‘Perfidious Albion’

April 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Posted in International | 1 Comment

Via my friend ‘t’other Neil’, it turns out that Dick Cheney talks even more like an evil supervillain in private:

‘As the Bush era wound down, U.S. allies were making their own openings to Syria. In mid-November, David Miliband, the British Foreign Secretary, distressed the White House by flying to Damascus for a meeting with Assad. They agreed that Britain and Syria would establish a high-level exchange of intelligence. Vice-President Dick Cheney viewed the move by Britain—“perfidious Albion,” as he put it—as “a stab in the back,” according to a former senior intelligence official.

More here.

NB: I’ll just be dumping links for the rest of this week, and will be away from the internet for all of next week. Normal blogging will resume on around 12th or 13th of March


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  1. There’s another Neil? I thought there could be only one.

    No word as to whether this was Sy Hersh’s source?

    Remember when torture used to be funny? Y’know, when it was so absurdly evil that only those with the sobriquet ‘merciless’ used to do it? Nowt like absurdity as the antidote to the self-righteous ‘tragic-ethical grandeur’ of the torturers (H/t Vultan – erm, I mean Zizek).

    Aside from evil, the more one thinks about ‘lightning guns’ (see Danger Room), BMD, etc., the more the past few years start to seem like living through the fevered imaginings of a space opera (bouffant) villain.

    Don’t want to be unfair to Ming here. Compared to Michael Ledeen – ‘every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.’ – his approach is positively sophisticated:

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