Python swallows alligator and then explodes
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The latest manufactured reports from the war front presents the pictures of “victory”. The press wearing rose colored glasses is presenting this as a success. Many reports have suggested various solutions. Earlier the Hamilton Baker Report belatedly illuminated the follies of the current administration, however it failed to put forward a recipe for a successful withdrawal from a quagmire. Congress has failed miserably to provide oversight on the actions of the administration.
The fawning US media has displayed a bankruptcy of ideas in presenting fresh and unsullied points of view. The various reports is a sugar coated “low profile war” providing a fig-leaf for the 2008 elections. More of the same for more than 24 months provides no new ideas. There is no such thing as a phased withdrawal. As soon as more than 50,000 troops are withdrawn, the remaining demoralized soldiers will be sitting ducks and will have to be evacuated as soon as possible.
“Staying the course” for a hundred years–Bush and McCain style (the Baker band calls it a “new way in Iraq”) will exponentially escalate another wave of anti-Americanism, unleash catastrophic consequences for America and may devolve the entire region into chaos.
Senator Fiengold said is it many word. Unfortunately, the Iraq Study Group report does too little to change the flawed mind-set that led to the misguided war in Iraq. Maybe there are still people in Washington who need a study group to tell them that the policy in Iraq isn’t working, but the American people are way ahead of this report
Why did the giants and why is the report“who did not have the judgment to oppose this Iraq war in the first place, and did not have the judgment to realize it was not a wise move in the fight against terrorism
How could the ISG and the Washinton thinktanks come up with a reasonable report when it did not take into account the opinion of 70% of the American population. Additionally Muslim leaders from the USA or around the world were also not consulted. The ISG report is a whitewash offering some cover for an about turn to the president who is cherry-picking only the weakest points submitted.
The Pied Piper of the White House leads the imbedded press corps which subserviently reports the White House point of view interviewing other reporters or while incarcerated in the “Green Zone” in Baghdad—unable or unwilling to venture out and show America the truth in Iraq Palestine or Afghanistan. The obsequious media dismissed the consequences of the war when Collin Powell said ”
The sycophantic media scoffed when the dictator Saddam’ Husein’s defined this battle as “the mother of all battles” or when his sidekick Baghdad Bob made his final prophetic utterance on April 7, 2003 “this invasion will end in failure”.
The media was unable to handle the truth from one of the best reporters out there Peter Arnett and does not publish Robert Fisk who succinctly translated the Baker-Hamilton report as ”The Roman Empire is falling”. Fisk also write that ”…Just as Crassus lost his legions’ banners in the deserts of Syria-Iraq, so has George W Bush. There is no Mark Antony to retrieve the honour of the empire. The policy “is not working”. “Collapse” and “catastrophe” – words heard in the Roman senate many a time -were embedded in the text of the Baker report.”
Mr. David Michael Green in a recent article titled “Baker Cooks Up Another Foul Dish” published on www.commondreams.com vividly describes the new rendition of the story of Biblical proportions unfolding in Mesopotamia, described by Saddam Husein as “the mother of all battles”. The statue of the dictator fell, but the Emperor who declared “Mission Accomplished” has no clothes. The clichés, the butt of late night jokes will live long after the dust settles in Mosul and Falujah. Perhaps future generations will inscribe the words on other statues.
The sound and fury of a few good men and women is drowned in the cacophony of those pre-Copernicus dinosaurs (Friedman and company) who believe that “the world is flat.” The sound advice to “columnists” to commit journalistic “hari kari” will be ignored by the Neocon scoundrels, because admitting a mistake would this would suggest the existence of an iota of integrity. It is these same scoundrels that sounded the bugles of war the prepared an susceptible American public to the most affective campaign of disinformation in the history of mankind. The Neocon propaganda eclipses the machinations of Joseph Goebells.
The unrelenting Neocon propaganda was unleashed to achieve an agenda, and was surely not based on any reality or truth. Unfortunately, the vampire Neocons are still thirsty for Muslim blood and will continue to come up with justification to continue the Crusades against Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and possibly Pakistan. Unfortunately many in the Middle East and South America see them as the face of our great nation. Neocons that ignore the writings of President Carter will not be swayed by the writings of a motley crew put together to justify defeat and carnage.. No progress in Iraq, Afghanistan or Palestine seems likely. British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s favorite General the Lord Guthrie called Britain’s policy in Afghanistan as “cuckoo”. Tom Koenigs, the diplomat heading the UN mission in Afghanistan said that NATO cannot defeat the Talibaan by brute force alone. Lt. Gen. Ali Mohammed Jan Orakzai, governor of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, said in an interview with Reuters news agency late last month that U.S. and British military actions in Afghanistan were merely feeding a “snowballing” insurgency.
Last year I read an article in a newspaper about a story in Florida. “Python swallows alligator and then explodes“. Mr. Khamenei of Iran said something similar “The occupation of Iraq is not a morsel that the US can swallow,” The worst is yet to come in Iraq and Afghanistan. The last allied or NATO troop will be reminded to “turn the lights off”. Images of the last American helicopter leaving Saigon is etched into the collective memory of political scientists around the world.
The lessons of the Peloponnesian war when Athens lost its democratic roots and it’s independence, because of her prolonged war with Sparta are very appropriate in our current times. The lessons of the British defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan should have been included in the report. Fortunately the American people scared, and fearful for a few years have been able to see through the fog, and seen the reality. The wrath of the angry American on those who lied to them and misled them will be remembered by generations. President Carter’s new book on Palestine is a breath-of-fresh-air and living testimonial that the American conscience is alive. The American people have spoken and have told the President to withdraw. The American people will not tolerate anything else.