CNAS -- and specifically, the CNAS kitchen -- is apparently where retired military officers come to channel their inner smart-ass. Today's quote comes from Col. (Ret.) Bob Killebrew, who was deep in discussion with Cdr. Herb "Herbal" Carmen (of "Sun Kings" fame) about the horse-trading with Virginia's congressmen that could determine how JFCOM is shuttered. When someone in the kitchen floated the possibility that Sec. Gates might swap JFCOM for one or possibly two new DDG destroyers, Col. Killebrew responded with the following:
Well, if you close JFCOM and build one or two destroyers instead, that would certainly be a good deal. I don't know how Sec. Gates is planning to man a ship with all those retired colonels, though.
"Thank you," he then didn't add. "I'll be at the Laugh Shack in Cape May through Labor Day."
Gilles Dorronsoro makes his Saturday Night Live debut two minutes in. This is hilarious to the approximately .000012% of the U.S. population who know who Gilles Dorronsoro is.
Spencer Ackerman and Matthew Yglesias have an idea as to who should headline the CNAS June conference: Vo Nguyen Giap. I, for one, think this would be a brilliant idea. Our two most high-profile programs at CNAS are, arguably, our Asia-Pacific Security program and our projects examining America's current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. What a great way to combine the two! Vo could speak about COIN (albeit with the C and the O) and could provide insight on Asian security. Genius!
That's war, alright.
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Hahahaha... Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi were speaking outside the White House when the gentleman from Nevada tried to put the moves on the Speaker of the House. Hilarious awkwardness ensues. Instant YouTube classic.
I got talked into playing a sevens tournament tomorrow, so posting will be light over the weekend. I came across this bit o' genius via Spencer today, though, and ... well, it's just too good not to share. My office mate and I have watched it maybe 17 times. Have a great weekend.
This video filled every DC resident's inbox at work on Friday. It will hit home for a sizeable portion of this blog's readership.