May 30, 2012
Politics is the Continuation of War by Other Means

President Obama yesterday, awarding Presidential Medals of Freedom:

Administration officials filled the room as well – with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton beaming from the front row as Obama touted the “courage and toughness” of one of her predecessors, Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as America’s top diplomat.
Franklin C. Spinney, a long-time systems analyst for the Pentagon:
Kosovo is a case study in the failure of high complexity weapons and organizational arrangements. U.S. military planners predicted a “precision” bombing campaign would force the Serbs to capitulate in only two to three days, but the air campaign grinded on for 79 days. Yet when it was over, NATO intelligence determined only tiny quantities of Serbian tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery, and trucks were destroyed. Serbian troops marched out of Kosovo in good order, their fighting spirit intact, displaying clean equipment, crisp uniforms, and in larger numbers than planners said were in Kosovo to begin with.

Moreover, the terms of Serb “surrender,” which the undefeated Serb military regarded as a sell out by Serbian President Milosevic, were the same as those the Serbs agreed to at the Rambouillet Conference, before U.S. negotiators and Secretary of State Madeline Albright inserted a poison pill to queer the deal, so we could have what the politically troubled Clinton administration thought would be a neat, short war.

This is business of usual of course, for the world’s most aggressive and war-loving nation. Old folks will remember that Kissinger prolonged the Vietnam war for four bloody years to ensure Nixon’s reelection. Once this was accomplished he bombed Hanoi to save face, then immediately accepted the same peace settlement that Ho Chi Minh had offered four years earlier. Kissinger’s reward was the Nobel Peace Prize. No doubt he would have gotten a Presidential Medal of Freedom, too, if Nixon hadn’t been driven from office.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 30, 2012 09:24 AM
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But Special K did get it:

Posted by: on May 30, 2012 6:58 PM

Sorry. I guess I blanked that out. I was writing speeches for President Carter at that time (1977), and a routine request for Medal of Freedom nominations came to our office. We submitted a whole bunch of worthy candidates — I.F. Stone was the only one I remember. Naturally all our suggestions went straight to the Memory Hole in Jody Powell's office. I'm glad I forgot that the fat mass murderer was honored instead. There are some marbles you don't mind missing.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on May 30, 2012 7:53 PM

On the other hand, Huerta and Hirabayashi today.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on May 31, 2012 2:57 AM
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