The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly - -
I wasn’t going to get around to anything tonight. Everywhere I turned there were long lists of things that sparked my interest, but that I didn’t think I could add anything to the debate. Well that ends, now.
When James Lileks
leaves scarcely coded messages that apparently only Michael Moore is supposed to be capable of translating. Too bad Mr. Moore
is too busy talking about how wonderful his round the world trip was on his website, or how popular his new book is. I really thought the Patriot Act or some Ashcroft provision was supposed to silence this guy?
“All over America, this is what I saw on the tour: Tens of thousands of average Americans who don't like their commander-in-chief lying to them in order to start a war. Not a night went by where I didn't have parents or siblings of soldiers in Iraq coming up to me, many of them in tears, pleading with me to "do something" to help bring their loved ones home from this war without end. It was heart-wrenching, and I never knew quite what to say except to tell them that they were not alone and that all of us are doing our best to get rid of George W. Bush. But that's a year away. How many more of our children will be sent to their deaths for another no-bid multi-billion dollar Halliburton contract in the next 12 months?”
Well at least we finally know what the people who bought Mikey’s new book think about the war. I wasn’t clear about it. Glad he set that straight. In other news, Michael Moore’s ghost of Christmas Past (as played by Gore Vidal
) was trying out his new Moore routine in an interview with LA Weekly.
Q: “So if George W. Bush or John Ashcroft had been around in the early days of the republic, they would have been indicted and then hanged by the Founders?”
GORE: “No. It would have been better and worse. [Laughs.] Bush and Ashcroft would have been considered so disreputable as to not belong in this country at all. They might be invited to go down to Bolivia or Paraguay and take part in the military administration of some Spanish colony, where they would feel so much more at home. They would not be called Americans — most Americans would not think of them as citizens.”
Or you could read Ted Rall’s
latest for the deeper insight of what Mr. Moore is really talking about. I read this earlier and I turned my laptop off. That doesn’t happen very often, perhaps ever.
“It is no easy thing to shoot or blow up young men and women because they wear American uniforms. Indeed, the soldiers are themselves oppressed members of America's vast underclass. Many don't want to be here; joining America's mercenary army is the only way they can afford to attend university. Others, because they are poor and uneducated, do not understand that they are being used as pawns in Dick Cheney (news - web sites)'s cynical oil war. Unfortunately, we can't help these innocent U.S. soldiers. They are victims, like ourselves, of the bandits in Washington. Nor can we disabuse them of the propaganda that an occupier isn't always an oppressor. We regret their deaths, but we must continue to kill them until the last one has gone home to America... In this vein we must also take action against our own Iraqi citizens who choose to collaborate with the enemy. Bush wants to put an "Iraqi face" on the occupation. If we allow the Americans to corrupt our friends and neighbors by turning them into puppet policemen and sellouts, our independence will be lost forever. If someone you know is considering taking a job with the Americans, tell him that he is engaging in treason and encourage him to seek honest work instead. If he refuses, you must kill him as a warning to other weak-minded individuals... To victory!”
Now see what I’m talking about? This wasn’t a pleasant piece. Say what you will about what we are doing in Iraq, but encouraging no one to try to work to build a better Iraq is absolute insanity. Andrew Sullivan
doesn’t think much of Ted Rall and his little buddies either:
“After 9/11, I was roundly criticized for daring to suggest that there were some people in America who wanted the terrorists to win. But if you read Ted Rall and others, there can be no mistake. There is a virulent strain of anti-Americanism in this country. Some, like Rall, are now urging the murder of American troops in defense of Islamist terrorists and the acolytes of one of the most brutal dictators in history. Ann Coulter couldn't invent something this depraved. That's where parts of the left have now come to reside. It's as sad as it is sickening.”
Couple these three deeply entrenched people in the Michael Moore Army with the onslaught of bad news coming out of Iraq you’d probably want to throw your poor laptop out the window. (Shhhh…I didn’t mean that Laptop buddy…)
echoes closely what I’m feeling. “For the first time in six months, the news coming out of Iraq has given me that bad feeling in my gut. Above all, I am dismayed by the apparent conclusions of a top secret CIA report which asserts that the people of Iraq are losing faith in America's commitment to stay the course, thus creating a more secure base of support for the Ba'athist insurgency.”
Perhaps that overstates it. The Italians got their first taste of the terrorist nexus today in Iraq, and Saudi Arabia is getting it now too, well at least as only our “friends” the Saudi’s can. But there is good news if you’re willing to find it.
Operation Iron Hammer
is taking the fight right to the terrorists in Baghdad with vengeance. And plenty of other stuff from the Winds of Change
Iraq Briefing today.
And Bob Arnot
reporting all week for MSNBC’s “Hardball” is striking and a good way to wrap this long, long post.
“Arnot: “Chris, from what you see on TV from Baghdad, you’d think that, with the mortars and rockets, that this was a city under siege. Nothing could be further from the truth in many neighborhoods. Look at this. They’ve even painted the flower and tree boxes by the side of the street. They have late-model Mercedes and BMWs. Traffic is not much of a problem right here, right now. But during the day, they actually have a million more cars on the streets. You have lots of trucks coming in from Kuwait and Jordan with all kinds of products, some of it just fresh here out on the street. The latest model shoes, fashionable ones. They have posters here of all the rock stars. You can get a parka. A nice-looking shirt for your kids here. And look at the quality of the shops. Now, gold you can get here for a very reasonable price. This is 21-karat gold. And they have beautiful necklaces, bracelets, rings here, high-quality. Security is good enough that they can leave this window open the way that it is. Watches, some of them even from Switzerland, some of the latest models here.”