Liberation that wasn’t from liberators who aren’t

Of the many lies told by the Bush Administration about the invasion of Iraq, and there are now too many to catalog, few stand out as prominently as Vice President Dick Cheney’s continued claim that the Iraqi people see Americans as "liberators."

"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators," Cheney said on Meet the Press on March 16, 2003.

"I really do believe we will be greeted as liberators," he said on Meet the Press on September 14, 2003.

"I said we’ll be greeted as liberators. And we were," he said, again on Meet the Press on September 24, 2006.

Say what?

As Cheney repeated his lie for yet another time this month, a poll by the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes found that 60 percent of Iraqis approve of attacks by insurgents against American soldiers in their country and 75 percent feel our military "provokes more violence than it prevents."

A separate State Department poll found two-thirds of Iraqis living in Baghdad want U.S. forces out of their country now.

So much for being liberators.

Iraqis see America’s presence for what it is – and occupying force from a country that invaded their country without provocation in clear violation of international law: an invasion based on lies, perpetuated by lies and driven by an out-of-control President with an agenda that has nothing to do with truth, justice or the American way.

Correct that. The criminal actions of George W. Bush define the new American way, an America that has become an international bully, an America driven by greed and a lust for power, an America that ignores the Geneva Convention and unleashes goon squads to arrest suspected enemies without cause, detain them without consideration for their rights and torture them without regard to law or basic human decency.

The old American way would never have allowed such obvious dismantling of the Constitution and the rights it once guaranteed. The old American way would never have allowed a madman like Bush or the criminal cabal that he runs from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to remain in office.

The old American way crumbled into dust and ashes along with the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It died at the hands of a craven political opportunist who saw the events of that tragic day as a way to seize absolute power and destroy a great nation that once stood above the brutality of other parts of the world and refused to be sucked into the morass of barbarism.

The old American way died at the hands of an assassin named Bush and his gang of accomplices called The Republican Party, aided by politically-castrated Democrats and a mesmerized electorate that should have known better.

Liberators? Not likely Mr. Cheney. To use one of your favorite insults to chose who dare disagree with you and your co-conspirators: Fuck off!

Bush and the thugs who control Congress have turned America into pillagers who destroyed not only Iraq but also the Constitution of this nation. They have robbed America of its soul, purged it of its decency and stripped it bare of any pretense of standing for freedom, law or morality.

Iraqis understand all too well that they were not liberated by the soldiers who invaded thier country and now oversee an occupation where scores of civilians die daily from the anarchy created by the American presence.

Today, Iraqi citizens pray to be liberated from the Americans who destroyed their nation and poisoned their culture.

They aren’t the only ones. Here in America, we pray to be liberated from the traitors who occupy our government, destroyed our nation and poisoned our culture.

If our prayers are answered, maybe theirs can be too.

Then both our nations can be liberated.


  1. neondesert

    Fred Goepfert seems to be saying with his post “Gee, it’s okay if the people we elect to represent us lie to us and are incompetent in their jobs. Their critics think they deserve the truth and sincerity, but what do they know? And those burning children and dying Iraqis, what a bunch of wimps, all that screaming and crying over a liberating invasion. I guess that Fred and Rush and Sean are ready to get on their knees and open wide for George.

    Fred, you MUST just be a troll on this site. Nobody could really hold opinions like yours and still be able to learn to type.

  2. Ann

    We have no war on terrorism, although there is a different very real war being waged. The real war is right inside the USA while the others are distractions to prevent our paying attention to Bush’s far more War on America. We didn’t listen when his minions bragged of being out to destroy US government as in “reduce it to what could fit in a bath tub then pull the plug”. What these treasonous snakes were referring to was eradicating The Constitution of the United States of America along with our borders millions of Americans have died to preserve and protect. And what will do these lapdogs owned by transnational corporation intend to replace the Constitution with? Only dictatorship of a scope that left Hitler’s wildest dreams multiplied by the KBG’s worst behaviors looking comparatively like– strolls through green parks.

  3. bg1

    Cheney’s not to talking to the people on this board; he knows he doesn’t have your vote and never will. He’s talking to the idiots and yahoos who get their news from Fox, CNN, Rush, etc.:)

  4. South Point Man

    Journalists, liberate us from these evil abominations. Expose their complicity in the demolition of the WTC buildings.

    Help send them to Leavenworth.

  5. Nicely007

    Doug, I have a good idea for you about Bush’s Iraq War!

    George W. Bush has tried to find WMDs in Iraq so hard, in vain.

    I think we actually found tens of thousands of ‘WMDs’ in Iraq!

    But my definition of ‘WMD’ is different from the usual one.
    It is the abbreviation for ‘W-Made Disaster’, similar to
    ‘Man-Made Disaster’.

    (I believe I do not have to explain whom ‘W’ stands for!)

