Thursday, July 07, 2005

Pardon Me While I Puke

Terrorists believe they can scare people to the point they can control them. It's not about God. It's not about Allah. It's about being tired of being kicked. It's about wanting to be the boot. When dealing with crabby little power usurpers, there is no other option than holding your ground. When the U.S. went into Afghanistan, it was with the single purpose, not of kicking, but grinding into oblivion a bunch of unscrupulous bullies. It was Bar-time. They needed to pay their tab.

This may come as a shock to you, but I am convinced the war waged in Iraq is a mistake. Hmmmm? No surprise, there? So much for my gig as Woman of Mystery. Rats. I was kinda liking that title.

Iraq compromised Afghanistan, and for that reason alone, was unacceptable. We had Al-Qaeda on the run. They may have still been belligerent, but they WERE hauling ass away from us. Osama poked us with a big stick, and we were poised to strike and disable.

But, nooooooooooo. We had to pull our heroes out of there, and send them to Iraq. Osama must think the average American is a powerless little target, now that Bush is playing right into his manipulative game. Disruption, rendering families, destroying dreams, leveling infrastructure and sowing sorrow; all by the U.S., all away from the true enemy of our people, Al-Qaeda.

What happened in London today is a wake up call. We need to regain our focus. Iraq is the wrong war. To that end, this good news found at Reuters:

Iran, Iraq to sign military cooperation agreement 07 Jul 2005 08:56:44 GMT Source: Reuters

TEHRAN, July 7 (Reuters) - Former foes Iran and Iraq said on Thursday they would sign a military cooperation agreement which will include Iranian help in training Iraq's armed forces.

The agreement marks a considerable advance in relations between the two countries who fought a bitter 1980-1988 war and comes despite repeated U.S. accusations that Iran has undermined security in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

"It's a new chapter in our relations with Iraq. We will start wide defence cooperations," Iranian Defence Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani told a joint news conference with visiting Iraqi counterpart Saadoun al-Dulaimi.

If our mission in Iraq is to see them rid of Saddam and moving forward with elected governance and self policing, this is the type of help from neighbor nations that is invaluable to finishing the mission and re-directing 100% of our efforts toward eradicating murderous Al-Qaeda slime forever.

Of course, if our mission is to simply invade and plunder, directing profits to a select few, we need to take a long look in the mirror.

July 6 (Reuters)
- The U.S. military has signed on Halliburton to do nearly $5 billion in new work in Iraq under a giant logistics contract that has so far earned the Texas-based firm $9.1 billion, the Army said on Wednesday.

...Halliburton shares have rallied 13 percent since the beginning of June, bolstered by high crude oil prices.

Despite the drop in the stock price, analysts said the latest news was positive for the company and indicated "the government has no issue with Halliburton's performance," said Kurt Hallead, analyst with RBC Capital Markets.

Pardon me while I puke.


At July 07, 2005 7:01 PM, Blogger windspike said...

Just wondering how many shares of Halliburton The Big Dick Cheney is holding in some private, "blind" trust somewhere or perhaps even off shore in some place like the Caymans?
Puke away! I'll hold the bowl and pour it over the next Al Queda operative I see.

At July 07, 2005 7:08 PM, Blogger Gun-Toting Liberal said...

Damn. That's all I have to say. DAMN. (scratching head nervously... squirming....)

That's FK'd UP.

At July 07, 2005 7:58 PM, Blogger Brother Kenya said...

Why is it that what seems so obvious to us is so hard for everyone to believe? I mean, sheesh, how obvious does it have to be!

At July 07, 2005 8:53 PM, Blogger Jet said...

Hey windspike. I know Dick is gettin' it somehow. F**ktard. Thanks for holding my bowl. ;-D

GTL, it IS as you say. Pisses me right off. When I listened to the news this morning and watched the number of dead climb, fury took me. I can't believe we are not treating Osama as the first priority.

Bro, why is it that obvious escapes? Perhaps because knowing requires more from us than smug repartee.

At July 08, 2005 6:25 AM, Blogger Nedhead said...

I wonder if BushCo will stand for Iran giving a hand to Iraq? It seems to me that Iran is part of Bush's endgame, no?

The facts about our country's cash giveaway to Halliburton make me sick, too. WTF!

Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to the problems of today. Which problems probably aren't that different from the problems of yesterday. Nor the ones of tomorrow.

Unfortunately, our leadership has a myopic view of how to deal with the world. They continue to refuse to acknowledge a world community. Unfortunately, too many of our fellow citizens share this view point. Our nation's foreign policies for decades have created this international animus towards our way of life, and unfortunately Bush is certainly not improving the situation.

Preaching to the choir, aren't I?

At July 08, 2005 6:34 AM, Blogger frstlymil said...

I've gotten to the point where I'm so upset I'm least today. Anyone see the John Carpenter film "They Live"? - the absurd level of inability to see the obvious, as Brother Kenya speaks of, has approached a level I thought possible only in B grade science fiction.

At July 08, 2005 11:08 AM, Blogger 1138 said...

Death Inc.

At July 08, 2005 11:09 AM, Blogger Pat Kirby said...

Ah, Halliburton. Making a fortune by feeding out people in uniform spoiled food.

At July 08, 2005 1:51 PM, Blogger Jet said...

nedhead, I think how Bush & Co. address this Iraq/Iran alliance will be very revealing. Has the water gotten hot enough that the whole sham war is not worth pursuing? Certainly possible.

Frstlymil, don't spoil good schlock sci-fi with Bush references. Girl, that's just mean.

paul, I saw your post this morning! Very nice.

Hi Pat. Welcome to God Dem! What we need to find is a good hacker to break into Halliburton, wipe the bank and return the money to Iraq. It was theirs originally, part of the Oil for Food trust set up by the UN. Where's a good Robin Hood when you need one?

At July 08, 2005 3:11 PM, Blogger 1138 said...

I'm up for Halliburton but there are a few other things that need to be fixed before it's reasonable to do the job.
Like rolling back the out of control police state.
I'm hearing rumors of 'average americans' going missing at the hands of acronym officials.
As hard as it is to accept there's more to these issues than $money$.

At July 08, 2005 8:45 PM, Blogger Silent Bob said...

Well put, good rant

At July 09, 2005 4:38 PM, Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

The Taliban are back in Afghanistan in large enough numbers to burn down schools for girls all over the country but we WON that little war according to Bush. As for Halliburton being handed more of my $$$$ for doing NOTHING - Arrrggghhhhhhhh! All they have done is build a fortified OZ for corporate Americans and a few chosen Iraqi grovelers in the middle of Baghdad.


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