GI SPECIAL 4A6:
"The Country Is Out Of Control And We Can't Stop It"
Sgt. Says "Anybody Who Tries To Sell A Good News Story
About The War Is Blowing It Out His Ass"
Pentagon Propaganda Program Orders Troops To Lie About
[Thanks to David Honish and Ward Reilly, Veterans For Peace,
and PB, who sent this in.]
"The country is out of
control and we can't stop it. Anybody who tries to sell a good news story
about the war is blowing it out his ass. We don't win and eventually we will
leave the country in a worse shape than it was when we invaded."
Dec 29, 2005 By DOUG THOMPSON, Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue
Good soldiers follow orders and hundreds of American
military men and women returned to the United States on holiday leave this
month with orders to sell the Iraq war to a skeptical public.
The program, coordinated through a Pentagon operation dubbed
"Operation Homefront," ordered military personnel to give interviews to their
hometown newspapers, television stations and other media outlets and praise the
American war effort in Iraq.
Initial reports back to the Pentagon deem the operation a
success with dozens of front page stories in daily and weekly newspapers around
the country along with upbeat reports on local television stations.
"We've learned as a military how to do this better," Captain
David Diaz, a military reservist, told his hometown paper, The Roanoke (VA)
Times. "My worry is that we have the right military strategy and political
strategies now but the patience of the American public is wearing thin."
When pressed by the paper on whether or not his commanding
officers told him to talk to the press, Diaz admitted he was "encouraged" to do
so. So reporter Duncan Adams asked:
"Did Diaz return to the U.S. on emergency leave with an
agenda: to offer a positive spin that could help counter growing concerns among
Americans about the U.S. exit strategy? How do we know that's not his
strategy, especially after he discloses that superior officers encouraged him
to talk about his experiences in Iraq?"
"You don't. I can tell you that the direction we've gotten
from on high is that there is a concern about public opinion out there and they
want to set the record straight."
Diaz, an intelligence officer, knows how to avoid a
direct answer. Other military personnel, however, tell Capitol Hill Blue
privately that the pressure to "sell the war" back home is enormous.
"I've been promised an early release if I do a good job
promoting the war," says one reservist who asked not to be identified.
In interviews with a number of reservists home for the
holidays, a pattern emerges on the Pentagon's propaganda effort. Soldiers are
encouraged to contact their local news media outlets to offer interviews about
A detailed set of talking points encourages them to:
Admit initial doubts about the war but claim
conversion to a belief in the American mission;
Praise military leadership in Iraq and throw in a few
words of support for the Bush administration;
Claim the mission to turn security of the country over
to the Iraqis is working;
Reiterate that America must not abandon its mission and
must stay until the "job is finished."
Talk about how "things are better" now in Iraq.
"My worry is that we have the right military strategy and
political strategies now but the patience of the American public is wearing
thin," Diaz told The Roanoke Times.
"It's way better now (in Iraq). People are friendlier.
They seem more relaxed, and they say, 'Thank you, mister,'" Sgt. Christopher
Desierto told his hometown paper, The Maui News.
But soldiers who are home and don't have to return to Iraq
tell a different story.
"I've just been focused on trying to get the rest of these
guys home," says Sgt. Major Floyd Dubose of Jackson, MS, who returned home
after 11 months in Iraq with the Mississippi Army National Guard's 155th
And the Army is cracking down on soldiers who go on the
record opposing the war.
Specialist Leonard Clark, a National Guardsman, was demoted
to private and fined $1,640 for posting anti-war statements on an Internet
blog. Clark wrote entries describing the company's commander as a "glory
seeker" and the battalion sergeant major an "inhuman monster".
His last entry before the blog was shut down told how his fellow soldiers were
becoming increasingly opposed to the US operation in Iraq.
"The message is clear," says one reservist who is home
for the holidays but has to return and asked not to be identified. "If you
want to get out of this man's Army with an honorable (discharge) and full
benefits you better not tell the truth about what is happening in-country."
But Sgt. Johnathan Wilson, a reservist, got his honorable
discharge after he returned home earlier this month and he's not afraid to talk
on the record.
"Iraq is a classic FUBAR," he says.
"The country is out of control and we can't stop it.
