Post Turtles

J. D. Pendry

Something humorous turned up in my mail.  Like all good humor it held an element of truth.  It was about post turtles.  I expect many of you city folks have never heard of or seen a post turtle.  Or so you think.  A post turtle looks like any other turtle you might encounter in the countryside except that it’s found sitting atop a fence post.  Post turtles as it turns out, have much in common with many politicians.  They don’t’ belong where they are, they didn’t get there by themselves, and now that they are there they don’t know what to do.

Mrs. Clinton has her drawers in a bunch.  Sorry, I didn’t mean to blind your mind’s eye by implanting that image in it.  She is miffed because the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Eric Edelman, responded to her in a way that everyone in the Pentagon, at one time or another, has wanted to respond to an asinine Congressional request.  She asked for Iraq redeployment plans and was told by Mr. Edelman that premature discussion of such plans contributes to the enemy’s propaganda effort.

How Mr. Edelman responded doesn’t matter because this wasn’t about a plan or lack thereof.   There was no acceptable answer he could give to Mrs. Clinton.  She knew there was no answer the Pentagon could or would give her that she couldn’t spin to her advantage.  That is what makes her inquiry a calculated political tactic and not a sincere request for information.  A complicit media will use the exchange to convince mushy headed Americans that the President and Department of Defense have no plan, are therefore incompetent and our only hope (and the only hope for the troops) rests in making Mrs. Clinton the Commander in Chief.

Mrs. Clinton is a Senator and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.   If her request was an honest one, then she’s too stupid to be Chelsea’s Mommy much less be the Commander in Chief.  Accept that, or accept that she is being dishonest.  Frankly, I don’t accept that she is stupid.  Well not politically anyway.  The Armed Forces at all operational and strategic levels have skilled military officers who do nothing but plan.  That’s why we call them planners.  If you can conjure up in your mind a potential mission for the United States Military for any region of the world, there exists a plan to make it happen.  There are key elements to any plan involving movements of military units.   Although some elements might vary by contingency, be assured that all of them contain deployment, sustainment and redeployment elements.  Wartime troop movement plans are also classified, which means they’ll probably turn up in the news next week anyway.  Mrs. Clinton knows the plans are classified and cannot be divulged for public consumption, which is why in coming days she’ll repeatedly insist that no such plans exist.  This only demonstrates that in her post turtle world the elite sport of politics is much more important to her than are the lives of the men and women she voted to send to war.

"When President Bush says, 'I just want to give the commanders what they want, listen to the generals,' he doesn't understand how we work here in America. Civilians control the military and we are supposed to set the mission for the generals and then the generals should carry out the mission," – Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Hussein Obama

If Oprah wants you to be the President, who am I to question?  Was there a concern about civilian control of the military in the United States?  If you have any concept of the military or of history, Senator Obama’s statement should scare the living daylights out of you.  Civilians micromanaged a defeat in Vietnam the same as they hope to do for us in Iraq.  From the Korean War forward, civilian micromanagement of military operations after they “set the mission” put us where we were on 9/11 facing an enemy believing us historically incapable of sustaining a fight until they are defeated.  It is a smart Commander in Chief that relies on the expertise of professional military officers in deciding military matters once the mission is set.  I’m thankful he chooses their advice rather than a post turtle’s when lives of Americans are at stake.

There is one other I need to mention. 

"It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that.  After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted." – America’s first Muslim Congressman, Keith Ellison, Democrat, Minnesota

Congressman Ellison was speaking of President Bush and The United States’ response to the 9/11 attacks.  This topic could easily take up my already exceeded word allotment, but I couldn’t let this post turtle go an extra week without comment.  As a Muslim and a member of Congress, Mr. Ellison could do a lot to address the people of his religion about their “radical” element that will eventually lead to their destruction.  He chooses not, I suppose, so I’ll help him out.  What Mr. Ellison could have said, and I’m sure it just slipped his mind, is that the Nazis with whom he has compared us had as their goal the annihilation of the Jews and world domination under the their thousand year Reich.  The Islamists that he is either to cowardly to address or complicit with in thought have the same stated goals.  A top seller in Middle Eastern book stores is Mein Kamph (My Struggle, in Arabic  - My Jihad) Hitler’s field manual for achieving his goals.  So, for Mr. Ellison, a little bit of honesty might go a long way toward achieving a fence postectomy.

You need a stick when approaching a post turtle because they are angry and frustrated critters, otherwise you could be bitten.  Tap them on the back with it.  When they withdraw their heads and legs into the shell for protection you can safely pick them up and put them back on the ground.  With luck, they’ll wander back into the roadway and have to face the harsh reality of possibly being squashed by a dump truck.

© J. D. Pendry 2007