Thursday, December 26, 2002

Stephen Charest asks:

Explain to me, O Secretary of Defense who has never worn a uniform, why you see fit to roll back the meager pay raise proposed for the troops whom you are about to send into battle? Tell me the reason, O Commander in Chief who was AWOL for many months from his cushy, non-combat Texas Air National Guard unit, why the men and women who will die for the cause no one understands must do so on reduced rations? Why in the hell, with a war pending that nobody seems to want outside of the DOD and defense contractors, are we telling the men and women who will be shot, gassed, bombed, and possibly stricken with diseases, that they are not worthy of the tiny pay raise set aside for them?

Admirably, he's far enough above the partisan fray to point out that these same gents actually campaigned on the promise of a spending more on the military --- which they've kept, in their fashion, by serving a prime dinner of plums and pork to politically connected defense contractors. He is. I'm not.

But, the question begs for a response. There's one over here:

The Commander-in-Chief answers him while chasing a fly
Saying, "Death to all those who would whimper and cry"
And dropping a bar bell he points to the sky
Saying, "The sun's not yellow, it's chicken!"

Which sounds almost eerily Rumsfeldian. And yet some people think Bob Dylan lyrics are obscure...


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