Whatever Happened to Iraq?

I heard that there was this country that still had 130,000 US troops stationed in it but there was no word about them or what was happening in that country. You see, before this country, there was another one that had hosted our soldiers a few years previous but, like the wife of a South Carolina governor, had been ignored while our soldiers visited the other country for some hot one-on-one action. Now that affair has fizzled and we’ve gone back to the old country, who is a tad upset with us and has even gathered some neighbors around to help in her fight during our inattention. But what about the subject of our torrid affair? What ever happened to her?

It looks like we just don’t care anymore. Sure, a bomb may kill a bunch of her citizens but as long as it’s not our citizens, what’s the big deal? We may have given her the Ike Turner / Chris Brown treatment, but our love only goes so far, and we can’t heal all the wounds we inflicted. We haven’t even said we’re sorry yet.

Some say we’re leaving her in a state of “controlled chaos”. That chaos only exists in nature, animal nature, which is never really the best state to leave a place with lots of angry people with guns in a region full of angry people with guns with political ideas and the means to take control of a weakened nation-state. The British drew the lines and created a papier-mâché hornet’s nest. We put the stick in and stirred around until we didn’t like getting stung so much.

But no one cares anymore. You’re not a television show that people can sing or dance, or be fat and lose weight, you probably are a little smarter than a fifth grader, and not a dead paedophile. You can’t sell papers, digital or otherwise, and only those smarmy pajama-wearers of the blogosphere only ever give you some attention anymore.

Will we ever really leave our former bed-mate? Or will we stay there like we did Germany, and Japan, and Korea, and the hundred or so other bases our soldiers populate around the world? We may take our troops with us, back to our old flame and old war, but we will still leave a blood-stained footprint.

5 Comments

  1. Ian

    So Jordan, would you like to pass a law mandating what we watch on TV? I personally like Wipeout, those big red balls are funny.

  2. Jordan

    No but it’d be nice if the news actually got back to doing their job of providing important, relevant journalism vs the infotainment BS that is pushed these days. Problem is, what they cover is more market-driven so those who like Wipeout or American Idol are equally responsible for the dumbing down of the national dialogue.

  3. Ian

    I don’t think that’s a fair assessment. People can watch the evening news, read the newspaper, and still watch Wipeout. Furthermore, not everyone needs to give a damn about the Iraq War. Shocking I know. Oh sure, we all pay taxes which go to the military, but we certainly pay taxes for a lot of other things we don’t pay attention to as well. So, yeah, get off your high horse with how “informed” you are. Not everyone needs to have the same concerns as you. There is no objective right and wrong about what is more important.

  4. Jordan

    I quite enjoy my high horse so will remain on it. The whole point behind having a democracy is to have an informed public. They don’t have to care about Iraq as much as other people do but there is still a responsibility for it to be covered (the same as there is one for health care, transportation and other confusing ‘boring’ topics that they public at large should be informed about).

    It’s true that you can watch Wipeout (whatever that is) and still read/watch the news. But the lack of coverage in the major news outlets is what disconcerts me. People of our generation are more apt to use the internet for their news anyway but the people that actually vote and are active in the political realm (the generations before us) do not.

    not everyone needs to give a damn about the Iraq War. Shocking I know.

    And that type of apathy is what continues to erode our political system. They would probably start caring again if any new terrorist attacks got off the ground and killed folks on our soil again. “Not giving a damn” about what goes on in the rest of the world, especially due to our actions in it, is one reason we got 3000 dead on 9/11 (and an additional 3000 soldiers dead in Iraq).

  5. Ian

    Didn’t you see Clint’s post? This isn’t a democracy.

    “the same as there is one for health care, transportation and other confusing ‘boring’ topics that they public at large should be informed about”

    See here is your problem: You use the word “confusing” to make a value judgement about people’s intelligence just because they don’t care about what you care about. You certainly seem to think you are informed enough, thus the information must be easily obtainable, thus what is the problem exactly? Caring about the Iraq War makes you no more intelligent than someone who cares about American Idol. The two are not mutually exclusive, and neither implies anything whatsoever about intelligence and “good” citizenship.

    “Wipeout (whatever that is)”

    Its a show where fat people fall down and go boom. I got hooked on it after seeing a similar show in China called “Just Go”. Wipeout is narrated by one of the guys from Sportscenter, so you get all those cutesy jokes too as these people become human blooper reels. Oh, but aren’t you so precious for not knowing what it is!

    “People of our generation are more apt to use the internet for their news anyway but the people that actually vote and are active in the political realm (the generations before us) do not.”

    See I don’t think you can back this up with real data, and I would actually guess it goes the other way with those who vote generally being more informed, regardless of age and method of obtaining information. When you hold an opinion poll with voluntary participation, generally you do not get an accurate representation of a population. This is because those with stronger opinions are far more likely to respond to the opinion poll. Isn’t that what an election is?

    ““Not giving a damn” about what goes on in the rest of the world, especially due to our actions in it, is one reason we got 3000 dead on 9/11 (and an additional 3000 soldiers dead in Iraq).”

    Oh ok, so Osama Bin Laden getting a group of guys together to crash planes into the WTC was OUR fault. I didn’t realize we forced them to do such a thing.