Daily Archives: August 31, 2010

No mention of the price the Iraqis paid

This is one of the early images of one of the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians who were maimed or killed in the Vietraq War. Our president and our mainstream media can talk about “our nation’s” “huge price,” but no one wants to talk about the price that the Iraqis have paid for their “liberation,” even though they’ve only traded one dictator, Saddam Hussein, for the dictatorship of transnational corporations that exert their influence through Iraq’s new puppet government. 

I got this e-mail from President Barack Obama tonight:

Robert —

Tonight marks the end of the American combat mission in Iraq.

As a candidate for this office, I pledged to end this war responsibly. And, as President, that is what I am doing.

Since I became Commander-in-Chief, we’ve brought home nearly 100,000 U.S. troops. We’ve closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of our bases.

As Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, our commitment to a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq continues. Under Operation New Dawn, a transitional force of U.S. troops will remain to advise and assist Iraqi forces, protect our civilians on the ground, and pursue targeted counterterrorism efforts.

By the end of next year, consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, these men and women, too, will come home.

Ending this war is not only in Iraq’s interest — it is in our own. Our nation has paid a huge price to put Iraq’s future in the hands of its people. We have sent our men and women in uniform to make enormous sacrifices. We have spent vast resources abroad in the face of several years of recession at home.

We have met our responsibility through the courage and resolve of our women and men in uniform.

In seven years, they confronted a mission as challenging and as complex as any our military has ever been asked to face.

Nearly 1.5 million Americans put their lives on the line. Many returned for multiple tours of duty, far from their loved ones who bore a heroic burden of their own. And most painfully, more than 4,400 Americans have given their lives, fighting for people they never knew, for values that have defined our people for more than two centuries.

What their country asked of them was not small. And what they sacrificed was not easy.

For that, each and every American owes them our heartfelt thanks.

Our promise to them — to each woman or man who has donned our colors — is that our country will serve them as faithfully as they have served us. We have already made the largest increase in funding for veterans in decades. So long as I am President, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill that sacred trust.

Tonight, we mark a milestone in our nation’s history. Even at a time of great uncertainty for so many Americans, this day and our brave troops remind us that our future is in our own hands and that our best days lie ahead.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

So there’s mention of the more than 4,400 U.S. military personnel who died for a big fucking lie (oops — I mean, “gave their lives”), but only an indirect mention of the hundreds of billions of our tax dollars squandered in Iraq, mostly to the war profiteers like Dick Cheney’s Halliburton, which just coinky-dinkily won a no-bid contract to operate in Vietraq.

The Associated Press in its coverage of Obama’s announcement tonight that the U.S. military’s combat role in Vietraq is over mentions the 4,400-plus American lives and the hundreds of billions of squandered tax dollars, but, interestingly, neither the AP nor the president in his e-mail mentions the 100,000 or so Iraqi civilians slaughtered since the unelected Bush regime’s illegal, immoral, unprovoked and unjust March 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.

No mention of the heavy Iraqi casualties, those tens of thousands of Iraqis who were permanently “liberated,” but in his e-mail Obama does remark that “Our nation has paid a huge price to put Iraq’s future in the hands of its people. We have sent our men and women in uniform to make enormous sacrifices. We have spent vast resources abroad in the face of several years of recession at home.”

I know that this is the United States of Amnesia, but the Iraqi people never asked to be “liberated.” The unelected Bush regime invaded Iraq against world opinion and against the wishes of the United Nations Security Council, primarily to open up Iraq’s nationalized oil fields to transnational corporations and to create an orgy for contractors feeding from the trough of the U.S. treasury.

That our president and our main news service can’t even be bothered to mention the Iraqi civilian casualties, I think, answers the stupid question Why do they hate us so much?

(Barack Obama a socialist.

Puhfuckinglease.

He’s sooooo Bush Lite.*)

The AP quotes Obama as having said of George W. Bush tonight, “It’s well known that he and I disagreed about the [Vietraq War] from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security.”

Really?

No one possibly could doubt those things?

I support our troops — which means that if I were commander in chiefm I’d never send them in harm’s way unless it absolutely, absolutely were necessary. Bush sent them in harm’s way based upon a pack of fucking lies about weapons of mass destruction that he knew were non-existent. (The AP actually reports that the Bush regime invaded Iraq “based on what turned out to be flawed intelligence” when, in fact, the members of the Bush regime twisted the intelligence that they were given by the experts to fit their mold, and the only “right” answer by the experts was that Iraq possessed WMD and was a threat to the U.S. and its interests. That the AP revised history to just repeat the Bush regime’s lie about “flawed intelligence” is journalistic malpractice.)

