The Fleecing Of America

There used to be a code of honor in the Military, a code of ethics. Now we have privatization and outsourcing. Where we used to have pride, we have disgust, at the lies this administration has told us and the money they squander like raindrops from a cloud burst.

Instead of a strong economy we are hemorrhaging jobs at an ever increasingly alarming rate, and bush wants more trade agreements, now with Colombia. He’s going to ram SPP down our throats even though that is only good for big corporations and not the middle class. And there is no oversite, no government controls or watchdogs, no one who is able to say just what is going on there except bush and big business and Mexico’s President and Canada’s Prime Minister. The People of each land are left high and dry over the details. We don’t exist.

But now we have the issue of General Petraeus. In years gone he would have been someone you could trust, someone you could depend on to tell you the truth. But now he’s just the bush yes man. He lines his pockets just like the rest of the bush administration does and is as inept and incompetent as they are at getting the job done. He even admits he can’t figure it out, till later…

Today there is suspicion about his reports, we know he isn’t telling the truth, but the bush administration demands we believe. From CNN’s Lou Dobbs we have this report:

On Capitol Hill President Bush’s conduct of this war in Iraq faced new criticism today. House Democrats challenging the U.S. commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus to say when our troops can be withdrawn.

During his testimony General Petraeus said progress in Iraq remains fragile, as he put it. He said Iranian-backed terrorist groups are posing the largest long-term threat to Iraq.

Jamie McIntyre has our report from the Pentagon.

JAMIE MCINTYRE, CNN SR. PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Gun fire on the streets of Sadr City as Iraqi soldiers battle Shia militias, militias the U.S alleges are funded, armed, trained, and directed by Iran’s Quds force. It’s these Shia factions dubbed special groups by the U.S. military that General David Petraeus now sees as a bigger problem than al Qaeda.

GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS, COMMANDER, MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE, IRAQ: Unchecked, the special groups pose the greatest long-term threat to the viability of a democratic Iraq.

MCINTYRE: It is Iranian expertise General Petraeus charges that has increased the lethality of recent rocket and mortar attacks into Baghdad’s fortified green zone launched from nearby Sadr City. Just this week, two U.S. Army officers, Colonel Stephen Scott and Major Stuart Woofer (ph) were killed and 17 other U.S. personnel wounded in a deadly accurate rocket attack that hit a gym inside the secure compound.

And it was Iranian-backed militias that embarrassed Iraqi troops in Basra, forcing a halt to the offensive ordered by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. On a recent visit to Iraq, Iran’s Shia President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad professed to support al-Maliki’s Shia majority government, but U.S. officials say Iraqi leaders are now clearly recognizing the threat.

RYAN CROCKER, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ: That’s not what is happening and the events in Baghdad and Basra in recent weeks have put that into very sharp contrast.

Now, you notice that this line is not continued and begs the question; Why not? Why isn’t this finished out? What isn’t happening? Could it be it isn’t Iran behind all this? Could it be it is the Saudis? The Saudis warned us not to go into Iraq.

MCINTYRE: But some in Congress argue the war has boosted Iran’s power and influenced not just in Iraq but in the region.

REP. ELIOT ENGEL (D), FOREIGN RELATIONS CMTE.: Maliki is propped up in parliament by the pro Iranian factions when we are talking about trying to broker things, like with the Sadr group; it seems that Iran again has the upper hand.

MCINTYRE: So as U.S. commanders ponder future troop cuts, they’re keeping a very wary eye on Iran. General David Petraeus has all but ruled out a second surge, a tacit admission there are not enough trooping for that, although he has hinted that further reductions after July saying there are four or five places he may be able to cut back with the caveat, of course, conditions permitting.

And Lou, Iran is a very big reason that those conditions do not yet permit additional troop reductions.

DOBBS: It took two days of testimony on Capitol Hill before the House and the Senate to say basically, we won’t know what we’re going to know until July?

MCINTYRE: You’re seeing is that there is a great deal of uncertainty about how things are going to go. General Petraeus doesn’t want to make any promises because he knows they may not come true.

DOBBS: Did anyone in either the House or the Senate ask how a four-star general commanding troops of the world’s only super power could be frustrated by insurgents in a nation of 25 million people over the course of time that now has reached beyond the duration of World War II?

MCINTYRE: Nobody phrased it that way. But certainly there was a lot of discussion about how this insurgency has tied down U.S. troops and how the (INAUDIBLE) have had to change to deal with that and basically comes down to the idea that they have to protect everywhere in Iraq. The insurgents can attack wherever they want. That’s the nature of insurgencies.

