Press Secretary Dana Perino: Spinning Lies for the Butcher of Baghdad

Every American of conscience should read Michael Massing’s latest article in the New York Review of Books. It’s titled, “Iraq: The Hidden Human Costs.” As Mr. Massing makes clear, the human costs of Bush’s butchery in Iraq have remained hidden largely because there are “limitations imposed by the political climate in which the [mainstream] press works.”

Massing attributes the reluctance of editors and producers to print and broadcast news about Bush’s butchery in Iraq to the fact that “most Americans simply do not want to know too much about the acts being carried out in their name.” Or, as Scott Ritter has put it, “very few Americans function as citizens anymore.”

But, quoting from Generation Kill, by Evan Wright, Massing describes the initial American onslaught on Nasiryah: “During our thirty-six hours outside Nasiryah they [Marines] have already lobbed an estimated 2,000 [artillery] rounds into the city.”

“Entering the city with the Marines . . . we pass a bus, smashed and burned, with charred human remains sitting upright in some windows. There’s a man in the road with no head and a dead little girl, too, about three or four, lying on her back. She’s wearing a dress and has no legs.”

Describing another of the thousands of disasters that have been unleashed by America’s butcher of Baghdad, Massing writes about US soldiers who were manning a roadblock. As cars approached the roadblock, the soldiers would fire warning shots that, as often as not, caused scared Iraqis to speed up. After one such car had been shot at, “a Marine named Graves goes to help a little girl cowering in the back seat, her eyes wide open. As he goes to pick her up, ‘thinking about what medical supplies he might need to treat her…the top of her head slides off and her brains fall out.'”

Writing for the Daily Mirror (UK) from Fallujah in April 2003, Chris Hughes reported: “I watched in horror as American troops opened fire on a crowd of one thousand unarmed people here yesterday. Many, including children, were cut down by a twenty-second burst of automatic gunfire during a demonstration against the killing of thirteen protestors at the Al-Kaahd school on Monday.” [Dahr Jamail, Beyond the Green Zone, p. 132]

In that same Fallujah, approximately one year later, “one victim of the U.S. military aggression after another was brought into the clinic, nearly all of them women and children, carried by weeping family members. Those who had not been hit by bombs from warplanes had been shot by U.S. snipers.” [Ibid, p. 138]

Of the hundreds of civilians killed and wounded in Fallujah in 2004, reporter Dahr Jamail personally witnessed an “eighteen-year-old girl [who] had been shot through the neck. She was making breathy gurgling noises as the doctors frantically worked on her amid her muffled moaning…Her younger brother, a small child of ten with a gunshot wound to his head from a marine sniper, his eyes glazed and staring into space, continually vomited as the doctors raced to save his life.” [Ibid, p. 137] Both children died.

Similar atrocities in Iraq prompted Jeffery Carazales, a lance corporal from Texas, to rage: “I think it’s bullshit how these fucking civilians are dying!” “They are worse off than the guys that are shooting at us. They don’t even have a chance. Do you think the people at home are going to see this — all these women and children we’re killing? Fuck no. Back home they’re glorifying this motherfucker. I guarantee you. Saying our president is a fucking hero for getting us into this bitch. He ain’t even a real Texan.” [Massing]

Not even a “real” Texan? Hell, we first must question whether either Bush or Cheney are even “real” — by which I mean “decent” — human beings. After all, do you personally know anyone who could lie about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and ties to al Qaeda in order to remove Saddam Hussein from power for the sake of oil and Israel — especially if he knew that his invasion would inevitably blow off the limbs of hundreds, if not thousands, of three-year-old girls and split open the skulls of hundreds, if not thousands more?

No, of course not. Unless, of course, you happen to know personally one of America’s despicable neoconservatives, one of America’ crackpot Christian Zionists or Bush’s latest press secretary, Dana Perino. It was Ms. Perino, who, on November 30th, placed her own humanity in a lock box when she offered journalist Helen Thomas the following lie: “To suggest that we, the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.”

Although such lies might still work with many loyal saps in the Republican Party and the many Americans who have jettisoned citizenship for shopping and television addictions, the rest of the world knows the truth. And it is not amused! Unfortunately, all Americans, not just the stupid and immoral ones, will have to pay for the world’s condemnation.

