Red Platoon: Clinton Romesha’s combat memoir will floor you. Buy it — now

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One of the rarest things on earth is the perfect blending between a warrior and a scholar. To meet such a man or to read his wisdom on the written page is truly a blessing, which is why I search … and search … and search for those moments. It is safe to say that Clinton Romesha, Medal of Honor recipient and author of Red Platoon, unequivocally belongs in that elite group. His memoir is exquisitely written, which feels somewhat odd to say given the subject matter.

For those who are unfamiliar with Mr. Romesha’s story — or, rather, the story of the men deployed to Combat Outpost (COP) Keating in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009 — it is the stuff of legend. The former Staff Sergeant and his comrades were told to man an outpost that was in every way imaginable a death trap, and then when all their worst fears came true the majority of them found a way to survive.

Here is an excerpt that in many ways sums up what the book is about:

In 1958, a soldier named J. Glenn Gray wrote a book about soldiers in combat called The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle. Gray, who was drafted into the army as a private in May 1941, was discharged as a second lieutenant in October 1945 after having seen fighting in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. His book, which is both obscure and revered, touches on something that would later strike me as relevant to what was now unfolding at Keating as our counterassault came in danger of unraveling.

Gray wrote with elegance and precision about how the essence of combat basically boils down to an exchange of trust between two men — or two groups of men — each of whom are providing support by fire for the other. This simple agreement — you move while I shoot at the guys who are trying to kill you, then I will move while you shoot at the guys who are trying to kill me — depends on a willingness to place one’s life into the hands of someone else while in turn taking responsibility for that person’s life in your own hands. When this pact is executed well, it is not only extraordinarily effective but also tends to create a bond between men who enter into it that may stand as the most powerful connection they will ever experience to another human being.

There is, however, one thing that Gray doesn’t explore in his book, which is what can happen when one of the two parties who are supposed to be working in tandem fails — for whatever reason, legitimate or not — to keep his end of the deal. That was what appeared to be taking place right then with Hill’s machine-gun team.” — Clinton Romesha, Red Platoon (New York, Penguin Random House LLC, 2016), 243-244.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It seems awkward to call a wartime memoir “flawless” (How does one give glowing reviews to true story where men died gruesome deaths without seeming inconsiderate or detached?), but that seems to be the best adjective to use.

Red Platoon is powerful, organized, thrilling, poignant, inspirational and educational all at the same time. It is intelligent, but relatable to a wide audience. It is honest, but respectful to all Americans involved — regardless of how they handled themselves on the battlefield.

In short, buy the book. It is awesome, and probably something I will come back to for many years to come.

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Taliban seize major city; Barack Can-we-leave-yet? Obama shrugs shoulders

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The world is seeing what happens when a U.S. commander in chief decides the only thing he wants to be transparent about is his desire to leave fragile Middle Eastern countries alone with a rogues’ gallery of Islamic radical groups and nation states.

President Obama failed to renew a status of forces agreement with Iraq and pulled all U.S. troops out of the country in Dec. 2011, despite the risk of losing everything Americans fought and died for over the course of a decade. Al Qaeda in Iraq essentially mutated into the Islamic State group, and the country is a mess. (We won’t even talk about the president’s “red lines” in Syria, which turned into “red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.)

CNN reported Monday on a preview of what is to come if Mr. Obama exits too quickly in Afghanistan:

The loss of the major city of Kunduz to the Taliban is a stunning reversal for the Afghan government, deepening worries about the ability of its security forces to take the fight to the Islamic militants. …

It’s the biggest Taliban victory since 2001. …

The loss of Kunduz, even if the Afghan government manages to take it back soon, is an ominous sign. It’s Afghanistan’s fifth largest city and the capital of the province of the same name.

“This is the biggest town they’ve been able to take since 2001,” said Nic Robertson, CNN’s international diplomatic editor. “This is a significant target and prize for the Taliban.” …

The Taliban’s intent to try to take Kunduz was well flagged, and yet Afghan forces were unable to hold the city despite outnumbering the attackers. “Since about April this year, the Taliban increased their strength in the countryside to the north of Kunduz and have essentially had it in their sights since then,” Robertson said.

The militant group hasn’t had the easiest year. ISIS has been reported to be eating into its recruitment efforts in Afghanistan, and internal divisions in the Taliban were laid bare after the admission that longtime leader Mullah Omar had died more than two years ago.

