Wednesday, August 22, 2007

LNS: Words are Weapons

President Bush gave his speech tonight. Full of sketchy history, Bush makes specious connections between Iraq and the conflicts that America fought in Southeast Asia. It is important to note that America did not win any of the three wars that it launched in the region. Cambodia was an absolute failure, leading to the rise of the Khmer Rouge. Vietnam was a well-documented failure in which we lost many thousands of American lives needlessly. The best that we did was in Korea where we fought them into a truce. Actually, the war hasn't ended. A DMZ exists between North and South Korea. We got South Korea, but America got greedy and tried to take down the North which led to the truce. The only victories that we gained in the region were in Japan, and that was because we bombed the country back into the Stone Age with Fat Man and Little Boy in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

This is a fitting song for both sides of this misinformation battle. From their album The Las Vegas Story, this is The Gun Club on German television playing My Dreams.

If you have never heard of The Gun Club before, I suggest that you do so now because they are fantastic. Fire of Love is one of the best albums of the 1980s without question. The Las Vegas Story and Miami are also totally rad and amazing. I like Miami the most of all of their albums, but I think it is because I like really hollow production. It's the primitivist in me that likes non-oppressive production with minimal effects. I think that some of the sounds could have been recorded better on the album. But, the general ambiance is much more effective. Anyway, enough waxing technical. I'm out of here.