Monday, October 30, 2006

the dead keep piling up amidst more incompetence...

with a day to go the death toll for the United States' Armed Services hit 101 for this month...the first month since January, 2005, that 100 American families will welcome their loved one home in a flag drapped coffin without so much as a simple acknowledgment of their loved one's returning home, albeit in a pine box, from the men who sent them to Iraq to die in their not-so-grand expirement to reshape the middle east by forcefully placing an allied government on top of the world's second largest oil reserves. the official American dead from this misbegotten war now number 2,814...suddenly 3,000 is just around the corner. and lest we forget...the wounded now number almost 45,000...well, the wounded that wear the American flag on their uniform anyhow...well, the wounded that wear the American flag on their uniform and the administration releases their information. estimates on Iraqi dead in this immoral crusade run as high as 650,000 thousand...which really is not so far fetched when you recognize that throughout the 90's almost 90 percent of all casualties were civilian (and yes, only counting American military dead, that means approximately 300,000 dead civilians).

all of this in the midst of our learning of yet another heart wrenching failure of this administration when it comes to Iraq...seriously, if you are going to destroy all that America once stood for, drag lady liberty through the muck whilst ravaging and urinating on her, devestate an already devestated nation, see to a couple hundred thousand innocents being killed or horribly maimed, and dismantle all that humanity has done to limit the scourge of war unless absolutely necessary you might as well have the courtesy of being competent in overseeing the disgusting immoral war which you unleashed upon the world.

remember how the administration and its parrots kept telling us to "stay the course" (which apparently they never said...must have been the liberal media touching up videos) and that we would stank down as the Iraqis stood up. well, they didn't actually plan on giving the Iraqis the tools to stand up. your tax dollars were sent out by the truckload to pay for weapons for the new Iraqi army and security forces ("new" because these boneheads had the brilliant idea of sending the existing one home...without pay...and with their weapons...thereby setting loose a few hundred thousand trained, armed, and pissed off young men...oops...and "your" because you aren't a member of the truly wealthy elite...they got their tax dollars back, so not only do they not have to worry about fighting this war, they don't even have to worry about financing it...instead they just profit from it...and ain't it always nice to find those taking up residence in the White House in bed with war profiteers?). well...those weapons did not make it there too often..and when they did, they didn't come with things like replacement parts or anything else necessary for their maintenance...like say, trained persons.

while to normal folks like New Whigs that appears crack-smokingly stupid, it makes perfect sense when you understand that every idiotic decision they have made ended up making a few already fantastically wealthy folks just a little more fantastically wealthy without having to do much for it. afterall...the longer it takes Iraqis to stand up, the more expensive the reconstruction will be...and the more money the military-industrial complex will gather...which means the likes of haliburton (cheney), kbr (the walker family, as in george herbert walker bush), and the carlysle group (daddy bush again) will make an obscene amount of money, or continue to make an obscene amount of money anyways...and never even have to do what little they are asked anywhere near effectively, or even adequately, to "earn" it.

welcome to bush's America...where thousands of American families mourn their dead who never returned from a war financed in every way by Americans not lucky enough to be wealthy enough not to have to know family or friends in Iraq or to be war profiteers while hoarding their tax cuts.

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