blogenlust
12.22.2004

Occupation Is Messy


People continue to needlessly die because of Donald Rumsfeld, yet he still has a job, and the President's Chief of Staff thinks he's doing a "spectacular job." Here is what Rumsfeld had to say today, in response to the attack at the dining hall in Mosul:
"Someone who's attacking can attack at any place at any time using any technique, and it is an enormous challenge to provide force protection, something that our forces worry about, work on constantly. They have to be right 100 percent of the time. An attacker only has to be right occasionally," Rumsfeld said.
Besides being a great counterargument to his missile defense proposal, it also ignores the fact that people had been worried about an attack at this dining hall for months. This wasn't a freak accident, these people were sitting ducks!
CNN personnel who have visited the base said the dining area is a tent-like facility with no hardened protection -- and that soldiers had specifically raised concerns that they could be targeted by insurgents at meal time. One had told CNN it was only a matter of time before there was an attack on the mess hall. "There is a level of vulnerability when you go in there, and you don't feel like there's a hard roof over your head," said Lt. Col. Paul Hastings, an officer at Camp Marez.
I think Kos is right, this was borderline criminal negligence. Look, this situation fucking sucks. We're left with a huge mess that is getting worse by the day and there isn't a light at the end of the tunnel. Some people back in Washington are hesistant about getting of rid of Rumsfeld because they think we're at such a crucial stage that his dismissal might screw things up. Clearly, these people aren't paying attention. Things can't get much worse, so why not try and find a Secretary of Defense that isn't an incompetent arrogant war criminal? What's the worst that could happen? Iraq goes to shit? It's too late!!