After elections, Bush to send 250,000 to Iraq


Richard Moore

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Green Zone Follies

Baghdad,  28 Sept 06: ³I have been out of this area for a month, along with a 
number of others, on a PR project. Coming back here is like going back to Hell 
for breakfast. The insurgents occasionally drop mortar rounds inside the sacred 
Green Zone, killing  people including diplomatic personnel and once, two 
colonels out for a squash game. No one can do anything about it so we keep it 
quiet. This whole project, bringing democracy and joy to poor rag head heathens 
has fallen completely apart. Morale in Iraq does not exist and self-mutilations,
suicides and serious mental problems are so commonplace that no one even notices
any more. The field equipment, trucks, howitzers, spotter aircraft, tanks and 
armored vehicles are all either in the shops or waiting in line. The sand here 
destroys everything eventually and Rumsfeld never bothers to replace anything. 
The food and medical services are very good but that¹s about all. We spy on the 
GIs to be sure they aren¹t sending out Œnegative¹ messages to home and the 
various religious Iraqi people are slaughtering themselves, and us, at an 
accelerated rate. The Iraqi death tolls are enormous and our own are very bad 
and kept very quiet. Now, they tell me, Cheney wants the entire National Guard 
activated and shipped over here along with every reservist or discharged GI with
former combat service. They have the orders drawn up there and we have copies. 
Engineers have been putting up miles of new barracks and the supply services are
tipped to expect Œsignificant very large shipments¹ of food, clothes, shoes, 
helmets and so on. A quarter of a million men are supposed to be reactivated and
sent over here before Christmas. A general officer said, in my office, that they
were just waiting until after the elections in November. Bush and Cheney want a 
general draft but that won¹t wash so instead, everyone and anyone that can move;
comes over. Basically, the resistance has beaten us but of course no one can 
ever talk about that. They call it  Œdefeatism¹ and one can get into trouble for
it. Soldiers who bitch get transferred to the west where the lifespan of a GI is
somewhat limited.²

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