[eDebate] embarassing iraq embassy cable betrays admin candlyland fakery

Jake Stromboli infracaninophile
Mon Jun 19 10:45:06 CDT 2006

i know the house "debate" is over and the american people have spoken and 
more US troops have been approved for deployment based on the idea that 
there have been some recent "positive developments" but come on, these 
jokers will lie to justify anything or they are just so delusional that they 
think imperial armies will vanquish guerilla tactics for the first time in 
the modern era.   instead of cut and run, i think cut and cut and cut and 
cut and cut until there's nobody left to cut anymore is the best strategy 
(that's an ethnic cleansing "joke").    truthout loses again:


????"Wash Post" Obtains Shocking Memo from US Embassy in Baghdad, Details 
Increasing Danger and Hardship
????By Greg Mitchell
????Editor & Publisher

????Sunday 18 June 2006

????New York - The Washington Post has obtained a cable, marked "sensitive," 
that it says show that just before President Bush left on a surprise trip 
last Monday to the Green Zone in Baghdad for an upbeat assessment of the 
situation there, "the U.S. Embassy in Iraq painted a starkly different 
portrait of increasing danger and hardship faced by its Iraqi employees."

????This cable outlines, the Post reported Sunday, "the daily-worsening 
conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international 
zone: harassment, threats and the employees' constant fears that their 
neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government."

????It's actually far worse than that, as the details published below 
indicate, which include references to abductions, threats to women's rights, 
and "ethnic cleansing."

????A PDF copy of the cable shows that it was sent to the SecState in 
Washington, D.C. from "AMEmbassy Baghdad" on June 6. The typed name at the 
very bottom is Khalilzad - the name of the U.S. Ambassador, though it is not 
known if this means he wrote the memo or merely approved it.

????The subject of the memo is: "Snapshots from the Office - Public Affairs 
Staff Show Strains of Social Discord."

????As a footnote in one of the 23 sections, the embassy relates, "An Arab 
newspaper editor told us he is preparing an extensive survey of ethnic 
cleansing, which he said is taking place in almost every Iraqi province, as 
political parties and their militiast are seemingly engaged in tit-for-tat 
reprisals all over Iraq."

????Among the other troubling reports:

"Personal safety depends on good relations with the 'neighborhood' 
governments, who barricade streets and ward off outsiders. The central 
government, our staff says, is not relevant; even local mukhtars have been 
displaced or coopted by militias. People no longer trust most neighbors."

One embassy employee had a brother-in-law kidnapped. Another received a 
death threat, and then fled the country with her family.

Iraqi staff at the embassy, beginning in March and picking up in May, report 
"pervasive" harassment from Islamist and/or militia groups. Cuts in power 
and rising fuel prices "have diminished the quality of life." Conditions 
vary but even upscale neighborhoods "have visibly deteriorated" and one of 
them is now described as a "ghost town."

Two of the three female Iraqis in the public affairs office reported 
stepped-up harassment since mid-May...."some groups are pushing women to 
cover even their face, a step not taken in Iran even at its most 
conservative." One of the women is now wearing a full abaya after receiving 
direct threats.

It has also become "dangerous" for men to wear shorts in public and "they no 
longer allow their children to play outside in shorts." People who wear 
jeans in public have also come under attack.

Embassy employees are held in such low esteem their work must remain a 
secret and they live with constant fear that their cover will be blown. Of 
nine staffers, only four have told their families where they work. They all 
plan for their possible abductions. No one takes home their cell phones as 
this gives them away. One employee said criticism of the U.S. had grown so 
severe that most of her family believes the U.S. "is punishing populations 
as Saddam did."

Since April, the "demeanor" of guards in the Green Zone has changed, 
becoming more "militia-like," and some are now "taunting" embassy personnel 
or holding up their credentials and saying loudly that they work in the 
embassy: "Such information is a death sentence if overheard by the wrong 
people." For this reason, some have asked for press instead of embassy 

"For at least six months, we have not been able to use any local staff 
members for translation at on-camera press events....We cannot call 
employees in on weekends or holidays without blowing their 'cover.'"

"More recently, we have begun shredding documents printed out that show 
local staff surnames. In March, a few staff members approached us to ask 
what provisions would we make for them if we evacuate."

The overall environment is one of "frayed social networks," with frequent 
actual or perceived insults. None of this is helped by lack of electricity. 
"One colleague told us he feels 'defeated' by circumstances, citing his 
example of being unable to help his two-year-old son who has asthma and 
cannot sleep in stifling heat," which is now reaching 115 degrees.

"Another employee tell us that life outside the Green Zone has become 
'emotionally draining.' He lives in a mostly Shiite area and claims to 
attend a funeral 'every evening.'"

Fuel lines have grown so long that one staffer spent 12 hours in line on his 
day off. "Employees all confirm that by the last week of May, they were 
getting one hour of power for every six hours without.....One staff member 
reported that a friend lives in a building that houses a new minister; 
within 24 hours of his appointment, her building had city power 24 hours a 

The cable concludes that employees' "personal fears are reinforcing divisive 
sectarian or ethnic channels, despite talk of reconciliation by officials."

????The final line of the Cable is: KHALILZAD

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