First things first, we should light the flamethrower. :whoosh:
There, that's taken care of.
Is Saddam going to leave Iraq, no. No one is going to be deporting him to another country as the worst of his crimes have been propigated against his own Iraqi people. The nation of Iran is next in line because of the eight year long war between the two countries. Saddam used chemical weapons in that war also. He is going to buried in Iraq. Don't know when, but that is the way it will turn out.
I can't stand the media. All of the advertising strategems I learned in speech class are all to painfully obvious in the news media. BIG NUMBERS grab the peoples attention, shouting things about the ever increasing death toll. 1800 US servicemen is a large number. How many Iraqi have died since the invasion. How many people understand that the term "Security Contractor" means MERCENARY, you know soldiers of fortune, hired guns, etc etc etc. They don't count towards that 1800 dead.
Opposite of BIG NUMBERS is the politcal spin small numbers. Al Queda's leadership is less than 200. We Americans can take pictures of license plates from space, hit comets with space probes, which seems about like shooting a fastball out of the air with a rifle two blocks away. We're on it! thay say. Bah! Lies.
INTERACTIVE OBJECTS - you know, stamps and shiny foil stickers that you put on an envelope, they look pretty and draw you into an advertising campaign. How about the Threat Alert Level, arent all of those colors neat? I only know that one is orange and I could give a rat's ass about it all. We've elevated the threat level to fushia, thereby doing something, which makes everyone feel better. Why are we such suckers for this crap?
The BANDWAGON, a personal favorite. Do you have the coolest ring-tone on your flip phone? Man, everyone has flip phones with the new Fat Joe song polyphonic, well except the 3.6 million people in Niger, which is the 2nd most destitute country in the world. (There are those fancy numbers again, and those bastards on the news wouldn't tell me who number 1 was.) We are going to support the president, and fight the war, and piss the rest of the world off, or we are going to let the 50.5% of conservatives, republicans, and evangelicals do so. If you don't support the war, you're with the terrorists. BANDWAGON! Bulls**t.
OUTRAGEOUS CLAIMS - biggest, best, strongest, new, improved, maximum strength! Come on, if it was really MAXIMUM STRENGTH aspirin, they would come 1 to a bottle cost three times as much and would be behind the counter. Find out how much it would take to kill me, then bump it down a notch, that's maximum strength. Big tanks, shock and awe, the photo clip of the bomber carpet bombing a test range in the southwest, dozens of our service men moving in really spiffy tactical maneauvers with hand signs, shouting, and lots of gunfire. I mean, how can those dirty A-Rabs stand up to the biggest economy in the world, most advanced military, most triggerhappy...
THe only path i've not seen used is sex appeal. Maybe the Abu Graib scandal was a way to sell the way to BD/SM and gays? I doubt it, but if there was a way to put a scantily clad woman in Iraq with an M-60 assault rifle gunning down terrorists in super slow motion so that the semi-comatose back in the states could watch the recoil of the muzzleblast ripple through the tissue of her breasts, again in slow motion without offending the painfully puritanical religious right, it would be on TV.
Well, there is one improvement. Before the war on terror and 9/11, we were getting hostile with the Russians over a Ballistic Missle defence system, missles to shoot down missles. Good apocalypse, and post apocalypse movies start off like that, and it only takes a few minutes for the nukes to start flying and civilization to plummet straight to hell. With the terrorists, we got a long drawn out struggle with no real borders, and no real defining moments. Take down one leader, another rises in his place. Maybe the russians are looking at us now and laughing, because they had the same problem in Afghanistan and it took them 10 years to give up that fight. We've been in this one for 2.
I think that will wrap up my little rant. I've got my opinion and my beliefs such as they are, and a big flamethrower. I'm not afraid to use any of them.