“We want them to write down that America will give for Afghanistan’s security $2 billion a year — or at least two billion a year. (…] If they want to give us more, they are welcome.”
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, and President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai conduct a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 13, 2005. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Most of us following the news presumably remember that the video footage now called Collateral Murder by WikiLeaks was taken by a military helicopter. While we are not aware of a video footage of a particular rooftop escapade ((h/t to Publius) which occurred in one of our war zones, we would not be shocked out of our gray cells if one exist.
Anyway, April is also our National Poetry Month. So you’ll have to make do with this, our faithful contribution to war zone literature in honor of poetry month. Below in one of our favorite Japanese poetry forms, is a tanka following the 5-7-5-7-7 pattern (well, almost); and our poor attempt at adhering to the form.
Painting from Manafi al-Hayawan (The Useful Animals), depicting Adam and Eve. From Maragh in Mongolian Iran. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One spring day, in an
Ultra-sober, foreign space
Lone wolf Adam X
Was caught shagging Ms. Eve on
A rooftop in a war zone
Caught in broad daylight
On roof of Building Alpha
By an Apache
Damn military helo
Called it in to HQ Stop
Thus tryst disrupted
In rooftop heaven, get off
They were told, and back
To earth, word spread like wildfire
Licking hootches, offices
Adam X and Ms
Followed by weeks on fire
Should have been Breaking
News, except — that spring there was
Even Bigger Breaking News
In broad war zone light
Dying and shagging, excused
Why not, life is short!
In dark foreign spaces, men
In full waits, ready to pounce
It’s not our business what goes on inside the bedrooms, but by golly, on the rooftop? As our favorite Captain Reynolds would say, “Holy testicle Tuesday!”
We do not consider ourselves prudish, but we’d feel more comfortable if our higher office candidates are better vetted, zippered up outside the bedrooms, and what is it they used to say in the old days? — do not dip their pens in the company’s inkwell.
Frankly, shagging a co-worker on the rooftop of the “mothership” in broad daylight, in the middle of a shooting war, where work is 24/7, with the helicopter’s camera possibly rolling does not really reflect good judgment, discretion or self-control. Not even if/when it happens during coffee break — because you gotta be nuts!?!! That coffee is boiling hot and the Ministry of Whatever in Planet Pluto will have your — well, some precious part of you in a wringer … sometime sooner, sometime later ….
On April 11, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Gene A. Cretz as the next Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana. The WH released the following brief bio:
Ambassador Gene A. Cretz, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-
Gene A. Cretz. As of 2008, the United States Ambassador to Libya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Counselor, is currently the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. In 2008, Ambassador Cretz served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. From 2004 to 2007, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. From 2003 to 2004, he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Damascus where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires. From 2001 to 2003, he was Minister-Counselor for Economic and Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt. Other overseas assignments include service in Beijing, New Delhi, and Islamabad. Assignments in Washington include State Department posts in the Bureau of International Organizations, the Operations Center, and in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. From 1975 to 1977, Ambassador Cretz served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan.
He received a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a M.Sc. from the State University College at Buffalo.
If confirmed, Ambassador Cretz would succeed career diplomat, Donald Teitelbaum who was appointed to the US Embassy in Accra by President Bush on May 5, 2008. He was in the news recently when he spoke with Margaret Brennan on Bloomberg’s Television’s “InBusiness” discussing the northwest African nation’s government and U.S. business opportunities there. Click here to see the video.
On April 11, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Jay N. Anania to be the next Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname. The WH released the following bio:
Jay N. Anania, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. From 2009 to 2011, he served at the State Department as Executive Director of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Anania was the Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, where he served for seven months as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission. Prior positions in Washington include Acting Chief Information Officer in the Bureau of Information Resource Management (2005-2006) and Director of the Office of Management Policy (2002-2005). Additional overseas posts include assignments at the U.S. Consulates General in Hong Kongand Tijuana, Mexico; U.S. Embassies in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, and at the U.S Interests Section in Havana, Cuba.
Mr. Anania holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
The Kabalebo Dam project is already indicated on this CIA World Factbook map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If confirmed, he would succeed career diplomat, John Nay who was appointed chief of mission at the US Embassy in Paramaribo in 2009. Mr. Anania, who joined the Foreign Service in 1985, holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in business administration. He began his career as a consular and management officer handling visas in Tijuana. According to Government Executive, as acting CIO, he helped realign the Bureau of Information Resource Management to hew to the goals of the President’s Management Agenda. In 2003, he also established and led the department’s Office of Rightsizing the U.S. Government Overseas Presence.