• Listen to Me!

    April 2, 2013

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Iraq

    Only my dog really listens to me, and she gets a Scooby treat in return.


    However, if you’d like to listen to me voluntarily, Fox News and I celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of the Iraq War together.


    Or maybe a story about Wikileaks guy Bradley Manning from Rolling Stone, with my quotes.

    I also spoke with CCTV, one of China’s largest broadcasters, about Iraq.

    For another version, stop by this link to the Peter B. Collins show to check out a recent interview.


    Or, drop by WMNF 88.5 FM for more interview fun.


    Also STAND UP! with Pete Dominick had me on.


    One more, from Jonathan Pickering.


    Or this one, a fave, from Louisville.


    The interviews focus on last week’s report by Inspector General Stuart Bowen on the billions lost to waste, fraud, abuse, and stupidity on reconstruction in Iraq. I note that all of those responsible– except me– have been promoted, some to repeat these same costly mistakes in Afghanistan. In invading Iraq, the US did more to destabilize the Middle East than anyone imagined and that the US will pay the price for it for a long, long time. Listen up.




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    • Rich Bauer said...

      1

      My favorite blast from the past- “Fools IRAN In”

      04/2/13 2:02 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

      2

      (Hank Williams’ voice): “Khomeini, Khomeini, I wonder, but I really don’t want to know…”

      04/2/13 2:51 PM | Comment Link

    • Oreo said...

      3

      You should try and get on the Joe Rogan Podcast. I think he would love having a 1-3 hour conversation with you on all of the things you have seen and done in Iraq and how State has harassed you.

      04/2/13 2:57 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

      4

      Listen up. Right. Deaf ears notwithstanding, Steve Wariner’s lyrics to Some Fools Never Learn
      should strike a bell at DoS.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2kekJa4giU

      Meanwhile the recent history of FOOLS-R-US escapes their cognitive dissonance, their head up their collective ass standing as Mt Rushmore testimony to DoS’s Great Moments in Monumental Stupidity…Ministry of Silly Dances notwithstanding.

      04/2/13 5:56 PM | Comment Link

    • Michael Murry said...

      5

      I can remember when Sheriff Dick Cheney installed John Bolton in Colin Powell’s State Department; had him seated directly behind the Secretary on plane trips abroad; and then dispatched him on a recess appointment to the UN after the Senate refused to confirm him. Hence, another vitriolic verse episode in the never-ending saga of Fernando Po, U.S.A., America’s Post-Linguistic Retreat to Plato’s Cave:

      “Boobie International Relations”

      http://themisfortuneteller.com/Poetry/Boobie%20International%20Relations.html

      04/2/13 9:14 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

      6

      Peter, you’re getting around, and I am very pleased of that; I like everything I read from you. I know you are awakening some people … it’s your very own Iraqi Awakening — bravo!

      You can’t keep a good man down, not when he could fillet you with a cudgel (thank goodness you have a nice, sharp janbiya …)

      04/3/13 2:41 AM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

      7

      “You can’t keep a good man down…”

      Some time ago a friend of mine dedicated this clip to me, but since my Tidewater accent sounds nothing like Charlie’s, I might as well pass it on to PVB the Yankee:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLbVI44FA6Q

      04/3/13 2:38 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

      8

      I love a Tidewater accent. Of course, I love Tennessee and some Texan men, too 😉 I was just reviewing Flannery O’Connor’s gothic “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, which is, I’m sure, what brought the phrase to mind.

      Our dear Peter resembles The Misfit in no way, however. As for Yankee, I’m not sure — I think PVB and I may both be Border Staters.

      04/3/13 6:47 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

      9

      New York City by way of an Ohio boyhood….

      04/3/13 7:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Michael Murry said...

      10

      Since the rape of Iraq (like Vietnam and Afghanistan) occurred under the controlling auspices of the United States military — with the State Department only a rather distant and irrelevant afterthought — I think it necessary to point out that the public-relations slogan “winning their hearts and minds” translates, as a practical military policy, to “grab ’em by the balls and their hearts and minds will follow.” Given this militarist mindset that has driven American foreign policy (and the national budget deficit) since at least the Truman presidency, no one who works for the State Department should fool themselves into believing that they had anything to do with losing what no one in the Pentagram ever gave a thought to winning in the first place.

