It’s time again for a little Iraq check-in. We’ll start with some photographs of the real situation in Iraq, photographs that American news outlets systematically refuse to print. Warning: they are graphic. Unlike U.S. audiences that view a cleaned up CNN version of Iraq, these sorts of uncensored scenes are shown on Arab satellite television all the time.
Then there is the ongoing story of Donald Rumsfeld, who, just like FEMA’s Brownie, is doing a heck of a job according to Bush. There are some though, most notably a growing number of Generals that have, you know, actually gone off to war. Generals like Retired Major General John Batiste who, on Friday 4/14 said of Rumsfeld:
We went to war with a flawed plan that didn’t account for the hard work to build the peace after we took down the regime . . .” and added, “We also served under a secretary of defense who didn’t understand leadership, who was abusive, who was arrogant and who didn’t build a strong team.”
Then there is the story of Iraqi’s who are fleeing their homes. 65,000 more Iraqis have been displaced during the past two weeks by ethnic violence and reprisal killings.
Then there is this from Patrick Cockburn, Situation in Iraq could not be worse:
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A cruel and bloody civil war has started in Iraq, a country that President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair promised to free from fear and establish democracy. I have been visiting Iraq since 1978, but for the first time, I am becoming convinced that the country will not survive.
I wonder, what would America’s Iran look like?