FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pentagon Protester of the Week-Practice Non-Violence!

NOTE:  For those who don't know,  every Monday morning the Pentagon allows only the biggest idiots best and brightest dissenters to post up on the grassy area by the Metro entrance escalators and display their signs. 

On this dreary drizzly Monday morning  I expected a sparse protesting crowd given the darkness of their flip-floppy wish-washy hippie scum souls.  But count me surprised. 

They were 8 strong out there this morning.  This brought a smile to my sleepy, boderline grumpy face.   My favorite guy out there today was an older grandpa with a bright yellow raincoat (and accompanying goofy yellow raincoat hat).  He was high waving happily to everyone walking by and holding up one end of a sheet poster that stated:


in rainbow painted colors. 

My recommendation to him for future signs would be to modify the sign to read as follows:


I think adding the "man" on the end of it could really add some humor that would resonate with the younger junior officers passing by. 

    While certainly a nice sentiment, urging our military members to practice peacefulness and gentleness is probably not the best advice unless we want to become France.  There are certainly segments within the military that this protester's plea could help...I can think of a few airbosses and one former Skipper whose speech and demeanor would be well served with even a smidgen of "non-violence."

My overall takeaway from today's protester is this:

You can pretty much be holding a sign saying anything and if you are wearing a bright yellow raincoat I will smile at you!

Practice Losing Wars!

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