Friday, April 16, 2004 New page by 10 a.m. Monday-FridayDo you believe everything you read? I hope not. Do I believe everything I put on my website for your perusal? Certainly not. I put stuff here for its interest factor, and sometimes for its ludicrousnes not because I endorse it. If you prefer coordinated, endorsed propaganda, go to rushlimbaugh.com (which even offers products for sale!)
New Woodward book hits Iraq war plan The book says Gen. Tommy Franks, who was in charge of the Afghan war as head of Central Command, uttered a string of obscenities when the Pentagon told him to come up with an Iraq war plan in the midst of fighting another conflict.
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Textbook on Arabs removes blunder An Indian tribe has forced distributors of an Arab studies guide for U.S. teachers to remove an inaccurate passage that says Muslim explorers preceded Christopher Columbus to North America and became Algonquin chiefs.
Blogging from Baghdad
Rahul Mahajan mini bio
How many of you have received an email with this photo, saying it is a Camel Spider in Iraq? Click the photo for a close-up. Click the links below the photo for validity reports.
In reliability, Detroit forces BMWs, Benzes off the road Consumers are beginning to think 'Made in America' is a sign of reliablity.
I called in yesterday with a few parallels between Iraq and Vietnam. A friend of mine and I have put together a rather comprehensive list. Of course your caller Donald won't like this.
1.) MANUFACTURED CATALYST The U.S. got involved in Vietnam due to a manufactured crisis, the Gulf of Tonkin incident. In Iraq, it was the Weapons of Mass Destruction.
2.) ESCALATION WILL WIN We are in this far, so send more troops and we will win. Otherwise, those dead already will have died in vain.
3.) SET UP AND SUPPORT A PUPPET GOVERNMENT We did this in serial fashion in South Vietnam, regardless of the people's will. We do the same with the so-called interim government in Iraq. In doing so, we ignore those with real power among Iraqis, as we did in Nam.
4.) THE DOMINO THEORY. In Nam, it was that if we don't fight, Communism will overtake surrounding countries like dominoes. In Iraq, it is that if we do fight, we will win and democracy will overtake surrounding countries. Wrong then. Wrong now. Iraq's insurgents are supported and financed by the surrounding Arab countries (our "allies") at present.
5.) SUPPRESSION OF RESISTANCE In Nam, along with government troops, we arrested and also killed South Vietnamese who did not buy into our "vision" for Nam. We do the same now in Iraq just as Saddam did before us.
6.) VIETNAMIZATION In Nam, we were forever training South Vietnamese forces and trying to get them to fight against their own countrymen, the "Vietnamization" of the war. Our troops hated the S. Vietnamese forces because they did little or nothing in battle. We do the same with Iraqi troops today with so far about the same results.
7.) MY COUNTRY, RIGHT OR WRONG or AMERICA, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT Bush says Iraq is not like Vietnam and that analogies send "the wrong message to our troops and the wrong message to the enemy.
8.) THE GREAT DIVIDE The country is polarized, just as it was in the latter part of the Vietnam era.
9.) THE INSURGENCY Iraq has evolved into an insurgency, like Vietnam. This changes the Rules of Engagement so that it becomes more difficult to fight the enemy. You're essentially always allowing them to take the first punch. In Nam, the guy cutting your hair during the day would be killing you at night. In Iraq, the guy supplying the troops with videos is the guy who probably stole those airborne uniforms they found with the insurgents for suicide bomb use.
10.) THE UNNAMED MASTER PLAN Bush has an unnamed, publicly undefined plan, just as Richard Nixon claimed to have in Vietnam.
11.) THE HEARTS AND MINDS CAMPAIGN U.S. attempts to win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese while using Agent Orange, raiding their villages, suppressing dissent, carpet bombing and killing innocent civilians. Same thing in Iraq, smaller scale.
12.) HUBRIS. Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance. It was the attitude of U.S. leaders then and is the attitude of leaders now.
13.) INABILITY TO LEARN FROM HISTORY In Vietnam, the U.S. failed to learn from the history of French involvement prior to U.S. escalation. In Iraq, the U.S. failed to learn from the history of English involvement prior to the current war and occupation AND failed to learn from its earlier lesson in Vietnam.
14.) NO-FRONT WAR In Vietnam, The U.S. fought a no-front, whole-country war against a guerrilla insurgent enemy astute at hit-and-run and ambush tactics. In Iraq, the situation is the same.
15.) HARASSMENT AND SURVEILLANCE OF ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS Police harassment and arrest, and FBI surveillance, of anti-war protesters across the country. Happened then. Happening now.
Quite a list, huh?
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