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The American Military Industrial Complex is Smiling Tonight!

I read something a few weeks back about how ISIS in Iraq has commandeered a huge amount of military equipment we paid for with Our Tax Dollars during the 2013 invasion. The supposed “training” of the Iraqi army George W. and Co. said they were doing was a farce and when ISIS emerged, the so-called army cut and ran, leaving billions of dollars of weapons (like humvees at $200,000 a pop) lying around. So now we’re bombing Iraq again and the the billions of dollars of military equipment we paid for are being blowing up by the people we paid to build them in the first place.

Aye yie yie.  I’m sure the military industrial complex is drinking up a storm tonight but I’m SMFDH.  Our tax dollars down the shit hole, again:

Humvee via wikipedia

(Image via Wikimedia)

When President Obama announced US airstrikes in Iraq, most observers understood that the US would be bombing members of ISIS. What many did not know was that, in a twist of such bitterly symbolic irony that it could only occur in the Middle East, the US would also be bombing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of American military equipment.

Here’s why: in the decade since the 2003 US-led Iraq invasion, the US has spent a fortune training and arming the Iraqi army in the hopes of readying it to secure the country once America left. That meant arming the Iraqi army with high-tech and extremely expensive American-made guns, tanks, jeeps, artillery, and more.

But the Iraqi army has been largely a failure. When ISIS invaded northern Iraq from Syria in June, the Iraqi forces deserted or retreated en masse. Many of them abandoned their American equipment. ISIS scooped it up themselves and are now using it to rampage across Iraq, seizing whole cities, terrorizing minorities, and finally pushing into even once-secure Kurdish territory. All with shiny American military equipment.

So the US air strikes against ISIS are in part to destroy US military equipment, such as the artillery ISIS has been using against Kurdish forces.

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If it weren’t for the military equipment the U.S. walked away from, ISIS wouldn’t be near as powerful and we might not be re-inserting ourselves into that country 11 years after I stood on the protest line doing what I could to stop it because I knew it would be a disaster.  But, voila, here we are.

That said, guess who’s on the corporate media? The people who want to make more war.

Geezus.

 

 

 

August 8, 2014 at 6:19 PM Leave a comment

What With His Bionic Heart, Will Dick Cheney be Around to Lie About Iraq Forever?

My Tweet of the Day:

Tweet of the Day 7-15-14

Cheney Has Heart Pump but no Pulse.

July 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM 1 comment

Republicans Hawking an “I Miss W” T-Shirt

Really?  REALLY?  Just about all of this is horse shit:

President George W. Bush led our nation through some of the most challenging moments of our nation’s history — and we miss him and his leadership. In honor of President George W. Bush’s birthday, we’re offering a blue, special-edition “I Miss W.” t-shirt.

By sporting this comfortable, classic, American-made tee, you can share our message and help us elect principled conservative leaders to office.

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I miss w t-shirt

(Image via GOP.com)

 

July 5, 2014 at 10:21 AM 1 comment

Petition: Appoint George W. Bush Ambassador to Iraq

In a perfect world George W. Bush would be in prison for war crimes but I would settle for this:  From the White House’s petition site:

White House Petition Site via WhiteHouse.gov

(Image: Petitions.WhiteHouse.gov)

Nominate former President George W. Bush respectfully be named the next U.S. Ambassador to the country of Iraq.

In the best interest of both Nations, we the undersigned, respectfully request that Former President George W. Bush be nominated for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the Nation of Iraq. Said position should include all rights and responsibilities of the Ambassador, including residence in the country in which they are representing the interests of the United States.

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And make it for life.

July 3, 2014 at 11:03 AM 1 comment

Families of Those Killed in Iraq Say: Don’t Go Back in Obama

Iraq War via Wikimedia Commons

(US troops in Iraq after an IED explosion. 2007. Image via Wikimedia Commons.)

So heartbreaking:

Iraq Turmoil Troubles Parents of Dead GIs

For the parents of U.S. service men and women who died in Iraq’s long war, the latest news about advances by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a trigger for powerful memories and a sense of profound loss.

