GI SPECIAL 4A10:
Reppenhagen, Former Sniper Of The 1st Infantry Division
DC 9/24/05 (Photo Jose Vasquez)
Sacrificed And Now Suffer For Ulterior Motives By Our Own
Operation Iraqi Freedom, Former Sniper of the 1st Infantry
To: GI Special
Sent: January 10, 2006
Owe Veterans and Soldiers the Truth
The German winter was in high
gear as the Scouts of 2-63rd Armor Battalion crossed the
tarmac to an awaiting plane. We were wearing our newly
issued desert uniforms and carried almost all the necessary
gear to survive one year in hostile Iraq.
Other than an occasional joke
most of us were deep in thought. I shifted from images of
the people I loved and the luxuries I knew would soon be few
and far between. Mostly I thought about the mission ahead,
all the "what if scenarios" and the exercises we covered in
I knew why
I was going to Iraq. I was going to fight terrorists that
blew up the world trade center. I was going to put an end
to a tyrannical regime to free a country. And, I was going
to keep America, my family and friends, safe from
biological, chemical and nuclear attack. The drone of the
aircraft and the dull cabin lights soon put me into an easy
It has not
been a year since I have left the combat zone and sleep no
longer comes so easy.
I am anxious and thoughts of
my fellow soldiers struggling with injuries and mental
illness keep me awake.
My actions and experiences of
war plague my dreams. I have seen veterans with missing
limbs, paralyzed bodies, and disfigured appearances overcome
something still interferes with our healing, the fact that
we were betrayed and used abusively by our administration.
The fact that we sacrificed and now suffer for ulterior
motives by our own leaders hurts far greater than the
visible wounds. However, our sacrifice need not be in vain.
If a lesson can be learned
from the Iraq War, a lesson that should have been learned
from the war in Vietnam, it is that we can not allow our
president the ability to wage war without the will of the
people and the support of the entire government. We have to
apply stronger checks and balances and enforce the existing
way that we will encourage change is to hold those who
manipulated the country into this war. We have to hold the
administration accountable for its' fraudulent lead up to
war. There must be an impeachment trail against George W.
Bush and his staff.
I hear people comment that we
need to concentrate on withdraw strategies and the problem
at hand and the reasons for going to war is a moot point.
however matter to those of us who made the sacrifice and did
our duty as was asked of us. We were the strong arm of a
democracy, and should have been used responsibly to
accomplish the needs of our citizens. There seems to be
enough evidence to support a doubt that the war was based on
deceit. An investigation for impeachment is the only
justified course of action.
Garett L. Reppenhagen
Veteran of Operation Iraqi
Former Sniper of the 1st
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Apache Shot Down Near Taji:
Crew Of Two
1.16.06 By Salih Saif Aldin
and Nelson Hernandez, Washington Post Foreign Service &
JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer & CNN
A U.S. military helicopter
crashed in a swampy area north of Taji today, but there was
no word on the status of the two-man crew.
lieutenant at the scene said that the AH-64 Apache attack
helicopter had crashed into a farm after being hit by a
rocket and that the crew was dead. Initial witnesses'
accounts quoted by wire services also said that the aircraft
had apparently been shot down.
A resident said he saw the
smoke trail of a missile before the aircraft plunged to the
Khalifa, 27, who has a food and drink stand in the area,
said he saw the attack. "I saw the smoke trail left by the
missile," he said. "I heard a hissing sound, looked around
and saw the helicopter losing control before crashing down."
U.S. military authorities in
Baghdad only acknowledged that the helicopter had crashed in
the 4th Infantry Division's area of operations,
The official said the
helicopter usually has a two-person crew and was being used
by the U.S. Army's Task Force Iron Horse.
23, Dies In War
01/16/06 By Valerie Lynn M.
Maigue, Pacific Daily News
Army Pfc. Kasper Allen Camacho
Dudkiewicz, 23, of Chalan Pago is the latest Guam son to be
claimed in the war in Iraq.
the 12th son of Micronesia to die in the current war, has
served in the U.S. Army for the last three years and left
for Iraq last November.
From Kingsville Killed
Jan. 7, 2006 Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A Texas soldier
was among five servicemen killed by an explosion during
convoy operations in Iraq, the Department of Defense said.
Sgt. Johnny J. Peralez Jr.,
25, of Kingsville, died in An Najaf when an improvised
explosive device detonated near his military vehicle, the
military said Friday.
He and the other four soldiers
were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery,
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood,
Peralez was a combat medic,
relatives told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. He was a
1998 graduate of Falfurrias High School, where he played the
alto saxophone in the high school band, a family spokeswoman
Survivors include his mother,
grandmother, brother and sister, the newspaper reported.
