have never seen a head so far up a Presidential
ass (pardon my Falluja) than the one I saw last
night at the "news conference" given by George
W. Bush. He's still talking about finding "weapons
of mass destruction" -- this time on Saddam's
"turkey farm." Turkey indeed. Clearly the White
House believes there are enough idiots in the
17 swing states who will buy this. I think they
are in for a rude awakening.
been holed up for weeks in the editing room finishing
my film ("Fahrenheit 911"). That's why you haven't
heard from me lately. But after last night's Lyndon
Johnson impersonation from the East Room -- essentially
promising to send even more troops into the Iraq
sinkhole -- I had to write you all a note.
can we stop the Orwellian language and start using
the proper names for things? Those are not "contractors"
in Iraq. They are not there to fix a roof or to
pour concrete in a driveway. They are MERCENARIES
and SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE. They are there for the
money, and the money is very good if you live
long enough to spend it.
is not a "company" doing business in Iraq. It
is a WAR PROFITEER, bilking millions from the
pockets of average Americans. In past wars they
would have been arrested -- or worse.
Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation
are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy."
They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their
numbers will grow -- and they will win. Get it,
Mr. Bush? You closed down a friggin' weekly newspaper,
you great giver of freedom and democracy! Then
all hell broke loose. The paper only had 10,000
readers! Why are you smirking?
year after we wiped the face of the Saddam statue
with our American flag before yanking him down,
it is now too dangerous for a single media person
to go to that square in Baghdad and file a report
on the wonderful one-year anniversary celebration.
Of course, there is no celebration, and those
brave blow-dried "embeds" can't even leave the
safety of the fort in downtown Baghdad. They never
actually SEE what is taking place across Iraq
(most of the pictures we see on TV are shot by
Arab media and some Europeans). When you watch
a report "from Iraq" what you are getting is the
press release handed out by the U.S. occupation
force and repeated to you as "news."
currently have two cameramen/reporters doing work
for me in Iraq for my movie (unbeknownst to the
Army). They are talking to soldiers and gathering
the true sentiment about what is really going
on. They Fed Ex the footage back to me each week.
That's right, Fed Ex. Who said we haven't brought
freedom to Iraq! The funniest story my guys tell
me is how when they fly into Baghdad, they don't
have to show a passport or go through immigration.
Why not? Because they have not traveled from a
foreign country -- they're coming from America
TO America, a place that is ours, a new American
territory called Iraq.
is a lot of talk amongst Bush's opponents that
we should turn this war over to the United Nations.
Why should the other countries of this world,
countries who tried to talk us out of this folly,
now have to clean up our mess? I oppose the U.N.
or anyone else risking the lives of their citizens
to extract us from our debacle. I'm sorry, but
the majority of Americans supported this war once
it began and, sadly, that majority must now sacrifice
their children until enough blood has been let
that maybe -- just maybe -- God and the Iraqi
people will forgive us in the end.
then, enjoy the "pacification" of Falluja, the
"containment" of Sadr City, and the next Tet Offensive
- oops, I mean, "terrorist attack by a small group
of Baathist loyalists" (Hahaha! I love writing
those words, Baathist loyalists, it makes me sound
so Peter Jennings!) -- followed by a "news conference"
where we will be told that we must "stay the course"
because we are "winning the hearts and minds of
write again soon. Don't despair. Remember, the
American people are not that stupid. Sure, we
can be frightened into a war, but we always come
around sooner or later -- and the one way this
is NOT like Vietnam is that it hasn't taken the
public four long years to figure out they were
if Bush would just quit speaking in public and
giving me more free material for my movie, I can
get back to work and get it done. I've got four
weeks left 'til completion.
Posted: April 18, 2004