to Pham Binh, Traveling Soldier, who sent this in.]
“Comments Like The Ones You Are Making Are
Working Against Us And Down-Rating Our Service”
From: Sander, Timothy P USA SGT USAR HHC 3D
BCT 10MTN DIV
To: GI Special
Sent: November 29, 2006 5:45 AM
Subject: Your blog
I recently stumbled upon your website while
researching information of my fallen camrades. I don't think you realize how
discouraging it is when we hear people back home making comments like
"This is how Bush brings them home," (while showing one of our
brothers in a flag-draped coffin) and "Hopeless War with no mission."
We are out here every single day trying to
help people who are less fortunate than ourselves. We are building schools and
providing medical care in addition to constantly rooting out the dangerous
terrorist cells that are scattered throughout these lands. We are extremely
proud of the sacrafices we are making to keep America safe and comments like
the ones you are making are working against us and down-rating our service.
The entire point I'm trying to make is that
many of us would love to come home, but not until we know the mission is
accomplished. Our mission here and in
Iraq have not been accomplished yet sir so please stop trying to "bring us
home now!" We are not quitters and
we will come home when the job is finished!
Tim P. Sander, Sgt.
345th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Task Force Spartan Public Affairs
Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan
“If everybody is thinking alike, then
somebody isn't thinking.”
-General George S. Patton Jr.
First, neither GI Special nor The Military
Project operate a blog.
GI Special is a newsletter. Most readers and contributors to the
newsletter are either serving in the armed forces; military families whose
service member relatives are still alive; Gold Star family members; veterans of
Iraq and other wars; or other members of the huge majority of Americans now
firmly and proudly opposed to the Bush regime’s program of war without
Surely news of the election returns reached
Afghanistan? The notion that GI Special
can have a greater impact on troops than that event is ridiculous. Observers here from the far right to the far
left agree: the election repudiated Bush’s war policy.
In your letter, you represent as photo
is how Bush brings them home," and "Hopeless
War with no mission." GI
Special has never, one time, printed photos with the few words you quote as the
It may be you have been misled. The only web site maintained by the Military
Project to post GI Special newsletters is http://www.militaryproject.org. Anyone technically proficient may
go to that web site, copy material, and post it on some other website, having
forged material to suit themselves.
Perhaps the web site you visited is
maintained by some other entity that carried the photos with the most important
words omitted from the photo captions, leaving only the few words you quote, in
order, by misrepresenting what the
photo captions say, to create an impression of cold, uncaring stupidity.
Below are two examples of
photos and captions as they do appear in GI Special. Please compare the reality with the
misrepresentation of the captions reported in your letter. Note the words your complaint did not quote.
By the way, working in public affairs, and
therefore committed to reporting relevant information to those asked to give up
their lives for his government, surely you are making it known to those who
serve with you that Hamid Karzai, the suppositious head of government in
Afghanistan, is a former employee of Unocal Corporation, the parent company of
Union Oil Company of California.
Finally, isolated in Afghanistan, it is
understandable that you would not have the faintest notion of how troops in
Iraq see the war, but not understandable that you would presume to speak for
You are entitled to speak for yourself; you
have no right whatever to speak for them.
They have made their views
So you may be brought up to
speed about that, three articles on that subject appear below your letter,
marked #1, #2 and #3..
Great quote from Patton. But it’s a sword that cuts two ways.
In your letter, you assert that everybody
serving in Afghanistan thinks the same way: all U.S. troops are pleased to be
there doing good for those “unfortunate” people. Thank you for the quote, confirming that, if
this is true, not only is it that “somebody isn’t thinking.”
but “somebody” has no grip on the reality of a massive, growing and
spreading insurgency, impossible without popular support, which one would hope
has not escaped the notice of those serving in public affairs.
To read why the war in Afghanistan is lost,
see: The Guerrilla In History, by Robert B
Asprey, USMC [Ret’d].
Chapter 92, on the destruction of the Russian
Army in Afghanistan, is particularly instructive. The notion that the occupation troops now in
Afghanistan (a fraction of the force deployed by the Russians) have the slightest
hope of success is a silly delusion fostered by politicians in and out of
uniform, who are more concerned with preserving their careers than they are
about the lives of those serving in the armed forces.
Asprey documents how careerist idiocy has
been a problem for Imperial armies for a few thousand years now, since Roman
legions led by politicians in uniforms were ambushed and wiped out when they
tried to occupy Gaul.
10th Mountain troops are beloved
and honored for their service by the majority of us who live in New York: far
too valuable to us all to die in either of Bush’s stupid, hopeless, incompetently
managed Imperial wars.
Come home safe.
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW
U.S. soldiers from 172nd Stryker Brigade
Combat Team at a checkpoint in Baghdad, October 26, 2006. (Namir Noor-Eldeen/Reuters)
“After Spending A Year In Iraq, I Have Found
That The Iraqis Are Not A Threat Or The Enemy”
“We Do Not Know What We Are Fighting For
Anymore; We Do Not Know What Our Mission Is”
[GI SPECIAL 4D24]
April 24, 2006
Letters To The Editor
I am a soldier about to embark
on my second tour in Iraq.
My first tour started in November 2003. When we arrived, Saddam Hussein was on the
loose. In December, he was caught.
When I came into the military, I signed a
contract that said I would defend this country against all threats, foreign and
After spending a year in Iraq,
I have found that the Iraqis are not a threat or the enemy. I did find that we are the threat and the
enemy to them.
They acted as we would if
someone came into America and said we are going to change your ways.
I feel this war is no longer
about taking out a threat. But I believe
it is about securing oil commerce for the future.
Securing this country and stabilizing it
would mean oil contracts and people lining their pockets with money from the
oil that my friends have been wounded for and have died for.
