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Ladies And Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space

Peace in our time? Not likely.
Peace is so last century.
War is where it's at.

Charlie Skelton

7 November 2003

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are at war."

Cold, hard words from Lieutenant General Norton Schwartz, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After uttering them he looked about the briefing room with his steely gazed, leaned an inch or two forward for effect, and – in case anyone hadn’t understood the “we are at war” bit of his statement - he spelled it out once and for all: "This is not peacetime."

And so we enter the age of perma-war. At-warness has become an essential part of America's existence - I'm sure there's a suitable German word for it, probably with 'heit' at the end. (Anyone...? Nina would know).

Of course, as we all know, the war in Iraq is just a facet of the "war on terrorism" (perpetual, unwinable). Our enemies are everywhere, skulking in caves, peering from treetops, and plotting in dusty cellars – but we will stand firm against them, yea, we will fight the good fight: “we are fighting evil, and we will continue to fight evil, and we will not stop until we defeat evil” (GWB - 2.11.01)

So, we’re not going to stop fighting until evil is defeated? Fine. Wake me up when it’s over.

To keep tabs on how the war is coming along, check out www.defendamerica.mil, billed as: U.S. Department of Defence News About the War on Terror. From which, the latest news:

No enemy or friend can doubt that America has the resources and the will to see this war through to victory," said President Bush before signing the $87.5 billion supplemental appropriations bill for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Predictability and stability are at the heart of the new troop rotation policy Defense Department officials announced today. The Defense Department started notifying a total of between 70,000 and 75,000 active and reserve component service members Nov. 5 for duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Also, follow the links here. Some fascinating reading material on these sites; this is my absolute favourite item:

'America's Truck' Rolls On

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2003 -- It has been two years since Ed and Tonie Negrin began touring the United States visiting military installations with their vehicles they have named "America's Truck Display." Their passion remains strong and their motive remains the same.

On a new trip beginning this Thanksgiving, they plan to visit a number of military bases on the East Coast in their new truck, called "Defend America" covered in images symbolizing Operation Iraqi Freedom.



I wonder how many miles it does to the gallon?

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