One of my worst sins in the Blogosphere is not reading Greenwald everyday. Today I went over to his place to atone…and found this. What can and cannot be spoken on television
Turkana mentioned the other day that we don’t hear from people inside Iraq. In fact we hear very little from inside Iraq. Which is pretty amazing when you stop to think about it. It’s not like we don’t have the technology…and now that the surge is working (hahahahahahaha-sob) reporters should be able to travel freely and report on conditions there and the mood of the people…and maybe even the people who are sort of miffed that their country has been destroyed for no reason, right?
Here is the clip on his page, please watch and read…and Greenwald has posted more of the transcript here.
ROSE: And obviously, what we want to accomplish on this fifth anniversary of the American invasion, or the coalition invasion of Iraq, is how they see it as Iraqis, five years later.
Give me an assessment.
ALI FADHIL: That’s a big question, assessment. Well, basically, probably, I`ll kind of sum it in a few words.
It’s — we have a country where the government is not functioning after five years. We have too many internal problems. And we have the violence increasing day after day.
We have a huge crisis of refugees inside and outside Iraq. We have a total failure of the — of the civilian — the civilian structure and what’s happening inside. We have the sectarian divisions increasing. We didn’t have that before. Now we have it.
So, basically, my assessment is we have a whole nation called Iraq, now it’s wiped out.
CHARLIE ROSE: And Iraq is worse off because the United States came?
ALI FADHIL: It’s worse off because the United States came to Iraq, definitely, and because the United States did all these mistakes in Iraq.
CHARLIE ROSE: So where do we go from here? Five years after the invasion of Iraq, what is a wise American policy?
ALI FADHIL: Let me start with telling you what is happening right now, what is the American policy right now in Iraq.
It’s so shame to say that America is in Iraq right now, and particularly the State Department and also the Pentagon as well, the U.S. Army in Iraq. They’re going back to Saddam’s policies in everything. . . . If you, you know, name it, name the most successful project of the surge — outcome of the surge, the (INAUDIBLE) councils. You know, these insurgents, the Sunnis, even Shiites.
CHARLIE ROSE: The so-called awakening.
ALI FADHIL: Awakening council, exactly. They’re giving them money to protect their own neighborhoods. Isn’t that the same what happened under Saddam? . . .
Anything [Americans] do — probably even in good intentions — is bad for us, everything they do, everything. There’s nothing they’re doing is right.
And that’s what is going to happen. It’s just prolonging the diaspora of the Iraqis. We’re suffering more and more every day. We need, you know, to start the salvation (ph). . .
SINAN ANTOON: The president today said something really obscene to my mind. He said Iraq is witnessing the first Arab uprising against al Qaeda.
We did not have al Qaeda in Iraq before.We had a ruthless dictatorship.