A Single Southern Guy In America

May 24, 2004

Insta-Spin

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~~

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

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:

"NO $HIT!"

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?

Postscript:

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)
Comments

Well, there is good unforseen and there is bad unforseen.
The media feels it must accentuate the bad by saying 'I told you so!'(even though they couldn't, with any certainty) or 'You should have forseen this!'(even though they couldn't, with any certainty) or 'Ohmygod! An unforseen problem!'(as if $hit doesn't happen).

As for the good unforseen ... well, it was just a fluke, so the Media won't report it much.

Posted by: Les Nessman at May 24, 2004 10:45 PM

perhaps an unforeseen ass-whoopin' is needed?

Posted by: bj at May 24, 2004 10:56 PM

Not that it matters to the point of discussion, but Washington crossed the Delaware, not the Potomac. From what is now called Washington's Crossing, Pennsylvania to Trenton, New Jersey. Otherwise, spot on.

Posted by: harry at May 25, 2004 07:58 AM

There was really nothing in the speech that Bush said that was really worth giving a speech about in the first place. He told us nothing we didn't already know.

Posted by: patrick at May 25, 2004 10:09 AM

Just to add onto what you said, I was driving early this morning, and I like to listen to the new (also ABC news) on the radio. This was there summary of Pres. Bush's talk:
1. He'll said he'll send more troops if the insurgency gets worse, and
2. We're tearing down Abu Grahib (sp?).

Sorry, but that is anything but a good summary of his talk.

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