Faced with mounting civilian carnage, both from
war crimes committed by demoralized and broken U.S. troops and from the raging
civil war unleashed by Bush's ill-fated, illegal invasion of Iraq, the House
Defense Appropriations Subcommittee has decided to waste another $50
billion to continue the lost war for five more months. Our elected "representatives"
are so in thrall to the powerful military-industrial complex that no amount
of American shame, pariah status, and military defeat can shut off the flow
of taxpayers' funds to the merchants of death.
Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing hard-pressed U.S. taxpayers
$300,000,000 per day! These wars are lost. Yet, imbecilic members of Congress
are in the process of funding the war for another year. Multiply $300 million
by 365 days and you get $109,500,000,000. These are not the full costs. The
huge figure does not include the destroyed equipment, destroyed lives, and long-term
care of the maimed and disabled.
Gentle reader, are you getting enough vicarious pleasure from the slaughter
of Iraqi women and children to justify this price tag? Is murdering "ragheads"
that important to you? If so, you are one sick person, just like every member
of the Bush administration.
U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have killed far more civilians than they
have resistance fighters. Bush administration spokespersons are crowing that
they have killed
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in an air strike. But Zarqawi was an al-Qaeda leader,
not a member of the Iraqi resistance. Zarqawi's death will have no affect on
the outcome in Iraq.
Far more important is the news that civil war in Baghdad alone claimed 1,400
deaths last month. Perhaps even more important is the news that the Taliban's
resurgence has forced the Bush administration to launch more than 750
air strikes in Afghanistan in May. That is 25 air strikes per day! It is
a foregone conclusion that most of the casualties are women and children.
America is drowning in the shame of war crimes. One monstrous slaughter of
civilians after another, each denied and covered up until brought to light by
photos and eyewitnesses. The once proud U.S. Marines, unable to defeat the resistance
that is picking them off one by one, is now a frustrated, demoralized force
that is getting even by murdering 3-month old babies and old women.
The Council of Europe has issued
its report on the Bush administration's policy of kidnapping "suspected
terrorists" and spiriting them off to tyrannical regimes to be tortured.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Sean McCormick, whose job it is to justify
the criminal conduct of the Bush administration, said that he was "disappointed"
in the report. Sean seemed genuinely puzzled that Europe's oldest political
organization would second-guess the sound judgment of the virtuous Bush administration
or protest U.S. violations of international law and human rights.
The only reason Americans can look themselves in the mirror is that they are
clueless and have little idea of what is being done in their name. One-third
of the U.S. population actually believes that Iraq was behind 9/11 and that
Bush found the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Apparently, a large percentage
of the U.S. population believes that Iran has nuclear weapons and that America
is in danger of being attacked by Iran. No democracy can work when people take
their responsibility as citizens so lightly as to be totally ignorant.
Formerly conservative, now proto-Nazi, publications such as National Review
and the Wall Street Journal editorial page keep pounding the war drums,
as does right-wing talk radio and neocon propaganda organs such as the Weekly
Standard and Fox "News." The few facts that emerge in the interstices
of the war propaganda are quickly spun away.
Slaughter of civilians? Just a few bad apples. We will fix that with seminars
for the troops on military ethics and core values.
Troop withdrawals? As soon as the undefined mission is completed.
No weapons of mass destruction? Don't worry about it. We had to have some excuse
to invade Iraq and to "build democracy" so that America would be safe.
World opinion? No opinion counts but ours.
Red ink? No sweat. We can borrow more from China. Our growing indebtedness
is proof that our power makes us a preferred debtor.
Bush supporters dismiss anyone who tells them the truth as a traitor. Bush
supporters are as dependent on propaganda as substance abusers are on drugs
and alcohol. Try weaning Bush supporters from the obvious lies that are the
basis of this administration, and they will call you every name in the book.
They are proud to be Americans. Lies and war crimes are an American right.
And you had better shut up or those Halliburton-built
concentration camps will be your new home.