Sunday, October 12, 2014

Taki on the Way Things Are

The nice thing about Taki is that he doesn't seem to give a damn what anybody thinks. Maybe it's because he has plenty of money and has no job to lose, or maybe it's just the ambience around him, but you can't help believing that, right or wrong, he says exactly what he actually thinks, with no effort wasted trying to be nice about it. And, as far as I can tell, he's always right. Especially right about the neocons. The thing about the neocons is this. The regular left pretends not to be left. But the neocons pretend really hard not to be left, and even claim to be on the right, while calling the real right names, just like the rest of the left does. To Taki:

Neocon Cowards and Russian Ingrates


The time-honored saying that England’s great battles have been won on the playing fields of Eton is a lot of hooey. Blücher was the real winner against Napoleon at Waterloo, and the only thing he said to Wellington after the battle was “Quelle affaire!” (Hardly an old Eton expression.) England’s great battles have been won by some old Etonians, to be sure, but the heavy lifting has been done by England’s allies, like the Yanks in World War I and the Russians in World War II. If that ogre Woodrow Wilson had not sold his soul to the bankers and had kept America out of the war I am convinced we’d be in far better shape today. The bankers had loaned lotsa moolah to the Anglo-French but Germany was winning the war and the Shylocks were up shit creek. So Wilson sent in the doughboys, as they were called, and F. Scott Fitzgerald movingly wrote about American farm boys dying in the Somme.

What bothers me is that no one, ever, learns from the past. Our politicians are now by far the worst we’ve ever had, certainly in America, totally controlled by special interests and the Israeli lobby. And the news media are just as bad. Bill Kristol is a small fat ugly man who wants Uncle Sam to bomb and invade countries he and Israel don’t like. Dick Cheney is a cowardly person who avoided the draft during Vietnam (five deferments) but is now asking for more blood to be shed. The neocons and the George W. gang lied us into war 11 years ago but none of them have lost their places on think tanks or in the media. Today, if they could, they’d fight on three fronts, Syria, Iran, and Ukraine. 

When I say they would fight I mean that others would do the dying.

Read the whole thing here:
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Quibcag: Ranma and Akane of Ranma ½ (らんま½)watch TV. Maybe they're watching politicians, maybe they're watching journalists. It comes to the same thing.

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