03.27.11

Sunday event log of permanent fail

Posted in Bombing Moe, Permanent Fail at 9:43 am by George Smith

From Bob Hebert at the New York Times:

So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home.

Welcome to America in the second decade of the 21st century. An army of long-term unemployed workers is spread across the land, the human fallout from the Great Recession and long years of misguided economic policies. Optimism is in short supply. The few jobs now being created too often pay a pittance, not nearly enough to pry open the doors to a middle-class standard of living …

When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.

G.E. is the nation’s largest corporation. Its chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, is the leader of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. You can understand how ordinary workers might look at this cozy corporate-government arrangement and conclude that it is not fully committed to the best interests of working people.

Not fully committed. Ya think?

I’ve never commented on other posts at SITREP on Globalsecurity but a post today takes the piece of cake.

It’s in the slot for Derek Reveron, a professor at the Naval War College. At SITREP he generally contributes a variety of pep talks on Afghanistan.

The post, is by someone named Gary Good, recommended by Reveron, professor. Good is a soldier who regularly deploys to Afghanistan and the piece is here.

It’s on Afghanistan, too, and leads to the author’s blog. One sentence jumps out.

And not in a good way:

We are here because me must Make Might Right.

Anyway, after reading it I was curious about the contributor’s blog. It’s here, called GoodWrites, where the fellow calls himself “The Writer.”

It’s understandably disappointing.

Wha’ happen’d to California, it asks. Was it the stinky hippies? And all the illegal immigrants cheating up the representation? And what about that 2010 census and all the Democrats?

Here — on how California is lost:

Was it the drugs and free love in the by-gone 60s?

Was it the change in the law that required the Census to attempt to count illegal immigrants and then apportion Congressional seats based on both citizens AND illegal immigrants?

Was it the communism and socialism promulgated through Hollywood?

What was it that killed this wonderful, beautiful state?

Actually, there was no change in law requiring the census to count illegal immigrants. Census-takers, and the census, did not ask whether a human being living in a residence was a citizen or not. It was not part of the mission. And there was no category on the census form for
legal or illegal status.

But it has always been the census’ mission to make the best full accounting of everyone living in the United States, something census workers patiently explained many times to all those polled.

Anyway, I think the appropriate response to this is: We are here because me must Make Might Right.

Me must Make Might Right.

Me must Make Might Right.

Me must Make Might Right.

Oot greet!” — Don Martin


Moving along to Bombing Moe. Readers now know when referring to an armored column, rebel, in Libya, we always mean a line of pick-up trucks with machine guns mounted in the back speeding along Libya’s coastal highway. And whenever the US has blown up one of Moe’s tanks, the rebel armored column will stop, all the men will dismount, run over to the tank, climb on top of it and jump up and down, often shooting their guns in the air.

These are the future leaders of Libya. Or at least the new jailers and militia.

From the wires:

Qatar, which has conducted at least one sortie over Libya, is the only Arab country known to have actively joined with the international force.

DD has made a running joke of Qatar. It’s presence has slipped in and out of the Odyssey Dawn order-of-battle since last week. One day Qatar is going to join, the next day gone.

Today — it’s in, with one transport plane and two French-made Mirages. But no yacht. That’s big.

So a good bet is that the “one sortie” was Qatar’s transport plane flying to Souda AFB in Greece.

So what about Qatar? It’s just the kind of “ally” you’d want to show other Arab nations are supporting the US in this Libyan fight — a very wealthy oil country run by the usual scumbags who import indentured labor to work for them.

From Wiki:

Qatar is a destination country for men and women from South and Southeast Asia who migrate willingly, but are subsequently trafficked into involuntary servitude as domestic workers and laborers, and, to a lesser extent, commercial sexual exploitation; the most common offence was forcing workers to accept worse contract terms than those under which they were recruited; other conditions include bonded labor, withholding of pay, restrictions on movement, arbitrary detention, and physical, mental, and sexual abuse.

According to the Trafficking in Persons Report by the US State Department, men and women who are lured into Qatar by promises of high wages are often forced into underpaid labor.

I think this calls for T-shirts. Perhaps with a flag of the country, or the image of the American-made transport plane Qatar flies. Along with the motto:

QAF Flying Emirs! Odyssey Dawn 2011! We stayed out of the way!

However, it’s only fair to mention most of the military action, other than ours, has been token in Odyssey Dawn.

Not to put to fine a point on it, this from the British Ministry of Defense:

“British Tornado GR4 Aircraft, on a mission over Libya yesterday afternoon in support of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 took part in a co-ordinated missile strike against units of Colonel Gaddafi’s Libyan Military.

“The Tornado aircraft launched a number of guided Brimstone missiles, destroying three armoured vehicles in Misrata and two further armoured vehicles in Ajdabiya. Brimstone is a high precision, low collateral damage weapon optimised against demanding and mobile targets.

5 Comments

  1. Chuck said,

    March 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Why Qatar? This, from the BBC running blog should pretty much sum it all up:

    “1451: Ali Tarhouni says the deal between the rebel council and Qatar, which is taking part in the no-fly zone operation, to sell oil produced in eastern Libya will help ensure “access to liquidity in terms of foreign-denominated currency”. “We contacted the oil company of Qatar and they agreed to take all the oil we export and market that oil for us. We have an escrow account… and the money will be deposited in this account. This way there is no middle man and we know where the money is going.”

    It’s About The Oil–Always Has Been.

  2. George Smith said,

    March 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Boy, that was fast. Haven’t even waited for the post mortem.

  3. Dave Latchaw said,

    March 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I wonder if the oil deal was worked out before the rebellion started.

  4. DD said,

    March 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I would think it was done early. The US news services were announcing Qatar’s participation in the coalition as soon as photos of the first bombing strikes came through.

  5. Chuck said,

    March 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I can’t even be cynical enough today.

    This, from yesterday’s (3/26/2011) Miami Herald:

    “WASHINGTON — The new leader of Libya’s opposition military spent the past two decades in suburban Virginia but felt compelled – even in his late-60s – to return to the battlefield in his homeland, according to people who know him.

    Khalifa Hifter was once a top military officer for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but after a disastrous military adventure in Chad in the late 1980s, Hifter switched to the anti-Gadhafi opposition. In the early 1990s, he moved to suburban Virginia, where he established a life but maintained ties to anti-Gadhafi groups.”

    Another Chalabi in the making?