Friday, January 05, 2007

Friday With Fred the Cat

Hey everyone! Fred the Cat here with you today. The Pops raced around here this week doing what they called “De-Christimas-ification”. They called it that because they were removing and packing up all the signs of Christmas. While they were doing that, I caught up on some reading. I was reading a book her highness bought, it’s called, “Fiasco”, by Thomas E. Ricks. There was one particular paragraph in the book that caused me to be shocked and awed by its content.

Here’s a quote from page 164

This was just after Bremer had decided to unilaterally disband the Iraqi army.

‘The move also resulted from Bremer’s lack of experience in the region, Zinni speculated. “Bremer comes in, he doesn’t know the planning. We had spent a decade psyopsing the Iraqi army, telling them we would take care of those who didn’t fight. And he disbands it”

The Iraqi army must have felt the US had lied to them. Bremer turned away trained Iraqi fighters and made them angry. Bremer seemed to assume that all members of the Iraqi military were also members of the Baathist party. He was wrong. According to the book, Chalibi was very pleased with Bremer’s actions.

This is what happens when too many people are running the show. This is what happens when you don’t work hand in glove. This I believe is where it all went terribly wrong. It would appear this was the time when the Iraqis began to feel they could not trust the word of the United States.

How is sending 20,000 more troops over there going to fix something like this? More troops can’t fix what’s wrong. Seems to me that it just might make matters worse. You don’t win hearts and minds with lies. Trust is a fragile thing and once it’s lost it’s difficult to regain. You can’t force trust at the end of a gun, you must earn it. We cats are experts when it comes to trust. I think that it’s time to bring our humans home.

Have a great weekend!


Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

He is flat-out ignoring the will of just about EVERYBODY, including Daddy's friends that came to bail him out via the ISG. Bush's addictive personality - this time like a gambling addict returning to the tables - is so well defined by now and so beyond the pale that we are fools not to take this to the streets in front of Congress. And that is probably not enough. It seems that nothing short of a military coup will stop this asshole from SACRIFICING more of our son's and daughters for his mis-guided folly.

Have great weekend, Fred. Give my best to the POPs.

January 05, 2007 3:27 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

I think it's time GW makes a visit to the Wizard of Oz! ; (

January 05, 2007 3:30 AM  
Blogger Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Fred, you are one intelligent cat. Ever consider running for president?

January 05, 2007 4:43 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Bush doesn't know that hugs and helping them would work better. At least, I like to think they would.

January 05, 2007 4:59 AM  
Blogger Jim Wilkins said...

Hi Fred, Good morning to you. Just looking for my catnip mouse. Have you seen it?

I see you also voiced concern on the "surge" as those folks are referring to it as. Maybe the "surge" should be the "bush" donning fatigues and he just going over there and seeing what he can do. Kind of like a cage match.

Gotta go, gotta find my mouse.

January 05, 2007 5:02 AM  
Blogger FreakyNick said...

Fred, You are wise.

Trust. You are so right. Bush is digging in so deep that he can't get the dirt out of the hole, it just keeps falling back on him. And his solution is dig deeper.

Tell me, can anyone make sense of that??????????? We have lost trust in this man because he has no sense.

January 05, 2007 5:44 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Freddie, I think you are sooooo soooo right! It's time to come home.

January 05, 2007 5:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is what happens when you don't know your enemy; their culture, their political thinking, their violent nature, ect., ect.....

Now crack boy is going to ignore the people, the Congress, and his Generals (in fact they are now fired) and escalate this war.

I don't here the new Dem. leaders saying they are going to STOP this insanity!!

January 05, 2007 6:13 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I think he wants the troops for his upcoming Iranian attack and the Iraq thing is just a ruse to gather the soldiers. I don't trust Bush any further than I could throw Denny Hastert.

January 05, 2007 6:38 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Let's hope the incoming Congress shows some backbone, and finds a way to block this stupid ill-considered decision.

January 05, 2007 7:28 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cut the money for war and IMPEACH this looney toon, crack boy, king.

January 05, 2007 7:55 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

What Peacechick Mary said is very interesting. It's a perspective and a tactic I had not considered. Yikes. It can get worse. I absolutely hate that everything this administration does is calculated politically. 20,000 troops are an investment for the 2008 elections. They will run on that. I don't think they will ever learn that politics is not policy. They have no policy, and the other real war is the one they are waging against Democrats.

January 05, 2007 8:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hurt myself by merely imagining throwing Denny Hastert.

January 05, 2007 8:29 AM  
Blogger roger said...

not to complain fred, but it's a bit hard to have a great weekend after considering your post.

it looks as though the prez is daring congress to impeach him.

January 05, 2007 8:45 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

yo fred: barn monster here. we tend to stay away from heavy reading out in the west. of course, we are currently battling our own little mouse insurgency. the colder weather has led them to step up their incursions into the barn and the haystacks. but, they are being dealt with, severely. i do know that minstrel sometimes cusses some kind of bush when he's out here. are houseplants troublesome? i don't know.

