Back in Iraq, Jack

President Obama may want us to sympathize with patriotic torturers, he may turn on whistleblowers like a flesh-eating zombie, he may have lost all ability to think an authentic thought, but I will say this for him: He knows how to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin fraud like a champion.

It’s back in Iraq, Jack! Yackety yack! Obama says the United States has fired missiles and dropped food in Iraq — enough food to feed 8,000, enough missiles to kill an unknown number (presumably 7,500 or fewer keeps this a “humanitarian” effort).  The White House told reporters on a phone call following the President’s Thursday night speech that it is expediting weapons to Iraq, producing Hellfire missiles and ammunition around the clock, and shipping those off to a nation where Obama swears there is no military solution and only reconciliation can help.  Hellfire missiles are famous for helping people reconcile.

Obama went straight into laying out his excuses for this latest war, before speaking against war and in favor of everything he invests no energy in.  First, the illegitimate government of Iraq asked him to do it.  Second, ISIS is to blame for the hell that the United States created in Iraq.  Third, there are still lots of places in the world that Obama has not yet bombed.  Oh, and this is not really a war but just protection of U.S. personnel, combined with a rescue mission for victims of a possible massacre on a scale we all need to try to understand.

Wow! We need to understand the scale of killing in Iraq?  This is the United States you’re talking to, the people who paid for the slaughter of 0.5 to 1.5 million Iraqis this decade.  Either we’re experts on the scale of mass killings or we’re hopelessly incapable of understanding such matters.

Completing the deja vu all over again Thursday evening, the substitute host of the Rachel Maddow Show seemed eager for a new war on Iraq, all of his colleagues approved of anything Obama said, and I heard “Will troops be sent?” asked by several “journalists,” but never heard a single one ask “Will families be killed?”

Pro-war veteran Democratic congressman elected by war opponents Patrick Murphy cheered for Obama supposedly drawing a red line for war.  Murphy spoke of Congress without seeming aware that less than two weeks ago the House voted to deny the President any new war on Iraq.  There are some 199 members of the House who may be having a hard time remembering that right now.

Pro-war veteran Paul Rieckhoff added that any new veterans created would be heroes, and — given what a “mess” Iraq is now — Rieckhoff advocated “looking forward.” The past has such an extreme antiwar bias.

Rounding out the reunion of predictable pro-war platitudes and prevarications, Nancy Pelosi immediately quoted the bits of Obama’s speech that suggested he was against the war he was starting. Can Friedman Units and benchmarks be far behind?

Obama promises no combat troops will be sent back to Iraq.  No doubt.  Instead it’ll be planes, drones, helicopters, and “non-combat” troops.  “America is coming to help” finally just sounded as evil as Reagan meant it to, but it was in Obama’s voice.  The ironies exploded like Iraqi houses on Thursday.  While the United States locks Honduran refugee children in cages, it proposes to bomb Iraq for refugees.  While Gaza starves and Detroit lacks water, Obama bombs Iraq to stop people from starving.  While the U.S. ships weapons to Israel to commit genocide, and to Syria for allies of ISIS, it is rushing more weapons into Iraq to supposedly prevent genocide on a mountaintop — also to add to the weapons supplies already looted by ISIS.

Of course, it’s also for “U.S. interests,” but if that means U.S. people, why not pull them out?  If it means something else, why not admit as much in the light of day and let the argument die of shame?

Let me add a word to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokesman David Swanson, who is not me and whom I do not know: Please do keep pushing for actual humanitarian aid.  But if you spoke against the missiles that are coming with the food, the reporters left that bit out.  You have to fit it into the same sentence with the food and water if you want it quoted.  I hope there is an internal U.N. lobby for adoption by the U.N. of the U.N. Charter, and if there is I wish it all the luck in the world.

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  • The Heart

    By giggity GW, you are sure darn tootin on these reports lately.

    Go cat go!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h27HRNm_r4U

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  • Franklin Beenz

    Pointless article. 1st of all, Obama is more or less a figure-head/puppet on strings. There is far more to policy than Obama is doing this, that & the other thing.

    2nd of all; it is clear, in this day & age, and has been for a long time, that what this world needs is a “World peace and multinational peace-fighting troops”, comprised of representatives from all nations on the planet to deal with precisely such situations. http://www.futureofmankind.co.uk/Billy_Meier/World_Peace_and_Multinational_Peace-Fighting_Troops

    The US may have an altruistic bone or two but should not be the sole do-gooder around the globe as evidenced by its sorry history of abusing, exploiting and creating such situations because of dark forces behind the scenes with their ulterior power- and profit-motives.

  • Dee

    Is there any possibility that the UN is reading the UN Charter properly and has been all along, and has been applying it properly all along.. And the propagandists on Washington’s Blog don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground?
    Most of the Nations that Joined the UN did it for the mutual defense the Charter guarantees , because in the real world , where nations attack each other, and there is no other way to stop them but force, the smaller nations want to continue to exist , just like the big nations.

    • not authorized

      Sure, if part of the UN plan for the United States was to come up with in Article 110 and 111. That plan we were supposed to come up with could also include this site.

      So let’s not jump to conclusions.

      Prove it. Title 18 USC 2441. Title 10 has all you need. Want my faith restored? Police your own. Lets see some action with the Rome Statute for The International Criminal Court as well. Start arrests. A man has no greater love than to lay down his own life for his friends.. Courage is contagious. No excuses.

      If not, nice try.

  • Rehmat

    ISIS is armed and trained by the US to challenge Iranian influence in the region – not to fight with pro-Israel Iraqi Kurdistan forces. ISIS crossed the RED LINE and got US airstrikes.

    http://rehmat1.com/2014/07/02/peres-israelis-love-kurdistan/

  • Undecider

    The U.S. government will be feeding 8,000 homeless.. in FEMA camps.

  • MCB

    The useful idiots carnival barking here against Washington Blog are analogous to Williams Bryan Jennings which is to say that you are moral charlatan and useful idiots. Have fun looking like stooges like Jennings did all throughout his pious career culminating with his most timely death a week after The Money Trial. Jennings was proven wrong and Mencken and Darrow were proven right just as you dunderheads will be eventually be proven wrong over time and Washingtons Blog will be proven right.

  • MCB

    The useful idiots carnival barking here against Washington Blog are analogous to Williams Bryan Jennings which is to say that you are moral charlatan and useful idiots. Have fun looking like stooges like Jennings did all throughout his pious career culminating with his most timely death a week after The Money Trial. Jennings was proven wrong and Mencken and Darrow were proven right just as you dunderheads will be eventually be proven wrong over time and Washingtons Blog will be proven right.

  • not authorized

    Humanitarian aide, doesn’t include bombs. Feed a man, and you feed him once. Teach him how to fish, he can feed himself forever. Warehouse hydroponic farms for starters….

  • MichiganFreedom

    Are families going to be killed? Isn’t ISIS already killing them? Who deserves to die more, the peaceful families, or the savage ISIS barbarians?