mr. zilla goes to town

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

we must destroy the rule of law... in order to save it!

Thick as a tin of treacle you left in the fridge by accident one night on the turps, that's Ralph Peters in the New York Post:
To master Iraq now - if it could be done - we'd have to fight every faction except the Kurds. Are we willing to do that? Are we willing to kill mass murderers and cold-blooded executioners on the spot? If not, we can't win, no matter what else we do.

Yes, yes! Because extra-judicial executions of captives is just the ticket for defeating an insurgency and bring hope of victory on the home front! You frickin' moron!


Robert McNamara, and his mea maxima culpa over Vietnam:

We failed then as we have since to recognize the limitations of modern high technology military equipment and forces in doctrine in confronting unconventional highly motivated people's movements...

...our misjudgments of friend and foe alike reflected our profound ignorance of a history, culture and politics of the people in that area, and the personalities and habits of their leaders.

We failed to draw Congress and the American people into a full and frank discussion and debate of the pros and cons of large scale U.S. military involvement.

...we didn't recognize that neither our people nor our leaders are on a mission. To this day we seem to act in the world as though we know what's right for everybody. We think we're on a mission. We aren't. We weren't then and we aren't today. And where our own security is at stake, I'm prepared to say act unilaterally, militarily. Where our security is not at stake, not directly at stake, narrowly defined, then I believe that our judgement of what is in another people's interest, should be put to the test of open discussion, open debate, and international forum. And we shouldn't act unilaterally militarily under any circumstances. And we shouldn't act militarily in conjunction with others until that debate has taken place. We don't have the God-given right to shape every nation to our own image.

(applause)

Well, you can clap but we're still trying to do it, and that's sad.

This speech was given in 1995.

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