Finally, Someone Who Gets It
Sen. McCain: Do you think we’re winning the war in Iraq?
Secretary Gates: No (notice the directness and bluntness of the answer)
Sen. McCain:So you would say the status quo is unacceptable?
Secretary Gates: Yes
The above exchange took place between Sen. John McCain-R and Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates. He went on to further expound on his answers to the given questions by stating that “I know that American forces are winning their battles; no-one is disputing that. My comments were in reference to the present situation in Iraq as a whole”. Finally, someone who gets it! Here’s a guy who was nominated by the President to head up the majority of Defense related stuff, and he says what’s been on everyone’s mind for years:
We’re not winning.
Another interesting comment Sec. Gates made was the fact that he “owes no one anything. [He] will make up his own mind, come to [his] own conclusions, and present those conclusions to my superiors (aka Mr. Bush).” I’m sure President Bush wasn’t exactly counting on Mr. Gates to be so….direct….after all, it’s the president who’s so cautious about calling the sectarian violence in Iraq a ‘civil war’. I’m not sure if Bush is in denial, or if he’s truly that….ill-advised (was thinking of a word that starts with ‘s’ and ends in ‘tupid’), but whatever the reason, Mr. Gates appears to be someone who will not brown-nose the Presidential arse. He does appear to be a man of a few, direct, words (always a good thing) who apparently has no other conflicting obligations towards any one person or group.
While it remains to be seen whether or not Mr. Gates is actually Rummy Jr, it is good to see someone who will finally stand up and say “America, we’ve got a problem”.
In Other News
Someone else who’s finally seen the light is Britney Spears. In a comment posted on her website, the newly divorced Spears states
“It’s been so long since I’ve been out on the town with friends. It’s also been 2 years since I’ve even celebrated by birthday. Every move I make at this point has been magnified more than I expected, and I probably did take my newfound freedom a little too far. Anyway, thank God for Victoria’s Secrets’ new underwear line! I look forward to a new year, new music and a new me.
While she did create quite the media storm a few days back, it’s good to see Ms. Spears functioning with [at least part] of her brain. Let’s face it, “Every move I make…has been magnified more than I expected” doesn’t quite fly. When has she done ANYTHING besides breathe that hasn’t been on the front page of some publication?? It’s the price of super-stardom.
If you wear something that doesn’t match, you will hear about it.
Stink-up the screen in your latest movie, you will hear about it
Become the living idol of millions of teen girls then go out and flash your nether-regions for all the world to see…..YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT IT!!!
Something like this should’ve been obvious. Why?
A.) You knew you were going out on the town with Paris and Lindsay.
B.) You had to know you weren’t gonna walk to wherever you went
C.) You know Paris doesn’t own a car that sits over 2 inches above the ground
D.) You sure as hell knew that you left the house without any undies.
E.) And you knew how short that skirt was BEFORE you put it on.
These add up to a very knowledgeable Britney Spears…if she only would put 2 & 2 together (which may very well be a tall order for her…). Anyway, at least she realizes that flashing her naked nethers isn’t probably the best way to win custody of your kids.