Presidents don’t tend to get much of what they ask for at their States of the Union. Baseball batting averages are a useful analogy.
Shortly after 9/11/2001, the departed Dr. Hunter S. Thompson said the following (via Colin Horgan at True/Slant):
The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: we are At War now “ with somebody “ and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.
It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy. [ ¦]
HST “ September 12, 2001
We are At War now, according to President Bush, and I take him at his word. He also says the war might last for a ‘very long time’.
Generals and military scholars will tell you that 8 or 10 years is actually not such a long time in the span of human history “ which is no doubt true “ but history also tells us that 10 years of martial law and a wartime economy are going to feel like a Lifetime to people who are in their twenties today. The poor bastards of what will forever be known as Generation Z are doomed to be the first generation of Americans who will grow up with a lower standard of living than their parents enjoyed.
¦The 22 babies born in New York City while the World Trade Center burned will never know what they missed. The last half of the 20th Century will seem like a wild party for rich kids, compared to what’s coming now. [ ¦]
The first news they get in this world will be News subjected to Military Censorship. That is a given in wartime, along with massive campaigns of deliberately planted ‘Dis-information’. That is routine behavior in wartime “ for all countries and all combatants “ and it makes life difficult for people who value real news. Count on it.
HST “ September 19, 2001
Long wars, economic crises, and failing journalism? The good doctor was more right than he could possibly have imagined. I don’t think he specifically wrote of the birth of a law-enforcement intelligence apparatus, but given more time, I’m sure he would.
Perhaps that is why he choose to go out with a bang at a time of his choosing. Consider his words as you read Dana Priest and William M. Arkin’s Top Secret America in the WaPo, and understand that we will never see blue, green, or yellow ever again (on the Terror Chart), and know full well that Barack Obama will do no different.