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Price Of Patriotism — Get Fired!

The current “wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan have to rank among the most unusual in American history. They are fought by a group of volunteers numberings about 1,500,000 who daily risk their lives even as the remaining 300,000,000 go about their business of work, leisure, schooling and safety. At least during the Korean and Vietnam wars, there was a draft to ensure a wider range of Americans actually participated in the task of defending their nation. Those who serve return home in an anonymous fashion to people who didn’t even realize they had left. Tim Nolan who lives in Vermont encountered an even more dramatic example of indifference on the part of Americans when he lost his job because of being deployed.

Nolan, along with several other correctional officers was hired at the

Tony Blair’s Nightmare– The Truth About Iraq!

Six years ago, Tony Blair had an opportunity to strike a blow for freedom by placing pressure on George Bush not to rush for judgment into the ill-fated war in Iraq. Instead, he played stooge to an ignorant president and an evil vice president whose desire was blood and destruction in the name of democracy. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, after initially stating the inquiry into why a war on Iraq would be held in secret, backtracked and made clear major portions of the inquiry would be open to the public. Tony Blair tried his best to avoid such a spectacle because his current dream is becoming the first president of the European Union who would hold the position for a fixed term of office instead of the current rotation process.

Once Europeans learn how Tony Blair lied and disguised reasons for Great Britain entering the war in Iraq it is doubtful if his candidacy will proceed on schedule. His supporters fear open hearings will lead to “mob justice” although the truth more likely will never lead to any real justice, simply people shaking their heads in disbelief.

PM Gordon Brown Announces Iraq Inquiry

During the early months of 2003, British Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted his nation lacked time to wait and investigate the situation in Iraq because the infamous WMD were poised to wipe out his nation along with the United States. Fast forward six years and the current prime minister, Gordon Brown believes it is time to conduct a thorough investigation into the causes of his nation’s participation into the Iraq war. “With the last British combat troops about to return home from Iraq, now is the right time to ensure we have a proper process in place..” says the prime minister. He made clear the investigation will be behind closed doors and will take at least a year to conclude its work.

I am confused. It took all of about two months to send British troops into the wrong war at the wrong time for the wrong reasons, but it requires a year to find out what the heck happened? I am glad Gordon Brown wants the “right process” in place, but shouldn’t that be done BEFORE sending troops into combat? The British people deserve to have an independent group conduct the investigation and it can be completed in about two months.

Can A Soldier Protest An Illegal War?

The invasion of Iraq was born in lies, the military initially fought it under the direction of an incompetent Secretary of Defense, and thousands of Americans died in a needless expenditure of human life and money. Army Spc. Kristoffer Walker told his superiors the truth — the Iraq was is illegal and immoral and he did not wish to participate in it. His company commander warned him of dire consequences should he persist in his refusal to go overseas, essentially telling Walker his life would be ruined. Walker still opposes the war but decided he had to go in order to avoid the consequences. However, he no longer trusts his military leaders and those who run the government.

The armed forces have recognized the right of a conscientious objector who can not kill since it violates his ethical principles. Surely, we can recognize the right of a moral person who cannot serve in what he considers to be an immoral action.

Condi Rice– History Will Praise Bush!

Secretary of State Condi Rice admitted the Bush administration had not met all of its goals, but historians in the future will place George Bush among the list of distinguished presidents. She insisted the Bush administration had brought peace to the Arab world and had driven al-Qaeda from Iraq and brought freedom to that nation. “Over time I think the fact that America has stood for the Arab world and for the Arabs to have the same rights and the same ability to live in freedom as we have, that will ultimately be respected.” She admitted the Israel-Palestine conflict had not yet been resolved, but since Bush entered the peace process it was now moving along.

George Bush is often fond of recalling the low popularity of President Harry Truman during the Korean War and how history has subsequently proven that he was on the right track. The trouble with the Bush analogy is that while Truman’s public opinion standing had declined, he was highly praised by historians in the forties and fifties. Historians recognized that Truman was ahead of the American people. Sorry, Condi, few historians have a similar view of Bush today.

Rice insists the war against al-Qaeda is winning in Iraq as justification for the invasion of Iraq. Condi Rice has a Ph.D and is a foreign policy expert so we can assume she knows full well there were NO al-Qaeda in Iraq prior to the Bush invasion. In 2001, al-Qaeda was a small group but thanks to Bush it has now become an important international force.

I suspect George Bush will be fighting Millard Fillmore in the future for being the most incompetent president in history.

Vice President Dick Cheney Indicted In Texas

A Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney for conspiring to block an investigation into abuse at privately run prisons. The indictment alleges Cheney profited from the abuse because he invested $85 million in a mutual fund which holds shares in the for-profit prisons. This constitutes a conflict of interest and the indictment appears to argue the vice president should have excused himself from dealing with a situation in which he stood to gain. The Indictment further alleges that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, participated by using his position to stop investigations s to the wrong doings which includes the assaults committed in the prison.

