Ed Driscoll

Former NSA Director: Airstrikes Are Like 'Casual Sex'

“On CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Twitchy notes that “former NSA director Gen. Michael Hayden expanded on his comment to U.S. News and World Report that ‘The reliance on air power has all of the attraction of casual sex: It seems to offer gratification but with very little commitment:'”

While President Obama’s primetime address to the nation Wednesday night was intended for the American public, “there are other audiences – our allies and our enemies. They view that as limiting our commitment to this enterprise … (and) limited enthusiasm on the part of our allies to take up the role we said we would refuse to do,” said Hayden.

So, is “casual sex” a valid metaphor for airstrikes? Yes or no?

So just to review, we now have a real-life (former) Air Force general using a sex-related aviation metaphor that’s straight out of Dr. Strangelove. It took half a century, but at last, Muggeridge’s Law, which posits that no satirist can compete with reality for its pure absurdity, at long last catches up with Stanley Kubrick and Terry Southern:

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Well, the war as sexual metaphor part. The end of the world at (SPOILER ALERT!) the conclusion of Dr. Strangelove hasn’t happened yet, but former President Obama — who makes Peter Sellers’ President Merkin Muffley* seem like a font of Eisenhower-esque rationality and grace under pressure — still has a year and a half to go in office.

* To say nothing of how good Mr. Obama makes Peter Sellers’ Chance the Gardener look in comparison.