      04/3/13 7:14 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

      11

      @ Lisa wrote:

      “I love a Tidewater accent. …I think PVB and I may both be Border Staters.”

      No please don’t corrupt whatever residue remains of the tongues of the Mason-Dixon Line.

      The simple facts are:

      1. PVB is a Yankee (born as one so he’s forgivable);

      2. Lisa is a Yankee too, because in this forum (PVB’s blog) she has posted comments about Southern Americans with less than unreserved respect;

      3. I AM a NATIVE Border-stater, which is why I don’t give a flying f-ck about “racism” OR about the USA! But I DO care about THIS memory:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnS9M03F-fA

      04/3/13 8:43 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

      12

      PS to follow my above comment:

      I had relatives on BOTH sides of America’s so-called “Civil War”, my ancestors were both Union AND Confederate, but I agree 100 percent with the speech General Jackson made at the beginning of the war, here. And to HELL with PC bullshit accusations of “racism”, no, the majority of Confederate soldiers were POOR men who owned no slaves and hated slavery!

      I totally agree with this:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnNWtDRrHrQ

      04/3/13 8:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

      13

      @ meloveconsul,

      Wow! That’s a lot of passion.

      I AM a border stater (Maryland). I live in the South and witness racism weekly, both forward and reverse. This does not yank my border state membership, nor does it mean I affiliate with the Northeners in the Civil War.

      “Gods and Generals” is a docudrama. Do you have any sources for the words imputed to Jackson? I have great compassion for the Southern fighting men who fought with the passion of any loyalists — they lived and fought under great privations, and one can do not naught but admire the sacrifice and conviction.

      Slavery was outlawed in all civilized nations without the need for a Civil War; those who fought on both sides were dupes. The Yankees didn’t love them some blacks, either. The Civil War (as so many others) was brutal political theater; slavery would have been outlawed without it in short order.

      04/4/13 1:37 AM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

      14

      p.s.,

      And ya see, Peter et. al., wars leave frightening, painful, lingering legacies.

      Q.E.D.

      04/4/13 1:43 AM | Comment Link

    • Expat said...

      15

      Yuk. I almost lost my lunch when I read this. “Are you scared yet?” (with a nod to the late Michael Jackson).

      “Be Afraid, GOP: Hillary Clinton Is Back and She Will Beat You in 2016”
      http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/04/03/be-afraid-gop-hillary-clinton-is-back-and-she-will-beat-you-in-2016.html

      04/4/13 8:59 AM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

      16

      Let read what writes those Iraqi ( Arabic Text) who were working closely with CIA, State Department, followed working closely with the US most Lunatic Sheikh Paul (Jerry) Bremer III, looks he is very affected by “Shock & Awa” than Iraqis with The sad paintings of L. Paul Bremer III just like his * George W. Bush the Dog in His Dog Paintings!!

      الباجه جي: تسليم العراق للأحزاب الطائفية وإبعاد العلمانيين من أكبر أخطاء أميركا

      04/6/13 7:17 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

      17

      Oreo said…

      You should try and get on the Joe Rogan Podcast. I think he would love having a 1-3 hour conversation with you on all of the things you have seen and done in Iraq and how State has harassed you.

      Ready or Not
      If I could rule the world
      Everyone would have a gun in the ghetto of course
      When giddyupin’ on their horse
      I Kick a rhyme drinkin’ moonshine
      I pour a sip on the concrete, for the deceased
      But no don’t weep, Wyclef’s in a state of sleep
      Thinkin’ ’bout the robbery that I did last week.
      Money in the bag, banker looked like a drag
      I want to play with pelicans from here to Baghdad
      Gun blast, think fast,
      I think I’m hit
      My girl pinched my hips to see if I still exist.
      I think not, I’ll send a letter to my friends,
      A born again hooligan only to be king again.

      04/6/13 7:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Jhoover said...

      18

      I note that all of those responsible– except me– have been promoted, some to repeat these same costly mistakes in Afghanistan. In invading Iraq, the US did more to destabilize the Middle East than anyone imagined and that the US will pay the price for it for a long, long time. Listen up.

      “Some in Washington say they support staying in Iraq for 100 years,” said Murtha, 75. “Must have been an older guy. He doesn’t expect to be around.”

      04/8/13 7:25 AM | Comment Link

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