NEW CASTLE A family in New
Castle, Lawrence County, is coping with the death of their
son in Iraq.
Marine Corporal Albert
Gettings, 27, was on patrol near Fallujah when his unit was
Gettings was shot in the
stomach. He was transported to Kuwait for treatment but
later died of his injuries.
Gettings had been in Iraq
since September and was due to come home in March. He was
scheduled to be discharged in June.
The New Castle News reports
that Gettings married his wife Stephanie last May.
ALL HOME NOW
from the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines Regiment during a foot
patrol in the northern area of Fallujah. A rocket propelled
grenade was fired toward an Iraqi police station and a
roadside bomb blew up near a bridge at the north entrance to
Fallujah. (AFP/Mauricio Lima)
Attack On Occupation Forces
Occupation military vehicles
tow a military truck destroyed by a bomb attack in Kandahar,
15 January 2005. Bombers killed 24 people in two separate
attacks in southern Afghanistan. (AFP/File)
President Wishes Sharon Long Life
KABUL, Afghanistan -
Afghanistan's president said yesterday that his government
would forge diplomatic ties with Israel if the Palestinians
can form a state of their own.
The president added that he
hoped Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would recover from the
debilitating stroke he suffered last week.
give him a longer life," he said.
More On Rat
Who Smears Soldiers With Traumatic Brain Injuries As
From: Soldier A
To: GI Special
Sent: January 16, 2006 8:46 AM
Subject: Walter Reed Article:
More Info on COL Babbitt
article on the Walter Reed PEB situation. I'm afraid to
report the same type of thing is also happening at the other
two PEB regions - Ft. Sam Houston, TX and Ft. Lewis, WA.
COL James Babbitt is an INFANTRY officer and has no medical
experience or training whatsoever. I thought you might like
to know that. Here's his profile screen from Army Knowledge
Bldg. 7, WRAMC, 6900
Georgia AV NW
Keep up the great work.
scumbag referenced: “Col. James F. Babbitt, president of the
Physical Evaluation Board, accused Wilson of being a liar.
‘I believe that the preponderance of the evidence available
to the Board supports an alternative diagnosis … one of
malingering,’ Babbitt wrote in that memo.” (GI SPECIAL 4A9
1.16.06) The soldier was later found to have traumatic
brain injury, along with many, many others similarly accused
of faking their injuries by garbage working at Walter Reed.
Flowers For Chase Comley Will Be Presented Not By Grateful
Iraqis, But By Loved Ones Honoring Him As He's Lowered To
His Grave And Buried In Our Hearts”
January 11, 2006 by Missy
Comley Beattie, CommonDreams.org [Excerpts]
to talk with you about my nephew, Chase Comley.
"Chase was 16 when his parents
divorced and, probably, of the four siblings was the most
affected. He was the youngest. After high school, he
started college, but couldn't discipline himself to study
and was partying hard and womanizing.
“He began to be disgusted with
himself and started talking about joining the military for
discipline. We were appalled. The war had already begun
and most of us had been opposed from the time Bush began to
talk about the invasion. No weapons of mass destruction had
been found, but Chase seemed determined. My father
suggested the Coast Guard, the Navy, something safer than
the Marines, but Chase was impressed by the Marine bravado,
'the few, the proud,' and he said things like 'why settle
for second best when you can be first.'
of months later, he joined. He deployed for Iraq in March
of 2005. He would have been 22 in November. He would have
returned home in October. He was killed on August 6th.
"Chase's body arrived at Dover
where it remained for five days and was assessed for
presentation at funeral. His face was blown completely off
in the largest vehicular suicide bombing to that date. He
came home with his head wrapped in gauze.
"His death has changed our
lives in ways that are too hard to describe.
tell you that my nephew Chase Comley did not die to preserve
your freedoms. He was not presented flowers by grateful
Iraqis, welcoming him as their liberator.
"He died long after Bush, in
his testosterone-charged, theatrical, soldier-for-a-day role
announced on an aircraft carrier beneath a 'Mission
Accomplished' banner that major combat was over.
“He died in
a country erupting into civil war and turned into a hellhole
"Have we won the hearts and
the minds of the Iraqi people? Apparently not.
"Consider what the money spent
on this could have achieved for health care, our children's
education or a true humanitarian intervention in Sudan.
think about Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld when he visits
our troops. Picture his heavily armored vehicle, a machine
impregnable to almost anything the insurgents toss in its
path, while our troops are not provided sufficient armor to
survive an IED.
the mismanagement of this entire war effort. Consider what
we've lost. Too much. Think of what we've gained.
"And think of someone who
says, 'We will not cut and run,' but who did just that years
ago when he was called.
