Iraq War

The Lies and Dishonor of David Petraeus

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("I think that both of you gentlemen are doing the absolute best that you can given an extraordinarily difficult situation"-Barack Obama to Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.)

Democrats have once again been outmaneuvered by Imperial President George Bush and the immoral toadies and robots who lie for him to keep the Baghdad streets running with blood.

(Click on the image to the right for the truthful facts about the Bush-Republican Iraq occupation.)

The Democrats have fallen all over themselves to proclaim, in the words of fraidycrat U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware), how they “really respect” the liar Gen. David Petraeus. For sure, there has been some criticism from leading Democrats, including Biden, about Petraeus’s distortions, but nothing that will register emotionally with the broader American public. The nation's leading Democrats simply respect and admire the general too much to really make salient points. The Democrats are obviously playing right into the Bush-Republican narrative and, incredibly, they once again do not get it.

Are these Democratic leaders simply fools? Why did they build-up and compliment Petraeus, who is so obviously not on the side of the American people? Do they know nothing about basic rhetorical rules? Once you commit to a celebratory position about a person’s integrity, you cannot logically dispute his/her arguments when they are lies.

But the record is clear that Petraeus, who oversees all U.S. military forces in Iraq, is a political puppet, a tool, perhaps one of the most political and overrated generals in American history. He is merely reporting the spin of Bush and the neoconservative ideologues. The record is clear, too, that Petraeus has cherry picked so many facts and omitted so many others about the Iraq occupation that his recent testimony before Congress should be considered perjury. That is not hyperbole. How can anyone respect a U.S. military general who politicizes a war and lies about it? Why do Democratic leaders want us to respect him? How much does this respect given him, perfunctory or not, inhibit those who do want to criticize Petraeus on his lack of basic human values and his dishonorable service to his country and the world.

But the national Democratic bigwigs—Biden, Clinton, Kerry, Obama, Kennedy, Edwards, et. al.—just will not fight. Maybe they do not have the guts to really challenge Petraeus face-to-face. Maybe they are too comfortable in their phony Washington habitat. Maybe they just pretend to care about ending the occupation and taking this country back for ordinary people. It is so incredibly disheartening and so tragic for all the innocent people who have suffered because of this botched and senseless military occupation. These innocent people include ordinary Americans—remember them, you bigwig Dems?—whose tax dollars are going to support a military occupation while they go without health insurance and drive their cars over bridges that might collapse any minute. These Democratic leaders have no fight in them, no emotion, no humanity, nothing real. If this Washington GOP-sponsored spectacle, this Petraeus lovefest, does not show you that Republicans could easily sweep the 2008 elections on a national level, then you are not paying attention.

Let us begin with “the Big Lie” in Petraeus’s testimony. This lie is that the Bush escalation has been successful, yet even the general’s most optimistic prediction is that we will only be back to pre-escalation troop levels in a year. How can anyone think of that as successful? We add 30,000 troops for a year or so and then we take them out and we call that success? No, see, we are just back where we started before the escalation. By Petraeus’s own admission, we will still need 130,000 troops this time next year.

Would you call it a success if you invested $30,000 to improve your home and increase its value but found afterwards that, in fact, the property value remained stagnant or actually dropped in value?

Then there is the fact Petraeus spoke so very little about the millions of displaced Iraqis and the country’s dilapidated infrastructure. (Does this man have no soul, no sense of responsibility to basic humanity in his powerful position of military leadership in an occupied county?) Millions of Iraqis have fled the country or have been displaced in the country. Most ordinary Iraqis only enjoy a couple of hours of electricity a day and this is during 110-degree days, but the general we should all respect, according to Biden and the rest of the Democratic leadership, obviously does not see this as something about which we should be concerned.

The fictional numbers and pseudo-scientific charts Petraeus used to describe the escalation's alleged success on television are reminiscent of the fictional numbers and pseudo-scientific charts used by the morally-challenged Colin Powell, the country’s former Secretary of State, who lied us into this huge mess to begin with. In short, they are fake props to support lies. There is plenty of evidence that shows Petraeus, just like Powell, is cooking the books to support Bush and the neconservatives. These two men will go down in history as incorrigible liars. Read here and here. Iraq officials, for example, report a lot more civilian deaths than Petraeus during the occupation’s recent escalation, and so does the Associated Press. Why would anyone believe the military numbers?

