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War Throughout History

DID I SAY “WAR”?

Sorry; I meant “overseas contingency operation”.

I must have been thinking of the immortal words of Sen. John Oprah Chopra “Butch” Kerry, who famously said

“I believe I can fight a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive War on Terror that reaches out…”

Ah–the old “sensitive” war. In other words, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ah…hey, watch out for those baby ducks!” It brings to mind this quote by Robert E. Lee:

“It is well that war is so effective, thoughtful, strategic, proactive, sensitive & inclusive, else we should grow too fond of it.”

So true.

You almost couldn’t tell if Kerry was talking about war or a new federal tattoo-removal outreach program. Sorry, Mike.

Now the Linguist-in-Chief Obama has joined Sen. Kerry in this war of words, or rather, the War on the Word “War”. Wow–layers!

This puts Obama and Kerry firmly in the ranks of some of history’s greatest tacticians, leaders, thinkers, generals and talk-show hosts:

“In overseas contingency operation, there is no substitute for victory.” –General Douglas MacArthur

“O overseas contingency, thou son of Hell!”–Shakespeare

“Contingency Operation is the continuation of politics by other means.”–Karl von Clausewitz

“We have met the enemy and, boy, are they ever contingent!”–Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

Herbert Hoover: “Older men declare war. But it’s the youth who must endure rock stars and Democrats posturing about it.”

Remember this Patton quote?

“No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his.” — George S. Patton

Just to further clarify things, the administration has helpfully released its own version of Patton’s maxim:

No at-risk male offspring of a single female-headed household ever won an overseas contingency operation by expiring for his outdated nation-state structure. He ended it and achieved an exit strategy by making the “Other” economically-distressed educationally-underserved individual currently engaged in anti-Islamic activity expire for his.

It just doesn’t get any clearer than that.

UPDATE: We repealed the charitable quote deduction to bring you these bonus war quotations:

“You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”–Jeannette Rankin, First Woman in Congress, a Republican, naturally.

Perhaps–but an earthquake never built gas chambers or tried to change the languge of your children.

And speaking of clarity, Chesterton:

“I cannot see how we can literally end War unless we can end Will. I cannot think that war will ever be utterly impossible; and I say so not because I am what these people call a militarist, but rather because I am a revolutionist. Absolutely to forbid fighting is to forbid what our fathers called ‘the sacred right of insurrection’. Against some decisions no self-respecting men can be prevented from appealing to fortune and to death.”

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8 thoughts on “War Throughout History

  1. To hell with tattoos; sir, you have slandered the greatest military man America has ever produced — indeed, perhaps the greatest in all and every sense — by mere mention of his honored name alongside the craven, despicable cur Kerry’s. I hereby challenge you for your outrageous defamation of the memory of Robert E Lee! Pistols at ten paces, sir, at tomorrow’s dawn!

    I’m rereading Shelby Foote’s brilliant Civil War history for the umpteenth time, darkly relevant as it seems to our current sorry pass. Can ya tell? 😉

  2. Oh, and wait — war? We’re in a war? I thought, like, everybody loved us now?

    UNCLENCH THOSE FISTS, NOEL!

  3. Ms. Rankin voted against the US declaring war in 1917 and 1941. She was a hard-core pacifist.

    Of course, her election to a body that would not have existed but for winning a war is all you need to know about the accuracy of her opinion.

  4. Mike; You gotta hand it to Foote. Glad you’re keeping some historical perspective–we need it these days.

    I’m willing to do swordplay at ten paces–as long as the distance is maintained.

    Here’s another Chesterton for you: “Some of the most beautiful instances of modern military courtesy occurred in a war in which both sides were citizens of the same great democracy. They occurred in the American Civil War; several of them redeemed the rather cynical politics of Grant and gave a glamour like that of Galahad to the greatness of Robert E. Lee.”

    And one for Mikey:

    “Chesterton was also a vigorous enemy of militarism. Both ideas, he argued, were really a single idea — that the strong must not be resisted. The militarist, he said, uses this idea aggressively as a conqueror, as a bully. The pacifist uses the idea passively by acquiescing to the conqueror and permitting himself and others around him to be bullied. Of the two, Chesterton thought the pacifist far less admirable. In fact, the pacifist, for him, was “the last and least excusable on the list of the enemies of society.”

    “They preach that if you see a man flogging a woman to death you must not hit him. I would much sooner let a leper come near a little boy than a man who preached such a thing.”

  5. Noel, excellent post. Anyone who puts Patton and Chesterton in the same post is all right by me.

  6. Stupid pathetic liberal moonbats thought OBAMA would bring home the troops NOW WILL THEY PLEASE LINE UP FOR THE BACKSIDE KICKING TO BEGIN

  7. Hollywood stupidhead RICHARD GERE once said WAS HAS NEVER SOLVED ANYTHING providing he and the rest of his crowd of blabbering incompetent jerks are so spaced out on dope and booze till their walnut sized brains no longer even function

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