“Better than that”, enh?

The refusal of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [not shown] to invade Iran stopped Cheney's plan

The refusal of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [not shown] to invade Iran stopped Cheney’s plan

Last week’s Pravda-on-the-Hudson had a curious piece on the so-called “op-ed” page, the page devoted to columnist commentary on the affairs of the day. One Michael Mann, of Pennsylvania State University, warned of an “assault on climate science”; the curious part included the sentence, mid-way through the third and final column on the page

Not only did the Democrats object. So did Republicans.

This raises the left eyebrow of Your Intrepid Reporter due to the fact that the authorities accused by Mr Mann of said “assault on climate science” were, up until that point, Texas Republican (and Chair of House Committee on science and technology) Lamar Smith and Joe Barton, Texas Republican (Chair of House Committee on energy).  Whereof would one then follow such a list with the sentence, given an entire paragraph to itself, “Not only did Democrats object.  So did Republicans.”?

But there’s worse.  Mr Mann says in conclusion

Let’s hear more from these sensible voices.  And let’s end the McCarthy-like assault on science led by the Lamar Smiths of the world.  Our nation is better than that.

Not too good a nation to re-elect Bush and Cheney, though.  Note the illustration from these war criminals’ second term of office, reproduced above.

Your Intrepid Reporter is reminded of the French Revolutionary, condemned by Thomas B. Macaulay in an 1844 essay : was France better than condemning, at the instance of Barère, Marie-Antoinette, the widow of the lately executed king, to death on trumped-up, patently false charges?  Macauley concluded with ringing phrases regarding the attempt at rehabilitation by Carnot in four volumes of Memoires

It is no light thing that a man in high and honorable public trust, a man who, from his connections and position, may not unnaturally be supposed to speak the sentiments of a large class of his countrymen, should come forward to demand approbation for a life black with every sort of wickedness, and unredeemed by a single virtue.  This M. Hippolyte Carnot has done.  By attempting to enshrine this Jacobin carrion, he has forced us to gibbet it; and we venture to say, that from the eminence of infamy on which we have placed it, he will not easily take it down.

–which it [the carrion: Monsieur Barère] has not been (although the attempt has been made — trust me, without success) in the time since.  Our genocidally hostile to the Native Americans nation is no better than the executioners of an innocent Austrian archduchess and the contemptuous gaolers of the Dauphin.  The same Paris which sends its President to President Obama to ratchet up The War against Muslims.

In short, mesdames et messieurs, comme disent les Anglais, “Handsome is as handsome does.”  No country is too good for genocide.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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