The International Writers Magazine:US Politics and Iraq
The Bogusly Self-Righteous Flogging Of Master Rumsfeld
'Its like that poor, misguided fool Pat Tillman. He wanted
to be John Wayne. Now he is the poster-boy for ideological suicide.'
outrageous glut of evidence coming from the governments recent
censorship of media coverage of flag-draped caskets arriving at air
force bases and the ridiculous furor over these "prisoner abuse"
photos can lead anyone to assume the American people are woefully unaware
of the casualty and operation of war. So, for those humble neophytes,
I offer the following:
This war thing everyone was so hepped about? This vengeance jag weve
all been on since 9/11/01? Its ugly, petty, brutal and horrid.
You dont get to be squeamish and moral all of a sudden.
War is hell. Ever hear that one? Its a popular axiom among those
whove been there/done that. Young kids die senselessly during
it. And people conducting these things dont have the screws tightened
onto the old noggin too well. This is why we hire them. Clear thinking,
compassionate types make bad war contributions. Moreover, there are
a plethora of sadistic freaks who head these things, on all sides. Animalistic
torture, sickening reams of propaganda, and the killing of innocents
is part of the deal. What did you think was going on here, table tennis?
Take this crazy American contractor roaming around Iraq trying to rebuild
infrastructure. He didnt get it. Now he is beheaded on video.
Its like that poor, misguided fool Pat Tillman. He wanted to be
John Wayne. Now he is the poster-boy for ideological suicide.
And before you start sending me your hateful missives about my insensitivity
toward these victims of war, I consider them fellow humans and therefore
brothers, and if my biological brother came to me and said he was leaving
$3.5 million at the tender age of 25 to go off to the desert and get
shot at or planned on roaming around Iraq looking for work I would have
advised him otherwise. And those who disagree are just not being honest.
But back to the "prisoner abuse" thing. I cannot believe for
one moment that anyone over the age of 10 would be shocked that this
country would be fighting any other kind of war? Were so different?
Were above it? Do you know whose running this thing? Hawks. Warmongers.
Oil Men. Corporate land-rapers. When this inarticulate goober of a president
stands on his sloping green lawn and has the gall to utter that these
tactics do not represent the American spirit, it is so patently false
you expect the sky to collapse on his head like some bad cartoon.
This countrys military record of death, destruction, rape and
pillaging is legendary. How do you think we got so rich and powerful?
Good business acumen? God on our side? Yes, the tooth fairy and Uncle
Sam had a baby and called it Liberty. OR maybe it was free land grabs,
free slave labor, systematic economic backstabbing, not-so-secret assassinations,
and an incredible roll call of CIA global crimes. Ripping off France,
Spain, Mexico and anyone else minding the Manifest Destiny store put
us in the catbird seat, sonny. The spirit that sicked those Dobermans
on that naked Iraqi grabbing his balls on the front page of every newspaper
this week is the same one that slaughtered Native-Americans, torched
Atlanta, firebombed Dresden, locked up American citizens of Japanese
lineage, murdered women and children in My-Lai, and on and on and on.
Fact is peasant terrorists liberated this country by reeking guerilla
warfare havoc on an imperialistic empire. Sound familiar? I understand
its human nature to eat a nice, fat, juicy steak and not wonder how
it got there, or slip on those Nikes and not consider what sweat
shop made them. Were here because horrible thugs with guns put
us here. Im a pacifist and Im willing to admit it. Do it.
It takes the edge off.
Good. Now doesnt this fuss over prison abuse ring as hollow as
someone complaining about the rain during the Battle of Gettysburg?
And what can you say about the enemy, fanatic religious thugs running
around with hoods and sub-machine guns? Five thousand years of violence
in the name of Allah bankrolled by oil funds from the west. Starving
Bengal tigers are too good for these monsters.
Just a few weeks ago the U.S. Army massacred hundreds of innocents in
Fallujah. Not a peep. We get a few porn images that dont look
any worse than some of the shit I did in college, and were closing
down shop? This is the same logic behind polls that have two-thirds
of Americans judging George W. Bush a lying incompetent, but the clear
choice for re-election.
So now in steps the embattled Secretary of Defense, of whom I wrote
in the 3/6/02 issue of this magazine, "I think it's important to
point out that Donald Rumsfeld has gone insane. His Meet the Press,
2/24/02 appearance frightened me in ways that is hard to discern at
the moment, but suffice it to suggest that he is clinically mad and
currently has the power of two Caesars and Benito Mussolini thrown in
for good measure." I went on to point out that to consider an invasion
of Iraq, although not a terrible idea, must be run by a maniac to succeed.
Loose cannons win wars. History is littered silly with their collective
But although I do not blame The Master of War for these so-dubbed atrocities,
I do blame him for conducting a chaotic, non-delineated cluster fuck
of a battle plan that has dragged on for 13 months too long. The idea
that the United States of America could take this long to secure a third
world desert nation with no army, with the silent, if not tepid support
of the Arab nations bordering it, and, what is it now? $50 billion or
some gaudy number, and still be screwing around out there is an outrage.
Letting our children be murdered while playing Peace Corps police force
is a crime of unconscionable depths and should be rectified immediately.
But instead we get The Passion of The Master Donald Rumsfeld, because
every White House scandal, like every religion needs a sacrificial lamb.
Kennedy gutted the CIA after the Bay of Pigs, Nixon threw his entire
staff, cabinet, and the cook to the wolves during the final days of
Watergate, The Gipper nailed Ollie North to the political cross for
Iran-Contra, and poor Vernon Jordan had a hell of a time during Clintons
Oval Office Fuck Fest.
But what is this government doing to secure this country we currently
inhabit? Forget prisoners being piled into orgy balls. Thats window
dressing, like women on television getting massive plastic surgery to
sell flat screens. It wouldnt surprise me if this governments
war effort leaked those photos to blind us to the real problem here:
This administration has lost its grip, assuming it ever had one, on
this occupation. Why would anyone take the damn photos in the first
place? And if this whole thing turns out to be a CIA affair, coming
clearer each day, then it should be George Tenent, and not Rumsfeld
who should go. Tenet was so hot and heavy for this mess. I propose we
get this murdering lout on the rack and pour hot led into his rectum
for starters. See how he likes war now.
Either we secure this thing or risk total anarchy in Iraq and most of
the region. Otherwise Israel is doomed, if it isnt tumbling towards
that point already. And even though Iran, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Saudi
Arabia likes to put on the stern Arab face for their terrorist brethren,
they would be appalled and frightened and become ornery business partners
if this thing falls apart.
Firing Rumsfeld in the middle of this is like firing a coach during
the third quarter. Its too late in the game for this. Hes
not getting off that easy. This is his mess; he should clean it up.
Send in a mass of troops and take out everything in sight or get the
hell out, cross the fingers, batten down the hatches, and get out your
plastic to pay five bucks a gallon.
This lunatic has five months to end this madness or he goes when we
boot out his boss in November to try something else.
© James Campion May 17th 2004
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