Anybody who tries to sell a good news story about the war is blowing it out his
ass. We don't win and eventually we will leave the country in a worse shape
than it was when we invaded."
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IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Salisbury Firefighter Dies From Iraq Injuries
Michael J. McMullen
Jan 12, 2006 AP
Salisbury, MD A firefighter has died after being wounded
Christmas Eve in Iraq while serving with the Maryland Army National Guard, a
spokesman for the Salisbury Fire Department said Thursday.
Michael J. McMullen, 25, was wounded when an improvise
explosive device went off near his unit, the Baltimore-based 243rd Engineering
McMullen, a sergeant who was deployed to Iraq in late May,
had worked as a paramedic for the Salisbury Fire Department. He joined the
department in December 2001 as a volunteer and became a paramedic two years
Another British Mercenary Killed
01/12/06 this is lancashire
Darren Birch, from Bury, suffered severe head injuries
and died in Baghdad Central Hospital after the armoured vehicle he was
travelling in collided with a water tanker, days before he was to return home.
The 30-year-old former Derby High pupil had been working
as a close-protection officer in Iraq for the past 12 months after leaving the
Household Cavalry, of Knightsbridge, London, three years ago.
Darren Birch, from Bury, suffered severe head injuries and
died in Baghdad Central Hospital after the armoured vehicle he was travelling
in collided with a water tanker, days before he was to return home. He had
planned to be married later this year.
The 30-year-old former Derby High pupil had been working as
a close-protection officer in Iraq for the past 12 months after leaving the
Household Cavalry, of Knightsbridge, London, three years ago.
Darren was travelling in the last vehicle of a convoy on the
morning of Wednesday, December 28 when it was hit by a water tanker travelling
in the opposite direction.
The bullet-proof Nissan, in which he was a passenger, lost
control and it is believed up to four other men, including the driver, were
"I Was Thankful It Was His Left Arm Because He's
January 11, 2006 Hurricane Valley Journal:
Rachel Gubler Vanderslice of La Verkin and her family has
experienced more than their fair share of accidents, pain, and bereavement.
Through it all, they have maintained a positive outlook on life.
Recently, her brother, Dan Gubler of the National Guard's
2nd Battalion 222nd Field Artillery sustained the first major injury of the
Triple Deuce since their deployment to Iraq on November 16.
The biggest question Rachel is asked is how have they
survived the trauma. Many people express their concern, saying, "Your family
has gone through so much" or "You are the unluckiest person I know."
"I don't think of it that way," said Rachel. "That's the
biggest response we've gotten since this has happened to Dan. I don't think
Dan's head has gone that way. I don't go that way, meaning my first response
isn't like, 'Oh why me?' I don't know if it's the way we were brought up, but
I don't think that way. I was more thankful than I was upset. I was thankful
it was his left arm because he's right-handed. I was thankful he's still
Rachel gave an update on Dan's condition.
She said that the doctors performed surgery on Dan's eyes.
He can see colors and outlines now. However, another surgery will need to be
Doctors had closed his arm up to get ready for prosthesis,
but now the bone is growing, which is very unusual. This means that Dan will
have to have another arm surgery.
Phantom pain with his missing arm is also a big problem and
an annoyance to him now. His wife, Robalyn, has been with him since he arrived
at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. His children were able to be with
him during the holidays until January 10.
THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO COMPREHENSIBLE REASON TO BE IN
THIS EXTREMELY HIGH RISK LOCATION AT THIS TIME, EXCEPT THAT A CROOKED
POLITICIAN WHO LIVES IN THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS YOU THERE, SO HE WILL LOOK GOOD.
That is not a good enough reason.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Jonathan Taylor of Staunton, Va., looks
over a wall during a patrol in Karabilah, Dec. 6, 2005. (AP Photo/Jacob
"Stop-Loss" Policy Kept Slain Vet From Retiring:
"He Put In For His Retirement Last Year"
"This Was His Fifth Tour"
Jan. 09, 2006 Associated Press, TALLADEGA, Ala.
A 20-year Army veteran who was killed last week in Iraq
may have been denied retirement, despite having seven children and his wife on
duty in Iraq, because of a restrictive wartime policy known as
"stop-loss," an Army official said Monday.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Stephen J. White was one of five soldiers
killed Thursday in An Najaf by an improvised explosive device that detonated
near his military vehicle.
