Thursday, April 24, 2008

Is "Peaches" Petraeus Really a Trojan Horse?

Are there MORE military engagements
hidden within the beast?

"Satan" on War:

There has never been a just one, never an honorable one - on the part of the instigator of the war. I can see a million years ahead, and this rule will never change in so many as half a dozen instances. The loud little handful - as usual - will shout for the war. The pulpit will - warily and cautiously - object - at first; the great big dull bulk of the nation will rub its sleepy eyes and try to make out why there should be a war, and will say, earnestly and indignantly, "It is unjust and dishonorable, and there is no necessity for it," Then the handful will shout louder.

-Chronicle of Young Satan - Mark Twain

3192 years ago - as exact as any myth would have it - The Greeks entered the City of Troy through stealth: the gift of an enormous sculptured horse, which, unknown to the Trojans, contained the military force they had so successfully kept at bay throughout a very long siege.

"Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bringing gifts". (Spoken by Laocoon from Virgil's Aeneid.)

Has Bush given the nation General David Petraeus as a gift to shore up Senator McCain's campaign, while full knowing that Petraeus' ambitions will not stop at the position of U.S. Central Command in the Middle East, and might eventually extend to the White House itself? There have long been slight murmurs as to Petraeus' ultimate ambitions. If he were considered a hero (after a prolonged and agonizing campaign in Afghanistan and Iraq and some other military engagementa), he would have the nation's debt in his hands no matter who was President before him, be he Democrat or Republican. Washington, Grant, Eisenhower eased into the Presidency with very little competition. Heroes are seldom tarnished by their exploits. Yes, Petraeus could very well be that stealthy.

Of course, it's ridiculous to think that Bush would have thought up such a scheme since he doesn't have the intelligence God gave a goat, but someone else has certainly pondered the idea: Petraeus - possibly? His biography certainly shows him to be the most self-driven man of his time. Below is a partial list of his decorations (numbering over 40 - including badges).

More wars? Oh, that's just "Peachy"*

Would that this Trojan Horse were just a synonym for junk email.

*Petreaus' nickname at West Point because no one pronounced his name correctly.

U.S. military decorations
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze Oak Leaf
Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze Oak Leaf
Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Bronze Oak Leaf
Bronze Oak Leaf
Bronze Oak Leaf
Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Valor device
Bronze Star (with “V” Device)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze Oak Leaf
Bronze Oak Leaf
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze Oak Leaf
Bronze Oak Leaf
Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
U.S. unit awards
Bronze Oak Leaf
Bronze Oak Leaf
Bronze Oak Leaf
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Army Superior Unit Award
U.S. non-military decorations
State Department Superior Honor Award
U.S. service (campaign) medals and service and training ribbons
Bronze Service Star
Bronze Service Star
National Defense Service Medal (with 2 Service Stars)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

George Bush's brilliant idea for a Trojan Horse: incomplete and made of sand:

FYI: The Beutiful Trojan Horse at the top of this post is the one guarding the entrance to FAO Schwartz (or what used to be) toy store at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.