Trout Goes to Sundance
I just found out I have a cameo role in a documentary called The Trials of Daryl Hunt, which is getting lots of critical acclaim and won awards at Sundance Film Fest. It's a fairly long story (which I am working on and which will soon show up at clearheadwaters.blogspot.com ) but suffice to say my wife and I were present in the courtroom the day Daryl was officially pardoned and apologized to by a system which had kept him locked up for nineteen years for a crime he did not commit. I had the priveledge of knowing several great radicals,mostly black men, who had devoted much of their lives during that time to proving Daryls innocence. As an aside, Daryl is a Muslim and the most peaceful, forgiving, and spiritual man I have ever met.
So, we find out some juicy tidbits from Woodwards new book,including the influence of the Doctor of Death himself, old Henry Kissinger. That helps explain a lot. General John Abizaid is saying Iraq could become (or is?) worse "breeding ground" for terrorists than Afghanistan was after decade long Soviet occupation. The words breeding ground obfuscate the fact that the US actually trained and supplied the terrorists, though at the time we called them "freedom fighters". Breeding ground implies some wierd, organic process which it of course was not. And these terrorists are now killing our soldiers and want to kill me and you. OOPS.
Let me ask this. Had the occupation gone well, civil society developed, a representative government been peacefully formed, would any of us now be apologizing for being pessimistic nay sayers? Would the lack of WMDs provide grounds to defend our opposition? Would the invasion have been the right thing to do? In other words, sure they lied, sure they had designs on the oil and permanent bases, but the Iraqis got out from under a dictator and had a functioning society, would the ends have justified the means?