Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Monday, December 18, 2006

three blind mice... see how they run...

John Gates, US Defence Secrtetary, says the US is not winning the Iraq war.

Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, says "we are losing ... the Army is stretched, possibly broken."

Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the CIA, a national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia, and, before that, deputy director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, reckons that "the US are breeding more terrorists than they're catching."

And here in Australia, Nick McKenzie, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, quotes (among others) the following Australian defence experts:

Vice-Admiral Ian MacDougall: "It is time the Australian Government … acknowledged this is unwinnable and we have to get out before we get hurt and get our tail kicked ... This is unwinnable."

Vice-Admiral David Leach: "Iraq is a confused and a hearty mess."

Air Marshal Ray Funnell: "...those denying there was civil war in Iraq were not facing up to the reality."

General Peter Gration, chief of the Defence Force during the first Gulf War: "The coalition has clearly failed. Australia should stop re-enforcing failure. The situation cannot be remedied and the decision to withdraw has to be taken."


Against all of this (and more), Bush, Blair, and our own fearless leader, John Howard, reckon that we can win this war. What the do they mean by "win"?

Anyway, it's clear that they willfully distorted the original intelligence assessments on Iraq in order to contrive an excuse to go war, and now they blindly distort the advice they are getting to continue to try to win an unwinnable war.

Is the term "fucking murderous idiots" too strong to describe them?

Ok, how about "war criminals" then... ?

Waddya reckon?


Blogger Kurt Reply said...

An awful lot of damage has been done to humanity throughout history because of a stupid thing called pride.

December 19, 2006 12:49 PM  
Blogger phil said...

Indeed, Kurt. Not mention stupid things like stupidity and egotistical willfulness and wanton bumlickery.

Gerry, this is also me:

December 19, 2006 8:08 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I think mass murder on a mega-scale in order to satisify economic "interests" is way more serious than mere "pride", "stupidity", "egotistical willfullness" or "wanton bumlickery". And there must be be justice. These mega-criminals need to be brought to justice. The Coalition Of The Killing has killed heaps more innocent people than Saddam or the Taliban ever did. I want to see them stand tial in The Hague! I want to see them found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. I want them locked up for life! I want... Aw fuck, no one's going to grant me my christmas wishes anyway...

December 19, 2006 8:58 PM  
Blogger phil said...

we would if we could :-)

December 19, 2006 11:05 PM  
Blogger Boondoggler said...

I think from a behavioural point of view, they are all displaying predictable attributes.

Each of then is unable to admit failure or making a mistake. So it is not surprising to see them in denial.


December 20, 2006 9:26 AM  
Blogger Unsane said...

We are all trained not to observe concrete reality as a condition of belonging to a hierarchical society. If we were to observe reality and act upon our observations of it, the basis for hierarchical society would soon crumble! Unfortunately, the leadership is itself often not immune from this herd mentality. After all, they have been conditioned by its forces as they've climbed up through the bourgeois social ranks.

December 20, 2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Jennifer, "concrete reality" ?? Not sure what you mean by that term. Much of what is called "reality" is highly subjective and open to debate. I've found very little absolute reality in my 60 years on this psychotic planet. Homo Modernus is the species most damaging to the welfare of this planet(IMHO).

The concept of non-hierarchal structures for society leave me quite puzzled as to they would work better than hierarchal ones.

December 22, 2006 1:04 AM  

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