But despite initial questions over whether the group would fall apart, new leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour appears to have overcome the bumpy start and can now point to big blow against the Afghan government in Kunduz.

Mr. Obama does not get animated about very much, but conversations on leaving Afghanistan as soon as possible always seemed to perk him up. The White House was forced to delay its plan to have roughly 5,500 troops in country by the end of 2015 at the behest of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, but he still insisted the U.S. basically reach “embassy center presence” by the end of his term in office. How convenient.

Do you notice a trend with the president when it comes to Iraq, Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, and Afghanistan? He rushes to meet political objectives despite overwhelming evidence that keeping promises made on the campaign trail prior to his 2008 election will create national security nightmares in the long run.

A leader — a true leader — is willing to make decisions that will gut him politically if the alternative is a substantially more dangerous world. Look at Yemen, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and then compare where they are today with where they were in 2008. There is no way to objectively look at those countries — and the millions of refugees fleeing the Middle East and northern Africa — and conclude the Obama administration’s foreign policy has been a success.

President Obama expresses frustration March 24, 2015 that his attempts to run from Afghanistan with a come-what-may attitude are being thwarted by harsh reality. (Image: CNN screenshot)
President Obama expresses frustration March 24, 2015 that his attempts to run from Afghanistan with a come-what-may attitude are being thwarted by harsh reality. (Image: CNN screenshot)

Nancy Pelosi: Bush is to blame for Obama’s VA problems — and perhaps 1932 Bonus Army scandal

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Okay, you got me. Nancy Pelosi did not indicate that George W. Bush was possibly to blame for the Bonus Army march on Washington, D.C. in 1932, but one gets the feeling after hearing her blame ‘W’ for Obama’s VA problems — problems he knew about years ago and vowed to fix — that on the right day she might do so.

The Washington Examiner reported Friday:

 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly put the blame for the Veterans Affairs scandal on former President George W. Bush, while arguing that her party has worked hard for veterans in recent years.

Pelosi took a shot at Bush while saying that the scandal is a high priority for Obama. “He sees the ramifications of some seeds that were sown a long time ago, when you have two wars over a long period of time and many, many more, millions more veterans,” she told reporters during her Thursday press briefing. “And so, I know that he is upset about it.” …

“Maybe when we go into war, we should be thinking about its consequences and its ramifications,” Pelosi said while discussing the scandal. “You would think that would be a given, but maybe it wasn’t. And so, we go in a war in Afghanistan, leave Afghanistan for Iraq with unfinished business in Afghanistan. Ten years later, we have all of these additional veterans. In the past five years, two million more veterans needing benefits from the VA. That’s a huge, huge increase.”

Where do I start? Where would the military be if its members played the blame game like members of Congress? What sort of national security would we have if the entire chain of command spent its limited time and resources coming up with creative way to blame the guy before him? If you ever wanted to know why so many military men downright loathe politicians, Nancy Pelosi’s “blame Bush” speech regarding the VA hospital scandal is a great example. What’s worse is that Bush went to Congress to get approval for both wars. Even a liberal guy like Dennis Kucinich understands the importance behind that historical fact (as inconvenient as it might be for Nancy Pelosi). But I digress.

Perhaps the best way for me to respond is by giving voice to some military guys on one of my favorite sites: Doctrine Man. I love its humor and the moderator’s eye for news, but the comments sections on many stories are often hilarious.

Here are a few responses to Nancy Pelosi’s redirect:

 

Doctrine Man VA

I have to give a hat tip to Matt Martin for the “still Bush’s fault” for the VA problems from the 1970s comment. It made me laugh and inspired the “Bonus Army” headline.

The VA is not perfect and never will be, but when a man like Obama holds himself up as the keeper of the “Sacred Trust,” then it is beyond pathetic for he and his acolytes to shift blame onto a man over five years removed from office.

Major Garret reported for National Journal May 20:

Running for president in May of 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama delivered a stem-winder on mismanagement of veterans care under President George W. Bush, recalling the story of an 89-year-old South Carolina veteran who committed suicide after being repeatedly denied access to health care.

