On September 6th, there was an op-ed piece in the New York Times by L. Paul Bremer (the 3rd) titled “How I Didn’t Dismantle Iraq’s Army.” I trust you already know this, but in case our national obsession with OJ and Britney has lapsed your memory, Bremer was head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq from 2003 to 2004.
Bremer’s tale is a classic political dodge to avoid finger-pointing. Regardless of who ultimately laid off half a million armed men, the decision had devastating results for the Iraqi people and their American occupiers (we buried one of them yesterday in a small town near here). On September 14th, the New York Times posted a video rebuttal to Bremer’s op-ed that features both his subordinates and superiors more or less saying the man is a liar:
There is also a link to Bremer’s original op-ed at this site. The video, by Charles Ferguson, runs around 10 minutes. Ferguson is the producer of “No End In Sight” (http://www.noendinsightmovie.com/), “the first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, … a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality.”
Is there not any way to impeach a war criminal President and his war criminal cronies for pathological stupidity? Remember the scenes in that old TV show where Barney Fife had to hand over his single bullet to Andy Griffith every time he did something stupid? Seems to me we’re way, way past that point with this Barney Fife president…