January 31, 2007

"We Won In Vietnam:" Don't Read Much Into It, Says Tony Blankley
— Ace

I'm just updating a story I broke. There is, I insist, no mercenary agenda at work here.

The very smart military blog, Ace of Spades HQ, speculated yesterday that Tony Snow might have been launching a trial balloon for an Iraq exit strategy rhetoric when he quoted President Bush's statement that, taking the long view, we won the war in Vietnam because, 30 years on, it is trending capitalist and has become a pro-American Pacific Tiger.

As a former press secretary, I am inclined not to read deep secret messages into Tony Snow's comments. The president made an arresting statement, and his press secretary commented favorably on it. That is what press secretaries tend to do for a living.

But I (along with Ace of Spades, Mickey Kaus's blog and I assume many others) could not help but hear Tony Snow's elaborations in the context of Mr. Bush's less than ferocious State of the Union phrases that "it is still within our powers to shape the outcome of this battle," and we should at least "turn events toward victory."

I don't know about "military blog." Or about "very smart." I concede this blog is named Ace of Spades, though.

Half a year ago the JPost reported I was a "moron." So, this is progress, I guess.

Incidentally, though Andrew Sullivan thinks my blinkers have come off (more progress, but consider the source), my post was, despite his selective editing, about what I perceived as a preview of of emergency spin, should it become necessary. I was criticizing the spin, mainly, though I was also wondering if this is the best Bush now sees as possible -- "victory" after 30 years. I don't really think it's the best outcome he imagines possible; I think it's more his attempt to convince himself he will be vindicated in the long term even if thoroughly repudiated in the short term.

For what it's worth, I have a bit more hope about Iraq than I've had in some time. And part of that due to a light at the end of the tunnel, of one color or another: I, like most of the remaining supporters of the war, see the surge, and the more aggressive RoE and policy towards Iranian agents, as the last, best hope for Iraq, and if it fails, we can say that America did the most that it could be reasonably expected to do.

If it succeeds -- even better.

But one way or another, the hot phase of the Iraq war will be winding down soon, at least as far as America's troops are concerned. It's just not realistic to imagine Bush can fight the war in the face of increasingly negative public opinion if there is not some tangible progress in the country over the next four to six months. And if the Iraqis can't get their act together over that timeframe, even with the American-withdrawal warning lights blinking like crazy on the country's dashboard, then I'm not sure they're capable of being helped much more at this point.

Thanks to Village Idiot.

Posted by: Ace at 01:18 AM | Comments (181)
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1 The words "very smart" and "Military" in the same line? John Kerry begs to differ.

BTW Ace, you will be hearing the words "Very Smart Military Blog" for years from us.

As in:
WTF is the meaning of that inane post? We thought you run a very smary military blog!!!

Posted by: Tushar D at January 31, 2007 01:59 AM (9ULFg)

2 Long time lurker here.  Congrats on being recognized as a "very smart mil blogger".  I always thought I was enjoying reading "a moron blog", with a bunch of moron commenters that make me laugh.  I identify with "moron".  I'll have to re-visit why I hang here (to get smart I guess)...Seriously. Very cool Ace.

Posted by: meiguoguizi at January 31, 2007 02:04 AM (RxWwc)

3 I just farted

Posted by: fart at January 31, 2007 03:29 AM (pd39C)

4 Of course you're military. If you were civilian you'd have mortars, now wouldn't you?

Posted by: Paul Zrimsek at January 31, 2007 03:49 AM (0sVlQ)

5 I thought of this a flag waving making fun of liberals’ blog. Go figure?

Posted by: Paladin at January 31, 2007 04:30 AM (AfORa)

6 The news is reporting this Birmingham raid where the terrorist cell was planning the kidnappin of a soldier, torture, and beheading on the internet. Now will the Brits get pissed off? Did the police have to inform the local immans before they conducted the raid?

Posted by: at January 31, 2007 04:53 AM (HeVbx)

7 Is there another Ace of Spades? If not, then congrats on moving up in the world, Ace!

Why did the JPost call you a moron?

Posted by: Robert at January 31, 2007 04:53 AM (KgBCx)

8 Congratulations on the ink, Ace. I'm just so proud that this blog has gone on to such great things. Smart military blog, huh? I remember the days, way back when, when this blog was about D&D, Latina tranny hookers, Dick Cheney's cock, and making fun of Margaret Cho's non-comedy ... oh, wait.

Posted by: Phinn at January 31, 2007 05:01 AM (DiZv6)

9 Hey Ace,

No surprise that Tony Snow would be making a "test balloon"referencing Vietnam. But, you really need to take a step back and consider what we lost in Vietnam. We lost a bonifided "W" in a war where according to the enemy themselves, we could have declared victory after Tet '68. Think of those 58,000 names on that granite wall in DC. Think of the families of the 1800 who are still unaccounted for and who still are battling the government to get answers.

Snow's "test balloon" was an insult! And to say that Vietnam is a thriving capitalist nation borders on insanity. Just ask those who are being held for religious crimes, the families of those executed for trying to spread democractic ideals. Has our nation's opinion of LBJ improved now that some see "improvement" in Vietnam? HELL NO! Have the Vietnamese cooperated, really cooperated with the USG for results on the POW/MIA Issue? HELL NO!!

