Monday, April 07, 2008

SHOCK & AWE THE HOOKER: Sure this is gratuitous. So?

An instrument of freedom thrusts and penetrates deep into the enemy in Iraq, delivering a spurt of democracy.

"Jury selection began this morning in the case of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 51, who is charged in federal court with prostitution-related racketeering offenses," reported the Washington Post today.

"Prosecutors and defense lawyers signaled plans to call former clients of Palfrey's escort business as witnesses in a trial that could last four weeks. Prosecutors contend that the business was a front for prostitution activities; the defense argues that Palfrey never authorized any illegal conduct ... Among witnesses listed by the prosecution: Harlan K. Ullman, an academic whose main claim to fame was a scholarly paper he wrote more than a decade ago on the military strategy of shock and awe.

The Post commits a standard newspaperly error of omission. Ullman was often the man of the hour on news broadcasts during the opening days of the glorious war.

His Complete Idiot's Guide to War, formally entitled Shock & Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance in 1996, and referred to as a "scholarly paper" by the Post, included many fine howlers, bromides and aphorisms to delight the newsmedia in March and April of 2003. One which has especially withstood the weathering of time: "Rapid Dominance might conceivably achieve [victory] in a matter of days (or perhaps hours)..."

See here for a recentremembrance.

And here for "The Weapon of the Week" installment concerning Shock & Awe.

Sun-tzu! Gesundheit!

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