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The War Nerd April 6, 2003
 
Down We Go!
By Gary Brecher Browse author Email
 
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Just imagine what would've happened if Clinton had screwed up this badly. Every wacko in trailerland would be calling for his head on a stick. But Bush-it's like he gets a free pass, because everybody thinks he's a big patriot or something. And he's NOT!

That's another thing I don't get--how nobody minds these guys' history of dodging the draft in the Nam era. Take Cheney: he's on record saying, "I had other priorities" while our guys were dying in Nam. How's that for attitude? He had better things to do, but I guess the 60,000 hicks, spics and blacks who went and died over there didn't.

Bush was just as bad. He got his daddy to set him up with a fake National Guard gig till the war was over. These guys are as fake as a Bangkok rolex. Bigger phonies than Clinton, because at least he didn't pretend to be a hero.

But what's the use. I've tried talking about all this in the coffee room at work and people just walk away from me. More than usual, I mean. They were polite when the invasion started because they know I know my stuff war-wise. But they decided I wasn't upbeat enough so they stopped asking me questions. Now they swerve by without stopping, like I'm the office bad-luck mascot, like it's my fault we're not winning. It's like what happened between Rumsfeld and the generals: nobody listens to the expert, because all they want is good news.

Next question: what happens now? Well, we're stuck with this war and we better win it, then cash in our chips and get the hell out. But it's going to be really ugly. We can't take the cities without killing a lot of civvies, and the population of Iraq is half kids. The Republican Guard is fighting smart this time, sticking close to the civilians and daring us to hit them anyway. And we're not tough enough to do it. We'll hammer the cities in a panic now, but after a few weeks of al-Jazeera showing screaming women in black dresses holding up dead babies, we'll get hysterical and stop.

We're not the British or the Romans, we're not consistent and cold-blooded like them. We go crazy-violent for a while, then we start sobbing "Why don't you love me?" at the people we've been blasting.

One point that might interest eXile readers in Moscow is the Russian/Serbian connection. Saddam, the dumbest strategist in history in 1991, is playing a very smart game this time around, and a lot of intelligence people think it's because he hired Russian and Serbian mercenaries to plan his defenses, along with the already-reported weapons sales. The Iraqis have definitely been basing their defense on the Russian pattern, letting the enemy push deep into the country, then hitting his flanks and supply lines while defending the key cities. Saddam has a history of buying hardware from ex-CIS countries; it's not so hard to imagine he'd buy expertise from the same places.

There's an article arguing this at a weird neo-Confederate website that was emailed to me: http://www.southerncaucus.org/242.htm

If Iraq really does have Slavic advisors or mercenaries working for it, we're likely to be in for a long, hard fight. Rumsfeld and his yes-men know it, even if they deny it in public. Incredibly enough, in spite of the mess we're already in Rumsfeld's men now have a plan to attack Syria. At least it'll distract people from the mess in Iraq. It's in the pipeline already; if you listen to the news carefully, you'll hear a lot of threats from DC about how Syria is hiding Saddam's WMDs and maybe his family. As far as I can tell, it's all lies. The Syrian Ba'ath hates Saddam's Iraqi branch of the party worse than they hate Israel. The only way to change that is to scare them hard, and we're doing that pretty well already.

The truth is, until we invaded, everybody hated Saddam. Al Qaeda wouldn't touch him, the Iranians blame him for killing a whole generation of their kids, the Shiites prayed he'd kick, the Kurds wanted to discuss a few gassed towns with him-in fact, everybody loved to hate this asshole, until we invaded his country and made him a hero.


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