The Green Zone Follies June 19, 2006

By now, the news has been released here that two GIs were captured by Iraqi resistance people but I don’t know if the American media has published the names and units of the soldiers who were captured by the Iraqis on the 16 June, 06. They are:Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, Texas, Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore, both from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Given that the war has lasted longer than the Second World War and over a hundred thousand troops are involved, it is interesting that according to the DoD official records, no one has been captured. What is the reason for this unbelievable state of affairs? Mainly because when the Iraqis capture an American, they torture him to death, taping their fun and games and then notifying competent authority where they can find the mangled remains and the tapes. Generally, the bodies are in no condition to be seen by anyone so there is a special team of dieners from the DoD who first identify the remains and then pour gas on them and set them on fire.

The reason for this apparent barbaric behavior?

Officially, we have lost no one and the bodies are often so mutilated as to make it highly inadvisable to let local morticians or family members see them. An explosion of a homemade mine will not do to the bodies what the Iraqis do, so everyone is told they were burned up in a vehicle explosion. Here are the names of several more personnel: Spc. Christopher S. Merchant, 32, of Hardwick, Vt., died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on March, 06. Merchant was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, Jericho, Vt. Cpl. Joseph P. Bier, 22, of Centralia, Wash., 7 Dec, 05 .Bier was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Unfortunately, American troops are aware of these terrible deaths and that is one of the reasons why they do not like to take prisoners and, when possible, torture Iraqi wounded or prisoners or simply shoot houses full of women and children. No guerrilla war is pretty but this one is worse than most. The Japanese Army had a reputation for doing away with people but this consisted mostly of just shooting prisoners. They rarely tortured them or cut off body parts but this does not apply to the hated Iraqi guerrillas.

I saw two color pictures of the remains of a captured GI and I flatly refuse to look at any more. They are so bad I would not even think of publishing them, effective though they may be. Combat deaths are one thing but systematic and terrible torture is another. From a purely pragmatic point of view, we have no business here. We came to get the huge oil reserves but that has not and never will happen. The President is a mental case as even the top brass here knows, and he will not disengage under any circumstances so the death and injury tolls will continue to rise, at least until Congress gets its act together and defies the Rove Machine or Bush is run over by a crazy cow in Crawford. Johnson was a politician but the military had him by the balls in ‘Nam so he stayed the course until he saw it had destroyed him and he quit. Nixon saw the handwriting on the wall and disengaged. Both of these men, unscrupulous and manipulative though they might have been, were intelligent men but what we have in control now is a childish, spoiled brat filled with self-hatred and an inflexible personality. All the senior people here know this and Bush is detested as much as the pompous gasbag, Rumsfeld whom most of the commanders would love to use for target practice or convince him to go for a stroll, unguarded, in downtown Baghdad some evening. ”