Staying the Course in Iraq
Fore! More Years! At Least!
While Americans were being shelled Tuesday by White-House-driven propaganda from General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker in D.C., rebels bombed our Camp Victory in Baghdad, a little-noticed Xanadu that illustrates the golf between us and the Iraqis.
Five years ago we "liberated" Saddam Hussein's sumptuous Al Faw Palace and planted the Pentagon's flag there.
By now we could have returned the palace to Iraq's citizens, who are dying of the heat, among other things. But all we've done is given it a friendlier second name, Camp Al-Nasr, for PR purposes aimed at Iraq's surviving Arab populace.
The only lifeguards with a good track record at Camp Victory are probably those at its pool — here's a photo of the actual palace swimmin' hole.
On Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of 9/11, Camp Victory, the U.S. military HQ, was shelled. Here's an AP report from this morning:
And talk about surges and track records: How about that Christopher Harris! I still remember his Ironman Triathlon at Camp Victory in October 2005. The U.S. Army captain conducted his one-man surge while his wife competed in Hawaii's Ironman Triathlon.
But Iraqis are pretty fortunate, too. Praise Allah for good timing: Ramadan's month-long fasting coincides perfectly with the current food crisis. As IRIN reports:
The shortage of food can't be that serious if they're already fasting. Mind if we play through?
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