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Rule 5 Sunday – Getting spartan on Gerard Butler

December 6, 2009

Read your history. You’ll figure out what I mean 😛

So another Sunday comes along and I am scrambling for a rule 5 post. Fortunately 300 was on TNT so that gave me an idea. Leonidas. The problem is that beard looked retarded so I had to find different pictures. I especially like the one in the suit. Guys look classy in a well tailored suit. Own one – get it tailored and polish your shoes when you wear it – and your chances of getting in a girls pants go way up.

I was going to pair Mr. Butler with his 300 co-star Leana Headley but I received early morning advice against that so I chose Katherine Heigl


Apparently the Obama administration issued orders for Afghanistan without being sure what they meant.

In June, McChrystal noted, he had arrived in Afghanistan and set about fulfilling his assignment. His lean face, hovering on the screen at the end of the table, was replaced by a mission statement on a PowerPoint slide: “Defeat the Taliban. Secure the Population.”

“Is that really what you think your mission is?” one of the participants asked.

In the first place, it was impossible — the Taliban were part of the fabric of the Pashtun belt of southern Afghanistan, culturally if not ideologically supported by a major part of the population. “We don’t need to do that,” Gates said, according to one participant. “That’s an open-ended, forever commitment.”

But that was precisely his mission, McChrystal responded, enshrined in the Strategic Implementation Plan — the execution orders for the March strategy, written by the NSC staff.


Somehow I can’t find myself surprised. The full article at the Washington Post is even more disturbing. This wasn’t a decision driven by strategy or any sort of goal. It was driven by a need for consensus. He apparently didn’t care what the decision was as long as it was unanimous.

Obama then went around the room asking one question: Do you support the strategy?

“If they didn’t support the decision, he was going to issue another decision” until there was unanimity, a senior administration official said. “But it was his assessment that everyone could and should get behind it.”

Each of them did. Obama then walked downstairs to the Situation Room to brief Eikenberry and McChrystal by secure videoconference. Later that night, he took a first draft of his nationwide address, planned for two days later, back with him to the White House residence.

Palin jokes around

As for the president, Palin joked that she was looking at a magazine cover of Obama and Chinese president Hu Jinato during an airplane flight. A nearby passenger stated, “Hu’s the Communist,” she related. And, Palin said, “I thought he was asking a question.

I’m crying now. My submission wasn’t good enough for the round-up at The Other McCain. 😦

One Comment leave one →
  1. Portlandic permalink
    December 6, 2009 3:09 pm is hardly Rule 5 material but has a very interesting set of pics.

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