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October 23, 2006

Maybe Henry And Osama Could Get A Room And Humiliate Each Other In Private

Scott Horton at the blergh points out this section from State of Denial about a conversation between Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson and Henry Kissinger:

"Why did you support the Iraq war?" Gerson asked him.

"Because Afghanistan wasn't enough," Kissinger answered. In the conflict with radical Islam, he said, they want to humiliate us. "And we need to humiliate them."

When hearing this it's hard not to think of these words of Osama bin Laden just after 9/11:

"What America is tasting now is something insignificant compared to what we have tasted for scores of years. [The Islamic world] has been tasting this humiliation and this degradation for eighty years."

Here's the thing: I remember feeling many emotions in lower Manhattan that day, but humiliation wasn't one of them. Indeed, if there were anyone I would have thought should feel humiliated, it would have been the people who revealed themselves to be so stupid and vain and cruel all they could conceive of to do with their lives was to murder 3,000 others.

By contrast, I do find it humiliating that we invaded Iraq, precisely because of what it revealed about our own stupidity and vanity and cruelty. I find it even more humiliating that, even with every advantage, our country has decayed to the point we find it impossible to hold those who made the decisions responsible. Most of all, I find it humiliating to live in a country where Henry Kissinger can go outside without being spit on by hundreds of concerned citizens.

Meanwhile, from a rational standpoint I don't think anyone in the Islamic world should find the Iraq invasion or eighty years of colonialism humiliating. (Though I do, of course, emotionally get it.)

Anyway, I guess it's no accident the CIA is flying around the world wearing masks and forcibly administering enemas. If only we could set up Henry and Osama on a blind date, they might end up so busy we could finally get some peace and quiet around here.

Posted at October 23, 2006 01:55 PM | TrackBack


This blind date could be chaperoned by CIA agents who would then apply Erroneous Renditioning enemas. I'll supply the barium to make it easier on taxpayers.

Better yet, howzabout a brand new 'ER' series to be aired on Fox that would pair celebrity NeoCon couples for Erroneous Renditions every week starting with George and Laura?

Just to show how fair and balanced they are, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter would be paired during sweeps week at the Gulag on tropical Diego Garcia, but in all cases, the victims....I mean winners would never again see the light of day!!!

Posted by: JLaR at October 24, 2006 05:09 AM

I note with some pride in the human race that the clash of civilizations has much more dignity and thoughtfulness to it than a penis measuring contest. What other species would get to the fundaments with such brio?

Posted by: J. Alva Scruggs at October 24, 2006 06:16 AM