I support the war, I support our troops and I know we should stay the course and get the job done for no other reason than to crush the mindset of the terrorists. I do not want war on US Soil and that is where their Trip-Tik is taking them. We need a soild "W" to maintain our military position on the global landscape. These BONEHEADS that think that diplomacy is the answer, well, I suggest they go have a chat with Kissenger and ask him how that went for him in Paris in 1972-73. Or even better yet, go find a family member of one of those 1800 still unaccounted for, that will be one hell of an education for you.

Posted by: Marc at January 31, 2007 05:13 AM (32vq2)

10 So, 'the hot phase is winding down'...

Should I put that in my 'last throes' file or the 'losing political steam' file?

Posted by: MediaPwnedTheRight at January 31, 2007 05:16 AM (nM0Mp)

11 When I attended the Air War College in 1988-1989, Vietnam was part of a lesson plan.  An Indonesian officer stated that we Americans are too hard on ourselves about losing Vietnam.  In his opinion, we may have lost (arguable) the political battle (we never lost a major military battle), but we won the strategic war.  His notion was that during the 10 odd years we were engaged in Vietnam, surrounding nations were able to put into place democratic governments and societies (or something like them) as preferred governments that became obstacles to the spread of communism/socialism that we more or less stopped in Vietnam.  He noted that if our involvement in Vietnam had not occurred, Indonesia and other surrounding nations would have been under considerably greater threat of communism, dictatorship, and totalitarianism.  In fact he thanked the U.S. for its sacrifice on his country's behalf.  As a Vietnam veteran, I found his perspective attractive, as you might assume.  Generally there is more than one side of an issue.  His perspective on Vietnam offers an alternative interpretation and outcome from what most Americans have over the years assumed about Vietnam.  Certainly food for thought from someone whose country was peripherally involved and who were watching and waiting to receive the results.

Posted by: Karl at January 31, 2007 05:18 AM (YtJyw)

12 Military intelligence, dude!

Posted by: Sortelli at January 31, 2007 05:29 AM (prfyv)

13 Ace, he probably picked up the milblogger thing from wiki, see:


In the past, you were just a conservative/libertine warblogger, but they expanded yer entry recently, they up until recently had you labelled for possible deletion questioning your importance, dunno what inspired me to look then or now. meh.

Posted by: Sinistar at January 31, 2007 05:32 AM (oHd6r)

14 Oh, and Tony Blankley fucking rules. He just looks like he'll put his feet on something and light up a cigar and pour himself a whisky at about every interview I see him on, he slouches without apology, and has this casual 'I don't need to be here, I'm here for the amusement, and to laugh at the inane drivel spouted by Eleanor Clift and others' look and attitude about him, and that is awesome.

Posted by: Sinistar at January 31, 2007 05:39 AM (oHd6r)

15 I know bloggers and pundits are at a perceptual disadvantage because all of their thoughts get put to paper, but you guys have more up and downs than a Coney Island rollercoaster.

Posted by: roc ingersol at January 31, 2007 05:45 AM (m2CN7)

16 "very smart military blog" = "I read one post, and it was military-oriented, and I liked it."

"moron" could either indicate "I read one post and didn't like it" or they really know the blog.

Posted by: Roy at January 31, 2007 05:46 AM (TfeE1)

17 Note that pissy Sullivan doesn't link directly to this site, but to some redirect that mimics this site.

Posted by: Nicholas Kronos at January 31, 2007 05:47 AM (mc295)

18 If they let me run the show in Iraq--it would have been different. I would have crushed the resistance by Sunnis and Shias, allowed Baathists in the government, cooped Saddam's army and used them for something, if only picking up trash.

I am glad you sent that two bit dictator Saddam down here. I pistol whip the SOB every now and again. He is down in the shitty part of hell with the scum.

Posted by: General George Patton at January 31, 2007 05:48 AM (+GRGs)

19 The Phoenix at Knoebel's is an awesome rollercoaster, for the record.

That said, wonder if we'll see a bump in visits, given that Blankley has a lot of readers.

Posted by: Sinistar at January 31, 2007 05:48 AM (oHd6r)

20 very smart military blog

And mine is a super genius philostophy blog!

Posted by: Dave in Texas at January 31, 2007 06:11 AM (pzen5)

21 Jpost as in Jeresulem Post?

Posted by: jones at January 31, 2007 06:12 AM (tI7l8)

22 Vietnam could be viewed then as perhaps merely a long battle of the Cold War. It's just hard to accept that all those American lives were lost in vain.

Posted by: joan at January 31, 2007 06:22 AM (XmgJX)

23 If you're interested in a pretty comprehensive "non traditional" history of Viet Nam from Dien Bien Phu through the 1965 troop build-up, I'd recommend Triumph Forsaken by Mark Moyar. For one thing, it somewhat resurrects the character of Diem; he seems to have been a far more effective leader than most Americans realize, which makes our abandonment of him all the more shameful. And it tends to reinforce the wisdom of fixing the Communist world's attention on Viet Nam so it didn't spread elsewhere in Southeast Asia -- apparently our willingness to intervene in Viet Name made our Allies more confident about resisting Communist incursion.

