The fact that after all these years, and all our soldiers sacrificing their lives, the Iraqi police and security forces continue to betray us makes me red hot mad.

These are the people our local kids believe they are fighting for. In reality many of these Iraqis are fighting against our soldiers secretly.

Who's left in Iraq anway? People have been fleeing there for years. Everytime I read about the Iraqi refugee crisis, I realize many of Iraq's most educated, wealthier resdients swarmed out of there like ants. When I try to picture who is staying, I imagine it is the elderly, the poor, the young men who are commited to driving us "occupiers" out, religious nuts, and those people who have attached themselves to the US money flow via business, politics, or security jobs.

No wonder the insurgents are so successful at recruiting people. Their cities are a mess. Every day there are revenge killings on both sides of the civil war, and little seems left of their previous culture. It's a battlefeild now, one our president brags about creating, so we "don't have to fight them over here".

Oh yeah, that will really make them love us over there.

Anyone naive enough to think the plan to assess success in September meant there would be any success ought to have their head examined.

We were way too optimistic,” said the officer, adding that September is now the goal for establishing basic security in most neighborhoods, the same month that Bush administration officials have said they plan to review the progress of the plan.

Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the senior American ground commander in Iraq, said in a brief interview that he never believed that a midsummer timetable for establishing security in Baghdad was realistic. “

Never believed the plan was realistic? Way too optimistic?

I'm so sick of GWB running off his mouth about strategies that everyone knows will never work. His mantra is "placate the people, placate the people". The sad thing is the American people have tried to let Washington know they won't be placated anymore. They just want to get our troops out of there, so we can use them to protect ourselves from real threats.

But is Washington listening? Are the Democrats listening?

No, they're not.

Expect huge demonstrations in all our cities before and during the next election ala the Chicago convention during the Vietnam War.

The people and a whole lot of our military are sick of this war.

Bring our troops home.

Bring our money home.

America needs both more than the Iraqi people who have no qualms about betraying us.

bizgrrl's picture

17 of our soldiers dead in

17 of our soldiers dead in the last 3 days.
127 of our soldiers dead last month.
248 of our soldiers dead in the last 2 months and 4 days.

WhitesCreek's picture

"Last Throes"

"Last Throes"

WhitesCreek's picture

Ok...I know this has been

Ok...I know this has been framed by Bush sycophants in the "Surrender date" manner but I have a question:

Which way do the "terrorists" win the biggest

...If we stay or if we go?

R. Neal's picture

The Clash were

The Clash were prophetic:

Always tease tease tease
Youre happy when Im on my knees
One day is fine, next is black
So if you want me off your back
Well come on and let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know

Andy Axel's picture

This one's for the Cargo Cult

Tommy gun
You ain't happy less you got one
Tommy gun
Ain't gonna shoot the place up
Just for fun
Maybe he wants to die for the money
Maybe he wants to kill for his country
Whatever he wants, he's gonna get it!

Tommy gun
You better strip it down for a custom run
Tommy gun
Waiting in the airport 'till kingdom come
An' we can watch you make it
On the nine o'clock news
Standing there in palestine lighting the fuse
Whatever you want, you're gonna get it

Tommy gun
You'll be dead when your war is won
Tommy gun
But did you have to gun down everyone?
I can see it's kill or be killed
A nation of destiny has got to be fulfilled
Whatever you want, you're gonna get it!

Tommy gun
You can be a hero in an age of none
Tommy gun
I'm cutting out your picture from page one
I'm gonna get a jacket just like yours
An' give my false support to your cause
Whatever you want, you're gonna get it!

Boats an' tanks and planes, it's your game
Kings an' queens an' generals learn your name
I see all the innocents, the human sacrifice
And if death comes so cheap
Then the same goes for life!


I'm a guy in a Reagan mask -- and I'm running for President!

Eleanor A's picture

English Civil War

When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah, tala
He’s coming by bus or undergound, hurrah, tala
A woman’s eye will shed a tear
To see his face so beaten in fear
And it was just ‘round the corner in the English Civil War

It was still at the stage of clubs and fists, hurrah, tala
When that well-know face got beaten to bits, hurrah, tala
You face was blue in the light of the screen
As watched the speech of an animal scream
The new party army was marching right over our heads

All right

There you are, ha, ha, I told you so, hurrah, tala
Says everybody that we know, hurrah, tala
But who hid a radio under the stairs?
Who got caught out unawares?
When the new party army came marching right over our heads

Yeah, yeah, yeah

When Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah, tala
Nobody understands it can happen again, hurrah, tala
The sun is shinning and the kids are shouting loud
But you gotta know it’s shinning thought a crack in the cloud
And the shadow keeps falling when Johnny comas marching home

Carole Borges's picture

Here's a naughty liitle war ditty

Bugle Britches
She's up the stairs, her skirts a-flounce,
to make the soldiers bed.
"Come up, come my bonny boy
I ween you have been fed."

She pulled off her liliy-white gown.
She laid it on the table.
"Come bed me quick my bonny boy,
I'm sure that you are able."

They had not been abed for long.
It was not hours three,
when he did hear the bugle
a blasting merrily.

"Don't leave, don't leave," the maiden cried.
"The task is not half done."
A soldier ne'er should sheath his sword,
until the battle's won.

"I'll have to sheath my dagger,
my codpiece is withdrawn.
I'll don my bugle britches.
I hear the merry horn."

"O when shall we ever meet again?
And when shall we be wed?
For surely I am all but ruined
and truly would be dead."

"When mussel shells turn silverbells,
then we will up and marry.
But now I'm bound for London town,
Nor can I ever tarry."

(This made me think how different a war in a Muslim country must be. Unlike in Viet Nam or World War II, you never hear a word about romance or sex between Iraqi girls and soldiers. It's something I must ponder...)

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