May 07, 2004

Get over it.

Donald Rumsfeld spoke to committees of both the Senate and the House of Representatives today. The topic of discussion: alleged abuse of prisoners at an already notorious prison in Iraq by members of a unit of Military Police.

Members of both committees were ramped up and ready for him. Calls for his resignation or his firing erupted, shouted out by persons in the gallery. Calls also came from members of both committees, members who at least on the surface should have had a better grasp of both the precipitating event and the repercussions of any demands they made of Rumsfeld today.

As all good leaders do, Rumsfeld took responsibility for the actions of his underlings, apologizing to both committees for their actions. This should have been the sum total of his culpability, and each and every one of these Senators and Congressmen knew that before, during, and after the meeting.

Let me explain my position. I’ll couch it in a situation with which most liberal arts students are very familiar, from both sides of the experience.

When you drive up to McDonalds to place your order, McRib Value Meal, Supersized, Diet Coke, you have a reasonable expectation that it will be filled correctly and handed to you though your car window, hot, fresh, and edible. But it isn’t. The fries are so old they snap, the Diet Coke is all syrup, and the McRib has a snout.

Who is responsible? Why, responsibility lies with the fool in the back who put the hog-snout onto your bun, for one. The moron who let those fries sit under the heat lamp for two hours is another. The trainer who neglected to show the new guy exactly how to hook up the lines in the soft drink dispenser is certainly responsible for your drink.

I will certainly go so far as to say that the line supervisor needs to apologize and replace your meal. If he doesn’t, then his manager is certainly fair game. But in no way, shape, or form is the board chairman so responsible for your horrific experience that his resignation in any way merited, not should there be any reasonable expectation of it by you as a dissatisfied customer.

Now, before you start to hyperventilate, charge up your blood pressure, and start screaming that I’m trivializing the suffering of these poor, innocent Iraqi civilians, held against their will and tortured by these evil minions of the Super Evil Military Industrial Complex for the enrichment of Bush and his cronies at Haliburton, I want to ask you one thing: where was the torture?

Where was the rape room? Yes, I saw some naked men posed on the floor or standing by cots. But I saw no military personnel with raging tumnescent members invading the unwilling asses of these once proud and peace loving individuals. I saw none of them forced to actually felate each other for the entertainment of each other or the observing guards. I saw no one suspended over Saddam’s Troy-bilt chipper shredder. I saw no red welts, open wounds, bloody abrasions, broken bones, bruises, black eyes, missing hands, mouths with no tongues, crushed feet, horny jackasses, attacking rottwiellers, or enraged menopausal feminists with Ginzu Knives.

What I did see was humiliation and fear. And that person on the wooden box with the hood and presumably wet blanket, holding the electrical wires? Has any of us seen any photo or tape actually showing this man at the receiving end of any current? No, we haven’t and we won’t, the reason being that just the fear that this person felt knowing that what he held in his hands were wires and that the wet blanket was a wonderfully conductive device was enough.

It’s a trojan horse, a starter pistol in the hands of the “Bad Cop”, the interrigation equivalent of a disgruntled teenager getting what he wants by threatening his parents with a rubber dog shit on the dinner table when his mother takes her dinner guests into the dining room.

But let’s go beyond that. As I sit and watch this, it was announced that 69% of respondents to a poll believe that there is no reason for Donald Rumsfeld to resign or be fired. 69% is a “super majority” of all those polled and is representative of more than appears on the surface.

It shows that most people understand the concept of responsibility in a situation like this. It shows that most people understand that there is a limit, and that they will not breach that limit just because it is politically expedient to do so. Yes, people want those immediately involved to be held accountable and punished accordingly, but they also realize that you don’t paint everyone above them in rank with the same tarred brush

Posted by Mamamontezz at May 7, 2004 09:34 PM

On a slight tangent to your point, one of the ways we learned to look at the situation in the Marine Corps was to view the chain of command as a totem pole. The person at the top has the best view, and in the most responsible for balancing the whole act. The guy at the bottom is the one who has all the weight of the tower on him, so must be the strongest. This was given to us in a Leadership class. The point? The guy at the top better make DAMN sure the guy on the bottom is happy and knows what he's supposed to do, because if he doesn't, the guy at the top is gonna take a LONG fall, because of something he did not see, or have any control over.

The moral of the story, as related to us, was that the guy at the bottom of the totem pole can make life FAR more miserable for the guy at the top, than the obverse. Sec. Rumsfeld is, unfortunately for him, very near the top of the totem pole. He can't see the bottom of the totem pole, because there are FAR too many people between him and the bottom. But, I trust his sense of balance to keep the totem pole upright and working.

Posted by: LC the Humble Devildog at May 7, 2004 10:38 PM

I don't know. Dave Thomas finally had to get an unlisted number because of all the times I didn't like they way they cooked my single.

Ok, I just made that up. But Biggie fries were my idea, just that I never went around to telling anyone before he came up with it too.

If you seem them offer a quadruple or quintuple, yeah, that was probably thought of by me first. There, I just thought of it.

Posted by: George Turner at May 9, 2004 08:31 AM

Examples of Robert McClelland's Attitudes toward Persons who Do Not Share his Political Beliefs

I am an anal sphincter awaiting the none-too-tender ministrations of your Cluebat™ without the benefit of Astroglide™ or spittle.

Posted by: Robert McClelland at May 9, 2004 09:06 AM

Robert McClelland is an intellectual bigot who's biases and attacks on people based on political affiliation will not be tolerated on this blog.

If and when he decides to enter the dialogue responsibly and with some reasonable amount of civility, he will be tolerated.