Since Iraq never threatened the United States’ security, how could the unelected Bush regime’s illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq have been for the United States’ security?

If Bush loved his country so fucking much, would he have sent our troops off to die for corporate profits, and would he have put the nation into a record federal budget deficit as the result of his bogus Vietraq War and his tax cuts for the rich?

No, Bush doesn’t love the country. He loves himself and his cronies.

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Glenn’s glass house of Mormon

Funny what happens when you start claiming to be the nation’s mouthpiece of God and criticizing others’ religious beliefs; people start examining yours.

Glenn Beck, who has wrapped himself tightly in the Shroud of Turin as well as in the American flag, is a Mormon — but he won’t tell you that.

I’ve been thinking how odd it is that Beck appeals to the “Christo”fascists, most of whom don’t even count Mormons as Christians. (I recall my late grandmother, a racist Southern Baptist from Texas who stood for everything that I oppose, proclaiming that Mormons aren’t true Christians. [This wingnutty writer on Christian Newswire agrees with my deceased mean grandmother, proclaiming that “Glenn Beck promotes a false gospel” and “Mormonism is not a Christian denomination but a cult of Christianity.”])

And I had thought that pretty much everyone knows that Beck is a Mormon motherfucker, but this factoid came as a shock to my brother over lunch today, and my brother is pretty knowledgeable.

I first found out that Beck is a Mormon by conversion from the Wikipedia entry on him, but this biographical tidbit and more — such as the unsurprising fact that Beck used to be into stage magic before he joined a “morning zoo” radio show — is contained in the Beck biography Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance, by Andrew Zaitchik, which I’m reading now. (Know thy enemy…)

“Does it matter that Glenn Beck is a Mormon?” asks The Week.

Uh, yeah, it does, when Beck tries to appoint himself as the modern-day Moses who is going to lead us out of our national darkness. (“Darkness” as Beck and his ilk use it isn’t a reference to the eight, long, nightmarish years of rule by the unelected Bush regime, but is an apparent reference to non-whites, since the Repugnican Tea Party’s No. 1 problem with Barack Obama is that he’s black.)

Speaking of which, one of the Mormon cult’s many wacky beliefs is that non-whites aren’t white because God punished them; white is God’s ideal, you see.

Beck should publicly state whether or not he agrees with this wonderful teaching of the Mormon cult. (Of course he does, though.)

Beck doesn’t bring up his Mormonism much because not only do many if not most of us on the left despise the right-wing Mormon cult, especially after it theocratically pushed Proposition H8 here in California, in brazen violation of the separation of church and state, but because the non-Mormon “Christo”fascist whackjobs for the most part don’t like the Mormon cult, either.

If the Mormon motherfuckers were minding their own fucking business, my attitude toward them would be live and let live, but the Mormon motherfuckers want to expand their theocratic empire and want to tell all of us how to live, as evidenced by their championing of Prop H8 (for which they had to form front groups, like the National Organization for Marriage [which, true to right-wing form, actually opposes marriage], since way too many Americans hate the Mormon cult), and Mormon motherfucker Mitt Romney, whom the cabal of stupid old white Mormon men in Salt Lake City would love to put into the White House, will become president over my dead body. And yeah, I have a problem with the fact that the nation’s No. 1 wingnut loudmouth (Beck, I mean of course) is a fucking Mormon. I see little difference between a “Christo”fascist and an “Islamofascist.” Both are theofascists.

And especially when Glenn Beck criticizes the religion of President Barack Obama, as he has done, it then becomes open fucking season on Beck’s fucked-up, anti-Christian beliefs.

I have plenty of my own problems with Barack Obama, but they have nothing to do with such things as his race or his religious beliefs, which he for the most part keeps to himself, as a president should. But when they attack the president, Beck and his ilk don’t attack only Barack Obama; they attack those of us Americans who voted for him, which is the majority of Americans who voted in November 2008, and they attack our very democracy, which they deem a “tyranny” when their candidate doesn’t win the election.

This isn’t freedom of speech as much as this is treason.

The only founding father that Glenn Beck and his ilk can compare themselves to is Benedict Fucking Arnold.

The cocky dry drunk Glenn Beck seems comfortable that he can get away with anything, even holding a “non-political” KKK rally at the same place where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” on the anniversary of that speech.

Careful, Benedict Beck, lest those of us whose patriotism runs so deep that we don’t have to announce it with a bullhorn on Faux “News” finally decide that we’ve allowed you to do enough damage to our nation in the names of God and country.

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