The Watched

Gene Expression
Tim Blair
Scott Ganz
Glenn Reynolds
James Lileks
The Corner
Andrew Sullivan
Little Green Footballs
Stephen Green
Doctor Weevil
Pejman Yousefzadeh
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler

They Like Us

". . . a monumental disappointment."
- Pejman Yousefzadeh

". . . simply pissing in to the wind."
- Weekend Pundit

". . . misguided passivists."
- Craig Schamp

". . . shares Ted Rall's fantasies of oppression."
- Max Powers

". . . pathetic waste of pixels."
- Daily Pundit

" . . . anarcho-leftist cowards."
- DC Thornton

". . . a good read, apart from the odd witchhunt."
- Emmanuel Goldstein

". . . quite insane."
- Richard Bennett

"There's many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell." -- General William T. Sherman, Address, 1880

Keep Laughing

White House

(Note to literalists: the Watched column presently contains only a smattering of 'warblogs' because the facilitator of the template-change--Dr. Menlo--is not very familiar with them, and will be adding more as they are sent to him. Also, this blog may contain areas of allusion, satire, subtext, context and possibly even a dash of the surreal: wannabe lit-crits beware.)


[Watch this space for: Pentagon and Petroleum, The Media is only as Liberal as the Corporations Who Own Them, Wash Down With, and Recalcify]


Tuesday, May 13, 2003


(Art by Micah Wright, of course...)

I'm starting a new feature here at Warblogger Watch. I'm calling it Celebrity Warblogger Watch, where we pick the best anti-war criticism from the net and share it with the world. First up, Max Sawicky, who I've found to be must reading these days:

"IMPEACH BUSH. [YAWN] The fraud underlying the war seems to get more obvious every day. This past weekend we had reports in the Post and elsewhere that the WMD search team was being rotated home, finding nothing, and that U.S. troops were ordered to march on to Baghdad, rather than guard a raft of nuclear sites that subsequently were looted. The evidence on Saddamist links to terrorism is equally thin. If Iraq was no threat to the U.S., why the invasion? To liberate their people? O.K. Who are we going to invade this week? There's a lot more work to do. How about Uzbekistan. There's a sucky government for you. I hereby condemn the wimpy, blame-America-First, anti-internationalist soft-on-Uzbekistan party. The people of Uzbekistan cry out for liberation. Where are you, how can you live with yourself. Sheesh.

Then there's the de-Ba'athification campaign. We learn it was completed the other day. Ba'ath Party members were compelled to sign a statement affirming their renunciation of the party. Then they could be put back to staffing the lower administrative echelons of the pre-owned Iraqi state. Once the game of 52-pickup is over, the old gang can get back to work under the American viceroy-du-jour. It's as if George Steinbrunner is in charge.

So all things considered, the case for impeachment against G. Bush seems to have a pile of evidence considerably higher than Clinton's erection. The difference I suppose is that nobody is putting up ten million dollars to pay a bunch of monkeys to push daily demands for Bush's head."

But, Shropshire Slasher, Max Sawicky is on your detestable depraved and debauched side of the aisle. I mean, that's like the right quoting an opinion about the war from some guy who writes for the Weekly Standard. What a biased source. And of course, decent right wing fascists like Pejman "I'll never let that bigot Rick Santorum frell me in the ass again....I mean (smiles demurely), I save my favors for the rest of the RNC, giggle..." Yousefzadeh and Pro Idiotarian the First would never do that. (One more point here, the fact that the current colonial leadership in Iraq was just sacked shows that the Weekly Standard guy was wrong and all those Shrill Hate America first journalists were right.)

Well, what about people that Glenn links to, like Futurepundit and Phil Carter? These guys are not liberals. Trust me. But here's Futurepundit on the chaos factor in Iraq:

News flash for you Donny: It would have been a lot less untidy if you had put as much effort into planning for the aftermath of the invasion as you did into the invasion itself. You could have sent over enough soldiers to be able to stomp down on the looting as soon as it started. If order had been established initially it would have been much easier to maintain it. Anyone familiar with the "Broken Windows" theory of policing could explain it to you. Go ask James Q. Wilson what you are doing wrong.

