- Faced with mounting civilian carnage,
both from war crimes committed by demoralized and broken US 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
- Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
are costing hard-pressed US 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.
- US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have
killed far more civilians than they have resistance fighters. Bush administration
spokespersons are crowing that they have killed Musab al-Zarqawi in an
air strike. But al-Zarqawi was an al Qaeda leader, not a member of the
Iraqi resistance. Al-Zarqawi's death will have no affect on the outcome
- 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 eye witnesses. The
once proud US 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.
US State Dept 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 US violations of international law and human
- 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 US 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 US 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
citizen 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
- 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
Haliburton-built concentration camps will be your new home.