AS THESE REPORTERS RAN AROUND THE CAPITAL TODAY.
THERE WAS PLENTY GOING ON WHAT WITH IRAQ BEING ADDRESSED IN THE SENATE.
THEN WE BUMPED INTO CHRISTY HARVEY WHO REGULARLY SPOUTS NONSENSE ON THE BABY CRIES A LOT SHOW.
FORTUNATELY, NO ONE LISTENS TO THAT SHOW.
BUT IT'S NOT JUST A GIG FOR HARVEY AS SHE DEMONSTRATED WITH HER GREETING, IT'S A WAY OF LIFE.
"OMG! I AM TOTALLY STOKED! AT FIRST, IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE A BIG NEWS DAY: THE SENATE TAPPED SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY) TO BE THE NEW SENATE MINORITY LEADER (A POSITION PREVIOUSLY HELD BY BILL FRIST.) YAWN. BUT THEN . . ."
HARVEY STARTED BABBLING ON IN THAT WAY WHERE A LOT OF WORDS ARE SUPPOSED TO TRICK EVERYONE INTO BELIEVING SHE'S SAYING ANYTHING.
SHE WASN'T. SHE WAS LAME BRAINING IT LIKE A TRUE STUDENT OF BABY CRIES A LOT. SHE WAS FOAMING AT THE MOUTH ABOUT TRENT LOTT "BACK FROM THE DEAD."
SHE WAS REALLY PROUD OF HERSELF. WE REMINDED HER THAT GENERAL JOHN ABIZAID HAD TESTIFIED TO THE U.S. SENATE ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR.
"EEEWWW! GROSS. WHO WOULD WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT? DID YOU HEAR? TRENT LOTT'S BACK FROM THE DEAD! TRENT LOTT RISES AGAIN!"
THESE REPORTERS INFORMED HER THAT THE U.S. MILITARY ANNOUNCED THE DEATH OF SIX TROOPS TODAY.
"SO?" SHE ASKED SIPPING ON HER BIG TREE ICED CHAI TEA "TRENT LOTT IS BACK FROM THE DEAD!"
THESE REPORTERS REMINDED HER THAT 2859.U.S. SOLDIERS WOULD NOT BE RETURNING FROM IRAQ LET ALONE FROM THE DEAD.
"YOU TWO ARE TOO SERIOUS! REPORTING IS LIKE FARTING THROUGH YOUR MOUTH. THAT'S WHAT I DO. WAR IS LIKE -- ME AND BABY CRIES A LOT LIKE US SOME WAR. WAR! WAR! SEE IT'S FUN TO SAY. BUT IT'S BORING TO TALK ABOUT. WHO WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT? IT'S GONE ON FOR LIKE . . . AT LEAST A YEAR. I'M BORED. EXCUSE ME BUT I'M OFF TO HANDICAP THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE LEADERSHIP. GET YOUR RACING FORMS!"
FILE HER UNDER DUMB AND DONE. AND GRASP WHO GIVES COVER TO D.C. TYPES WHO WANT TO AVOID TALKING ABOUT THE WAR. THE ODOR THEY LEAVE CAN'T BLAMED ON THE DOG IN THE ROOM.
"It's time to tell the truth! The American people want the truth. The American people want the truth. Tell the truth if you're capable of it." Today, an honest discussion on Iraq took place but it wasn't in the US Senate. On Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman hosted a discussion with former US senator and presidential candidate George McGovern, US House Rep. Dennis Kucinich and someone scraped off the bottom of the right-wing non-thought tank AEI. The AEI-er appeared to be attempting some sort of homage to the character of Audrey with his constant whining. (Clea Lewis intended to be humorous when she played Audrey on Ellen.) He whined "Let me have my turn" repeatedly and also referred to Goodman as "Miss moderator" proving that Iraq wasn't the only thing he failed to grasp, he'd also missed the last forty years (try "Ms. moderator"). Meanwhile Kucinich challenged the AEI-er with, "It's time to tell the truth! The American people want the truth. The American people want the truth. Tell the truth if you're capable of it." The AEI-er, Joshua Muravchik, wasn't up to the truth and tossed around the usual (pre-9-11?) nonsense of 'blame America first' and 'blood is on your hand' but has no answers. Goodman asked if he was "proposing staying in Iraq and bombing Iran?" to which he replied "Yes and yes."
