Friday, March 21, 2008

Radical Chic

We should transition from being nation-builders
to nation-defenders.
But the nation we should
be defending is our own
--Bob Beckel

I’ve had enough of watching
scenes of schizophrenic, egocentric
paranoic, prima donnas.
All I want is the truth
Just give me some truth
--All I Want is the Truth, John Lennon

Top U.S. commander in Iraq General David Petraeus said last Thursday that Iraqi leaders have not made sufficient progress towards internal reconciliation. This downtick in enthusiasm was in contrast to his February report (Iraqi Leaders Not Making Sufficient Progress.)

Then, following the passage of laws on the budget, provincial elections and an amnesty for certain detainees, Petraeus had said, "(T)he passage of the three laws today showed that the Iraqi leaders are now taking advantage of the opportunity that coalition and Iraqi troopers fought so hard to provide."

General Petraeus should be advised that the passage of a law in Iraq is as meaningless as a mandate to love in a massage parlor. A law that can not be enforced is falderol.

In addition, the U.S. should be asking who benefits from these wondrous laws? Is it the American taxpayers picking up the tab and/or dying for this fiction?

"Petraeus credited
both the mainly Sunni neighborhood patrols known as the Awakening and a cease-fire called by Shiite cleric and militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr with helping to bring down violence. The Awakening fighters include former insurgents who say they have turned against al-Qaeda in Iraq, a largely homegrown Sunni group that Petraeus said is in communication with al-Qaeda
leaders abroad. The United States is now paying 88,000 members of the Awakening $300 a month to take part in the neighborhood patrols."

So al-Sadr's not quite so radical now that it appears he is benefiting U.S. interests. He even gets strokes from the good General. This re-branding is a joke. In fact, this cleric owns the country; Petraeus is but a breeze blowing across the palace balcony.

Another joke: the U.S. bribing paying militiamen -- former Sunni insurgents -- $26.4 million a month to tote AK's on city streets. [Meanwhile, we can't figure if our own 200+ year old Constitution allows U.S. citizens to bear arms.]

Texas tea:

"Sunni fighters in the western province of Anbar who have joined the Awakening 'are waiting for the next opportunity,' not the next war, Petraeus asserted. 'What they want to do is get more closely linked with Baghdad so they can continue to benefit from the enormous oil revenue wealth which is pouring into this country.'"

Can I link with Baghdad for a cut? While their oil revenue flows, our tax dollars continue to foot their bills. This is like being on a really bad date, for there will be no quid pro quo; she just wants to eat dinner and be gone.

Meanwhile, no one is staunching our bleeding as a result of the petro price-gouging. For one example of the trickle-down effect, the average grocery tab rose 5% in 2007 and is expected to increase by a higher percentage in 2008. No one is remunerating me for being on the Awakening Council to this fact.

Who is drawing the connection between the real costs of this war and the suffering of the average American? There is no cause for joy at a bottomless bucket of handouts for Iraqis while the economic thumbscrews are tightened on hardworking taxpayers daily. My life is not a whit better for George W. Bush's Holy Land crusade; in fact, it is much the worse.

The U.S. is rupturing at the seams, and there are people who care about Baghdad? The chickenhawk crew opposes "handouts" to the neediest U.S. citizens yet has no problem putting Iraq on a 100-yr. dole. The flow of dollars continues and democracy with an iron fist flourishes, everywhere except into our wallets.

Who is fighting for the average American struggling to get through the month?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So al-Sadr's not quite so radical now that it appears he is benefiting U.S. interests.

This were the world see if he i9s for real, like his mentor.

Friday, March 21, 2008 at 9:47:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Carpenter would like to know where this "enormous oil revenue wealth" is flowing. Who owns the wells? Where is the oil piped to? To whom is it sold and for how much? Who counts the money? Who spends it and what do they buy with it? Bartcop(http://www.bartcop.com/) says the wells are unmetered and that the whole "war" is just a way to cover up an enormous theft.

Friday, March 21, 2008 at 10:16:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

hey, i want in on that stuff too! i promise i won't shoot anybody, or blow shit up (except for the odd stump here and there).

then, i'll become a farmer who gets paid to not grow stuff. or a teacher whose students learn nothing. . .

the career choices are endless.

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 10:43:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Thanks for the Bartcop link. This is our point exactly -- a giant fleecing of the American public.

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 11:23:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Ranger doesn't believe for a moment there will ever come a day you do not want to blow shit up, unlike our new Sunni friends ;)

Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 11:26:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i will confess, blowing shit up is fun. being able to make bathtub C4 and napalm has made me a real hit with teenagers.

(although they loved it when i made the moral equivelant of black powder from froot loops)

Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 5:15:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I have seen the SF books at Jim's friend's house on how to make explosives from what's handy -- stuff like Borax and Jello, I believe. With all due respect, I think you're all just a tad bit off. . .

But you know I like you very much, despite this.

Sunday, March 23, 2008 at 5:32:00 PM GMT-5  

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