The General and a bush league war

I usually keep one of the two cable news stations on in the background of my office, mostly to see if our armageddon-starting, rapture-based invasion of Iran has begun.

Yesterday, General Petraeus hogged the cable news stations with a marathon performance so substance free, so spin-fully delectable, so light on adverse facts that several national beverage companies were seen lurking about, trying to capture his ability to remove the slightest hint of caloric impact on the customer.

It was not only a crock ‘o Petraeus show. Senators Dodd, Biden, Obama, and even a republican or two managed to ask some tough questions. Even the simplest yes/no question was just another opportunity for the General to give a long-winded, non-answer answer, hogging the limited time given to the senators. All we learned (with all news to the contrary being diced, sliced, saute’d and broiled into nothingness) was that THE SURGE IS A SUCCESS. Yes, it may be a fragile success. There may be reversals (like all of March and all of April).

So to cut to the quick, you can stop reading here. Just to repeat the Big Message, THE SURGE IS A SUCKCESS.

After some tough questions, he did admit a slight uptick in violence in Basra,and even hinted at a complete lack of political gain, although he spun that as a natural result of great gains on a broad measure of goals. He even went so far to claim that we have reached 6-7 out of 10, on meeting all of our goals, which presumably would permit us to leave that poor, destitute, destroyed, sorry land. (even those minor admissions seemed to take a team of dentists, armed with a 6 story monster crane, using stainless steel chains super-glued to a reluctant bicuspid, and twin diesel engines pulling at pesky tooth to extract even that much)

What is fascinating is how he managed to avoid his original statements concerning the “surge” many, many months ago, its intent, its temporary nature, and the intent to secure political results, and replace it with his willingness (?) to draw down troops until July, leaving MORE TROOPS THAN BEFORE THE BLOODY SURGE!

Yippee! After July, with our army already broken, 1/3 of our troops suffering from mental stress and illness, we will only leave 140,000 troops in harms way, smack dab in the middle of a bloody, nasty civil war in which we have only temporary allies, and only as long as we look the other way when they disobey, and so long as we continue with massive bribes.

I did feel the shock and the awe. The General uses his tongue better than a central Illinois truck stop hooker. (no offense to truck stop hookers. Their profession is even older than the General’s and I almost regret the unfortunate comparison) He spins words better, with more talent and delicacy, than most politicians, including most of the past and present presidential candidates. He managed to take more time, use more fillers, and say less than any uniformed person ever testifying before congress. Watching old pros like Biden, Hatch, Dodd and others grit their teeth, yet remain polite was almost refreshing.

If this general represents the new Army, god forbid we fight a real war. With a chestful of medals so shiny and colorful that he made ex-Soviet Generals feel jealous, he appeared every inch the Modern Military Man. A New Age Leader. Form meet substance. Guess which won?

It was not that Petraeus was totally lacking in substance. He is too cool a political cat for that. It was the incredible way he mixed metaphors, meta-twos, and more, including the slightest bit of fact, then managing to take it away with truly superb allegorical, grammatically correct, and ever so balanced non-content, perhaps, anti-content, that was the story.

Of course, given this administration’s utter lack of even a passing acquaintance with truth and veracity,

it is fitting that their military face is represented by a polished pol like General Petreaus. He is, in every sense of the word, a Bush man first, a politician second, and perhaps, between one-armed push-ups and TV appearances, a general.

So it was a completely wasted day. Most of the other senatwhores pretended to ask hard questions, and he did not even pretend to give hard answers. Still, this very performance tells us something. The fact that he spent more than 6 hours on the hill, most of it televised, tells us just how bad the reality in Iraq is. Otherwise, they would not be spending the time to cover it up, to bore us with platitudes, or to spin it into something it is not – namely a success.

I suspect that this last ditch effort will backfire. Three years ago, the MSM would be cheerleaders, racing against other outlets to show their pride and excitement at what fine leadership we have in Iraq. Today, that no longer works. In fact, I suspect that this performance will only cause more curiosity about the truth in Iraq. We will see more family loss stories. We will see mental injury follow-ups. We will revisit the torture issues, the Blackwater rapes and murders, and more. Maybe, just maybe, this smooth, fact-free performance will ignite America’s attention to back where it belong


  1. Carl Nemo

    Great analysis Rob Kezelis…!

    Yep, it surely was a “dog and pony” show. Rest assured there are no discoveries or new information coming from the general.

    He knows the war is a MIC scam, those grilling him know so too and they are all in on this ongoing shakedown of the U.S. taxpayer/debtor together. They are playing we the citizens for fools.

    The House needs to pull the plug on this war asap. They need to refuse to appropriate any more funds and force the Defense Department to start cannibalizing itself if necessary to pay for the war or to start packing up and come home. Bush can’t fight a war without more debt/bucks, so there is a way. If he vetos anything linked with money along with conditions for withdrawal then fine, that’s the last he’ll see of any bill with bucks attached for the rest of his term.