"Think about a man who speaks
about a culture of life when the words fit a wedge issue
such as abortion or the right to die when medical effort has
"Then think about this war,
Bush's not-so-intelligently designed culture of death.
"For many Americans, the war
is an abstraction. But it is not an abstraction for the
Iraqis whose lives have been devastated by our 'smart
bombs.' And it certainly is not an abstraction for those of
us who have heard the words that change lives forever.
"So think of my family's
grief: grief that will never end. Think of all the
families. Think of the wounded, the maimed, the
then consider: The preservation of our freedom rests not
on U.S. imperialism but on actively changing foreign
policies that are conquest-oriented and that dehumanize
our own young who become fodder for endless war as well
as people in other countries who are so geographically
distant that they become abstract.
"The answer is not Bush's
mantra: 'They're jealous of our freedoms.'
finally, think about flowers.
flowers for Chase Comley will be presented not by grateful
Iraqis but by loved ones honoring him as he's lowered to his
grave and buried in our hearts.”
John Gingerich, Veterans For Peace, who sent this in. He
writes: “Here is a button from my collection... anti war
Spies On Iraq Veterans Against The War And Lies About It
Tim Goodrich, Iraq Veterans Against The War, who sent this
in. He writes:
out re: pentagon spying.
[Apparently, the government has collected some information
(at least indirectly) related to Iraq Veterans Against the
[This is funny considering that just last month I got a
response from my Freedom of Information Act Request telling
me that there has been no surveillance related to IVAW.]
January 11, 2006 By Sarah
Epting, (APN). Additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale,
Editor of Atlanta Progressive News. [Excerpts]
ATLANTA--"Don’t they have anything to do? I am just a mom of
a teenage son. I just don’t want my son or anyone else go
to a stupid war," Susan Keith told Atlanta Progressive News.
Keith learned the Pentagon has been spying on her protests
against public schools participating in military
"I think it is a big waste of
our money and time to be spying on citizens," Keith said.
On December 14th, 2005, NBC
released a report concerning a secret 400 page Pentagon
document they obtained listing more than 1,500 "suspicious
incidents" across the country.
In a recent span of 10 months,
these incidents had all been under surveillance by the
document listed the organization’s open monthly meeting held
on March 28, 2005 as a "threat."
The meeting took place at the
downtown Piedmont Avenue office of the American Friends
Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization committed to
peace, social justice, and humanitarian service.
"This action by the government
is a disgrace and a blatant violation of our right to free
speech and peaceful assembly as guaranteed by the First
Amendment," wrote Betti Knott, AFSC Southeast Regional
Director," in a prepared statement obtained by Atlanta
Progressive News. "The people of the United States have a
fundamental right to organize and speak out about relevant
The meeting included a discussion the then-upcoming visit of
Michael Hoffman, Founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War.
It also included planning for a protest that took place
Mauney and Susan Keith, both members of the coalition,
told Atlanta Progressive News they suspect the
surveillance took place over the Internet through
reading the meetings minutes that were emailed out
following their meetings.
speculation stems from the fact that GPJC does not
publish agendas or notify the members of the coalition
what will be discussed in advance of the meeting, so any
knowledge of the nature of the meeting would have to be
gathered after the fact, Keith and Mauney said.
protest deemed "suspicious" by the government was a protest
by concerned parents of public school students.
The parents were worried about local public
schools’ complicity in military recruitment. Many schools
release the names of students to military recruiters without
what many local parents believe would be adequate
notification or opt-out provisions.
day of one of the protests, Michael Hoffman had spoken
to a local group of high school students at Decatur High
about why they should consider opting out of having
their names released to recruiters.
Hoffman spoke, a group of about 30 protesters gathered
to protest outside a military recruitment office on
Ponce De Leon Avenue in Atlanta.
and Keith both speculated that the reason this
particular protest might have been monitored may be
Throw In The Towel:
40 Year AWOL Rather Than Court Martialling Him
Privacy Act Violation By Marines Will Continue
January 11, 2006 Citizen
Command at Camp LeJeune NC announced Wednesday afternoon,
January 11th that it was releasing Corporal Jerry Texiero
from the LeJeune brig and would separate him with an other
than honorable discharge, in lieu of prosecuting him for
Texiero had been arrested at
the Marines' request in Tarpon Springs, FL on August 16.
After spending five months in solitary in the Pinellas
County (FL) jail, he was transferred to the Marine brig at
LeJeune on December 16. He had been charged with one count
of desertion, which could have resulted in a one prison
sentence and a bad conduct discharge.
"After keeping this 65 year
old senior citizen locked up for five months, the Marines
have finally done what they should have done back in
August--release him with an administrative discharge,"
commented Tod Ensign, Citizen Soldier director.
