March 30, 2003

The fog of war news

Some of you have probably been wondering what happened to the Bloodthirsty Spleenstress. I haven't been talking about the war a lot on this blog since the conflict has begun. There are a lot of reasons why I haven't been doing so, some of them pretty obvious ones. For one thing, I am not following the coverage twenty-four seven. I'm not watching much tv at all. I don't have cable tv, so I really can't weigh in on the Fox-good/CNN-bad/Al Jazeerah-totally-evil brouhaha. For another thing, what coverage I do get, from the regular networks, just infuriates me. I didn't think anything could be more annoying than sports announcers; I was wrong. Example: a couple of days ago I turned on ABC (I think) and watched footage of an American soldier handing out some food or something to some Iraqi kids, and the war-announcer journalist guy was saying something along the lines of "the sight of Marines stopping their convoy just to give out food and water to the Iraqis might look staged--" I turned it off. I don't have to listen to that crap. I'm not as young as I used to be, and I weigh too much, and I have the feeling that my blood pressure is not as mellow as it was a few years ago.

Also, I have no military education, or knowledge of things War, or any of that. It looks like things are going just fine for our side (yes! we have a side! deal with it), despite the comical quagmire yearnings of the press. I am not particularly worried along those lines. I think Saddam is either dead or not feeling very well, and I look forward to the "Generalissimo Franco is still dead" vibe to last quite some time. Let's see -- what else can I say about it... Oh yeah -- I am certainly not going to get into arguments of whether or not we should have gone there. For one thing -- we are there. Note to the peacenuggets whose new cry is "stop this right now and come back home at once!": it's too late for that. We can't just stop in the middle of things and go "Oops! Sorry -- we've changed our minds." Your "Bring the troops home now!" slogans just look silly. (As if that were anything new.) And as to whether or not this war will turn out to have been a Good Idea After All -- well, I think it will, but who knows? We'll see. Do your own moaning about the unknown on your own time.

So if you come here looking for war discourse you won't find very much of it. You are, of course, going to the Command Post for your war updates, aren't you? And if you want expert opinions, check the blogs by clicking on "all the blogs" on the left. You'll find something. Anyway, here's a blast from the past (Scott reminded me that we haven't seen this guy around here lately):
chop chop!

Posted by Andrea Harris at March 30, 2003 02:06 PM

Ahhhhhh. Choppin' Dude is back and all's right with the world.

Posted by: Ken Summers at March 30, 2003 at 02:57 PM

I am not familiar with this Chopping Dude, who looks like a character from Diablo 2, BTW. Why is he so hated by, lefty loons everywhere?

Posted by: Eichra Oren at March 30, 2003 at 05:45 PM

Gee, I dunno (innocent stare).

Actually, I found him on a website of some company that makes swords and things, but someone told me it must have been hacked from Diablo. I've never played the game myself.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 30, 2003 at 09:17 PM

Ah. Newbies. They don't understand.

Eichra, the original caption on the guy was

Faster, Warblogger! Kill! Kill!"

Context is important.

Posted by: Ken Summers at March 30, 2003 at 10:08 PM