Thursday, October 06, 2011

I Hate The War

In a column on the 10th anniversary of the never-ending Afghanistan War, Neil Steinberg (Chicago Sun-Times) writes, "Did I miss anything? I almost said that the best result was liberating the Kurds, but that's Iraq, the other war we've got going on."

Barring a last minute complete about face by the White House, there will still be US security forces on the ground in Iraq next year (US soldiers and contractors) when the Iraq War hits the 9 year mark.

And most people can probably list a lie or two or three for how the US military ended up there (lies include: 'connected to 9-11,' 'WMD,' etc.) the lack of attention to Iraq from the press means that the White House doesn't even feel the need to come up with a lie to justify the continued war.

They're helped in that by the fact that the broadcast media pretty much all abandoned the Iraq War in the week or so before Barack was sworn in.

So for a lot of Americans, the war is over. If it wasn't, they would have a right to see it on their TVs, right?

And when you think all the lies it took to get the US over there, it's amazing that they've managed to keep the military over there without constant lying. They just don't talk about it.

If forced to, Barack will. And he'll lie and claim combat operations ended August 31, 2010. This despite the 36 US service members who have died since that day. Combat wasn't over for them on August 31, 2010.

The Iraq War has gone on for over eight years now. And Barack's working to keep US soldiers on the ground in Iraq beyond this year. And it's so fallen off the radar and we've grown so accustomed to it that we don't even demand answers. No one even seems able to ask the words: Why are we still in IRaq?

It's really sad and depressing that the administration just can't be honest. Or at least can't today.

"Just understand my frustration. We want to normalize a government that really doesn't exist."

That's Joe Biden. Before he was vice president. When he was still a Senator. April 10, 2008.

All this time later and the only thing that's changed is which party controls the White House.

Joe, just understand my frustration. Now you're the one wanting to normalize a government that really doesn't exist.

It's over, I'm done writing songs about love
There's a war going on
So I'm holding my gun with a strap and a glove
And I'm writing a song about war
And it goes
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Na na na na na na na
I hate the war
Oh oh oh oh
-- "I Hate The War" (written by Greg Goldberg, on The Ballet's Mattachine!)

Last Thursday, ICCC's number of US troops killed in Iraq since the start of the illegal war was 4481. Tonight it is [PDF format warning] 4481. Here's the screen snap:

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