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November 9, 2005

Work smarter, not harder

-- by Gary Boatwright

Cross-posted from MyDD, the latest installment from Frameshop Is Open, Outsmart 'em:

The 'Outsmart and Outhustle' Frame

Torturing prisoners will not change the fact that the Bush Administration has failed to outsmart and outhustle the terrorists. It will only make a bad situation worse. President Bush's policy of torture is just the latest in a long list of mistakes by an administration that has failed to be smart and fast enough to protect the American people.

When the United States military outsmarted and outhustled Osama Bin Laden, and trapped him in the caves of Afghanistan--President Bush chose to forfeit that success by using brute strength to destroy Iraq. And he failed. And American is less safe for it.

When homeland security started to outsmart and outhustle terrorists through a series of innovative security measures at airports and in our cities--President Bush chose to abandon that success by setting up a network of secret prisons that use brute strength to torture suspects. And he failed. And America is less safe for it.

When local state authorities try to outsmart and outhustle illegal immigrants crossing into America, and the potential danger than this influx may cause--President Bush chose to give billions in tax breaks to wealthy Americans, forcing vigilante groups to resort to brute strength to protect our borders. And this is failing. And America is less safe for it.


And the list goes on.


Rather than trying to outsmart and outhustle the threats to America, President Bush keeps taking the road to failure--he keeps trying to protect America with the tactics of the dumb brute.

But as every child in America knows, it is Jack who outsmarts the giant, and it is David who slays Goliath. The dumb brute may look menacing in the short run, but he is always brought down.

Posted by Gary Boatwright at November 9, 2005 9:37 AM

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Y'know, the patriots didn't defeat the British and their allies in massive set-piece infantry battles, by and large. They won it with the Saratoga ambush, crossing the Delaware at Christmas and sneaking up through the trees at Kings Mountain.

Particularly after Vietnam, you'd think that would be beaten into the head of every West Point cadet and would-be corporal in the Army.

Posted by: Lex at November 9, 2005 12:32 PM

I suspect that every West Point cadet does know that. It's Rumsfeld and the neo-cons that are setting the parameters our military is compelled to obey.

In addition to Colin Powell's silence about our military and foreign policy strategy, we have not heard much from Gen. Schwarzkopf and a whole lot of other early supporters of Bush's Iraq war.

Gen. Zinni has been one of the very few military voices brave enough to condemn Bush's immoral and illegal war.

Posted by: Gary Boatwright [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 9, 2005 8:07 PM

Gary, you wrote:

When local state authorities try to outsmart and outhustle illegal immigrants crossing into America, and the potential danger than this influx may cause--President Bush chose to give billions in tax breaks to wealthy Americans, forcing vigilante groups to resort to brute strength to protect our borders. And this is failing. And America is less safe for it.

What the heck are you smoking, and can I have some? First, it was not "billions" but tens of millions. Second, how do you figure that tax breaks lead to the minutemen setting up on the border? Oh, I get it, you are utilizing "Post hoc, ergo propter hoc" reasoning, believing it a sign of intelligence to use it and not realizing that you show yourself to be a damn, stupid fool for falling for one of the most basic logical fallacies known.

Posted by: Pericles at November 11, 2005 1:36 AM

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