Tuesday, September 23, 2014

President D'Artagnan



Maybe President Obama, reluctant warrior that he is, can, perhaps because of that, be an astoundingly nimble combatant. Maybe, for example, he can attack ISIS in Syria, as he just has, while sparing a few bombs for the new al Qaeda offshoot known as Khorasan, which, unlike ISIS, absorbed in crazed dreams of long-gone caliphates, is in fact targeting the United States, then pivot swiftly enough to parry Assad. 

Yeah.

Maybe this Commander-in-chief does not conceive of himself as piloting a tank, much less a battleship — lo how many eons it takes to turn a battleship — but wielding an epee. Maybe he is D'Artagnan not Curtis Le May.

Maybe he unites historically opposed Islamic states and factions for an existential thrust or two, then splits them apart, bloodying ISIS and with his other hand pointing his blade at the throat of the Ayatollahs and saying, no, no nukes, not no way and not no how.

Yeah.




4 comments:

  1. President Obama is a modern warrior. He wields smart bombs and precision-guided missiles. Battleships and swords are too 20th century for him. And I'm sure his technologically-advanced munitions will do just as good a job as they have done accomplishing America's war aims they have done the first 14 years of the new millennium.

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  2. well said. but it takes intellectual and geo-political nimbleness, as well, such as we're rarely had, since we are so much in love with sheer military superiority.

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  3. Indeed, and that's the point. Isn't it? For all of our precision munitions and big army superiority, we can't apply these tools to any productive ego-political end. Is it a failure of the military or a failure of our leaders for not having the the winning nimbleness?

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  4. The father of Alexander Dumas, author of the Three Musketeers, was himself half black, being the son of a French aristocrat and Haitian woman. Stories of his physical prowess were epic. He served as a general in Napoleon's army and is believed to have been the model for D'Artagnan. See BLACK COUNT by Tom Reiss, winner of 2013 Pulitzer in biography and all round good book.

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