Stanley White said his brother tried to retire last year,
but the Army denied his request.
"He'd been in the Army for 20 years, he put in for
his retirement last year, and it was denied. Why? This was his fifth
tour," White told The Daily Home of Talladega.
White was assigned to a unit based in Fort Hood, Texas.
Fort Hood spokesman Sgt. Damian Steptore said the Fourth
Infantry Division, which includes White's battalion, has been under stop-loss
policy since June 1, 2004. White's unit deployed to Iraq in December.
White's wife, Vicky, was accompanying his body home from
Iraq, with a stop in her native North Carolina, Stanley White said. The soldier's
seven children include two with Vicky White. Details on funeral arrangements
were not available Monday.
White was assigned to the Third Battalion, 16th Field
Artillery, Second Brigade Combat Team of the Fourth Infantry Division based in
Decembers Military Deaths
[Thanks to Don Bacon, The Smedley Butler Society, who sent
Marines by rank:
E2--0--private first class
Army by rank:
E2--2--private second class
E3--2--private first class
E7--4--sergeant first class
Deaths by Division:
1st Marine Expeditionary Force--12
2nd Marine Expeditionary Force--3
1st Armored Div.--4
3rd Infantry Div.--8
4th Infantry Div--5
10th Mountain Div--1
101st Airborne Div--10
3rd Armored Cav. Reg.--2
11th Armored Cav. Reg.--1
III Corps Artillery--1
89th MP. Brigade--1
Special Opps. Command--1
5th engineer Battalion--1
4th psy-opps group--1
5th Special Forces--1
Army National Guard--12
Deaths by Location:
Tallil Air Base--3
Death by Cause:
small arms fire--8
US Torture General Refuses To Testify:
Fearing Him Will Incriminate Himself,
The Coward Miller Leaves Two Soldiers He Commanded
[Thanks to JM, who sent this in.]
12 Jan 2006 By Will Dunham Reuters & By Josh White, The
WASHINGTON, Jan 12(Reuters)
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, a key player in the
treatment of detainees in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, has invoked his right not to
incriminate himself in the cases of two soldiers charged with abusing Abu
Ghraib prisoners with dogs, officials said on Thursday.
In addition, Army Col. Thomas Pappas, former top military
intelligence officer at the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, was granted
immunity from prosecution and directed to testify in the upcoming
courts-martial of the Army dog handlers.
Miller headed the prison camp at the U.S. naval base at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, helped shape detention practices at Abu Ghraib and later
oversaw all detention operations in Iraq.
With defense lawyers preparing to question Miller, the
general invoked his right under Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military
Justice barring compulsory self-incrimination.
Sgt. Santos Cardona and Sgt. Michael Smith are accused of
using military dogs to harass, threaten and assault prisoners at Abu Ghraib
from November 2003 to January 2004.
Harvey Volzer, an attorney for one of the dog handlers, has
been seeking to question Miller to determine whether Miller ordered the use of
military working dogs to frighten detainees during interrogations at Abu Ghraib.
Volzer has argued that the dog handlers were following
orders when the animals were used against detainees.
"I think the command is hiding something, and I
think what they're hiding is material that is exculpatory that says the
interrogation techniques were approved by powers above General Miller,"
Eugene Fidell, president of the National Institute of
Military Justice, said he could not recall another general or admiral invoking
Article 31 rights.
The Pentagon in summer 2003 sent Miller, at Guantanamo at
the time, to Iraq to improve detention operations there.
Janis Karpinski, a former one-star Army Reserve general
in charge of the prison who was later demoted to colonel, has accused Miller of
introducing abusive techniques at Abu Ghraib.
PIECE OF SHIT
UNFIT FOR COMMAND
Miller has asserted his right not to incriminate himself in
the courts-martial of two soldiers accused of mistreating detainees there.
Dept. Of Agriculture Assholes Determined To Cheat Reserve
Troops Out Of Their Pay
January 12, 2006 By Gordon Trowbridge, Army Times staff
A federal agency is fighting a ruling that could give
thousands of dollars to military reservists who worked in federal civilian jobs
during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The Department of Agriculture has asked the Merit Systems
Protection Board to review an administrative law judge's decision granting
compensation to a food safety worker who also serves as an Army reservist.
