April 2003

So I’m meandering through the web of news sites tr

So I’m meandering through the web of news sites trying to get a feel for what’s going on (according to most of the American media, the recent war was fought to save Pvt. Jessica Lynch from captivity. Those crafty Iraqis, tricking us into invading so they could capture her!) and came across this tale of anti-war protesters.

Now, LOOK, nimrods. (I’m under no illusion that any of them are actually reading, but humor me.)

I can understand protesting this whole thing before it began. I had problems with it myself.

I can sort of understand protesting it AFTER it began, even though at worst it would be percieved by the people you’re trying to convince as anti-American (if you were American, this might be a small concern), and at best it was kind of pointless (what, did you expect Rumsfeld to get on TV and say “Whoops! Sorry! We take it all back. Instead we’ll improve Iraq’s biodiversity.”) It’s a free country still sort of, and if you thought this war was fought for geopolitics and economics (like, well, every other war ever fought in history) you might have had a problem with it.

But NOW? I mean, Jesus. It’s OVER, people. Saddam Hussein is either busy tooling around the Syrian desert looking for a decent hotel, or more likely his corpse is turning purple in Bunker # 78311. There IS no Iraqi government. Even our friend the Helpful Iraqi Information Minister is missing (I’m sure he’ll turn up on Conan O’Brien next month though). And what do you have without a functioning government? Rioting and looting in the streets, an absence of food, medicine, electricity and other basic services….

And these nimrods want us to leave. What, do they think the FRENCH will parachute in and take charge? And this is somehow BETTER? If they really are concerned about the suffering Iraqi people, they should be demanding we FLOOD the place with MPs. MORE troops, not less.

Of course, most of these guys also call themselves “anarchists” because it’s trendy. The doctors in Baghdad who haven’t slept in 2 weeks and have to tote AKs to make sure someone doesn’t steal the 3 cotton bandages they have left would probably disagree.

Jesus, people. THINK.


From strategypage.com, your daily dose of irony:

Iraqi officials announced that Iraqi troops had retaken the Baghdad air port. Embedded reporters with coalition troops at the air port could not confirm this Iraqi action, as the coalition troops were still at the airport.

From the New York Times via

From the New York Times via Andrew Sullivan, why we fight!

In the giddy spirit of the day, nothing could quite top the wish list bellowed out by one man in the throng of people greeting American troops from the 101st Airborne Division who marched into town today. What, the man was asked, did he hope to see now that the Baath Party had been driven from power in his town? What would the Americans bring? “Democracy,” the man said, his voice rising to lift each word to greater prominence. “Whiskey. And sexy!”

Now dammit, that’s a warcry I can get behind. More voting, booze and sexy, plz.