Posted by: Monty at January 31, 2007 06:38 AM (7Iqke)

24 Marc, it's not a "Test Balloon" it's a UFO. Get it right

Posted by: Ranba Ral at January 31, 2007 06:40 AM (VvXII)

25 He totally burned you. I can't believe he forced you to admit that, yes, it's true, the blog is named Ace of Spades. FACE!

Posted by: at January 31, 2007 07:04 AM (H826O)

26 I just farted again

Posted by: fart at January 31, 2007 07:05 AM (pd39C)

27 I learned to get there fustest with the mostest from reading this blog.

Posted by: Nathan Bedford Forrest at January 31, 2007 07:24 AM (mc295)

28 The schweinhund General Patton may have read my book, but the real reason he beat me was he read this blog.

Posted by: Erwin Rommel at January 31, 2007 07:25 AM (mc295)

29 That window-licking Washington read this moronic blog before Yorktown!

Posted by: General Charles Cornwallis, 5th Baron Cornwallis at January 31, 2007 07:35 AM (pzen5)

30 I shall return to re-read this blog.

Posted by: Douglas MacArthur at January 31, 2007 07:37 AM (0sVlQ)

31 I showed those Froggies a thing or two at Waterloo after reading this blog.

Posted by: The Duke Of Wellington at January 31, 2007 07:38 AM (7Iqke)

32 I sure wish I'd read this blog before tangling with the Spartans at Thermopylae.

Posted by: Xerxes at January 31, 2007 07:41 AM (7Iqke)

33 England expects that every man will read this blog.

Posted by: Adm. Horatio Nelson at January 31, 2007 07:42 AM (0sVlQ)

34 I got the idea about the elephants from reading this blog!

Posted by: Hannibal at January 31, 2007 07:42 AM (pzen5)

35 My plan would have worked if I'd read this blog first.

Posted by: General Alfred Graf von Schlieffen at January 31, 2007 07:47 AM (7Iqke)

36 It was a toss up:

"Follow Me!"


"The Guys Get Shirts!"

Posted by: U.S. Army at January 31, 2007 07:48 AM (NMGPj)

37 You do not win a war by reading this blog!  You win a war by getting some other poor, dumb bastard to read this blog!

Posted by: Gen. George Patton at January 31, 2007 07:48 AM (1tlBF)

38 I have issued a standing order to all the members of my staff to read this blog.

Posted by: John J. Pershing at January 31, 2007 07:51 AM (pzen5)

39 The wise man takes the lessons from Ace's blog and uses them to fight for the Emperor. I just wish my staff guy would have done that before booking me on a flight around Bougainville.

Posted by: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto at January 31, 2007 07:53 AM (7Iqke)

40 Mr. President, I beg to present you as a Christmas gift, this blog.

Posted by: William Tecumseh Sherman at January 31, 2007 07:54 AM (pzen5)

41 The highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans, the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces, and the worst policy of all is to watch the Margaret Cho video.

Posted by: Sun Tzu at January 31, 2007 07:59 AM (ElhB/)

42 Read this blog, or I'll move immediately on your works.

Posted by: General U. S. Grant at January 31, 2007 07:59 AM (7Iqke)

43 I tried to read this blog, but some of the ideas presented here, quite frankly, frightened me.  It seemed as though this blog and it's habitués (notice the French?  It shows that I'm sophisticated and stuff.)

are suggesting that America should fight to win.

I'm sorry, but that is just the wrong idea at the wrong time and with the wrong attitude and nuance.

Posted by: Gen Wesley Clark at January 31, 2007 08:00 AM (1tlBF)

44 Which it's the military blog of the world, for all love. Stratfor ain't in it.

Posted by: Lucky Jack Aubrey at January 31, 2007 08:01 AM (0sVlQ)

45 This blog advised me to bring the Gatlings, but I ignored it.

Posted by: George Armstrong Custer at January 31, 2007 08:01 AM (pzen5)

46 It was Ace who gave me the idea for Pericles' funeral oration.

Posted by: Thucydides at January 31, 2007 08:05 AM (7Iqke)

47 No plan survives contact with this blog.

Posted by: Feldmarschall von Moltke at January 31, 2007 08:06 AM (0sVlQ)

48 Study this moron blog over the years and achieve the spirit
of the warrior. This blog is victory over yourself of yesterday; tomorrow
is your victory over lesser blogs.

Posted by: Miyamoto Musashi at January 31, 2007 08:08 AM (KV/Mz)

49 Ace's blog taught me everything I know about air-to-air combat.

Posted by: Manfred von Richthofen at January 31, 2007 08:08 AM (7Iqke)

50 And to say that Vietnam is a thriving capitalist nation borders on insanity.

My wife took a week-long trip to Vietnam a year and a half ago as part of her MBA program. Vietnam is a thriving capitalist nation. Your examples refer to whether it is a democratic nation, but have nothing to do with capitalism.