At kitchen tables, in their living rooms and on visits to the cemeteries where their children rest under white marble headstones, the stories of Iraq’s disintegration spark long talks, anger, tears and even laughter.

But they also share a dreadful, sinking feeling that things will get so bad in Iraq that President Barack Obama will yield to critics calling on him to save that nation, even if it means sending thousands of troops back.

“I was relieved to hear the president say he was not going to send our troops into combat. But on the other end of it, those that are saying we should, feel free to come to my house, come talk to me and let me tell you the effects of war firsthand,” said Kim Smith, whose son Army Pvt. Robert L. Frantz, died June 17, 2003, in Iraq.

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I lived through the Vietnam war. I’ve seen this movie before.

This happened ten days ago, June 20:

Obama: U.S. Sending Military Advisers to Iraq

Edging back into a military role in Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling nation.

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This happened today:

US Sending 300 More US Troops to Iraq

The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property, officials said Monday.

That raises the total U.S. troop presence in Iraq to approximately 750, the Pentagon said.

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On June 20 they were “advisers.”  Now they’re troops.  Here we go folks.  I predict by the end of the year we’ll have 5,000 “advisers”/troops in Iraq dying, draining our economic resources and making not one bit of a difference in what  happens in that region in the long run.

Let’s listen to the families of those who know what war is.  Yes, defense contractors might be feeling a bit of a pinch and they might want our tax dollars to pour into their bank accounts again but let’s say no this time.  For once.

 

 

June 30, 2014 at 6:40 PM Leave a comment

After the U.S. Government Spent Billions of Our Tax Dollars “Training” the Iraqi Army…

Mission Accomplished 8-18-10

This is where we are today:

This is an incredibly striking sentence from The Guardian‘s coverage of the militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS)’s takeover of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul:

Iraqi officials told the Guardian that two divisions of Iraqi soldiers – roughly 30,000 men – simply turned and ran in the face of the assault by an insurgent force of just 800 fighters.

The Iraqi army outnumbered ISIS by about 40:1 in Mosul. Yet the army still turned tail and ran — ran so fast, in fact, as to leave some of their tanks and helicopters behind.

I’m proud to say I opposed invading Iraq from day one.  We’ve destroyed the place. The billions of tax dollars we spent there are down the drain and the lives lost on all sides were — tragically — for naught.

 

June 12, 2014 at 12:03 PM Leave a comment

Eleven Years Ago: Remembering How Insane We Were on “Mission Accomplished” Day

Remember this?

Mission Accomplished

That was eleven years ago today.

Greg Mitchell wrote an e-book about media coverage in the run-up to and the early months of the Iraq war.  Today he reminds us of how the corporate media reported Bush’s trip out to that aircraft carrier on that day eleven years ago.  It illustrates how deeply broken our media is.  Everyone quoted here should have been fired for violating the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics:

Chris Matthews on MSNBC called Bush a “hero” and boomed, “He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe, except a few critics.” He added: “Women like a guy who’s president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It’s simple.”

PBS’ Gwen Ifill said Bush was “part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan.” On NBC, Brian Williams gushed, “The pictures were beautiful. It was quite something to see the first-ever American president on a—on a carrier landing.”

Bob Schieffer on CBS said: “As far as I’m concerned, that was one of the great pictures of all time.” His guest, Joe Klein, responded: “Well, that was probably the coolest presidential image since Bill Pullman played the jet fighter pilot in the movie Independence Day. That was the first thing that came to mind for me.”

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Maureen Dowd in her column declared: “Out bounded the cocky, rule-breaking, daredevil flyboy, a man navigating the Highway to the Danger Zone, out along the edges where he was born to be, the further on the edge, the hotter the intensity.

“He flashed that famous all-American grin as he swaggered around the deck of the aircraft carrier in his olive flight suit, ejection harness between his legs, helmet tucked under his arm, awestruck crew crowding around. Maverick was back, cooler and hotter than ever, throttling to the max with joystick politics.”

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When Bush’s jet landed on the aircraft carrier, American casualties stood at 139 killed and 542 wounded.

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U.S. casualties as of today?  4489.  Wounded?  30,021.

 

 

May 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM Leave a comment

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