Most of the world opposed America’s rogue war in Iraq. As the years pass, and evidence of atrocities mount, even the few countries who swayed under US pressure to voice support have hastily backed away.
Unwelcome, occupying, US forces in Iraq, on grossly extended tours of duty, have been reduced to guerilla-style street fighting, with sub-standard equipment and unreliable and inadequate supplies.
Meanwhile, the US government has indicated that conditions will not soon change, US troops can expect no relief, and that there is no strategy or plan for US military to exit gracefully from Iraq.
History shows, even if the Bushists fail to recall the lesson, that German troops, at the end of World War II, who confronted such conditions and abysmal leadership decisions inevitably took matters into their own hands, exhibiting both self-preservation instincts and the logical faculties their deluded and childish leaders did not possess.
In a war of propaganda, the US government has shielded the American people from the harsh realities of America’s young people, daughters and sons, mothers and fathers, with charred faces and bodies, living on ventilators, walking on metal and plastic legs to church, grasping coffee mugs with metal hooks each morning, or confined to wheelchairs for the remainder of their days. And these are the “lucky” among US troops returning to America because they came not in the caskets the Bushists have banned the media from exhibiting.
The casualties of the Iraq war, to whom we owe the greatest honor, who risked life and limb to bring democracy to Iraq, have been hidden away from sight by US leaders, much like the mentally ill, retarded, and disfigured, were hidden away in attics and basements in America’s tawdry past. Americans are enlightened, loving, people who embrace differences and above all else seek an egalitarian society of respect for all, who especially yearn to welcome home and comfort their troops, their grandchildren, children, spouses, mothers, and fathers. And yet, even this tenderness is denied.
Bush says of history that we cannot know how it will view this era, because we will all be dead. Shades of end-time-think and Armageddonism seem to be showing. But he is partially correct; this administration will be gone, sooner or later, and surely they will not know, they have learned nothing from history yet and aren’t likely to do so any time soon. Those who carry on will know all too well the costs of this war and this descent down the dark and slippery slope in United States history.
Leaders who were never really “there” in the first place have abandoned the American troops in Iraq and even those few remaining on US soil. How much can the troops endure? How long before they realize that their proverbial combat fatigues have dropped around their ankles and Uncle Sam isn’t about to help pull their trousers back up? US troops haven’t been home in such a long time. Perhaps if the true patriots came home they would explain how they feel about the situation in Iraq. If only they could.
How very inconvenient to have battle-hardened, possibly resentful, military patriots back home on US soil, with a resoundingly unpopular administration in place. Little wonder the Bush administration does not want to end the war in Iraq, does not want the patriots coming home.
Keeping American troops occupied with the tasks of occupying Iraq is the smartest move the Bush administration can make to avert a potential insurgency and civil war in America. Smart, uniquely smart.