It all counts

January 22, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

Saturday, nineteen Americans died in Iraq. If you caught the news quickly enough, you know that twelve perished in a helicopter crash, five were killed in Karbala and two deaths resulted "from other attacks."

Turns out Saturday, January 20 was just the third-deadliest day in George W. Bush's war. Close, but no cigar. And now the deaths are simply footnotes. Old news.

Unless, of course, you're a "survivor." One of those people listed in obituaries. The ones who, it says, will miss the person who died forever and always. And maybe these obits will say that these soldiers died after a long (or short), courageous battle with Iraq.

The survivors of the 01-20-07 carnage will have to wait in numbing grief for their soldier's body or body parts to be smuggled back into the United States and whisked away to a funeral home somewhere so that this administration doesn't have to look at what it has done for the 3,046th time. And chances are, by the time you read this, that number will be higher.

And what about Iraqis? Estimates of Iraqi casualties range from tens of thousands to more than half a million. Half a million people, slaughtered. That's roughly the population of New Orleans, pre-Katrina. Of course, the Bush administration doesn't feel much anguish about that either.

Just so you know, I almost never wake up this cranky. Most days, I arise with the semi-sunny intention of writing something upbeat so we all can have a break from the unmitigated disasters that characterize the Bush administration. I cruise the news, and within minutes, my commitment to perky fluff morphs into heavy-hearted anguish.

You know, much has been made of the anger of liberals. I just want to point out that in the matter of The People vs. George Bush, anger is inevitable and wholly justified.

Two more year of Cheney and Bush? Of their war? A year? Six months? No. No. NO! NO!!

Our troops in Iraq are on death row, and they never even had a trial. How many more will die? Maybe your kids? Maybe my grands? When is enough enough?

Some say that 3,046 is a mere drop in the bucket compared to Vietnam casualties. Well. How many drops have you personally contributed, Mr. Bush? Mr. Cheney? Ms. Rice? How much skin do you have in these war games of yours?

I'm not covering new territory here. You know the drill. So do I press on and beg Americans yet again to bestir ourselves into action? Into the doing rather than being armchair or keyboard passivists? (Oh, yes, me, too.) Or shall I simply go to bed and, Scarlett-like, wait for tomorrow?

the pain of war cannot exceed
the woe of aftermath

~ Led Zeppelin, "The Battle of Evermore"

UPDATE, Monday, January 22:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least 75 people were killed and 160 wounded Monday in a pair of nearly simultaneous car bombings in central Baghdad, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.

"Body parts everywhere, many bodies charred; it was horrible," the official said.

Well, thank goodness it was only Iraqis. Far away people who don't pester Bush and Congress with emails and phone calls and those pesky war protests. The Bush administration pays even less attention to Iraqi deaths than to "necessary American sacrifices."

George Bush says he sleeps very well at night. And thereby hangs this particular tale.

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susan | January 22, 2007 - 12:54am

"Ms. Rice? How much skin do you have in these war games of yours?"

Well there you go again, Babs. First Sen. Boxer sets women's rights back a generation by calling Condi barren and now you set civil rights back by calling attention to her skin. Have you no decency? I mean, people, there's a war going on. Let's focus on the matter at hand. Well, not that matter, not that steady dripping that is soon to become a surge.
Would all those interested in a coup please meet me in the hall? It's time for a coup caucus. A coup contra coup caucus? Never mind. Like Babs I try to remember when everything I wrote didn't get sucked into the drain trap of despair. When we imagined the worst of George Bush back in 2000, we had no idea how much worse it would be.
Non-sequitor. I watched the end of a football game tonight with my husband the cheesehead. The owner of the team that won said it happened because the Lord was there for them. And the coach thanked his players and the Lord who made the victory happen. I fully enjoyed the excitement of the end the game, which was close, but I was pretty surprised to find out that God was there too. Shouldn't he be over in Baghdad or Sadr City? I guess he's so busy overseeing football victories that he's forgotten about the failure, excuse me, the success waiting to happen, in Iraq.


Babs (not verified) | January 22, 2007 - 9:04am

There I go, being a godless racist again. But Susan -- I need to help you understand the omnipresence thing. See, the creator is not limited to one place at any given time. God speaks to George Bush in his jammies in bed in the White House (George in jammies, not God). To Bill Frist. To James Dobson. To Michele Bachmann. To Osama bin Laden. To Ted Haggard. Etc. And sometimes all of this happens simultaneously. (I think Rush Limbaugh and Virgil Goode are out of the loop.) As I understand it, God does not play favorites. As an illustration of that point, I just heard a small voice whisper in my ear, "You are toast!"


Anonymous (not verified) | January 22, 2007 - 1:07pm

light or dark toast?


Babs (not verified) | January 22, 2007 - 3:03pm

Well, see, here's the thing. Remember party lines on telephones? Now I'm wondering if the "toast" message was really for me, or if I just stumbled on to someone else's message. Maybe it was re-routed? It's highly unlikely I'd be on George Bush's party line, what with Crawford being so far away and all.


Anonymous (not verified) | January 22, 2007 - 6:21pm

it is a small world, after all.


lynnell | January 22, 2007 - 4:09pm

Barbara, Susan, please ! Be serious! It ain't the Lord talking to W. It's Cheney on the office intercom.

The Onion already broke this story here in their Dec. 7th issue. Here's part of it:

Voice Of God Revealed To Be Cheney On Intercom

WASHINGTON, DC—Telephone logs recorded by the National Security Agency and obtained by Congress as part of an ongoing investigation suggest that the vice president may have used the Oval Office intercom system to address President Bush at crucial moments, giving categorical directives in a voice the president believed to be that of God.

While journalists and presidential historians had long noted Bush's deep faith and Cheney's powerful influence in the White House, few had drawn a direct correlation between the two until Tuesday, when transcripts of meetings that took place in March and April of 2002 became available.

In a transcript of an intercom exchange recorded in March 2002, a voice positively identified as the vice president's identifies himself as "the Lord thy God" and promotes the invasion of Iraq, as well as the use of torture in prisoner interrogations.

A close examination of Bush's public statements and Secret Service time logs tracking the vice president reveals a consistent pattern, one which links Bush's belief that he had received word from God with Cheney's use of the White House's telephone-based intercom system.

Officials privately acknowledged that there is reason to believe that the vice president, as God, urged Bush to sign legislation benefiting oil companies in 2005.

"There's a lot of religious zeal in the West Wing," said a former White House staffer who spoke on the condition of anonymity. "It's possible that the vice president has taken advantage of that to fast-track certain administration objectives."

Read the whole thing for the extra details.