"Their scheme to prosecute
Jerry as a way to warn young Marines in Iraq today that they
will be vigorously pursued if they desert has failed,"
plan to vigorously pursue our Privacy Act law suit against
the Marine Corps officials for defaming Texiero by illegally
disseminating information from his personnel file."
of Brookline, MA has served as Cpl Texiero's lead civilian
info: Tod Ensign (Citizen Soldier) (212) 679-2250
Arrests Another Long Term AWOL:
Refuse Service Influenced By My Lai Massacre
January 16, 2006 Citizen
"Buck" McQueen, 55, was arrested by Ft. Worth, TX police on
Wednesday, January 11th at the request of the Marines'
Absentee Collection Center. McQueen served in the Marine
Corps for nearly two years, from 1968-69. His decision to
refuse further service was influenced by the disclosure of
the My Lai massacre, in which US troops killed 500
After leaving, McQueen lived
in Indiana and then moved to Texas, working mostly as a
carpenter and cabinet maker. He married, had a son and a
daughter and then divorced about ten years ago.
Like the just-concluded case
of Marine Corporal Jerry Texiero, of Tarpon Springs, FL, who
was arrested after 40 years AWOL, McQueen's arrest was
requested by a special Pentagon unit that searches for
McQueen's arrest was first
reported in a front-page story in the Ft. Worth
Star-Telegram on Monday, January 14th. He is being held in
a local jail awaiting transfer to a Marine brig. If tried
for desertion, McQueen could receive a five year prison term
and Dishonorable discharge.
Marines are trying to send a message to their troops in Iraq
that deserters will always be hunted down and prosecuted
even forty years after they resist," said Tod Ensign, Legal
Director of Citizen Soldier, a GI/veterans rights advocacy
pledged that his group would support McQueen by helping to
organize his legal and political defense.
Tod Ensign, Citizen Soldier, (212) 679-2250)
Arrested For Painting "Troops Out Now" On Highway Overpasses
[Thanks to Joshua Karpoff, who
sent this in. He writes:
Mike Ferner, a member of
Veterans For Peace was arrested, along with his brother, for
allegedly spray painting antiwar graffiti on highway
January 04, 2006 Associated
Ohio- A former Toledo councilman and one-time Toledo mayoral
candidate was accused of spray-painting anti-war slogans on
Mike Ferner, 54, of Toledo,
was arrested Sunday along Interstate 475 U.S. 23 in this
Toledo suburb. Ferner is charged with vandalism, criminal
damage and possession of criminal tools.
Highway Patrol said Ferner painted the slogan "Troops Out
Now" on several overpasses while his brother, John Ferner,
46, of Columbus, drove a pickup truck.
A can of fluorescent orange
spray paint was found in the truck, troopers said. John
Ferner also is charged with vandalism, criminal damage and
possession of criminal tools, a charge that relates to the
spray paint. Both men were released from the Lucas County
Jail on Monday after posting $3,000 bond each. They were
scheduled to be arraigned later in Maumee Municipal Court.
has been a critic of U.S. military action in Iraq and in
2003 took part in a "peace tour" of that Mideast country.
Club In Action:
To Buy Some Blogs
MS&L's claim to fame in the blogging world as far as I
can tell is that they maintain the General Motors'
corporate blog. Did the Army have to hire the PR firm
for a dying corporation as its new agent?
January 10, 2006 William M.
Arkin on National and Homeland Security, Washington Post
from RL that the Army has hired PR firm Hass MS&L of Detroit
to offer "exclusive editorial content" to blogs willing to
run government propaganda.
believes that military blogs are a valuable medium for
reaching out," account executive Charlie Kondek has written
to a number of pro-military blogs in a January 6 Email.
"To that end, the Army plans
to offer you and selected bloggers exclusive editorial
content on a few issues you're likely to be interested in,"
Kondek says. The Email has been mentioned in Black Five,
One Hand Clapping and Fuzzilicious Thinking.
however, are the epitome of independence, perspective, and
rebellion. For the Army to blog, its bloggers would need to
have an opinion, show some emotion, make a joke, make a
case. We all know that the moment some public affairs
flunkie strayed from the official happy talk and openly
engaged in the information fight, he or she would get nuked.
So, our tax dollars are going
to get used so the Army can just add to its propaganda
machine, shoveling "content" to like-minded bloggers?
It all smacks of just another
losing PR effort by a desperate team who seems to think that
the only way it is going to get good press is to buy it or
claim to fame in the blogging world as far as I can tell is
that they maintain the General Motors' corporate blog.
