"But war, in a good cause, is not the greatest evil which a nation can suffer. War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice – a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice – is often the means of their regeneration. A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever-renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other."

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Top Ten Democratic Complaints About Petraeus' Iraq Report

Lifted with apologies from IMAO. It gave me something to smile about after listening to senators lecture the good general for the entirety of their alloted time slots without ever asking a question.

10) Low energy, bad lip-synching, and
looks flabby in a two-piece.
9) Kept interrupting speech to hand out new contracts to Halliburton
8) Secretly replaced Ted Kennedy's gin with water, leading to an unsightly episode of DT's.
7) Repeatedly dropped second and third syllables of Bushitler.
6) Didn't demonstrate bipartisan objectivity by surrendering microphone to Code Pink protesters.
5) Forgot to acknowledge Democrats' hard work in supporting the troops.
4) Wore medals on chest instead of throwing them over a fence.
3) Tested microphone by saying "I have a plan for Iraq" in mocking, high-pitched John Kerry voice.
2) Careless omission of the words, "failure", "quagmire", and "Vietnam".
And the #1 Democratic complaint about Petraeus's Iraq report:

1) His eerie resemblance to
Fifth Element's Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg:


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