Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cheney saw 4,000 dead, and said “They volunteered.”

Words fail me when I hear this evil man. I recall that Dennis Miller, just before the Iraq war started and his conversion to the dark side was complete, called it foolishness to argue that Bush and Cheney were evil when Saddam was their adversary. As is often the case, Dennis Miller was wrong. Cheney is a different kind of evil. He is the successful kind, the kind who gets to die in his sleep, surrounded by his loved ones.

Let me use words far better than my own, from the fellow who strung them together better than anyone in English before or since, William Shakespeare.

I take a quote from Henry V. Shakespeare puts this speech into a play about England’s greatest victory, the battle of Agincourt. It was a technological ass-kicking. The English longbow killed the French at a distance where the French couldn’t even reach the English. A few brave French got through the killing zone but in very small numbers. The French dead numbered in the thousands, the English in the dozens.

But on paper, it looked like a big advantage for the French. They had the numbers, it was being fought on French soil and the English had little room to retreat. The night before the battle, the English soldiers wailed and prayed to be forgiven their sins, as they expected to be slaughtered the next day.

This is a speech of a character named Williams. He is speaking to King Henry V, who is in disguise. Williams is a weary veteran, and knows something of battle, while the king, a wastrel most of his life, is new to the enterprise.

But if the cause be not good, the King himself hath a heavy reckoning to make when all those legs and arms and heads chopped off in a battle shall join together at the latter day and cry all "We died at such a place "—some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle, for how can they charitably dispose of anything when blood is their argument? Now if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the King that led them to it, whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection.

6 comments:

CDP said...

Excellent.

jolie said...

ditto. the idealistic part of me hopes someone puts this post under cheney's nose so he HAS to read it; the practical part of me knows that even if that happened (and it's so not likely) he would dismiss it with all the high-handedness of a british aristocrat. or french queen.

Matty Boy said...

I'm with you, jolie. It's like at the Republican debates, when Ron Paul would talk about how bad an idea and how poorly executed the Iraq War was and still is, and the other Republican candidates would chuckle and shake their heads.

dguzman said...

It's easy for them to "chuckle and [shake] their heads" when they have no souls, I guess. Only monsters, soulless monsters, could continue with this madness.

Distributorcap said...

amazing how loyalty and idiocy triumph sanity and reason......

what qualifications!

i dont say this often about anyone -- but i will get no bigger pleasure than to see dick cheney leave this planet

libhom said...

If only Cheney hadn't volunteered himself to be Bush's running mate.