Thursday, June 07, 2007

"Waiting For Yamamoto" Watch

For new readers, the explanation for the post header is here. Courtesy of a reader, here's Dennis Milligan, the new chairman of the Republican Party in Arkansas:
"At the end of the day, I believe fully the president is doing the right thing, and I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [Sept. 11, 2001], and the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to protect this country."
Full article here. Praise for Milligan from former Homeland Security undersecretary Asa Hutchinson, who's "excited about his leadership," is here.

More on the spreading "Somnolent Masses" theme soon.


Blogger wendyo said...

A common theme in Republican doctrine is that the anti-war crowd "wants us to fail" in Iraq.

It appears to me that the Republicans crave another devastating attack on the US, preferably in a solidly blue city like New York. That way they get their "twofer" of more radical right-wing policy and a few less liberals to oppose it.

6/07/2007 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This piece only confirmed what I already believed.


6/07/2007 12:39 PM  
Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Since the Republicans forget history, they obviously forget what happened to Yamamoto.

6/07/2007 12:47 PM  
Blogger Svenyboy said...

What a tool. Surely a few attacks like 9/11 (was "need" the right word to use there?) would only serve to highlight the abject failures of contemporary security policies. If you can't sell it when it's working, you can't sell it when it fails. Where do these people come from?

6/07/2007 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Don SinFalta said...

A few more attacks on American soil and maybe we'll be able to declare martial law and suspend the 2008 elections! But why wait, I for one fully support "commitment for President Bush" right away.

6/07/2007 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Thomas Daulton said...

Svenyboy... if you don't believe that Republicans have become experts at "selling failure", then you obviously haven't been paying attention for 7 years, maybe more. In 1999 they sold George Bush as a business genius when pretty much every single business he was ever involved in went promptly down the toilet. Just like they sold Ronald Reagan and Dan Quayle as scholarly intellectuals, two and three decades ago. (I'm not saying those guys weren't clever, but they weren't intellectuals.) They sold the failure of the CIA to spot the USSR's internal collapse, as if it were some kind of long-planned intentional victory.

If and when there's another big successful terror attack on home soil, it will merely prove to the staunch Republicans how desperate, cunning, and depraved these terrorists are -- obviously so, in order to find a microscopic flaw in the shining and morally perfect defense that a righteous man such as George W. Bush is selflessly bestowing upon the motherland. Just goes to show how much we need righteous and morally perfect men like George W. Bush in positions of power.

You think I'm joking, but I'm not. This is what the Cal Thomases and Jonah Goldbergs and Christopher Hitchens will argue; they have proven that every time a little blood spatters close to their upholstered armchairs, their personal deeply-held fears force them into believing that their leaders are perfect and good and protecting them effectively. To think otherwise is the unthinkable.

My only hope is that _this_ time, slightly less than a majority of the voters will buy that particular line of bullcrap. ("Slightly less than a majority" after all the vote-fixing comes in, that is.)

6/07/2007 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have nothing to sell except fear itself

6/08/2007 12:08 PM  

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