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US Army: Band of brothers or band of thieves?

Truth About Iraqis

January 25, 2006

Yet another audit, yet another report, and yet another US military officer caught stealing money in Iraq.

"One US military assistant is said to have gambled away up to $60,000 while accompanying the Iraqi Olympic team to the Philippines," [the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) said].

My, my. And a band of gamblers as well.

Reconstruction in Iraq? Maybe the Americans came to Iraq to show us how corruption, embezzlement and thievery are the guiding principles of democracy.

"Agents from the inspector general's office found that the living and working quarters of American occupation officials were awash in shrink-wrapped stacks of $100 bills, colloquially known as bricks.

One official kept $2 million in a bathroom safe, another more than half a million dollars in an unlocked footlocker. One contractor received more than $100,000 to completely refurbish an Olympic pool but only polished the pumps; even so, local American officials certified the work as completed."

But, I am sure, we will hear protestations. We will hear that this was the work of rogue elements. I bet if I sat down to document each and every such incident of thievery, murder and the pillaging of Iraq's wealth by the liberating US military plus every single time we heard the same excuses, I would be sitting her till Jeb Bush was re-elected in office in 2012.

And it seems to have been widespread:

"It does not surprise me at all," said a Defense Department official who worked in Hilla and other parts of the country, who spoke anonymously because he said he feared retribution from the Bush administration. He predicted that similar problems would turn up in the major southern city of Basra and elsewhere in the dangerous desert wasteland of Anbar province.
No, I'm not surprised either. Perhaps the model bloggers and their cohorts who may have received some of that corruption money are surprised. Maybe the Americans who cheered this war are surprised to have discovered their army was comprised of thieves and murderers, kind of the same creed bred in the back alleys and other related cess pools in the country.

Or, you have to ask, was all the cheering from the home crowd because they wanted in on the robbery?

Hell, the NYT also described incidents were the US military thieves stole from one another.

"Stop it you propagandist, you liar, you terrorist," some red-white-and-blue moron may say. "That money was originally donated to your country from the hard-working tax-paying people of this great nation to assist in the rebuilding of your country."

Not, so Johnny Blue, because the audits say: "The money, most from Iraqi oil proceeds and cash seized from Saddam Hussein's government, also easily found its way out of the compound and the country."

Tsk, tsk.

Oh, you want to talk about Saddam's palaces? Yes, let's talk about them. You say they were built as Iraqis suffered and with money that should have been distributed to Iraqis. Yet, when you came in, you made them your headquarters. You languished in them, stole of their artifacts. And then you handed them over to Badr, SCIRI, and Da'awa. You came to liberate us from a man you called a tyrant and put your tyrannical, murderous ways in his place.

Except you destroyed the country in the process.

Steal from the poor and give to the US military.

Band of thieves.

Meanwhile, the son of the Iraqi general killed at the hands of the liberating US officer is enraged that his father's murderer got off with a pat on the back and a likely commendation from racists and the KKK.

Mohammed Mowhoush, the son of an Iraqi general, revealed that when he was 15, he and his brothers were detained by US forces and threatened with "disappearance" in Guantanamo unless their father gave himself up.

Bad, US soldier, bad, bad. Don't you know that violates US treaties? What? You didn't know because you weren't taught to read in high school?

Apparently not: Arresting someone to entice relatives to turn themselves in is considered by human rights organizations to be a form of hostage-taking. It is considered illegal in wartime but military investigative documents reveal it has occurred in Iraq.

So, who really started hostage-taking and kidnappings in Iraq? Now you know.

Mohammed Mowhoush said he and his brothers want to sue Welshofer for his role in their father's death. Mowhoush said he has nothing against the American people but harbors ill feelings for the U.S. Army. "We want justice to be done," he said.

Sorry, Mohammed, that's not going to happen because the kind of American torture that is destroying Iraq is widely supported in the US. They are proud of it and love their men more for it, if Welshofer's wife is to be believed.

Band of racists. Band of murderers.


:: Article nr. 19922 sent on 26-jan-2006 00:21 ECT

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