Thursday, March 01, 2007

Something Ugly?

It looks like something ugly is going on--more than just an illegal and immoral war based on lies. A year and a half ago, a 19-year-old Florissant woman became the first female from Missouri to die during the Iraq war. Now questions are being raised about how she died, and it looks like the Amerikan military is covering up a rape and murder.

After two WaPo (Washington Post) writers exposed the truly horrific conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Army brass responded with the application of a lot of white paint. Seriously, a whitewash.

And then the responses to the story. Check out this bit of lunacy--why did it take so long for reporters to become aware of the conditions at WRAMC? Because they had to figure out (or be told) that they could "attack this administration from the right." (approximate quote). Really. Check out the video. It can't be an incompetent administration, so it has to be the fault of the reporters for reporting the story.

But occasionally the chickens come home to roost (and I don't mean 9-11). Sam Fox would like to be this administration's appointment to the post of ambassador to Belgium. To achieve this, he has to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and answer a few questions about his suitability. No big, eh? Except that after the last election, it happens that Barack Obama is chairing the meeting, and Fox has to face questions from John Kerry. Particularly questions about how Fox had given $50K to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to disseminate lies about....John Kerry. Depending on which side of the room you're sitting on, this can be, or won't be, a whole lot of fun.

Meanwhile, over at the Guardian:
"An elite team of officers advising the US commander, General David Petraeus, in Baghdad has concluded that they have six months to win the war in Iraq - or face a Vietnam-style collapse in political and public support that could force the military into a hasty retreat."
The fact that once again the US military has faced a Viet Nam, not in public or political support, but in defeat by a vastly less-well-equipped foe, seems to be going un-noticed. Like the British in India, the Amerikans can be defeated. Guerilla tactics work against the US military (and, as Afghanistan showed, the Russian military as well), because the majority of the Amerikan public have no stomach for wars of empire. And, like Viet Nam, Iraq bids fair to finally have a chance at creating its own destiny free from Amerikan imperialist involvement albeit at the cost of a million or more dead and the complete destruction of its infrastructure. If only Canada had the same opportunity, just without the death or destruction. Hell, if only the nations of the world had the same opportunity, free of any imperialist interference from any country. Self-determination could be the rallying cry for a better, or at least freer, world.

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