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All Too Human

Billy Beck yesterday speaking about  Nancy Pelosi: [1]

That idiotic person [2] really is quite reminiscent of the nearly unique state of mental defect exemplified by Soviet apparatchiki. The truth simply is not in the boundless and deep black of her soul and she cannot be approached with recourse to reality.

Billy BeckBilly Beck [3]

I once heard it put that if we could hear insects think, it would most likely sound relentlessly mechanical; something like an old-time mechanical cash-register cycling endlessly, without the occasional diversion of the bell. I cannot hear the noises in her head and wouldn’t want to in any case, but she really is that inhuman.

No, Billy, the results of the thing may be ghastly, indeed,  and evil in the bargain… we agree there… but I suggest the thing is all too human. We’ve seen may times over the kind of denial that Pelosi is engaged in here…

Does Bagdhad Bob ring any bells?

“They are not near Baghdad. Don’t believe them…. They said they entered with… tanks in the middle of the capital. They claim that they – I tell you, I… that this speech is too far from the reality. It is a part of this sickness of their plan. There is no an… – no any existence to the American troops or for the troops in Baghdad at all.”

Spoken of course, while in the background of the shot American taks are passing with seeming impunity.

The similarity can be drawn to any apparatchiki, of any totalitarian government in history. Hitler, Stalin, Castro, etc etc.  And there’s the monstrosity in it, I think. But there is a lot of humanity in it, too. Humans you see, are fallible, even though they’d rather cut their own jewels off than to admit to it. That’s demonstrated pretty clearly in a classic from 1974:

The reason is clear in all cases; they’re trying to hang onto what power they can, even if that power is totally illusory.

By the way, this is why the White House hasn’t made any mention of the losses, either. No plan about it, just a reluctance to admit they got beat.