Friday, December 24, 2004
You just have to return to the city that you have, and not the one that you might wish to have in the future.
And three more marines were reported killed in Falluja today. Sorry -- U.S. reports read "in al-Anbar province." Because, Falluja is officially all hunky dory now.<
Actually, the conditions being imposed upon those who return may be worse than the conditions of their homes.
But, for a spot of light in this darkness:Iraq Net article
Thursday, December 23, 2004
This is what allows General Myers to say the answer is simple - we just win. And what allows Derr Rumsfiend to say it's "crystal clear" and "unambiguous" that "Fallujah was a successful effort". (Source) We just quit saying where the soldiers were killed and refer to any deaths in Falluja as deaths in the Anbar province. See how easy that is? Simple.
I had been working on a post commenting on the DOD briefing I'm quoting there, but decided to forego posting it, as I'd posted a couple of things yesterday regarding other people quoting some of the assinine things Rumsfiend and Myers said. I'll change my mind again and put it here:
A few more choice quotes from yesterday's DOD briefing
As an old ex-con friend of mine always said, paybacks are a motherfucker. For all the stuff he's asking other people to swallow, it's only right. It's what he's spitting out that's the real problem.
Now you know he doesn't believe that drivel. A catch in his throat isn't enough of a signal to him to stop puking up bullshit. Let's have another look at the directives and the methods for the capture of Iraq before we discuss killing and terrorizing innocents.
And the families of these dead soldiers are going to get my personally signed letter of condolence, unlike the dead before them whose families got letters forged by my signing machine.
Okay, I know. Usually I don't bother to post this crap, because I assume you've heard enough of it that you could write these little briefings yourself. Be sure to add that Afghanistan has been liberated and elected a
mayor of Kabuhl president, and that the enemy has escaped Falluja and set up camp in Mosul been routed from Falluja. And keep repeating that Iraqis are being trained to keep Iraq secure. Don't leave out that we are fighting the enemy there so we don't have to fight him here. (And be sure to mention that the enemy chops off people's heads.) (Go check it out if you don't believe he's still saying all these things.)
And especially remember this quote when they hold elections at the end of January without Falluja, without Mosul, and without numerous other cities being able to vote:
Then we get General The-solution-is-simple-al l-we-have-to-do-is-win Myers
Directly contradicting Mr. Abdel-Mahdi at the National Press Club.
Maybe General Myers actually said these were the same insurgents who attacked on 9/11. Maybe the transcriber left out "type of". Whichever way it went down, it was a flagrant deceptive statement continuing the administration's efforts to make the people we are killing, in your mind, responsible for the WTC attacks.
Oh, good lord. Thank God it wasn't General Ham who attacked his own men. Who lets this man speak? "Losses are not our fault, you dummies. Our enemies are trying to kill us."<
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
It would appear they aren't having so much fun now.Sierra Times article
Remember when Rome was the occupying force in a Middle Eastern country and had all the males of a certain age killed? Does the name Herod ring a bell?
Held off by a bunch of guys in tennis shoes and sandals with low-tech weaponry and remote controls taken from toys. Maybe this isn't true. But if not, then why don't we have embedded reporters cranking out hero stories and great photos like we got at the initial invasion of Iraq? Read more of this article: The End of Warfare
Monday, December 20, 2004
Sunday, December 19, 2004
I haven't liked Harrison Ford since the Star Wars movies back when. He is one of the most overrated, in my opinion, of Hollywood's stars - a one-dimensional character whom they say is just like the guy you see on the screen. Today's John Wayne (another terrible actor). Director Noyce was talking about how they decided to make Jack Ryan react differently to a viewing of murders than author Clancy had the character react in the book Patriot Games, which movie Noyce was directing. He said Clancy was very unhappy about the way they changed the character from someone who stonily appreciated the killing aspects that were a large part of his career. Noyce and Ford decided Ryan should be a sympathetic character for the audience. They looked on him as a hero, and they didn't believe a hero would be so cold-hearted. Obviously they understand very little about the CIA.
But, see how that works? It's the same mentality Americans have about all their war "heroes". Our guys have good hearts. Their killing is of a heroic, selfless nature. Harrison Ford is just portraying on screen the delusion that we wish to maintain about ourselves. Bringing you entertainment, not a portrayal of life. (There should be a different category for people who perform those roles - just call them entertainers, not actors - that insults the really fine actors out there.)
So anyway, it comes as no surprise to me this morning to see that Mr. Ford is considering another role guaranteed to entertain you and keep you divorced from reality.Reuters article
Here's the author Bing West (covering the war as a "foreign" correspondent??) on December 8 at MSNBC online:
And here's the reality of Falluja in today's news (which is very scantly reported; try changing your search to "al-Anbar", the province in which Falluja is located):Aljazeera article Arab Times Online article Sign On San Diego article
Reuters has the headline for this report as: "Falluja refugees to start returning". Always misleading.Reuters article
Because they are going to have power and water by next week? Sure. Those "renewed" airstrikes should be a nice invitation to return, as well.
Aljazeera is reporting a little differently than Reuters (surprise!).
And let's review the plan for when they do return, anyway.Alternet article
Zieg heil. Bet they can't wait to get home and get cracking.
Monday, December 13, 2004
Number one, good on you, soldier, for telling the truth. Number two, stop doing what you know is wrong. Unlike the people you are shooting, it won't kill you. And, son, you are personally responsible, whether you are following orders or not.
Thursday, December 9, 2004
There are several pages of gruesome photographs, a mere fraction of the number of bodies left lying in the streets and in homes in the city. Many are partially eaten by dogs.
To Iraqis, this is the handiwork of The Great Satan.
It's not your freedom they hate.
Update 9:40pm : Shortly after reading a skeptical commenter's claims, avowing that the military's rules of engagement would not permit these kinds of things - therefore, they don't happen - this article on Jimmy Massey, U.S. Marine with a conscience, came across my e-desk. Excerpt:Globe & Mail article
Yes, I understand that the military's idea of a hand signal that means stop is a raised fist. They expect people outside their own organization to recognize that?
As I posted in the comments section, there are plenty of articles exposing the criminal, inhumane behavior of the U.S. military over the course of many wars and other military actions. I have even heard from friends and read accounts of other soldiers who were special forces in Viet Nam stories that would give you nightmares. And these guys are trying to live with the memories of what they did in "service to their country" those many years ago.
But hey, believe what you want...you will anyway.
Update 10:00pm: And another one shows up...Information Clearinghouse article
Monday, December 6, 2004
They'll be thrilled when they find out. Bet.
Sorry, I should have warned you not to be chewing or swallowing anything.
But, the Oaf of Office told me that brown-skinned people are capable of ruling themselves.
Arbeit Macht Frei
Sunday, December 5, 2004
Saturday, December 4, 2004
Yeah, sure sounds that way.ZNet article Lew Rockwell article
"Re-" nothing. It began and has always been an American war.
"Be studious, stay in school, and stay away from the military. I mean it." -- Marine Staff Sgt. Russell Slay to his 5-yr-old son in a letter home shortly before he was killed in Iraq.