August 22, 2005
Frank Rich and the "Insurgency"
Posted by Dave Blount at August 22, 2005 6:44 AM
It's human nature to look for meaning even where we have little hope of finding any. Sometimes it pays off, because insight can be gleaned in the most unlikely of places. For example, Frank Rich's marathon diatribe entitled "The Swift Boating of Cindy Sheehan" actually contained a sentence that made me think.
The venomous and barely coherent editorial took up more than half a page in yesterday's NY Times, perhaps explaining why they yet again didn't have enough space to tell us about what's going on at Air America. The content is what you would expect. "Swift Boating" as a verb refers to the Swift Boat Vets' revelations as to John Kerry's less than heroic military service — in the alternate world from which the Times reaches us, Kerry really was a war hero, Standard Form 180 be damned. This horrible Sheehan woman that Rich and his kind are propping up in front of the cameras for propaganda purposes is being "slimed" by bloggers who keep maligning the poor creature by quoting some of the depravity that has been erupting from her mouth like pea soup in The Exorcist. With the sophistication of an ill-behaved chimpanzee, Rich takes the opportunity to throw clots of his poo at the usual targets, naturally including the President, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, and Fox News.
Within a paragraph, I realized I had read it all before, and my eyelids began to get heavy. Then at last I reached the last sentence:
But this White House no longer has any more control over the insurgency at home than it does over the one in Iraq.
"Insurgent" of course is the euphemism the MSM uses to replace the word "terrorist" in the context of Iraq. After all, they can't call the terrorists terrorists and still maintain that fighting them has nothing to do with the War on Terror. Many if not most of the "insurgents" are not Iraqis, but al Qaeda recruits who arrive from other countries to blow up innocent citizens in their struggle to undermine democracy.
An example of the heroic activities of these "insurgents" is setting off bombs where American troops are handing out candy to Iraqi children. These are the people Michael Moore (whose website has been hosting Sheehan's rants) compares favorably to the patriots of the American Revolution — a profoundly depraved point of view that begins to take on a warped kind of logic when you consider that Moore, like Sheehan and Rich himself, is a member of the twin "insurgency" here at home.
What Rich got me wondering is — if the word "insurgent" means "terrorist" in Iraq, what does it mean here? The answer is probably somewhere between "moonbat" and "traitor."