Thursday, September 23, 2004

pinions of buddy don: wurds of the father

ye mite member how mr bush sed he dint lack to go to his own daddy fer add vice on a counta how he could go to a higher father. we dont know eggzacky whut that higher father has told mr bush or even ifn innybidy is willin to tell mr bush the truth bout thangs in iraq or ifn they do, whuther hes willin to bleeve em. but i kindly wish he wooda ast his own daddy bout iraq or even red his own daddy's book name of A World Transformed, witch mr bush's daddy gut hep frum brent scowcroft to rite it, but he wuz still proud a nuff of it to put his name toot. heres sum wurds of add vice mr dubya shoulda red (p.489):
We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under those circumstances, there was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different -- and perhaps barren -- outcome.
meanwhile, how is thangs a'goin over in iraq now that mr bush dun ignord his daddy's add vice? tiz hard to tell. the publicans claim we aint gittin the truth, that thangs is a'gone so good with the rebuildin of the recently bombed cuntry that they dont half to use all the rebuildin money fer rebuildin but kin use a few billyun of it fer securty. but folks thats over thar in iraq reportin on thangs orta know, rite? n they aint sayin thangs is as good as them publicans tell us thay is. heres whut a feller name of Phillip Robertson had to say bout it:
Reconstruction, the most important step on the path to a sovereign and stable Iraq, has all but stalled because of targeted acts of violence that reach all the way south to Basra and north to Mosul. Successful countermoves by the Sunni insurgents have prevented the United States and new Iraqi government from gaining any real political support. In fact, billions of dollars originally allocated for reconstruction are now headed for security companies, which are quickly becoming private militias. Unfortunately for optimistic planners in the Bush administration, the coalition is up against not one single group but a constellation of allied militias. It's as if the United States had gone to war against the tribal system itself. There are so many new fighter cells that they are at a loss to distinguish themselves, and so use kidnapping and videotapes as branding strategies. In this market, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Tawhid wa al Jihad, with its monstrous beheading trademark, is the undisputed brand king. Some of the groups are crazier than others. It is a free market of demons.

In the past year, al-Qaida operatives have found in Iraq a fertile recruiting ground, the best possible training camp for jihad against the West, a destination any angry young man can reach if he has the will and pocket money. Iraq's borders, which stretch across hundreds of miles of empty desert, are perfect for smugglers and men seeking martyrdom. No one really knows how many people are coming into Iraq to fight the U.S. But the fighters who do make it across are changing the character of the resistance, internationalizing it, injecting religious extremism into the politics of a once-secular Iraq. Young men coming in from other countries don't fight for Iraq, they fight for Islam.

One of the unutterable truths for the administration is that the U.S. occupation is breeding and fueling insurgent groups. Iraqi government officials rightly fear for their lives, but Iraqi forces, which are supposed to be fighting alongside U.S. troops in the cause of a free and democratic Iraq, are often undisciplined, dangerous and in some places infiltrated by insurgent groups. The Mahdi Army in Sadr City has a number of police officers in its ranks, and in a little remarked upon event that took place during one of the large demonstrations in Baghdad at the time of the siege, the Iraqi police helped Sadr officials address a crowd of Muqtada al-Sadr supporters outside the neutral Green Zone.
we dun herd thay wuz over 1,000 of our brave soljers killt over thar, but the upi bleeves thays minny more casualties we aint been tole bout:
Nearly 17,000 service members medically evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan are absent from public Pentagon casualty reports commonly cited by newspapers, according to military data reviewed by United Press International. Most don't fit the definition of casualties, according to the Pentagon, but a veterans' advocate said they should all be counted.

The Pentagon has reported 1,019 dead and 7,245 wounded from Iraq.
lease we been perteckted agin cat stevens musick!

corse, ifn ye read much histry, ye gut to wunder bout the parallels twixt whut's a'gone on with iraq n them greeks attackin sicily. case ye dont member thatn, ye kin read bout it here. warning: ifn ye read bout them greeks, it mite hurt or even scare ye.

but all the news aint bad. even tho ye kin proov how mr bush has dun flip flopped all over the place, he dun stuck the label on john kerry to whar it wont cum off. so ye kin see whenever it cums to camp painin, them publicans is good. they even know how to keep the rong folks frum votin, witch ye kin read all bout that in a articull name of Millions Blocked from Voting in Election. good thang thar pertecktin us frum that kinda thang!

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