Saturday, March 04, 2006

Catapulting Happy Faces

By now we have all heard that the US is still paying to put happy face stories in the Iraqi newspapers. It’s one more lame attempt to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis.

Okay, lets say you’re an Iraqi in Iraq. Yesterday half your family was blown all to hell as they shopped at the market. Your heart is forever broken and your life will never be the same. You glance at the newspaper this morning and you read that the soldiers from the US completed painting a school yesterday in a town somewhere in your country. That story is not going to do much to heal your broken heart, is it?

We invaded that country for whatever actual reasons, no one really knows. We have been, if not the direct source every time, at least a contributing causation of so incredibly many deaths. There is no damned happy face story planted or otherwise that will gloss over what this war has cost the people of Iraq. I doubt they think of Americans as liberators any longer, if they ever did. Probably now they think of us as people who barge in, take over, and bring death to their loved ones.

We may be able to place happy face stories in Iraqi newspapers but we can’t place happy faces on the Iraqi people. It's much too late for that.


Blogger Nash said...

What seems to amaze everyone, including fellow Republicans, is that the Bushies are not just greedy and evil (everyone knew that), but they are incompetent also.

This is the team that Cheney put together. He hand-picked everyone in the senior levels of the administration, including himself as VP. Georgie was too busy memorizing the speeches Karl wrote for him to worry about staffing.

The Iraq war was Cheney's idea.

March 04, 2006 7:04 AM  
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March 04, 2006 7:10 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...

I agree... unless we impeach Bush and bring him to trial for war crimes. Then I think we'd put a smile on most of their faces.

March 04, 2006 8:15 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Also POP,

If your a Sunni and your child was killed but unreported elsewhere becuase well your a Sunni and its collatoral damage, does looking at a picture of American GI's with Shiate children make you happy?

Or does it build up resentment for the Americans and the Shiaites at the same time?

March 04, 2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger poopie said...

...and the incompetence continues.

March 04, 2006 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anita said...

"We may be able to place happy face stories in Iraqi newspapers but we can’t place happy faces on the Iraqi people. It's much too late for that."

So very true. And yes, so very, very late.

March 04, 2006 8:39 AM  
Blogger Walt said...

It's like trying to paint a happy face on a corpse - it just doesn't LOOK right.

If any of these assholes had any sense of decency, they'd kill themselves out of shame.

March 04, 2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger MadMustard said...

Bush has been doing so many 'happy face' transplants that Uncle Sam is beginning to look like Michael Jackson.

March 04, 2006 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Peacechick Mary said...

It's like a kid getting a beating and told not to cry and to smile - that is the mentality of the Bu$h thugs.

March 04, 2006 11:49 AM  

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