Who is Charley Reese?



Well he is a guy in America that writes some columns and he happend to personally go to the Congressional hearings wherein Rumsfeld testified that he didn't do it/order it/sanction it, and wherein the camera shy (not) Senators merely tried and convicted the junior enlisteds caught in the headlights.
For Wednesday, May 19, 2004
End Self-Delusion - Charley Reese

"If you have any sense of justice, do not allow the United States government to make scapegoats out of a few enlisted people at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. That, of course, is exactly what Washington has in mind, and it has already begun the process.

When this story first broke, I said it smelled of intelligence and the CIA, and so it does. The purpose of the humiliation and the photographs was to break down resistance to interrogation — to, as the Pentagon so euphemistically puts it, "soften them up."

Now, there is one certainty you can count on when you deal with the military: Enlisted people do not originate anything. They follow orders. They follow orders of lieutenants, who obey captains, who obey majors, who obey lieutenant colonels, who obey colonels (full birds, they are called), who obey generals, who obey other generals, who obey civilians in the Defense Department. If ever there was a trickledown organization, it is the U.S. military.

As part of my duty, I endured the two sessions of bull at which Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appeared. Leave it to a bunch of bloviating senators to make Rumsfeld appear almost heroic. Almost, but not quite.

The strategy was clear. The young Americans at Abu Ghraib were being disowned. Everyone took great care to say they were not typical, just bad apples, not representative of America's true values.

Oh? Which country has an $8 billion pornography industry? You can see stuff as raunchy as those pictures on cable television, on a zillion Internet porn sites and sometimes in gay pride parades. Whose commercial entertainment industry thinks the only things that sell are sex and violence? Which country has the largest prison population in the world? Which country, in 1999, had more than 15,000 murders and 89,000 forcible rapes?"
America is buggered, not as a victim, but because it is responsible for a lot of the buggering. Stand back for the Blowback because it is coming.
He has just put into writing what the rest of us have been feeling for 'a while'!

sounds like one american who isn't taken in by the 'everything is ok if the USA says it is'.

Nexts you'll be telling me that he understands the truth behind irony,
and that slapstick, like benny hill, is just something for the rednecks to chuckle at!


dui-lai said:

this thread makes sense. Your others don't :wink:
I am humbled - thanks. Charley is a homespun kinda American guy.

Notwithstanding some of my silly ranting, many of us here on this side of the pond including me are very very vexed by the US Govenment atm.
Oh good - we get a new one to take the p1ss out of! :lol:
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