Posted by: geoff at January 31, 2007 08:08 AM (RLGHA)

51 This blog helped me to whip those Colonial soldiers into shape.

Posted by: Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus von Steuben at January 31, 2007 08:10 AM (7Iqke)

52 This little matter of operational command is something anyone can do, provided he's read Ace's blog.

Posted by: Adolf Hitler at January 31, 2007 08:12 AM (0sVlQ)

53 If it weren't for this blog I never would have gotten the drop on those Russkies at Port Arthur.

Posted by: Admiral Togo Heihachiro at January 31, 2007 08:13 AM (pzen5)

54 War is a series of catastrophes that results in a trip back to this blog for more pointers.

Posted by: Georges Clemenceau at January 31, 2007 08:13 AM (7Iqke)

55 Where was this blog when I really needed it?

Posted by: Gen Custer at January 31, 2007 08:14 AM (1tlBF)

56 Everything I know I learned from this blog.  Thank you, Sensei Ace!

Posted by: Ashida Kim at January 31, 2007 08:17 AM (KV/Mz)

57 Ace of Spades HQ taught me how to turn chickens into soldiers. Tasty soldiers. Thanks, Ace.

Posted by: Colonel Sanders at January 31, 2007 08:17 AM (L2JwE)

58 We few, we happy few, we band of brothers
All hung out at Ace's blog
Gathering tips and battle strategies
And ended up kicking French ass
At Agincourt

Posted by: Henry V at January 31, 2007 08:18 AM (7Iqke)

59 The Battle of Hastings might have gone the other way if I hadn't spent most of the Channel crossing perusing Ace's blog.

Posted by: William the Conqueror at January 31, 2007 08:21 AM (7Iqke)

60 Vietnam? That sounds sooo familiar. Must. Remember. Campaign. Can't. Recall. Lies. Damn.

At least you guys aren't soldiers.

Posted by: John F'in Kerry at January 31, 2007 08:22 AM (Gpfe0)

61 Ace's blog taught me everything I know about air-to-air combat.

Fortunately for me, it didn't teach you about looking out for Canadians riding up your ass.

Posted by: Captain Roy Brown at January 31, 2007 08:30 AM (KV/Mz)

62 Reprogramming the Kobayashi Maru simulation was cake after studying the postings of one Ace of Spades.

This blog should be right next to my own captain's logs on the shelf of every aspiring Star Fleet cadet.

Posted by: James Tiberius Kirk at January 31, 2007 08:33 AM (mc295)

63 Let us cross over the river and read Ace's blog under the shade of the trees.

Posted by: Stonewall Jackson at January 31, 2007 08:37 AM (0sVlQ)

64 It was only after reading Ace's blog that I figured out how to deal with those God Damn Dervishes at Omdurman. Taught those fuzzy wuzzie's a thing or two, though, what-what?

Posted by: General Horatio Kitchener at January 31, 2007 08:37 AM (7Iqke)

65 The Borg are now my bitches, thanks to reading this blog.

Posted by: Captain Jean-Luc Picard at January 31, 2007 08:39 AM (mAhn3)

66 If not for Ace's blog I wouldn't know a trap from a trampoline.

Posted by: Adm. Akbar at January 31, 2007 08:42 AM (0sVlQ)

67 Let's not get stuck on stupid. We're going to do it right this time.

Posted by: Lt Gen Honore at January 31, 2007 08:42 AM (DcCEy)


I was reading Ace's blog during the battle at Queenston Heights, on horseback, on my wireless laptop! At least until I got shot that is.

Posted by: Major-General Sir Issac Brock at January 31, 2007 08:43 AM (cVijR)

69 This isn't very original, but...

I read ace's blog when I crap. No lie.

Posted by: Smith at January 31, 2007 08:44 AM (Gpfe0)

70 Sorry, wrong thread.

Posted by: General Tso Chicken at January 31, 2007 08:47 AM (m2CN7)

71 It was Ace's blog where I got the idea for changing up the Phalanx to put the elite troops on the left. This enabled me to defeat Cleombrotus at Leuctra. So I suppose I have to give Ace the credit for inventing the military maneauver of "refusing the flank".

Posted by: Epaminondas at January 31, 2007 08:49 AM (7Iqke)

72 I learned my semen-ship from this blog!

Posted by: Marcus Antonius at January 31, 2007 08:51 AM (p1s9n)

73 I learned the retard swarm tactic from AoSHQ.

Posted by: Vercingetorix at January 31, 2007 08:52 AM (p1s9n)

74 Seriously, though. A military blog? What the fuck.

THat's even more improbable than "smart."

I mean war porn is one thing.

