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Monday, September 27, 2004

Flip-flopping in Iraq

Iraq's appointed interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi, was interviewed on the ABC News program This Week with George Stephanopoulos on September 19. On that show, Allawi painted a bleak picture of Iraq: "Terrorists, foreign terrorists ... are still pouring in, and they are trying to inflict damage on Iraq, to undermine Iraq and to undermine the democratic process in Iraq...This is their last stand, so they are putting a very severe fight on Iraq," Allawi told Stephanopoulos.

Yet, just a few days later, Allawi had a very different outlook on Iraq: "We are winning, defeating terrorists in Iraq. Unfortunately the media have not been covering these significant gains in Iraq."

I suspect Allawi's assessment on This Week was closer to the truth than what was said two days later. The question is, when will the Bush administration stop bullshitting us on what's really going on in Iraq?

In Baghdad's Old City, pornography was the hot item to purchase in the stores and markets there immediately following the collapse of Saddam's regime. Yes, porno. But now, a new form of pornography is all the rage: decapitation videos. Videos of hostages being decapitated by terrorists. These videos are even broadcast in coffee shops, and can be purchased for as little as thirty cents.

I think it's safe to say that many Iraqis are not happy with the U.S. occupation of their country. And even if schools and roads are being rebuilt, Iraqis still deal with the reality of the presence of the U.S. military's weaponry; they deal with daily gun battles, awaken to the sound of explosions and gunbattles. I cannot imagine what it must be like for someone living in Baghdad, not knowing if I were going to be the victim of a car bombing. Kidnappings are occurring frequently, a tool used by insurgents to finance their deadly attacks.

And, through it all, the search continues for weapons of mass destruction. Okay, that's a lie, I don't think anyone is looking for WMDs now. After all, this is a war to combat terrorism, not a hunt for WMDs.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have hundreds of articles to read on CBS News' Memogate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are those two quotes incompatible? He said the terrorists are making their "LAST STAND" (which means they are almost defeated) then later said they were winning against the terrorists. Same thing, pal. Maybe your flu is still fogging your brain.

3:05 PM  

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