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Bush's Iraq Junket
About 2500 US known dead, give or take a corpse or two Untold tens of thousands
of Iraqis. A new and more repressive crackdown in Iraq's capital city titled,
rather lamely, Operation Forward Together. No Iron Fist this time. No Desert
Storm. Just Forward Together into the fog or perhaps the abyss.
No one really seems to know any longer yet the commander-in-chief in Washington
and his sycophantic henchmen both in and out of uniform continue to insist that
their soldiers and the people whose country they are destroying will stay "until
victory." Like most wars, such victory is vaguely defined. However, even
the US adventure in Korea looked more purposeful to US residents than this one
The recent murder of Zarqawi and the current crackdown in Baghdad serve well
as metaphors for the entire nature of this war. An overkill of US military power
with results that mean virtually nothing in the longer term.
So what--they killed Zarqawi? Does that bring an end to the war any closer?
So what--the newest Prime Minister of the Green Zone, a man whose reliance
on Washington's firepower already seems to rival that of Ayad Allawi (DC's first
handpicked man), announces a giant security sweep of Baghdad. Under Washington's
direction, he tells the city's residents (and the compliant US press) that there
will be over 70,000 US and Iraqi more troops in their city setting up checkpoints
to harass them, take their guns (always a popular move in Iraq), breaking into
their homes at night, arresting men on minimal suspicions, and just irritating
and disrupting their already wartorn lives.
Will it end the war? Of course not. Like other such operations before it, Forward
Together is another public relations exercise whose primary audience is the
US public and whose primary targets are any Iraqi that gets in the way of the
troops swaggering through their streets and homes. It won't amount to a hill
Talking about hills of beans, how about Congress? Now that there are 2500 dead
US soldiers and many thousands more permanently wounded, those fine men and
women are debating whether or not they should hold a debate about the war in
As of this writing, the decision to hold such a debate has yet to be made.
They had to get their pay raise passed first, not to mention the ever-important
vote on same-sex marriage. Oh yeah, one can't forget the pressing national question
of drug use by professional baseball players! Even without holding that debate
about the war, both houses passed with nary a whimper a $94 billion supplementary
appropriations bill--$66 billion of it going to continued murder and mayhem
in Iraq and Afghanistan. Speaking of Afghanistan, does one needed to be reminded
that the war there is heating up again, with two more coalition soldiers killed
on June 14, 2006 and another Afghani child killed by a US soldiers driving a
truck? I can't help but be reminded of the Creedence Clearwater song "Fortunate
Son." For those that don't know the song, here are the relevant lines:
Yeah, some folks inherit star spangled eyes,
ooh, they send you down to war, Lord,
And when you ask them, how much should we give,
oh, they only answer, more, more, more, yeah
More blood, more money, and more time. In Iraq, in Afghanistan and in every
other country that the US empire's machine wishes to extend its reach. Whether
it's prisons or airports that enable secret kidnappings known as renditions
in Europe or the US version of Great Britain's H-Block in Guantanamo Bay where
hundreds are held without charges. Guantanamo Bay, where dozens of these prisoners
are on a hunger strike and two recently hung themselves in what a US official
callously described as a publicity stunt.
Let's get something clear here, George Bush's visit to Baghdad on June 13,
2006 was a publicity stunt. George Bush's strolling onto that aircraft carrier
in a flight suit so many moons ago was a publicity stunt. Threatening war on
Iran because it wants to go its own legal way on nuclear development is a publicity
Two men hanging themselves out of despair in a prison is not. Unless, of course,
the deaths of 2500 US soldiers in a war for power and profit are publicity stunts,
The Green Zone Follies
The result of a Iraqi Resistance shaped charge hidden in a brick gatepost in the better district of Baghdad. Another GI had his right arm and hand blown off and a third lost an eye and an ear.
“From a strictly military point of view, the United States has lost its
guerrilla war in Iraq. The recent killing of a resistance leader, al-Zarqawi
here is being trumpeted as a “stunning victory” for the Bush people
but we here know it is sound and fury, signifying nothing. Zarqawi was not the
leader…there are none. He died because other Iraqis wanted him dead. The
Americans obliged for them. By official (but not unpublished) count, there are
over 150 resistance cells, some of whom are connected with each other and some
who are independent of every other group. Some groups get weapons and personnel
from Iran, others are from Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia (home of bin Laden).
Bush flew in here two days ago amidst incredible security (the Iraqi government,
entirely in the hands of the U.S.) was not even told. Armed troops, special
forces and contractors were everywhere, even inside the official government
buildings. Bush basically told the government that the U.S. would cease to support
them if they did not make a strong showing against “civil disobedience”
in Baghdad (where there are foreign news personnel and diplomats who could report
otherwise, outside of the tightly controlled American media) Much nervous smiling
and bowing to the terribly vain, smirking President and we were then handed
reams of silly copy by a chubby member of the Lincoln propaganda group to pass
to fawning Arab (and domestic American) journalists. Most of it will end up
in the latrines with the rest of the shit, believe me.
The November massacre by Marines is more than true. There were at least 25
other such atrocities and I have been quietly gathering facts to send on to
the American public. After the slaughter in Haditha, Marine Corps intelligence
people went to the area involved and photographed the entire bloody scene. These
pictures are now in the files here and they show, without any question, that
at least 24 completely unarmed Iraqi civilians, to include women, children,
the aged and crippled, were lined up by laughing Marines and shot to death.
The initial coverup was that the town was a notorious “insurgent stronghold”
and that the victims were “known members” of “violent terrorist
cells.” Almost all of the victims were shot in the upper body and in the
back with a number of shots to the head, face and genital areas noted.
A later claim that there was a “deplorable breakdown in discipline”
is a bald-faced lie. These Marines like to kill civilians and are often encouraged
by their superiors to do so. There is an atmosphere of revenge and retaliation
here that shows no signs of going away. The troops know that in spite of Bush’s
occasional public remarks about “troop reductions,” no such thing
will ever happen as long as he and Rumsfeld are in office.
In another massacre, units of a Marine strike force shot to death, or bayoneted,
over 250 Iraqi civilians and both U.S. Army troops and Marines regularly swerve
their vehicles while in convoy to hit and run over and crush to death Iraqi
civilians along the roadways.
I have a collection of clandestinely Xeroxed confiscated letters that the very
active censorship office has been locking up to keep away from the public. Next
week, I will start publishing some of the most pathetic of these for the general
public to consider.”
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