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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Fucking idiot


Well, boys it doesn't matter how many of you
are under those crosses

WisPolitics.com: Franks Slams War Critics, Praises NRA for Defending Constitution
5/21/2006

By Kyle Zweig
For WisPolitics.com

At the 135th NRA Members Banquet in Milwaukee Saturday night, retired General Tommy Franks said America will “never fail” in the war on terrorism and praised the NRA for keeping Americans informed of their constitutional rights.

Franks repeatedly stressed the need for all Americans to appreciate the sacrifices being made by our troops, defended the Bush Administration, and offered praise for his former boss and close friend, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Franks repeatedly referred to the war on terrorism as a “global war” and attacked critics of the war in Iraq during his 30-minute speech.

Franks referred to the national media as “a bunch of suckers” in his speech, recalling a reporter who had asked him whether freedom for Iraqis and Afghans was worth more than 2,000 American lives.

“I thought ‘you idiot,’” Franks said. “Do you not understand what we’re talking about? It’s neither 2,400, 24,000 or 240,000 [lives]. Terrorism is a thing that threatens our lives. It doesn’t have anything to do with politics.

“It [the war on terrorism] is a necessity. [The United States] gave 26 million Afghans a chance and last time I checked there wasn’t another attack on American soil.”

As commander-in-chief of the U.S. Central Command, Franks led the attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Franks also oversaw the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein before retiring in July 2003.

Franks observed that the crowd at the members-only, $65-a-head banquet was made up of lawyers, doctors, educators, and politicians, but no generals.

“I think all of them are sitting in front of a TV somewhere complaining about Don Rumsfeld,” Franks joked, adding that most of Rumsfeld’s critics don’t know what they are talking about. “I have some idea what I’m talking about. [It is] like somebody knowing the difference between a semi-automatic and an assault gun.”

Franks was not highly regarded by his commanders according to Cobra II, a book by New York Times defense reporter Michael R. Gordon and former Marine General Bernard Trainor. He repeatedly kept looking for phantom Iraqi formations which had broken up and refused to deal
with the Fedayeen Sadaam which was doing all the fighting.

Trainor is kind, but it was clear that Franks was regarded as foul-mouthed and stupid by many of his subordinates. He fought the war on his maps and not on the ground. Despite being told that the war they expected wasn't there.

As for Rumsfeld's critics, they include a former CENTCOM commander and two of his subordinate commanders, John Baptiste of the 1st Infantry Division and Charles Swannick of the 82nd Airborne. Are they sitting around watching TV? Didn't they execute Franks warplan?

It is clear that Tommy Franks is a tool for the Bush Administration and his own legacy. This is the man who sent Afghan mercenaries in to capture Osama Bin Laden and expected it to work.

The problem is that for nearly 2500 lives in Iraq, the Iraqis are on a verge of a brutal civil war.

Inside Iraq's hidden war

So many bodies arrive at the morgue each day - 40 is not unusual on a "quiet" day - that it is impossible to let relatives in to identify them. Hence the slideshow in the yard outside. The bodies are dumped in sewage plants or irrigation canals, or just in the middle of the street. Many show signs of torture. Every morning a procession of pickup trucks, minibuses and cars line up with their coffins outside the concrete blast walls of the ministry of health to pick up their cargo. One death often courts another. Many Sunnis say the mourners are attacked en route. When they go to retrieve the body of a relative, family members often wait in the car clutching their weapons in anticipation.

The ministry is under the control of the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, and a large mural of his dead ayatollah father decorates the entrance to the compound. Most of the security guards in the morgue and the ministry are affiliated to his militia, the Mahdi army, one of the militias thought to be behind the sectarian killing going on in their neighbourhoods.

"Why do you want to go inside? Those inside are all terrorists, Sunni terrorists," said Captain Abu Ahmad, the officer in charge of security at the morgue, when the Guardian presented a document granting permission from the ministry of health to visit. "If you want to see innocent victims, go to the hospitals and see the victims of Sunni terrorism on Shia civilians."

This is the fruits of the US "liberation" of Iraq, secterian murder and chaos.

posted by Steve @ 10:08:00 AM

10:08:00 AM

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