Sunday, May 20, 2007

Correspondence on Bachevich's death (LT type)

There was a 27 year old army lieutenant named Andrew Bacevich from Walpole MA killed in Balad last week. His father is a brilliant political scientist who teaches at Boston University. I think he's the clearest thinking man out there. Condolezza Rice ought to get a basic lesson in history (and in reality, she's crazy) from him.
Funeral is Monday. Did you know him or anything about his demise? Very unfortunate.
Fr James

Fr. James,

I have read some of his father, I only know what I read in Iraq Slogger about the LT's death....but it made the news when he was killed. I think he (the father) wrote American Empire or something like that a few years ago....the basic point being that our foreign policy has been remarkably similar regardless of party for the last 100 years...hegemonistic spread of democracy, and that the parties overblow very narrow differences to get elected. He is essentially correct on this point.
If you want to get better informed of the Iraq view (both American and Iraqi) check out Iraq Slogger. And please understand that as much as the left has done a good job of adding Saddam & CO to their panetheon of victims to make Bush look guilty of aggression, that's not what happened. The biggest sin of Bush in fact is no mass firing of his DOD civilians and most especially Generals who allowed us to come in here without any post conventional war plan (despite the fact we have a great deal of experience in this area) in other words no occupation plan. This is a failure primarily of the military leadership, as the deputy CDR of 3D ACR (McMaster's old command) LTC Yingling has pointed out.* They have failed their country, their soldiers and the Iraqi's who trusted us, and the reason is that they put their careers and themselves first. Did you know at Abu Gharib the Military Intelligence COL and General Geoff Miller (the one bought from GITMO) took immunity and the 5th to testify against their own subordinates? And this has happened again and again...Commander's take the 5th, enlisted take the fall. Now that's crazy, and absolutely has nothing to do with Condi Rice. This is who these people are, that's their character when they face the test.
Whatever we have acheived here we can at least say we bought the rest of you in the homeland several precious years.
To go the the F@&%ing mall.
Finally...understand absolutely that this will come back on our soil, with results that cannot be predicted except that they will be terrible, costly and that all of you will regret that you threw away the chance to do it elsewhere with the November dolchstosse.
If you really want to know what I think...


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