BAGHDAD — Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood seethed with anger on Monday over a U.S. military raid that U.S. officials said targeted a kidnapping ring but that Iraqis say killed as many as 17 innocent women and children.
American officials declined to provide additional information on the Sunday raid, though they continued to insist that no civilians were among the 49 people killed during the bloody sweep.
Six more coffins were reported to have arrived at the huge Shiite Muslim cemetery at Najaf, about 100 miles southwest of Baghdad, where 11 of the dead were buried on Sunday. Four children were among the dead, an emergency worker told McClatchy Newspapers.
Reports like this are not an indictment of the “military” as much as the continuing politicization of the military brass. The brass, the Pentagon spokespeople that really speak for the administration rather then us, the people that pay their salary continue the well established Conservative tradition of insisting their version of the truth dominate the national narrative even though once again the facts do not seem to support them. No biggie if you think your ideology is more important then the truth.
This sums up the Bush administration and its supporters world view in relatively few words,Don’t Think of a Sick Child
Profit-maximizing insurance, as opposed to doctor-provided care, forces the nation to choose among its children: who will get care and who won’t, who will suffer and who won’t, who will live and who will die.
Bush and his conservative allies don’t want us to see sick children, just as they don’t want us to see those bodies in bags coming back from Iraq. They’re in the habit of sweeping our human casualties under the rug.
But Americans are a compassionate people. We do care about sick children. We do care about our dead and wounded vets and their families. We do care about victims of Hurricane Katrina. Empathy and compassion are what this country is about.
And no they are not saying that insurance companies shouldn’t make a reasonable profit. Only there is a difference between making a profit and worshiping profit at the expense of common decency. One of the fundamental flaws of Conservatism is that inability to draw fine lines. Its us or them, you’re with us or against us and of course if you dare disagree with the ideological purity of the Big R conservatives then you hate America.
Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R – CA) is on board with the whole torture thing. He even manages to be a little indignant at those that would question the right of the U.S. to torture innocent people. Dana gets the assclown of the day award.
Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Al Franken Jean Garofalo Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) Michael Moore said,
I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today.
Correction, Glen Beck CNN’s premiere brain trust of cultural insight and ideological cousin of Marinetti said that. His producer says,
“To most rational people, unfortunately still means unfortunately,” Chris Balfe, the show’s producer, tells On Deadline through a spokesman.
Mr. Balfe and Mr. Beck like all right-wing apologists live in the tiny cracks of Semanticville where they hide from sunshine, ghosts and being held accountable.
I’m rethinking the Michelle Malkin as pathological liar proposition. It’s possible that she’s illiterate and lacks the reading comprehension necessary to arrive at an informed opinion, We Have A DREAM… or Did you actually read the bill, Michelle?
Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. ~ Mark Twain