Friday :: Jan 18, 2008

Fundamentally Ill


by Turkana

There is something fundamentally ill about the Romney campaign. These people live in some fairy-tale world of their own hallucinating, where their own petty trifling travails are equivalent to the most horrible experiences humanity can face.

As the Associated Press reported, in August:

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his five sons' decision not to enlist in the military, saying they're showing their support for the country by "helping me get elected."

Romney, who did not serve in Vietnam due to his Mormon missionary work and a high draft lottery number, was asked the question by an anti-war activist after a speech in which he called for "a surge of support" for U.S. forces in Iraq.

Which is probably great comfort to those fighting, getting wounded, and dying in the Iraq War. Romney's military-age sons are helping that cause by helping their dad get elected, so he can ensure that those fighting, getting wounded, and dying in Iraq can continue to do so.

Now, Ken Silverstein of Harper's catches this quote, from an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

The fight for the nomination "is going to be like the Bataan Death March," said Ron Kaufman, a top adviser to Mr. Romney.

Silverstein links to Wiki:

The march, involving the forcible transfer of 90,000 to 100,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war[1] captured by the Japanese in the Philippines from the Bataan peninsula to prison camps, was characterized by wide-ranging physical abuse, murder, savagery, and resulted in very high fatalities inflicted upon the prisoners and civilians along the route by the armed forces of the Empire of Japan. Beheadings, cut throats and being casually shot were the more common and merciful actions — compared to bayonet stabbings, rapes, guttings (disembowelments), numerous rifle butt beatings and a deliberate refusal to allow the prisoners food or water while keeping them continually marching for nearly a week (for the slowest survivors) in tropical heat. Falling down, unable to continue moving was tantamount to a death sentence, as was any degree of protest or expression of displeasure.

It's hard work being an asshole.

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