I’ve long argued the Evil Empire promotes the worship of Martin Luther King, Jr. because King’s image sanctifies the projection of DC’s power at home and abroad. We’re supposed to believe the central government’s “wars of liberation” in Iraq and Afghanistan are extensions of the hallowed Civil Rights movement. Condi Rice even made that explicit when she denounced opponents of the Iraq War as “racist.” (What a handy word!)
Now another apparatchik has made my case. Yesterday, the Defense Department presented a “certificate of appreciation” to Jeh C. Johnson, the department’s general counsel, at the 26th annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Pentagon. What critics would call illegal invasions, he assured his audience, are actually noble, selfless acts of kindness:
Volunteers in today’s military, he said, “have made the conscious decision to travel a dangerous road and personally stop and administer aid to those who want peace, freedom and a better place in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in defense of the American people.
“Every day, our servicemen and women practice the dangerousness — the dangerous unselfishness Dr. King preached on April 3, 1968,” Johnson told the audience.
Yep — the Pentagon is the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with cluster bombs.