Friday, June 08, 2007

Three is the lucky number

Maybe good news comes in threes. Darth Cheney's battery needs replacement. Maybe they should give the contract to Halliburton to replace it with something substandard and overpriced? Maybe the sinister Energizer bunny is finally going to run down, maybe not, but it just makes me feel good to know someone is taking a scalpel and making an incision in Cheney.

Paris is going back to the slam with tears ruining her makeup and snot running from her overly long nose. It's intellectually rewarding to think about her having to go through it again. Who can resist a smile?

If Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' recommendations are followed, General Peter Pace will be replaced by Admiral Michael G. Mullen the new Chief of Naval Operations who is getting some applause by jettisoning some unpopular brass seen as yes-men to the Bush administration.

We are a very long way from a military coup, but it does seem that sanity might be breaking out at the Pentagon. Gates appointment as head of CentCom, Admiral William Fallon has been opposing Neocon demands for yet another carrier group to be sent into the Persian gulf. According to Think Progress, Hillary Mann, the administration’s former National Security Council director for Iran and Persian Gulf Affairs, warned that some Bush advisers secretly wanted an excuse to attack Iran and were planning to provoke some response similar to the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. Fallon has insisted privately that an attack on Iran won't happen on his watch. I don't want to seem too optimistic, but maybe some adults are finally going to take back the kindergarten from Commander Guy.


d.K. said...

I posted this comment elsewhere, but I too am daring to think that Gates is going to make a difference. Obviously, anyone but Rumsfeld would have made an improved difference, but I'm hopeful that Gates will return some sanity. Regarding Pace:

My first thought too that Pace's joining the ranks of Wolfowitz to offer his weird public endorsement of Libby, after Libby's conviction under our system of justice, was in some ways a jab at Gates, who has tried to mark his territory and establish a modicum of independence as Secretary.

Pace's public, "personal" remark recently about his opinion of gays also further made him a polarizing figure.

Oh, and then there's that Iraq thing.

I was initially pleased to see a Marine appointed as Chairman, but Pace has disappointed me, on many fronts.

d.K. said...

And to follow up, Steakbellie's comment on Paris Hilton was satisfying to me. He posted,

"I hope you can share the sick joy I get from reading the following AP headine:

Screaming Paris Hilton sent back to jail

I love it for so many reasons. I can actually see the entire thing play out, without hearing another detail of the event.

Desperate lawyers in the finest of suits, stuttering for any reason to save their client. A dull witted heiress cruely given a brief glimmer of hope, and then thrust back into the gates of hell. Billion Dollar parents baffled that money couldnt fix this.

I will enjoy this for a long time..."

Better said than I could have.

Capt. Fogg said...

I think we're seeing the disproof of the old saw: war is too important to be left to the generals. It's too dangerous to be left to the President.