And the Kick Line Continues…George Will is a Glutton for Punishment edition.

This news reminds me of some of the officer evaluations contained in this oldie-but-goodie of military wisdom.

Perhaps the most apposite of the judgments recorded there in describing George Will’s decision to defend the indefensible in his recent error-and-deceit filled fantasy of a column about climate change is this one:

“Since my last report, he has reached rock bottom, and has started to dig.”

Though on reflection, this one captures the essence of the problem equally well:

“He has carried out each and every one of his duties to his entire satisfaction.”

And then there’s this, probably my all-purpose favorite:

“I would not breed from this officer.”

And then…oh hell, most of them fit.  Go read them.

I’ll have a whack at Will’s flailing when it actually hits print.  In the meantime, start thinking up yet more aphorisms appropriate to the subject at hand.

Image:  Anton von Werner, “Im Etappenquartier vor Paris,” 1894.

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5 Comments on “And the Kick Line Continues…George Will is a Glutton for Punishment edition.”


  1. The Willful ignorance is amazing but typical.

    (You know I can’t resist even the most obvious pun.)


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  3. This officer has blithe confidence of success when attacking a battleship that has no gun turrets, failing to notice that he’s actually attacking an aircraft carrier.


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