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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Neocons

Donald Rumsfeld, after PNAC's
biannual meeting last Thursday.

“…Now goblins are cruel, wicked, and bad-hearted. They make no beautiful things, but they make many clever ones. They can tunnel and mine as well as any but the most skilled dwarves, when they take the trouble, though they are usually untidy and dirty. Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes, tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well, or get other people to make to their design, prisoners and slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and light. It is not unlikely that they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once, for wheels and engines and explosions always delighted them, and also not working with their own hands more than they could help; but in those days and those wild parts they had not advanced[1] (as it is called) so far. They did not hate dwarves especially, no more than they hated everybody and everything, and particularly the orderly and prosperous; in some parts the dwarves had even made alliances with them. But they had a special grudge against Thorin’s people, because of the way which you have heard mentioned, but which does not come into this tale; and anyway goblins don’t care who they catch[2], as long as it is done smart and secret, and the prisoners are not able to defend themselves.”

—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


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[1] “Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law. Our enemies have always hated this whirlwind of energy and creativity, which menaces their traditions (whatever they may be) and shames them for their inability to keep pace. Seeing America undo traditional societies, they fear us, for they do not wish to be undone. They cannot feel secure so long as we are there, for our very existence—our existence, not our politics—threatens their legitimacy. They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission.”



[2] “Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show we mean business.”

— Michael Ledeen

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