There is little possibility the indictment will go any further than providing good copy to the media for a few days. Unfortunately, Dick Cheney should be indicted for lying to the American people about reasons for initiating the war in Iraq. There is no doubt Cheney heavily influenced the Bush decision to invade. The tragedy is the inability to indict this man for crimes against the American people and against humanity.

“Iraq War Ends”— It’s A Joke!

A group of pranksters handed out a fake 14 page issue of The New York Times which carried the headline– Iraq War Ends! A group called the Yes Men took six months putting together their elaborate hoax and used the assistance of thousands of volunteers who handed out about 1.2 million copies of the paper on the streets of New York and Los Angeles. Barbara Suttner, one of the newspaper writers, said, “We’ve got to make sure Obama and all the other Democrats do what we elected them to do.” The fake newspaper had several fake headlines such as:
“Maximum Wage Law Succeeds”
“Nationalized Oil To Fund Climate Change Efforts”
“Nation Sets Its Sight On Building Sane Economy”

A story in the fake newspaper has Condi Rice admitting what everyone knows– George Bush knew there were no WMD.

Rumors are circulating that the writers of the spoof work for several newspapers, including The New York Times. A statement from the pranksters can be found on:

w.w.w.nytimes-se.com

Who knows, maybe the absurd is in reality, — reality!

UK Troops Charged With Abuse Of Iraq Children

The war in Iraq has functioned in an environment in which abuse of people has occurred many times on the part of military forces which defeated the Saddam Hussein regime. The latest shocking example of brutalizing Iraqis was presented in the British newspapers, the Independent. A 14 year old boy was forced to carry out an act of oral sex on a fellow male prisoner in Iraq, an allegation which could mark a new low in behavior on the part of soldiers in that unfortunate nation. The victim, now 19, was caught while stealing milk cartons from a food distribution center, then whipped, beaten and forced to strip naked. “They made us sit on each other’s laps,” he said. “They were enjoying humiliating and abusing us. I wished I was dead at this moment. Then they made me sit with Tariq.. where I was forced to put Tariq’s penis in my mouth. The other two were made to do the same.”

The allegations are now being investigated by British military authorities. There is evidence soldiers rounded up looters as part of an operation code named Ali Baba. Photographs were taken of prisoners suspended in nets from forklift trucks and others forced to strip naked an adopt simulated sex positions. The photos were released to the public after British troops took them to a photo shop to be developed. At that time compensation was paid to a few people.

The larger question is why such actions were taken against individuals who had not killed British troops or themselves engaged in brutal acts? Why has the Iraq war led to such repeated examples of brutal behavior on the part of members of the military?

US Troops Divided Over Election

It is still unclear as to which of the candidates a majority of those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan will support in the coming election. An AP-Yahoo Poll a few months ago revealed veterans supported Senator McCain by a 49% to 32% margin over Senator Obama. However, Obama has collected $327,000 in campaign donations from American soldiers compared to $227,000 secured by John McCain. Most probably a majority of troops believe McCain has greater military experience than Obama, but there is also extreme dissatisfaction with the progress of the war.

An unknown factor is the increase in violence in Afghanistan even as violence decreases in Iraq. Groups like the Iraq Veterans Against War represent those who are disgusted with the Bush administration but many continue wanting to believe their sacrifices had to mean something. It is difficult accepting your fighting was meaningless.

US Army Suicides Set Record In 2007!

American army officials revealed there was a record number of suicides in 2007 and that combat has filled the cups of many soldirs to the brim causing them to seek the way out of death. According to Col. Elspeth Ritchie, psychiatric consultnat to the Army Surgeon General, “the Army is very, very busy, and perhaps we haven’t taken care of each other as much as we’d like to.” Of those who committed suicide in 2007, 26% had never been deployed, another 24% had deployed once, while 7% had deployed more than once. Another 43% killed themselves after returning home. Overall, there were 117 active duty suicides in 2007 which represents an increase of 13 over 2006.

The numbers were up in other categories as well. In 2006, eighty of the soldiers who attempted suicide had seen others killed in combat, the 2007 figure was 93. In 2006, 39 of those who attempted suicide had killed others in combat while the figure in 2007 was 54. The 2007 suicide numbers include 33 mobilized National guard soldiers.

The US army has hired an additional 180 mental health personnel to work with issues of stress in combat and stress after returning home. in terms of the overall figue of 30,000 wounded and 4,000 dead, the figure of 117 may appear low, but the cost of fighting in Iraq has yet to be fully calculated and the nation will not know that final figure for many years to come.