War is Stupid Saturday

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Complete and utter devastation: The city of Jobar.

You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent a triumph of modern military science. Everything “networked.” It was to be a glorious dream of limited destruction combined with unlimited power and success. In reality, it would prove to be a nightmare of the first order.

If you want a single word to summarize American war-making in this last decade and a half, I would suggest rubble. It’s been a painfully apt term since September 11, 2001. In addition, to catch the essence of such war in this century, two new words might be useful: rubblize and rubblization. Let me explain what I mean.

In recent weeks, another major city in Iraq has officially been “liberated” (almost) from the militants of the Islamic State. However, the results of the U.S.-backed Iraqi military campaign to retake Mosul, that country’s second largest city, don’t fit any ordinary definition of triumph or victory. It began in October 2016 and, at nine months and counting, has been longer than the World War II battle of Stalingrad. Week after week, in street to street fighting, with U.S. airstrikes repeatedly called in on neighborhoods still filled with terrified Mosulites, unknown but potentially staggering numbers of civilians have died. More than a million people — yes, you read that figure correctly — were uprooted from their homes and major portions of the Western half of the city they fled, including its ancient historic sections, have been turned into rubble.

@ TOMSDISPATCH

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9 Responses to War is Stupid Saturday

  1. Den says:

    Spend trillions on wars and nitpick universal healthcare and infrastructure funding.

    Ripe for the Fascist picking, fill the corporate prisons with dissenters, feed them Aramark garbage food, try to outlaw everything related to free speech

    Now it looks like we are already there without a shot being fired, except by lunatic cops and crazed rednecks.

    USA Inc.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Just 48 minutes in the 90 °F heat to the Birch & Barley for a blackened catfish with corn on the cob dinner. Pigeons elsewhere today.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Round trip was 106 minutes. Tiny birds next to the Pullman Community Garden.

      Day 7: 392+106=498 minutes for the week.

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  3. Den says:

    95 here, ugly hot for this addled body, roses are going gangbusters, new buds everywhere.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    The Donald working for the Russian mafia?

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    JP Morgan traders get away with it.

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  6. Den says:

    Ready for your cat scan?

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