Friday, March 07, 2008

Mad Cow

The Shanghai ran off and the cattle all died
The last piece of bacon that morning was fried

--Sweet Betsy from Pike


Ranger Question of the Day
If a cruise missile explodes in an uninhabited forest,

does it make a sound?


U.S. policy has come a long way baby since Shock-and-Awe debuted on the world's stage. Now we have the ripple effect:

"American naval forces fired missiles [note: more than one] into southern Somalia on Monday, aiming at what the Defense Department called terrorist targets.

"Residents reached by telephone said that three civilians were wounded, and that the only other casualties were three dead cows, one dead donkey and a partly destroyed house."

What a swell day for democracy -- three dead cows, one dead donkey and a partly-destroyed house. You could go home and call it a good day with such a haul. At least the chickens appeared to escape unscathed, but the cows and donkey surely paid for their collusion with a terrorist.

The desperation of the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) is palpable.
Imagine dropping million-dollar+ Tomahawk cruise missiles, fired from billion- dollar+ nuclear submarines ostensibly to kill one "known al Qaeda terrorist."

"The missile strike was aimed at Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Kenyan born in 1979 who is wanted by the F.B.I. for questioning in the nearly simultaneous attacks in 2002 on a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, and on an Israeli airliner taking off from there, said
three American officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the strike."

Who spoke? The U.S. launches missile strikes and our officials are not authorized to speak publicly on those strikes? In other words, bomb them to hell, but don't talk about it officially. It's great to see my tax dollars at work spreading indiscriminate democracy in yet another nation that doesn't want it.

Not a good day for surgical strikes: An unnamed U.S. military official said "the missiles were believed to have hit their targets. Witnesses on the ground, though, described the attack differently."

"The attack on Monday was not the first time that American forces had fired missiles into Somalia or used airstrikes in pursuit of what the Pentagon has called
terrorist operatives. They did so at least three times last year."

Aside from the profligate and unjustified expense is the question of legitimacy. Does the U.S. have the right to bomb an Arab neighborhood because a "known operative" may (or may not) be present? Further, that "known operative" stands accused, but not convicted, of a crime.

But of course, a cruise missile makes a hell of a judge and jury. After speaking, it nullifies all appeals. A perfect tool for Bushville. Unfortunately, the world has moved past Judge Roy Bean's form of justice.

It is an embarrassment to this Ranger that this is the best response the U.S. can orchestrate to neutralize, capture and bring to justice a small-time punk like Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan. If and when he is killed, how will the world become a safer place?

Lobbing cruise missiles into Arab neighborhoods is a great al-Qaeda recruitment tool.

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Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Good post. I have two questions. If Nabhan's terrorist activities were not carried out on American soil, why should the US military or the FBI have anything to do with him? And why is the US military lobbing bombs into a country that congress has not declared war with?


Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 6:39:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Under U.S. law, if terrorists target a U.S. citizen, they are subject to U.S. law. Ranger questions the validity of this law, since there are jurisdictional issues involved.

If a simple criminal kills a U.S. citizen in Bali, there is no federal jurisdiction on that crime, so why do so claim jurisdiction with acts of terrorism? Esp. when we deny these people fair and open trials.

Re. the bomb-lobbing: it's the American way. Shoot first, ask questions later. We're overly concerned with terrorist violence, but our own government-sponsored violence is acceptable.

God Bless America, land that we love.

Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 10:28:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

as a new policy i will only answer 1 question in a given day. i'm a Ranger and complex thoughts tire me greatly. jim

Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 6:25:00 PM GMT-5  

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