Monday, November 26, 2007

Bushistas Gush Success While Bribing Iraqis With Your Tax Dollars

Well, they had to find some way to pretend it looks positive.

by Chris Floyd

"Not since the Civil War days of George McClellan has an American general been so feted and trumpeted for his crushing defeats – although not even McClellan went as far as paying Rebel guerrillas like Bill Quantrill and his murderous bushwhackers to take over chunks of Union territory and run it as a personal fiefdom. But that is exactly what Petraeus is doing in Iraq. He is shelling out millions in taxpayer dollars to groups that only a few weeks ago were killing Americans and launching terrorist attacks with their allies in the extremist bands loosely grouped under the rubric "al Qaeda." (It's obvious that "al Qaeda" is losing its brand specificity and, like "xerox" or "zipper," is becoming a generic term applied to all manner of items beyond the original product.)

Of course, buying off your enemy is an ancient military tactic, and it certainly beats killing each other – and innumerable "collaterals" in the process. But Petraeus is not only paying terrorists and insurgents and death squadders to lay off the roadside bombs and sniper fire in the "Sunni Awakening" movement: he's giving them iron-fisted control over various walled enclaves, where – surprise, surprise! – they are lording it over the locals with brutal abandon, while American forces look the other way, or actively assist."


Blogger crallspace said...

Why is it that this doesn't even phase me?

Not a day goes by that we don't learn of some outrageous action of this Hellbound thug regime. I think the mental wear-down is all part of the plan.

26/11/07 9:05 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

I think so too, crallspace, one outrage after another, meant to wear us down and force barbarity fatigue.

26/11/07 9:52 AM  
Anonymous nick z. said...

Sounds like Patraeus is setting up some more baddies so he'll have somethin to knock down come the 08 election.

Didn't the US also sell weapons to the Sunnis just before bombing and slaughtering them?

If there's no one to fight, what's the point of having too many troops there?

- nick z.

26/11/07 9:53 AM  
Blogger spooked said...

My guess is the violence tampdown is a PR ploy that will last long enough to sway any elections they wish to sway. But of course much of the violence goes on behind the scenes, and there is also much of the ethnic cleansing has been done, so there is not as much need for killing.

26/11/07 12:07 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Oh you cynical, cynical people. Don't you see that freshly painted school?

26/11/07 9:13 PM  
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