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New Political Pastime: Casting Aspersions on Iraqi Underachievement

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It is such a strident, dissonant, cloud cover sound, to hear political figures of all stripes in talk shows, in the halls of congress, or in the well of the senate, blame the so called, “Iraqi underachievement to keep their country safe,” as the reason why George W. Bush, along with the rest of all of those very same politicos who are allied to corporatism and the commandments of the American Military-Industrial complex, refuse to withdraw from—won’t bring our American boys and girls, our American men and women, out of Iraq.


What a whole bunch of malarkey!  Stop victimizing Iraqis with your words. Stop portraying them as lazy, or frightened out of their skulls, underachievers who won’t lift a finger or two to defend their country!  Wash your mouths out with soap and rinse that soap out with truth serum. Start speaking truth to power in your television studios, in the halls of congress, in the well of the senate, and in your town hall meetings.


Has not one of you stopped to consider that the reported underachievement on the part of Iraqi defense forces may have something to do with the real possibility of Iraqis feeling powerless over George Bush’s power grab of their land, their country, their culture, their cities and towns?  Has not one of you stopped to consider that perhaps their not showing up for work (as reported by you, our corporate friendly politicians, the embedded media and talk show hosts who buy and adhere to Bush’s talking points) may have something to do with a resistance of sorts? Is their failure to report for duty their way of saying NO to George W. Bush’s boys, the American military, Halliburton and the Blackwater mercenaries in their midst?


Stop using their, “No-Show-For-Work: we have trained over 3,000 Iraqis and only half of them show up for work,” as a reason for needing to keep on, keeping on to Bush’s power grab of their land and country.


How stridently dishonest it sounds when politicians and talk show hosts alike sit in the comfort of air conditioned studios, or well protected rose gardens, or the guarded halls and corridors of congress, talking about what the Iraqis are failing to do, rather than focusing on and talking about what we are doing to the Iraqis.  There is a desperate need for us to change what we are doing to them.


We are occupying their land against their will.


We are making a show of throwing-our-power-in-their-faces, as in we are showing them that it is our power that matters in their land, not theirs.


Beyond Abu-Ghraib, we are abusing the Iraqis with our lies, and with our on-the-ground actions. We are just like the abuser who mistreats his abused one—whether it is a child, or a spouse, or a household pet and then lies about it and goes on to say, surprise showing in his face and in his voice, “Moi?”  Yes. You!


Politicos on talk shows say, “The Iraqis have to step-up to the plate. They have to take responsibility for their country.” 


Well! Damn! I shout in front of the television set. Can’t you listen to yourselves? Are you blind, or are you just pretending to be blind? Can’t you see how duplicitous and self-serving your statements are? Can’t you be a little bit more honest? The Iraqis will step to home plate once we get ourselves out of their way.  You know it. I know it. They know it. The talk show host knows it ...  George W. Bush and his bleating father and mother know it too! Yet ... only a very few souls are acknowledging it and those who are acknowledging it are kept out of the halls of congress, out of the print and electronic media and out of listening reach of the general public.


How on earth can the Iraqis step-up to plate when American military boots, Halliburton and Black Water Mercenary ones too are stealing their base? How on earth can they step up to home plate when we are blocking their homerun?


Can you not see that your, “Iraqis have to step up to plate,” words give credence to the Bush regime?  Can you not see that those words shift blame for the occupation of Iraq away from Bush, placing the blame for our continued presence in Iraq squarely on the shoulders of the Iraqis themselves?

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