Monday, June 23, 2008

Mighty Mouse is on the Way

Looking back in the recent past there have been a parade of heroes all who have eventually fallen from grace. Collin Powell was hero for a day. Fawn eyed Americans looked to Powell and wondered ooh, if only he was president. Then it was rumored that Powell would be the steady hand on the wheel keeping baby Bush on the straight and narrow. But the honeymoon was soon over when the vial of bullshit came out before the UN and Powell was revealed for what he was, just another ass kisser to power which should not have been a surprise since Powell had made a career for himself covering up for mass killings beginning in the Vietnam War era.


Colin Powell, then a 31-year-old Army Major, was charged with investigating the letter, which did not specifically reference My Lai (Glen had limited knowledge of the events there). In his report Powell wrote: "In direct refutation of this portrayal is the fact that relations between Americal soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent." Powell's handling of the assignment was later characterized by some observers as "whitewashing" the atrocities of My Lai.[24] In May 2004, Powell, then United States Secretary of State, told CNN's Larry King, "I mean, I was in a unit that was responsible for My Lai. I got there after My Lai happened. So, in war, these sorts of horrible things happen every now and again, but they are still to be deplored."

But none of this mattered to many, liberals and conservatives alike adored Powell though that love affair was doomed and Powell was eventually de-caped, until then though Powell was the hero of the day, the steady hand, the hope for tomorrow.

Another hero was McCain who gained favor with the faithful through his work with Feingold on campaign finance reform. Today of course McCain is another fallen hero at least in the eyes of the liberals who once heaped laurels on his shoulders, this despite the fact that as a pilot in Vietnam he was bombing civilians but hey, you know, the man was a warrior and liberals love their warrior heroes.

Then of course we have another hero today in the form of Barack Obama of the miles of smiles. Though liberals are still in the throes of hero worship Obama is a bit tarnished with the prospect of Albright and other Clintonian cronies becoming members of the Obama dream team. There are other problems with Obama but who cares, the packaging has been professionally handled and after all that’s what counts in the end. True there is some acknowledgement of Obama flaws but these are filed under the heading of “we must be pragmatic.” We may all be fucked but as long as we are pragmatic well then…

No wonder the movie theaters are deluged with super hero movies. Batman, Spiderman, Superman, The Hulk, Iron man all bulging with masculine muscles charging in to save the day. If there really aren’t any real life heroes we can always go to the movies.