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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Peacock Petraeus - Golden Boy No More

Yesterday began the long touted Petraeus Report. There, before the House Armed Services Committee sat the heavily decorated General and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and there in the House chambers, history repeated itself over and over again. "Things are better in Iraq, violence is down, Iraqis are happy, but we need more money, more bases, and much more time opined the two Bush mouthpieces.

The only thing impressive about General Petraeus is his rack. His garish display of so many ribbons on the left side of his uniform calls to mind a commander from some banana republic. Gee Whiz, what did he do to earn that rainbow color sampler? Just how many asses did he kiss? My husband, whose Lt. Commander father served served thirty years, found Petraeus' showboating "obscene". It seemed to me that his peacocking was somehow supposed to assure Americans of his "expertise". It had the opposite effect. After all,
Five-Star General Eisenhower never needed to wear all of his decorations at once.

Both Petraeus and Crocker have chosen to support the illegal, militaristic misadventure that is being passed off by the Bush Administration as foreign policy. They have chosen to perpetuate the the destruction of Iraq and the murder of her people and to advance the notion of an attack against Iran. The General blamed Iran for America's failure in Iraq every chance he got.

Many of our finest generals have resigned rather than commit war crimes under the criminal Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush. Their actions were honorable. General David Petraeus is not so honorably in command of an on-going occupation of a sovereign nation. He and Crocker are presiding over the colonization of Iraq and the up and coming oil grab. Bush and Cheney never intended to leave Iraq and its vast oil reserves.

So there they are again today, on the television wearing rose colored glasses, and babbling Bush talking points. It's awfully sad to see such a fine education as that garnered by David Petraeus being wasted on the grandiose delusions of global domination spouted by the naked emperor in the Oval Office. You are NOT serving your country gentlemen. You are serving America's war profiteers - the corporate military industrial security complex. The General seemed proud to tell us how the new Iraqi forces are being supplied with high tech weaponry by American war manufacturers. Just who is paying for these weapons? The impoverished Iraqis? The overtaxed American middle class? Either way it is a win win situation for "Guns To Go". Profits galore!

The Iraqi people do not want American troops in their country, they do not want Exxon oil men in their country, and they do not want Christian missionaries in their country. It is their country and and their lives. America has imposed long enough

The September Report is nothing but a smokescreen. It is still up to "We the People" to stop this war. Funding the War is Killing Our Troops so let's do what Military Families Speak Out asks to support our troops, "Fund a Safe and Orderly Withdrawal from Iraq and Care for Them as They Return".

*Note - how serious could they be about drawing down troops when plans are in motion to build yet another new American base in Iraq?

.....................The Petraeus Report?......................
Stick it where the sun don't shine and give me my money back!
...................Kitchen Window Woman.....................

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Blogger deuddersun said...

Watch yourself there, girlfriend, or the Department of Homeland Insecurity will be knocking down your door! Seems we US citizens are the only one's they can keep track of.

But then, what the hell, we're probably all on their watch list anyway.

Great Post!


2:16 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

"It's awfully sad to see such a fine education as that garnered by David Petraeus being wasted on the grandiose delusions of global domination spouted by the naked emperor in the Oval Office."
Yes it is. But Betrayus didn't get all that chest candy by being completely stupid. He knew full well that you can keep your job by telling the truth while working for Bush, or tell Bush what he wants to hear - but never both, at the same time. Never ever.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

The fact that they have lists of responsible Americans who exercise their rights by questioning elected representatives and speaking out shows just how far out of line the Bush administration is.

I decided to speak out regardless of what they think - it's my duty as an American citizen. Hell, they don't need to put anyone on a list - all they have to do is ask us. We'll tell them what we think and what we are doing to do to "support and defend the constitution".

The Future Was Yesterday...
Petraeus made his bed and now he has to sleep in it. He won't however be alone, he'll be bedding down with Colin Powell.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

That sure is a waste of education in Petraeus' case. When I was in the Navy, it was too easy to assume that some lifer officer was just some mindless automaton. And then I'd find out that one of them has a political science degree, or a Masters in physics, and it was just mind-boggling. How can somebody have an advanced degree and still just be a mindless Yes drone.

Who Hijacked Our Country

6:52 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

Brilliant Post.

I thought the amount of medals Petraues was displaying was gawdy at best...exactly what combat action has he seen? But I feared to discuss it dare I experience reprisals for not "supporting our troops"

Excellent point about Eisenhower. I wish we had the wisdom of the past in our current media. Instead they seemed all too enamored by the green neatly pressed uniform and so many medals that Petraeus seemed to lean to his left.

If only Major General Smedley Butler were alive today.

Admiral Fallon may be the one to come foward but it's hard to say.

Look how many Generals have been forced to retire due to Bush not agreeing with their military assesment. From Shineki to Zinni to Powell.

It's sad that a man like Bush who avoided war at all cost is now in charge of our military.

Even more cowardly is Bush's insistance on using our military as a foil. Bush hides behind Petraeus. If Petraeus didn't say exactly what Bush wanted then Bush would have fired him and/or blamed him for everything that has gone wrong in Iraq.

It's going to be a long year.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Right on girl!

5:15 AM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

We all knew what Petraeus was going to say a long time ago. So it should come as no surprise that he said exactly what we knew he would say.

Now that our eyes have been turned away from Iran the War Plans can go forward.

