movement not by ideas and a willingness to serve the electorate, but by wispy tufts of ambitious smoke. You seem directed toward nothing more than keeping your almighty Senate or House seat in your name. You give away your power, you give away your advantages in committee, you leave in place utterly feckless people like Arlen Specter and then, when you finally seem like you are on the cusp of doing something productive and right, like investigating the CIA or okaying drilling in a bare, muddly, uninhabitable tundra, you fall into a faint and go slinking back to your states and districts to gladhand and pump for money and then gladhand some more.
Yes, yes, and yes. They all suffer from what James Lileks terms “Senatitis,” even some of those in the House. There will be an accounting in 2006, fellows. Better start herding yourselves away from the cliff. Idjits.

Second place went to Varifrank for "The J. Patrick Buchanan Memorial Library for Failed Prophets of Doom."

I must admit it struck a nerve with me, so much so that I made a much too long comment that was trying to turn itself into a post so I went back to my own neighborhood and put my thoughts there. See if it doesn’t strike the same nerve in you:
     Imagine if you will, a library that is stocked with books that relate to one thing, the Cassandra like predictions from the past that have failed to come true. A Library entirely dedicated to the published works of blowhards, pundits, college professors, and economists everywhere who like the sound of their voice and are certain that they have seen the end times just around the corner. But for some reason never seem to be able to predict the disaster we all know is waiting for us out in the murky future. The Library should serve as a warning to all who wish to see the future darker than it really is.
As always, there are more goodies over at the Watcher’s place.

Bon apetit!

And now, thanks to my procrastination, it's time to nominate again...jeez.


PhilippinesPhil said...

"The strongest point for me is the demoralization of our troops by all the bitter contention. As though only “my” point of view mattered and must prevail and if a few American kids die for that, well…whatever. I find both “the tone and the content of criticism” to be harmful to the point of malevolence."

I've seen a lot of discussion on the tv news on how the contentious bickering back home is undermining troop morale. I've been retired a couple years now, but can I provide a little insight into how many of the troops see all this partisan rhetoric?

Other than the "first termers," the career troops are much more understanding and thickskinned than many give them credit for, especially when it comes to being unaffected by the drivel coming from the mouths of the anti-war spewers. The boys and girls in uniform know its all about the opportunism of an oppostion party trying to become the party in power.

Experienced officers and NCOs are not standing around and just letting the "nay-saying" infect their people without providing a counter weight to it.

The troops in theatre feel that THEY are the ones who know the truth. They could give a crap about whether or not WMDs existed or not, all they know is that they are there NOW, and they are WINNING! What does affect them, and causes their heads to shake in disbelief, are the assertions in the news that they are LOSING. It's like being in bizarro world, everything is backwards when it comes back to them through the prisms of CNN and the BBC.

Is it any wonder that after a tour or two, many servicemen start to feel a little... how to say this?... superior-- psychologically, morally, physically, you name it. THEY are NOT wavering, but it seems that their civilian leaders are. I used to feel like I was "working" for a bunch of weak-willed wavering wimps, and nothing has changed over the years. The GIs are getting it done while "Henny Penny" runs in circles crying, "The sky is falling!"

John Sobieski said...

I oppose the war because Bush's 'strategy' of democratizing the Islamic world will be a bust. We need to disengage from the Muslim world, cut the jizya off, and stop Muslim immigration to the West. oh, and build a fence along the soutthern border. The $300 billion spent on Iraq could have helped us in the above tasks and accelerated research and expansion of alternative energy.

Bush's strategy is a 'muddle'. A muddle occurs when you don't understand your enemy, and that enemy is Islam.

I deeply respect and honor our soldiers and personally hurt when I hear any of them being injured or dying. My position does not change my respect for them one iota.