A brief flicker of hope for humanity? Of course not.

Yesterday former Secretary of Defense and world-renowned sociopath Donald Rumsfeld tweeted:

rumsfeldtweet

(“10 yrs ago began the long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis. All who played a role in history deserve our respect & appreciation.”)

The narcissistic grandiosity, profound empathy deficit and detachment from reality characteristic of Conservative Personality Disorder are all on vivid display here, but believe it or not, that is not why I am posting about the epic doucheweasel’s tweet.  I am posting about the epic doucheweasel’s tweet because of the replies that immediately followed: 349 as of this writing, not counting copies with comments that don’t reference his Twitter handle.

The deluge was swift and fierce.  There were many replies that contained succinct gems, like “LOL,” “#warcriminal,” “Where are the WMD?” plus the reliable old standby “Go fuck yourself” and variations thereon.  Then there were earnest, outraged and fact-based responses:

Rob Ullman ‏@robullman
@RumsfeldOffice The absolute gall from you.

RisingHegemon  ‏@RisingHegemon
@RumsfeldOffice To the folks who had no choice but to obey your orders sure. But you personally should be in the dock for war crimes.

Christopher Swartout ‏@chrisswartout
@RumsfeldOffice You were part of the worst decision in US MIlitary history.YOU deserve nothing but the unending scorn of this great country

dream hampton ‏@dreamhampton
9 yrs ago you began building the most expensive U.S. embassy in history in Baghdad. $592 million & 1.2 bill/yr to operate @RumsfeldOffice

dream hampton ‏@dreamhampton
Not only were you & your war criminal buddies calling an occupation an Easter egg hunt for WMDs but you bankrupted the U.S. @RumsfeldOffice

Eric Segall ‏@espinsegall
So what if war crippled our economy, led to thousands of American deaths, and will inevitably fail. You made your money.@RumsfeldOffice

Lena ‏@JarrarLena
@RumsfeldOffice you’re disgusting. By “liberating Iraqis” do you mean KILLING in the millions? Destroying EVERYTHING they have? #TenYears

Ned Hepburn ‏@nedhepburn
@RumsfeldOffice you have created more Iraqi orphans than the population of the city of Topeka, Kansas.

Scott Beamer ‏@Scott_Beamer
@RumsfeldOffice The troops that were forced into an unjustified war deserve our respect, but you, Bush & Cheney, et al, should be in prison.

uSenseChange2 @iSenseChange
@RumsfeldOffice You have no credibility, your reputation is dogshit & if Twitter could hold the vote you’d be convicted for war crimes today

Squirrel Christ ☨ ‏@jimmyirix
@pattonoswalt @RumsfeldOffice As someone who actually served in the US Military, FUCK YOU, Don. You’re an unAmerican idiot with a flag.

Clay ‏@feetoclay
@RumsfeldOffice You illegally destroyed a sovereign nation & liberated taxpayer $$$ for your Halliburton cronies!

Kevin Carson ‏@KevinCarson1
@RumsfeldOffice “Liberating” by CPA “privatizing” assets to crony capitalists, suppressing independent trade unions, &c? You motherfucker.

Kevin Carson ‏@KevinCarson1
@RumsfeldOffice Correction: You MURDERING motherfucker.

Sarah Grisham ‏@segrisham
@RumsfeldOffice Rather early on, your unforgivable errors ensured an important chunk of world history was looted/destroyed. #BaghdadMuseum

American AntiFed ‏@AmericanAntiFed
@segrisham @RumsfeldOffice Fact: Donald played a part in the Reagan WH Admin. transferring USA made chemical WMD’s to Saddam Hussein.

All of these are good.  But it should surprise no one here that we most thoroughly enjoyed the replies demonstrating high-quality mockery most of all:

@RumsfeldOffice @tomtomorrow “It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.” – Donald Rumsfeld, Feb. 7, 2003

Jason L. Sparks ‏@sparksjls
@RumsfeldOffice you forgot poland.

Eric Stowe Eric Stowe ‏@ericstowe
WMD what? revise, rewrite, redact. RT @RumsfeldOffice: 10 yrs ago began the long, difficult work of liberating 25 mil Iraqis…

Brendan Dodds ‏@BrendanDodds
@RumsfeldOffice You do know you tweeted that out loud, right?

Richard Whittall ‏@RWhittall
@RumsfeldOffice You must’ve typed that from under an avalanche of thank you letters from Iraq.

tonyfaulkner ‏@tonyfaulkner
@RumsfeldOffice Don’t listen to ’em Donald. You had to run the shadow corporations for your fellow Lizard folk. No way around it.