“How can we let this happen?” Obama thundered in front of a podium in Charleston, W.Va., that read, “A Sacred Trust; Support our Veterans.” “How is that acceptable in the United States of America? The answer is, it’s not. It’s an outrage. And it’s a betrayal, a betrayal of the ideals that we ask our troops to risk their lives for.”

Well. Well.

A veteran committed suicide because he couldn’t obtain VA care. In South Carolina. The Democratic front-runner for the White House called it an outrage. And yet, when at least six veterans died due to delayed access to colonoscopies in Columbia, S.C., neither Obama nor his Veterans Affairs Department said a word. The deaths were first reported in April. At a subsequent field hearing in Columbia, one veteran testified he contracted cancer because VA doctors ignored pleas for a colonoscopy and misdiagnosed severe rectal bleeding and pain as hemorrhoids. The response from Veterans Affairs officials and, by extension, Obama? We’ll get back to you. …

“The president has been nowhere to be found,” [The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Jeff Miller (R-Fla.)] said. “The White House truly thought this would go away over time. But the pressure is mounting. Whistle-blowers are coming forward. They see strength in numbers.”

And with that, I would merely request that you watch Jon Stewart’s intellectual atom bomb explode on the VA scandal if you haven’t already. It’s a must-see.

I look forward to Nancy Pelosi’s future press conference, where she blames George W. Bush for the low moral of General George Washington’s troops in the winter of 1777.

 

 

In Bush’s absence, elected losers silent on Afghanistan’s importance

For many of us, we'll always remember 'W' on the rubble of the World Trade Center, telling Taliban scum and their terrorist brethren that the United States would be coming for their asses. He did, and he never wavered throughout roller coaster poll numbers. On national defense he had enough spine to straighten out shaky Republicans. In his absence, the GOP's losers have gone silent on the security threats posed by radical Islam.

Years ago, smarmy journalists asked Bush about public opinion fading on the war effort (take your pick, Afghanistan or Iraq, it doesn’t matter), and his response was telling. In short, he tactfully told them to shove it because a leader’s job is to do the hard right, even if doing the easy wrong is in his political best interest. And that is why I will always have a soft spot in my heart for ‘W’.

Years ago I went down to Fort Benning, Georgia to catch up with an old Army buddy, and the infantry guys I talked to at the bar loved him. The reason: besides his obvious love for the troops, when it came to safeguarding the country there was no shaking him. Besides my own regret and the second-guessing that comes from leaving the service before 9/11, I will also always carry a certain sadness that I didn’t get to serve under a Commander-in-Chief like Bush.

But I digress… The CNN poll:

Support for the war in Afghanistan has fallen to an all-time low with the majority of Americans saying the U.S. should withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan before the 2014 deadline set by the Obama administration, according to a new poll.

The CNN/ORC International survey released Friday indicated only 25% of Americans favored the war in the Asian country. A majority of Republicans voiced opposition to it, for the first time since the war began in 2001.

The responsibility of our elected officials is to articulate our war efforts in a way that resonates with the American people and prepares them for costs of war. It is their job to articulate exactly who are enemy is and what it will take to defeat him. They have failed, just as they have failed with the coming debt bomb and just about every other matter of import to the nation.

If we return to the pre-9/11 mindset in order to combat Islamic terrorism, then we will have 9/11-type results. It’s really that simple. The delivery vehicle for their terrorism may very well be different, but the body count and subsequent effect on the economy will be the same or worse.

Many Republicans wobbled on the war effort under George Bush, and it was his sheer force of will that kept many of them in line. In his absence the weak-kneed losers have been freed to go soft. Our elected officials give floor speeches on NFL football bounty hunter controversies while $16 trillion in debt works its way up, up, up. Honest debates on our nation’s security get shelved for side-show antics involving hooded sweatshirts. Our nation is wandering in a sh*t storm of our own making, and there doesn’t seem to be a stable of leaders who can help guide us out.

Prepare yourself, because things are going to get messy.

Karzai: Afghanistan will heal if we allow wife-beating

Hamid Karzai found an interesting way to conduct "outreach" with the Taliban: He's defining ways to knock a woman's teeth out that are "in line with Islamic law." Meanwhile, Joy Behar can't get to sleep at night because Rush Limbaugh made a slut joke.

