Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


America’s Show Force for an Iraqi Meltdown

America’s Show Force for an Iraqi Meltdown

By Genevieve Cora Fraser

The theater of war
Is a battle for here we are
In Kirkuk, Bagdad, Basra
Targets militants
In security operations
Terrorists suspects rejoice
As the US economy
Melts down as the Iraq
Infrastructure implodes
Further damaging US credibility
Here there and everywhere
In Iraq families huddle
As shrapnel sweeps their home
Shiite parties wage war
As a ballot box
For war lords and strongmen
In and out of favor as US forces
Weave in and out of Sunni
Strongholds against Shiite
Insurgents their friends
Are their enemy now you see them
Now you don’t know who planted
A car bomb that detonated
Black in the tents
No sleep in sight as fear
In the night
Seeps into bones and bowels
They got hit we didn’t yet
Mission creeps through pothole
Booby traps atop oil fields
Strategically located along
Alleyways astride waterways
The mission isn’t over Cowboy
Captured in the endless trip
Through desert sands that stand
Between us and them
What a trip roped into combat
Without end Hey, Bird dog
The Iraqi army is on the bridge
To nowhere Bird dog
Give his status Negative
Smoking vehicle burning right
Left busted up and broken down
Two more missions then home
Free fire rebounds
Suckers flack shrapnel
Blast the Iraqi checkpoint
Blasted humvee
A defining moment


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: U.S. Capitol Insurrection As Seen From Abroad

In the wake of the white nationalist mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol and Trump’s pending second impeachment, I contacted journalists and activists overseas to get an idea of how the rest of the world currently views us.... More>>

Ian Powell: Health Restructuring Threatens Patient Voice

The opportunity for public voice is vital for the effective functioning of New Zealand’s health system. Inevitably voice boils down to the accessibility quality of comprehensive healthcare services for patients both at an individual treatment and population health ... More>>

Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Demise Of The Tokyo Olympics

As the Covid vaccines roll out around the world, the Tokyo Olympics are looming as a major test of when (and whether) something akin to global normality can return – to international travel, to global tourism, to professional sport and to mass gatherings of human beings. Currently though, it looks like a forlorn hope that Japan will be able to host the Olympics in late July. Herd immunity on any significant scale seems possible only by December 2021, at the earliest... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Encircling China And Praising India: The US Strategic Framework For The Indo-Pacific

The feeling from Rory Medcalf of the Australian National University was one of breathless wonder. “The US government,” he wrote in The Strategist , “has just classified one of its most secretive national security documents - its 2018 strategic framework ... More>>

The Conversation: The Numbers Suggest The Campaign For Cannabis Reform In NZ Will Outlive The Generations That Voted Against It

Like Brexit in the UK, cannabis reform in New Zealand fell into an age gap — given time, a second referendum would probably succeed. More>>

  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog