"Nothing can come of nothing"
So longtime Washington stooge Leon "The Professional" Panetta has been charged with, gasp, "disloyalty." Sadly, we live in a world where loyalty is defined as mindless agreement as opposed to say, Gandhi, who openly stated that as a friend he'd tell you things you don't want to hear. No person deserves blind loyalty. Only the truth qualifies for that honor. (See: Lear, King)
Apparently the motto in the White House is the cowering phrase "Don't do dumb stuff." Not a bad idea at all - if one were in paradise. But like my man Will said: "Nothing can come of nothing". Ergo, we must do something while the house is on fire. But sadly again, we live in times where we let the house burn down in order to be "politically pragmatic" so as to not hurt the feelings of the arsonists. And God forbid we should ever charge them with a crime! Sometimes, there just ain't no grey: put out the flames or die.
Mend your speech a little,
Lest you may mar your fortunes.
Unlike many, I do not blame (or claim to blame) our current President for the mess in the Middle East. The flames belong to our previous President just like any crime is forever attached to the criminal who wrought it. It's time to take our medicine and pay the piper. No politician will admit this in public even though without such admission they forever bar themselves from the gates of heaven. Like fools, we wasted the treasure of our blood and diverted precious resources from healing our own wounds, all in order to stave off the inevitable day of reckoning. And I do mean waste.
- Me, as I watched the statue of Saddam being pulled down after the invasion.
So we do our feckless bomb strikes in the name of outrage and the need to seem to be doing something. The snakes are hissing wildly now, using the devil's sword of guilt. "We broke it, we must fix it. Send in the troops!" sayeth the clowns. You see it's not just the foreign terrorists who want to drag us into war, it's also the domestic terrorists - many of whom are actually elected to power! Will bad things come of ISIS's continuing rampage? You betcha! Guess what? Gotta live with it.
Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides:
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides.
The future is not unforeseeable as many credit card defaulters claim. You make a charge and sooner or later you have to pay. The longer you wait the worse it gets. "I didn't know I'd have to pay," they falsify, "The truth is subjective!" So who knew when we raped a country with our pillager's heart that ill would come of it? Our military is invincible, a Get-out-of-karma-free card. (Makes you wonder where all the bullies in our society get their ideas.) But realizing our limits is what "taking responsibility" means.
America taking responsibility
The disloyal demon Leon had this to say: The President has "lost his way." He "avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities." He has a "frustrating reticence to engage his opponents and rally support for his cause". Are these the words of an enemy or a friend? I report - I decide! I do believe there is absolute truth in those words, not that I think he ever had "a way" to lose, just an election and a soul. He knows there are many who will buy his story of Christ-like martyrdom at the hands of the evil and all-powerful Republicans.
And that's the story he hopes to sell to history with that sloppy slogan. "Gosh, folks, he really wanted to do the right thing they just wouldn't let him - not that he gave truth a chance." A man more sinned against than sinning, no doubt!
Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
More composition and fierce quality
Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops
Got 'tween asleep and wake?
What "Don't do dumb stuff" really means is "Don't let me be exposed as a fraud who betrays the very convictions he espouses." Not that he wouldn't have tens of millions of company on that count. If we're lucky, we'll get a good dose of suffering and torment from the ISIS beast we created, it will smart - but make us smart - as we learn not to raid countries and lay waste to their foundations. And as we also learn actions have inescapable consequences that require us to think before we act if we want to avoid ensuing misery.
What a field day it is for cheap shop artists, lying profiteers and the willfully naive. It would be refreshing for us to show some moral resolve for once but I think we know how this script turns out.
Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty
According to my bond; no more nor less.