April 10th, 2003

gweneye

oh. my. gawd.

So, remember the testing videos of the MOAB bomb? You know, the bomb that decimates a pretty hefty area? I'd hoped that since we hadn't seen it until this point, it wasn't going to be used.

I was wrong.

Er, didn't we just take Baghdad anyway? I mean, even if the administration is recognizing (like I didn't assume they would) that taking Baghdad isn't taking the country necessarily, that only took three weeks. What's the need for this? Threatening the remaining military? I thought they were surrendering in droves?

And geez, I love this line:

Military officials told CNN at the time of the test the MOAB was conceived mainly as a weapon employed for "psychological operations."

Isn't that pretty much the definition of Terrorism?

Actually, looking up the definition: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.

Ok, it hyperlinks terror:

1 : a state of intense fear
2 a : one that inspires fear : SCOURGE b : a frightening aspect c : a cause of anxiety : WORRY d : an appalling person or thing; especially : BRAT
3 : REIGN OF TERROR
4 : violence (as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands


So, in fact, yes, it is terrorism.
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gweneye

wtf?

Establish four core missions for U.S military forces:
  • defend the American homeland;
  • fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars;
  • perform the "constabulary" duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions;
  • transform U.S. forces to exploit the "revolution in military affairs;"

    It was written in 2000. Who wrote it? Well, it's signed by (among others) Wolfowitz. It is supported by Rumsfeld and Cheney if you look at Statement of Principles quoted at the beginning of the document. I mean, this isn't even subtle.

    And as a reminder:

    "Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the
    leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always
    a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy,
    a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
    Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding
    of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they
    are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism,
    and exposing the country to greater danger."

    -- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials