Saturday :: Aug 28, 2004

A Quorum Of Mugwumps

by pessimist

Sorry, Harry Potter fans, not that kind of Mugwump. I'm talking about this kind:

The term 'Mugwump' is a combination of mug and wump, which means respectively the face and the backside. This archetypal American word derives from the Algonquian dialect of a group of Native Americans in Massachusetts. In their language, it meant "great chief". The Puritan missionary John Eliot used it in his translation of the Bible into their language in 166163 to convey the English words duke and centurion. Mugwump was brought into English in the early nineteenth century as a humorous term for a boss, bigwig, grand panjandrum, or other person in authority, often one of a minor and inconsequential sort. Later, it came to mean a politician who either could not or would not make up his mind on some important issue, or who refused to take a stand when expected to do so. Hence the old joke that a mugwump is a person sitting on the fence, with his mug on one side and his wump on the other.

Such is the case with the officials of the United States Government, and has been for a long time - at least since the attack on the USS Liberty by the Israelis in 1967. We act like the governments of the Middle East are our friends. They willingly kiss our mugs, yet both sides kick us in our wumps when they get a chance. And we won't take a stand - we might alienate someone.

FBI Probes Pentagon Spy Case

The FBI believes it has "solid" evidence that the suspected mole supplied Israel with classified materials from within the office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon that include secret White House policy deliberations on Iran. At the heart of the investigation are two people who work at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington. Sources say that last year the suspected spy, described as a trusted analyst at the Pentagon, turned over a presidential directive on U.S. policy toward Iran while it was, "in the draft phase when U.S. policy-makers were still debating the policy." This put the Israelis, according to one source, "inside the decision-making loop" so they could "try to influence the outcome."

The case raises another concern among investigators: Did Israel also use the analyst to try to influence U.S. policy on the war in Iraq? With ties to top Pentagon officials Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith, the analyst was assigned to a unit within the Defense Department tasked with helping develop the Pentagon's Iraq policy.

The kiss: AIPAC helps get politicians elected. We looked at them briefly when Cynthia McKinney won her primary race in Georgia against an AIPAC candidate.

The kick: If these allegation of influencing US policy prove to be true, then the interests of the Israeli government have cost the citizens of the United States over 900 lives and billions of dollars - and our international reputation and prestige.

There is also a slangy sense [of 'Mugwump'] less known these days, I believe of a person who has been persuaded by his possession of a minor official position into a sense of self-importance, often becoming obnoxious as a result.

It looks like the US Mugwumps of the original definition that I posted above have been had by a Mugwump of the latter definition:

Former Yemeni minister likely involvement in Cole warship case

An official document was disclosed in Yemen by the lawyer of one of the accused [which] shows the involvement of a former government official in the blowing up the US USS Cole warship in October 2000. Lawyer Abdul Aziz al-Samawi gave to the court a "pass" document, given by the Yemeni minister of the interior -- at that time Lt. Gen. Hussein Muhammad Arab -- to the first accused person, Abdul Rahim al-Nashiri, in the name of Omar al-Harazzi, one of the fake names al-Nashiri was using. The document said that "Sheikh Muhammad Omar al-Harazzi is permitted to pass all military inspection points with three escorts without inspection, and the sides concerned have to facilitate his mission. This is valid as from the beginning of April 2000 until the end of year 2000."

After he was arrested in the United Arab Emirates UAE in October 2002, al-Nashiri was handed over to the USA where is being detained.

The kiss: We still get lots of SUV fuel from the Arab Nations, and 'cooperation' in convicting these men of their terror crimes.

The kick: More recruits and contributed funds for the Jihad of Osama bin Laden against the 'Great Satan'.

Bird Brains With Bats In Our Belfrys

The following verses may throw some light upon the true meaning of the word mugwumps. The names used for birds or bats are not found in the dictionary; but Judge Bennett says they are all found in the swamps of Eastern North Carolina.
The mugwump roosts in the hollow log, The sagwag sits in the tree; Whenever I hear the hogwig sing My heart is sad in me. Whenever the snagpop toots his toot To the wail of the migwag hen, And the nigfunk chirps in the shrilly night, You bet I'm lonely then.


Lonely - that's how America is becoming under the 'leadership' of the last forty years - especially since December of 2000. We drew the line in the dirt, and no one crossed it to stand with us. They can see, more clearly than we, that we don't have a clue about what we do. Why should they assume the position to get their mugs kissed and their wumps kicked? They are busy preparing their countries for the alternative fuels of the future while we stay on the fence between our 'friends', accepting their kisses and enduring their kicks in the sacred name of Petroleum.

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