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In Other Words

From the translated transcript in the NYRB of Bush’s meeting with Aznar prior to the invasion of Iraq. PMA = Prime Minister Aznar; PB = President Bush.

PMA: In reality, the biggest success would be to win the game without firing a single shot while going into Baghdad.

PB: For me it would be the perfect solution. I don’t want the war. I know what wars are like. I know the destruction and the death that comes with them. I am the one who has to comfort the mothers and the widows of the dead. Of course, for us that would be the best solution. Besides, it would save us $50 billion.

This is a translation of a translation, so Bush’s words have a strangeness about them. Shorn of the ‘Yo Blair!’ style patter that might come across in his original words, The President of the United States here is revealed clearly as a lying, murderous narcissist. He doesn’t know what wars are like, because he was never in one (his father pulled strings to get him out of Vietnam), and so he doesn’t know the destruction and death that comes with them, either. He isn’t the one who has to comfort the mothers and the widows of the dead, because he can’t speak the language of most of the people whose deaths he ordered. But he trots out all this to justify his imperial war of aggression.

“The magic number was 30,” said Marc Garlasco, who was the Pentagon’s chief of high-value targeting at the start of the war. “That means that if you hit 30 as the anticipated number of civilians killed, the airstrike had to go to Rumsfeld or Bush personally to sign off.” If the expected number of civilian deaths was less than 30, however, neither the president nor the secretary of defense needed to know.

So, any strike killing up to 30 civilians was pre-approved by the President. After all, he is ‘the one who has to comfort the mothers and the widows of the dead’.

Last week or the week before Che Guevara was featured in a pile of articles. Those most critical of him focused on his reported ruthlessness and his willingness to kill cold-bloodedly for his cause. Even if the worst of the stories published about Guevara are completely true, they pale in comparison to the current US President. At least Guevara had the physical courage to get a gun and fight and put his own life at risk.

Yet provided the civilian impact doesn’t exceed the scale of the Omagh bomb, The President doesn’t even need to be asked. Like he observes himself of Saddam Hussein, ‘he’s a terrorist, a war criminal’, who ought to be taken to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

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Marching Season Ends

Phil Ochs. There’s a beautiful comment on the youtube page where this came from. It says:

If it wasn’t for those people who did do the marching this piece of shit wouldn’t be able to sing the shit he sings…….You Liberal bastards make me sick wanting your freedoms and right but loving to hate the men and women that make those freedoms and rights possible

Amen to that.

Party like it’s 1938

Via Arts and Letters Daily, I read this article by Norman Podhoretz in Commentary from beginning to end, lord help me.

It calls for the vigorous bombing of Iran, with a side order of reductio ad hitlerum. As I read it, I thought, Jesus Christ, not another 1938-all-over-again piece, you would think these war-hungry lunatics would come up with a novel variation for once, if only to stretch the imagination of their readership, whom they assume to know nothing about history beyond the facts that the Nazis were bad, appeasement is bad, and most important, we are the good guys. But perhaps repitition is part of the exercise. Then, I get to the end, and I see that

The present essay, in somewhat different form, was delivered as an address at a conference, “Is It 1938 Again?”

Somewhat different my hole.


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