In other words all those corpses are a Public Relations problem.
That’s what New York Times reporter Richard W. Stevenson is saying to the families of all those servicemen and women — who were on their way home, and not expecting that they would arrive in a coffin. But hey, you volunteered for this gig, so. . .
Yes if Iraq is known for anything it’s murk. So murky in fact that the U.S. has been unable to supply any figure on the thousands killed by it’s world famous “shock and awe” son et lumiere.
But that’s all just so murky, isn’t it?
Why “growing”? Opposition to the American invasion has been there all along, picking its teeth in the wings, waiting for what has emerged as no end of opportuniteis to strike atsitting ducks.
The exceedingly slim “backing” of that much-discussed focus group known as
the American people slips to none on closer poll examination. And no one can safely predict the vows taken by an administration of congenital liars.
Whatever the merits of that claim — and the downing of a helicopter would not seem insignificant — it might be beside the point. The well-armed and apparently coordinated guerrilla attacks on American forces, on Iraqis who are cooperating with them, on international institutions and on ordinary civilians seem to have a common purpose: undermining American resolve and sowing doubt in Iraq and elsewhere.
In short it’s the “Terrorist’s” version of “shock and awe.”
“Terrorist” must be placed in quotes thanks to the fact that BushCo regards anyone who opposes it for any reason whatsoever as a “terrorist.”
Members of the Bin Ladin family and Saudi operatives like Grover Norquist are needless to say exempt from such labelling.
However, Kenneth Allard, a former Army colonel who teaches international security at Georgetown University, suggested that the Iraqi attacks would test American determination.
“Every single one of these attacks challenges American will, and American will is the center of gravity in this campaign,” he said.
So we must all pledge not to let such unpleasantness get in the way of our resolve to create further unpleasantness.
Democrats have been particularly critical of Mr. Bush’s inability to win substantial commitments from allies other than Britain for troop deployments to Iraq, a failure they trace to the administration’s unwillingness to forge a true coalition before the war.
Yes it’s all Partisan Politics, folks. A campaign of blatant lies against a former operative, climaxed by a massive airstrike and “boots on the ground” mop-up operation done in the name of an old-fashioned imperialism that that choses to call itself “Neo-Conservative” is to be brushed aside.
It’s really all about those Mean Democrats doncha know.
He’s so sensitive to the “trick” of a softball query of no real import to the gruesomly manifest problem at hand — unjustified warfare.
Another candidate, Dennis J. Kucinich, said bluntly, “It is urgent for the United States to go to the U.N. with a new resolution which contains the basis of an exit strategy.”Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, has repeatedly hammered at the war strategy, influencing other candidates.
But Democrats are themselves divided over how to proceed.
Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, told the CBS News program “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the United States should consider temporarily increasing the number of troops it has in Iraq.
Yes those Titanic deck chairs simply scream for re-arranging. Call the Fab Five!
Translation: He’s got the money and the polls are easily rigged.
When you’re buring the dead, scrounging for food and dodging military patrols one is sorely pressed for the time and effortrequired to answer those pesky survey questions.
Who in Sam Hill gives a shit about the Fratboy Coward’s “determination”?
WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!
And so, needless to say, does Iraq.
Similarly, he said, Mr. Bush and his team have yet to convince the Iraqi people that the United States will prevail. “If you’re an Iraqi, the biggest fear in your mind is that Saddam or his cohorts might be back,” Mr. Allard said. “Everything they see now could convince them that the Americans may be faint-hearted. So at the least, they hedge their bets.”
If you’re an Iraqi your biggest fear is that some “Allied” patrol might waste you, or you might get caught in the crossfire between the “Allies” and whatever random cadre of insurgent bandits happens to be in the neighborhood — and that’s not to mention the fear of not being able to find enough food and water to get through the day.
“You know what it is? Bad sportsmanship,” said the “Deputy Minister of Information” about the terrorist bombings in Brazil a science-fiction fantasy film that’s fast taking on the aspect of a documentary.
Mission Impossible is more like it.
“Foreign troops in a country are unnatural,” Mr. Rumsfeld said on “Fox News Sunday,” referring to the presence in Iraq of American and allied troops. “The goal is to keep them there only as long as they’re needed and not one day longer.”
“Imperialism is hard !” Too bad Barbie. You broke it — you pay for it.
And the corpses pile up.
Iraqi corpses as well as those evidently more photogenic American ones.
Again Brazil comes to mind, specifically the lament of Mrs. Buttle whose husband is snatched away for “questioning” when a computer glitch identifies him as a “terrorist.”
“What have you done with his body?” , Mrs. Buttle screams.
There, there, dear. You should strengthen your resolve. That’s the most important thing these days. There’s a war on you know.
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