One Veteran's Voice

29 July 2006

What Crisis?

Please welcome Irritated Vet to the blogosphere, and to this blog. Blog blog glob blog.

I am now 25, as of a few days ago. Happy birthday to me, I'm a quarter century, I'm halfway to FIFTY? Huh? time is slipping underneath our feet...

Now that Tucker and Anderson Cooper are on the scene, it's a bonafide crisis. Before, it was a crisis, sure, but now it's a jagged letter humanitarian disaster type crisis with a freakin cherry on top.

Day 18 of the Crisis in the Mideast

Year 3 of the Crisis in the Mideast

Millenia Three of the Crisis in the Mideast

It's only a crisis when all the cable anchors show up and start twenty-four hour coverage. Tucker is reporting from an Israeli artillery position, marveling gleefully at the power of the concussion as the howitzer lobs a 155mm round onto anonymous Lebanese. Real tasteful and informative journalism.

If these guys are really these great war correspondents, and not just ratings whores, why aren't Tucker and Anderson in Iraq, where the bigger, nastier war is ongoing? I guess there's only so much danger one reporter can take. Not that I blame them. Who wants to be beheaded on national TV?

An only slightly more appealing existence would be Condi Rice's. The United States cannot engineer a sustainable cease fire in the Mideast anymore than we can engineer peace in Iraq.

The Prime Minister is taking immediate action to implement a plan to improve security and his top priority is around Baghdad. Operation Together Forward started this morning. This operation is a joint effort to restore security and rule of law to high-risk areas in the capital city. It will be carried by some 26,000 Iraqi soldiers, some 23,000 Iraqi police, backed up by over 7,200 coalition forces. Iraqi troops will increase the number of checkpoints, enforce a curfew, and implement a strict weapons ban across the Iraqi capital. Baghdad is a city of more than 6.5 million residents, and we've got to recognize that it's going to take time for these operations to take hold.

Bush press conference, June 14th

Now I hear they're sending more troops to Baghdad, as well as extending one brigade another 4 months. It's not fair to overextend our military just because the political will for a draft is nonexistent. Shinseki testified that it would take a half million US troops to properly secure Iraq. Three years later, we're still trying to do it on the cheap, and we're still failing. Doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.


Our leaders are insane.


nunya said...

Dude, Greg Palast was on Ring of Fire today-
I usually stream any AirAmericaRadio shows because that high pitched AM radio noise bugs me.
Anyhoo, Greg was plugging his book Armed Madhouse and talking about how the Brits, BP, the Standard Oil Co of Calif sought to control the flow of the oil production in Iraq, all the way back to the 1920's. It was fascinating.

About five years ago I found a map online of an old (1930,s) pipeline that started in Northern Iraq, and ended in Haifa, Israel.

7/29/2006 06:39:00 PM  
Lurch said...

They're not insane, in the clinical sense. They understand the job can't be done with what's on hand. They just don't care. These people have nothing but contempt for average Americans, and consider most of us expendable for political opportunism.

7/30/2006 10:33:00 AM  
BadTux said...

Yes, the Haifa pipeline fed a BP refinery near Haifa that provided most of the gasoline for the British mandate in the Middle East. The pipeline and refinery were one reason why Haifa's Arab population had to be pushed into the sea (contrary to popular belief, it was the Jews, not the Arabs, who did the first pushing of an ethnicity into the sea in the Middle East). Of course, at that point the Iraq Arabs rather objected to their Arab brethren being pushed into the sea, and cut off the pipeline, but so it goes. Darn, why couldn't the silly untermenschen just realize that this was the Jews' Promised Land and thus all these dirty gentiles just had to get out of the way? Why did those silly Arabs have to take offense at being forced at gunpoint to leave a land where they had lived for over 1500 years? Gosh, some darkies just don't know their place...

-- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

8/02/2006 02:04:00 AM  

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