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November 18, 2008

The White Man's Burden Seems Particularly Heavy Today

Andrew McCarthy of National Review:

For the United States in Iraq, nothing is ever be blunt, the Iraqis remain ingrates.

Henry Morton Stanley:

The blacks give an immense amount of trouble; they are too ungrateful to suit my fancy.

(Title recycled from here. McCarthy via.)

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at November 18, 2008 07:20 PM
What’s more, no matter how randy the mullahs get as they build their nukes and saber-rattle against Israel and other American interests, the agreements prohibit the United States from using its current military bases in Iraq to stage operations against Iran or any other nation.

kinda whiny for a hawk, isn't he? nobody ever told him about the navy, i guess. seems odd. maybe we could cut its budget though and he wouldn't notice.

Posted by: hapa at November 18, 2008 08:21 PM

I thought you were exaggerating. He really did call them ingrates.

He also said that America's only interest in the region was toppling Saddam and his weapons-proliferating regime.

Too bad he forgot about the oil and the fact that Saddam had no weapons of consequence.

What a useless turd.

Posted by: thwap at November 18, 2008 08:33 PM

Hand that man a rifle and a passport.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at November 18, 2008 08:50 PM

I don't have the link handy, but according to a book review in the Nation, Dexter Filkins, the NYT embedded reporter, also has had this "ingrate" reaction to the Iraqis. It's sort of a common reaction, like Democratic politicians who express outrage over the 70 billion dollars the Iraqis have when we've been spending billions alternatively blowing up their country and then paying for (often substandard) repairs.

Posted by: Donald Johnson at November 18, 2008 10:10 PM

This last point is the one that gnaws. Thousands of American lives and hundreds of billions in taxpayer funds have been expended to provide Iraqis the opportunity to live freely.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Those randy mullahs!

[Tina] I don't want to fight!
[Ike] It GNAWS at me *smack* that you are such an ingrate! I *smack* LOVE *smack* YOU *smack* BABY!
[Tina] What's love got to do with it?

Posted by: tim at November 19, 2008 05:32 AM

Not only are the wingnuts wrong about focusing on the wogs' apparent ingratitude---they are entirely wrong about the ingratitude itself in a larger sense.

The Arabs, Kurds, Palestinians, and Iranians have been extremely forgiving to the US for a long, long time, through many betrayals and humiliations. They could even be called the most forgiving people on the planet (despite what people will tell you about how only Christians forgive), perhaps because their own histories are so full of violence and betrayal by their own leaders.

If we just stopped bombing, threatening, ignoring, and screwing them, they would start to fall in love with us again. It happens every time.

(See above (or below?) reference to Ike and Tina. It does in fact work both ways.)

Posted by: Baldie McEagle at November 19, 2008 08:49 AM

DJ, "like Democratic politicians who express outrage over the 70 billion dollars the Iraqis have when we've been spending billions alternatively blowing up their country and then paying for (often substandard) repairs." Among whom, if I'm not mistaken, is the President-elect Himself.

Posted by: Duncan at November 19, 2008 04:30 PM

It's too bad imperialists on wingnut welfare feel the need to do anything in terms of opinion and policy. The world would be safer if they were just subsidized to play war games amongst themselves.

Posted by: Batocchio at November 20, 2008 01:08 PM

Well, those that are left. There's a million presumably grateful dead.

Posted by: Pastor Doodah at November 20, 2008 01:57 PM

Pastor Doodah: After seeing what WE have done to their CHILDREN, families, friends, neighbors, their homes, their land, one can NOW understand the deep abiding wisdom of GRATITUDE by their grateful dead. Jerry was just the best.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at November 20, 2008 02:37 PM