Friday, September 03, 2004

Colin Powell on Sergeant Presley and Elephant Gangs

From an interview with P.J. O'Rourke in The Atlantic Unbound.

P. J. O'ROURKE: Really?
SECRETARY POWELL: I met him when he was in the Army. I was a lieutenant; he was a sergeant. He was in the neighboring regiment—or combat command, as we called it—in the Third Armored Division in Germany.

We were in the training area one day and I was driving my jeep around and suddenly came upon this unit from the other outfit and there he was. And so I went over and shook hands.

He was a good soldier. You never would have thought he was anything but a soldier. He had a pimple on his face and everything else. He was not a big star. He was just another soldier.
P. J. O'ROURKE: I'll be darned. Well, good for him.

Here Secretary Powell waxes philosophical on elephants and rhinoceri:

SECRETARY POWELL: You've heard the wonderful story about the elephants? This was at a game reserve in Botswana or somewhere. They had found a dead rhinoceros, and they couldn't figure out who had killed it. The rhinoceros doesn't have any natural enemies. They looked and looked and found that there were these elephants, male elephants, that were killing rhinoceros. They were young elephants that had been brought from another reserve far away, but they had been brought just as two adolescent male elephants, and—
P. J. O'ROURKE: An elephant gang.
SECRETARY POWELL: An elephant gang. And so the game keepers didn't know what to do. They didn't want to kill them. And it occurred to some guy, very early one morning he said, "I've got it." They just went and got some older male elephants. They brought two male elephants, adult male elephants in with these teenagers, and within a few months, problem solved. The teenagers didn't know how to act. The male elephants made it clear to them: "Excuse me, boy. This is not what elephants do. We don't go around chomping on rhinoceri."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

1st part - that must of been a stand-in for Elvis - he usually used a proxy for Lt Col and below. and the pimple is a dead give-away it was a proxy - Elvis would of had a genuine wart.

2nd Part - Lets piss about four elephants off (we want to make sure a good job gets done) put them thru psyops training to implant in their mind that Muqtada al-Sadr and his henchmen are rhinos. then drop them out over Baghdad near Sadr City - Problem solved.090348