Whose Killer-in-Chief?

A Trinity of Earthlords*

Does your tribe trust the killer-in-chief?

From Gawker…go there, watch the video, and, if you please, come back.

Ask the DNC: Is Romney Ready for the Kill List?

As you may have heard last night, Osama bin Laden is dead, has perished from the earth, is at the bottom of the sea, and is not better off than he was four years ago. The Democrats are trying to pull a Bush on national security, inflating Obama’s reputation as a killing machine and portraying Mitt Romney as a bungling softie.

But we were kind of disappointed that Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement—the deployment of secret flying assassination platforms empowered to liquidate American citizens based on an unaccountable and highly classified selection process that is entirely internal to the White House—got short shrift this week. So we threw a softball at some DNC bigwigs, including Cory Booker and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, offering a giant opening to praise Obama’s stone-cold murdering power: Can Americans really trust Mitt Romney to decide which citizens get extrajudicially assassinated in drone strikes? Also isn’t Lanny Davis an asshole?

Consider the behavior of our national leaders as you read the photo appended to this post.

Lincoln, somewhat blurred, a cypher for historical interpretation, stands between Allan Pinkerton, proprietor of Pinkerton National Detective Agency (brute squad), and General McClernand (State military power) on that most horrible, real, and mythical battlefield this nation has known, Antietam.

This is the Unholy Trinity of America and the Power we have prayed to continuously ever since.

What Presidential candidate will serve as your next Cypher-in-Chief?

*Photo by Alexander Gardner.

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3 Comments

  1. Geoff September 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Amazing pic. Pinkerton and McClernand must have thought of themselves as little Napoleans, judging from their poses.

    What do you suppose native observers of Antietam thought? I would guess they figured maybe the beast would annihilate itself and they’d be free to pursue their way of life again.

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    1. S.A. Douglas September 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      As to the pic–yes, it is amazing, and more so for how alien Lincoln looks. He is just unreal. So narrow and tall.

      I think something like 100k Native Americans were relocated West of the Big Muddy by 1830 so perhaps there weren’t too many around (though many fought with the Union) to be that kind of hopeful.

      And in that regard the Dawes Act did them the service of eliminating much of their cultural memory (1887) by enforcing assimilation projects.

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  2. Storm September 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I had to stare at the picture long and hard to convince myself it was genuine. You don’t have to work too hard to get a good caricature of Lincoln!

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