The International Writers Magazine:REALITY CHECK
The Iraq Papers Part IV
The Fairy Tale Of Protecting America Through War...
The following is Part IV of five segments tying together the loose
ends of a fantastic load of misinformation, propaganda, media
hype and revisionist history surrounding what is now being dubbed
the worst war effort in the 229 years of this republic.
Today we have the
unenviable task to remind our readers that despite billions of their
tax dollars spent, many of their civil rights compromised and some of
their friends and/or family members dead or crippled in war, we are
not only not safer, but in more danger than before 9/11/01.
During the laff riot that was the 2004 presidential election campaign
there was a great deal of discussion on the Iraq War: Is it protecting
the nation by taking the fight to the terrorists or is it creating a
larger terrorist network? Both of these theories have been more or less
debunked by the less impassioned and easily duped among us. There was
only a need for this country, as mentioned in Part II of this series,
to be involved in the first war with Iraq to accomplish a polarization
of our enemies. Anything else has been merely icing on the cake, as
it were. And the idea that we are any safer by engaging in skirmishes
with religious wackos in a faraway desert is also patently false.
You might also recall hearing a great deal of posturing about which
party and which candidate could best protect you and your family. All
of it was utter nonsense by both sides of the political spectrum. This
space is on record as suggesting that at the very least the present
administration had effectively shown no ability to protect the nations
borders, so that was an easy one. Who knew what the new guy was proposing?
We doubted he knew. We just figured anything has to better than having
our citizens murdered. But, as it turned out, the administration the
nation chose to continue the job of protecting us was a mistake. That
is no longer opinion
In July of 2004, nearly three full years after the attacks of 9/11,
some 16 months after the start of the resultant Iraq War, and literally
billions of tax dollars later, the band-aid outfit called the 9/11 Commission
sought to find reason and place blame for failed responsibilities and
pitch suggestions for those responsible to never fail again. Reason?
Pick one of many. Blame? No one really got blamed for anything. Well,
they may have been blamed, but not a whole lot was done about it. And
what about the latter issue of setting a more stringent security agenda
in motion? Snake eyes.
In its final report, the 10-member group comprised of five Democrats
and five Republicans produced a wildly acclaimed 567-page report with
41 precise recommendations to shore up national security. Everyone cheered,
the president praised it and congress did a collective somersault of
glee. But just last week, a year and a half later, this same group reconvened
to register a report card on the federal governments efficiency,
or lack thereof, in administering said recommendations. None of it was
good. In fact, it was downright frighteningly atrocious. The commissions
chairman, Thomas Kean, former Republican governor of New Jersey backed
up the "F"-addled document with this statement: "Its
not a priority for the government right now. More than four years after
9/11 people are not paying attention. God help us if we have another
attack." The good news is there was one A- out of 41 grades. Thats
pretty good. Hey, at least no more buildings came down. Kean went on
to use such words as "scandalous" and "appalling"
to further describe the comically tragic results of the grading. It
could not be worse, suggested Kean and his angered colleagues, if nothing
had happened on 9/11. In other more staggeringly pathetic terms: we
are less safe now than before we were hit. And were all poorer
for it as well poorer financially, ideologically, politically,
legally and militarily. Oh, and theres some dying going on in
Iraq too, Americans and Iraqis and contractors and newsmen, etc.
Not safer. Worse off.
Now anyone who has read a sentence of this spaces lunacy over
the past years knows we despise these reports and hearings and commissions
and recommendations. Theyre political masturbation and another
fashionable sinkhole for our tax dollars. Hardly any citizens really
pay attention to these things and they rarely affect legislation or
voting trends, but I gotta tell ya, this aint good for Republicans
no matter which way you slice it.
Or as safe.
And this would be easier to swallow if the present government wasnt
filled with tough talking hawks and macho loons. The budget is a mess.
Were in serious debt. The economy isnt disastrous, but it
aint thriving by any stretch of the imagination. The crazy social
agenda of Conservative Ideals and Values is preposterously silly, even
for these cretins, but not being safe? Wasnt that the sole and
binding reason to voting for these jack-offs? That and it was a God
Secure. Safe. These are the buzzwords of the Republican excuse machine,
and it all turns out to be a big fat fabrication. Turns out not only
Democrats are dumb, arrogant pussies. Step right up; weve got
ourselves an issue that crosses party lines, a bonafide bipartisan think
tank of incompetence.
And if you think Im going to waste precious slamming space listing
these government oversights, think again. Theres a lot of stuff
about the failure to have clear communications between local authorities
and federal ones like what went down in Louisiana a few months back
and freeing up radio waves for federal instruction announcements and
allocating funds properly. Apparently, and this is a funny one, much
of the New Jersey national security funds for 2004 went to air-conditioned
garbage trucks. I know I feel safer now.
Ill trust my hearty readers to sniff out the report and struggle
to keep the jaw from dropping. Fuck it, go here:
Suffice to say after reading the thing if youd like to attempt
a sunny dissertation on the subject were all for it. Yeah, Im
pretty sure some idiot will write me: "Hey, there were some B and
C grades in there!" Okay, great. Billions spent. Rights compromised.
Wars on several fronts. There should be nothing but As and certainly
Read the goddamn report.
© James Campion Dec 19th 2005
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