Friday, July 29, 2005

We Say Quagmire They Say Struggle

Commander Jeff wants to know:
You've probably all heard by now that the "Global War on Terror" is now the "Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism."

I wonder:

Are we now in a declared state of national struggle?

Have we switched to a struggletime footing?

Will there be a new series of special presidential struggle powers?

Will the detainees at GITMO be granted prisoner of struggle status?

Will the Treasure department issue struggle bonds?

And hey--

Is there such a thing as The International Law of Armed Struggle?

I'm stuggling for a response....

Enjoy the weekend!

Peace, out.


At 2:36 PM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...


At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Kira Zalan said...

Our (gradually reduced) presence in Iraq will be required for the next five to ten years. There is a philosophy that militaries in democracies must adopt. A military force must understand itself to be a tool of the state, subjected to civilian power. The Iraqi military cannot be abandoned until we ensure that they have the necessary institutional ethos of protecting civilian power. An alternative to anarchy could also be a military coup by a self-perceived independent actor.

On the other hand, it seems the media is getting bored with Bush’s resolve. The topic of a troop withdrawal may be just that - a way to stir the pot.

I hope this isn’t just wishful thinking on my part. I hope there are people that understand the consequences of an early withdrawal, and will withstand the mounting pressure of shortsightedness.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Capitola said...

Hi Kira--

Spare me your 'wishful thinking' and sanctimonious prostelizing.

You seem like a nice girl, pretty, and more importantly, of military age. You want the troops to remain in Iraq until hell freezes over or a 'westernized' democratic government can fend off the bad guys all by themselves? Go be a soldier. That way another soldier who *doesn't* want to die for Bush's lies can come home.

Get yourself to a recruiting station. The sooner the better.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...


I see Kira found her way to your site too. Have you seen hers?

Sounds (reads) like a bunch of kids dressing up in Mommy and Daddy's clothes and playing "conservative."

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Capitola said...

Oh yes. I went to Kira's house and cross posted my response to her there.

Comments are moderated on her site and I wondered if she'd post it -- props to her for doing so.

At 11:43 AM, Blogger civilwarrior said...

0. civilwarrior | August 3rd, 2005 at 12:55 pm

I wrote a brilliant and long post in response to comments, but it was unfortunaely lost because my stupid ISP went down, and I lost it, Oh Well. Since I am now agitated, I’ ll skip the ranting as much as possible and get to the point.

Capitola, you have no business coming onto Kira’s blog with your condescending nonsense about her seeming “like a nice girl, pretty, and more importantly, of military age.” For someone so enlightened as you seem to think you are, to sacastically insinuate that this woman lacks character or courage because she is not serving in the military during a time of war is an unparonable insult.

I would like to propose that you do what is civilly responsible and apologize for this juvenile outburst as soon as possible, then cogently express your point of view without resorting to hyperbole or obfuscation.

Just because someone supports the war, but is not serving in the military, does not mean that they are being cowardly, or dishonest. By stating this you create a false dilemma, which is indeed faulty logic.

One more thing. I’ve served this country for more than half of my life, so I’ll make a deal with you Capitola; I’ll stand in For Kira, while she stays home safe and secure, and continues to speak her mind as she wishes. Come to think of it, I’ll make you another deal. You can stay home as well, and excercise the same right to self expression that Kira has. I’m sure I can find someone who is willing to stand in for you. If not, I’ll pull double shifts until we hire someone.

At 6:55 AM, Blogger phuong said...

I agree with Kirapanerai replicahgh


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