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Knock Them Down In Order To Stand Them Up

By The Reverend Published: September 4, 2007

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Let's dust off the once popular slogan of the American executive neo-conservative regime, when speaking of their "plan" for Iraq, called..."Stand up-stand down".

In case some have forgotten, "stand up-stand down" was a catchy(in a stupid kind of way) phrase with the connotation of "standing up" a new Iraqi military so that our U.S. military could then "stand down". It's difficult for the world's lone superpower Leader to tell Americans the truth that our soldiers were never leaving Iraq, so these slogans of hope, like "stand-up, stand-down", were thrown out to help pacify us. These kinds of slogans made us think there would come a time when our soldiers would actually be leaving the "harm's way" neo-conservative maniacs had put them in.

Like so many other focus group tested phrases used by the American fascist leaders of our time, "stand-up, stand-down" had no real basis in fact or reality but it gave those Knee Padders in the media something substantial to write and talk about. Which, in turn, held American dissent at bay a while longer as the White House criminals worked on cranking up their new, improved and ever changing propaganda campaigns.

Let's review.

How did it happen that Bush's illegal war of aggression and occupation in Iraq resulted in Iraq having no military?

As Tuesday's New York Times now suggests, Coalition Provisional Authority viceroy L. Paul Bremer indeed told Bush that he planned to disband Saddam's military and that the President casually - and unquestioningly - went along for the ride.

Using letters provided by Bremer, the Times documents that President Bush indeed casually approved L. Paul Bremer's May 2003 plan to dissolve the Iraqi military. Bremer released both his May 22, 2003 letter detailing his plans and progress on de-Baathification and the disbanding of Saddam's army, as well as President Bush's May 23rd response.

In his May 22 letter, Bremer informs Bush that:

"We must make it clear to everyone that we mean business: that Saddam and the Baathists are finished...I will parallel this step [de-Baathification] with an even more robust measure dissolving Saddam's military and intelligence structures to emphasize that we mean business." Link

Don't you just love reviewing those macho, testosterone-filled words from Bremer? So resolute and strong and dare I say ....cocky. Ahhh...the heady days of Iraq, the conquerors had arrived.

Those Iraqi natives just needed a substantial display of "we mean business" and wise Paul Bremer, America's Viceroy and Medal of Freedom winner, knew that disbanding Saddam's old military was one good way to demonstrate how very serious and smart AND tough the U.S. was. Adding to Bremer's serious "we mean business" words were those "we mean business" construction boots....remember those? He meant business.....I mean hell....look at those boots.

Did Bush agree with Bremer's "we mean business" plan.....

In his shockingly brief May 23 response, Bush seemingly blesses Bremer's fateful step to dissolve the Iraqi military:

"Your leadership is apparent. You have quickly made a positive and significant impact. You have my full support and confidence. You also have the backing of our Administration that knows our work will take time."

Looks like Bush praised Bremer's decision to dismantle the Iraqi military. Was that the policy of our executive branch and military leadership before we invaded? Was the Codpiece simply congratulating Bremer on carrying out the pre-existing American policy agreed upon by all those brilliant White House and Pentagon and think tank minds, before the invasion?

In conversations Bush had with Robert Draper, author of the book Dead Certain, we find this....

Mr. Bush acknowledged one major failing of the early occupation of Iraq when he said of disbanding the Saddam Hussein-era military, "The policy was to keep the army intact; didn't happen."

But when Mr. Draper pointed out that Mr. Bush's former Iraq administrator, L. Paul Bremer III, had gone ahead and forced the army's dissolution and then asked Mr. Bush how he reacted to that, Mr. Bush said, "Yeah, I can't remember, I'm sure I said, 'This is the policy, what happened?' " But, he added, "Again, Hadley's got notes on all of this stuff," referring to Stephen J. Hadley, his national security adviser. Link

Bush, doing his best Gonzales imitation, says he "doesn't remember" how he responded to Bremer doing Decider work on this issue. He says that the policy was to "keep the army intact". But Bush's own letter to Bremer belies that statement now, doesn't it?

And so boys and girls, that's how our Great and Dear Leader has come to be called the Decider. George W. Bush decided to let others decide that the Iraqi military should be dismantled, which necessitated the highly dubious "stand-up, stand-down" slogan policy that followed.

Some might say that reviewing these great moments in Decider history concerning Iraq is actually a work of beating a dead horse. You know, overkill. And besides, haven't we long ago left behind the glorious slogan "stand-up, stand-down" to embrace the even more glorious and patriotic slogan "the surge"?

After reviewing the noble, brilliant, thoughtful and extremely well planned out decision in 2003 to disband the Iraqi military directly resulting in a 4+ year Iraqi insurgency killing over 3000 U.S. soldiers and leading to the neo-conservative "surge" slogan, is their any more questions or doubts about why it is George W. Bush calls himself the Commander Decider Guy?

And honestly, doesn't he deserve those titles?

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