Until that time, however, Robert McClelland is strongly encouraged to return to the land of thoughtless reactionary Moonbattery™ and refrain from leaving his intellect-free spoor in comments here.

Posted by: Mamamontezz at May 9, 2004 10:08 AM

Well, like every other possible concept, politics is going way-to-far here. I like the analogy of both fast-food and the totem pole. But until people drop the partisan mantles they keep wrapping themselves in, this kind of skullduggery is going to continue.

Yes, I did use skullduggery correctly. The folks that want to take down Rummy are misrepresenting his role to take advantage of our vote.

Posted by: Rhodar at May 9, 2004 01:21 PM

Nice how the 'bat doesn't have comments enabled on his blog. His post on the topic was nauseating. Textbook borderline.

Posted by: maura at May 16, 2004 02:28 PM

poker me up

Posted by: poker me up at December 30, 2004 02:23 PM

Take your time to visit the sites on deflivery ... Thanks!!!

Posted by: deflivery at October 5, 2005 12:25 AM

My favorite artist is Renior,how about you?

Edward hopper paintings

Mary Cassatt paintings

gustav klimt paintings

oil painting reproduction

Oil Painting

handmade Oil Painting

mark rothko paintings

Old Master Oil Paintings

Nude Oil Paintings

dropship oil paintings

Mediterranean paintings

Oil Painting Gallery

Alfred Gockel paintings

Alexei Alexeivich Harlamoff paintings

Aubrey Beardsley paintings

Andrea del Sarto paintings

Alexandre Cabanel paintings

Anders Zorn paintings

Anne-Francois-Louis Janmot paintings

Allan R.Banks paintings

Andrea Mantegna paintings

Arthur Hughes paintings

Albert Bierstadt paintings

Andreas Achenbach paintings

Alphonse Maria Mucha paintings

Benjamin Williams Leader paintings

Bartolome Esteban Murillo paintings

Berthe Morisot paintings

Cheri Blum paintings

Camille Pissarro paintings

Carl Fredrik Aagard paintings

Caravaggio paintings

Claude Lorrain paintings

Claude Monet paintings

Charles Chaplin paintings

Diane Romanello paintings

Diego Rivera paintings

Don Li-Leger paintings

David Hardy paintings

Dirck Bouts paintings

Dante Gabriel Rossetti paintings

Daniel Ridgway Knight paintings

Edmund Blair Leighton paintings

Eugene de Blaas paintings

Eduard Manet paintings

Edwin Austin Abbey paintings

Edward Hopper paintings

Edgar Degas paintings

Emile Munier paintings

Edwin Lord Weeks paintings

Fabian Perez paintings

Francois Boucher paintings

Frank Dicksee paintings

Ford Madox Brown paintings

Federico Andreotti paintings

Fra Angelico paintings

Frederic Edwin Church paintings

Frederic Remington paintings

Francisco de Goya paintings

Filippino Lippi paintings

Francisco de Zurbaran paintings

Gustav Klimt paintings

Georgia O'Keeffe paintings

Gustave Clarence Rodolphe Boulanger paintings

Guillaume Seignac paintings

George Owen Wynne Apperley paintings

Gustave Courbet paintings

Guido Reni paintings

George Inness paintings

George Frederick Watts paintings

Guercino paintings

Howard Behrens paintings

Henri Fantin-Latour paintings

Horace Vernet paintings

Ivan Constantinovich Aivazovsky paintings

Il'ya Repin paintings

Igor V.Babailov paintings

Juarez Machado paintings

Joan Miro paintings

Jean-Honore Fragonard paintings

Jehan Georges Vibert paintings

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot paintings

James Childs paintings

John Singleton Copley paintings

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida paintings

Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida paintings

Joseph Mallord William Turner paintings

Julien Dupre paintings

Julius LeBlanc Stewart paintings

Jeffrey T.Larson paintings

Jean-Paul Laurens paintings

Jules Breton paintings

Johannes Vermeer paintings

Jacques-Louis David paintings

John Everett Millais paintings

James Jacques Joseph Tissot paintings

Jules Joseph Lefebvre paintings

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres paintings

John William Godward paintings

John William Waterhouse paintings

John Singer Sargent paintings

Jean-Leon Gerome paintings

Lorenzo Lotto paintings

Louis Aston Knight paintings

Leon Bazile Perrault paintings

Leon-Augustin L'hermitte paintings

Lady Laura Teresa Alma-Tadema paintings

Louise Abbema paintings

Leonardo da Vinci paintings

Lord Frederick Leighton paintings

Mark Rothko paintings

Montague Dawson paintings

Mary Cassatt paintings

Maxfield Parrish paintings

Martin Johnson Heade paintings

Nancy O'Toole paintings

Philip Craig paintings

Paul McCormack paintings

Patrick Devonas paintings

Peder Mork Monsted paintings

Pierre Auguste Renoir paintings

Peder Severin Kroyer paintings

Pieter de Hooch paintings

Pietro Perugino paintings

Peter Paul Rubens paintings

Rudolf Ernst paintings

Robert Campin paintings

Rembrandt paintings

Raphael paintings

Salvador Dali paintings

Stephen Gjertson paintings

Sir Henry Raeburn paintings

Thomas Cole paintings

Theodore Robinson paintings

Titian paintings

Theodore Chasseriau paintings

Ted Seth Jacobs paintings

Vincent van Gogh paintings

Vittore Carpaccio paintings

Warren Kimble paintings

Wassily Kandinsky paintings

William Etty paintings

William Merritt Chase paintings

William Blake paintings

Winslow Homer paintings

William Bouguereau paintings

Posted by: handmade painting at May 26, 2008 06:49 AM
Post a comment

Remember personal info?