On Thursday, Bush will speak to the American people about how great the five-year occupation is now going, and that maybe, just maybe, we can get back to pre-escalation troop levels by next summer. Bush and Petraeus are working together, using “the Big Lie,” omission of facts, cherry-picked numbers and the corporate media to ensure this country remains mired in a gruesome occupation for years to come. Yet leading Democrats respect Petraeus? When will Democrats get it? You cannot win by playing nice when the other side has no morality, no scruples. Here is how you fight and win.

Biden and Obama celebrate Petraeus even as real soldiers-two of them war critics-are killed in Iraq.

Willa Johnson For County Commissioner

Where There’s A Willa There’s A Way!

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Willa Johnson is the clear choice for District 1 Oklahoma County Commissioner in Tuesday’s election.

In her 14 years as an Oklahoma City Councilwoman representing the city’s northeast section, Johnson has demonstrated she can work with a diverse group of people to get things done. She has strong leadership qualities and the ability to understand the “big picture” in terms of developing and maintaining the infrastructure in the OKC area.

She will continue in the reform tradition of Jim Roth, the former District 1 Commissioner who now serves on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Roth redefined “county commissioner” and all that the position signifies in the state’s history. He changed the way many people think about country government. Undoubtedly, Johnson will create her own reformist legacy in the position.

Johnson’s experience with metropolitan issues will allow her to hit the ground running when she takes office. Her opponent, Forrest Claunch, has political experience as a former state legislator, but he lacks the specific experience Johnson can bring to the job. Johnson knows the people that make the metropolitan area work.

Oklahoma County needs someone of Johnson’s caliber in the position. This is an important election, and Johnson deserves your vote.

War Pigs: Imperial President George Bush and Imperial General David Petraeus

(Click here for a short flash movie we put together for you here at Okie Funk. Turn up the speakers. Let's end this botched, senseless Iraq occupation.)

Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of deaths construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds . . . —Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”

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President George Bush and his lapdog, General David Petraeus, are despicable liars and warmongers who will spin and distort information this week in order to continue the long and gruesome Iraq occupation indefinitely. The blood of thousands of innocent people is on their hands, true, but national Democrats (the fraidycrats) will fail to speak up in enough numbers as well. The Democrats could stop this occupation, but they will refuse to do so because of political expediency, even though a majority of Americans want it to come to an end. Corporate media reporters—the elite, beltway “infotainers"-will let us down again by serving as stenographers for these two morally-challenged liars.

Only rubes will believe what these two men say about the surge and how successful it is. Only rubes will believe what the corporate media outlets report.

Here is how Tom Engelhardt, writing in Salon.com, puts it: "Why anyone in the media or Congress takes this situation seriously as "news," or even something to argue about, is hard to tell. Think of it this way: The most political general in recent memory has been asked to assess his own work (as has our ambassador in Iraq), and then present "recommendations" to the White House in a "report" that is actually being written in the White House. You couldn't call it a political version of "the honor system"; but perhaps the dishonor system would do. Numbers in Iraq are a slippery matter at best, though again, why anyone pays serious attention to U.S. military numbers from that country is a mystery. On countless occasions in the past, these have been ridiculous undercounts of disaster."

Here is the truth: There will never be political reconciliation in Iraq until American troops leave. Never. Why is that obvious and truthful position still marginalized? Why is that so difficult to understand? Why do corporate media outlets not even consider the idea that once we leave Iraq the country’s factions will be forced to come together for basic survival? A new unity government will then shut down the small number of Al Quada operatives who operate in the country. Al Quada is in Iraq only because Bush and his cronies allowed it to happen, intentionally or not. They could stop support for Al Quada in Iraq by simply withdrawing the troops. This idea certainly has more credibility than the idea American troops would be welcomed in Iraq, as Imperial Vice President Dick Cheney said in 2003, as “liberators.” Those of us against the Iraq invasion knew then what a calculated lie that was. Why do the infotainers, the tanned, made-up media stars, not allow the people who were 100 percent correct about the Iraq invasion and ensuing occupation a voice on this issue?

