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Officially FUBAR!

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"If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular," a senior adviser to head of NATO ops in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal (via Rolling Stone)

FUBAR: Military slang for: Fu#ked Up Beyond All/Any Repair/Recognition. FUBAR also has a close military acronym: SNAFU: Situation Normal All Fu#ked Up.

FUBAR and SNAFU can be traced back to WWII--you know that war. That's the war (the last constitutionally declared by Congress) that, along with the US Civil War, is the war that is held up as the shining example of the goodness, nay GREATNESS of the United States of America. The war where we freed the entire planet of fascism, Nazi-ism, imperialism and made the world safe for FREEDOM (and freedom's Siamese Twin: DEMOCRACY)!

So, if the people who were actually in the trenches were recognizing the war, even the GREAT ONE was FUBAR--then we have only gone rapidly downhill from there. Even Marine Major General Smedley Butler (War is a Racket)pointed out that the "War to end all Wars" (WWI) just led to WWII and after he passed away in 1940: Korea, Vietnam, the Balkans, the First Gulf War and now our stains in the Middle East. As a matter of fact, since WWII, we have NEVER been at peace.

The SNAFU over theRolling Stonearticle where Stanley is openly and disrespectfully critical of Obama, Biden, Ambassador Eikenberry and others is indicative of a few things to me:

First of all, there is a little known aspect of this developing story: McChrystal was given final approval over the version of the story that appeared in the Rolling Stone--a person that achieves the elevated status in the elite world of McChrystal's rarely rises to the top without knowing the rules and without knowing how to play the game. And trust me, this is a "game." Does anyone believe that this story was a surprise to anyone in the Obama regime, or to McChrystal? No, obviously it wasn't--so why now?

Secondly--with a cataclysm off of our very shores that is further proof that our Military-Corporate Complex is not equipped to handle catastrophes--this SNAFU proves that the Military-Corporate Complex is not even equipped to handle wars. The Empire is crumbling, and it's crumbling even faster than I would imagine than I predicted--so I have to celebrate the news that just demonstrates how FUBAR things are in Afghanistan. Of course, the stats of civilian deaths (yeah, right--we are protecting civilians) and NATO and US troop deaths are there. There can be no disputing facts. No matter how much one wants to think that Obama is "better than Bush" or is "better than McCain" really has to look no farther than these hard-core facts.

All of this posturing and speechifying is nothing but a distraction from the fact that our economy is FUBAR, the Gulf of Mexico is FUBAR, the wars are FUBAR and Wikileaks is set to come out soon with another video of a bombing incident that killed over 100 civilians in Afghanistan and was covered up. When Obama appointed McChrystal to this job, he knew that he had already covered up the murder of Spc. Pat Tillman.

Also, on the heels of the Marjah Offensive ("bleeding ulcer" according toMcChrystal), theKandahar offensiveis approaching and with June already being a deadly month, things will only get worse.

Thirdly, of course McChrystal is offering himself up as the sacrificial lamb of the FUBAR Empire. Already, I am getting Democrats emailing me and telling me that it is "wonderful" that McChrystal is resigning because he "made Obama send more troops to Afghanistan." Again--are you serious? Obama made gave top billing to the fact that he was going to send more troops to Afghanistan, as a campaign promise. When the "leak" came out that McChrystal wanted more troops near the end of 2009, all that did was give Obama the political space to do what he promised to do all along. "See, I didn't really want to send more troops to a mission that was FUBAR from the beginning, but my top-ranking General in the field made me!"

"As the Iraq war winds down, Obama said, he wants to see troops redirected to Afghanistan. He said the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda was a war "we have to win' and repeated his call for two more combat brigades in Afghanistan to counteract "deteriorating" conditions." (LA TimesJuly 16, 2008).

The problem is--and has been for decades--the Military-Corporate Complex. However, if we want valid change, we also have to look deeper.

Five months shy of two years ago, many of you went to the polls and voted for Obama because you were from mildly disappointed to wildly angry at the Bush administration. I get that emotion--I do. But even I realized that Bush was not THE problem, but only A problem. The real problem is the system that keeps killing our children and the children of other nations and cultures. It has been doing it from the beginning of our time and it will be doing it until our end if we don't recognize that an Empire exists to feed on others to enrich, empower and give itself health. We cannot be a healthy society when we live in an Empire--no matter who sits on the throne.

The wars are FUBAR--the Empire is FUBAR. Even in the beginning it was a system for the elite. Now, we are not only the down trodden, but the trodden on. Trampled on, but not defeated yet.

Peace of the Actionis calling you to come to Washington DC to confront the bleeding ulcers in the Gulf and in the Middle East and Asia. We also have to confront and come to terms with the fact that we are an Empire and it will be good in the long-term if it crumbles--and we are already feeling the gross-effects of the collapse in our homes and communities--conditions in the economy and ecology will undoubtedly get far worse before they get better, but if we deal with these issues as a caring community--not as a class at war with itself--we can, and shall overcome.

Peace of the Action is also calling on all troops of good conscience to refuse to participate in these international war crimes against humanity--please don't allow yourself to be used as a token in this elitist game of destruction and death for profit! It's far better to pay consequences for being a conscientious objector, than to be dead at a very young age--or to kill innocent people.

Breaking news: As I was writing this, Obama announced that he accepted McChrystal's resignation and that General David Petraeus would be taking over. Swell--another insider of the Military-Corporate Complex.Of course, in Obama's speech, he never even hinted that the mission was FUBAR--or that it will be re-evaluated--the Empire rolls on, just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. There is nothing "salvageable" about this disaster.

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Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04. She is a co-founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and the author of two books: Not One More Mother's Child and Dear President Bush.
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