The headline speaks volumes: Congress OKs $82 billion for wars. This is where your tax money is going, folks. How sad that so many people get off on supporting and voting for war and death and destruction…and uncontrolled spending on waging it. Do you feel better now? More secure? Superior, even? Thought so.
Update (5/13) – They’ve just asked for $50 billion more! God, will they ever have enough? And looky here, the quality of life in Iraq still sucks…in fact, according to the U.N. it’s even worse than before we took over their country. But they’re just people, after all…not cash-producing fossil fuels. Can’t compete with that!
Oh dear God…Baghdad’s new mayor wants to erect a statue of Dubya in the middle of the city. I’m speechless. Please don’t feed this man’s empty-headed ego, it’s already out of control and threatening to explode. And say…didn’t our troops topple another ugly, oppressive statue in downtown Baghdad not too long ago? Hmmm…one power-mad moron for another, I guess. From the NY Post:
January 30, 2005 — BAGHDAD —
The man replacing the mayor of Baghdad — who was assassinated for his pro-American loyalties — says he is not worried about his ties to Washington.
In fact, he’d like to erect a monument to honor President Bush in the middle of the city.
“We will build a statue for Bush,” said Ali Fadel, the former provincial council chairman. “He is the symbol of freedom.”
Fadel’s predecessor, Ali al-Haidari, was gunned down Jan. 4 when militants opened fire on his armor-covered BMW as it traveled with a three-car convoy.
Fadel said he received numerous threats on his life as the council chairman, and expects to get many more in his new post.
“My life is cheap,” Fadel said. “Everything is cheap for my country.”
As Iraq prepared for a volatile election that is being watched across the world, Fadel heaped praise on the United States.
Fadel acknowledged that many in his country appear ungrateful for America’s foreign assistance. He said most Iraqis are still in “shock” over the changes, and need time to adjust.
Any public monument to Bush is likely to further incense terrorist forces, who have attacked American troops and their supporters for months.
Fadel said he is undaunted.
“We have a lot of work and we are especially grateful to the soldiers of the U.S.A. for freeing our country of tyranny,” Fadel said.
As for his own protection, the new mayor will be traveling in a new $150,000 SUV complete with bulletproof windows and flat-resistant tires.
Headline: Iraq Churches Bombed; 1,000th American Killed.
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Gunmen bombed two churches in the tense Iraqi city of Mosul Tuesday, fueling fears of ethnic and sectarian unrest ahead of an election next month.
The insurgent war of attrition against U.S. forces and their Iraqi proteges claimed another American life in Baghdad, taking the U.S. combat death toll to1,000 since last year’s invasion.
Are they free yet? Do you feel safer yet? Have we conquered the terrorists (or “terrrsts” in Bushspeak) yet? Do let me know when these things happen, would you?
Today’s New York Post has a commentary written by Steve Dunleavy, the father of a soldier who was just shipped off to fight in Iraq. It’s written with all the emotion of a proud dad seeing his son march off to do his duty, but of course it’s also got an angry pro-war tone as well, using a lot of tired rhetoric about Kerry “giving comfort and succor to the enemy”, etc. Yawn, nothing new there.
But read this commentary carefully…notice the contrast between what Dunleavy says and what his son says. Dunleavy’s rhetoric is predictably patriotic, full of grandiose visions of his son defending America in the face of evil anti-war people, doing his righteous duty, etc. But read his son’s comments, and you’ll see that his son doesn’t appear to have such ambitious views…he’s simply following orders and doing what he’s told. What does his son think of Kerry’s remarks about the war? “We don’t listen to politicians. We listen to our commanding officers.” What will he be doing in Iraq, where will he be going? “Don’t know. I’ll just go where I am needed.” Um, OK. So far this kid doesn’t sound like a die-hard Bush supporter gung-ho to defeat terror all across the globe…it sounds like he just wants to serve some time and get it over with, whether or not this is the “wrong war, wrong time, wrong place” as Kerry called it (a comment which seems to irk Dunleavy to no end). He’s an Army drone, and he’ll fight whatever war he’s told to like a good soldier, despite the opposing politics. And yet his dad is projecting all these grand ambitions and taking criticism of the war as a personal insult against his kid…it just seems like overkill to me.
I also have to ask: would he be so blindly supportive of the war if a Democrat was leading it? Yeah, that’s what I thought.