Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Cheney's in town!

Yesterday's afternoon on my way back home, it was normally to see the huge number of vehicles in Al Jadiriya where the Unviersities of Baghdad and Al Nahrain and some important offical departments lie. It is the rush hour. But at that hour all the roads lead to other districts of Baghdad were blocked. I saw some US armored vehicles and soldiers were proliferated. Therefore, I decided to walk till I get the "Two-layered Bridge" which was called previously during Saddam's regime by "The Leader's Bridge". It was about 20 minutes on foot to go from my university to that bridge. But when I got there, I was surprised when the US soldiers told the people that the walking through that point was prohibited. I asked one of the people there about how long they had been waiting in the streets, he answered me that they were waiting for about 2 hours. *pouts*
"I can't wait forever! It will get dark soon!" I mumbled and then I decided to ask a sweaty suntanned Yankee...
Me: "Hey, sir! Will it take so long?"
Yankee: "Oh, I've been here since couple of minutes... I don't know! No one is allowed to walkthrough the square". He meant the Alhurriya 'freedom' sqaure.
Me: "So, what's the big deal?"
Yankee: "Cheney's is in town! The vice-president."
Me: "Oh!".... "Oh, shit! We'll stay here forever!" I whispered based on the fact when Ahmedinajad visited Baghdad.
After that the exhasted yankee tried do some light aerobics.
Me: "Tough day, eh?"
Yankee *rolls eyes*: "Everday in Iraq is a tough day!"
Then the talkie he had informed him that the road would be open again in 5 minutes.
And indeed, the soldiers hurried to their Hummers and Humvees and left the sqaure. I took a taxi to cross the bridge and get back home. I witnessed from above the bridge some black armoured american made vehicles parking in rows near the house of "Abdul Aziz Al Hakim" Chairman of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq.
When I got back home, the two "gentelmen", Cheney & Al Hakim, were on TV for a press conference.
I thought that Dick Cheney was visiting Iraq to celebrate with me and deliever G. W. Bush's congratulations on my birthday, but I was disappointed to know that Mr. vice-President was there in a middle-eastrn trip and he was visiting Iraq on the 5th anniversary of the war!! *sighs*
Hey, guys! Today, I'm 24! ;)


Anonymous said...

I know.

*hugs you again*

lelly said...

Happy Birthday!Did you do anything nice to celebrate?
Besides partying the night away with Cheney?

(i)After that the exhasted yankee tried do some light aerobics(/i)
Hahaha! I had a funny image of a soldier in uniform doing sort of stretches and swinging his arms randomly...was that what he was doing?

*random thought*
Wow..you must have been my age when Iraq was invaded.

Average American said...

Happy Birthday!!

Don Cox said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday CoP :)

Any chance y'all might keep the VP? Please? :)

Caesar of Pentra said...

Hey, all! Thanks for the nice comments!

Caesar of Pentra said...

Yahhooo! SS Lazio di Roma made it and beated AS Roma at the Olimpico in the derby of the italian capital. The team i support have won the game 3-2!

Happy mother's day!

RhusLancia said...

Happy Birthday Caesar! If Cheney offers to take you duck hunting for your birthday it is best to politely decline.

BlogIraqi said...

Happy birthday Caesar, although its late.
Man you reminded me of the 20+ times I had to cross the Jadirya bridge walking to get home from Al-Nahrain. I donno if they still attach the Nahrain people to the former "Saddam University" or this fever have passed.

Caesar of Pentra said...

@ RhusLancia,
No! I hate hunting! I will decline his offer certainly! Huntin with an old man, ppl would start talking! *hides*

@ blogiraqi,
Crossing Al Jadiriya bridge is becoming a habit. I don't if I have to cross it tomorrow again on foot. Iraqi troops clash with militia as Sadrists order disobedience, therefore, I hope the atmoshpere here cools down very soon.

BansheeTom said...

Happy belated B-Day!

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Happy Birthday, Caesar! (a few days late) That's what happens when I don't check everyday, I miss something important. I hope you were able to have a nice celebration. :D

Yes, I heard about the clashes with the Mahdi Army. I hope everything is quiet where you are and that things settle down soon.

Caesar of Pentra said...

@ bansheetom,
@ Lynne,
The events here in the capital is not as intensed as the souhtern governorates of Iraq except for the Sadr city.

Will said...

Happy Birthday, bud!
You know, I have it on good ears that Cheney really was going visit you for your Birthday, but he was delayed by an unforeseen telephone call from a Friend of a Friend of The King of Jordan.

~~I send you my deepest best wishes to you~~

Hang in, and keep the faith!



David said...

Hi Caesar, I know I am really late, but Happy Birthday! :)

Its a good thing you don't like to hunt because Cheney has a bad habit of shooting his hunting partners! ;) Seriously, that really happened! The guy lived, but Cheney put a lot of holes in him with the shotgun.

Stay far away from black armored vehicles. Those damn Blackwater guards are a bunch of murdering thugs.

Well, on the upside, it sounds like you are getting around Baghdad pretty safely these days. I'm happy to hear that.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Stay far away from black armored vehicles.

And away from black clad fighters riding in the back of pick-up trucks.

Hope everything is quiet where you are. Sounds like Al-Sadr may be trying to reign in the Mahdi Army. Hope that's true.

Take care, Caesar.

Caesar of Pentra said...

@ Will,
he was delayed by an unforeseen telephone call from a Friend of a Friend of The King of Jordan.
So you are saying that Cheney cancelled my birthday for that friend of a friend of the King of Jordan? What a shame, Dick?! :))
Thanks a lot, pal!

@ Dave,
Hi, man! Is that story true? who's the poor guy and how it happend? Thanks for the advice, man!

@ Lynne,
Thanks for the advice, you too!
It's good thing that the curfew is lifted today's morning. Most people here have run out food and other daily life needs because of that curfew wheich lasted for 4 days.

David said...

Caesar, you can read all about Cheney's hunting "accident" here:

Dick Cheney Hunting Incident

Apparently, the poor guy suffered a heart attack after being shot and he still has about 200 pieces of bird shot still lodged in his body!