Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Belated Update From Our Commander-in-Chief

In the Liberal Media these days, one sees all kinds of stories that Iraq is spiraling into chaos, that the regime of President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu Nouri al-Maliki is hanging by threads and that, city by city, the country is being delivered into the hands of ISIS in-part because the Iraqi security forces are no only unable to hold their ground but are throwing away their uniforms and running away in numbers not seen since January, 2009 when droves of Republicans collectively scraped off their "Bush/Cheney '04" bumper-stickers and declared themselves to be "Constitutional Conservative Independents" who had never even heard of George W. Bush.
Insurgents seized control of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday in a powerful demonstration of the threat posed by a rapidly expanding extremist army to the fragile stability of Iraq and the wider region.

Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, overran the western bank of the city overnight after U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers and police officers abandoned their posts, in some instances discarding their uniforms as they sought to escape the advance of the militants.

Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians also fled the surprise onslaught, which exposed the inadequacies of Iraq’s security forces, risked aggravating the country’s already fraught sectarian divide and enabled the extremists to capture large quantities of weaponry, much of it American.

The speed with which the security forces lost control of one of Iraq’s biggest cities was striking, and it was a major humiliation for the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The city of Fallujah was captured in January by ISIS and other insurgents, but Mosul is a bigger and more important prize, located at a strategically vital intersection on routes linking Iraq to Turkey and Syria.

In Baghdad, Maliki announced a “general mobilization” of the country’s security forces and asked parliament to declare a state of emergency, saying that the government would not allow Mosul to fall “under the shadow of terror and terrorists.”

But the Iraqi security forces have not succeeded in winning back Fallujah, suggesting that it may be even tougher to reclaim Mosul, a city of 1.5 million that was once held out as a success story for the U.S. counterinsurgency effort in Iraq.

Well I am here to tell you that that this cannot possibly be true.

How do I know?

Because as we know, all bad news about Iraq is simply part of a Liberal conspiracy to undercut confidence in President Bush and ruin the moral of our troops!  But don't just take my word for it! No less of an authority than the most respected Conservative public intellectual in America -- the New York Times' David Brooks -- completely agrees with me!
In this dream palace, Bush, Cheney, and a junta of corporate oligarchs stole the presidential election, then declared war on Iraq to seize its oil and hand out the spoils to Halliburton and Bechtel. In this dream palace, the warmongering Likudniks in the administration sit around dreaming of conquests in Syria, Iran, and beyond. In this dream palace, the boy genius Karl Rove hatches schemes to use the Confederate flag issue to win more elections, John Ashcroft wages holy war on American liberties, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, and his cabal of neoconservatives long for global empire. In this dream palace, every story of Republican villainy is believed, and all the windows are shuttered with hate.

My third guess is that the Bush haters will grow more vociferous as their numbers shrink. Even progress in Iraq will not dampen their anger, because as many people have noted, hatred of Bush and his corporate cronies is all that is left of their leftism. And this hatred is tribal, not ideological. And so they will still have their rallies, their alternative weeklies, and their Gore Vidal polemics. They will still have a huge influence over the Democratic party, perhaps even determining its next presidential nominee. But they will seem increasingly unattractive to most moderate and even many normally Democratic voters who never really adopted outrage as their dominant public emotion.

In other words, there will be no magic "Aha!" moment that brings the dream palaces down. Even if Saddam's remains are found, even if weapons of mass destruction are displayed, even if Iraq starts to move along a winding, muddled path toward normalcy, no day will come when the enemies of this endeavor turn around and say, "We were wrong. Bush was right." They will just extend their forebodings into a more distant future. Nevertheless, the frame of the debate will shift. The war's opponents will lose self-confidence and vitality. And they will backtrack. They will claim that they always accepted certain realities, which, in fact, they rejected only months ago.
Because in case you had forgotten, our President and Commander-in-Chief personally assured us that a significant portion of the hundreds of billions of American tax dollars that were being poured into Iraq were being spent to train and equip hundreds of thousands of Iraqi police and soldiers, as well as rebuilding the country which they would be charged with protecting:
BUSH: Let me first tell you that the best way for Iraq to be safe and secure is for Iraqi citizens to be trained to do the job.

And that's what we're doing. We've got 100,000 trained now, 125,000 by the end of this year, 200,000 by the end of next year. That is the best way. We'll never succeed in Iraq if the Iraqi citizens do not want to take matters into their own hands to protect themselves. I believe they want to. Prime Minister Allawi believes they want to.

And so the best indication about when we can bring our troops home -- which I really want to do, but I don't want to do so for the sake of bringing them home; I want to do so because we've achieved an objective -- is to see the Iraqis perform and to see the Iraqis step up and take responsibility.

And so, the answer to your question is: When our general is on the ground and Ambassador Negroponte tells me that Iraq is ready to defend herself from these terrorists, that elections will have been held by then, that their stability and that they're on their way to, you know, a nation that's free; that's when.

And I hope it's as soon as possible. But I know putting artificial deadlines won't work. My opponent at one time said, "Well, get me elected, I'll have them out of there in six months." You can't do that and expect to win the war on terror. My message to our troops is, "Thank you for what you're doing. We're standing with you strong. We'll give you all the equipment you need. And we'll get you home as soon as the mission's done, because this is a vital mission."

