Wednesday :: May 24, 2006

It's Getting So Much Better All The Time!


by pessimist

I once worked with a man (now deceased) who as a child in 1945 lived near Berlin. He told of when the people figured out that Hitler's war for Lebensraum was lost by remembering the trail of 'great victories' reported in the official press, each one much closer to Berlin than the last.

It seems we are getting such a sequence out of the Bush Administration these days.

It wasn't long ago (March) that we heard King George lavish praise upon his loyal oil minion in Kabul for "inspiring others".

It was just the other day (Monday) that we heard King George - accompanied by his favorite Killer Attack Lap Poodle Tony Blair - hail the new Iraqi government as a pivotal achievement, claiming in a speech to a restaurant group that Iraq now had a "free government under a democratic constitution, and its formation marked a victory for the cause of freedom in the Middle East."

There is only one phrase that accurately describes this set of Bush assertions:

Male Bovine Excrement!

The official propaganda organ of the US government, the Voice of America, has closed its Baghdad office for the last six months, prompting Washington Post writer Howard Kurtz to note:

[F]or a federally funded information service to pull out of Baghdad for such a prolonged period raises questions about the Bush administration's insistence that conditions there are gradually improving.

If one reads the recent news, one would have to agree! It's getting better all the time!

[I showed such an article (presented later in this post) to one of my Good Orange County (CA) Republican Christian coworkers the other day, who asked me a very pertinent question: "Why isn't this on the news?" (meaning television) "The very question to ask," I replied.]

It's getting better all the time!

Jim Muir, BBC News, Baghdad correspondent, reports No one is immune from the Baghdad strife.

I wonder what it is like to have to bargain over the telephone for the life of your husband, your wife, or your child. It is the kind of random thing that happens probably dozens of times a day here. Unless it is somebody very prominent, it does not even get reported.

It's getting better all the time!

It's getting so bad that the Middle class is leaving Iraq

In the last 10 months, the state has issued new passports to 1.85 million Iraqis, 7 percent of the population and a quarter of the country's estimated middle class. The school system offers another clue: Since 2004, the Ministry of Education has issued 39,554 letters permitting parents to take their children's academic records abroad. The number of such letters issued in 2005 was double that in 2004, according to the director of the ministry's examination department.

Why would they not flee when Gunmen kill Baghdad's police general, and Baghdad's sectarian hit squads don't spare the young?

It's getting better all the time!

Le Figaro of France reports Christians Flee the East in Wake of Bush's 'Crusade' - [Original Le Figaro Article (French)]

Christians in the East are in danger. This is not a new thing, but the rise of Islamism, the increasing tension between Sunnis and Shiites and the growing sectarianism of Arab societies generally, has led to increasingly vulnerable Christian minorities being pushed into exile. This is one of the adverse effects of the George W. Bush Administration's "crusade" in favor of Democratic values. Christians fear the contagion of the uncontrollable forces that a superficial democratization has unleashed. With the shattering of national unity, within which they were once able to blend into, they are rejected by both of antagonistic entities being formed by the Shiites and Sunnis.

It's getting better all the time!

These 'antagonistic entities' are becoming so powerful that Newsweek reports that the very best that can be hoped for in Iraq...

...will be a low-level civil war that doesn’t get worse than the current cycle of insurgent killings and Shiite death-squad reprisals. The U.S. military is already gearing up for this outcome, but not for “victory” any longer. It is consolidating to several “superbases” in hopes that its continued presence will prevent Iraq from succumbing to full-flown civil war and turning into a failed state.

It's getting better all the time!

They better hope that these 'superbases' are ready soon, for the 'insurgency' (I really hate that word!) is growing so strong that it has stopped the US infantry in its tracks near Ramadi.

"We just go out, lose people and come back," said Iraqi Col. Ali Hassan, whose men fight alongside the Americans. "The insurgents are moving freely everywhere. We need a big operation. We need control."

"It's out of control," says Army Sgt. 1st Class Britt Ruble, behind the sandbags of an observation post in the capital of Anbar province. "We don't have control of this ... we just don't have enough boots on the ground."

It's getting better all the time!

You know things are getting tight when Bush and Blair announce a 'phased withdrawal' from Iraq to the media:

The process has already been carefully choreographed in an attempt to bolster the popularity of both Bush and Blair who have suffered domestically for their handling of the war.

It's getting better all the time!

Meanwhile, in the Other Rich White Oil Man's Burden, the Taliban are again active, right after a major offensive designed to disperse them was concluded to the fanfare of self-declared success.

Almost five years after the US invaded Afghanistan in retaliation for 9/11, the Taliban appears on a comeback trail, sparking a renewal of ethnic and warlord-based conflict with an overlay of ambition from neighbors. In confronting a powerful Taliban resurgence in southern Afghanistan, the Pakistan-US alliance is also at odds.

Complicated politics and unrest place Afghanistan’s moderate government at risk, while Pakistan’s military regime relies on the crisis to perpetuate its rule and maintain a buffer against increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan. NATO pledges commitment to stabilizing the one-time Taliban stronghold, yet many Afghans suspect that the US plans to ease operations and withdraw. If the US does decrease troops, it would have to depend on the Pakistani military to hold the Taliban in check. The Pakistani military, unpopular with Afghans, also faces opposition at home. Despite the US campaign for democracy and ongoing friction between the two countries, Washington could end up supporting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in his reelection bid. – YaleGlobal

It's getting better all the time!

An air attack against a suspected Taliban stronghold killed sixteen civilians.

It's getting better all the time!

Bu$hCo oil puppet president Karzai boldly declared "We'll see about this!"

It's getting better all the time!

It appears that the Afghanis have had enough of Karzai, for they seem to be responding to Clerics in Kabul mosques who are urging worshippers to join the Taliban's fight against the Afghan government and international troops

"It's a reality, the fighters are getting stronger and stronger because the government is alienating the community and the people," Abdullah said. "The people don't co-operate with the government because money came to Afghanistan and it just went into the pockets of the NGOs and people in high positions. The poor people got nothing. (Officials) spend the money on alcohol, big houses, security guards and big cars with dark windows. That is why the people are very angry with the government."

It's getting better all the time!

Gunmen kill Afghan judge, three others, in ambush

It's getting better all the time!

American defence officials have secretly requested a "prodigious quantity" of ammunition from Russia to supply the Afghan army in case a Democrat president takes over in Washington and pulls out US troops.
Defence specialists said Russian arms chiefs at first "fell about laughing"
because they thought the order was a joke when it arrived this month.
Some observers pointed to the irony of the deal, because when the Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan the Americans sold Stinger surface-to- air missiles to the Mujahideen to enable them to shoot down Moscow's aircraft.

It's getting better all the time!

Moscow has denied Western media claims of the U.S.’ alleged intention to buy “an unthinkable amount” of ammunition from Russia for Afghanistan.

It's getting better all the time!

And I believe it - NOT!


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