Rummy And The Weight Of War

But the funny thing is that Mrs. Twit wasn’t born ugly.  She’d had quite a nice face when she was young.  The ugliness had grown upon her year by year as she got older.

Why would that happen?  I’ll tell you why.

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face.  And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it.

The Twits, by Roald Dahl

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Rummy was up on the podium, asking himself non stop rhetorical questions, and chuckling with the press corps about how he doesn’t do “quagmires”.

The silver haired former Secretary of Defense was, to put it lightly, a firecracker during his tenure in public service, often displaying the same level of energy my three year old seems overly blessed with.

And yet, not a full year after his resignation, WaPo’s Ann Akers reports that now the architect of the massively dreadful Iraq War needs assistance getting around.  Though 75, it does seem an awfully far way to fall for someone who was not long ago full of piss and vinegar and able to walk from place to place without a handler helping him along.

Rummy may not have gotten uglier, as the old Dahl story suggests for those who think ugly thoughts, but it does raise the question of if his recent past weighs on him heavily enough to create the picture of delapidation he seems to be come.

Indeed, our friend the GTL posits that karma has finally caught up with Rummy:

Apparently, the man can’t even cross the street by himself these days without a helping hand. Perhaps, this is due, in part, to the burden upon his shoulders which comes from his efforts to PRIVATIZE the frigging U.S. military and shrink it down to nothingness before sending our skeletal forces all around the world to participate in non-winnable, foreign civil wars?

Guaranteed: Gravity and our evil deeds will catch up to ALL of us eventually, and, according to The Washington Post’s Mary Ann Akers (”The Sleuth”), points out the fact that “The Hangman” has finally [psst! “allegedly“] caught up to “The Rumster”…

Perhaps this is true.  Perhaps his faulty policies and actions are catching up to him, and in a bout of poetic justice, striking him weak and ineffectual.  Somehow, I find little comfort in this.

All of our bodies fail us eventually, one day, yes I know it’s hard to imagine me as anything other than young and beautiful, but one day I too will be old and decrepid and will need a walker at a minimum to get around (though, it should be known that I’m also very lazy, and would probably move straight to the mechanized wheel chair).  So I can hardly feel any kind of satisfaction that now Rumsfield needs a boy to help him around.

Primarily because it leaves me with the impression that the one thing I need him to feel still goes unfelt…

Remorse.

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