Here There Be Hawks

The quote is from just a few years ago.  Not even two years ago, really.  In terms of American's attention spans, however, that's, like, a really long time ago, dude.

"Russia is a state that is unfortunately using the one tool that it has always used whenever it wishes to deliver a message and that's its military power.  That's not the way to deal in the 21st century." 

That's Condoleeza Rice commenting on Russia's "attack" on Georgia. (To keep the issue clear, Russia did not make the initial move on Georgia, and Georgia actually started the incident with a ground attack on Tskhinvali.  Georgia also engaged in a bombardment that was civilian oriented.)  I'm sure the irony was lost on her.  After all, the Gulf War Part Deuce started five years earlier, eons in Americaspeak.  She can be forgiven for forgetting about that ongoing scuffle in the sands of the land that time forgot.

"Our policies toward Iraq simply are to protect the region and to protect Iraq's people and neighbors."  That's Condie again, on our purpose in Iraq.  I guess we offer protection the same way the Mafia offers protection.   

She can't be fucking serious.

Edward Herman once wrote a great piece comparing Russia and Georgia and the US with Iraq.  It was nothing short of brilliant and really pointed out the Orwellian nature of the government and news media surrounding both issues.  Rice was mentioned in the essay quite a bit.

Rice was a hawk through and through.  The media ate up her words and rarely (if ever) questioned her.  She proved that, like Thatcher, women could be just a bloodthirsty as the men.  She perpetuated the Bush administration's myths, half-truths and outright lies, and she got away with it.  

Aren't you glad she's on our side?  Her words and actions, coupled with that of the administration she served, have resulted in the needless deaths of Iraqis and US soldiers.  The media, with its lack of questioning, has blood on its hands, too.

The disrespect runs deep ...

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