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(DV) Whitney: Pretty Hot in Crawford, Pretty Hot in Hell







Pretty Hot in Crawford, Pretty Hot in Hell
by Mike Whitney
August 6, 2005

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“A Marine assault vehicle on patrol during combat operations hit a roadside bomb Wednesday, and 14 Marines were killed in one of the deadliest single attacks in Iraq against American forces.”

-- The Guardian (London)

Fourteen Marines touched down at Dover Air Force Base on Thursday, their lives cut short in a brutal war that has yet to produce a rationale.

The architect of that war landed at nearly the same time at his vacation home in Crawford, Texas, resting up from the grueling task of sending other-mothers'-sons to die for nothing.

Where’s the outrage?

Of the 14 men who were killed, not one was named Bush, or Cheney or Rumsfeld. They were all just grunts doing their jobs, fighting for their country.

Or, so they thought.

Not one of them joined the fray to fight to defend the torture chambers at Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib.

Not one of them fought to make Iraq safe for Halliburton, or Bechtel, or Exxon.

Not one fought to increase domestic surveillance and intrusive big government like the Patriot Act.

Not one fought to shift more of the nation’s wealth into the pockets of the bloodsucking parasite-class to which Bush belongs.

Not one fought to ensure that Bush and his warmongering cadres could continue to flatten whole cities, poison the water, devastate the economy, steal their oil, destroy their society, and kill and imprison their people.

Not one.

Every one of them fought and died because they loved their country and they trusted their leaders not to lie to them.


Bush wasn’t there when the plane touched down in Dover; way too busy.

It was just the bereaved families, the devastated parents, the bewildered children the inconsolable wives and lovers. The normal collection of average people whose lives end the moment they get word that their son was killed in battle.

That’s all. Just normal people, just shattered lives.

End of story.

They got a flag, and the Commander-in-Chief got a nice long ride on his mountain bike.

Fair enough.

What’ll it take to enrage the American people, to send them into the streets, to hurl them against the White House gates, to bang on their pots and pans until the politicians scramble for their bunkers?

And, when will the people gather en masse in front of the Time-Warner Building, and FOX News, and MSNBC, and CNN, rattling the windows and pounding on the doors.

We don’t want their war anymore; we don’t want their news anymore; we don’t want them anymore.

Get out!


Kill someone else’s sons and daughters. Steal someone else’s wealth. Ruin someone else’s country.

Just get out!

14 Marines killed in Iraq, just another footnote in the Crawford Times that Bush can pass over on his way to the Sports page.

There’s no place in hell hot enough for the likes of these people.

Mike Whitney lives in Washington state, and can be reached at:

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