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Kinetic! The New White House Buzz Word
Call It What You Want But War Is War
The Artful Dodger At Work
Sometimes I am amazed at the audacity, not to mention the stupidity, of some of the things that spill forth from The Whine House and this administration. As I read the news and came across the latest utterance reverberating through Foggy Bottom is that the spin that the Libyan humma-humma is a "kinetic" military action. That caused me to grab my dictionary to refresh my memory because I am a learned man. In physics, it has to do with motion so I was trying to connect the dots. It's actually an adjective defined as follows: relating to, characterized by, or caused by motion. Got it?
So I had to dig deeper since we're dealing with people who put The Artful Dodger to absolute shame. I called up "kinetic warfare" and got this: Kinetic warfare refers to the weapon systems that use velocity and mass, instead of explosives, to incapacitate the target.That sure didn't fit so I scratched my head and kept on going. What the heck are these people talking about? The spin Smirky's crowd is putting on this caused me angst. I reckon that was my gut reaction having been a warrior for 23 years. Shooting at people and them shooting back is a war in my book.
The actual words that were said are as follows by Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor aboard Air Force One this past Wednesday, " I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone. Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly the front end." Notice that he used the uncertain words - "I think." I think I have part of it now. They are front end loading a war. Being the inquisitive frog I am, I delved further. Where did he get "I think from?" It turns out that the National Security Advise himself, Tom Donilon, threw that out for the first time two weeks prior in a press briefing. Here's his quote when they were contemplating Libya and what to do, "Military steps, and they can be kinetic and non-kinetic, obviously the full range, are not the only method which we and the international community are pressuring Gadhaffi." So old Ben was being the good parrot and playing off his bosses words of wisdom. I was still trying to fit the two concepts together so I continued to read. I like verbal gymnastics but this seemed ridiculous.
It's been called many thing over the years from being a police action, an armed conflict, to the start of hostilities but Smirky's band of merry thief's have hit on a new term to avoid using the dreaded word "war." We have entered the advent of "waging kinetic military actions" ladies and gents of America. Is that special or what? As I continued to read and research what this was all about I hit a BINGO! Why in the world were these supposedly intelligent men playing with words that would befuddle the common man became a bit more discernible.
It's the artful dodge truly in action. Congress is pissed off about Obama's actions and is letting it be known far and wide. Wow!!! We're pounding the snot out of Libya with such shock and awe (not kinetic by the way) while Obama is saying it's not a war and Congress is calling his bluff. According to that explanation, we aren't at "war" unless there are boots on the ground? Is that the dividing line between kinetic and non-kinetic? All this is definitely new to me and I did it for a profession. SSSHHH... Don't tell anyone this, but, if there are bombs dropping on anyone, there very likely are special operations boots on the ground. I pray for those guys folks if their boots are on the ground. That little secret is what I know from experience, not conjecture. The bombardment of a sovereign nation should surely be considered an act of war. Wouldn't the average person make the connection?
I've been retired since 1992. My research seems to indicate that the deep thinkers in the Pentagon , what most of us referred to often as The Puzzle Palace, have been mincing the words around for quite some time regarding bombing the crap out of someone. Using that process it isn't "war," that is kinetic in nature. Holy smokes am I glad I retired. When the top brass start in with the word play, I'm glad I'm no longer a player.
Should Congress be concerned that we have entered into a "kinetic military action" without its consent? Looking back can't you imagine General William Tecumseh Sherman uttering, "Kinetic Military Action Is Hell?" Wowser! Colonel Ollie North defines kinetic military action as the act of one party shooting at the other and the other party shooting back. Hells bells, in my book, that's a war.
There is talk from the left wing of his own party that what Smirksalot has done is an impeachable offense but more on that at a later date. Even GW Bush had enough sense to consult with Congress and get their approval, although reluctantly, before invading Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein. He sure didn't wage a war of semantics when we needed to kick someone to hell and back.
The clarity of this whole thing just isn't there for this researcher and writer. The US Constitution says what it says and it requires Congressional approval for this nation to enter into a war even if they want to play verbal volleyball and try to make clear to all of us that the action in Libya isn't a war. Now I realize that Obama thinks the Constitution is rather outdated. He has stated that before. He also stated, while on the campaign trail, that the POTUS had no authority to take the armed forces into conflict without Congressional approval. But back at the ranch now, that has done a flip flop too. At the time, Little Joey Biden also stated that he would personally lead the charge against any President who did that. So maybe the charge of the Joey Brigade should commence now after the "kinetic military action" has been done? These guys prove over and over again what absolute hypocrites they are.
Yes indeedy-do - WAR IS HELL. But calling it something else, other than what it is, serves no purpose other than to try to save your own butt from the line of fire. Obama is good at the dodge.
This morning I'm wondering if Smirksalot would like honey, or sugar, on his waffles.
Have an awesome day!.