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Sunday, April 24, 2005
The Iraqi government is good, but ours is better
The Iraqi government is doing just fine, but the American government could kick its ass, micah holmquist's irregular thoughts and links found.
Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari -he's the Iraqi Prime Minister- is having lots and lots of trouble forming a cabinet, Hala Jaber reports in today's Times. According to the story, if this guy with a name that would never fly in the land of the free doesn't form a government by May 7, one month after he became PM, then he has to resign to be accordance with a rule of that country's current constitution.
What makes this really amusing, however, is that our old buddy Ayad Allawi says in today's Observer that Iraqis elected officials need to get their act together to change this situation or risk going back to the bad things of the past. Iraqis should expect to hear a lot more of this type thing as I predicted a couple of months ago.
But that's nothing compared to the government I am not at all proud to live under. Why aren't I proud? Because when you are born an American you realize from birth that you are better than everyone else and always will be in whatever areas you deem to be important at the time.
Now, where should I start in this list, which will not be anywhere near as long it would be if I were doing America the justice it so rightfully deserves because frankly I have other things to do today...
The greatest black woman ever, although that likely isn't saying much since she is probably the only great one ever, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice removed some numbers from a report so that it would show the truth about declines in the great terrorist evil during 2004 instead of an increase as the liberal facts would mislead one into believing (Julian Borger, The Guardian, April 23).
God should and no doubt will bless Miss Rice for this since numbers and other things only mean what we want them to mean and do not exist unless we want them to.
Justice was recently served when all of the important military leaders were cleared of false accusations that had something wrong in relationship to the wonderful prisonguarding done at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq (BBC News, April 23).
Some may want you to believe that this "scandal" has weakened America but don't worry, Patrick Cockburn reports in today's Independent that our fighting men and women are still killing plenty of Iraqis.
On a related topic, Josh White reports in Tuesday's Washington Post that the brave men and women who keep me safe from evil did not get all the presents of torture they wanted. Shame on us. Shame on us. Shame on us... but more than three times because our brave warriors of liberty still did a great job:
Interrogators used the perception of newfound latitude to interview an unidentified detainee on Sept. 23, 2003. According to the detainee's statement, he was made to lie across folding chairs while an interrogator beat the soles of his feet with a police baton. He said he was later hit in the back and the buttocks with the baton while in a painful stress position. A military intelligence staff sergeant who supervised the interrogators said a "fear up" approach had been approved for the interrogation. The unnamed sergeant wrote in a rebuttal to a reprimand that senior leaders were blurring the lines between official enemy prisoners of war and terrorists not afforded international protection.A few months ago a guy showed me a patch or something that had something or another to do with American POWs, but before doing so he asked me if I was a veteran. I said no, although I have done things in my life. He then showed it to me and said that if I had said yes, he wouldn't have shown it to me because it would have made me cry. Reading White's story has caused me, for the first time in my life, to understand what he meant.
The Iraqi government is good, but we are America and we are better. We always will be. That is just they way it is, world.