Walter C. Uhler is an independent scholar and freelance writer whose work has been published in numerous publications, including Dissident Voice, The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Military History, the Moscow Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. He also is President of the Russian-American International Studies Association (RAISA). He can be reached at: Read other articles by Walter C., or visit Walter C.'s website.

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  1. gerald spezio said on December 4th, 2007 at 8:18am #

    Bubbles Gilardi is the libidinous dumb wop sexual toy in Phillip Roth’s seminal creative novel on Jewish-Italian-sexual relations; “Portnoy’s Complaint.”

    Phillip Roth originally named his “approachable and available” goyim trash, Dana Perinio, but ultimately went for Bubbles Gilardi as connoting a more dumb wop flavor.

    All that titillating literary trash about the glass topped table and ignorant wop Bubbles participation in perverse poo-pooing is a literary device to sell who knows what – as well as literature and the passionate Italian connection.

    It is a literature and communication thing.
    It’s very convoluted; so you have to read in what it all means, if anything.

    Roth has creativity and Jewish humor.
    All the other literary bastards who write about dumb perverse wops are anti-wop.

  2. gerald spezio said on December 4th, 2007 at 8:53am #

    A news release by a free lance communications-person out of Teheran has it that Dalia Itzik’s nick name is Bubbles.

    The news release has been traced to an Israeli law firm in Tel Aviv.

    Or so the yuppie Islamo fascist peeyar bastards claim.

    You never know where the anti-anti-anti-bullshit is coming from.

    When temporary top-wop, Nancy Pelosi, did a photo-op with Itzik, the name, Bubbles, was not mentioned at all.

    Some Merican peeyar dis-information bastards are going about claiming that Rudolph Guiliani, attorney for the people and number two wop, used to call his first wife – Bubbles.

    Dana Perino has not as yet labeled the story about Guiliani – a preposterous yuppie peeyar fabrication similar to ethical Mericans murdering Palestinian and Iraqi babies for Israel, Zionism, or oil.

  3. gerald spezio said on December 5th, 2007 at 10:54am #


    The probability that sweet Dana Perino will ever mention the suffering and dying GAZA Palestinian women and children locked up the GENOCIDAL ISRAELI CONCENTRATION CAMP approaches certainty.

  4. johnnie said on December 5th, 2007 at 6:18pm #

    spezio i can’t decide if you are undergoing an orgy of self-loathing or some sort of libidinous frustation with that smug bitch or both. p.s. i am not referring to helen thomas.

  5. gerald spezio said on December 6th, 2007 at 7:41am #

    In Gino Marcharoni’s upcoming ribald novel, “De Simone’s Complaint – A Wop’s Loving Rebuttal,” the hero is a wop guy named, Dino De Simone.

    Dino plays havoc and everything else with the morals and terrific body of a nubile and wealthy upper class Jewish goil named, Ellie Cohen .

    The Jewish goil, Ellie Cohen, is hopelessly stupid, but so sexual that she makes beautiful wop goils suffer from low self esteem.

    Manipulating wop Dino uses the dumb Jew goil just like Portnoy used the schicksa bonehead and hot meat, Bubbles Gilardi.

    Marchetti’s brilliant wop creativity will surely go to litigation in the real world of law and justice because of his book’s vicious anti-Semitism as interpreted by a Harvard Professor of Law and Defamation Studies.


  6. gerald spezio said on December 6th, 2007 at 7:51am #

    More critically important examples of rampant and vicious anti-Semitism by Iowa farm kid and NASA scientist, James Hansen, by the NY Times here;

  7. gerald spezio said on December 6th, 2007 at 8:01am #

    If you want to see some examples of vicious and rampant anti-Semitism, just check out the anti-Semitism (including anti-Semitic statements) of the SUFFERING AND DYING PALESTINIANS in the GAZA CONCENTRATION CAMP designed by the Israelis to wipe the Palestinians off the face of the earth.

    The Palestinians in the filthy rotten ISRAELI CONCENTRATION CAMP are probably the most vicious of the anti-Semites, in my opinion.