A free Iraq will be an ally in the war on terror, and that's essential. A free Iraq will set a powerful example in the part of the world that is desperate for freedom. A free Iraq will help secure Israel. A free Iraq will enforce the hopes and aspirations of the reformers in places like Iran. A free Iraq is essential for the security of this country.
In case he wasn't clear enough, he repeated it:
BUSH: ... We've got a plan in place. The plan says there will be elections in January, and there will be. The plan says we'll train Iraqi soldiers so they can do the hard work, and we are.

And it's not only just America, but NATO is now helping, Jordan's helping train police, UAE is helping train police.

We've allocated $7 billion over the next months for reconstruction efforts. And we're making progress there.
And then, for those terrorist-loving, Fifth Columnist Liberal haters out there who simply refused to acknowledge the self-evident genius of his policies, President George W. Bush repeated it once again:
BUSH: There are 100,000 troops trained, police, guard, special units, border patrol. There's going to be 125,000 trained by the end of this year. Yes, we're getting the job done....
And that was all the way back in 2004!   Imagine how much better things must be now that we know how many tens of billions of additional dollars the United State has given to companies like Halliburton over the course of an entire decade just to make double-damn sure that everything in Iraq is ship-shape and Bristol fashion!
Report: Halliburton Subsidiary Received $39.5 Billion For Iraqi War Alone

1, April 8, 2013 by jonathanturley

Many of us who opposed the continuing Iraqi and Afghanistan wars, it has been difficult to imagine how politicians and others in Washington could continue to sacrifice lives and hundreds of billions in these conflicts. Now there is a report giving an insight into just how profitable these wars are for key companies. For just Iraq alone, some $138 billion went to private companies with an army of lobbyists eager to keep the pipeline of cash flowing. What is rarely striking however is that some ten contractors received 52 percent of the funds and one company received $39.5 billion. That company is Houston-based KBR, Inc., which is an extension of its parent, Halliburton Co. in 2007. That of course is Dick Cheney’s firm.

Many of those contracts going to KBR lacked any competitive bidding process. This includes the $568-million contract renewal in 2010 to provide housing, meals, water and bathroom services to soldiers — a contract that the Justice Department now says is rife with corruption and kickbacks.

For $40 billion, a single company may be willing to do a lot to keep a war alive. In the very least, it may not be eager to see it end.

Now if the President or Padishah Emperor or King of the Andals or whatever the head of our puppet government in Iraq is weak and corrupt, well shit, just sack him and put in someone else. Hell, Ahmed Chalabi is currently "at liberty" as the vaudevillians used to say, and I hear he works cheap!

But whether we fire Batista al-Maliki or renew his contract for another season, enough already with this disloyal, Frenchy, cut-and-run Leftist loser talk about how "bad" things are going over there. Because unless I very much miss my guess, it's all is probably just another Lefty Jamil Hussein false flag operation cooked up by the Liberal Media anyway.


Mister Roboto said...

As expected, Sen. John McCain (R-"Waah, *I* Should Have Been President") gave a speech on the senate floor excoriating the Obama Administration for "cutting and running" from Iraq. The problem with that notion is, we couldn't keep pouring blood and treasure down that rat-hole forever, and the joint was going to come apart like a cheap suit as soon as we left, no matter how long we stayed. That's why we urged and begged you mucking forons not to invade Iraq! The USA isn't the Third Reich that we have this national willingness to forever spill our most precious blood subjugating the rest of the world. I'm not entirely sure the Third Reich could have kept it up indefinitely had they won WWII {shudder}.

Anonymous said...

Of course we left the smoldering shit hole we created on the exact timetable dreamed up by KIng Moron up there, only after creating the massive trillion plus dollar pit in our budget that they all keep screaming about and blaming the usurper for...god.
...and of course we will be heading back in to clean up the mess, because as one former General who disgraced his uniform at the U.N. once said: You break it you own it.
As for congress, the Ripley protocol should now be implemented: Nuke it from space, its the only way to be sure.

J Hall said...

Brooks: Even if Saddam's remains are found, even if weapons of mass destruction are displayed, even if Iraq starts to move along a winding, muddled path toward normalcy, no day will come when the enemies of this endeavor turn around and say, "We were wrong. Bush was right." They will just extend their forebodings into a more distant future. Nevertheless, the frame of the debate will shift. The war's opponents will lose self-confidence and vitality. And they will backtrack. They will claim that they always accepted certain realities, which, in fact, they rejected only months ago.
My re-write: Even if connections to Saddam and bin-Laden are never proven, even if no WMD's are discovered, even if Iraq descends into a violent, chaotic place where Muslim insurgents run roughshod throughout the country, no day will come when the supporters of the endeavor turn around and say, "We were wrong. The anti-war crowd was right." They will just extend their incorrect positioning indefinitely into the future. The frame of the debate will never shift. The pro-war contingent have full cooperation with the media and never will be held accountable for their positions nor will the people who initiated the conflict ever have to answer for their actions. They will claim that certain realities are an aberration to protect the imagined reality they have built for themselves as a support for their beliefs.