ChickenBones: A Journal
for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes
Bush and Co. are committed to occupying and permanently controlling Iraq.
They never developed an exit scenario . . . . However they were stunned
by the level and effectiveness of the resistance
The Con Game Continues
By Junious Ricardo Stanton
Five months after the United States was forced by lack of support to drop a U.N. resolution seeking authority to attack Iraq, administration officials say they do not want a repeat of that battle. They say they expect the United States to engage in quiet, behind-the-scenes negotiations on the text of the resolution, to ensure it would be agreeable to the veto-wielding permanent members and the rest of the Security Council, and to project a unanimous, internationally backed stand on what happens next in Iraq. The effort to secure international assistance is “a tacit admission that we don’t have the forces there to get the job done,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “If we don’t turn things around in the next few months, we are facing a very serious long-term, problem.” Diplomats say placing reconstruction under U.N. auspices would make it easier to garner contributions from nations that opposed the war, notably France and Germany. Belgium also said last week that it may be willing to donate money if the United Nations was “playing a central role” in reconstruction Associated Press report date Sept. 3, 2003
The Bush administration in a shameless about face is scrambling to garner UN participation in what for them is becoming an increasingly embarrassing debacle in Iraq. After calling the UN irrelevant because it did not rubber stamp his aggression and planned pillage of Iraq, Bush now finds himself in deep do-do. Militarily, he faces stiffening Iraqi resistance, mounting US casualties, domestic fall out from the wars increasing costs, internal strife which is threatening to turn Iraq into full blown guerrilla war ,and a major PR and propaganda headache to put a positive spin on an obviously poorly planned occupational strategy.
Bush and Co. are preparing to bribe the UN and any nation willing to risk partnering in his quagmire in Iraq. Seeing his re-election chances sinking as the occupation costs and casualties escalate, Bush is forced to eat crow and persuade France and Germany to back his new plan for UN inclusion in the reconstruction of Iraq. For their part Old Europe has been cool towards Bushs overtures preferring to make him sweat and squirm as they parley theirs votes as veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council while they press for an even wider role for the UN in Iraq.
For public consumption Bush talks about giving the UN a role in the reconstruction of Iraq. Behind the scenes Bush and Co. are desperately seeking ways to minimize their costs of the Iraqi occupation and extricate themselves from the folly and deepening negative consequences of their go it alone, winner take all policies.
Foolishly listening to their own trumped up intelligence and exiled Iraqi dissidents who told them what they wanted to hear in return for promises of power and support once Saddam Hussein was overthrown — Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Co now find themselves having to face the reality that imperialism and nation molding on a grand scale are not the same as doing little stuff like undermining the economy of a country or covert regime change like they are attempting in Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
Most of the media focus has been on Iraq because their lies came unraveled immediately not finding any WMD. But the media has yet to address the situation in Afghanistan where the country has deteriorated to the point the only turf the US forces control is the capital and that is precarious.
The US media keeps the AmeriKKKan public asleep and ignorant of what is really going on in Afghanistan and is doing the best it can to minimize the travesty in Iraq. Unfortunately for Bush the world is watching and they see how inept his plan is.
Ahmed Chalabi — the wanna-be president of Iraq and his Iraqi National Congress, a creation of an AmeriKKKan PR firm — sold Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz on the idea that US troops would be warmly welcomed and greeted with rose petals. Instead the Iraqis resent their presence and want them out. The US handpicked the ruling Iraqi Council but the inter-and-intra factional intrigue Saddam Hussein ruthlessly kept in check is erupting in the puppet council selected by the US.
Tensions are mounting: resistance is growing despite of or perhaps because of the conspicuous shows of force by the US invaders (like the displaying of the bodies Husseins sons in blatant disrespect of Muslim tradition) and vital services and a sense of normalcy have not returned to the country. Anger and chaos abound and the resistance forces are astutely taking advantage of the situation.
Bush and Co. are committed to occupying and permanently controlling Iraq. They never developed an exit scenario (remember the US has kept troops in Europe and Japan for fifty years!). However they were stunned by the level and effectiveness of the resistance which is growing daily. The only way to save face and still accomplish their objectives of expropriating Iraqi oil and establishing US hegemony in the region is to persuade the UN to join their imperialistic quicksand party.
posted 11 September 2003
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By Michele Alexander
Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama’s political success and Oprah Winfrey’s financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today… than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don’t know the truth about mass incarcerationbut her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.Publishers Weekly
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Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis
Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as “the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field ‘cut their teeth’.”
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