Army have to hire the PR firm for a dying corporation as its
Greets Visiting U.S. Politicians At Balad
1.10.06 St. Louis
Rep. Kenny Hulshof wanted to
see first-hand what American troops have to deal with on the
ground in Iraq. But on a trip over the Christmas break, the
Missouri congressman got more insight than he bargained for.
that Hulshof and four other members of Congress were
visiting was hit by a mortar attack. Hulshof and his
colleagues were put on lockdown for 30 minutes while a
series of five blasts hit the military installation, Balad
Air Base, about 40 miles north of Baghdad.
Collaborator Guards Killed By Al Wihda IED
16 01, 2006 Bahrain News
Iraqi national guards were killed on Monday in a roadside
bomb which was placed by insurgents on a main road
connecting the Iraqi city of Baghdad and central and
took place in Al Wihda area, some 30 kilometers to the south
of Baghdad. Radio SAWA reported on a security official at
the Iraqi Police Intelligence as saying that 2 of 5 military
vehicles carrying national security guards were totally
destroyed in the blast.
1.16.06 AP & (Xinhuanet) &
A car bomb detonated Monday
next to a police convoy.
a medic at Muqdadiya general hospital, said five policemen
were killed by the blast, which injured three policemen.
occurred in two phases. Guerrillas attacked an Iraqi police
patrol, and when the officers called in reinforcements, a
car bomb exploded, causing more casualties.
police officers were killed Monday morning in separate
incidents in Baghdad, a police official said.
"The two policemen were shot dead by unknown
insurgents separately in Baghdad's northern district of
Aadhamiyah and the northwestern district of Shula," Captain
Ahmed Abdullah said.
bombs exploded in the Iraqi capital. One explosion wounded
four soldiers and one civilian near an Iraqi army convoy in
Baghdad's Yarmouk neighborhood, another blast wounded two
police officers on patrol, the official
in Baghdad attacked a truck carrying goods for the U.S.
military, killing the Iraqi driver, Sgt.
Kamal al-Saeidi said.
Vehicles carrying U.S. police trainers were struck by a
roadside bomb. One of the passengers was killed, the U.S.
embassy said in a statement.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
Would Be The Splitting Of Iraq But This Does Not Conform To
The Fundamental Interests Of U.S. Imperial Hegemony”
[Thanks to Ron R, who sent
January 07, 2006 Gilbert
Achcar interviewed by Bill Weinberg, Zmag.org [Excerpt]
people are very much entitled to an independent state if
they wished so.
they are a different nation, they should have, as any
nation, the right to self-determination -- and not only in
the Iraqi part of Kurdistan, but also in the Turkish part of
Kurdistan the Iranian part, the Syrian part.
And the Kurds had a referendum
in Kurdistan, with almost a unanimous vote in favor of
independence, and the Kurdish leaderships know that their
constituency wants independence very badly, and are not
happy at all that the constitution did not provide for the
right of the Kurds to self-determination, including forming
a separate state, if they wished so.
Despite all that, they keep
telling the constituency you have to be patient, the day
will come when Kurdistan will become independent, officially
independent (because, factually speaking, Kurdistan has been
functioning as a more or less independent state since
1991). They keep saying, you have to be patient because now
the conditions are not right for any proclamation of
independence, if we did so, we would face terribly difficult
conditions, we have the Turkish threat.
Turkey has repeatedly, as you
just said, threatened to intervene if that would happen.
They would have more to lose from proclaiming the
independence right now than whatever they could win. So
that's what prevents the Kurds from breaking away officially
as a state.
And as for
the Shia and the Sunnis, the picture that people can get
sometimes from the media is distorted.
I mean, you
don't have a country where you have purely Shi'ite areas.
The Kurds are a different
situation: you have three provinces which are Kurdistan --
don't have a Shi'ite country and a Sunni country.
provinces with a Sunni majority, provinces with Shi'ite
majority, even sometime large majorities, but you have also
some mixed provinces, you even have tribes that are mixed
religiously; you have a lot of intermingling between
is a city where you have all of them represented. And the
Shi'ites know that if they were to secede in some formal
manner, that would not only mean a costly civil war, bloody
for everybody, including them, but they would be faced with
hostility from the Arab environment.
leadership, in my view, are completely aware that it is not
all in their interest to split up the country and then face
this prospect of ethnic cleansing, to use the term used
since Bosnia, a very costly civil war, and then facing a
hostile Arab environment, and being dependent on Iranian
friendship. The Arab Shi'ites have their own pride and
consider, they don't like to be dependent on Iran, contrary
to what is pretended by some people.
is at least one faction of the Shi'ites which is very
pro-Iran, the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution...
GA: Well, the Supreme Council
has been linked closely to Iran, but they are not, you know,
between quotation marks, "agents" of Iran. They don't have
the type of relation you used to have between Communist
parties and the Soviet Union. That's not how they look at
Iran, not at all.