The excuse that the war has been over for such a short period of time misses the point: Just as the US is able to prosecute wars much more quickly it also ought to be able to restore order very quickly. But to restore order requires more boots on the ground than a war does and Rumsfeld did not want to send over that many troops. The problem is that the Bush Administration did not want to commit a large ground force for peacekeeping. When Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki told Congress a larger peacekeeping force would be needed Rumsfeld slapped down Shinseki for suggesting such an idea.
And he adds this:

Had it been done right with a larger ground force then once order had been established and a new police force was developed the larger ground force could have been scaled back. There would not have been this period of such lawlessness. But the Bush Administration chose a force size that is allowing the criminals to prey on the innocent in Iraq.

Phil Carter. a military man, chimes in and agrees:

"Analysis: This has to stop, and fast. Letting the Iraqis loot their National Museum and other buildings was bad; this is much worse. It's a safe bet that nascent pockets of organized crime have begun to form in Iraq, in the absence of any public force to maintain law and order. Organized crime elements will focus first on establishing order themselves -- by means of violence and extortion -- then they will start to fight one another for turf and control over various criminal syndicates. If the United States does not stop this crime with brute force and establish order, we will almost surely have to contend with larger, more complex, more organized crime problems in the future.

This is not the time to redeploy forces from Baghdad (as we're currently doing), nor is it the time to let the Iraqis try to police themselves. We must establish order with a firm hand, first, before disorder and chaos become the norm. Once people feel secure in their homes, and trust the U.S.-Iraqi authority to maintain the peace, then we can cede authority to the newly reconstituted Iraqi police. It's clear that the Iraqi police force is incapable (for now) of doing this job. American soldiers may not be police, and they may not be perfectly trained for this job. But they can certainly establish security by force and stop this criminal activity for as long as it takes to get the Iraqi civilian police up and running.

posted by Phillip at 3:10 PM"

Now, here's something that both Phil Carter and Mr. Parker haven't caught on to yet: The current American government doesn't give a fuck about the Iraqi people. It's all about the oil. In fact, as Ted Rall put it, they would like a number of spread out fiefdoms and Bantustans across Iraq. It makes it easier to control the oil. Remember: the main purpose of the war, hinted at by Glenn and his Four Riders Crew, is that force works and is in fact good. And the ruins of Afghanistan and Iraq will be the stark warning to all those who dare to defy the Empire...

• • • • •

The Watchers

WBW: Keeping track of the war exhortations of the warbloggers.

"Ideas are also weapons."

Amir Butler
A True Word


James Capozzola
The Rittenhouse Review

||| trr |||

Scoobie Davis
Scoobie Davis Online


Roy Edroso

Crank Watch

Eliot Gelwan
Follow Me Here


Green Flash


Jak King
Jak's View Fom Vancouver


Dr. Menlo
American Samizdat
Dr. Menlo Blogs From Space!
Exquisite Corpse
Sensual Liberation Army

Grady Oliver
Like Father Like Sun


Brad Olson
Like Father Like Sun


Philip Shropshire
Three River Tech Review

Dubya Watch

Smarter Sullivan

Warblogger Watch was created by the mysterious freedom fighter Eric A. Blair.

WBW template and additional production assistance by Dr. Menlo, M.D.

WBW Archives

Is WBW your favorite blog? Then send a message to MSNBC's Weblog Central and tell 'em!

They Really Like Us

". . . verve, venom, and a critical eye that would make Rageboy proud."
- A Klog Apart

". . . a great place to keep track of the foam-flecked rantings of the cyber-belligeratti."
- Justin Raimondo

Allies On The Page

Abuddhas Memes
Busy, Busy, Busy
Anil Dash
Douze Lunes
Eve of the Apocalypse
Follow Me Here
Hauser Report
High Water
History News Network
The Hive
Micah Holmquist
Incoming Signals
Interesting Monstah
Kill Your TV
Easter Lemming
Madeleine Kane
Mass Distractions
Nathan Newman
New World Disorder
One Good Move
Reading & Writing
Rittenhouse Review
Stage Left
Suspension of Disbelief
Travelers Diagram

Comrades In Un-Arms

Counterspin Central
Justin Raimondo
Smarter Andrew Sullivan

Powered By Blogger TM

Buds Babes Dicks Gay Porn HD Porn iPod Porn Midget Porn Circus Tranny Crave BBW Chaser Epic Porn Site