Posted by: hobgoblin at January 31, 2007 08:53 AM (p1s9n)

75 Ace taught me everything about blowing horns.

Posted by: Joshua at January 31, 2007 08:54 AM (p1s9n)

76 I didn't read this blog.

Posted by: Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery at January 31, 2007 08:54 AM (mAhn3)

77 If we had read Ace's blog, we would've gotten home a helluva a lot earlier.

Posted by: Captain Janeway at January 31, 2007 08:55 AM (KV/Mz)

78 If it weren't for this blog I would not have damned those torpedos.

Posted by: Admiral David G. Farragut at January 31, 2007 09:00 AM (G9607)

79 AoSHQ taught me that you REALLY CAN fight a war of attrition.

Posted by: Pyrrhus at January 31, 2007 09:02 AM (p1s9n)

80 If I had read Ace's blog, I wouldn't have turned my car into a submarine.

Posted by: Ted Kennedy at January 31, 2007 09:04 AM (KV/Mz)

81 I read Ace every day. That's why I am the dumbest man in the Senate.

Posted by: Joe Biden at January 31, 2007 09:10 AM (yrptY)

82 The Battle of Hastings might have gone the other way if I hadn't spent most of the Channel crossing perusing Ace's blog

Yo, Bill! you got wi-fi?


After reading this blog I knew the Japs could never break the Navajo code.

Posted by: Lt. Phillip Johnson, USMC at January 31, 2007 09:11 AM (G9607)

83 Ace told me to sweep the leg!  That Daniel fucker didn't see it comin'!

Posted by: Johnny Lawrence at January 31, 2007 09:11 AM (KV/Mz)

84 I figure there was a transcriptionist error.

The very smart literary blog? No thats even crazier.

The very smart militantblog? Not quite, but makes more sense.

The very smart Mary Carey blog? connected to porn and he did post about her race for governor, so a real possiblity

Posted by: at January 31, 2007 09:13 AM (m2CN7)

85 AoS taught me the difference between WMDs and common industrial chemicals.

Posted by: Observant5 at January 31, 2007 09:13 AM (ElhB/)

86 I love the smell of chlorine in the morning. It smells like...my swimming pool.

Posted by: mikeyslaw at January 31, 2007 09:14 AM (yrptY)

87 Ace's blog helped me to be more effective in the bush.

Posted by: Colonel Lingus at January 31, 2007 09:20 AM (DTwYZ)

88 Hey!  What a coincidence.  It helped me be more effective in the bush too!

Posted by: Bill Clinton at January 31, 2007 09:26 AM (KV/Mz)

89 Ace advised me to wait till spring. But did I listen?

Posted by: Adolf Hitler at January 31, 2007 09:32 AM (h76y6)

90 Ace taught me everything I know about military strategy!

Posted by: Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz at January 31, 2007 09:32 AM (fGPRg)

91 I learned that bastard Captain Roy Brown tried to steal credit for downing Richtofen from me on the Ace's blog!

Posted by: Sergeant C. B. Popkin, a Vickers gunner of the 24th Machine Gun Company at January 31, 2007 09:34 AM (GFaLW)

92 The battle of Waterloo was won on the Blogfields of AoSHQ

Posted by: Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley at January 31, 2007 09:35 AM (h76y6)

93 Able was I ere I saw AoS.

Posted by: Nepolean Bonaparte at January 31, 2007 09:36 AM (h76y6)

94 I read this blog in between conquering and buggery.

Posted by: Alexander the Great at January 31, 2007 09:38 AM (BnZUW)

95 Putting a nuke reactor inside a submarine? Ace thought that up over a glass of Val-U-Rite.

Posted by: Admiral Hyman Rickover at January 31, 2007 09:38 AM (h76y6)

96 Dealing with the sythe chariots?

Learned it from AoSHQ troll-control techniques.

Also learned a lot about teh ghey here too.

True dat.

Posted by: Alexander at January 31, 2007 09:39 AM (p1s9n)

97 'Military blog'; this word, I do not think it means what you think it means.

Posted by: Inigo Montoya at January 31, 2007 09:39 AM (EKMxC)

98 Keeping one "Looking Glass" Bomber constantly up in the air? Ace's idea.

Posted by: General Curtis LeMay at January 31, 2007 09:40 AM (h76y6)

99 veni, vidi, vi@gra!!!

Posted by: Gaius Julius Caesar at January 31, 2007 09:41 AM (p1s9n)

100 Vidi. Vini. AoSHQ.

Posted by: Julius Ceasar at January 31, 2007 09:41 AM (EKMxC)

101 If the capitalist running dog lackeys of the Imperialist American Congress would have just read this blog, they'd have known I was right on verge of defeat.

Posted by: General Vo Nguyen Giap at January 31, 2007 09:44 AM (7Iqke)

102 Give me liberty or give me this blog !!!

Posted by: Patrick Henry at January 31, 2007 09:44 AM (ZQnRG)

103 We could sink the Bismarck only because of ideas stolen from AoS.

Posted by: Rear Adm. Lancelot Holland, Royal Navy at January 31, 2007 09:46 AM (h76y6)

104 We are so retarded.

I love it.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at January 31, 2007 09:46 AM (pzen5)

105 OK, two of you fuckers need to get out of my head. NOW.

Posted by: hobgoblin at January 31, 2007 09:47 AM (p1s9n)

106 Take off and nuke 'em from orbit?

Ace's idea, to be sure.

