The One Who Could

Is the  one on the left.

An administration’s freedom of action is as wide or as narrow as it’s strategic communicators can make it.  If The People grant legitimacy to the administration’s actions, all the oppositional elements can do is carp.  If the administration allows oppositional media to manage the perception of The People such that legitimacy is denied, every action an admistration tries to take is blocked, delayed, emasculated or vetoed altogether. 

One of the men in this picture understood this.  He pledged his Life, his Fortune and his sacred Honor, expending vital life force countering the negative psychic energy and palpable hatred of millions who wished him ill.  I’m sure they are rejoicing in the proggosphere today.

UPDATE:  As expected, the classy commenters at Huffington Post pay their respects:

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We’ll miss ya, Tony…

NOT!!!

My reaction to the death of Tony Snow is about on par with my reaction to William Buckley’s death a few months ago. As J.R.R. Tolkein might have put it, a pernicious influence has passed from the Earth.

Unless you were a personal friend of Tony Snow’s (god help you), what’s to mourn.

(And by the way, I make no apologies for the tone of this post. Do people whose scope has allowed them to do great damage — or in Snow’s case, enable it — deserve our tears?)

    Reply   Posted 02:43 PM on 07/12/2008

 

When the Cold Civil War turns hot, people like wmbear better stay out of my reticule.

And over at DU:

Faith No More

71. I didn’t like him when he was alive, why should I feel differently now that he’s dead?

Edited on Sat Jul-12-08 10:00 AM by Faith No More
Sympathy for his family??? How much sympathy do think they felt for all the sons and daughters that returned from Iraq in body bags? This man’s lies helped to perpetuate this shameful, illegal war and I think it’s high time those on the conservative side get to experience a little grief. I don’t feel any sympathy for them because they don’t give a tinker’s damn for us.

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14 responses to “The One Who Could

  1. Marine 83

    The left always trys to claim the high ground, yet at any of the “right wing blogs” I frequent, the above posts against a liberal would be quickly deleted and a toung lashing of biblical proportions would ensue. Funny how that is.

  2. Common decency is more common amongst some folks than it is among others.

  3. Marine 83

    Just found your blog today. Keep up the good work.

  4. An administration’s freedom of action is as wide or as narrow as it’s strategic communicators can make it.

    I don’t think that’s true. In the polls something like 70% of Americans want a change of course in Iraq, and even a majority of Republicans do, yet the Adminstration still finds the freedom of action to stay the course, and they are grooming a replacement Administration which talks about a century of occupation.

  5. suek

    Do you consider Germany as still “occupied”? How about Korea?

  6. I expect no other reaction from the twisted left. It is too bad that health Tony Snow could not have been press Secretary from the beginning. The Bush Administration could have used his leadership ion that area.

  7. Hey, ps, how you coming on that Grand Unified Field Theory of Counter Insurgent Supportive Communications?

  8. Lilith, the Bush administration is doing nothing to groom McCain. And only the intentionally obtuse talk about “centuries of occupation.” Are you the type who thinks America is “occupying” every country that allows us the use of facilities?

    Think how much farther along America would be by now if the ankle biters, underminers and enemy sympathizers had not obstructed, delayed,
    and generally gummed up the works. Such people prolonged the the Iraq Campaign, causing more to be killed than if it had ended sooner.

  9. Hi Cannoneer, I should have used my real name in that first post instead of “Lilith” but I still had a cookie with that nom de plume in it.

    You said, Are you the type who thinks America is “occupying” every country that allows us the use of facilities?

    No, but I am the type who thinks when the duly elected Prime Minister of Iraq says he wants a timeline in writing before he will agree to a new security arrangement to take effect when the current UN authorization expires, and the President says, “No,” we’re not talking about a sovereign Iraq but an occupied Iraq. And now we learn there’s even an Israeli base in Iraq. Is that something an unoccupied Muslim nation would ever consent to have?

  10. The US President must accede to all of the Iraqi president’s demands or Iraq is not sovereign and the evil Americans are occupiers? Has Maliki told us to leave yet?

    How would Retired Iraqi army officers in the Anbar region know which aircraft at Al Asad are American and which are Israeli? And such unimpeachable sources! Retired Iraqi army officers meaning Baathist thugs who were too dirty to get into the ISF.

    Turkey is an unoccupied Muslim nation. They allowed the use of their air space in taking out the Syrian nuke site.

    Jordan is also an unoccupied Muslim nation, which, if your link is true, apparently allowed Israeli overflight.

  11. The US President must accede to all of the Iraqi president’s demands or Iraq is not sovereign and the evil Americans are occupiers?

    When such demands involve the monopoly of the use of force, which is the essential activity of a sovereign state. Iraq differs from Germany, in that the US forces in Germany are to repel invaders, they do not police the country. If the Army started running around Germany arresting people, and Germany asked us for a timeline of when were were going to stand down, they could hardly be considered a sovereign state if we denied their request.

    Has Maliki told us to leave yet?

    He has made a commitment to a finite occupation a condition of remaining in Iraq. The US says that’s a non-starter, and there’s nothing Maliki can do about it because his nation is under occupation.

    How would Retired Iraqi army officers in the Anbar region know which aircraft at Al Asad are American and which are Israeli? And such unimpeachable sources! Retired Iraqi army officers meaning Baathist thugs who were too dirty to get into the ISF.

    Israel and America want it both ways. They want just enough credibility to shake the Mullahs in Iraq, but enough deniability to keep the Mullahs in Saudi Arabia and Iraq from asserting pan-Arabic pride.

    Turkey is an unoccupied Muslim nation. They allowed the use of their air space in taking out the Syrian nuke site. Jordan is also an unoccupied Muslim nation, which, if your link is true, apparently allowed Israeli overflight.

    Turkey recognized Israel in 1949 and they have strong military ties. Israel sells arms to Turkey, and Turkey has allowed Israeli planes to conduct exercises in their airspace. Jordanian airspace was closed for even the US forces in the Iraq War, but this does not deter Israel, who can enter places like Syria with impugnity. That doesn’t mean Jordan is not sovereign, just not fast enough or strong enough to stop it from happening. But if Israel were using Jordanian bases to land and refuel, we could safely say the King of Jordan was a puppet.

  12. Answered over here.

    What does not pertain to Tony Snow might get moved.

  13. I don’t feel any sympathy for them because they don’t give a tinker’s damn for us.

    I don’t give a tinker’s damn for mass murderers, rapists, and child killers, so why I should give a damn for people like him?

  14. which is the essential activity of a sovereign state.

    By sovereign state, you just mean a dictator like Obama, a strong man who will force the system to change and be less corrupt.