Friday, January 12, 2007

Gomorra

Gomorra

Gomorra (2001)

America where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster
--Steppenwolf, "Monster"

Gomorra, or Gomorrah, according to Genesis, was one of two cities destroyed with fire and brimstone by God. The name itself means "a ruined heap."

The contemporary equivalent are the cities of Iraq. They are being turned into ruined heaps by America's Boy King who once observed: I trust that God speaks through me.

And who will check the brain hand of The Decider? The recent elected Democratic majority? The people who, seeking something other than stay the course, elected them? Poppy's buds making critical recommendations from the Iraq Study Group? Can we guess what Junior thinks of them?

We don't have to, as Sidney Blumenthal tells us in a recent article on Salon:

Informed correspondents of the Washington Post and New York Times related in conversation that Bush furiously called the [Iraq Study Group] report "a flaming turd," but his colorful remark was not published. Perhaps it was apocryphal. Nonetheless, it conveyed the intensity of his hostile rejection.

And now the Boy King is surging forward and sending more troops into a woodchipper of his own making.

But how can he reclaim that old shock-and-awe, mission-accomplished, bring-it-on glow? Maybe surge ahead of the surge? From NewsMax:

Though President Bush's national address Wednesday night was about Iraq, his most provocative comments focused on her neighbor, Iran.

Early in his speech Bush raised the matter of Iran, suggesting that if U.S. efforts to secure Iraq failed, "Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons."

Bush blamed both Syria and Iran in helping radical insurgents within Iraq.

"These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq," he said.

He then singled out Iran, adding that she "is providing material support for attacks on American troops."

Bush made an implied military threat against both nations: "We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq."

The President continued in this vein, suggesting a larger U.S. goal of stopping Iran's nuclear program:

"We are also taking other steps to bolster the security of Iraq and protect American interests in the Middle East. I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region. We will expand intelligence sharing -- and deploy Patriot air defense systems to reassure our friends and allies.

That's the sound of one saber rattling. Digby speculates why BushCo might want to get another war on:

Everybody is wondering just what game Bush is playing. I tend to the "go for it" model, the typical spoiled rich kind, alcoholic style that is born of someone who has never had to deal with the consequences of their actions. I think that Junior sees "history" as having already vindicated him so there is no need for caution, prudence or reason to interfere with anything he emotionally needs to do.

Cheney is trying to secure oil fields and create an imperial America that only superficially answers to the people, whom he disdains. So, for him, everything is going fine. I think they figure that they have nothing to lose and everything to gain by going after Iran and while they might get their hair mussed, at the end of the day, the oil fields will be securely under American control.

Democrats? Man your battle stations. It may be scorched earth time.

God supposedly destroyed the people of Gomorrah for their impenitent sins. But if we and our elected officials sit on our hands and allow Bush's surge in his codpiece to rain down smart bomb brimstone on new ruined heaps, then the sins will be on our heads -- and the blood on our hands.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wormwood

Rabble babble, broil, and brew
Generals salute the mud
A leader knows just what to do
Add more ranks to the blood

Power fuels the thickest stew
Take that gumbo called the senate
Backstabbing rancor can do
Pot shots at the electorate

A firm resolve means sucking it up
Double the trouble, confuse the mob
Mistakes were made but what the fuck
Winners are anointed by God

Dr. Mike

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