Empty Threat Award

The French inform us that if we invade Iraq, we’ll have to do it on our own.

Well, boo hoo.

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However will we achieve any of our war aims without the French?
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If things don’t go well, and we have to surrender, we’ll be sure to give you a call for pointers. Wouldn’t want to go in without the best in the world behind us.

Saxons Are Germanic, But They’re Not German

Peggy Noonan has a nice paen to Don Rumsfeld in today’s Opinion Journal. She makes the valid point that the recruiting ads for the military are too focused on things like learning skills and pay, and other material benefits and other oh-so-90s attributes, when enticing the nation’s youth to join up. They don’t talk about more gut issues like love of country.

She’s right. Post 911, they need to redo some of their focus group market research, and retune their marketing campaign (if it’s not semi-oxymoronic to talk about a marketing campaign to serve your country…)

But I have a quibble. She says:

…he seems, as leaders go, a natural. Much has been written about his skills, and though the amount of interest being paid to him is inevitable–he’s a WASP wartime consigliere, an interesting thing in itself- -a lot of it misses the point.

Peggy, Peggy, Peggy….

A man with a name like “Rumsfeld,” a WASP? Sorry, Margaret, but Rumsfeld is not an anglo-saxon name. Don’s a kraut. The German “feld” is probably “field.” I’m not sure what “rums” would mean. Maybe it means that he comes from a people who drank sugar-derived hooch out in a field. I’m sure that my faithful readers, who are much smarter and better informed than I, particularly in matters Germanic, will correct me in short order.

Anyway, despite the whining that’s coming from the diluted former warmongers in Germany and the rest of the Continent, I think we’re in good hands with a guy like that as head of our defense department right now. I schedule my days around his press conferences, when he masterfully and entertainingly shows the Pentagon press corps to be a confederacy of dunces, on a daily basis.

Saxons Are Germanic, But They’re Not German

Peggy Noonan has a nice paen to Don Rumsfeld in today’s Opinion Journal. She makes the valid point that the recruiting ads for the military are too focused on things like learning skills and pay, and other material benefits and other oh-so-90s attributes, when enticing the nation’s youth to join up. They don’t talk about more gut issues like love of country.

She’s right. Post 911, they need to redo some of their focus group market research, and retune their marketing campaign (if it’s not semi-oxymoronic to talk about a marketing campaign to serve your country…)

But I have a quibble. She says:

…he seems, as leaders go, a natural. Much has been written about his skills, and though the amount of interest being paid to him is inevitable–he’s a WASP wartime consigliere, an interesting thing in itself- -a lot of it misses the point.

Peggy, Peggy, Peggy….

A man with a name like “Rumsfeld,” a WASP? Sorry, Margaret, but Rumsfeld is not an anglo-saxon name. Don’s a kraut. The German “feld” is probably “field.” I’m not sure what “rums” would mean. Maybe it means that he comes from a people who drank sugar-derived hooch out in a field. I’m sure that my faithful readers, who are much smarter and better informed than I, particularly in matters Germanic, will correct me in short order.

Anyway, despite the whining that’s coming from the diluted former warmongers in Germany and the rest of the Continent, I think we’re in good hands with a guy like that as head of our defense department right now. I schedule my days around his press conferences, when he masterfully and entertainingly shows the Pentagon press corps to be a confederacy of dunces, on a daily basis.

Saxons Are Germanic, But They’re Not German

Peggy Noonan has a nice paen to Don Rumsfeld in today’s Opinion Journal. She makes the valid point that the recruiting ads for the military are too focused on things like learning skills and pay, and other material benefits and other oh-so-90s attributes, when enticing the nation’s youth to join up. They don’t talk about more gut issues like love of country.

She’s right. Post 911, they need to redo some of their focus group market research, and retune their marketing campaign (if it’s not semi-oxymoronic to talk about a marketing campaign to serve your country…)

But I have a quibble. She says:

…he seems, as leaders go, a natural. Much has been written about his skills, and though the amount of interest being paid to him is inevitable–he’s a WASP wartime consigliere, an interesting thing in itself- -a lot of it misses the point.

Peggy, Peggy, Peggy….

A man with a name like “Rumsfeld,” a WASP? Sorry, Margaret, but Rumsfeld is not an anglo-saxon name. Don’s a kraut. The German “feld” is probably “field.” I’m not sure what “rums” would mean. Maybe it means that he comes from a people who drank sugar-derived hooch out in a field. I’m sure that my faithful readers, who are much smarter and better informed than I, particularly in matters Germanic, will correct me in short order.

Anyway, despite the whining that’s coming from the diluted former warmongers in Germany and the rest of the Continent, I think we’re in good hands with a guy like that as head of our defense department right now. I schedule my days around his press conferences, when he masterfully and entertainingly shows the Pentagon press corps to be a confederacy of dunces, on a daily basis.

Danny Pearl, RIP

Well, it’s now been confirmed what most of us knew was probably the case–Danny Pearl was cold-bloodedly murdered. Our hearts go out to his family and colleagues.

The question now is, how will Musharraf react? Will he try to appease the radical elements, or will he properly use it as an excuse to truly crack down on these monsters?

Easy Come, Easy Go

Now Sergei Gorbunov, spokesman for Rosaviakosmos, the Russian Space Agency, says that Lance Bass isn’t going to fly with the Russians next year. But that there is another Polish businessman who is.

Unfortunately, one of the things that didn’t change in Russia when the Soviet Union fell apart was the bit about the mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in an enigma. Is there some behind-the-scenes dispute going on here, or are they establishing a stronger negotiating position vis a vis Mircorp?

Inquiring minds, and all that…

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