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Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. (from This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant.
Monday, April 02, 2007
I found this from Henry...

“Almost as if according to some natural law, in every century there seems to emerge a country with the power, the will, and the intellectual and moral impetus to shape the entire international system in accordance with its own values ... In the twentieth century, no country has influenced international relations as decisively and at the same time ambivalently as the United States."
Hmmm. He continues...
"No society has more firmly insisted on the inadmissibility of intervention in the domestic affairs of other states ... No country has been more reluctant to engage itself abroad.
Please check this link to see a long list of US interventions.

What I find most staggering about this is the doublethink.

Doublethink was defined by Orwell as...
"The ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in one's head and believe in both of them simultaneously."
Just read what he said again and see if you get what I mean.

And... I always tell this story but tough, you're getting it again.

When I was in school my history teacher went on a rant about Kissinger explaining that he was a bit (a lot) of a bastard. I put my hand up and said
"Sir, I heard he has a really high IQ. 180 or something."
the reply came back...
"Yes, there are lots of intelligent criminals."
I would like to thank that teacher for that particular piece of brilliance.

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posted by michael the tubthumper @ 8:57 am  
  • At 12:47 pm, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    Your teacher was spot on. Kissinger is such a pig and what surprises me is that people still listen to the asshole as if it had something other than shite.

  • At 3:10 pm, Blogger Aaron A. said…

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  • At 3:15 pm, Blogger Aaron A. said…

    Even war criminal Henry can admit that the Iraq war is impossible to "win"(Every time someone uses a sports metaphor to describe a war an angel gets its wings).

    That leaves bush, where

  • At 5:47 am, Blogger Graeme said…

    nice list of US military events. I haven't seen that before.

  • At 2:32 am, Blogger sumo said…

    I love that cartoon so much...I'll have to steal it of course. Henry K. is a wienie...h a t e him!

  • At 7:04 am, Anonymous CV Rick said…

    I'm currently reading the book, Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping by Patrick Radden Keefe. It's becoming quite apparent that we can intervene in the affairs of all nations on earth without having a single soldier set foot in those nations. Scary stuff.

    To think he (Kissinger) got a Nobel Peace Prize AND is restricted from travel to many countries due to his war crimes activities. He may have been smart, but like your teacher alluded, he was just another smart criminal.

  • At 11:52 am, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    I couldn't believe it when Bush started consulting with that old bastard. In fact, Bush always seems to keep retirement age politicians busy on some committee or another. Like the Iraq Study team - doddering old farts. How about some younger people getting a say? Not that Chimp listens anyway.

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