American people bought into the WMD story, which was a lie. Then they accepted to some degree the “democracy in the Mideast” spin for a year or so, which was a lie. And now Bush and Petaeus will argue that peace in Iraq can only come with more bombs, guns and deaths. But none of this “arguing within the error” really matters. What matters is that the Iraq occupation is a debacle, one of the worst, if not the absolute worst, foreign policy blunders in the nation’s history. Bush and his fellow Republicans, including his puppet general, are 100 percent responsible for this mess.

Here is a small part of a talk I gave in Oklahoma City last week about the coming neofascist state in America:

” Let me take you into your very possible future. It’s September 6, 2009. Fred Thompson is president and the House and Senate on both the federal and state level have clear Republican majorities. The Iraq occupation drags on with no end in sight, and now we’re fighting in Iran, too. Every aspect of our private lives—our phone calls, emails, personal conservations—is scrutinized by Republican government operatives. More people are without health insurance than ever. The richest one percent of Americans own even more of the wealth and land in the country. American and foreign prisoners are routinely tortured on the slimmest evidence of wrongdoing. In Oklahoma, government has become completely privatized. Our bridges are collapsing and huge potholes on our highways go unrepaired, causing accidents that kill and injure. Gasoline is $10 a gallon. National Guardsmen patrol state borders and make sure everyone has a long-list of required documents proving they are citizens. If you do not have the required ten documents then it is off to jail with you for some good ol’ American torture complete with sexual humiliation and waterboarding that may or may not result in your death.”

Hyperbole?

Our war pig president and his war pig general are going to lie without any major repercussions this week about the country’s five-year military occupation of another country. A clear majority of American people and a vast majority of world citizens will know they are lying. The corporate media war pigs will not call the liars on their pigshit. Yet you still believe our democratic structures are not in danger? SOOooiee!

Peace Walk Scheduled For September 23

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”We have guided missiles and misguided men”—Martin Luther King

The anti-war movement in Oklahoma continues to bring a message of hope and peace to area residents.

It does so in one of the reddest of red states. The corporate media here and angry warmongers such as U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe continue to support Imperial President George Bush’s gruesome, Iraq occupation, even as leading Republicans, such as U.S. Sens. John Warner (Virgina) and Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) have moderated their views. But not everyone in Oklahoma is a Bushbot. Recent polling shows a majority of Oklahomans actually disapprove of the way Bush is handling the occupation.

The Iraq occupation is a disaster. It has taken the lives of thousands upon thousand of American soldiers and innocent Iraqi citizens. Some estimate the occupation will cost at least $2 trillion. The only people who have benefited from the occupation have been war profiteers, who put their own greed above the interests of their country.

The next “Spiritual Walk For Peace” will begin at 2 p.m., Sept. 23 at the Episcopal Center at NW 9th Street and Robinson. The walk goes around the Murrah National Memorial.

For more information, contact Nathaniel Batchelder at The Peace House.

Latest Republican Homophobe Caught In Police Sex Sting

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in Minnesota in connection with a police report that says he solicited a male undercover police officer to engage in “lewd conduct” in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom.

Craig is an ultra conservative who supports banning gay marriage because, according to a news article, it is "important for us to stand up now and protect traditional marriage, which is under attack by a few unelected judges and litigious activists."

But here he is in a metropolitan airport of all places trying to have sex with another man. Craig denies he was soliciting the officer, but his excuses make no sense. Why would you plead guilty to a charge in connection with a “lewd conduct” police report if it was not true?

Craig, like U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe here in Oklahoma, is one of those Republican leaders who have “gone Washington.” They feel no accountability to the people they represent or to basic logic. They are hypocritical and have no value system. Their only allegiance is to themselves and the big corporations who fund their campaigns.

Do not forget Inhofe’s gay-bashing performance on the Senate floor in June, 2006. Inhofe said, “I'm very proud that in the entire recorded history of our family, there has never been...any kind of homosexual relationship.”

I wonder what Inhofe and his family think of Craig’s conviction.

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