    I get so tired of the “Support the Troops” mantra and the fact that G.W. Bush is the Commander in Chief, seemingly associating his status with some transcendental positive qualities is a sick joke to say the least. He’s nothing but a facilitator; ie., a “running dog” for the MIC/NWO/AIPAC globalist agenda.

    “We the People” are the ultimate Commanders in Chief relative to the purse strings and we need to bulldog our Congressional reps to the ground shy of breaking their collective necks and get the message through that enough is enough! Somewhere along the road of our ever-perfecting republic, these “elected” leaders have forgotten who’s the boss; ie., “we the people”…!

    I think this Yahoo in the News link says it all when it comes to what this war is all about…

    What’s interesting is that the dirtbag Dems are more heavily invested than the rethuglicans?!

    This never-ending business of MIC/CIA/AIPAC sponsored wars has virtually destroyed the United States. In terms of solvency and as a nation with any future we’ve become nothing but a Potemkin village among nations. What’s truly a hoot is that Iraq is sitting on a large cash surplus due to the sale of its oil and the U.S. is sitting on a 9.7 trillion dollar deficit of which 4 trillion is courtesy of the Bushistas. If I recall correctly the administration once said the revenues from Iraq’s oil reserves would be used to defray the cost of the war. Evidently it was another one of their well-crafted lies too. : |

    I’ll post the duty links. The most important representative to citizens in Mayberry, USA are their Congressional District reps, then the two U.S. Senators. If your reps aren’t voting in a manner that will get us out of Iraq, then you need to chuck them in November if they are up for reelection, no quarter given. Vote for anyone, other than the incumbent. In the lower righthand corner of the link is a free “Vote Monitor” service. It allows one to keep tabs on their reps and as to how they vote on the issues. My recommendation is to make the effort to keep an eye on them closely. There’s no SPAM associated with this service, but you’ll get timely updates on current and upcoming legislation.

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. ekaton

    We are indeed being played for fools. The U.S. military is incapable of “pacifying” Baghdad let alone any of the rest of the country which is the size of Texas. And they have the gall to tell us of what great strides have been accomplished. Representatives who want to be re-elected simply need to vote to cut off funds for Iraq AND Afghanistan. If the goal in Afghanistan is really to capture bin Laden, if he is even still alive, then send in 2 or 3 Navy Seal teams and get the job done. (But of course we know the real objective is pipelines and highways.) Our government is destroying our country. Its maddening.

    — Kent Shaw

  3. Upperleftcoast


    Of Neocons and “patriots” the ones I most abhor
    Are rabid right-wing chicken-hawks who’ve never been to war_
    They strut and sputter “Treason!” when their poster-boy is panned_
    But shirk the pain of battles fought by soldiers they have damned

    “We’ll fight them over there” they chant, “So we needn’t fight them here”
    But the fightin’s done by better men, not Neocons, that’s clear
    And men of courage pay the price of policies inane
    In blood and broken families they’ll never see again

    From depths of willful ignorance a useless war was spawned
    A mission not accomplished as the nation’s soul was pawned
    A banner-waving ego-war of a president inept
    The cost in lives and treasure more than wiser men accept

    So off them all, these neocons, who never join the fight!_
    Reveal for all the feckless gall of cowards on the Right_
    Whose flag-draped bluster ill conceals the stripe of yellow hue_
    That separates these “patriots” from heroes true and blue

    William L. Valenti
    Bend, Oregon

  4. DejaVuAllOver

    Those are some great lyrics, Mr. Valenti. Are you a musician? If not, would you be offended if I set them to music? I’m serious. Great stuff.

    And nice piece Rob, as usual. You both are great writers. I must say one thing: The Antichrist Administration sure has given us all a LOT to write and sing about. Makes the story of Nero playing his fiddle while Rome burned seem quaint…..

  5. Carl Nemo

    Hi DejaVuAllOver…

    I concur concerning Mr. Valenti’s work. Truly well thought material and it would make great song lyrics. This is the type material that a modern day Baez or Dylan should be singing. Joan still has great vocals and could do justice to these words.

    That’s what America needs is evermore songs of protest as in the 60’s. It seems great thoughts set to music have far greater impact than simply the written word especially among younger folks that are just coming on line to vote.

    It might also rekindle some genuine protest among the soon to inherit a bunch of bucks “baby-boomers” that once either served in Nam or were actively protesting that criminally inspired boondoggle too. : |

    “Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
    That too many people have died?
    The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
    The answer is blowin’ in the wind.” …Bob Dylan


    Carl Nemo **==

  6. Bluesman2007

    I don’t think anyone seriously doubted the outcome of that hearing. Just more of the same.