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Gravelly stuff

Get your Brazil on

In case you were wondering if Mr. Obama is really an environmentalist wanting to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, he’s just told Brazil that he wants them to drill for their oil and sell it to America.

In case you were wondering if Mr. Obama is really an American patriot wanting to see his country advanced, he’s just told Brazil that he wants them to drill for their oil and sell it to America.

Drill, baby, drill…. just not here.

Side note.  Unemployment in North Dakota where they drill for oil is 3.8%.  Unemployment in Florida where they could drill for oil, but won’t, is 11.9%.

Constitution Avenue

Finally, after several days of silence, I’m starting to see rumblings in the media challenging Mr. Obama’s authority to order acts of war against Libya.  From the far left (Dennis Kucinich!) to the far right, people are wondering aloud if he’s mistaken himself for a monarch.

Orwellian freak out

Not to be outdone by Oceania’s Ministry of Truth proclaiming that “war is peace,” the Obama administration has put out the message that bombing Libya is a humanitarian act.  So contribute now to “bombs for children” or the exploding refugee fund.

Atrocities

You’ve seen the pictures of G.I.s grinning into the camera while standing over the cadavers of Afghans.  Now we learn that Mr. Morlock has entered a plea of guilty for killing Afghan civilians.  Fact is, war itself is an atrocity.  Not to excuse any person who commits a murder, but the American body politic needs to come to grips with the fact that war breeds atrocities.  You can no more have a war without atrocities than you can have power without corruption.  It’s in the nature of man and the nature of the circumstance.  This should always be one of the costs we count when deciding, as Mr. Obama has so frivolously done, that certain people need killing.  The bombs don’t always fall where we intend, nor do the soldiers always shoot where we intend.  They don’t always treat the captives with justice, and they don’t always treat the enemy dead with the respect of a fellow soldier.  War is like that.  Sometimes it reduces otherwise decent men to the level of brutes who do touchdown dances when they slay other brutes.  If we don’t want our people behaving that way, then we should be more judicious about getting into fights and more determined to win the necessary ones quickly.

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