As I said,
they have their pride. I mean, Arab Shiites take pride in
belonging to the nation that produced the prophet of Islam
and produced Ali, the main reference of the Shi'ites.
I don't claim to be an oracle,
and anyone claiming to know what will happen, is just, you
know, a worthless pretension. But on the basis of a
rational evaluation of what exists, one might reasonably
think that the incentive for a renewed formula for building
a common state would be very strong.
But as I said, one thing is
clear: it's not the presence of U.S. troops which is
preventing the deterioration of the situation. General
Casey, he himself said the presence of the occupation fuels
the insurgency; that was in hearings with the Senate.
would be the splitting of Iraq. But this Plan B does not
conform to the fundamental interests of U.S. imperial
It would be absolutely risky,
even disastrous for U.S. interests in the area.
the one hand, the Shia, as an independent entity, would much
more likely be allied to Iran than to Washington; and
secondly, that would destabilize the whole area, and be an
incentive for the secession of the Shia province in Saudi
Arabia (or the Saudi kingdom; I don't like to say "Saudi
Arabia"; the kingdom is Saudi, it is the name of a dynasty,
not a country).
And it so
happens that they are also the areas of the Saudi kingdom
where the oil reserves are concentrated. So, this is a
nightmarish scenario for, for Washington.
What do you think?
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Got To Be The Greatest Display Of Moral Deceit, And Dishonor
Toward American Soldiers In American History”
Military recruiters trying to make an impression at a county
“War is a disease of childhood.” Albert Einstein
and caption from the I-R-A-Q(I Remember Another
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To: GI Special
Sent: January 16, 2006
The Faces Of The Deceitful
The last thing I felt before I
left Vietnam, was Dick Nixon's dick withdrawing from my ass.
When I think of George Bush
and Dick Cheney, I am reminded of the mega-lies of the
Vietnam War. George Bush was AWOL from his Texas Air
National Guard unit, and Dick Cheney never served in the
military. He had at least 5 deferments that kept him out of
the military draft during the Vietnam War.
He was later quoted as saying,
" I had other things to do."
and Dick Cheney are nothing but demented toy soldiers
sending America's best into the horrors of war. This has got
to be the greatest display of moral deceit, and dishonor
toward American soldiers in American history.
As a medic in Vietnam, I saw
American soldiers take their last breath for something they
believed in. When I look at the faces of George Bush and
Dick Cheney, I am ashamed to be an American.
everything I had in Vietnam for what I thought was right.
People like George Bush and Dick Cheney gave nothing when
the time came to put their beliefs on the line. DICK Cheney
will be the DICK Nixon of the Iraq War.
have been metaphorically fucked in the ass, you feel that
betrayal the rest of your life.
If I did
not work in the anti-war movement, I could not live in the
continues to be a chess game.
In order to
win, the pawns have to turn on the ruling class, and that
breaks the rules.
to war, they come home talking dirty."
Conscience Of A Killer
Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg,
starring Eric Bana, Daniel Craig and Geoffrey Rush.
January 13, 2006 Review by
Geoff Bailey, Socialist Worker
ALWAYS comes at a price,” says a character midway through
Steven Spielberg’s new film Munich. But what price is too
high? What happens if, in protecting what you love, you end
up destroying it?
Munich follows a group of
Israelis who are hired by their government to assassinate 11
Palestinians believed to have planned the kidnapping of 11
Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
The movie is based on the book
Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist
Team by George Jonas, a conservative, pro-Israeli columnist
for the Canadian National Post. But the screenplay was
written by Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author
of Angels in America.
a socialist and an anti-Zionist, with the ability to write
moving, emotional, political fiction. Together, Kushner and
Spielberg have created a powerful film critiquing Israel and
the wider strategy accepted by the Bush administration for
dealing with terrorism.
Prior to its release, Munich
had already generated a storm of controversy. The Israeli
government, for whom Spielberg organized advance screenings,
blasted it for “rewriting history.” Israeli officials
attacked Spielberg for creating a “moral equivalence”
between the killing of terrorists and the murder of Israeli
Conservative critics in the
United States weren’t far behind. Jack Engelhard, the
author of that morally scrupulous novel, Indecent Proposal,
wrote a scathing attack on Spielberg: “If, as our enemies
say, we own Hollywood, well, here’s the plot twist--we have
lost Hollywood, and we have lost Spielberg. Spielberg is no
friend of Israel. Spielberg is no friend of truth.” The New
York Times’ conservative columnist David Brooks devoted a
column to attacking the film.