Posted by: Cpl. Dwayne Hicks at January 31, 2007 09:47 AM (rexis)

107 Ace's blog's read by prominent military leaders?

In that case, if any of you have seen a priggish genius in grey shoddy missing a good right arm, can you tell him he left me on the ground in The Wilderness? I feel pretty useless without the rest of him, and I'm pretty sure he's not much good to Lee without me, either.

Posted by: Stonewall Jackson's Arm at January 31, 2007 09:48 AM (GFaLW)

108 Og use AoSHQ to beat little hobbit people.

Little hobbit people had dialup. Og go broadband on their ass.

Posted by: Og at January 31, 2007 09:48 AM (RLGHA)

109 Ace engineered our glorious Vich-tory.

Posted by: Philippe Pétain at January 31, 2007 09:50 AM (rexis)

110 Russ Fiengold read from my military blog on the floor of the Senate during the Censure hearings *before* Ace's, I'll have you know.

Posted by: Glen Ellison Ellensberg Ellers Greenwald at January 31, 2007 09:50 AM (EKMxC)

111 Blog? Ha!

Sharp sticks seem to do the trick!

Posted by: Vlad the Impaler at January 31, 2007 09:51 AM (OFfpv)

112 Ace taught me that Duty is ours; consequences are God's.

Posted by: THomas Jackson at January 31, 2007 09:51 AM (p1s9n)

113 I told the Czar I needed to read this blog, but he refused to open up a port on the firewall. The outcome was inevitable.

Posted by: Admiral Zinovy Petrovich Rozhestvensky at January 31, 2007 09:51 AM (pzen5)

114 Ace, I've always thought you were smart when you chose to be. Moron-blogging cheap-shot aside.

And I don't think we're one of the "few" remaining supporters of the war. I think we're one of the few who actually see the geopolitical consequences of not winning, "all reasonable efforts" aside.

Pro di, win the damn war!

Posted by: Dianna at January 31, 2007 09:52 AM (qrFCz)

115 So Ace was a bit tipsy, you see, and he kept muttering "Charge 'em, old boy, and give them a bit of the old steel!" So I thought, well, why not? Alas, the Battle of Balaclava was the end of my dear Light Brigade. I wanted to challenge Ace to a duel, but he had absconded by that time, leaving me with nothing but shame and a huge bar tab.

Posted by: Lord Cardigan at January 31, 2007 09:53 AM (7Iqke)

116 Steven Segal is ... Ace's military blog.

Posted by: blogRot at January 31, 2007 09:55 AM (EKMxC)


The aerial bombardment of London? We thought it up after I saw Ace take a Huuuge Dump. The toilet was devastated. We just scaled the idea up.

Posted by: Hermann Goering at January 31, 2007 09:57 AM (h76y6)

118 It is Ace who taught me the value of the short spear

Posted by: shaka zulu at January 31, 2007 09:59 AM (p1s9n)

119 Yeah, thanks Hermann. Real bright, pissing off the Brits by bombing their capitol.

I hate this moronblog.

Posted by: Citizens of Dresden at January 31, 2007 10:00 AM (GFaLW)

120 Og use AoSHQ to beat little hobbit people

Sir I have soiled myself and it is all your fault.

Posted by: lauraw at January 31, 2007 10:00 AM (YJ5qb)

121 Ace answered the riddle of vodka.

Who knew that the hand that wields the Value-rite is stronger than the sprit it wields

Posted by: Conan at January 31, 2007 10:01 AM (p1s9n)


Attaching a car battery to a man's testicles?  We adapted that from Ace's morning routine.

Better than coffee, we swear it.

Posted by: VC at January 31, 2007 10:02 AM (jPCiN)


Posted by: Lt John Fn Kerry at January 31, 2007 10:02 AM (RJDcF)

124 Great Sky Spirit direct Sitting Bull to Ace's Blog. Sitting Bull pass good ideas to Crazy Horse. In Battle of Little Big Horn, we teach Custer what AoS lifestyle really mean.

Posted by: Sitting Bull at January 31, 2007 10:06 AM (7Iqke)

125 Gurney Halleck taught me that the slow blade penetrates the shield, but it was Ace's blog that showed me how to transmute the Water Of Life, become the Kwisatz Haderach, and defeat the Harkonnens.

Posted by: Paul Muad'dib at January 31, 2007 10:07 AM (mAhn3)


Like Ace always told me - never do today what you can put off till tomorrow

Fabius Maximus

PS. Anyone who makes fun of my name gets crucified.



Posted by: Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus Cunctator at January 31, 2007 10:14 AM (yrTEO)


I shall return!

(this moron blog is addictive).

Posted by: General Douglas MacArthur at January 31, 2007 10:15 AM (aAHWx)


Posted by: Agent Jack Bauer at January 31, 2007 10:16 AM (d38jD)

129 Ace freed me from slavery!

It didn't turn out so well.

Posted by: spartacus at January 31, 2007 10:16 AM (p1s9n)

130 Surrounded at Bastogne, General Tony McAuliffe was asked what he thought of AoS and his basking hangers-on. The General replied, "All, nuts."

