I have to admit, I did get a little angry.
I’m reposting my response to that post here because it’s worthy enough in an of itself as an entry. It’s how I truly feel. This entry also includes very graphic photos… not the ones most the media aired. I’m posting them so you can see EXACTLY what happened in Fallujah. THESE are pictures of HAPPY IRAQIS. THESE are pictures when you have a total failure as commander and chief of the US.
What is the point in any of us addressing it? It won’t matter. We’ll still be told how “The War In Iraq” was a good thing. “The Happy Iraqis”, etc, etc, etc…
I’ll repost my comments from BHW’s post here because I think it sums it up very clearly:
It goes back to this:
There are a lot of actual Iraqis in Iraq.
There are a lot of guns in Iraq.
When are the “Iraqis in general” with guns going to turn on the “specific elements within Iraq ” which are behaving like uncivilized shits and keep blowing the Americans who are trying to help the “Iraqis in general”? Really, where are the mass walks and demonstrations of Iraqis who are FOR the US?? Hmmm?
They’re cowards? Fear of retaliation? Then if you cannot fight for YOUR OWN FREEDOM, you do not deserve it. Period.
American Troops should not be used to fight someone else’s war… be it the president’s or the Iraqis. I know some people will roll their eyes at me saying what I always say but that doesn’t make it any less true:
Where was the US in all the other counties that had “problems” and tyrants before now? Nigeria? Etreia? Rwanda? North Korea? Cuba? Guatemala? ETC… ETC… Why are the Iraqis any more “special”? At least in the other countries I named, save for Cuba and North Korea, you had the people fighting their own wars. What the HELL has Iraq done?
So what am I going to say when our boys and girls, both civilian and military get shot, burned up, and mutilated? We’re doing this for the deserving happy Iraqis because you know in the long run, the US will be oh so much better off.
To be blunt- It’s bullshit.
Heard on the news tonight about the new US embassy in Iraq will employ over 3,000. It will be the biggest US embassy in the world (because you know, unlike the more civilized western Europe, the US embassy in Iraq is basically providing social service and rebuilding infrastructure for the “happy Iraqis” that small town America doesn’t even have access to).
One only hopes that we don’t revisit that embassy evacuation in Saigon oh so long ago.
Vietnam kicked America’s ass.
The planning was shit. The execution was shit. A little backwater smacked the US good and hard.
Once again, where are the “happy Iraqis” who are helping? The police force? They just want money and a job. Translating Seabiscut for Iraqi children to read? What the hell?
And the president says he’s going to hand everything over in June. Even the Republicans are saying that Bush has not laid out or discussed a clear exit strategy.
You know why?
There isn’t one.
This is where the Bush Administration has taken us in our
“WAR ON TERROR”/ Hunt for WMDs, Helping Iraqis. Mind you… war is nasty, evil, bullshit. Nasty things happen, it is war after all. When the US decided to show the bodies of Saddam’s dead son’s, that wasn’t fair and “uncivilized” as well. I’m not going to say the US is innocent. We never belonged in Iraq. The fall of Iraq had no bearing on this “WAR ON TERROR” besides maybe, creating more suicide brigades.
All the soldiers in the world cannot bring down the threat of fanatics. You cannot bring down religion with military might and bombs. These picture show you the kind of people we are dealing with. You tell me how do you reason with people like this?
Go back again and read my comment. Then go back and read this.
Look at the photos again. Clearly, we can win the hearts and minds of people who would do this… and more importantly a people where no one tried to stop or help these murdered men.
I’m angry. You can kiss my ass about “Happy Fucking Iraqis”.
Many thanks to BHW for alerting me to some of the bullshit.