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  •  Kamikaze is a desparate act which kills and (1+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice

    destroys but is doomed to failure and self destruction.  Yes, that is not by coincidence the GOP, Tea Pary, Kochsters.

    •  I would like to think that the Repubs.. (0+ / 0-)

      have committed Kamikaze with the constant Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi absurdity.. but there are so, so many who follow and believe these Repubs.. people blinded by racism and just ignorance.

  •  They think they are Rommel in Africa (1+ / 0-)
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    at the beginning of his North Africa Campaign, because, like Rand Paul, they only kinda skim the first part of the Cliff Notes, and never actually read the whole book to the end.

    Spoiler Alert:  Rommel "tanks" in Africa, and Hitler forces him to put a bullet to his head.

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Fri May 09, 2014 at 11:36:41 AM PDT

  •  And not to put too serious a note on this diary (7+ / 0-)

    but I would say that there is a difference between the formal soldier's act of ritual suicide to advance a clearly futile and losing side, and the current House Republicans - they actually think their plane is going to break the carrier in half and then fly away back home to glory, to land on the USS Abraham Lincoln off the California Coast in a tight flight suit with the words "Mission Accomplished" hanging from the flight deck.

    "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Fri May 09, 2014 at 11:40:53 AM PDT

  •  More like a trench charge (1+ / 0-)
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    The original Kamikaze worked wonders the first two times, and even the WWII one did a lot of damage to their targets.

    #Benghazi? More like jumping out of the trenches and charging the machine guns. Rather than doing any real damage (unless the Dems do something stupid), they're just going to get splattered.

    "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

    by Hayate Yagami on Fri May 09, 2014 at 12:23:20 PM PDT

    •  The WWII version didn't really matter at all (1+ / 0-)
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      By the time the tactic was used, the IJN was already outnumbered and outgunned so badly they simply couldn't hurt the USN enough to matter, even if they could somehow trade ship for ship in spite of the odds.

      The Japanese used the tactic because they had no decent pilot training program - unlike the USA they did not rotate experienced pilots back home to train the newbies so when their veterans died...they had no good pilots.  Leaving aside the whole problem of no significant industrial base or population compared to the USA, or even Germany at the height of the bombinb raids.

      So their factories were still building the same aircraft they started the war with, with pilots barely able to fly in a straight line (and landing being the hard part of flying an aircraft, well...kinda neatly solves that problem).  The lack of a need to return also doubled their range.

      They really couldn't do anything more than just try to use the aircraft as human-guided missiles.  And at that, the anti-aircraft defenses had improved so greatly they mostly just died without effect.

      It was a wasteful and ineffective tactic.  But it was about the only way they could really hit back at that point too, especially after Leyte Gulf pretty much destroyed the last significant naval forces they had.

      I guess they figured some way of hitting back was more important than the lives and aircraft lost, even if it would have no possible effect on the outcome.

      •  Did it matter? No. Did it do damage? Yes. (0+ / 0-)

        And whatever little it did, it's more than what the GOP's #Benghazi obsession is going to get them, which was the whole point.

        "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

        by Hayate Yagami on Fri May 09, 2014 at 03:39:56 PM PDT

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        •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

          If you were family or friends of either the pilots or the folks on the ships they did manage to hit, they made a big difference.

          In terms of the war, it was completely irrelevant.  By contrast to a handful of ship hits, we were in the process of burning large cities with firebomb raids and systematically taking away any possession, sinking any ship they had that wasn't on the main Japanese islands.

          Sadly, the Rs are in a much, much stronger position than the IJN or IJA was at the time of the Kamikaze raids.  The forces arrayed against them are no where near as overwhelming, nor as certain to win.

          It is much more like we're Napoleon, with a massive land army that would crush England if he could only somehow land it on the island....and they've got the best navy in the world and connections with every crowned king in Europe that will eventually undermine Napoleon's efforts unless he can somehow do real damage to England.

          The Rs have all the power players backing them.  We just have the population and common decency.   Given that a total financial meltdown didn't make anybody care about anyone but the power players, beyond a few bright spots (some improvement in healthcare, consumer financial protection agency, not having the entire USA automotive industry completely go under) I'm not too optimistic that anything less will cause a shift.

          I mean seriously.  The Republicans have NOTHING in terms of policy beyond taking care of the rich.  NOTHING.  But they STILL dominate most state governments, the judiciary and can paralyze places they don't control, making them look bad until some idiot decides to vote even more of them in hoping change will somehow make things better.

          But because they DO pander to the wealthy, they keep getting elected.  The Ds are also deeply compromised but as a rule they prefer to have the entire society prosper, while protecting perks of the rich rather than just trying to give EVERYTHING to the rich.

  •  I'm most encouraged (2+ / 0-)
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    when the cretins join hands and jump together. More efficient than the traditional individual GOP face-plants.

  •  HR'd this stupid and mean diary because (0+ / 0-)

    death is not a joke.

  •  Life may be a tragedy, or a joke. (0+ / 0-)

    Death is just the denouement.

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