Cartel of Defiance

cartel of defiance (noun): 1. In medieval combat, a formal declaration, delivered by herald, of a combatant's intention to fight and refusal to submit. 2. An electronic assemblage of engaged and enraged citizens. 3. An intertextual mode of reading, writing, and thinking that puts the current political, cultural, and personal moment in dialogue with text/art from the past in counterargument to the ahistorical Memory Hole into which America seems to have slipped.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

in a world of shit

what is your major malfunction?

Colonel: Marine, what is that button on your body armor?
Private Joker: A peace symbol, sir.
Colonel: Where'd you get it?
Private Joker: I don't remember, sir.
Colonel: What is that you've got written on your helmet?
Private Joker: "Born to Kill", sir.
Colonel: You write "Born to Kill" on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What's that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?
Private Joker: No, sir.
Colonel: You'd better get your head and your ass wired together, or I will take a giant shit on you.
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Colonel: Now answer my question or you'll be standing tall before the man.
Private Joker: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.
Colonel: The what?
Private Joker: The duality of man. The Jungian thing, sir.
Colonel: Whose side are you on, son?
Private Joker: Our side, sir.
Colonel: Don't you love your country?
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Colonel: Then how about getting with the program? Why don't you jump on the team and come on in for the big win?
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Colonel: Son, all I've ever asked of my marines is that they obey my orders as they would the word of God. We are here to help the Vietnamese, because inside every gook there is an American trying to get out. It's a hardball world, son. We've gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over.
Private Joker: Aye-aye, sir.

--Full Metal Jacket (1987)


Blogger wg said...

"The president knows, as I know, that there are no indispensable men. Graveyards of the world are filled with 'indispensable people.'"
--Donald Rumsfeld, today


3:42 PM  
Blogger wg said...


Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he does not believe there is dissatisfaction in the military ranks over Rumsfeld's leadership. Pace, speaking at Rumsfeld's side, also said senior military officers have ample opportunity to have their views heard by the Pentagon's civilian leadership.

"There are multiple opportunities for all of us, whatever opinions we have, to put them on the table. And all the opinions are put on the table," Pace told reporters.

"But at the end of the day, after we've given our best military advice, somebody has to make a decision. And when a decision's made by the secretary of defence, unless it's illegal or immoral, we go on about doing what we've been told to do," he said.

"Don't even suggest that -- illegal or immoral," Rumsfeld told Pace jokingly. --Reuters 4.18.06

Interestingly neither of these quotes show up in the NYTimes or WaPo stories about Rumsfeld's press conference. Just a careful and tidy little ellipsis blanking out the "graveyards" crack. And that telling, and appalling, "illegal and immoral" "joke" is likewise edited out.

3:54 PM  
Blogger &y said...

"Don't even suggest that -- illegal or immoral," Rumsfeld told Pace jokingly.

Ha-ha-ha! Rummy's a laugh riot. But, credit where credit is due, Pace has been improving as straight man. Last November, the same sort of joke didn't get a single laugh:

SEC. RUMSFELD: But I don't think you mean [U.S. service members] have an obligation to physically stop it; it's to report it. [Rimshot!]

GEN. PACE: If they are physically present when inhumane treatment is taking place, sir, they have an obligation to try to stop it. [Chirp, chirp, chirp,...]


"It's so immoral working on the thing can drive you mad. That's what happened to this friend of mine. So he had a lobotomy. And now he's well again."
--J. Frank Parnell, Repo Man (1984)


P.S. The joke about the cemetaries is a favorite of Rumsfeld's (it's one of his "rules.") He nicked it off France's all-time greatest comedian, Charles de Gaulle.

6:10 PM  
Blogger &y said...

Inside joke (within an outside joke):

"Now, this may strike you as a shockingly non-unilateralist pronouncement. Perhaps you will conclude that it represents the new diplomatic tone of the new term of this Bush presidency. In fact, recognition that allies and partners are indispensable to the war effort has animated U.S. strategy since 9/11. Top U.S. officials have said so for years, though statements to this effect tended to be ignored or underplayed by folks wedded to the thesis, as common as it is false, that the administration is run by fools committed to go-it-alone-ism in national security affairs. But I digress."

--Douglas "The Fucking Funniest Guy on the Face of the Earth" Feith, February 17, 2005

7:56 PM  
Blogger awol said...

Wow, I heard that comment but didn't really hear it. Graveyards of the world indeed.

Kudos to &y and WG for these dueling Kubrick posts . . . and comments . . . I think I just hit cartelian overload on the inside-outside inside joke!

4:34 AM  
Blogger awol said...

There, just tried to put another Kubrick post into the mix. . . . Anyone want to try Barry Lyndon?

5:19 AM  

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