RANGER AGAINST WAR: Misdiagnosis <

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Close your eyes
Have no fear

The monster's gone

He's on the run and your daddy's here

--Beautiful Boy
, John Lennon

The roman promoters really did things right.

They needed a show that would clearly excite.

The attendance was sparse so they put on a fight

Threw the Christians to the lions, sold out every night

--Give the People What the Want
, Ray Davies

Is being a citizen a case of believing, or is it simply one of suspending disbelief?

Listen to General David Petraeus: He seems calm, intelligent and reasonable, but what he says is absolute insanity. Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) the loss of sanity, or the exact opposite?
Ranger asks because he cannot accept the exhortations of Gen Petraeus as sane.

Petraeus was interviewed on Charlie Rose 4.22.10, and Ranger left the late night program impressed with the General's demeanor. It was not until the day after that he realized he had listened to, what the Southerner's call, "a mouthful of mush." It was beautiful piffle. A trifle. He wore the suit well is the best that could be said.

Has the Phony War on Terror
(PWOT ©) become our national entertainment, our own home-grown reality show --
"Survivor Afghanistan"? PTSD is reality-oriented, versus the talk of Petraeus which merely presents the illusion of sanity.

Our leaders actually feed us a malignant reading of events which poses as sanity; in comparison, even the occasional paranoia of PTSD is sane as it has basis in actual lived events.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full of shit as a Christmas goose would prudy much cover it, too, Ranger. Just say'in.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:38:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous barcalounger said...

How is it that the Airborne Mafia end up running our wars? There's Ridgeway (Korea), Westmoreland (Vietnam), Schwarzkopf (Gulf War I), now McChrystal (Afghanistan). Aren't there any foot slogging Infantry or Artillery or even Armor GOs that could fill the bill? Just curious.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 12:54:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

You forgot Gavin-Korea.
We had clank clank i'm a tank Abrams in RVN.
Westy's basic branch was arty, not infy. To the best of my memory.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 1:19:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I came across this only read about half before needing to run.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 3:06:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous barcalounger said...

I'm not disparaging you jumpers Ranger. It just seems we always go to the Airborne All The Way well when we get in a tight situation. Maybe we need a new perspective. What about a USMC general in charge of one of our brushfire wars?

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 3:16:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

I've been thinking about my original reply and i must amend it.
It's really the West Point mafia and they just happen to be Airborne.
It doesn't matter which branch manages our dirty little wars- we'll always fuck them up b/c we just can't understand any viewpoint except the crap we learn in service schools.
Our first lesson should be to pour piss out of a boot.

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 6:25:00 PM GMT-5  

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