Yet for all the media frenzy
surrounding its release, Munich’s criticisms of Israel are
rather mild. Spielberg focuses on the way in which violence
begets more violence. When one of the Israeli assassins
witnesses footage of a Palestinian attack on the Athens
airport, meant to be retaliation for Israel’s
assassinations, he mutters, “At least we are having a
dialogue now.” The absurdity of the statement is obvious,
but it’s hardly a radical critique.
And Spielberg shows nothing of
the Palestinian side. We witness the killing of the Israeli
athletes and the subsequent assassinations, but not the
killing of Palestinian civilians, the checkpoints or the
But this is
criticism that wishes Spielberg had made a movie other than
the one he did. Spielberg’s focus is narrower. He is
concerned not with the roots of the Palestinian conflict but
with the effect the “war on terror” has on those who claim
to fight it. His concern is not with the victims, but the
killers. In that, he and Kushner have created a chilling
and moving film.
most powerful parts of the film come when the team
leader, Avner, returns to the home he believed he was
fighting to protect. Paranoid and desperate, he
barricades his doors at night and sleeps with a loaded
pistol. He can even imagine himself committing the very
crimes he thought he was avenging.
ultimately Spielberg’s point: In following orders, Avner
has poisoned what he thought he was protecting.
Munich is the latest in a
series of political blockbusters this year. From Syriana’s
critique of the geopolitics of oil, to Good Night and Good
Luck’s veiled attacks on the current crop of McCarthyites,
liberal filmmakers have decided that it’s necessary (and
profitable) to speak out on controversial issues.
It’s quite a turnaround from
just three years ago, when Michael Moore was vilified for
criticizing George Bush during his Academy Awards acceptance
speech. The change should be welcomed. Parts of Hollywood
are attempting to tackle issues of racism, war and global
But as these films take on
larger issues, they also come up against the filmmakers’
political limitations. These are films that are meant to
stimulate discussion about changing the world, but the
filmmakers’ suggestions seem anemic when weighed against the
obstacles depicted in their films.
When, late in Munich, Avner
suggests that the Palestinian terrorists could have been
arrested and tried against the backdrop of the United
Nations, the unspoken question is never asked: Which court
would ever try an Israeli assassin?
characters in these films, and ultimately the filmmakers,
have no way out. In the end, all they can do is refuse to
participate, but they don’t change anything. The machinery
keeps going, the killings continue. Avner will leave the
Israeli Army, but there are other assassins. And people who
gave him his orders will never be touched.
reveal the powerlessness of the politics that have inspired
them, and, ultimately, they suggest looking for more radical
solutions than these filmmakers are willing to explore.
In the end,
a solution will come, not from the killers, but from the
Government Threatens To Stop Oil Product Exports To Iraq
Minister Kursat Tuzmen said yesterday that Turkish companies
could suspend export of oil products on Jan. 21 if Iraq
doesn't pay the amount owing for previous shipments.
"It is seen that if necessary
measures won't be taken, then the amount of Iraq's debt will
increase considerably," he said. Tuzmen stated that Iraq
has met an important part of its oil need from Turkey since
May 2003, adding that Ankara exported more than 10 billion
tones oil to Iraq.
OCCUPATION RECRUITING DRIVE IN HIGH GEAR;
FOR THE ARMED RESISTANCE THAT IS
(Photo: THE CHILDREN OF IRAQ)
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.]
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,
POLITICIANS AT WORK
Iraqi Resistance Will Defeat Him
Bush Jan. 11, 2006 in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 11, 2006 Washington
"Out of the
turmoil in Iraq, a free government will emerge that
represents the will of the Iraqi people, instead of the will
of one cruel dictator," Bush said.
of Cedar Gulch?
Demonstrates A Commander-In-Chief Out Of Touch With The
Reality Of Combat”
Jan 3rd, 2006 by Larry C.
At first I
thought this was a blog parody.
really, no one could be this clueless.
Boy, was I
President Bush had to say at Brooke Army Medical Center the
he is visiting U.S. soldiers who are missing arms, legs, and
eyes. Some soldiers are horribly mutilated from wound
suffered in Iraq. Most of the soldiers Bush visited were
not "injured", they were "wounded".
wounds in combat.
injured while playing football or cutting brush. This is
not just mindless nitpicking on my part. This demonstrates
a Commander-in-Chief out of touch with the reality of
"As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself, not here
at the hospital, but in combat with a Cedar. I eventually
won. The Cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter of
fact, the Colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first
saw me. I was able to avoid any major surgical operations
here, but thanks for your compassion, Colonel."
president needs to understand what combat means. It is not
tangling with a chain saw and some prickly pear brush.
involves firearms and explosives. It means watching
your best friend bleed out on the battlefield. It means
mind numbing fear as you prepare to enter a building
that may or may not be providing refuge for a
terrorist. It means killing other human beings. And
for some, it leaves an emotional scar that the brave
soldiers carry with them to their grave.
