03 January 2006

how to effectuate regime change in 20 days or less

So you wanna be a bigger gangsta than your ex-homeboy down the street? Well then, just call the Pentagon. They'll kick out your old friend in twenty days or less, guaranteed. Don't expect them to clean up their mess or rebuild what they destroyed. They are only demolition experts, not housekeepers.

Give the hawks a break, will ya?

One look at this day in history and you'll see that sixteen years ago today, Panamanian President Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces during Operation Just Cause. The U.S. invasion of Panama began on December 20, lasting only 14 days until the surrender of Panama's leader. How quick and efficient! And only 300 Panamanian civilians died (or maybe more). That's only 21 people killed per day!

Gulf War II took a few days longer, but Iraq is much larger than Panama and Saddam Hussein had a larger army than Noreiga. From the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 20, 2003 (does the Pentagon like the number 20 for starting wars?) it took U.S. forces only 13 days to defeat Iraq's Republican Guard and then another 7 days for Baghdad to fall. That's regime change in 20 days!

I wonder how quick it would take for the U.S. to topple Tehran or Damascus or Caracas? Perhaps they could beat their record from Iraq. Or we could just nuke the place and be done with the whole shebang within two minutes. 2006 will be so exciting! Oh, the possibilities.

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Also on this day in history, George Washington defeated British General Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton in 1777.

That's when we were fighting an empire...now we are the empire.


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