While Chirac may have been surprised to learn that Dubya was making US policy based upon apocalyptic fantasies he found in the Bible, it was no secret to the likes of former defense secretary, torture proponent, and war criminal Donald Rumsfeld. Rummy, who short-sheeted our soldiers on supplies, ammunition, and protective armor on Humvees so his and Dick Cheney's friends at KBR and Halliburton could literally make a killing through government contracts, was pointed out in yet another undercovered story to have hand-delivered to Dubya the Dense battle photos from Iraq and Afghanistan with Biblical quotes on them to help justify two unjustifiable and unwinnable wars. The full story from Chirac's perspective is in an interview with French journalist Jean-Claude Maurice, who tells the tale in his new book, Si Vous le Repetez, Je Dementirai (If You Repeat it, I Will Deny).
All together now, boys and girls: "Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus, going on before." Salaam aleichem, folks.
SO LONG, TEDDY
P&J were duly impressed by our friend Froma Harrop's op-ed on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy and the balanced approach she took. Indeed, Teddy made a large and positive difference in devoting his energy to strong and progressive legislation.
On the other hand, we wince at her (and others') enthusiastic promotion of the Kennedy "dynasty." No more family dynasties, Kennedys, Bushes, Clintons, or otherwise. After a few wrong steps, FDR Jr. wisely chose drinking and partying over politics (or "public service," a phrase as beautiful as "gaming" for gambling).
But Ted Kennedy did serve the public and his service made a big difference. We were glad to have heard this sung at his funeral service, words that can serve as a fitting epitaph:
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!