We have a complicit House and Senate and they are all War Criminals now. That is besides their being Traitors to our Country.

God Bless.

9:51 AM  
Blogger redpill8 said...

Yes, Thank you KWW for this piece on Betrayus. All those medals on his uniform mean nothing as he is a traitor working for a global government, not America (see my latest piece.)

I thought I should inform you of the fantastic news today (in case you have not already heard) that Blackwater was banned in Iraq by the Iraqi government! I am sure that there will be much arm twisting by our state department to get them actived again, but at least that is a good start.

Also, check out new October issue of Harper's for an excellent article by Naomi Klein called "Disaster Capitalism" in which she highlights how this new disaster based economics is being promoted and encouraged. The latest trend is that companies like Blackwater and Dyncorp are going for community policing and firefighting contracts.



8:10 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

It is very sad when a people already know what will be said by and Administration and its Generals.
We should never again allow America to be taken over by such people, when we have the minds to see through them in the first place.
We must now, somw how educate the people who vote for such people to wake up and used their brain and stop being fooled by a party.
This would include the Evangelicals, who seem to look for people holier than thou.

4:35 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

I'm just now catching up with the comments that have been made. Its been busy around here....

Tom Harper...
I think some lifers prefer to be "mindless Yes drones" because they seek the safety of the womb. They are too insecure to think for themselves and find it comfortable to be nourished while all decisions are made for them. Such people don't need fancy educations. They just need to suck their thumbs.

Petraeus is a social climber only military style. He is more than willing to say what Bush wants to hear. Other more respectable generals refused to cover for Bush.

Petraeus wants to run for president, too. Ambitious little twirp, isn't he?

I agree, it looks like it's going to be a long year.

Right on to you, too. Hope your trip to D.C. was a good one!

I agree with you completely. Notice how the rush to bomb Iran escalated along with the war in Iraq following the Patreaus Show? We all have to fight a lot harder now.

I've been running down stuff on Blackwater and will do a third blog about them in about a week.

I checked out Harper's online but have to wait until they put up the Oct. issue to get Naomi Klein's article - I'll got back after it. Thanks!

Let's Talk...
It is real sad but some people want to do the whole war thing because it makes them feel better about themselves to have somebody to kill.

Killing is all so easily justified by religion, the color of one's skin, lies, greed, and above all fear.

Humans everywhere need to remember that we are all humans and act accordingly.

Bush has succeeded in something - America has dumbed down considerably since he took office.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Spadoman said...

I know there are Veterans that read and comment here. I know you, KWW, are a Veteran. I am a Veteran as well. General Betray-us is a Veteran.

In my own life, I came to the conclusion that I must be responsible for my own actions. I went to war at 19 years old. I did my duty. Betray-us is doing his duty, obeying orders. I'm sure he was told to what degree he needed to "spin" this report.

If I couldn't put down my rifle when I knew war is wrong, then I can never cast a stone in any other Veterans direction for doing their assigned duty. I decided to stay in Vietnam and continue that lie instead of going to Leavenworth. I was gutless. It was the easier to stay my year and follow orders and be a part of carnage, rage and death against human beings.

39 years after, I work on forgiving myself for my own lack of courage. I'll not judge the puppet general.

Besides, this administration has us arguing why we should stay there. Where did the argument go about why we WENT there in the first place? We're letting them tell us who our enemies are again.

Peace to all. Really, Peace. I'm trying to find it in my own heart of hearts as I work at forgiving myself for killing.

1:14 PM  
Blogger redpill8 said...

I knew it was too good to be true. Blackwater is back on the streets of Iraq.

And, just who did al-Maliki thinks he works for anyway! The Iraqi people?!

7:13 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

this was a great post..sad but true..I have added you to the blogroll ;-)

10:07 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

You were a kid when you went to war and the choices that you had were between a rock and a hard place. You weren't given much room to maneuver especially after you were subjected to the brainwashing that constitutes basic training. You know what war is and stand for Peace. Petraeus embraces war and plays politics behind the lines.

Forgiveness is your due - don't be so hard on yourself.

General Petraeus is 54 years old and a very educated man. He made this choice to advance his career. He has chosen to support the cabal that started this war and plans to expand the war into Iran and Syria. His decision is irresponsible and evil. I do not respect him at all.

Petraeus will end up like Colin Powell with his career destroyed by hitching on to Bush's wagon while knowing better.

I was afraid of that - they have too many friends in high places and are part of an overall scam to become enforcers for the governing regime.

I picked up Harper's yesterday with the article by Naomi Klein.

Thanks. I've added you as well.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a very strong feeling that there are elements in the military that are helping us more than we know, partially by blocking some of the things Cheney/Bush have been trying to pull off in the last few years. The evidence is there.

I had tears in my eyes the day Colin Powell called for the end of Guantanamo. He said that certain people were afraid of dismantling it because it would expose terrible errors and evasions! Maybe he was calling publically for a deal, saying, in a fashion, "Talk to us and we'll help you save your ass if you give the word to pull it down".

Umm, did you wonder about how that jet "accidently" still had nuclear bombs attached to it? Oh, and another very interesting happening, when the Emergency Broadcasting System went on full alert on the "Presidential" channel - hooked straight up to the White House. Something fishy was going on there, and mark my words, it's going to come out when these mf's get shook out before the wash. I would not be surprised if this president did not finish his term.

8:20 PM  

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