Thursday, November 30, 2006

Holiday in Iraq

Mom and I were chatting over the cooking dishes prior to Thanksgiving dinner. The discussion began with a discussion of the Lafayette Iraq War Memorial hissy fit (see previous post)and moved on to a discussion of the war itself.

The first thing she said, which I don’t actually recall anyone putting quite so well, was this:

“Imagine if we had a leader in the U.S. that had become an intolerable despot who committed all manner of human atrocities and completely trashed our basic rights. And imagine if another country, like China or some such entity, said to us, “let us rescue you” and they proceeded to come occupy our country – which involved them completely ignoring American culture, values or traditions, our monuments, our museums – everything they touched for our so-called betterment ruined before our eyes – it would be seen as an invasion and not something that we as a country should tolerate. The despot leader might be a lousy leader, but he’s our leader and we take care of our problems internally, no matter how bad they are. If that happened here?" she said, "I would fight to the death the occupation of these people. No one comes into my country and tells me they are going to rescue me because they decided among themselves we needed saving.”

Interesting thought, no?

The conversation went further. My mom had siphoned off the grease from the Turkey and commented on how many meat coupons it would have gotten during WWII RATIONING . I asked her to explain. She said that the family saved every drop of cooking grease – because the more you saved, the more meat coupons a family would earn. She said they did that with everything; used rubber, you name it. All was used for something that ultimately was made into something usable in the war, whether it was the grease to lubricate weapon machinery or something else. Everyone recycled because they had to – and the environment was not even a consideration at that time. Families got coupons for items that included everything from clothing and shoes, to food, cigarettes, coffee or chocolate, to gasoline and new tires for your car. Even if one could afford to pay more for goods, they were only allowed the allotment provided in their coupon book.

Our current administration has asked us to do nothing. Not to conserve, not to have the wealthiest among us pay taxes proportional to the middle and low income classes (thereby reducing the amount of debt to our financial sponsors in China), not to conserve gasoline, not to recycle (since that’s just for tree huggers) and for God’s sake, not to give up any earthly material comfort that might assist in getting our boys and girls more body armor or reinforced tanks. That’d just be silly.

I wonder how long we would stay in Iraq if we had THESE restrictions? And would people really get all that hot and bothered about a war memorial going up, if daily rationing was in effect as a constant reminder that our country is, in reality, at war?

With that thought - let’s take a look at how the White House will be rationing this holiday season, by perusing their holiday menu, as printed this morning in Tim Grieve’s column in

“What we'll be missing:

Display of Specialty Cheeses and Winter Fruits (Served with a Bountiful Display of Lavish Specialty Crackers and Spiced Pecans).

Colossal Shrimp Cocktail and Jonah Crab Claws (Served with Ramsey’s Cocktail Sauce and Spiced Remoulade).

Stuffed Turkey Breasts with Winter Mushrooms, Cheese and Brandied Cranberries.

Sugar Cured Virginia Ham with Hot Pepper Mustard (Served with Warm Blue Corn Muffins).

Chicken Fried Beef Tenderloin with White Onion Gravy (Served with Tiny Icebox Rolls).

Herb Roasted Lollipop Lamb Chops served with Warm Yeast Rolls.

Honey Cup Mustard Sauce.

Fresh Tamales with Tomatillo Sauce and Black Beans.

Baked White Cheddar Farfalle.

Sweet Potato Soufflé.

Asparagus Tier with Lemon-Garlic Aioli.

Golden and Crimson Beet Salad with Orange, Fennel, and Feta.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies with Peppermint Crunch.

Pecan Sandie Tree (Mexican Wedding Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes) with Layers of Cookies.

Holiday Ornamental Cookies: Barney, Miss Beazley, Christmas Trees, Snowflakes, Candy Canes.

Red Hat Box Mascarpone Cake.

White Pound Cake with Mascarpone Cream Filling, Red Marzipan Frosting and Red Ribbon Bow Decoration.

Coconut Cake.

