It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be
unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
– G.K. Chesterton,
essayist and novelist (1874-1936)

 

Most days I consider turning on the television to be an act of defeatism. If I'm conscious surely there must be sometning better to do with my time then sucking at the great Glass Teats of pop culture consumerism (the left one) and crypto-fascist propaganda (the right one.) In case you were wondering.
 
 But Saturday Night at around 8PM East Coast time, at least three stars were in allignment in the phosphor-dot heavens and they yielded up in rapid succesion these three choices…

 First on CNN we had;

 CNN Presents: Dead Wrong: Inside an Intelligence Meltdown: "Dead Wrong" looks at what went wrong with U.S. prewar intelligence. What that blunder means for U.S. credibility.

Two not so curious Georges

What's sad and pehaps a little strange about that link up there is if you hit it [don't bother] it takes you to an advertisement for "Dirt Track Warriors" and a sub-leased ad box for buying American flags. HOWEVER, off to one side you can find a link to CNN transcripts of their special news shows and this will yield the entire show in text form. I commend this to your interest. Very disturbing reading – and viewing.

Transcript for DEAD WRONG

This show was critical enough that all by itself it gave me some hope. Of course it was run on the weekend when news viewing is at its lowest ebb, but they did at least show it.

 I am, however, at heart a weak man, and once a remote is in my hands and a commercial is on I am no better than the rest of you. I flip around. I surf. Sue me. So I toggled on up to my favorite fallback channel – and Tony Soprano's – the History Channel, and they were showing THE FOG OF WAR.

 

 

THE FOG OF WAR

 

I don't want to patronize anybody who has not yet seen this film, but do please get this under your belt at your earliest convenience. It is a fascinating study of a man sliding down the slippery slope of history and U.S. Imperialism.

FOG OF WAR official website

The IMDB Fog of War page

 So now I'm deeply conflicted. I had already seen this documentary but it's a great one and I felt myself getting sucked in. Back on CNN I have a modern day documentary about the failure of U.S. Intelligence and how it has taken us into this folly of Iraq and our fallback strategy of "nation building" – as though "nation building" was EVER a stated reason for going into Iraq to begin with.

 Thankfully [!] a commercial came up and I forgot what I was doing and I switched over to the AMC channel instead of back to CNN where I meant to go – and what to my wondering eyes should appear but the last hour of APOCALYPSE NOW.  A perfect cinematic explication of the consequences of failed intelligence and failed perceptions of cultural interventionism.

 

Who watches the watchmen? 

 

Sure, Charley here has a mission. He is the straw man.
He is the guy the people standing in the lobbies of the C.I.A. and the Pentagon send to take out the guy building the bamboo cages. Fair enough.

But who is building the bamboo cages?
Could it be us?

 

ALL that you can be. 

 

and don't forget "our man" on the ground,
good old Colonel Kurtz.

 

Kurtz 

 

So now all you have to do is slap on the DOORS singing THIS IS THE END and lay back on the couch and keep hitting the buttons.

 CNN/Bush/intelligence failure/History Channel/McNamara/intelligence failure/AMC Movie Channel/Pentagon/Kurtz/Intelligence failure…

 over and over and over.

"Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it."

        – George Santayana

 

 

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