Sunday, March 07, 2010

It’s a great success!

It’s a great success as America installs our new puppet government in Iraq. Over one million dead, another million who fled, over 4,000 Americans killed, the very land polluted with radioactive ammunition and who knows what else.

It’s a great success because the choice now facing Congress is either spend money on war or spend it on job creation and health care reform. Guess which is going to win. Don’t get me wrong, from what I’ve read about health care reform it would probably be better if the legislation just died on the vine. As far as job creation if it helped even just a few that would be good but what will bring the good jobs back to these shores? It will take more than the stimulus we have seen so far yet that stimulus is sorely needed and it may not be forthcoming after the last 860 billion spent on stimulus though compared to the 3 trillion dollar price tag of the Iraq War it seems like pocket change.

It’s a great success they tell me as I’ve read that as many as fifty Iraqi voters were blown up by al Qaida during the voting process yet before we invaded Iraq al Qaida wasn’t there though they are now. And after all, this is the neocon wet dream, Iraqi citizens voting in an election. And all those who pushed for the Iraq invasion including mainstream commentators like David Brooks and other respected party line hacks who believe wholeheartedly in the System, the sanctity of the Establishment and of elite rule, can all pat themselves on the back as they view the fruit of their handwork. Too bad over one million Iraqi who still might be alive today aren’t around to see it.

It was a great success when Blackwater thugs sprayed bullets into a crowd of people and no doubt Erik Prince thinks it’s been a great success considering the money he must have made. It was a great success for the Pentagon and their partners the so-called defense industry because there is plenty of tax payer money floating around for those who wish to grab it. It also was a great success for the Iraq woman who when she tried to dig her daughter out of the smoking rubble found the only thing left was her daughter’s head. How many Americans must live with such horrific memories? We truly are generous; nobody can deny our selfless devotion to the people of Iraq.

It was a great success for al Qaida as it allowed them to see another 4,000 Americans killed on top of the 3,000 who died on 9/11. Well, Americans have never been famous strategists; we’re more of the point ‘em in the right direction and shoot type. We asymmetrically played right into al Qaida’s hands which was very clever of us. The funny (or not so funny) thing is that this was a success for the people who have profited from these types of war. An awful lot of money was moved around and we can be sure it ended up in the right hands for the most part. The rest of the country is now boxed into a financial corner as jobs continue to evaporate and we labor under a government who has chosen to pursue war even if the cost is the destruction of our well being. In the end al Qaida and the warmongers in government and the private sector couldn’t have helped each other more and the rest of us less. If I were looking for motive I would wonder if al Qaida and the U.S. government weren’t working together because that’s how it looks to me. This would almost lead me to conclude that our government isn’t all that different from al Qaida and that state terrorism isn’t any better than the non-state variety but then you would probably think I was insane.


At March 08, 2010 3:21 AM, Blogger Mimi said...

Rob, what a powerful, impassioned post! What keeps coming to my mind are horrors like the Blackwater killings and those two torture deaths--oh, excuse me, "suicides"--in Guantanamo. They seem to have been washed, dressed, tidied up, then whisked down the memory hole. They were "great successes" for the war machine that must ever be immune to accountability.
But does anybody care except a relative handful of us? Will those who cry out for justice ever be heard? Will those who beg for mercy receive it one day? I wish I could believe in "yes" answers, but it seems more and more unlikely. Oh, this war is a great success, all right, for the killers and profiteeers, but for the poor humans who are targets?
Not such a great success.

At March 08, 2010 10:29 AM, Blogger rob payne said...

Well said Mimi. So far justice is just a theory as far as I can tell.

At March 09, 2010 2:02 AM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

you are not insane.


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