Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bush Highlights Tal Afar as Example of Progress in Iraq???????

“[I]n this city we see the outlines of the Iraq that we and the Iraqi people have been fighting for, a free and secure people who are getting back on their feet, who are participating in government and civic life, and who have become allies in the fight against the terrorists,”
President G. W. Bush

In an incredible release from the State Dept. today, President Bush touted the town of Tal Afar, in Iraq, as

“the Iraq that we and the Iraqi people have been fighting for, a free and secure people who are getting back on their feet, who are participating in government and civic life, and who have become allies in the fight against the terrorists.”

Yet in a horrible stream of pictures above, the BBC shows the unfolding events as a stark contrast to Bubble Boy' strange Nirvana. What in the hell is going on here? Can these people never get a story straight? The stream of pictures shows a family in a car confronted by US troops and the parents are killed, the kids are bloodied, and no Iraqi "Police " anywhere! I don't get it!? In the release Bush says

"You see a police force that better reflects the ethnic and religious diversity of the communities they patrol."

I see US troops struggling to hold ground, struggling so hard that we are still having to shoot 'suspicious vehicles', no matter who's inside! This is not a fault of the brave troops deployed in Tal Afar, it is the fault of the Fairy Godmother approach to intel that we are obviously taking! WTF!

“You see that the terrorists who once exercised brutal control over every aspect of your city have been killed or captured or driven out or put on the run. You see your children going to school and playing safely in the streets."

I see a bloody little girl with no parents anymore because we do not have one iota of a grip on 'terrorists! This is infuriating! I'm pissed! I can not believe we are still so f 'ing out of touch here, that Bushy is so daft that he would use a city like Tal Afar on the 21st as a "ray of hope" when journalists reported this scene on tape only two months ago! Holy Intellegent Design! Who designed this guy who can't even read the news, much less hire someone who can, or God forbid...talk to his troops and leaders over there before eating his damn shoe!?!?!?!?!?

"Tal Afar today is “a city that is coming back to life,” he said."

I'm not making this shit up! Read for yourself.

"Tal Afar was one of the first tests of the new strategy, and Bush said the first step in its implementation was meeting with tribal leaders and local residents to listen to their grievances. That meeting resulted in the building of “a professional police force that all sides could have confidence in.”

Please excuse me while I throw up.

For those of you who read my blog from time to time, you know I don't swear in this forum, but forgive today I can't help myself on this.

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Anonymous pia said...

Just have to thank you, thank you, thank you

So thanks, a bazillion times

Tue Mar 21, 04:21:00 AM 2006  
Blogger p_jordan_sr said...

I wish to God there was nothing to thank me for, this is a disgusting article about disgusting times, but thanks for your input.

Tue Mar 21, 03:53:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Steve O said...

Swear all you want! It's about what this man has lowered us to. And the kicker is that some where out there in the US of A is someone that still backs this jackass!

Wed Mar 22, 07:43:00 AM 2006  
Anonymous LiberPaul said...

Seems pretty Orwellian doesn't it; War is Peace...

Wed Mar 22, 03:43:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Ann said...

This is from a cyber friend who travels regularly with the Christian Peacekeeper Team (CPT). He was a regular acquaintance of Tom Fox and is good friend's with Jim Loney. He visited the region late last year.

"The President claims "progress" in Tal Afar but refugees tell a different story. I know, I've talked with them in person (while I am sure my fellow Texan, George W. never has) as recently as September.

During my third trip to Iraq (Sept. 2005), our CPT went to Kerbala. Among other activites, we visited a group of about 800 refugees from Tal Afar.

It was already dark when we pulled up to their abandoned hotel-turned-refugee-camp (formerly occupied by Polish and US forces) where they had been living there since June 2005. It looked forbidding and dangerous, and the refugees obviously weren't expecting us (our local Iraqi human rights friends took us).

The women on our team went into one section with the Iraqi women, while the we men stayed in the lobby with a crowd of about 300 men and boys....all anxious to tell their story. Many were obviously angry to see well-fed Americans who came without any relief, money, or help (except to listen and get their words out).

Here's what the Tal Afar refugees said.

"If you take my picture and the wrong people see it, my house could get burned down," said one man when asked if we could take photographs (fortunately, the women in our group did get some). He told of foreign fighters who came and forced people from their homes. "U.S. and Iraqi soldiers did not help the citizens," he added. "They only secured the main road so that convoys could pass through."

Others reported that they saw insurgents arrested by Iraqi forces and then released by the U.S. "They only kill us," said one man, while holding his son in his lap. "I have seen with my own eyes, the US (troops) wrecking the school". (Most felt there was a "honey pot" (my term) strategy going on, using the city of Tal Afar as bait for foreign insurgents.)

All blamed the US for the conditions in their city and the circumstances they found themselves in as refugees.

When asked what we could take back to you, in the US, they demanded with one voice, "US out now!"

These refugees, from all walks of life, had to leave everthing behind as they fled the fighting in their city.

If you want to read more about Tal Afar, see the article "(ARCHIVES: September 15, 2005) War and Peace in Iraq) http://www.texansforpeace.org/NewsArchives08_1205.htm

"A Shooting After Nightfall" (note: disturbing photos) http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-wocheck..."

Charlie Jackson - Texans for Peace http://www.texansforpeace.org

Wed Mar 22, 03:44:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous ken grandlund said...

If Bush's delusional thinking and actions only affected Americans, that would be bad enough. But his myopic and distorted views are in fact killing thousands of innocents, driving a wedge between America and the world, and creating a whole new generation of 'evildoers.'

For a man to stand up there and tell us things that are not only patently false, but provably false speaks loudly about the travesty in which we find our government. That anyone at all can actually support him, his policies, and his minions proves two things- there are a lot of blindfolds being worn and there is a serious lack of rational thinking taking place in this country.

Wed Mar 22, 03:46:00 PM 2006  
Blogger p_jordan_sr said...

Ann, Thanks for sharing that
I think I already knew it to be true, but it is always great to underscore it from someone who has seen in person

the blinfolds are thick my friend, and you know what I find curious? Here in this forum there is always an abundance of GOP blindfolded defenders when they think there Learless Feeder has been attacked, and I assure you, I attacked, where are they now when there is no way for them to spin this? The silence is deafening.

Wed Mar 22, 03:52:00 PM 2006  

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