What would happen if a U.S. soldier, for some weird reason, was accused of beating an Afghan woman? You know the answer—the place would explode into a screaming, yelling, semi-automatic rifle firing ball of Islamic rage. Yet, oddly enough, Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, has opted for “outreach” to the Taliban that touches on (or should I say punches on?) that very topic:

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s president on Tuesday endorsed a “code of conduct” issued by an influential council of clerics that activists say represents a giant step backward for women’s rights in the country.

President Hamid Karzai‘s Tuesday remarks backing the Ulema Council’s document, which allows husbands to beat wives under certain circumstances and encourages segregation of the sexes, is seen as part of his outreach to insurgents like the Taliban. …

Asked about the code of conduct at a press conference in the capital, Karzai said it was in line with Islamic law and was written in consultation with Afghan women’s groups. He did not name the groups that were consulted.

Here in the United States, liberal feminists have just spent an entire week going ballistic because radio host Rush Limbaugh made ill-advised “slut” jokes about a 30 year old Georgetown Law student and long-time activist for the Democratic Party. Meanwhile, the entire Muslim world is rife with “codes of conduct” that are “in line with Islamic law” (i.e., blank checks for treating women like a punching bag), and they don’t say a thing. There are millions of people on the other side of the globe who go to sleep dreaming of a world-wide Islamic caliphate, yet Joy Behar and the women of The View spend their air time moaning about Rush Limbaugh.

The United States might officially be leaving Afghanistan, but that doesn’t mean the war is over. The core issue at hand, which too many Americans want to deny, is that we’re dealing with a clash of civilizations. You don’t win a clash of civilizations by declaring victory and going home—you win by erasing the other civilization from any meaningful participation in the modern world.

Shariah Law is not compatible with Western Civilization, and most politicians don’t have the guts to come out and directly say that. Hamid Karzai wants to figure out ways that Islamic men can give those “special” women in their life an upper cut and a bloodied lip when it suits them (burkas cover up more than good looks, didn’t you know?), but somehow U.S. conservatives are waging a “War on Women”? Give me a break.

For far too long the United States has tried to balance a foreign policy where it had to choose between “bad” guys and “really bad guys.” It’s been stuck in a no-win situation because in that part of the world the choice is between an upset stomach with vomiting or diarrhea. Here’s an idea: How about neither?

Fact: The United States has played patty-cake with the Middle East for far too long. We’ve tried to bring a schizophrenic civilization the mental help it needs with a message of freedom, liberty and private property rights. If they ultimately reject their medicine at this point in the game, than there is only one option left—and it’s not pretty. A nation that beats down its women is not one we need to build up. Period.

Update: Read hotair’s take on Karzai.

Osama’s terror Bibles? Don’t expect rioting Christians

Were Bibles inscribed with coded terror plots found at Osama bin Laden's compound? ISI says so. If authenticated, don't expect Christians to melt down in the streets while killing each other. Leave that to our friends in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Sun reports that while destorying Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound, demolition crews found Bibles inscribed with coded terror plots. Pakistan’s intelligence services are now in possession of the religious texts, and if true it’s something that the CIA will want in on. Regardless, coming off the heels of Afghanistan’s Koran-burning riots, such a find would be…interesting (to say the least).

Just as the burned Korans were taken from detainees who were using them as daily planners for terrorist attacks, bin Laden apparently took it a step further and went with Bible desecration. The rules of the game go as follows: the world’s Islamic terrorists (and terrorist-sympathizers) get to deface religious books and chop off heads. They’re also allowed to riot and kill each other in a feeding frenzy of insanity when infidels do something that “offends” them. You? You get to apologize for all slights, real and imagined.

The difference between Western Civilization and the lawless mountain regions filled with terrorists picking dirt out of their beards is this: Societies without inferiority complexes don’t melt down in rage whenever they’re offended. Even as tepid and distressing as Western Civilization’s reaction to radical Islam has been over their course of decades, it still possesses a confidence and clarity that prevents large swathes of its people from behaving like barbarian nut jobs.

The real existential threat to Western Civilization doesn’t come from Islam—it comes from ourselves. We can see it in the form of 15 trillion dollar deficits, and the moral and cultural relativism taught to our children from the moment the start school to the moment they walk the stage for their college diploma. We can see it in the weak-kneed politicians that would rather apologize and hope for the best instead of standing strong and facing down a warped worldview that somehow survived into the 21st century.

