CHRONICLE OF CHRONIC ADVENTURES
RENATO REDENTOR CONSTANTINO
August 26, 2005
The fiction of truth is an interesting thing: it flies, it swims, it sings.
"The percentage of foreign fighters over the past several months seems to have increased," whined General John Abizaid, the commander of US forces in
"If crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire," asked the comic George Carlin, "what do freedom fighters fight?"
Not to be outdone, the
Actually, in order to avoid bureaucratic hassles and because US generals "want to hear about the number of attacks going down not up," American soldiers "do not tell their superiors about attacks on them unless they suffer casualties" - which makes the claim of 50-60 attacks a day dubious.
War is peace; peace is war. And "mission accomplished" means members of the Iraqi National Guard in
Fission accomplished: according to Khasro Goran, the deputy governor and Kurdistan Democratic Party leader in
Interesting problem: "If you don’t know who they are in
Pacification, according to Ed Herman's Dictionary of Doublespeak: "Returning a restive population to its traditional state of apathy by killing on the requisite scale; subjugation."
Define requisite scale: during
What's in a word? Not much: "I, the American Ambassador, am not going to run away in the middle of the night," said
Man, said Adlai Stevenson, does not live by words alone despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
"American GIs were told, and believed, that as soon as Korean soldiers saw the whites of Yankees eyes, they would turn tail and run," recounted the
"The weakest of the satellites is licking hell out of us," wrote an aghast New York Times columnist Arthur Krock. On the other hand, US State Department luminary Dean Rusk found it vital to discover how the Russians got their satellite countries "to fight their actions" for them. "Here was a technique," said Rusk, "which had been very effective and it was not obvious how the success had been achieved." There appeared to be a "nationalist impetus" which seemed to motivate the Koreans to resist American forces.
Some drink from the fountain of wisdom; others just gargle.
"I can handle it with one arm tied behind my back," preened the famed
"We thought we could whip them in two weeks," said William Oliver Trafton of the US army as invading American forces battled defenders of the Philippine republic in 1899 - a pacification campaign that would rage for over a decade and which would leave behind hundreds of thousands of Filipino dead as a direct result of war, famine and disease.
"It's not true that life is one damn thing after another," said the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. "It is one damn thing over and over."
 A play on the title of the late Susan Sontag's searing essay "The Truth of Fiction Evokes Our Common Humanity," read on the occasion of her receipt of the Literary Award from the Los Angeles Public Library, April 7, 2004 and republished by Commondreams.org on December 29, 2004.
 "More foreign fighters entering
 "150 hostages and 19 deaths leave US claims of Iraqi 'peace' in tatters," Patrick Cockburn, The Independent-UK, April 17, 2005. See: http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=630159 . Rarely have such accounts been reported by US mainstream media. The bleak situation has even more interesting variations. According to US Lieut. Gen. David Petraeus, tasked with overseeing training of Iraqi security forces, approximately 147,000 Iraqis had been trained. Upon further questioning, General Petraeus conceded that less than one-fourth of the 147,000 were actually "combat capable." See "What I didn't see in
 from "Revisiting Hiroshima," Noam Chomsky, www.informationclearinghouse.info, August 2, 2005.
 Fred Branfman, "
 "Protecting innocent ears," James Carroll, Boston Globe, November 16, 2004.
 From John Pilger's "The fall of
 Bruce Cuming,
 Lifted by the author from a hilarious shirt produced by the Philippine company Spoofs.
 In an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation," March 16, 2003
 William Oliver Trafton, We thought we could whip them in two weeks, New Day Publishers, 1990.