Have you been watching John Stewart lately? The faux correspondent, I think his name’s something like Rob Rickle, an actual veteran who served in Iraq, is reporting from Iraq—really, not faking it like they usually do—with real troops in the field, and revealing more truth about that folly and what “support our troops” really means than any “real” news report or rightwing supporter of this war ever has.
And tonight Stewart had on Barak Obama, who impressed me more than he has in a while. I’m beginning to believe, even if I still have some doubts that he can actually do it.
But it’s the reports from Iraq that are scoring, that and Stewart’s bit tonight on “America to the Rescue” and how we had to give all these billions in and for arms to the Saudis to balance the power of the Iranians, “because twenty percent of the 9/11 suicide attackers were not from Saudi Arabia” so nothing to worry about, and that rattled the Israelis so we’re increasing our military largesse to them by billions, and then he went into the enemies we now have and how we did the same things for them, like supplying weapons to Iraq to balance out Iran in their war, to supplying Bin Laden and the Taliban with weapons to fight the Russians.
He could have gone back even further, to our government supplying Iran with weapons after overthrowing their democratically elected leaders back in the 1950s. In fact, he could have gone on all night tracing back all the mistakes made in foreign policies helping dictators and oligarchies that eventually fall and are replaced by regimes that hate us for our support of these dictators and oligarchies and end up with the money and weapons we supplied the previous regimes with, etfuckingcetera.
I wish you had seen it, if you didn’t. But they’ll replay it and it’ll probably be available on the web pretty quickly. Check it out tomorrow night if you can, I’m sure they’ll have another report from Iraq that’ll tell some truths nobody else is addressing, or at least not addressing realistically. In fact all the humor tonight was in the honesty of the report, our troops in the field saying how “happy” they were about the Iraqi politicians taking a month’s vacation, getting to spend more time with their families, etc. while the troops stay and as one soldier put it “hold down the fort, because this actually is a friggin’ fort.”