  6. Jason Shapiro

    “Liberators?” Of course it’s all a matter of perspective. It never ceases to amaze me how these jerks keep using World War II metaphors as if no one remembers that war. We liberated Iraq the way the Nazis liberated France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, Hungry, and Greece, and the way the Japanese liberated Korea, Manchuria, China, Malaya, Vietnam, Burma, and the Philippines. I’m sure I left something out but you get the picture. If you think these fascists in Washington don’t have contingency plans for more “liberation” then you are dreaming.

  7. Greg

    I have no idea where you people get your info!!! I have been watching the news all night and I have witnessed the love and adulation our Marines (4 year Viet Vet brother myself!) are getting in Ramadi and Afghanistan!! Since we have Scorched Earth POlicied everything in our way, I guess the only thing they have left to throw at us is metal shards and other metal objects, instead of all the flowers and candy (that we probably confiscated and gave to the wonderful folks at Haliburton).

  8. Right on. We need heat (not just light) to throw these scumbags out.

    Everyday I carry signs at intersections saying: “Misery Makes G.O.P. Crooks Rich” My car has been vandalized by one of these bums…so what. Better to fight in the open than die in some moroni death camp.

  9. Bruce

    God forgive us. We have killed the greateset experiment of freedom and liberty mankind
    has ever created. All Americans should hold their heads down in shame for allowing fear
    to overcome righteousness. Justice can be served without allowing injustice to rule.

  10. Barbara

    Actually, 9/11/2001 was the day that the terrorists defeated the United States of America. We were changed totally (but I hope not irrevocably)

  11. Fred Goepfert

    Doug seems to be saying in this article, “Gee, Saddam, you weren’t really a cruel dictator. Matbe the Kurds were unhappy with you, but what do they know? And those Kuwaities,
    what a bunch of wimps, all that screaming over a friendll invasion! I guess that Doug and the AP are ready to kiss jihadists a$$.

  12. neondog

    Has the U.S. recovered the pearl handled Colt .45’s that Rumsfeld gave Saddam on the day the Kurds were gassed?

  13. Gerald Sutliff

    I, too, agree. I couldn’t agree more and you said it better than I ever could. Keep up the good work.

  14. keith

    Continually calling ourselves “liberators” is just another cover story for the truth. We are “occupiers” pure and simple. And Mr Bush’s so-called “failure” to “win the peace” in Iraq and Afghanistan has now virtually guaranteed that our troops will be there for decades.

    In fact, I now firmly believe that the “failures” in Iraq and Afghanistan were actually planned from the very beginning. Despite the lessons learned from the first Gulf War, we didn’t go into either conflict with “overwhelming force”. And this “war” has now gone on almost as long as either Vietnam or World War II! Has anyone ever wondered why? Could it be that the plan all along was to “loose the peace” so that we would actually be there as occupiers… indefinitely? Could it be that the Government of Israel actually WANTS us to occupy these two places indefinitely?

    For decades, it’s been an open secret that the Government of Israel has had both our Presidents and our members of the US Congress by the short hairs. Organizations like AIPAC (backed up by the ruthless scare tactics of the Israeli Mossad operating within our borders) have made absolutely sure of that.

    And, despite all the blather from our esteemed President and his cabal to the contrary, I believe our continued presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has absolutely nothing to do with “liberating” these countries. Rather, it has everything to do with keeping the developing Moslem world in the Middle East a constant state of turmoil so as to underwrite and enable the Government of Israel’s obsessive need to expand both its borders and its influence in the region. The Government of Israel’s recent shameful performance in southern Lebanon…dropping cluster bombs and anti-personnel munitions on civilian targets…should leave absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind as to exactly what their real intentions are.

    In that sense, I believe what we are now watching (and, unfortunately, are underwriting with our tax dollars) is just the latest chapter in an ongoing, regional religious war. It’s a war that’s been perpetuated by western governments (controlled largely by Christians and Jews (along with their willing allies)) and who are now seeking nothing short of a complete “ethnic cleansing” of the developing Moslem world around Israel. I believe THIS is the REAL reason why our troops are now fighting (and dying) in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and why they will continue to do so for many, many decades to come.

    What’s more, this ongoing “holy war” also guarantees that billions and billions of your and my tax dollars will continue flowing into the coffers of the hopelessly corrupt US defense contractors along with their various lobbyists and “think tanks” (not to mention keeping all those campaign contributions flowing into congressional campaign coffers from the now-fully-employed defense constituencies “back home”!). It’s a win-win for everyone. This is, of course, except for the beleaguered US taxpayer and our brave (mostly young) soldiers who are giving their very lives to underwrite such blatant apartheid, shameful collusion and systemic government corruption.

    The so-called “liberation” of Iraq and Afghanistan is actually working out far better than even the neocons had hoped. It’s providing even more cannon fodder than they’d ever dreamed they’d have to justify their ongoing shameful chicanery to a largely ignorant (and therefore easily panicked) American public. This, in turn, insures they (and their willing co-conspirators in the US Congress) will continue underwriting their overall master plan for the USA to eventually rule the world as the 21st Century’s global imperial super-power.

  15. We did liberate Iraq. We liberated them from their oil, their health, and their security. We liberated them from their national honor, and from their dignity. We have liberated them from their manhood. Whose next?