Sunday, May 22, 2005

Neocons: Sith or Vogons?

There has been plenty of talk this week comparing the Bush administration to the Sith of Star Wars due to the manner in which Bush has used an unnecessary war to strike at the very foundations of democracy in this country. Lines such as that "Only a Sith deals in absolutes" or "If you're not with me, you're my enemy!" further remind us of our current government.

Today's interview with Richard Perle and Wesley Clark on CNN provided evidence that perhaps we should look at an additional alien race as models for the neoconservatives--the Vogons of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Vogons composed the bulk of the galactic bureaucracy and are described as "one of the most unpleasant races in the galaxy. Not actually evil, but bad tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. They wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public enquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. The best way to get a drink out of a Vogon is stick your finger down his throat, and the best way to irritate him is to feed his grandmother to the ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal."

While Clark argued that going into Iraq was a "strategic blunder" and showed how the intelligence was misused, Perle provided yet in another in the long list of reasons for going to war, failing to provide the proper paperwork after destroying the weapons of mass destruction. "The fact is if Saddam Hussein had documented the destruction of his weapons of mass destruction, the war would not have taken place."

So there we have it. Saddam's crime, for which we rushed to war, was that the proper paperwork had not been completed to document the destruction of the weapons of mass destruction. Anywhere other than on the Bizzaro World we know as Bushworld, actual evidence of being threatened by WMD would have been the standard for deciding whether to go to war.


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