Myers and Rumsfeld fight chaos with chaos
Denying reality even as critically wounded U.S. soldiers were fighting for their lives in a German hospital after the Mosul bombing, General Dick “Quag” Myers acted this afternoon as if he were still on tour with his fellow USO celebrities.
There’s no other explanation for the blatant lie the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told an assemblage of reporters at the Pentagon about yesterday’s dining-hall bombing in Iraq:
This attack, of course, is the responsibility of insurgents, the same insurgents who attacked on 9/11, the same type of insurgents who attacked in Beirut, the same insurgents who—type of insurgents who attacked the, Khobar Towers, and the list goes on.
Don’t bullshit us, General. Don’t lump together the Sunni resistance in Iraq—or the Shiite resistance to our occupying troops—with the Saudi hijackers who bombed New York City and the Pentagon.
It was clear from the performance of both Myers and SecDef Don Rumsfeld at the press briefing that they have no friggin’ idea how to stanch the flow of U.S. blood. (They don’t care about Iraqi blood; if you do, go to Iraq Body Count for the latest scores.)
Myers seems much more comfortable as a celebrity general on tour with the USO. It’s astonishing that he and Rumsfeld still have their jobs.
You’d think that Myers would have already been canned for his attempted coverup of the Abu Ghraib tortures. As was previously reported—and as Nick Turse noted in “The Doctrine of Atrocity,” his Voice story last May about institutionalized brutality carried out by U.S. soldiers—Myers tried like hell to keep the public from learning about our abuse of Iraqi citizens. Turse put it this way:
In Iraq, only when the stunning photographs, including one of a prisoner who was apparently threatened with electrical torture, surfaced late last month on network TV did the press take notice in a major way, but even then, CBS News, at the behest of General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held the pictures back for two weeks and only decided to release them when prodded by [Seymour] Hersh‘s New Yorker article.
The Pentagon is so bankrupt that neocon nabob Doug Feith even banned talk of Abu Ghraib inside the Pentagon itself.
This afternoon, Myers not only disgraced himself with the “same insurgents” canard, but also gave us plenty of reason to worry about what the hell’s going to happen next. He talks as if he’s making it up as he goes along. Here’s what he said about how to prevent such dining-hall massacres in the future:
So the way you prevent this is you win the war against the extremists, and I’ve talked about that at length myself. And I’m not saying that’s a war in a sense that the military can do this, but that’s how we do this. We make this kind of extremism, this kind of action, which shows no moral boundaries—because while this was an attack against coalition forces, U.S. forces, and contractors in Mosul, we’ve seen attacks on children in Baghdad and Iraqi citizens. So the way we prevent this is we win, and that’s what we’re going to do.
“Moral boundaries”? Please. Like the boundaries we crossed in our sanctioned and unsanctioned torture of ordinary Iraqis? Or John Ashcroft‘s illegal and immoral roundup of Muslims right here in the U.S.?
Considering that on the home front, the Bush regime is trying to mortgage our future with its Social Security privatization plans, among other schemes, Myers’s non-solution “solution” amounts to nothing more than a nebulous “win one for the gyppers” pep talk.
That act qualifies him to lead USO tours full-time.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 22, 2004