as i remarked earlier at nick’s place, i’m amazed by my own incredulity in regards to iraq. years of horrors, injustices and lies notwithstanding, i can still be moved to invoke a god whose existence i question, and ask how the fuck this could be happening.
so it goes with today’s hearings about our treatment of veterans:
Representative Tierney said he wondered whether the problems in treating large numbers of wounded veterans were “just another horrific consequence” of inadequate planning for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or whether contracting work out to private companies was a factor.
Of course Tierney’s question is rhetorical, and his work on this issue could prove effective: I have no idea whether he’s crap or not crap, honestly. But Tierney’s question is itself a sign of the times, and reflective of the mile-wide, inch-deep nature of our public discourse on the war. No wonder nobody’s doing anything to stop it; I’m not sure that ‘the people’ have been apprised of the correct terms in which to ask for it.
Senator Tierney: your “poor planning” or “contracting out” binary is false. The privatization of this war – its outsourcing to logistics moguls, national guard weekend warriors, private militias and maybe even oil honchos – is indeed the condition of possibility* for our “poor planning.” Walter Reed is just one abject outcome of a plan to cede war planning to contractors and forestall the consequences until they are irreversible or until their architects are out of office (or both).
Another “poor plan” is our clientelistic faith that we can stop the war by voting for the blue team in November of 2006 or 2008. We’re doing our own bit of contracting out on that score. Have “we” told our leadership to “get out now” yet? Is there a “we” yet? Until there is, expect a circular chorus of “non-binding resolutions” and “cut and run” horseshit.
* Kev-dog: hopefully this Derridian gambit qualifies this as the good kind of political post.