Intelligence Failure and the next Armageddon

Written by Arthur Zulu

I like figures of contrast. Like oxymoron. I like it very much. But what is an oxymoron? you may ask. One dictionary defines it as “a phrase that combines two words that seem to berepparttar opposite of each other.” It gives one example: a deafening silence. But I am going to give you a long list: Extinct life. Temporary tax increase. Plastic glasses. Terribly pleased. Political science. Tight slacks. Definite maybe. Pretty ugly. Working vacation. Exact estimate. Microsoft works.

If you want to fully understandrepparttar 125995 contrasting elements, turnrepparttar 125996 phrases into sentences: Microsoft is working. This isrepparttar 125997 exact estimate ofrepparttar 125998 budget. I am on a working vacation. She is pretty ugly. And so on. Put differently, Microsoft means work and work means Microsoft. Exact means estimate and estimate means exact. Definite means maybe and maybe means definite. Pretty means ugly and ugly means pretty. And so on.

It is for this reason that I likerepparttar 125999 English language. Because you can use one word to represent so many things. Such as “Make no mistake about it.” (Used to make sure that your listeners do not mistake what you are saying.) And “undisclosed, secret location.” (Used to let listeners know that what is secret is undisclosed and what is undisclosed is secret.) But those words are in a separate group called circumlocution, simply meaning going round and round—the way sailors and astronauts do. Like Francis Drake. Like Yuri Gagarin. In my innocent school days, we use to call it “beating aboutrepparttar 126000 bush.” But these days, Bush is beating aboutrepparttar 126001 desert.

Now, one more phrase has crept intorepparttar 126002 oxymoron family: Intelligence failure. Consider this sentence: The terrorists destroyedrepparttar 126003 twin towers because of intelligence failure. Therefore, intelligence means failure and failure means intelligence. It may also mean that no human being is to blame forrepparttar 126004 collapse ofrepparttar 126005 twin towers. Because intelligence failure, which is neither man nor animal is to be held accountable.

There have been two classic examples of intel failure in history. Considerrepparttar 126006 Pearl Harbor disaster of December 7, 1941. Whenrepparttar 126007 Japanese Imperial Navy came and attacked on that day,repparttar 126008 Americans got it all wrong. First,repparttar 126009 “sneaky Japs” knowing thatrepparttar 126010 U.S. patrols were weakest north of Pearl Harbor took that route, riskingrepparttar 126011 turbulent winter sea and maintaining strict radio silence.

Next,repparttar 126012 two army privates on duty at Opana Mobile Radio Station onrepparttar 126013 Island of Oahu, smelt trouble. They saw unusually large lips onrepparttar 126014 oscilloscope, an indication that more than 50 ships were coming to attack. But when they informedrepparttar 126015 Information Center about this,repparttar 126016 Information Officer told them to go to sleep. He had mistakenrepparttar 126017 ships for a flight of American B-17 bombers coming in fromrepparttar 126018 mainland.

That was not all. The 14-part message that was sent byrepparttar 126019 Japanese government to its envoy in Washington D.C., to be delivered by 1:00 p.m. December 7, 1941, had earlier been intercepted byrepparttar 126020 U.S. before its arrival. Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was president atrepparttar 126021 time, had interpretedrepparttar 126022 message to mean war. But where and when would it take place? No one knew. Some fingered Thailand.

Again,repparttar 126023 message was delivered late becauserepparttar 126024 Japanese embassy secretaries delayed in typingrepparttar 126025 document in English. So byrepparttar 126026 time that Cordell Hull,repparttar 126027 secretary of state, receivedrepparttar 126028 message, war had already begun. Atrepparttar 126029 end, over 2,330 Americans died, while 1,140 were wounded. It was actually a “day which will live in infamy,” according to F.D. Roosevelt. No thanks to missed intelligence. The resulting anger led to war with Japan, which culminated inrepparttar 126030 destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki byrepparttar 126031 atom bomb in August 1945.

Meet The New Kerry, Same As The Old Kerry !

Written by J.R.

I sit here this morning seething as I am gathering my thoughts onrepparttar next J.R.'s Take. I am absolutely livid withrepparttar 125994 democratic presidential front runner, Sen. John F. Kerry, and so should you be. John F. Kerry has said that if elected, he will abandonrepparttar 125995 war on terror, begin a dialogue with terrorist regimes, and apologize forrepparttar 125996 mistakes ofrepparttar 125997 Bush administration !

In a December foreign-policy address torepparttar 125998 Council on Foreign Relations, Kerry calledrepparttar 125999 war on terror, led by President Bush, "the most arrogant, inept, reckless and ideological foreign policy in modern history."

Kerry's address was praised byrepparttar 126000 main stream media. "Kerry Vows to Repair Foreign relations," headlinedrepparttar 126001 Associated Press. The new focus on foreign policy "plays to Kerry's strength" noted Knight Ridder News Service. "Kerry Vows to Change U.S. Foreign Policy; Senator Describes Steps he Would Take as President," headlinedrepparttar 126002 Washington Post. None ofrepparttar 126003 major main stream media found Kerry's address at all inappropriate.

Kerry promised that inrepparttar 126004 first 100 days of his administration that he would travelrepparttar 126005 world to denounce his predecessor, apologize for his "radically wrong" policy, and seek "cooperation and compromise" with friend and enemy. Kerry said he would go torepparttar 126006 United Nations and travel to our allies and affirm thatrepparttar 126007 United States has rejoinedrepparttar 126008 community of nations.

Apologize ? Cooperation and Compromise ? Radically wrong policy ? Whatrepparttar 126009 hell is wrong with this guy ? He wants America to apologize for responding to a terrorist attack that killed 3,000 innocent, defenseless people, who were going about their business before they were rudely interrupted and killed or wounded. He wants us to apologize for a U.S. ship being attacked in a port in Yemen and 17 U.S. Sailors being killed and a ship being damaged. He wants us to apologize for two of our U.S. embassy's being attacked and over 300 people being killed. He wants us to apologize forrepparttar 126010 first attack onrepparttar 126011 World Trade Center in 1993 that killed 6 innocent people and injured 1,000 more.

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