an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear

3995 U.s. military deaths in Iraq with 4 pending confirmation as of today. Those that are wounded are rewarded with the Purple Heart and a mountain of paperwork and bureaucracy.

“It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.” ~ General Douglas MacArthur, 1951

“Talk of imminent threat to our national security through the application of external force is pure nonsense. Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions — those institutions we proudly called the American way of life.” ~ General Douglas MacArthur, 1951

Depend on the Right, that 29% of dead-ender Bush supporters to minimize and rationalize and other wise frail about in obnoxious canards about winning and losing. Iraq isn’t about winning and losing a battle so little Johnny can sleep safely in his bed at night as much as it is about stiff backed false pride. War as the flagship agenda of a failed political movement who would rather throw away lives and tax dollars then admit they got things terribly tragically wrong. Those that make it back the U.S. and vice a little dissent can rely on Republicans to be tolerant or maybe not, War Supporters “Spit” on Iraq War Vets in DC

IVAW marched as in a military company, in formation, with a 7 man honor guard front and center, all in their military uniforms. They carried the US flag, as did many of the vets and citizens, in the position of “distress.”

ALL of them were called “cowards,” “traitors” or “disgraces”… there were hundreds of “fuck you’s” screamed at them, and there were even screams of “we’ll kill YOU later” coming from the pathetic group of 1,000 pro war citizens that formed a thin line in a few small areas along the route of the march, and the pro-war group ALL claimed that they “supported the troops.”

Is ‘success’ of U.S. surge in Iraq about to unravel?

As Shiite violence rises, U.S. troop deaths also appear to be rising in places such as Baghdad, where the American military is thinning out its presence as part of its drawdown of five brigades. Attacks against civilians in the capital are rising, according to statistics compiled by McClatchy. Next week, the U.S. will finish pulling out the second of five surge brigades. As part of the drawdown, the military has moved battalions out of Baghdad toward more violent areas such as the northern city of Mosul and Iraq’s northeastern Diyala province.

A pathetic commentary on this grime anniversary is according to a poll graph at the McClatchy link the number of Americans who can accurately quote the number of fatalities has gone down every year since 2004. Four Deferment Cheney just throws up his arms and says hey they volunteered and George Draft Avoider Bush carries the biggest burden anyway. One of the reason that there can’t be a national debate about Iraq is that both sides have to be marginally capable of being rational. Cheney and Bush in their bizarre visions of themselves as courageous war heroes shows which side is completely unable to to snap out of a mental state that renders them incapable of being rationalism.

The CIA is at least capable of producing evidence that torture is not the holy grail of intelligence extraction from captives. Educing Information: Interrogation: Science and Art -Intelligence in Recent Public Literature,
Intelligence Science Board. Washington, DC: National Defense Intelligence College Press, 2006. 339 pages.

That conclusion: pain, coercion, and threats are unlikely to elicit good information from a subject. (Got that, Jack Bauer?) As one writer puts it, “The scientific community has never established that coercive interrogation methods are an effective means of obtaining reliable intelligence information.” (130) The authors hedge their bets, however, by suggesting repeatedly that more research needs to be done on this question. (Any volunteers for these experiments?)

The full report is available at the CIA web site.