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President Merkin Muffley: Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.
I had a great idea. I was going to write about the idiocy of a certain Maladministration. And being the well-read and erudite person I think I am, my mind wandered towards the classics.
Sadly, never got there.
Found “Dr. Strangelove” and was mesmerized. Yes! This is it! This is the RosettaStone of trying to figger out the gang that could not govern straight.
While clearly an anti-war movie of the cold-war type, it could not be more poignant if copied from today’s papers, if the papers reported the pravda, tovarish. I mean, the truth, my friend.
But as sad as this is, this can also be related to the horrific murders at the Navy Yard in DC.
Paraphrase the top quote and you might get “Sailors, you can’t have guns here, this is a naval military installation!”
Not so funny now.
Here you have a naval facility, loaded up with military as well as civilians, all UNARMED. The Clinton administration felt that while he was fine with our Squids throwing Tomahawks at tents and aspirin factories every time Monica Lewinski was mentioned in the papers, having armed sailors on a naval base was a silly idea.
So, they hired civilian contractors to provide security. Yeah, that worked out swell. Half of them appeared not to have been vetted and the others appeared to be criminals. Brilliant!
So, now some nutcase… Wait, I will save that.
General Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you recall what Clemenceau once said about war?
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: No, I don’t think I do, sir, no.
General Jack D. Ripper: He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought. I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.
Problem with this is that it is true on both levels. On the one hand the politicians are calling the shots, putting tools in “charge” of the military who will rubberstamp anything which comes down the blower, like a certain Chairman of the JCS.
Or a president who will invoke the War Powers Act when he wants.
Or a president who says he does not need the War Powers Act when he is in a snit.
Or both, but deny the other when convenient.
The second truism is the infiltration of, well, not exactly Communism as we knew it in the 60’s, but socialism of which we are seeing more and more every day.
President Merkin Muffley: I will not go down in history as the greatest mass-murderer since Adolf Hitler.
General “Buck” Turgidson: Perhaps it might be better, Mr. President, if you were more concerned with the American People than with your image in the history books.
It is said that BJ Clinton ruled by polls. (No jokes!) And ya know, if you REALLY think of it, that is not a terrible idea. After all, back then we still had a Constitutional Republic. And getting feedback from Congress and confirmation, or not, by polls of the people, allowed one to rule close to the wishes of the people. No, it is not ideal or perhaps even cricket. But it is far better than making up your mind then providing the polls which support all the sides one might have including the idea that he has not developed as yet.
That said, we are saddled with the onerous weight of a severe narcissist, a borderline personality, a megalomaniac who is everestally insecure. He is defined by what he thinks of himself, screw the rest of us, but we better agree with his own self-assessment.
So, for him to declare war on Syria, Serbia, Antarctica, the Grand Duchy of Fenwick (another cold war reference) or South Carolina (the one on the Gulf….) is only a feather in his pointed hat as far as being a “decisive leader.”
Meanwhile, Rome still burns.
President Merkin Muffley: Why haven’t you radioed the plans countermanding the go-code?
General “Buck” Turgidson: Well… I’m afraid we’re unable to communicate with any of the aircraft.
President Merkin Muffley: Why?
General “Buck” Turgidson: As you may recall, sir, one of the provisions of Plan ‘R’ provides that once the go-code is received, the normal SSB Radios on the aircraft are switched into a specially coded device which I believe is designated as CRM-114. Now, in order to prevent the enemy from issuing fake or confusing orders, CRM-114 is designed not to receive at all. Unless the message is the correct three-letter recall code prefix.
President Merkin Muffley: You mean to tell me, General Turgidson, that you will be unable to recall the aircraft?
General “Buck” Turgidson: That’s about the size of it. However, at this moment our men are plowing through and transmitting every possible three-letter combination of the recall code. But since there are over 17,000 permutations… it’s going to take us about two-and-a-half days to transmit them all.
President Merkin Muffley: How soon did you say our planes will be entering Russian radar cover?
General “Buck” Turgidson: About 18 minutes from now, sir.
This is exactly the kind of conversation which easily could be happening between Biff and WTLF, or Valerie Jarrett and Biff, or Joey McMensa with himself regarding Syria.
Sure, you would have to massage it a bit, but the underlying fact is that you have people deciding the fate of millions who have no idea what they are doing, how to proceed, when to stop, how to stop and what to do when the whole thing explodes in their faces.
So, if you have not seen one of Kubrick’s classics, it is time to watch “Dr. Strangelove”
Back to the murderer.
He brought a gun into Washington DC – ILLEGAL
He was in possession of a gun as he travelled –ILLEGAL
He took said weapon onto a military base –ILLEGAL
He killed a dozen people – ILLEGAL
Now, I am a pretty good Philadelphia lawyer when it comes to certain aspects of the law. And while I may be adept at reinterpreting treaties, re-reading property lines and finding a loop-hole in most anything this side of a birth certificate, for the life of me I canNOT imagine a law that could be passed that could have prevented this carnage.
Assuming that EVERY CITIZEN was disarmed but, silly kids, that is EXACTLY their plan.
The poor souls who were murdered by a madman were not cold yet when former (?) concealed carry permit holder, Sen. Frankenfinestein, was belly aching for more laws.
I will spare you my utter contempt and vitriol for this horrid bit, er, witch. She will try to gain political capital for her insane desire to disarm the citizenry. And, for the love of, pete, she is on the off-ramp. And so will Biff. (If he did not do so from the time I put this to bed and posted it.)
I am half surprised, and please excuse my jaundiced view but it is deserved, that Biff does not have two planes at the ready, each with survivors or the family of the slain from Boston, Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Arizona just to be ready to trot them out at a moment’s notice so he can have more photo ops. (Hark back to the quote above regarding the American People versus his image.
I am really becoming troubled over all of this. Yes, of course, the crime and pain and anguish of the various situations which have occurred over these past four-plus years. I am troubled that is all I seem to write about.
But I can’t stop.
Every time I turn my head we are being buggered again by Biff & Co.
Did you see the text book that citing the 1st Amendment mentioned the so-called “Separation of Church and State?” And not to make the 2nd Amendment jealous, that one got a face lift also as now kids are being taught that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Anyone notice anything missing?
Like “The Right of the people” between the words” “State” and “to.”
So you have the crime of commission by adding something which does not exist and the crime of omission by taking out something which does.
I have said it before more times than I can count, if you like the way things are going just sit on your duff and you will love Act II.
I have said more times than I can count, if you don’t like the way things are going, get off yer duff and do something. NOW! Do not wait till next year or the year after or the year after that.
Will you live that long? Will our nation?
If not you, then who?
If not now, then when?
Make it so.