January 11, 2005
News from the Gibletsverse
In the parallel universe in which Giblets dwells, there is news:
Fafblog! the whole worlds only source for Fafblog.: ...the US military is considering starting up "Special Forces-led assasination or kidnapping squads" in Iraq, and it's about damn time. As one military source told Newsweek, "The Sunni population is paying no price for the support it is giving to the terrorists. From their point of view, it is cost-free. We have to change that equation." Very true. Right now the only price Iraqis are paying is a wasted infrastructure, a looming civil war, and a civilian death toll of at least fifteen thousand bodies. If they're gonna cry over that spilled milk, then let's give 'em something to really cry about! Giblets bets they'll be just begging to go back to chemically-burnt genitalia once they've had a couple weeks of roving death squads killing their friends and relatives!
The same old liberal pansies are gonna say "oh but I do not like killing lots of people because I am a great big girl." But if we don't go slaughtering Sunnis en masse in an organized terror campaign, how will they ever learn to respect their boundaries, obey their elders, and become a stable pro-Western democracy? This is the same lesson America learned from George Washington when he ended the Whiskey Rebellion by crucifying half the state of Pennsylvania on his front lawn....
What? You say this isn't from the Gibletsverse? You say this was our universe's edition of Newsweek that reported this?
Posted by DeLong at January 11, 2005 10:12 PM
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One of the reasons the Whiskey Rebellion ended so peacefully is that the westerners were having trouble raising the hard cash to pay their taxes, specifically the cash to pay for the alcohol they made their corn into to transport over the hills to market in Philadelphia, or down the Ohio and Mississippi to market in New Orleans.
After Washington marched the army to western Pennsylvania and purchased provisions to feed them, their was no longer a currency shortage. This may have been Washington's idea in the first place. Nobody ever said he was stupid.
And just by the way. Western Pennsylvania was full of hunters, pioneers, indian fighters, and Revolutionary war veterans. They were much better soldiers than the regular army. If Washington had given them the least bit of trouble (like trying to quarter troops on them without paying them) they would have promptly killed and eaten him and his army.
Again, nobody ever said Washington was stupid.
Posted by: wkwillis at January 11, 2005 10:45 PM
Didn't Ponnuru in his earlier post equate Treasury bonds with Enron stock? He may be more prescient than we think.
Posted by: peBird at January 11, 2005 11:45 PM
We all live in the Gibletsverse now.
Posted by: Unstable Isotope at January 12, 2005 03:41 AM
It's ... like a bad novel:
Worse Than Fiction
by Paul Krugman
Posted by: Kosh at January 12, 2005 04:21 PM