I just had to write a letter saying that someone who risked his life for mine repeatedly is not a threat to the United States. He worked for npr in Iraq for more than ten years. Unlike many, he was always scrupulously honest and honorable. His refugee application was rejected because of unnamed "security concerns." No explanation. No rationale.
Our abandonment of those who worked with Americans during that war is one of the few awful things that still surprises me. Incompetent leaders, intentional killing of civilians, unintentional killing of Americans through incompetence, murder with impunity, corruption, theft, betrayal, torture. Those are all things I kind of grew to expect. But abandoning those who risked their lives to help us. That still has the power to shock me. I didn't even know I had a few idealistic bones left, but this one has laid them to rest.
I remember being shocked that Americans in Beirut during the 2006 war actually expected their government to do anything for them. I remember a US general officer mock, in writing, my near death at the hands of his troops. I remember jumping out of an MRAP in Baghdad and realizing the surprised intel guys I was with had no idea what reality on the streets was. I expect lethal incompetence. I didn't really, until now, expect cold hearted bureaucratic betrayal.
I'm fairly apolitical in that I expect stupidity and venality. But you know what? At least George W. Bush was doing what he thought was the right thing. As horribly wrong as he was. But these cats thump their chests about their morality. You know what? Fuck you, you incompetent cowards. Fuck you, you self righteous asses who think they buy their morality with organic fair trade lemons at whole foods. Fuck you, you fucktards who would rather abandon our friends, my friend, to torture and murder. You might have an uncomfortable meeting on Monday if you actually spoke from a moral center. There are lives at stake you frightened career seeking ass kissing worm in the bowels of our republic. I actually thought I lived in a country that for all our faults didn't have a supercilious, nonsensical, shortsighted, asshat, rent seeking courtier class of apparatchiks in complete control of the organs of government.
Wow, you got me. I wasn't cynical enough. Hats off, you syphilitic weasels.