…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Imagine how during the Islamic attack on camp Bastion Marine General Allen’s staff was walking around him in socks – “shush, the Boss must be directing a drone strike”, when he instead was in the middle of a charm offensive. For if 20,000 to 40,000 love messages are not an offensive, I do not know what is. Imagine if he put this energy if not into actual fighting, but at least into trying to save his soldiers’ lives. Petraeus’s “surge” also suddenly acquired another meaning. While grunts are loosing legs, generals only trousers. All this resembles behaviour of Roman generals in the last stages of the empire.
Father of the woman or women involved (I’m loosing track of them) said that it is not about sex, but about something deeper and much more serious. I almost hope so. If it was really just male menopausal adultery, it would provide another evidence of the thoroughly corrupt and immoral West, which has to be saved or eliminated by the pure forces of Islam.
President Obama said that he has not seen anything in the affair which would indicate any national security risk. Given his proven truthfulness, and assuming he spoke of USA national security, it is almost certain that US security was severely jeopardised.
The background of this, so far the latest Obama’s scandal here.
Mark Steyn recalled a WWII movie called Four Jills in a Jeep, and suggested remake as One Jill in Four Jeeps.
I would opt for a Jill in Every General’s Jeep.
The song bellow was cut from the final version of the movie. Not surprising – the girls sing about S.N.A.F.U., a World War II American acronym for Situation Normal, All Fucked Up. Maybe snafu is due for revival. Maybe snafus are so common that the name is superfluous. There was another, now mostly forgotten expression – brownnoses, describing officers overly subservient to their superiors. I’m sure you can work it out. It should come back into general use. It is shorter than “politically correct, public relations savvy, upwardly mobile” officer.