The Advisor – 16 September, 2006

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2 Responses to The Advisor – 16 September, 2006

  1. Hal Carpenter says:

    Col. Lang,
    That’s a miserable attempt on page 6 to tie the mess in Iraq to 9/11. The Zalmay Khalilzad quote at the bottom is particularly two faced.
    I wish the Army media would get the hell out of partisan politics.
    Hal Carpenter

  2. Michael Murry says:

    Mr. Carpenter,
    I share your distaste for those who knowingly and dishonestly conflate the events of 9/11/2001 with anything to do with Iraq, its government, or its people. The factual truth of things has never, ever, supported such transparently bogus propaganda. Yet still the shameless flogging of long-discredited lies persists in our civilian and military publications. That so many Americans continue to tolerate this managed mendacity would surprise and enrage me if I hadn’t already lived through the same sort of thing decades ago during the entire debacle of the American War on Vietnam. Long ago the American government also sent me abroad in search of monsters to destroy, stuffed full of the same kinds of lies and ignorance. The shock of learning the truth, naturally, left me bitter and skeptical to this day.
    Anyway, we could discuss in expository prose the many reasons why our government and military treat us citizens as the enemy they most fear, but for my part, I’ll just contribute a little poetic verse called:
    “Buyer’s Remorse”
    They go to their deaths and maiming
    Convinced of the lies they were told
    Like the Fig Leaf Contingent before them
    The Buy Time Brigade has been sold
    He sent them to die for nothing
    Who never himself had to serve
    Now he covers his ass in a dither
    While promising never to swerve
    They fill up their days with minutes
    Spent marking the time that remains
    Then extended or stop-lossed they re-up
    For him who has no cogent aims
    Their leader has gambled their fortunes
    A deck of marked cards up his sleeve
    So they pay with their lives to no purpose
    For him absent without their leave
    The last time we had the smart ones:
    The Best and the Brightest, they said
    But now our low aim only guarantees
    The Worst and the Dullest instead
    Campaigning, he primps and poses
    He always has done so before
    Hoping others accomplish his missions
    While he escapes out the back door
    Yet why seem surprised to see it?
    What the fools and the knaves have wrought
    Great Leader just did what he knew he could:
    He sold them the lies that they bought
    We keep getting rotten samples
    Of Lyndons and Dubyas and Dicks
    So unless we start having some hangings
    We’ll only get more of the pricks
    Remember old Mussolini?
    Hung upside-down by his own heels
    The Italians have since had no other
    Just think of it and the mind reels!
    Our government lies from habit
    Whoever speaks truth will get smeared
    On the home front the psy-ops continue
    With us as the enemy feared
    Bush told us to just go shopping
    He told us it wouldn’t take long
    “We had to hit someone,” Tom Friedman said
    For gratis we’d get to look strong
    Bush told us we had to hurry
    We couldn’t take time out to think
    He asked us for nothing but fear itself
    He told us his shit didn’t stink
    He didn’t need our permission
    Forgiveness he’d take later on
    So we shopped till we dropped on our plastic
    The same way he financed his con
    He sold us the war he wanted
    We purchased a pig in a poke
    Now he makes lame excuses undaunted
    By what has become his sick joke
    Osama can’t veto our laws
    Al Qaeda can’t change how we live
    Only we can abandon our freedoms
    They can’t take what we do not give
    Michael Murry, “The Misfortune Teller,” Copyright 2006

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