A “defining moment” or a dependent moment in Iraq?

According to George W. Bush, the current bloodshed in Iraq is a harbinger of good things.

(AP) Bush sees Iraq violence as defining

President Bush said Friday that the flare-up in violence in oil-rich southern Iraq and parts of Baghdad presents “a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq” as the government there seeks to root out Shiite militias.

Bush made clear that the United States stands firmly behind Iraqi security forces and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. “He made the decision to move and we’ll help him,” the president said.

The good news, you see, is that the Iraqi security forces have now progressed to the point that they’re ready – not just to stand on their own – but to actually take on “rogue militias” in battle. Now, admittedly, this whole rogue militia thing has a certain eye of the beholder (“our” thugs against “their” thugs) quality to it. Still, if the Iraqi military really has reached the point where it can hold its own in a major battle that has to count as some sort of progress.

So, let’s hear it! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip Hooray!

Except . . .

(Washington Post) U.S. Appears to Take Lead in Fighting in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, March 28 — U.S. forces in armored vehicles battled Mahdi Army fighters Thursday in the vast Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, and military officials said Friday that U.S. aircraft bombed militant positions in the southern city of Basra, as the American role in a campaign against party-backed militias appeared to expand. Iraqi army and police units appeared to be largely holding to the outskirts of the Sadr City fighting, as U.S. troops took the lead.

Four U.S. Stryker armored vehicles were seen in Sadr City by a Washington Post correspondent, one of them engaging Mahdi Army militiamen with heavy fire. The din of U.S. weapons, along with the Mahdi Army’s AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, was heard through much of the day. U.S. helicopters and drones buzzed overhead.

The clashes suggested that American forces were being drawn more deeply into a broad offensive that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, launched in the southern city of Basra on Tuesday, saying death squads, criminal gangs and rogue militias were the targets. The Mahdi Army of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a Shiite rival of Maliki, appeared to have taken the brunt of the attacks; fighting spread to many southern cities and parts of Baghdad.

So, it turns out that it’s American, not Iraqi, troops who are actually taking the lead in the fighting. In other words, Bush & Co. allowed al-Maliki to start a shooting war against his political opponents, committed US forces to save his bacon when the fighting proved difficult and then declared the whole process a giant leap forward toward Iraqi independence.

If Bush hadn’t been so meticulously honest with us about Iraq up until now, I’d almost wonder if he wasn’t lying.

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5 Responses to “A “defining moment” or a dependent moment in Iraq?”

  1. Larkrise Says:

    Bush and truth are polar opposites. The man couldnt tell the truth if his life depended on it. Unfortuantely, thousands of lives have been lost because he cant tell the truth. Read Juan Coles Blog for the in-depth truth about Iraq. Professor Cole should be advising the Bush Adm.; and if Bush were an intelligent, honest man, Cole would be doing so. The problem is Bush doesnt speak the truth nor does he ever,ever wish to hear it. So, his advisors are flunkies, sycophants and incompetent ideologues. None of them have seen daylight in years due to the unusual anatomical position of their heads. They all believe in magical thinking: “If I say it is so, it is so. If I say it isnt so, it isnt so.” This allows them to ignore reality at all times. The Surge has been an exercise in smoke and mirrors. There was less violence in Baghdad, but more in the boonies. The violence changed places. It never stopped. The corporate-owned Media, as usual, abetted this slight-of-hand and promoted the notion that the Surge was working. They are addicted to serving up BS for Bush. They are doing the same for McCain. McCain says ponderous pronouncements like: “We will remain in Iraq until our military is no longer taking casualties. When we are no longer taking casualties, we can leave a smaller force there, like South Korea and Japan.” How this is to be accomplished is never really set out, since our troops still have to do the heavy part of the fighting between warring internal factions, who are not leaving.Comparing Iraq to South Korea and Japan is comparing apples to oranges. What the Neo-Cons are thinking is that they will hang around for the oil. And, if KBR still rakes in billions, so much the better for Deadeye Dick, who will live like a sultan in Dubai. In the meantime, in between time, ain’t we got fun. Oh but honey, we’re out of money, but ain’t we got fun……

  2. Chuck Says:

    Jeez Larkrise, how I wish you weren’t right. But you are.

  3. Larkrise Says:

    Thanks, Chuck, but its a bitter pill to swallow. McCain, the Media Darling, has run his mouth saying:”We are succeeding. I dont care what anybody says.” He got one part right, the “I dont care what anybody says,” part. Just like his buddy Bush. The bloodshed in Iraq is exploding again with full force, but the “Magical Thinkers” keep saying it is a success. The entirety of Iraq could blow up like Hiroshima, and these idiots would call it a success. It isnt a matter of naivete or rose-colored glasses, it is just outright LYING. Like good ole’ Nixon said: “If you lie, lie big.” The only people more depraved than Bush/Cheney/McCain are the nitwits who insist on believing and disseminating the lies.
    Guess what else I read? Former Texas Senator Phil Gramm, a big McCain campaign insider and staunch backer of McCain, was the driving force behind deregulation of the lending industry, thus leading to our current economic woes.Gramm is one of McCains leading advisors. Gramm is an ass, always was, still is, and always will be. Typical Texas arrogant scumbag and Conservative Crook. Went from the Senate to lobbying and a poster boy for the need to reform the Lobbyist-Congress Footsie Fiascos. McCains economic policies will be a carbon copy of the BushFamilia Crime Syndicate: “The Buck is the Bottom Line. I got mine and I’m going to take yours.” McCain has already made it clear that those suffering from predatory lending can “eat cake.” Meanwhile, McCain is beating the “God Bless America” drum as loud as he can, when he really means:”God Bleed America” and give it to the wealthy.

  4. Again Says:


    good ole’ Nixon said: “If you lie, lie big.” The only people more depraved than Bush/Cheney/McCain are the nitwits who insist on believing and disseminating the lies.

    there were other leaders knowing that too well:

    “…in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes. - Adolf Hitler, “Mein Kampf”

    sadly, that makes sense, doesn’t it?

  5. Larkrise Says:

    Yes, Again, it does ,indeed. That is why millions of Jews went to their desths in the gas chambers. The average person refused to believe it was happening. Even the Allies refused to confront the enormity of it, until they marched into Germany and the occupied countries, and could not ignore the horrors that awaited them. The average human being does not want to leave his/her comfort zone. They concentrate on what benefits them the most and gives pleasure at the moment. They take the path of least resistance. In some ways this is a survival mechanism. If we worried and stewed night and day without end, we would succumb to stress in very short order. On the other hand, it is also dangerous to ignore and suppress reality. It leaves the vulnerable unprepared for disaster. Too many of our citizens are vulnerable; but refuse to recognize it. We are the “Fast-Food Nation.” We want it quick, tasty, and cheap. Damn the long-term consequences. This most certainly fueled the support for the War in Iraq. Promises of a swift and easy victory were bought hook, line and sinker. Even now, 30% would still purchase snake-oil. Thinking logically is not a strong point among far too many citizens. They refuse to see that taking step A will inevitably lead to consequence B. The current government depends on this mass stupidity, as have politicians forever and eternity. If the citizens of this country actually firmly and determinedly demanded the unvarnished truth from politicians, of either side of the aisle, the halls of government would be empty.

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