Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Many will be home by Christmas. Iraq will begin a long drawn out process of assembling itself, possibly for the first time in the modern era as a centralized state and not a conglomeration of fiefdoms... -or not. They have a lot of dead to bury and account for.

I hope most of the armed services personnel can get on with life after being put in the service of an American administration’s opportunistic power grab disguised as preemptive foreign policy. The whole of government and the nation still owes these men and women an apology for risking their lives on a strange bet made by the Bush administration. The 9 year war in Iraq has now ended. It has ended after the spending of many more billions of dollars and after many more lives than were promised by President Bush in his stilted, laconic, bragging forecasts. No will hold him or the conflict’s true architects, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, accountable. They all got away with this crime free and clear. -That this war made millions for Dick Cheney’s friends in industry is never directly discussed, as if his refusal to answer any questions he doesn’t like could somehow operate as reasoning, justification, or policy.

The war is finally over Mr. Cheney. Thankfully, you and your Nixon-era cadre are finished too. I don’t think the country could survive another bout of what you call “keeping us safe,” incompetent, lying thieves that you are.

Merry Christmas.



Mike said...

Right on, SJ. I truly don't wish Cheney a happy Christmas either. I hope his Christmas sucks.

SJ said...

Thanks Stimpson,
but the "Merry Christmas" and all the goodwill that benediction is supposed to imply was for all of us little people out there without powerful friends in the Global Defense Industry.
That "Merry Christmas" is for you and me, brother.
Honestly, I've been rather dumbstruck that this administration ended the war so suddenly. I thought te Iraq War was going on the list of critical things that would get quagmired into perpetuity, like Korea and other "policed" stalemates, only with a steadier trickle of bloodshed from 2005 on out.
I feel out of breath when I see the vets stumbling around the port authority (either the GWB or 42nd street locations) in their faded desert camo, which sticks out in grey old New York like neon. It's like something out of a science fiction novel. ...But it all happened didn't it? The 2000s weren't just some fucked up dream.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy new year to you, Mike.

Jack Jodell said...

I've said it before and I'll keep repeating it: those Bush-era neocons are all war criminals who should be tried, convicted, and sentenced severely for their crimes.

SJ said...

I always try and follow your lead on this issue. They got away with didn't they? Crooks pure and simple. Someday all Cheney's papers will be public...
That'll be a Merry Xmas indeed.
Happy holidays Jack.