Thursday, April 19, 2012

I Hate The War

chris hill

That's trashy Chris Hill while he was still US Ambassador to Iraq with another piece of trash (State Dept) in Iraq, deciding that the 'fun' thing for diplomats to do was to turn the assassination of JFK into a joke. The caption is from Peter Van Buren who posted the photo to his blog here and here.

Since Peter Van Buren published the book We Meant Well: How I helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the US government's been after him. They're trying to force him out of the State Dept and they've gone after him as part of their continued War on Whistle Blowers.

But they let Chris Hill slide?

Chris Hill took one of the most tragic events in American history, the assassination of then-President John F. Kennedy, and turned it into a joke. Did so at US facilities. While working for the US government. While being paid by US tax payers. And the idiot with him, mocking Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is also shameful.

They should have been punished for this.

It is so offensive.

They aren't comedians or regular people. They are government employees. He was a US ambassador at the time. Neither of them are teenagers. This wasn't 'youthful indiscretions.' This was flat out offensive. Members of the diplomatic staff turning the murder of sitting US president, the national tragedy and the very personal tragedy for the family, into a cheap little joke?

That's disgusting. (We covered this in today's snapshot. )

Peter Van Buren's exactly right that those who want to punish him have certainly waived through a hell of a lot of questionable and outright offensive behavior.

Chris Hill should be forced to explain that photograph. He should have to public apologize for them. The White House should be asked to explain if they support diplomats turning presidential murders into jokes? This is shameful and appalling.

Peter Van Buren told the truth about what he saw in Iraq.

For that the administration wants to punish him. But Chris Hill and others turn a national tragedy into a cheap and vulgar joke and that's not reason to be concerned?

"Double standard" doesn't begin to describe what's taking place currently.

And, if you're not figuring it out, Peter Van Buren, who deserves to be left alone, appears to be willing to share some secrets to defend himself. (As he should. Good for him.) I have a feeling that what's been let out of the bag so far is nothing compared to what will 'slip out' if the White House and the State Dept continue their attacks on him.

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 week, ICCC's number of US troops killed in Iraq since the start of the illegal war was 4488. Tonight it's [PDF format warning] 4488.

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