Coconut Chiffon Cake, Coconut Pastry Cream Filling and 7 Minute Meringue Frosting.

Chocolate Roulade (Christmas Log): Soft Ganache Frosting with a Chocolate Sponge, Meringue
Mushrooms, Magnolia Leaves in White Chocolate, Raspberries.

Mini Tartlettes.
Pecan Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Orange Chiffon and Chocolate Boston Cream Pie.

Chocolate Truffles.

Homemade, Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache.

Long Stem Strawberries with Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce.

Warm Macintosh Apple Cobbler With Oatmeal Crumble.

Pumpkin Trifle.

Spiced Pumpkin Mousse with Whipped Cream and Shaved Dark Chocolate.

. . . It's like the president says: "The time of war is a time of sacrifice."”


Blogger Seamus said...

How in the hell can that asshat even use the word "sacrifice"? He doesn't have sons or daughters over there. They sure as hell won't go undernourished in the White House!

30 November, 2006 15:22  
Blogger Laura said...

What a menu! I'll bet he had to up his daily run from 6 miles to 8 to burn the T-day bounty. I've got to hand it to the Prez - unlike the rest of us mere mortals, he always is able to make his own personal fitness a top priority.

As for sacrifice, I doubt he can even spell it.

30 November, 2006 15:51  
Blogger windspike said...

Methinks the W, Rove and Co encouraged us to not only not saccrifice, but go shopping to avail yourself of your god given right to consume as much as you possibly can.

01 December, 2006 10:28  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Oh come on, if the Chinese invaded us, it would be a cakewalk. We'd greet them as liberators and shower their soldiers with cake and ice cream (or would that be chop suey?) :)

My parents also used to tell me about rationing during WWII. I can't count how many sentences my mother started with "during the war..." It's like you were saying, everything was rationed, with no exceptions for wealthy people who could pay more. We were at war, and everybody sacrificed.

As far as I know, WWII was the last of our wars where the whole country sacrificed. Which probably means that every war since then has been elective, unnecessary and unjust.

02 December, 2006 01:03  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

Great post.

I've been thinking about the total disconnect between the war in Iraq and the citizenry and I'm trying to come up with some kind of unifying theory on it.

Ok, I'm trying to come up with some kind of decent post on it. You've inspired me here.

10 December, 2006 11:24  
Anonymous pia said...

We just don't belong there. And now he wants to up the troops?

Truly believe that the man is on some kind of drug that lets him see the world through delusional eyes, or maybe he just is

My parents never talked about rationing during WW2. Feel deprived now.

Know they did. My father hated Carter, but when he told people to turn their thermostats down to 66--it was like walking into a meat freezer--and if anybody complained "your president said..." But oil was just as pricey then as now--so it did save money

Sacrifice isn't just the answer. It's getting out now--before it esclates into something nobody can get out of

22 December, 2006 13:38  
Anonymous Gayle said...

Your mother is quite insightful, I am sending your post to my DH because he will LOVE it.

All along, since the first day of bombing, I have asked why PBush's kids don't head on over to Iraq. He wants everyone else to sacrafice, but he and his family aren't willing too... seems strange.

03 January, 2007 11:05  
Blogger gayle's DH said...

It is important to distinguish who the "invader" is that seeks to set us free from the despot. For example, It wouldn't be Great Britian, whose culture is similar. In suggesting China as the invader, you are close, because they would be prefer we adopt a new political form of Communism. But, imagine for a second if our benevolent invader were Iran? Imagine if their president foolishly referred to their effort as a "crusade," or "a fight between good and evil," consistantly raising the spectre of Allah.

Remember the interview in which Bush was asked if he had consulted his father about invading Iraq, and he replied "I talked to a Higher Father?"

Just stop to imagine what our population would do if invaded by an Islamic army promising idealistic goals, and delivering death to innocents (young and old) and destruction to homes, businesses and national treasures.

"Sacrifice" would take on a new meaning...

03 January, 2007 15:26  

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