January 05, 2007 8:48 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

You can bet one thing though, the way to hurt his war mentality is to take the bank book away from the lil retarded kid. But that is one thing that the thugs know and will use in '08. They will say that the Dems did not care enough for the soldiers to finance the equipment to help save their lives when fighting for "America" and her "Freedoms."

A very tricky situation to say the least. He has to extend the conflict till after he gets out. If not, he has to withdraw. This has now become a political game of chess for him. He still thinks he can pull off the big one.

Our only option in this case is to IMPEACH!!!!!!!! Having him tried for war crimes and many other things will send a message to the replacement that we are taking our country back! Bring back our sons and daughters or else!

January 05, 2007 8:56 AM  
Blogger C-dell said...

More troops will not solve one thing. Bush said he wants a new approach, but he is making the same mistakes.

January 05, 2007 10:17 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

You're a wise cat Mr. should be the one strategizing this thing.

January 05, 2007 11:30 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

POP...I just got your comment about the surge...check out what I wrote back.

January 05, 2007 11:43 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Don't worry Fred, the surge won't happen as Dumya wants - the army and marines don't have 20,000 troops to send.

Better make that a 9,000 troop surge

January 05, 2007 12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred is so well read. Have a wonderful weekend!

January 05, 2007 3:36 PM  
Blogger Fixer said...

We've been diissing the Iraqis since the Germans left.

January 05, 2007 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the book report...I've been unable to stomach one more detailed book about what a mying, incompetent, evil screw-up our Child-In-Chief is and has been all these six years.

I am going to read U.S. v Bush by Elizabeth De La Vega (and looking forward to that) as soon it comes from using my Amazon gifty card! That and laying out the case for prosecuting him for his war crimes would be most satisfying to read!

January 05, 2007 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute...I think I smell a rat here! I think it is Fred's mama that is behind all this.

Nevertheless, in order to any human enterprise to succeed, it better have the best available people to do the job, regardlesst what it is. It is woefully clear that this adventure to Mess-oh-Potamia was prototypal example of what kind of tanglements can occurre in an absence of this basic rule. Barring an intervention by Dubya's personal friend, God, his ass and those of the American troops are toast. I join you all in wishing that it would be his alone!

January 05, 2007 8:23 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

Fred you big boy, did you really read Fiasco or are you pulling a Fiasco on us?

Don't you realise that Bremmer got a Medal of Freedom from Der Fuehrer for the outstanding job he did in helping destroy the Iraqi Army and aiding the insurgents?

After all didn't we hear Der Fuehrer Bush say "Heck of a Job Bremmer".

He also handed out millions of Dollars to all of Der Fuehrer's buddies and don't forget millions disappeared under his watch. Another screw up by our Fearless Leader the Decider.

Anyway Fred I hope you and your humans had a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. And oh yeah, take it easy on the catnip or you'll be seeing mice where there are none.


January 05, 2007 10:38 PM  
Blogger Human said...

Wahtsa pussy like you know about War?
Listen kitty,
The Bremer Viceroyship worked just as planned. The intent is the chaos we see now. It does not take a War College Degree to know that if the whole Government structure including the Military is displaced that trouble is sure to follow. It would take a overwhelming military presence to counter the natural effects of that, like we did in Germany post WWII. Japan on the other hand was treated quite differently. The head of state was kept in place and Japanese troops were tasked with keeping order in Japan and So. Korea post surrender.

'Course the failure to hold many Japanese to account for their War Crimes has given rise to many an apologist here and in Japan.

Why am I trying to explain this to a cat anyway?

Well because it's just past 2 freaking am an I woke up with my ureter in pain, a mouth like gravel and the I have the queasy's. I can't turn on the tv because His Little Royal Highness will wake up so here I am blogging to a cat.


January 05, 2007 11:25 PM  
Blogger COLORADO BOB said...

Make sure Fred sees this :


January 06, 2007 3:05 AM  
Blogger Michael Bains said...

Ouch! Good luck with that, human!

Thanks, Fred. I've not bought many of the books I keep saying I'm gonna, but I think this one is gonna hopscotch some of the others on my wish list and actually make it into my hands.

January 06, 2007 3:39 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Nice going Fred!!

January 06, 2007 4:22 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

on a par with using the word, 'crusade,' when talking to Arabs.

smart move-- if your goal is to make em hate you even more than they did before.

January 06, 2007 9:12 PM  
Blogger Turtle Guy said...

I'm thinking you're on the right track with Morning Martinis. We should all have one (or six) and call it a good day.

I'd rather drink in the company of friends than be in a stupid war. Not that this one is any stupider than any other...

Oh my... martinis, war... I'm having flashbacks to MASH...

Speaking of MASH - remember the quote on how to mix the world's most perfect, driest martini?

"You take six giggers of gin, and you drink it while staring at a picture of Lorenzo Schwartz - the inventer of Vermooth!"


Moving forward...

January 07, 2007 3:38 AM  

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