Wednesday, August 15, 2007


For the last five or six years, we have heard the meant-to-be-reassuring words that the radically ad-hoc characterizations of "enemy combatants," the kangaroo "combatant status reviews," and the other legal measures and half-measures, expediences and corner-cuts, were all necessary to deal with the new-ish threat of irregular combatants. These were not, after all, a uniformed military, constituted by and within a nation, possessing a hierarchy of rank and grade, divided into branches and theaters of competency, and given authorities either in or under a national government.

Well. As it turns out, it doesn't matter!
Nerdified link. See also Arthur Silber, who I believe has as good an analysis of the latest US governmental idiocy (hint: if you're expecting your Congressional Democrats to be even remotely sensible when it comes to Iran, think again). I suppose if we can start designating the Iranian army as "terroristic" that we might as well be consistent and do the same with the US military, thus making Lush/Zany the Terrorists in Chief.

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