DOBBS: Indeed it is and that hasn’t been unknown to us or since the Vietnam War I believe.

All right, thank you very much, Jamie McIntyre from the Pentagon.

Insurgents in Iraq have killed four more of our troops over the past two days; those soldiers killed in separate roadside bomb attacks; 17 of our troops have been killed so far this month; 4,029 of our troops have been killed since this war began; 29,676 of our troops have been wounded; 13,249 of them seriously.

The fleecing of America is not only in money, but in human lives lost. The bush administration is the most reprehensible in terms of cost both in dollars and lives in a long, long time. Yet this is about General Petraeus more than the bush administration. And so I bring you another article from AlterNet.org:

Is David Petraeus Dirty? Ted Westhusing Said So, and Then He Shot Himself

Posted by Melina Hussein Ripcoco, Brilliant at Breakfast at 4:00 AM on April 8, 2008.

Why has this been kept so quiet?

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Once in Iraq, he found himself straddling the fence between a questioning philosopher and an unquestioning soldier. Westhusing had thought he was freeing a country in bondage, keeping America safe from a horrible threat, and spreading democracy to a grateful people. But the reality of what was happening in this out of control war was too much for him. His mission was to oversee one of the most important tasks left from the war; retraining the Iraqi military by overseeing the private contractors that had been put in charge of it.

As the assignment went on he found that everywhere he looked he was seeing corrupt contractors doing shoddy work, abusing people, and stealing from the government. These contractors were being paid to do many of the jobs that would normally be done by a regulated military, and they bore out the worst fears of those who don’t believe in outsourcing such vital work. He responded to the corruption that he saw by reporting the problems up the line, but the response from his commanding officers was disappointing. He had, for much of his career, idolized military commanders, and in that assignment he found himself with some of the military’s most famous faces, doing the most important job, but he was terribly disappointed and alarmed to realize that they were greedy and corrupt themselves.

The wall of silence about this was impenetrable and the reality of the situation turned his entire belief system upside down, making him question everything that was going on, and his role in it. Having envisioned the top military commanders to be the most honorable that America has to offer, he was crushed to find out that ascending to power in this military could be more due to cronyism than expertise and that these men who he had aspired to be like were greedy and corrupt themselves. Upon reporting to his commanding officers, he realized that not only did the problems stretch to the level above him, but that they were systemic.

To these commanders the only real problem was the fact that they had a deeply honorable soldier in their command that was likely to rock the cash cow. Westhusing was so bereft at the realization of his part in this breakdown in the military’s code of conduct, and the atrocities carried out in America’s name, that he became despondent and finally in June, 2005, he shot himself. It was called a suicide, though there have been some questions raised about it.

In his own words, this loving father, hero, teacher and man of honor left these words:

Thanks for telling me it was a good day until I briefed you. [Redacted name]–You are only interested in your career and provide no support to your staff–no msn [mission] support and you don’t care. I cannot support a msn that leads to corruption, human right abuses and liars. I am sullied–no more. I didn’t volunteer to support corrupt, money grubbing contractors, nor work for commanders only interested in themselves. I came to serve honorably and feel dishonored. I trust no Iraqi. I cannot live this way. All my love to my family, my wife and my precious children. I love you and trust you only. Death before being dishonored any more. Trust is essential–I don’t know who trust anymore. [sic] Why serve when you cannot accomplish the mission, when you no longer believe in the cause, when your every effort and breath to succeed meets with lies, lack of support, and selfishness? No more. Reevaluate yourselves, cdrs [commanders]. You are not what you think you are and I know it.

COL Ted Westhusing

Life needs trust. Trust is no more for me here in Iraq.

This is the man we lost and in his place we have General Petraeus and the rest of the dogs who fleece the American public with there never ending “We need more time” excuses for violence and greed. They should be shot or imprisoned for their deeds, instead they are rewarded with more time while they continue to malign the country of Iran, just in case they can make a case for another war. Keeps them in business and more money. When I think of what this country has come to, of the slime balls that run it, I just wanna hit them. How dare they pretend to be Americans? How dare they hold their heads up high while decent Americans die?

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~ by justmytruth on April 9, 2008.

2 Responses to “The Fleecing Of America”

  1. Wake up America, Bush and his cronie’s fleeced this country and left a mess for an altruistic Obama holding the bag. Get over yourselves and offer to do what you can to save the country our parents fought and died for before theivery was made legal by the eliteists. Everybody has been so busy trying to provide for their loved ones that we forgot to keep an eye on our own hen house.

  2. We were sold out long before dubya came along. It will be the innovation of Citizens that saves this country, not any president or pretender president. But you are right in that we forgot to watch the crooks in Congress.

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