The worker and thousands of others were improperly
charged military leave on days when they were in uniform but not required to
work in their civilian posts.
The case revolves around a policy followed for years by most
federal agencies. Federal workers in a military reserve component are entitled
to 15 days a year of military leave for drills, training and other military
duties that does not count against their normal leave time. But agencies were
docking workers for leave even for days they were not scheduled to work in
their civilian jobs, usually weekends, forcing many to use personal or vacation
days to cover their military duties.
Congress barred the practice in 2000, and previous rulings
have held that workers improperly charged leave are due compensation. But the
federal government, citing a 60-year-old law, has refused to pay claims more
than six years old, effectively limiting claims to the 1994-2000 period.
In November, an administrative law judge ruled in favor
of Tully's client, John Collins, who had challenged the ban on pre-1994 claims.
The Department of Agriculture's decision to appeal that ruling likely means
several more months of review.
Pentagon Assholes Join In:
Determined To Cheat 9/11 Reserve Troops Out Of Their
Jan 11, 2006 JAY LINDSAY, Newsday
BOSTON: A group of National Guard soldiers who were
ordered to protect possible targets after the Sept. 11 attacks sued the federal
government Wednesday, seeking tens of millions of dollars in expenses they say
were never reimbursed.
The soldiers, from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, say
they traveled hundreds of miles to security postings and used their own money
to pay for food and lodging with the expectation that they would be reimbursed.
But the soldiers say in their complaint that their
requests for compensation were repeatedly denied and they eventually were told,
"If you don't like the arrangement, we'll make sure you get taken off this
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argue that federal law
provides military personnel with a travel and transportation allowance while
away from home on active duty.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by four
soldiers but seeks to include hundreds of other guardsmen as a class action.
It names the U.S. Department of Defense and the
Massachusetts National Guard and seeks $73 million in unpaid expenses.
The plaintiffs are Steven Littlefield of Plymouth, Wayne
Gutierrez of New Bedford, Louis Tortorella of Brookline, N.H.; and Joseph
Murphy of Derry, N.H. All but Tortorella are still in the National Guard. The
areas they patrolled included Boston's primary water supply.
Army Recruiting Predators Demand Wounded Vietnam
Veteran To Take Down His Sign:
They Don't Like It
[Thanks to Phil G, who sent this in.]
December 27, 2005 By MONICA DAVEY, .New York Times
DULUTH, Minn., Dec. 21 - As those thinking of becoming
soldiers arrive on the slushy doorstep of the Army recruiting station here,
they cannot miss the message posted in bold black letters on the storefront
right next door.
"Remember the Fallen Heroes," the sign reads,
and then it ticks off numbers: the number of American troops killed in Iraq,
the number wounded, the number of days gone by since this war began.
The sign, put up by a former soldier, has stirred
intense, though always polite, debate in this city along the edge of Lake
Superior in northeastern Minnesota.
In a way, many of the nation's vast and complicated
arguments about war are playing out on a single block here, around a simple
piece of wood.
The seven military recruiters here, six of whom have
themselves served in Iraq, want the sign taken away. "It's
disheartening," Staff Sgt. Gary J. Capan, the station's commander, said.
"Everyone knows that people are dying in Iraq, but to walk past this on
the way to work every day is too much."
But Scott Cameron, a local man who was wounded in the
Vietnam War, says his sign should remain.
Mr. Cameron volunteers for a candidate for governor of
Minnesota whose campaign opened a storefront office next door to the recruiting
station, and he has permission to post the message he describes as "not
antiwar, but pro-veteran."
"We're still taking casualties from Vietnam, years
later," Mr. Cameron said recently. "Is the same thing going to
Despite the location, he insists that his purpose is not to
prevent new recruits from signing up for the Army, but to honor those who made
sacrifices. Still, Mr. Cameron also says, "Before they join the military,
people better know what they're getting into."
Early this month, State Senator Steve Kelley, a candidate
for governor of Minnesota from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (the
Democratic party in Minnesota, whose name is a vestige of its liberal
heritage), held a grand opening for his new campaign office along Superior
Street, a main thoroughfare in downtown Duluth. When Mr. Cameron, a Kelley
volunteer, asked whether he could put his sign up in the window of the office,
alongside the collage of campaign posters, Mr. Kelley agreed.