Posted by: Dolf Fenster at January 31, 2007 10:17 AM (dFzC2)

131 There's a place you can learn about military matters? Who knew.

Posted by: The French at January 31, 2007 10:20 AM (m2CN7)

132 Ace freed me from slavery! 
- Spartacus

WTF?!?  I'm Spartacus!

Posted by: Spartacus, really at January 31, 2007 10:21 AM (1tlBF)


No, I'm Spartacus!


Posted by: Don't Believe Them at January 31, 2007 10:23 AM (yrTEO)

134 wow, those are a lot of endorsements.  Who knew.

Posted by: ace at January 31, 2007 10:24 AM (4qddO)

135 I'm Spartacus, and so is my wife!

Posted by: Not-Spartacus at January 31, 2007 10:25 AM (RJDcF)

136 Fuck Ace and his "Little Boy" and "Fat Man"

Posted by: Hiroshima Nagasaki at January 31, 2007 10:26 AM (x0jT7)

137 Well, you are the chosen one. And I ought to know I've followed a few.

Posted by: Gen. Kenobi at January 31, 2007 10:27 AM (RJDcF)

138 “When Alexander looked out and surveyed the breadth of his domain, he wept, for he would not live to read AoS."--Hans Gruber

Posted by: Dolf Fenster at January 31, 2007 10:29 AM (dFzC2)

139 Ace taught me that teh fifth ring was brown.

Posted by: Musashi at January 31, 2007 10:29 AM (p1s9n)

140 If only one of my mighty works had been the intertubes.

Posted by: Ozymandias at January 31, 2007 10:31 AM (pzen5)

141 I'm Spartacus' mistress!

Posted by: Spartacus' mistress at January 31, 2007 10:32 AM (aAHWx)

142 Ace says, "You might want to avoid attacking Stalingrad with winter so close. And those Commies can be a bit tetchy." Hitler says: "Nah, he's full of shit. Go for it!" Well, I made my decision and we all know how that turned out.

Posted by: Field Marshal Friedrich von Paulus at January 31, 2007 10:33 AM (7Iqke)

143 Ace teach me, he did. Do or not do, there is no try.

Posted by: yoda at January 31, 2007 10:36 AM (DcCEy)

144 I have not yet begun to blog!

Posted by: Ace Paul Jones at January 31, 2007 10:36 AM (zXUuJ)

145 My scouts advised me not to attack at Little Bighorn, but Ace said, "what the heck, go for it!"

Posted by: Lt. Col. Custer at January 31, 2007 10:41 AM (aAHWx)

146 It is well that this blog is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.

Posted by: Gen R.E. Lee at January 31, 2007 10:51 AM (wg4FW)

147 Ace says this should be enough armor.

Posted by: John Brown & Co. at January 31, 2007 10:56 AM (wg4FW)

148 Ace, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, and why we died. All that matters is that today, two stood against many. Valor pleases you, so grant me this one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, the HELL with you!

Posted by: Conan at January 31, 2007 11:00 AM (wg4FW)

149 Oh Ace, I'm going to miss you. Apparently, you're the only man in Casablanca with even less scruples than I.

Posted by: Captain Renault at January 31, 2007 11:03 AM (tVbxd)

150 I wasn't going to do anything when those British and Kiwi troops landed, but then I thought, "What would Ace do?" or, as I now have on my camel-sticker, "WWAD?" So I kicked their asses.

Posted by: Mustafa Kemal at January 31, 2007 11:04 AM (wg4FW)


It's like Pavlov's dogs.  Ace comes up with a topic, and all the moron commentators start riffing on it.

Steven Segal is ... Drooling Uncontrollably



Posted by: JayC at January 31, 2007 11:08 AM (yrTEO)

152 I'm Spartapuss!

Posted by: Margaret Cho's She-junk at January 31, 2007 11:09 AM (fGPRg)

153 Ace tell Clown, "SMASH!" So Clown SMASH!

Posted by: Clown at January 31, 2007 11:10 AM (wg4FW)

154 Giant ostrich cavalry? Ace's idea.

Posted by: SeaOtter Commander at January 31, 2007 11:12 AM (wg4FW)

155 Ace Volt!

Posted by: Pope Urban II at January 31, 2007 11:14 AM (RJDcF)

156 There we stood... 3...against a thousand.  We knew we had no hope of victory that day, but with Ace's help and God's blessing, we would go down honorably, fighting to the death.  3...against a thousand. 

As the battle began, we were almost routed immediately.  The overwhelming force and ferocity of the enemy was unlike any we had faced before.  But then, as the battle seemed unwinnable and we were nearly defeated, we found, with trust and faith in Ace's guidance, the strength to rise above the odds, and turn the tide of the battle to our favor.  3...against a thousand!

We fought with hope, we fought with bravery and we fought with the courage of men who had nothing left to lose.  And somehow, incredibly, amazingly, we turned back the tide of our enemy and emerged from the battle victorious!  3!  Against a Thousand!

Later, we all agreed.  Those were the toughest 3 Indians we ever saw.

