One of the less publicized criticisms of the Bush administration, but one I think is extremely important, is the way they use language. This criticism refers to the use of highly simplistic terminology such as “good” and “evil”; “with us” or “against us”; and the like. It appears that this kind of language has been adopted by certain military commanders in the field in Iraq.
Take Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, for example. There is a preponderance of evidence supporting the claim of witnesses and survivors that the U.S. bombed a wedding party last week, killing dozens of innocent people, but the U.S. military’s official line still persists: the house was a “safehouse” for “foreign fighters,” and the majority of the dead were “terrorists.” Well, now it appears that the Associated Press has obtained video of the wedding ceremony that supports the existing evidence and testimony.
The official denial of what is increasingly looking like a deadly misuse of force by the U.S. is bad enough. But just listen to Gen. Kimmitt’s particular interpretation of the evidence on hand (which included “fragments of musical instruments, pots and pans and brightly colored beddings used for celebrations”): “There may have been some kind of celebration. Bad people have celebrations, too.”
Now, it may be that this whole story is just an elaborate hoax played upon the world by Syrian or Iranian extremists; perhaps it is only an attempt to pile further bad press on a U.S. enterprise that is already doing itself enough P.R. harm. However, until I see evidence of such a convoluted conspiracy, I will submit that Brig. Gen. Kimmitt is just another in a long line of Bush administration officials who is able to stand in front of a camera and, with a straight face, prove himself to be a smug, lying sack of shyt.
What decent human being could possibly want four more years of this?