Mr. Cameron, who was shot in Vietnam in 1969 and says he
has since undergone 46 operations to repair the damage, said he felt compelled
to post his message to remind people of the soldiers now lost.
Decades ago, he said, he did not speak his mind about
Vietnam because he feared he might harm support for the troops. He is not, he
said, "going to be silent again."
Although Mr. Cameron, 55, acknowledged that he opposed the
war in Iraq, he insisted that his sign was not about that at all. Its intent,
he said, is simple and apolitical: to remember the troops, to care for
veterans, to recognize what is being lost each day.
"This is for the veterans," he said. "And
the way I understand it, this is what we're over there fighting for in the
first place: for my right to put a sign right there."
A few days after the opening, the office drew a visit
from next door. Sergeant Capan, 31, said his recruiters were upset and wanted
the sign removed. One woman who had just returned from duty in Iraq, he
said, found the sign especially disconcerting and impersonal. "It was
upsetting to veterans who don't look at their friends and colleagues killed as
numbers on a list," he said.
In truth, neither side agrees on what precisely the sign is
saying. Each sees its message through its own prism.
Sergeant Capan said he wondered why, if Mr. Cameron was
truly trying to send a "pro-veterans" message, he had not instead
posted a sign listing how many soldiers had returned home from Iraq safely and
placed it somewhere else: an Interstate highway, say, or the Capitol. And Mr.
Cameron said he suspected that Sergeant Capan's true fear was not so much the
well-being of his recruiters as how the sign might deter potential recruits.
Sergeant Capan dismissed that notion. "Overall
recruiting is going well, and this sign has not detracted," he said,
adding, "Everybody who's joining the Army knows that there are deaths at
Since news of the sign was reported in local newspapers,
response has been mixed. A woman from Missouri had two pizzas delivered to reward
Sergeant Capan's recruiters, while a veteran wrote to say that the sergeant
needed "psychological screening" for even suggesting the removal of a
disabled veteran's tribute to "his fallen brothers and sisters."
Mr. Cameron, meanwhile, says he has been asked to make
copies of his sign (which he had made for $100 at a local sign company) and is
thinking of marketing them.
For now, the neighbors on Superior Street have agreed to
disagree. An offering of cookies by Mr. Cameron was not accepted, Sergeant Capan
said, but Sergeant Capan insisted that relations on the street remained polite
"We're going to move on," he said. "We're
soldiers." [No doubt the Sgt. would be more comfortable in Iraq, where
the occupation forces simply rip up signs they don't like, and toss people into
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U.S. OCCUPATION RECRUITING DRIVE IN HIGH GEAR;
RECRUITING FOR THE ARMED RESISTANCE THAT IS
[Photo: Children Of Iraq]
[Fair is fair. Let's bring 150,000 Iraqis over here to
the USA. They can kill people at checkpoints, bust into their houses with
force and violence, overthrow the government, put a new one in office they like
better and call it "sovereign" and "detain" anybody who doesn't like it in some
prison without any changes being filed against them, or any trial.]
[Those Iraqis are sure a bunch of backward primitives.
They actually resent this help, have the absurd notion that it's bad their
country is occupied by a foreign military dictatorship, and consider it their
patriotic duty to fight and kill the soldiers sent to grab their country. What
a bunch of silly people. How fortunate they are to live under a military
dictatorship run by George Bush. Why, how could anybody not love that? You'd
want that in your home town, right?]
OCCUPATION ISN'T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Idiots In Occupation Command Fuck Up Again:
More Recruiting For The Resistance
[Thanks to D, who sent this in.]
January 12, 2006 by Brian Conley and Isam Rashid, Inter
BAGHDAD: The Association of Muslim Scholars, a Sunni
organisation that was created in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, was again
targeted by the United States military last Sunday. The raid on its mosque
served only to alienate Sunnis further.
The Association of Muslim Scholars, now considered the
highest Sunni authority in Iraq, has been working to support those who have
lost their families, or the unemployed. It is also a strong critic of the
United States occupation.