If it turns out bin Laden really was writing in Bibles, great; it gives Western Civilization another opportunity to demonstrate to the world its superiority over oppressive nations with Ottoman Empire dreams.

With only matches and a Koran, would a freezing terrorist talk?

President Karzai needs to apologize to the Civilized World for having such a backwards country. Instead, our president apologizes for troops who burned Korans filled with terrorist wish lists, plots and plans.

Imagine you’ve found Ayman al-Zawahiri. You’ve located him hiding in a barren, mountainous region of Pakistan. It’s cold. Really cold. You know he has information on an imminent attack on American soil, and you need to extract it fast. You’re short on professional interrogators and help isn’t coming anytime soon, but you do have a gun. Remembering that thousands of Afghans went nuts and killed each other over a few burning Korans, you come up with a crazy idea: You can tell him he can have a match and the Koran to figure out a way to stay warm, he can talk, or you could put a bullet in his head. What are the chances that you’d be brought before an international tribunal for violating the Geneva Conventions, and what are the chances that the President of The United States would apologize to the world for your actions instead of pinning a medal on your chest? Sadly, you know the answer.

The scenario that played out over the last few days in Afghanistan over burning Korans only highlights how woefully Western Civilization is responding to its clash with a backwards culture that still stones women, executes gay people, and uses children as suicide bombers.

Let’s set the record straight:

  • Islamic terrorists  are captured on the field of battle trying to kill NATO troops
  • Islamic terrorists are given Korans, which they then use to write terrorist journal entries
  • Korans, littered with terrorist wish-list plots and plans, are taken away to be disposed of
  • Civilian employees see the Korans burning, which causes riots, death and flaming Obama effigies
  • President Obama and the rest of the world grovels at the feet of rioting lunatics

The United States doesn’t need to apologize to Afghanistan. If anything, The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan should apologize to the rest of the civilized world for being so ass-backwards that billions upon billions of dollars was spent trying to drag them into the 21st century. Just over a decade ago these people were hauling women to soccer fields and blowing their brains out with AK-47s. Today, they’ve progressed—they spend more of their time looking for an excuse to kill Christian converts or gay people.

Fact: Muslim dictators and tyrannical regimes slaughter scores of their fellow Muslims, and the response by Afghans is to sit in their squalor not saying a word until a garbage bag of Korans (again, written in and used to incite violence at the local detention center) get incinerated by Westerners. The riots are a joke. The Afghans participating are a joke. And we’re making a joke of Western Civilization by not standing up to the world’s biggest bully-crybabies.

Instead of capturing Islamic terrorists on the field of battle, giving them three hots and a cot (and a prayer mat and a Koran), how about we give them 5.56 mm tracer rounds in the head? It would save everyone a lot of hassle and the embarrassment that comes with asking forgiveness from an “ally” like Hamid Karzai.

When was the last time you heard a leader of the Muslim world apologize for anything? Anything. They don’t, because they’re busy oppressing their own people, blaming it on us, and getting away with it because we let them! The next time Afghans complain about burning Korans, it would be nice if we had a President who told them that subhuman terrorists get their toys burned. Don’t become a terrorist, and you won’t get your toy thrown in the fire.

ICRC becomes Mr. Fix-it for Taliban. Victims? They’re Dead.

A friend of mine pointed out that the International Committee of the Red Cross has become a Mr. Fix-it conveyor belt for jihad clowns in Afghanistan:

The International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan has been teaching the Taliban basic first aid and giving insurgents medical equipment so that fighters wounded during battles with Nato and Afghan government forces can be treated in the field, it was revealed today.

You just healed a sucking chest wound on Joehammad Taliban.

Would you teach this man how to treat his battlefield wounds? I wouldn't. Unless you count "apply a tourniquet to your neck" as sound advice.

Congratulations! Now go collect the basket of heads he chops off next week, or perhaps the bits left behind from that IED roadside blast he’ll take credit for.

The Taliban are not a conventional force. They do not wear uniforms. They do not belong to a nation state. They attack women, children, the elderly, and the disabled. They do not abide by any “laws of war” recognized by most of the civilized world. And they mock our silly rules of engagement that encourage them to hide behind civilians (even more so than they usually do).

