Betraying Us

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PETRAEUS BETRAYS US
by Jack Random
The lies to launch war have been supplanted by the lies of war itself. The trail of lies is as long as the trail of Iraqi blood and tears. The lies of weapons of mass destruction, Al Qaeda connections and Middle East democracy have given way to the lies of civilian massacres, the lies of military heroism, the lies of Abu Ghraib, the lies of the Samarra mosque bombing and the lies of progress in securing Baghdad.

When former DCI George Tenet accuses vice president Dick Cheney of misleading the nation to war, he is sculpting the truth to his own benefit. The vice president did not have the power to declare war and he could not have succeeded without the ascent of a feckless commander and the silent complicity of those in the White House who should have spoken out. That evasion of responsibility continues to this day with the newly appointed field commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus.


“Policy makers have a right to their own opinions but not their own set of facts.” - Former DCI George Tenet, At the Center of the Storm (2007)

“In the push to war with Iraq, something extraordinary happened in the world of Intelligence. All the king’s agents…silent partners in former crimes against humanity… refused to provide false information to support the administration’s claims. Even in the last minute of the last hour, Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet flatly stated there was no documented link between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein.” - Jack Random, The War Chronicles (2004) 
 
 
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The General claims there is measurable progress in Iraq if you do not count car bombs or sensational attacks or attacks outside of Baghdad. Just as the White House cherry picked evidence to justify war, the military will select facts to prove the security plan is working when the soldiers on the ground know otherwise.

Like George Tenet, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld before him, General Petraeus has betrayed us, along with every soldier under his command. His mission is not to secure victory in Iraq – a “victory” that would only further secure America’s place in the annals of infamy. His mission is to continue the chain of lies to perpetuate an illusion of success that will enable the worst president in history to pass his catastrophic war along to a new president.

In a spirit of unbridled cynicism, the neocons that launched this campaign of never-ending war are counting on a party of opposition so inept that it will parlay almost certain victory into electoral defeat by stammering, stumbling and falling on the word “peace.”

As witnessed by the recent group debate-a-thon, the Democrats have become so conditioned to aggressive posturing that they cannot oppose an unqualified disaster and wholesale waste of life without ceaseless qualifications and pontificating on the virtues of aggression in lesser wars (Afghanistan, the Balkans) and potentially greater calamities (Iran).

General Petraeus, the anointed savior of the Bush war strategy, betrayed us from the moment he ascended to his post as director of the Baghdad theatre of blood. He is not so much a commander as an illusionist, not so much a strategist as a front man for a magic act.

Watch the right hand while the left covers over a pile of fresh corpses, the latest yield in an orgy of sectarian conflict, resistance and revenge. Poof, the war is manageable! Poof, the violence has ebbed! Poof, the Iraqi government is taking charge! Poof, the war is winnable!

It is a dog and pony show (rated R for blood) but the players only come out at night. It would be too easy to see through their masks and detect their slight of hand in the light of day.

We started the wrong war for the wrong reasons and we continue to fight only to cover the lies and the greed that placed us in the center of a sinking hole.

Nothing could have empowered our enemies more than a dim witted, poorly planned and poorly executed war of attrition on foreign terrain and nothing will continue to empower our enemies more than a march of lemmings over the Arabian cliff.

As the surprisingly frank Senator from Alaska suggested in the presidential debate, Osama bin Laden must greet every dawn with a prayer of thanks to George W. Bush.

The warlords, who have never faced an enemy on the field of battle, think it amusing to throw accusations of betrayal and treason at those who acknowledge the reality of defeat but who was more loyal to the troops: the officers who advised General Robert E. Lee that the war was lost after the slaughter of Gettysburg or those who advised him to press on?

To those obstinate holdouts that still support this cowboy commander and his calamitous war, wake up and smell the battlefield. The air is filled with deadly fire, toxic smoke and the scent of scorched flesh. It is filled with foreboding and a promise of further horrors beyond our immediate view.

Wake up because it is you that enable the horror to go on. Your blind allegiance and false patriotism is all that stands between the lies of victory and the beginning of reparations. Your irrational support is all that props up a failed war president.

The Democrats, with their pandering and posturing front-runners, will not stop this war or the wars to come unless the people demand it with one voice.

Jazz.


JACK RANDOM IS THE AUTHOR OF THE JAZZMAN CHRONICLES (CROW DOG PRESS) AND GHOST DANCE INSURRECTION (DRY BONES PRESS). THE CHRONICLES HAVE APPEARED ON THE ALBION MONITOR, PEACE-EARTH-JUSTICE, THE NATIONAL FREE PRESS, PACIFIC FREE PRESS, LEFTWARD, DISSIDENT VOICE AND COUNTERPUNCH. SEE RANDOM JACK: WWW.JAZZMANCHRONICLES.BLOGSPOT.COM 

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