Its stand has provoked several raids by the U.S. army and
continuing conflict with the Shia dominated interim government.
This most recent raid appears to have been related to the
kidnapping of American journalist Jill Carroll. No one has yet claimed responsibility
for her abduction.
The Association of Muslim Scholars has been accused of
links with resistance groups in the past, but there is no known connection
between the organisation and such groups, or with the abduction of Jill
The U.S. forces apparently acted on a tip off from one
Iraqi. [OK. So does that mean a tip off from one Iraqi that Rumsfeld
is a terrorist spy will get "acted on"? Or was this another brain dead General
just looking for an excuse to exercise unparalleled command stupidity?]
The U.S. forces raided the Umm Al Qura Mosque in the early
morning, just two days before Eid al Adha, which concludes the Muslim
pilgrimage to Mecca. The Association offices are based at this mosque.
"At 3:30am the U.S. troops and the Iraqi army raided
the mosque," Akram Ahmed, a guard at the mosque told IPS. "Some of
the U.S. troops came down from helicopters. They arrested seven guards and
Sheikh Yunis Al Ugaidi." The Sheikh is a Sunni religious leader.
U.S. troops were evidently looking for Jill Carroll. "They
were looking for secret places in the mosque, and they asked about the American
journalist," Ahmed said. "But they didn't find anything about
It is difficult to understand why the United States would
single out the Association of Muslim Scholars as an initial target in the
investigation of Jill Carroll's abduction. The organisation has condemned the
taking of hostages in Iraq.
Through the raid, the offices of the Association at the
mosque were ransacked. Witnesses said they found graffiti by way of stylized
crosses drawn with thick markers.
"The United States troops drew the cross markings
inside the mosque, they destroyed everything in the mosque, and took the
computers, and the guns which belonged to the guards," Ahmed said.
Several other guards at the mosque corroborated what Akram
Ahmed said, but said they wished to remain anonymous.
The Association said in a statement after the attack that
the United States was responsible for desecrating the mosque and stealing files
with information on their members.
Sunnis have been outraged by the raid. Hundreds gathered
at the gardens of the mosque in a demonstration Tuesday. "The attack on
the Umm Al Qura mosque is an attack on Muslims and Islam", said one
"Damaging Optimism" "Discourages Junior Commanders
From Reporting Unwelcome News Up The Chain Of Command"
[Thanks to D, who sent this in.]
The US army, he says, is
imbued with an unparalleled sense of patriotism, duty, passion and talent. "Yet
it seemed weighed down by bureaucracy, a stiflingly hierarchical outlook, a
predisposition to offensive operations and a sense that duty required all
issues to be confronted head-on."
January 12, 2006 by Richard Norton-Taylor and Jamie Wilson, Guardian
A senior British officer has criticised the US army for
its conduct in Iraq, accusing it of institutional racism, moral righteousness,
misplaced optimism, and of being ill-suited to engage in counter-insurgency
The blistering critique, by Brigadier Nigel Aylwin-Foster,
who was the second most senior officer responsible for training Iraqi security
forces, reflects criticism and frustration voiced by British commanders of
American military tactics.
The US army, he says, is imbued with an unparalleled sense
of patriotism, duty, passion and talent. "Yet it seemed weighed down by
bureaucracy, a stiflingly hierarchical outlook, a predisposition to offensive
operations and a sense that duty required all issues to be confronted
Brig Aylwin-Foster says the American army's laudable
"can-do" approach paradoxically led to another trait, namely
Such an ethos, he says, "is unhelpful if it
discourages junior commanders from reporting unwelcome news up the chain of
But his central theme is that US military commanders have
failed to train and educate their soldiers in the art of counter-insurgency
operations and the need to cultivate the "hearts and minds" of the
While US officers in Iraq criticised their allies for being
too reluctant to use force, their strategy was "to kill or capture all
terrorists and insurgents: they saw military destruction of the enemy as a
strategic goal in its own right". In short, the brigadier says, "the
US army has developed over time a singular focus on conventional warfare, of a
particularly swift and violent kind".
Such an unsophisticated approach, ingrained in American
military doctrine, is counter-productive, exacerbating the task the US faced by
alienating significant sections of the population, argues Brig Aylwin-Foster.
