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Guerrillaz, Part IV: Dare

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"It's coming up
It's dare

You've got to press it on you
You'll just be thinking
That's what you do, baby
Hold it down, dare

Jump with the moon and move it
Jump back and forth
And feel like you were there yourself
Work it out

I Never did no harm
Never did no harm

Jump with them all and move it
Jump back and forth
And feel like you were there yourself
Work it out"

Gorillaz, "Dare"


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"Dare," by Gorillaz, Demon Days, 24 May 2005, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARE_(song) [buy the album, read the lyrics, watch the video].

To not feel bad in Iraq, we need to change our operational rhythm and align ourselves with the gun-smoking righteous.

To feel good in the Global War on Terrorism, this , we must dare. We must recognize the inevitable, that:

  • a strategy of shrinking the Gap requires more Iraqs
  • America's ability to act will be constrained by the orientation of the American people
  • America goes to war with the citizenry it has, not the citizenry it would prefer to have


Combined with the fact that any invasion does harm -- what Machiavelli called "evil" -- we must recognize that certain strategies are out of reach.

We have to dare, not letting a Vietnam-style zero defects policy get in the way. We must embrace defects, realizing that the goal of wars like Iraq are system perturbations and connectivity, not the swift implementation of the ideals of a few of us. In particular



(I am happy that of the above three search terms, only "liberal democracy" found no hits on whitehouse.gov. At least Bush is a third of the way there.)

Jumping back and forth, fast transienting, is an essential element of victory.

What Fabius Maximus has called hubris has been a costly mistake so far in Iraq. Fortunately, it's a mistake we need not make again.





Guerrillaz, a tdaxp series in four parts
Part I: Feel Good Inc
Part II: 19-2000
Part III: Clint Eastwood
Part IV: Dare

11:50 Posted in Iraq, Poetry | Permalink | Comments (1)

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"hubris has been a costly mistake so far in Iraq. Fortunately, it's a mistake we need not make again."

How true! Unfortunately it seems to be a mistake that we like to make over and over again.

Posted by: Fabius Maximus | Saturday, October 20, 2007

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