The Red Cross, which aims to remain neutral in the conflict, has trained more than 100 Afghan soldiers and policemen, as well as a network of taxi drivers who operate an unofficial ambulance service in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

I have no problem treating civilians for wounds suffered because they got caught up in the jihadi quest to keep people steeped in the stone age–literally and figuratively. I have no problem teaching civilians how to save the lives of their friends and relatives. However, I have a BIG problem with teaching Sharia Law seeking psycho-paths how to return their comrades to the battlefield (the modern one they created with no borders).

The ICRC has the best of intentions. But like all endeavors coated with a creamy helping of liberalism, the consequences produced as a result are diametrically opposed to the stated goals. The very same guys who turn villages into minefields, prolong war, cause the former farmer with the blown off arms to feel phantom limbs, and leave blood baths wherever they go…are the ones who benefit most from such a program (as it’s currently implemented). For every life the ICRC “saves” through training Taliban fighters, they probably ensure a handful of painful, shrapnel-speckled screaming deaths.

Neutral? How’s that wind in your hair feel up on that mighty high moral pedestal, guys? How moral is it to be “neutral” in a clash between civilizations, whereas one side seeks a world where “neutral” kinds of guys are turned into second-class citizens, jailed, or put to death? Answer: It’s not.

Is all life precious? Sure. Unfortunately, there are people in this world who have shown such an utter disregard for the rights of others that they have in essence absolved themselves from the following: civilized society’s interest in protecting the life of said offending party.

A Taliban member’s right to life does not trump the right to life of the countless others he seeks to take. The civilized world does not owe the jihadi psychopath anything, and is under no obligation to provide him the skills necessary to keep him alive and ticking—like the same bomb he dreams of detonating in a crowded market place.

The Red Cross should most definitely help innocent civilians in need of medical attention. The Taliban? My answer (and as of now I believe there would be nothing better) to all of their medical needs: Apply a tourniquet to the neck.

Students’ Obama Hangover Sadder Than P-Funk All Star Followers in a Diaper.

American and Howard University Students’ Obama Hangover Sadder Than George Clinton (or Gary Shider) followers in a Diaper.

It turns out the kids at American and Howard University are not all right, (or if you prefer, all right).

“[Funk the War] is youth and students coming together for a mobile dance party to show that we’re in a “bad romance” with the Obama administration and the U.S. government,” said Brian Menifee, a sophomore at Howard University who helped organize the event.

Is anyone other than these clowns surprised that individuals who would title their event “Funk the War” are also gullible enough to believe a guy who makes Youtube Diplomacy a serious building block of his foreign-policy house (of cards)? We’ve all seen how it’s working out for him…

And is anyone other than your friendly neighborhood conservative and his amazing friends surprised that the same liberal kiddies who claim to “support the troops” have resorted to the ol’ tried-and-true  “show them you love them by smashing in their windows with yellow paint cans,” valentine?

Protesters were shouting, “Who do you protect? Who do you serve?” and started to go into another chant when the sound of shattering glass stopped them. A large yellow splatter of paint then appeared on one of the windows of the recruitment center.

I guess this is to be expected by the geniuses who hone their foreign policy chops by listening to sunshine patriots like Billie Joe Armstrong, Sum 41, NOFX, and other faux-intellectual artists that lace their lyrics with hopeandchange vagueness high on self-righteousness and low on specifics.

During graduate school (at American University) I tried to tell the kids they would be left feeling unsatisfied with the snake oil President Obama was selling.

Now that you’re down from your “day dream high,” how about taking a second look at conservatism? Or just smash in another recruitment window… Who’s the “American Idiot” again, Billie Joe? I can wait to see the temper tantrums when this healthcare boondoggle blows up in their face, either through electoral losses…or decreased access and quality down the road.

Next time you fools put on a “funk” protest, at least channel a little George Clinton. Then I can watch it all from a Five Guys and ask, “Do Fries Go With That Shake?”

UPDATE: I’ve been informed that Google image searching for George Clinton actually provided me with an image of aging P-Funk All Star Gary Shider (who has collaborated with Clinton on numerous occasions). Sorry for the error. I was busy taking orders from my Jewish overlords and made a sloppy mistake. I hope my liberal critics can now rest easy before they attack another recruiter’s office with paint cans and Ward Churchill-inspired rhetoric.