Surrounded by wee ones in all their glorious cuteness, I'm nonetheless unable to document any of it due to this foul, angry mood.
I've stayed away from political blogging, mostly from ambivalence. Last year I devoted most of my time to writing a political blog (and gave very little thought to this blog) but after the train wreck of November 2, 2004, my heart went out of politics. It was apparent to me my that my country had been hijacked by a bunch of heartless, brainless goons intent on enriching themselves and corporate crooks while wiping their ass with the Constitution. My faith in this country has been completely deflated along with my will to write a political blog.
That faith took another hit today. Reading what's featured in today's column by Bob Herbert in the NYT is absolutely infuriating:
The officer's comment was a harbinger of the gratuitous violence that, according to Mr. Delgado, is routinely inflicted by American soldiers on ordinary Iraqis. He said: "Guys in my unit, particularly the younger guys, would drive by in their Humvee and shatter bottles over the heads of Iraqi civilians passing by. They'd keep a bunch of empty Coke bottles in the Humvee to break over people's heads."
He said he had confronted guys who were his friends about this practice. "I said to them: 'What the hell are you doing? Like, what does this accomplish?' And they responded just completely openly. They said: 'Look, I hate being in Iraq. I hate being stuck here. And I hate being surrounded by hajis.' "
"Haji" is the troops' term of choice for an Iraqi. It's used the way "gook" or "Charlie" was used in Vietnam.
I can't see how anyone, right or left, would consider this defensible, acceptable, or make them proud to be an American. I swear to God, if the 2006 election doesn't exhibit an anti-neocon/anti-James Dobson backlash, I'm moving to Europe.
Oh, by all means, I'm expecting gutless conservative trolls to leave cowardly 'anonymous' comments because A) it happens all the time and B) they lack the brains and gonads to risk a truly reasoned argument.