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December 30, 2008

The Daily Dimwit: Cognitive Dissonance Edition

The Editorial Staff does not read the funny papers on a regular basis, but with comedic fodder like this, who needs to?

It is actually kind of brilliant, in a nefarious sort of way. This way the breakdown of society can happen on Obama's watch and the Bush Junta's hands get to stay clean:

Hmmm... let's think about that one for just a second.

Those nefarious Rethuglicans purposely wrecked the economy right before a Democrat administration comes into office *just hoping* the Democratic President would declare martial law... leaving a Democrat still firmly in charge of both the country and the military. Not since our Democratic brethren in Christ feverishly contemplated the splendors of Chimpeachment (leaving Darth Cheney firmly in charge of the Oval Office) have we seen such astonishingly nimble analytical footwork:

...it seems to be that for these folks, mass wiretapping of Americans, scooping up all their electronic correspondence, and training the military to patrol the streets here at home is all perfectly OK to this bunch -- as long as the president is Republican.

Can you spot the logical disconnect in that passage boys and girls? We knew that you could.

Who was it that called for the military to take over after Katrina? Democrats. Who objected that this was not only a dangerous precedent but blatantly illegal?

The administration. That would be a Republican administration.

Who does this Army report say will be president if the military has to take to the streets to restore order?


A Democrat.... making this last bit:

.. training the military to patrol the streets here at home is all perfectly OK to this bunch -- as long as the president is Republican.

...sound particularly silly. Post time: 5:10 AM, the cautionary utterances of one Oscar Wilde notwithstanding.

They never learn.

Update: the idiocy continues apace...

"Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security," writes Nathan Freier, a 20-year Army veteran and visiting professor at the college.

A copy of the 44-page report, "Known Unknowns: Unconventional 'Strategic Shocks' in Defense Strategy Development," can be downloaded here. Freier notes that his report expresses only his own views and does not represent US policy, but it's certain that his recommendations have come before at least some Defense Department officials.

Fascists. How dare the DoD read policy papers written by anyone outside the military chain of command? Especially people like... [shudder] visiting professors? Don't they know considering alternative viewpoints is *dangerous*?

The author warns potential causes for such civil unrest could include another terrorist attack, "unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters." The situation could deteriorate to the point where military intervention was required, he argues.

"Under these conditions and at their most violent extreme," he concludes, "civilian authorities, on advice of the defense establishment, would need to rapidly determine the parameters defining the legitimate use of military force inside the United States."

Oh thank God! for a moment it almost sounded as though these folks were maintaining that, in the event of a large scale civil unrest that traditional law enforcement couldn't handle, We the People don't want anyone to be able to legitimately inquire whether it's legal to ask for help from the military to stop the killing.

And Lord knows, that would just be stupid, wouldn't it?

Posted by Cassandra at December 30, 2008 08:55 AM

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I think the big problem here is not Brilliant Hussein at Breakfast's complete lack of logic - it's her inability to read (or at least quote) anything that contradicts her point of view; i.e., the final sentence in the article she cites:

The military always has contingency plans. It's a think tank's job to come up with scenarios, but that doesn't mean it represents an active interest on the part of the (Pentagon).

Posted by: Elise at December 30, 2008 11:07 AM

Oh, there's a lot of that (inability to read (or at least quote) anything that contradicts her point of view) going around these days... :p

Posted by: Cassandra at December 30, 2008 11:29 AM

Now that a Democrat soon will be president, I suggest that we all just stop being so pessimistic about things and have some milk and cookies, or maybe bread and circuses.

Posted by: spd rdr at December 30, 2008 11:40 AM

Remember all the fooferaw about the "contingency plans" the Pentagon has drawn up for the invasion of every country on earth in 2004/2005?

I do believe I heard, "The plans for an Iraq invasion were written long before 9/11!!!" *gasp scream shout*

Well, of course they were. Heaven forbid the military have to plan for, you know, any contingency! I think there are still people out there completely unable to process the fact that yes indeed we do need to have thought out every single "what if" situation we can come up with. Murphy's Law and all that.

That's what that silly little diatribe reminds me of. What is scary about it is that people usually project their own fears/hopes/motivations onto others. So, psychologically speaking, am I to believe that such a plan is one the "Brilliant at Breakfast" writer would have advocated had she agreed with/worshipped/whatever the President?

Anyway, we were wondering what would happen when people didn't have George Bush to kick around because his term was over. I think the answer is, "they will continue to beat a dead horse." I'm not sure they can move on. Certainly not forward, anyway.

Posted by: airforcewife at December 30, 2008 12:10 PM

E...earlier this year, Pentagon officials said as many as 20,000 soldiers under the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) will be trained within the next three years to work with civilian law enforcement in homeland security.

Which gave certain Libs a thermonuclear wedgie all the way up to their collective adenoids. It seems they're all under the impression that

1. the brigades were created solely for the purpose of receiving LE training,

2. they were magically *deployed* to CONUS from wherever foreign colony in which they were recruited, and

3. once they're trained, they'll be placed in strategic cold storage until the command comes to unleash them on an unsuspecting populace.

And I guarantee that the first time the blivet hits the blower, those same people will be the first ones to screech -- from under their beds -- because troops were not on the streets within nanoseconds after the disaster...

Posted by: BillT at December 30, 2008 12:29 PM

This is the oath I swore 44 plus years ago.And I and others like me can not by law alter or amend it.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Posted by: mike at December 30, 2008 03:04 PM

Great post!

Would you like a Link Exchange with our new blog COMMON CENTS where we blog about the issues of the day??


Posted by: Steve at December 30, 2008 04:47 PM

Thanks for bringing that up, Mike. Repeating that oath very quietly is how I've silenced more than a couple of loons who were holding forth on the inevitability of a military coup in the US...

Posted by: BillT at December 30, 2008 04:50 PM

Now Mike and Bill:

Everyone knows military folks are soulless automatons who just follow orders no matter how wrong/bad, evil, or illegal they may be. If you aren't brainwashed, how the helk can you stand being in the military???

*rolling eyes*

Posted by: MoonbatsRUs at December 30, 2008 04:54 PM

...how the helk can you stand being in the military???

Easy -- lock your knees and stare straight ahead.

Posted by: BillT at December 30, 2008 05:35 PM

Don't lock both knees - makes it hard to stare straight ahead...

Posted by: Sly's Wardrobe Mistress at December 30, 2008 06:56 PM

That idiot Bush got it wrong.Gas prices were supposed to RISE after the election,

Posted by: corwin at December 30, 2008 07:29 PM

Well, as long and we have been working to destroy society, the important thing is to rejoice that our efforts are finally bearing fruit, and not quibble over who gets the credit.

Posted by: Steve Skubinna at December 30, 2008 10:13 PM

Don't lock both knees - makes it hard to stare straight ahead...

Only if you're double jointed.

Posted by: BillT at December 31, 2008 02:52 AM

Just curious. Am I the ONLY person on the planet aware of Posse Comitatus?

Posted by: OBloodyhell at January 2, 2009 01:28 AM