Monday, February 21, 2011

The return of Milo Minderbinder to Libya

"Word spread that it was oil, and Chief White Halfoat was kicked off the base. Soon every man who could find a shovel was digging frenziedly for oil. Dirt flew everywhere; the scene was almost like the morning in Pianosa seven months later after the night Milo bombed the squadron with every plane he had accumulated in his M&M syndicate, and the airfield, bomb dump and repair hangars as well, and all the survivors were outside hacking cavernous shelters into the solid ground and roofing them over with sheets of armor plate stolen from the repair sheds at the field and with tattered squares of waterproof canvas stolen from the side flaps of each other’s tents."

Joseph Heller
Simon and Schuster, 2004, pg. 105

A guide to NATO humanitarian operations

In the best of all possible worlds, the "fighter jets" are French, the helicopters are American, the ammunition is British, and all the money is in Switzerland.

In the worst of all possible worlds, the "fighter jets" are Swiss, the helicopters are French, the ammunition is American, and all the money is in Britain.