May 24, 2004
So I'm sitting back, enjoying the "Adam Special" (10 inch supreme pizza, deluxe salad with ham and house dressing), and watching the President's address. As it ends I check my email and find my "Breaking News" email from ABCNews.com. It's contents~~
In a primetime address, President Bush vows to persevere in Iraq, while acknowledging the war has taken unforeseen turns.
Without coloring any support for or against the President, my first reaction is:
Unforeseen turns? Damn, now that is unprecedented in the history of warfare. I bet the people of Troy were amazed about the unforeseen gift of a large wooden horse and the departure of the Greek armies. I bet they were even more amazed by the unforeseen turn of men crawing out of said horse and attacking them from within.
Unforeseen turns? How about the rude awakening from their holiday drunk the Hessians experienced when Washington was able to sneak his army across an icy Potomac to attack them?
Unforeseen turns? I bet Hitler just pee'ed his pants when he finally realized on the afternoon of D-day that this landing was "THE LANDING." Or that paratrooper from the 101st who found himself hanging on a church steeple at Ste Mere Eglise.
Unforeseen turns? I bet the NVA General who planned the Tet offensive with the goal of capturing a number of cities and sparking a general uprising among people across South Vietnam just flipped out when US and South Vietnamese troops turned the VC and NVA troops away decisively and no uprising sparked. And US military leaders damn sure didn't expect the US media to to proclaim that we were losing the war.
Unforeseen turns are part and parcel of any battle and certainly any war. Yet of all the things the president said tonight, my "Breaking News" email says that he acknowledges the "war has taken unforeseen turns."
Well, color me a dumba$$, but is that news? Where does the media find these writers?
I believe I'll watch Band of Brothers on the History Channel tonight. I believe this episode is when Capt. Winters heads to Paris. You know the episode that ends with learning that there is an unforeseen massive German counterattack in the Ardennes forest...Posted by Adam H at May 24, 2004 07:55 PM ~ Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (0)
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