McGovern reminded, "Well they were saying the same thing they're saying about Iraq. We were told all during those long years when I and others were trying to terminate our military involvement in Vietnam -- an intervention that the chief architects now say was a dreadful mistake -- and they said that if we pulled out, maybe it was a mistake, to go in, but if we pulled out there would be a slaughter of people in Vietnam of indescribable dimensions, that Ho Chi Minh and his people would just slaughter everybody in the country that disagreed with him. We also were told that the countries next door would start toppling into communism if we left Vietnam. None of that happened. There was no great bloodbath inside Vietnam and the Vietnamese became our friends almost immediately after we took our army out of their country. They assisted us in trying to locate missing American soldiers. They were ready for diplomatic relations. We have no problem with Vietnam today and as a matter of fact none of the countries next door toppled into communism so those were the scare tactics that were used to keep us in Vietnam for about twenty years. The president has said recently that maybe we have to stay [in Iraq] until the year 2010 and that's another four years during which time we'll probably kill several thousand more American troops and the terror now going on inside Iraq that began when we invaded the country will only get worse. No country in the long term wants a foreign army lodged in their country."
Goodman asked: "How did, how did it ultimately end up that the troops were pulled out of Vietnam?" McGovern replied, "Well, you know, we were finally forced out. You remember the pictures of the American ambassador being air lifted off the, off the roof of the embassy there and Vietnamese trying to cling to the helicopters that took him out? I don't want to see that happen in Iraq. I don't want to see us just kicked out. I want to see an orderly withdrawal that would begin next month in December and be completed by June and we can do that. Let me cite one poll that was conducted recently in Iraq. It was conducted by our newspaper USA Today, CNN -- the television network -- in cooperation with the Gallup polling organization, America's oldest polling. And they asked the people of Iraq 'Do you regard the Americans as liberators or as occupiers of your country?' 81% of the people said they didn't see us any longer as liberators, they see us as occupiers of the country and they made it very clear they want us out."
Kucinich spoke the words many shy from: Congress voting to cut off funding of the illegal war in Iraq. "I believe that we're going to be able to get a consensus among progressives to cut off funds . . . I think support is growing in the direction of getting out of Iraq and I think that we'll see a cut off of the funds, we'll use the money in the pipeline to have the orderly withdrawal that Senator McGovern so wisely spoke of. People want a new direction. They know that we have to involve the world community and they know that the direction has to be out of Iraq. I mean, we're losing soldiers at an increasing clip , we're seeing the civil violence increase, the Iraqi people want us out, the American people by and large want us out of Iraq. We need to take a new direction."
On The KPFA Evening News Monday, Mitch Jeserich interviewed US House Rep. Lynn Woolsey who stated she would consider cutting off Congressional funds but no one wanted to make that their first choice. She also felt their support was for this option in Congress.
(The interview may have been for Pacifica's Informed Dissent which Jeserich hosts or for WBAI's Wakeup Call where Jeserich is the news editor.)
The realities of Iraq were also explored . . . in Congress? No, on KPFA's The Morning Show today. Philip Maldari spoke with Carl Conetta (Project on Defense Alternatives) and Natalie Goldring (Security Studies Program and Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown). They discussed the possibility that the US Congress would be inactive on the Iraq war and Goldring pointed out that this would lead to spreading the blame and allowing the GOP presidential candidate in 2008 to point to the Democratic controlled Congress as part of the problem with regards to the illegal war. Concetta noted it would "tar the Democrats as co-signers" to the war. Goldring noted that it wasn't clear how the administration or the United States "would bring stability to Iraq" and Concetta noted that the spin made "withdrawal . . . always on the horizon, two years in the future" that never seems to arrive. (Or 12 months, a favorite with the US military and tossed around by John Abizaid today -- we'll get to that shortly.)
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Decked out like Janet Jackson on the cover of Rhythm Nation, John Abizaid, the general, blathered in Congress today. Quote: "Blah blah blah blah blah [karate chop with hand] blah blah blah." CBS and AP report that Johnny says no timetables because they don't give him 'flexibility' and that he stated he "remains optimistic that we can stabilize Iraq." The yearly physicaly doesn't include some sort of mental evaluation? How bad was it? So bad that John McCain had to declare: "I'm of course disappointed that basically you're advocating the status quo here today, which I think the American people in the last election said that is not an acceptable condition." What may have prompted the battle of the Johns was that Abizaid didn't advocate for more US troops on the ground in Iraq -- something McCain favors. Andrew Gray and Kristin Roberts (Reuters) report Abizaid declared, "I believe more American forces prevent the Iraqis from doing more, taking more responsibility for their future." [The gut wrenching sobs you hear are Michael R. Gordon crying for all the war pornographers.] Abizaid also saw 'progress' since August. Apparently, no one handed him a copy of today's newspaper with the front page stories of the mass kidnappings yesterday in Baghdad? To recap, Abizaid said, "Blah blah blah no withdrawal of US troops blah blah blah no timetables blah blah blah I need to be flexible blah blah blah watch me touch my nose blah blah blah."
AP notes US Senator Carl Levin's remarks: "We cannot save the Iraqis from themselves. The only way for Iraqi leaders to squarely face that reality is for President Bush to tell them that the United States will begin a phased redeployment of our forces within four to six months."
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