Friday, April 13, 2007

A Catch-22 for the New American Century

Remember in Catch-22, where the generals kept increasing the number of missions the bomber crews had to fly before they could go home? Every time Yossarian got close, they'd raise the number.

Now the troops in Iraq have been told the same thing. You get to stay in The Sandbox for 15 months instead of 12. And when that 15 months rolls around and we still haven't won the War on Terratm, when we have lost even more American lives, whaddaya bet they'll increase it again?

If you're not with us, you're with the terrorists.

BTW, Catch-22 didn't just mean a no-win circular-logical situation, such as Orr being crazy to fly more missions, but the only way he could be grounded was to ask for it, which meant he wasn't crazy, so he would have to fly more missions, and so on.

At one point an old Italian woman says "Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing."

And that's what we've got going on now. It truly is a Catch-22 for the New American Century.