Posted by: wiserbud, with aplogies to Bob Hope at January 31, 2007 11:16 AM (1tlBF)

157 Hey it was Ace's brilliant idea to have the Hulk in the Avengers. So he's not the genius you think he is.

Posted by: Captian America at January 31, 2007 11:18 AM (RJDcF)

158 I didn't realize that it was a joke when Ace said we all had several lives to give for our country.

Posted by: Nathan Hale at January 31, 2007 11:21 AM (pO2Jg)

159 So I was like:

"Dude, you really think I should drop the second one?"

Ace was all:

"Phsst, you might as well T-bone. Sometimes you just gotta be a dick about things."

The rest is history.

Posted by: Truman at January 31, 2007 11:22 AM (/InkS)

160 I had misgivings about ze attack at Waterloo, but Ace...'e told me, "C'est dans le poche."

Posted by: Napoleon at January 31, 2007 11:24 AM (aAHWx)

161 It is well known around the Empire that not a single storm trooper moron ever reads this blog.

A great disturbance in the Force tells me that those Ewok fuckers, however, do.

Ace of Spades War Rule #1: Do not create planet-annihilating super weapon with flaw that will allow it to be destroyed using a lucky spitball.

Especially not twice.

Posted by: Darth Vader at January 31, 2007 11:29 AM (mc295)

162 Ace told me not to screw around with Jeff Goldstein, but did I listen?

Posted by: Deb Frisch at January 31, 2007 11:36 AM (fGPRg)


It is well that this blog is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.

Posted by Gen R.E. Lee at January 31, 2007 03:51 PM

Kudos and kudos.

Posted by: hobgoblin at January 31, 2007 11:39 AM (p1s9n)

164 Go tell the Spartans to log on to AoS pronto! There's a shitload of Persians a-comin'!

Posted by: the 300 at January 31, 2007 11:46 AM (uSomN)

165 I was going to just charge into the Etruscan army and die a glorious death for Rome, but then Ace said, "Hey, One-eye: hold them off at the bridge." The rest is legend.

Posted by: Horatius at January 31, 2007 11:55 AM (wg4FW)

166 Bombs with fins.
Guns that shoot around corners.
Airplanes that can't be seen on radar.
Margaret Cho's puss video.

All Ace's ideas. Damn his genius!

Winner: I agree with Hobgoblin. R.E. Lee's comment.

Posted by: mikeyslaw at January 31, 2007 12:02 PM (yrptY)


Me learn make fire from Ace!

He plenty smart! Ugh!

Posted by: A Caveman at January 31, 2007 12:08 PM (cVijR)

168 Oh! LOL.

You said Don't fight the germans in the forest. I thought you said Do fight them in the forest. My bad.

Posted by: Publius Quinctilius Varus at January 31, 2007 12:08 PM (/InkS)

169 Ya now that "never get  into a land war with Asia" thing?


Posted by: Vizinni at January 31, 2007 12:11 PM (1tlBF)

170 Tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,
That here obediant to Ace's blog we lie.

Posted by: 300 Dead Spartans at January 31, 2007 12:47 PM (7Iqke)

171 Huh, Ace knows nothing about the military.

Witness his ignorance of our many bases in Antartica.

Posted by: Proud Liberal Vet! at January 31, 2007 01:19 PM (VM7Fg)

172 We invade Southwest with strategery from this bueno blog.

Posted by: Army of Juan at January 31, 2007 02:28 PM (rexis)

173 Despite a temporary setback, with Ace's help, I will have my revenge.

Posted by: Montezuma at January 31, 2007 02:33 PM (rexis)

174 Ace isn't just a military genius...he told me that the "Chris Gaines" album was a bad idea, but I didn't listen. Oh well, at least I'm still a big draw in Branson.

Posted by: Garth Brooks at January 31, 2007 02:49 PM (dkWnD)

175 Damn, my foot is killing me.
Why didn't anyone tell me of this military genious Ace's Blog?

Posted by: Achilles at January 31, 2007 02:56 PM (x0jT7)

176 Ace gave me the suggestion to march on Rome when the Senate tried to take my command away!

Posted by: Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix at January 31, 2007 06:50 PM (rpSu5)

177 It wasn't fate or Fortuna that prompted me to cross the Rubicon. It was Ace's constant harping that forced me to Cross the Rubicon and kill the Roman Republic.

Posted by: Gaius Julius Caesar at January 31, 2007 06:51 PM (rpSu5)

178 It was Ace's suggestion to change Rome from a city of Brick to a city of Marble. And now I have to find a way to pay for all of these damned improvements.

Posted by: Augustus at January 31, 2007 06:52 PM (rpSu5)

179 Who knew Alaska would be a good signing for team America?


Posted by: Seward at January 31, 2007 07:04 PM (/InkS)

180 Ace told me to check the height of the hedgerows. Fucking fuck fuck, I need a smoke.

Posted by: Ike at January 31, 2007 07:05 PM (/InkS)

181 "I wish to have no connection with any blog that does not post Ace's thoughts, for I intend to go in harm's way."

Posted by: John Paul Ace at February 01, 2007 04:44 AM (zXUuJ)

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