What he calls a sense of "moral righteousness"
contributed to the US response to the killing of four American contractors in
Falluja in the spring of 2004. As a "come-on" tactic by insurgents,
designed to provoke a disproportionate response, it succeeded, says the
brigadier, as US commanders were "set on the total destruction of the
He notes that the firing on one night of more than 40
155mm artillery rounds on a small part of the city was considered by the local
US commander as a "minor application of combat power."
The brigadier was deputy commander of the office of security
transition for training and organising Iraq's armed forces in 2004. Last year
he took up the post of deputy commander of the Eufor, the European peacekeeping
force in Bosnia. He could not be contacted last night.
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Brazilian Troops "Are Seen As Foreign Occupiers Or
Proxies Of The United States"
[Thanks to JM, who sent this in.]
12 Jan 2006 By Andrew Hay (Reuters)
From army barracks to government ministries and Congress,
Brazilians are beginning to look for a way out of a messy U.N. peacekeeping
[translation: occupation] mission in Haiti.
"We cannot see a real international effort in Haiti and
the U.N. structure is confused," said one high-ranking army officer in
Brasilia, who served under Bacellar and asked not to be named. "It's
becoming more and more difficult for me to understand why we are deploying
troops abroad when we have so many problems with violence and drug traffickers
Brazil jumped at the chance to lead the U.N. force 18 months
ago to show it was a regional power worthy of a seat on a revamped U.N.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva conditioned leadership
of the force on international aid to rebuild Haiti after an armed revolt
[translation: the Bush Regime] toppled Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide
in February 2004.
Brazilian officers who hoped to mediate solutions with
Haitians as fellow Latin Americans face pressure from other U.N. member forces
to go into combat against armed gangs.
Peacekeepers [translation: occupation troops] say they
are seen as foreign occupiers or proxies of the United States, which helped
engineer Aristide's flight.
"It's a complete disaster, you've got troops not able
to do anything for the people of Haiti and they're costing Brazil millions of
dollars," said Luiz Carlos Hauly, a congressman for the opposition Social
Democrats and former president of the lower house foreign relations commission.
"Out of Haiti" read the lead editorial in
Brazil's daily Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper on Thursday, which called for the
country's 1,200 troops to leave after the election.
"Brazil has to solve its own very basic problems before
launching missions to help govern the world," it said.
Commander Of Brazilian Occupation Troops Blows His
Brazilian Army Gen.
Urano Teixeira da Mata Bacellar
January 7, 2006 Associated Press
The Brazilian commander of UN peacekeepers [translation:
occupation troops] in Haiti was found dead on the balcony of his hotel room
Saturday after shooting himself in the head, authorities said, in a blow to the
9,000-strong force and efforts to restore democracy [translation: prop up the
U.S. organized occupation] in Haiti.
UN officials and Haitian police swarmed the upscale Hotel
Montana where Lt.-Gen. Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar was slumped on a tile
floor against the balcony, blood staining his white T-shirt.
A senior UN official confirmed to that Lt.-Gen. Bacellar
suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
Outwardly calm and reflective, Lt.-Gen. Bacellar was charged
with restoring order [translation: serving the U.S. Empire] in this
Caribbean country in the wake of the February 2004 bloody rebellion [translation:
Bush regime overthrow of the Haitian government by force and violence] that
ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Found wearing boxer shorts and sandals, Lt.-Gen. Bacellar
apparently killed himself as the multinational force is under increased
pressure to curb violence [translation: resistance to the occupation] in
the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.
Election officials recently postponed the Jan. 8
election, blaming security problems and delays in distributing voting
materials. It was the fourth such postponement of the vote. No new date has
Seven peacekeepers [translation: occupation troops]
have been killed in action since the force deployed, according to the UN The
most recent victim, a Jordanian captain, was shot on Dec. 24 outside Cite
[The reporter who wrote this was formerly employed by the
government of Russian-occupied East Germany, explaining why Germans loved the
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
BEHOLD THE UNCLEAN ONES
Satan and his companion, the third class Demon Bezuzu,
Jan. 5, 2006 at the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
"The marines that I have had wounded over the
past five months have been attacked by a faceless enemy. But the enemy has got
a face. He's called Satan." US Marine Colonel Gareth Brandl.
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