Have you ever had this type of "conversation" with a person? Said person makes nonsensical suggestions based on topical ignorance and when you try to clue the person in, he/she tells you not to interrupt. The person then proceeds to come to conclusions and/or make further recommendations based on the original faulty premises.
Though a blog post is by its nature not a conversation, Huffington Post's Martin Lewis puts up a post that reminds me of above-mentioned type of "exchange."
Dear General [Peter] Pace,Lewis goes on to list the features of several Articles of the UCMJ and how they could be applied to the removal of the president's CinC powers--but not his domestic duties--blithely unaware that the president's role as defined by U.S. Constitution undermines the premise of his entire proposal.
I note with admiration your courage in making clear your private concerns about the safety of the US military and the longterm danger to US national security caused by the President's stubborn refusal to acknowledge the quagmire in Iraq.
Though you are Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the President's principal military advisor - President Bush has shown his disdain for your honesty and wisdom. Though you are a decorated Vietnam war hero - who has served his nation honorably for four decades - the President is dispensing with your services. You have one month left in your position before you are tossed out by the President.
President Bush is going to ignore your advice. Just as he has ignored the advice of other Generals who have had the courage to respectfully point out how terribly wrong he is in respect of the Iraq War and the safety of the US military he is sworn to protect. Highly-decorated colleagues of yours such as General Anthony Zinni (Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command), General Eric Shinseki (Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army) and General John Abizaid (Commander of the U.S. Central Command).
General Pace - you have the power to fulfill your responsibility to protect the troops under your command. Indeed you have an obligation to do so.
You can relieve the President of his command.
Not of his Presidency. But of his military role as Commander-In-Chief.
You simply invoke the Uniform Code Of Military Justice.
This is merely another demonstration that reading and comprehending are two different things. (Is this guy is another one of those well-read Liberal/Leftists that we've heard about recently?)
To be fair, Lewis is a Brit, but he does live in the US. That means that he'll probably be receiving a visit from ChimpyMchitler's Boys and Girls--as well he should. Those who publicly advocate a military coup (treason) should be investigated.
When Lewis's commenters point out that he has suggested treason in a time of war, he denies it. Pathetically, he didn't even realize that his proposal to General Pace was the very definition of Treason.
(Thanks to Ed Morrissey)
UPDATE: Now Lewis is taking the "just-kidding" posture.
Most of the right-wing-nuts who have read this column seem to be oblivious to irony and satire...