The Strutting Cock

March 27, 2007 at 7:27 am | Posted in American politics, Iran, Military | 2 Comments

Let me share a parable from Chuang Tzu as quoted on The Shining Wire blog:

Chi Hsing Tzu was a trainer of fighting cocks
for King Hsuan.
He was training a fine bird.
The King kept asking if the bird were
Ready for combat.
“Not yet,” said the trainer.
“He is full of fire.
He is ready to pick a fight
With every other bird. He is vain and confident
Of his own strength.”
After ten days, he answered again:
“Not yet. He flares up
When he hears another bird crow.”
After ten more days:
“Not yet. He still gets
That angry look
and ruffles his feathers.”
Again ten days:
The trainer said, “Now he is nearly ready.
When another bird crows, his eye
does not even flicker.
He stands immobile
Like a cock of wood.
He is a mature fighter.
Other birds
will take one look at him
And run.”

Now, let me share the latest news from the Persian Gulf of our own strutting cocks:
(courtesy of MSNBC.com)

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday began its largest demonstration of force in the Persian Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, led by a pair of aircraft carriers and backed by warplanes flying simulated attack maneuvers off the coast of Iran.

The maneuvers bring together two strike groups of U.S. warships and more than 100 U.S. warplanes to conduct simulated air warfare in the crowded Gulf shipping lanes.

The U.S. exercises come just four days after Iran’s capture of 15 British sailors and marines who Iran said had strayed into Iranian waters near the Gulf. Britain and the U.S. Navy have insisted the British sailors were operating in Iraqi waters. (Full story)

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kevin Aandahl said the U.S. maneuvers were not organized in response to the capture of the British sailors — nor were they meant to threaten the Islamic Republic, whose navy operates in the same waters.

He declined to specify when the Navy planned the exercises.

Of course he declined. Because this was a strutting cock showing off its stuff, IN REACTION TO Iran.

Let me tell you, if I am Britain, I’d be pretty embarrassed that I have to rely on American and French strutting.

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  1. Right on! The last thing the US and France should be doing right now is practicing war games. Even if they had planned them, they should have delayed them until this crisis passed. You’d think that after all these years of Britain and France and the US working together they’d have figured out how to coordinate these things.

    The idiot French and Americans! The Brits ought to be embarrased. Iran probably thinks the fat Americans run world. It’s just sickening how the Americans are bullying the Iranians.

  2. [...] still think the Strutting Cock analogy best fits America today under the Bush administration: Chi Hsing Tzu was a trainer of fighting cocks for King Hsuan. He was training a fine bird. The [...]


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