More importantly the President
needs to understand that he now has a sacred obligation to
ensure that the men and women wounded in Iraq and
Afghanistan will have the full backing of their country to
provide them with the medical care they need to recover
their physical and mental well being.
Bush talks a good game at the hospital but is not removing
obstacles for key treatment for a variety of wounds,
including post-traumatic stress syndrome. Key benefits and
treatment are already being denied to some returning vets.
There is a
silver lining, at least the President did not award himself
a purple heart.
But this attempt at humor, no
matter how well intentioned, is offensive and insulting to
the soldiers who have sacrificed their bodies in response to
the orders of this Commander-in-Chief. That, in my view, is
no laughing matter.
Johnson is CEO and co-founder of BERG Associates, LLC, an
international business-consulting firm that helps
corporations and governments manage threats posed by
terrorism and money laundering.
Mr. Johnson, who worked
previously with the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S.
State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism (as a Deputy
Director), is a recognized expert in the fields
of terrorism, aviation security, crisis and risk management.
Demonstrators Confront Fake Anti-War Democrat Leader
January 15, 2006 Erin
McCormick, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer
heckling, sign-toting anti-war protesters tried to take
center stage at the [Democratic minority leader Nancy
Pelosi's] town hall forum on national security,- calling for
an immediate de-funding of the Iraq war and impeachment
proceedings against President George Bush.
"This war in Iraq has been a
grotesque mistake in my view,- a tragedy," Pelosi told a
crowd of about 1,000 that overflowed the Marina Middle
School Auditorium for the event.
Yet, as she
explained that she doesn't want to immediately cut funding
for those troops already in Iraq, about 40 protesters
marched to the front of the stage. They faced the crowd,
waving peace signs and a pink banner saying "Nancy, stop
funding the war."
the audience chanted "No more money for war."
"The money is for the
troops,'' said Pelosi, who initially voted against the war,
but has voted in favor of appropriations bills to pay for
it. "I'm not prepared to go against the troops' having the
equipment they need."[See
how these Empire loving soldier-killing rats twist and lie.
Cutting off money for the war means bringing all the troops
finished her thought, she looked down at the solid row of
pink and black-clad protesters now forming a barricade in
front of the stage.
"What I feel about Nancy's
leadership is she's not leading,'' said Corrine Goldstick, a
protester with the anti-war group Code Pink, who stood in
front of Saturday's event with a sign reading, "Hey Pelosi,
Bring Home the National Guard.
manages to project an image of being against the war, but
she's not leading other Democrats to rally against it."[Well
big surprise. They’re for the Empire and always have been.
"Speak to Bush's impeachment,"
members of the crowd chanted at one point.
called for a congressional investigation on the revelation
that the Bush administration had authorized domestic spying,
but pooh-poohed calls for impeachment hearings against the
"I think we
should solve this issue electorally," she said, urging
audience members to channel their energy into the 2006
elections.[Oh right. Just like last year, when the piece of
shit the Democrats nominated for president wanted 40,000
more U.S. troops sent to Iraq, and whined because Bush
didn’t attack Fallujah fast enough to suit him.]
You Criticize It? You All Voted For It”
14 January 2006 By Geov
Parrish, AlterNet Interview With Noam Chomsky [Excerpt]
Noam Chomsky: George Bush
would be in severe political trouble if there were an
opposition political party in the country. Just about every
day, they're shooting themselves in the foot.
The striking fact about
contemporary American politics is that the Democrats are
making almost no gain from this. The only gain that they're
getting is that the Republicans are losing support.
an opposition party would be making hay, but the Democrats
are so close in policy to the Republicans that they can't do
anything about it.
try to say something about Iraq, George Bush turns back to
them, or Karl Rove turns back to them, and says, "How can
you criticize it? You all voted for it." And, yeah, they're
They Love The Empire Too!
01.08.2006 Martin Garbus,
Huffington Post [Excerpt]
I don't understand. An hour
after I saw the Times "scoop" on the Bush illegal
wiretapping plan, I wrote that it was clearly illegal and
But as it now turns out,
dozens of politicians, as well as the New York Times knew
about the surveillance plan and did nothing.
Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the
House, and Senator Jay Rockefeller, the Democratic senator
from West Virginia, a man known for some sensitivity to
civil liberties infringements, and a substantial number of
congressmen, plus the New York Times, all knew of Bush's
Pelosi, Rockefeller, and
several other congressmen "confidentially" expressed concern
but did nothing. Nothing.
Not a peep.
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