Before the vice-presidential debate we'll see between now and November, watch A Few Good Men first. Substitute John Edwards for Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and Dick Cheney for Col. Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson). Edwards is going to bring up the missteps in Iraq, Cheney's ties to Halliburton and his white-knuckled death grip on the belief that Iraq slept with Al Qaeda. Dick will take a deep breath and launch into Jessup's famous monologue:
Son, we live in a world that has
walls boardrooms, and those walls boardrooms have to be guarded by men with guns rich friends and endless Iraqi oil contracts. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg Sen. Kerry? I have more responsibility here than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago Iraqi civilians, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death the Iraq war, while tragic, probably saved lives made me a ton of cash. And that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives makes my friends a ton of cash. I know deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you don't want me on that wall in that boardroom, you need me on that wall in that boardroom. We use words like honor, code, loyalty fear, oil, and stockholders. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something making asswads of cash. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom oil I provide, then question the manner in which I provide it. I prefer you said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon get in my back pocket, and stand to post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
It could happen.