Benari ‏@BenariLee
@RumsfeldOffice Remember 10 yrs ago when you sent troops into combat without body armor or an exit strategy? Haha, good one!

Sam Henderson ‏@magicwhistle
@RumsfeldOffice– congratulations on your 1000★ tweet from people telling you to go fuck yourself!

Ron Marz ‏@ronmarz
@RumsfeldOffice You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

U.S. Dept. of Fear ‏@FearDept
@RumsfeldOffice We’ve begun putting names of people who don’t show “respect and appreciation” for history-makers on a watch list.

Crutnacker ‏@Crutnacker
I see @RumsfeldOffice tweets with the brain he has, not with the brain he might want or wish to have. Thanks for the debt and death, Rummy.

Christine Estima ‏@christineestima
@RumsfeldOffice go home Donald, you’re drunk.

Christine Linnell  ‏@CNell_NZ
Merry Christmas, MSNBC. @RumsfeldOffice

One tweeter reported Rumsfeld for spam — an asshole move for sure, but still kinda funny.

There are many, many more at the link.

Personally, I hope Rumsfeld keeps tweeting.  Regardless, congratulations are due to the Twitterverse for providing me with a brief, fragile spark of hope for humanity…

…which was instantly extinguished when I read this:

Thanks for the oil, Iraq, here’s some cancer

By Susie Cagle

Turns out depleted uranium (DU) munitions are a great thing to use when you’re going to war, so long as you plan on terrorizing people for generations to come. Military-related pollution is suspected of causing a huge spike in birth defects and all kinds of cancer in Iraq since the start of the Gulf War more than 20 years ago.

The last 10 years of the Iraq War, especially, cost a lot of money that we could’ve done way better things with and also killed 190,000 people directly, but that doesn’t cover the full extent of the damage.

“Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people,” Al Jazeera reports. “By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing.” That’s potentially a more than 4,000 percent increase in the cancer rate, making it more than 500 percent higher than the cancer rate in the U.S.

One researcher said Fallujah had been found to have ”the highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied.”

The highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied.  Worse than Vietnam.  Chernobyl.  Fucking Hiroshima.

There are not enough tweets in the Twitterverse to alleviate in the slightest my bottomless contempt for Donald Rumsfeld and his fellow doucheweasels.

“Liberating 25 mil Iraqis” wasn’t even the preferred lie used to sell the American public on the Iraq war.  That would be the nonexistent WMD.  It’s not like we’re all mystified about the reason for the invasion.  As the author pointed out by reference to oil industry analyst Antonia Juhasz at CNN:

Oil was not the only goal of the Iraq War, but it was certainly the central one, as top U.S. military and political figures have attested to in the years following the invasion.

“Of course it’s about oil; we can’t really deny that,” said Gen. John Abizaid, former head of U.S. Central Command and Military Operations in Iraq, in 2007. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan agreed, writing in his memoir, “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.” Then-Sen. and now Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the same in 2007: “People say we’re not fighting for oil. Of course we are.”

Apropos of absolutely nothing, see this fun interactive map of oil and gas blocks in Yemen:

yemenoil&gasblocks

(Click for larger image.)

President Obama ordered his first known drone strike in Yemen in 2009.  It left 14 women and 21 children dead; only one of the dozens killed that day was identified as having strong connections to Al-Qaeda.  Since then there have been many more, including extrajudicial assassinations of three U.S. citizens, one of whom was a 16-year old boy.  But hey, it’s not like we’re creating terrorist enemies and sympathizers by the hundreds when we drone bomb civilians there or anything.

What’s next?  A tweet from the White House reminding us that they hate us for our freedoms?  I wouldn’t hold my breath for a hilarious and scathing backlash from liberals like the one Rumsfeld received, though.  As Glenn Greenwald noted last year:

What’s most amazing to me about this discussion is how it is simultaneously (a) so obvious (apparently, when you bomb people and constantly kill civilians, you make them want to attack you back: who knew?) and yet (b) so impervious to evidence and reason. It doesn’t matter how much proof you supply that this is true, that U.S. militarism and interference in the Muslim world is largely responsible for the very Terrorism problem that is invoked to justify them. It makes little difference.

I’ll just leave you with one more non-sequitur:  Iran holds the fourth largest oil reserves on the planet.  That’s more than Yemen.  And more than Iraq.

Have a nice day.

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