December 07, 2005

Watch your back, Lileks!

Scott Adams:

Yet another “third highest ranking al-Qaida leader” has been killed, this time by a rocket attack from an unmanned drone. There are a lot of jobs that I wouldn’t want, and “third highest ranking al-Qaida leader” is right at the top. But I can tell you for sure that if I ever got that job, the first thing I’d do is narc out one of the top two guys so I could move up a notch. Apparently one of the perks of being in the top two is having a really, really good hiding place. The number 3 through 10 leadership guys are pretty much scurrying between mud huts and looking at the sky a lot.

I know that war is Hell and all that, but I have to think that the guy who fired the rocket by remote control loves his job. I have an image of him sitting in an air conditioned headquarters someplace, feet up on the desk, a bag of Cheetohs on one side, a Budweiser on the other, staring at his computer screen. It’s about 1 am and everyone else is asleep. The order comes through on e-mail saying something like “Blow up mud hut #4,7855.” So he takes a break from playing Doom and plugs that number into the GPS system and soon his drone is hovering over said mud hut, missiles ready to go.

Maybe it’s just a “guy thing” but the idea of blowing up a mud hut by remote controlled drone sounds like the most fun thing I can think of. And if the number 3 al-Qaida leader happens to be inside, that’s a bonus. It certainly makes your story sound less nerdy afterwards.

I find it interesting that the guy with the best job in the world gets to blow up the guy with the worst job in the world. That’s really rubbing it in. But I guess it’s not so different from a CEO downsizing the auditing department. It’s one of those recurring themes in life.

Posted by Steve at December 7, 2005 09:37 PM | TrackBack

He's even better than the cartoons! :-)

Posted by: Dean Esmay at December 7, 2005 10:28 PM

My, but that was delicious!

Posted by: Margi at December 7, 2005 10:58 PM

I remember a stand-up comic talking about something like this right after Navy F-14's shot down Libyan MiG's back a few years ago. He was reflecting on how frustrating it must have been for devout Muslim pilots to lose to a bunch of kids raised on cartoons and video games:

Libyan (over radio): YOU DIE FOR ALLAH!
American: Meet George Jetson! (Whooosh---BOOM!) His boy Elroy! (Whooosh---BOOM!)

Posted by: Brian B at December 8, 2005 10:13 AM