Saturday, February 15, 2014

I Hate The War

At the right-wing website Power Line, John Hinderaker wonders "What Happened to the Antiwar Movement?"  And that's a point many have already made -- on the right, yes, but here on the left as well.

On the right, when they make the point, some wrongly write something like, "Cindy Sheehan was happy to speak out about Bully Boy Bush but today she won't say a word."

That's not true.

Cindy has repeatedly spoken out.

It's just the media's not interested.

That's the line the right-wing should pick up because it goes to their narrative that the press targeted Bully Boy Bush while giving Barack a pass.

And it's true that so much of the left stopped giving a damn about peace the minute Bully Boy Bush was gone.

You can see the worthless today.

They're usually writing some piece of garbage about Bully Boy Bush or Dick Cheney.

John Pilger, for example, just pulled that trick.

Long gone is his noting that Ann Dunham was CIA.  In 2008, he could write and talk about that.  Today, he's unable to offer anything but attacks on Bush.

I'm sorry but there's no bravery in that.

Bully Boy Bush is a War Criminal.

That was long ago established.

For cowards who want to pretend they're strong, revisiting 2006 is the way to do it.

We can talk Libya, The Drone War or any number of things but the Leslie Cagan closeted left is silent over and over.  And the whorish partisans who pretend to be left when a Republican is in the White House try to intimidate anyone who breaks from the hymnal of the Cult of St. Barack.

But there are people who do call out the War Crimes of Barack.

Not enough, but they do exist.

And, in terms of Iraq, you can always tell an old whore.  They pretend it is 2006 and they write their crap and act like they did something.

They fail to note the assault on Anbar Province.  They fail to point out that it takes place with Barack's blessing and with weapons the White House demanded Nouri receive.

They fail to note that the six weeks has seen hospitals repeatedly targeted with bombings from Nouri's military.

They're not interest in noting that War Crime or the fact that because some terrorists or 'terrorists' may be in Anbar is not reason to terrorize the province or that doing so is collective punishment -- a defined War Crime.

Talking or writing about those things are harder because you're staking out new ground, you're just reairing tired episodes of Oliver Beene -- episodes that were tired when they were still new.

I don't have a lot of sympathy for them.

People are dying and they're dying because Bully Boy Bush put a dictator -- Nouri al-Maliki -- in charge of Iraq and because -- in 2010 when the people voted Nouri out -- Barack insisted that Nouri have a second term.

And now Nouri terrorizes Iraqis and wants a third term.

So I really don't have a lot of sympathy for the Leslie Cagans who can't speak out or tolerance for the partisan trash that puts electoral politics ahead of the lives of the Iraqi people.

They're the ones who suffer.

And while Power Lines is correct in many ways, their inability to speak out for the Iraqi people who are suffering right now?  That makes them just as useless to me as Leslie Cagan.

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!)

The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4489.

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