Pentagon PsyOps Chicanery: The Great Zarqawi’s Demise
The greatest villain in recent history, a man who became the very personification of the ugly, bloody, unexpected (if you actually believe the Machiavellian acolytes that are Leo Strauss enthralled neocons) insurgency and the only Al Qaeda franchisee who could be positively placed in Iraq in the run up to the invasion has reportedly been killed in a bombing attack, there was no immediate word as to whether there was any `collateral damage’ as far as women and children but who would really give a rat’s ass anyway? Things are getting pretty fucking bad when the Pentagon finds it necessary to blow up their poster boy in order to one more time reach a `turning point’ in Iraq (gag) and begin to restore some of the luster to the metaphorical never-ending `war on terror’ to juice Republicans for the upcoming mid-term elections and justify further intrusions on American civil liberties.
The news came fast and furious and just in time for the morning news cycle where it was a dead bang certainty that it would dominate the coverage throughout the day. Pictures of the dead body were proudly displayed like a trophy much the same way that the sons of Saddam were a few years back and video of the two 500 pound bombs blowing up the location where the dreaded uber-terrorist was finally cornered like a rat were available online and on demand on CNN.com and others. The question that cynics such as myself are likely asking is why in the hell was there any corpse to display after these bombs destroyed the building that he was in? Hmmm. And as usual once an inconvenient question came up the Bushists and their propaganda machine did what they always do best:
Today’s spin is that while the Zarqawi’s corpse was not reduced to so much low-grade hamburger meat is that he survived the bombing and actually tried to escape from the stretcher as his ass was being hauled out of the rubble of the safehouse that was otherwise completely destroyed! Jesus, we knew the guy was good but how did we ever manage to kill Superman without fucking Kryptonite? This is one tough motherfucker if he survived the attack that killed him only to die later while trying to escape!
Jesus Pete, is there any lie that is too shameless for these shape shifters and reality benders?
George W. Bush’s renewed swagger was apparent and the latest attempt to recapture the halcyon days as national strong daddy and `the war president’ was at least for one day a smashing success as the MSM was on this story as though it were the second coming of Natalee Holloway. While Bush pumped out his chest and enjoyed his moment in the limelight now that he could proudly re-launch his previously failed product `Can-O-Whoop Ass’ the news conferences of others were sprinkled with caveats and qualifiers:
“Given the nature of the terrorist networks, really a network of networks, the death of Zarqawi, while enormously important, will not mean the end of all violence in that country”
Said Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld by golly.
US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalizad stated:
Bush’s Poodle Tony Blair yapped:
“The death of al-Zarqawi is a strike against Al-Quaida in Iraq, and therefore a strike against Al-Quaida everywhere. But we should have no illusions. We should know that they will continue to kill.”
Even Bush himself conceded:
SO EXACTLY WHAT THE BIG FUCKING DEAL HERE?
You mean that after all of the hoopla and posturing over killing Zarqawi that they are saying that basically nothing’s changed right? And oh, by the way, the bombs kept exploding and the body count continued to ratchet upward after the news came out.
Of course the big winners were the `Dukes of Douchbaggery’ that are the fascist goon squad of right-wing pundits and propagandists who mercilessly harangued and hectored the pitiful Democrats for not being happy enough and the left in general for not groveling at the feet of the victory that was further proof of the imminent greatness of King George.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this is a planned culmination to a massive coordinated operation to restore some of the sheen to Bush’s waning aura and put lipstick on the pig that is the meat grinder of Iraq. Other than the obvious suspicious timing to pull the shell game and hide the peas that are war atrocities from the dimwitted public with saturation coverage of the killing of `Al-Zarqawi’ was I the only one who happened to notice the recent abundance of live video of a man who was as elusive as a ghost for years (unless of masked and performing executions on hostages) with only the same stock, grainy black and white mugshot available? In recent weeks Zarquawi has been as ubiquitous as Bradgelina, Anna Nicole Smith or the latest American Idol.
Recent reports indicated that Al-Zarqawi was beginning to become a hindrance to the movement and was being demoted due to being a fuckup unfit to milk Osama’s goats and the planners in Rove and Rummy’s Reichstag probably decided that now was the time to pull the trigger on `Operation Save GOP Asses’ before the word began to spread that their phantom menace had been largely a creation of hype and PR from day one and what better time than to terminate the bastard with extreme prejudice than as a capper on a week of gay marriage amendments, estate tax cut votes, foiled alleged terrorist plots and other assorted red meat chunks thrown to the Bushists to shore up the regime’s flagging support.
And the evil rodeo clowns just keep making us take our pratfalls for their ongoing amusement at the great role reversal where democracy is turned into the will of the few rather than the many. The greatest tragedy in all of this is that we are only too willing to wallow in the bullshit while they laugh and laugh and enjoy the show.