I hear the president speak with the press and
tell them things to appease them and to divert them to a different subject.
What I don’t see is the president
having a conference with the soldiers who have fought on the ground in Iraq.
We do not know what we are
fighting for anymore; we do not know what our mission is.
I am not alone in this
thought. My boys need to know what they
may possibly die for.
Is it for a few extra bucks for
Halliburton subsidiary KBR?
Is it about the oil?
Is it for America?
How will this war help my
family in the future?
Staff Sgt. Christopher Galka
72% Of U.S. Troops
Say Get Out Of Iraq By January 2007:
29% For Immediate
[GI SPECIAL 4C2]
& John Zogby, HuffingtonPost.com.
In wars of America's century just past, we
have sent our soldiers to far-off fields of battle and were left to wonder
about their opinions of the life-and-death conflicts in which they were involved.
Letters home, and more recently telephone
calls and emails, would give us a peek into their states of mind. Some who returned would regale friends and
family with tales from the front lines.
Times have now
A first-ever survey of U.S.
troops on the ground fighting a war overseas has revealed surprising findings,
not the least of which is that an overwhelming majority of 72% of American
troops in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the next year. [The poll was taken during January 2006.]
Further, a new Le Moyne
College/Zogby International survey shows that more than one in four (29%)
thought the U.S. should pull its troops immediately.
“I’d Like To Thank You For GI
[GI SPECIAL 4G11]
From: Andrew Sapp
To: GI Special
Sent: July 08, 2006
I'd like to thank you for GI
Special. I found it last year while I
was still serving in Iraq, and it helped keep me sane.
I shared stories with a number
of my buddies, and they went a long way in helping them try to make some sense
out the insanity that is Iraq.
HOW BUSH BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW, ALIVE
The casket of Lance Cpl. Minhee Andy Kim of
Ann Arbor, Mich. who died while serving in Iraq, during funeral service, Nov.
15, 2006 at Arlington National Cemetery.
(AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
Do you have a friend or relative in the
service? Forward GI Special along, or
send us the address if you wish and we’ll send it regularly. Whether in Iraq or stuck on a base in the
USA, this is extra important for your service friend, too often cut off from
access to encouraging news of growing resistance to the war, at home and inside
the armed services. Send email requests to address
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IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Killed In Baghdad
01 December 2006 Multi National Corps Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory RELEASE No. 20061201-02
BAGHDAD: A Multi-National Division Baghdad Soldier was
killed during combat
here Nov. 30.
Convoy Attacked Near Samarra:
01 Dec 2006
A U.S. convoy
was attacked with machinegun fire in southwest of Samarra 100 km (60 miles)
north of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said in a statement.
Silly U.S. Commander Pretends Baqouba Hasn’t
12.1.06 Mideast Stars and Stripes
The commander of American and coalition
forces in Diyala province disputed reports saying the Iraqi city of Baqouba had
been "shut down" because of widespread violence this week.
Army Col. David W. Sutherland,
commander of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division,
acknowledged "a recent setback experienced by the Iraqi police" but
said the city is "fully operational."
The violence flared on Monday,
when insurgents attacked the Buhriz police station, scattering the policemen
assigned to it.
[How sad his talents were not
available at other important military crises.
One can hear him now, explaining that things aren’t as bad as they
look for His Majesty’s Army at Yorktown, or the Confederate Army near Appomattox,
or the German Army at Stalingrad, or the U.S. Army in Saigon. Just a few setbacks. Not to worry.
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
DVDs For Sale By Underground In Occupied Kandahar
Nov. 8 2006
Steve Chao, CTV News
KANDAHAR -- In
the busy bazaars of Kandahar City, where everything from Chinese-made bicycles,
to modern cellphones, to naan bread, hung individually on rusty nails, are for
sale, there is another steady trade that exists mostly in secret.
showcasing so-called Taliban "victories" against NATO forces can be
bought for as little as 60 cents. They
are sold by certain store owners who quietly support the Islamic militant group.
with The Globe and Mail, obtained a copy of one of the latest.
Marine Corps Rats In Command Defy Military Board:
Send War Objector To Iraq
[Thanks to Elaine Brower, The Military
Project, who sent this in.]
November 25, 2006 Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA: A Marine was deployed to Iraq this month
after a military board rejected a recommendation that he receive conscientious
objector status and a discharge.
The C.O. Status Screening Board noted that
Marine Lance Cpl. John Rogowskyj Jr. requested the status after he learned that
his Reserve unit was being sent to Iraq and suggested that the request
"was simply a means to avoid a combat deployment."
Rogowskyj, 22, was deployed Nov. 2.
"He's not supposed to be there,"
Eugene R. Fidell, the lawyer representing him in federal court in Washington,
told The Philadelphia Inquirer for Friday's newspapers.
In April, a Marine captain who served as the
hearing officer recommended the discharge.
But in August, Maj. Gen. D.V. Odell Jr.,
commander of the Fourth Marine Division, said Rogowskyj's reasoning was
"theologically confused and does not reflect any officially recognized
[Another ignorant piece of shit
wearing a general’s uniform.
[There is no requirement
whatever in the regs that require the individual to “reflect any
officially recognized faith group.”
[The general has just broken
military law. Put his scrawny withered
ass on trial.]
In September, the screening board agreed with
J.E. McNeil, executive director of the nonprofit
Center for Conscience and War in Washington, said Rogowskyj's request is not as
unusual as the military would make it seem because such requests are not
tallied until completion.
Italian Troops All Going Home
No More Iraq War Forever
Italian Defense Minister Arturo Parisi,
center, receives the Italian flag after its lowering at a military base in
Nasiriyah, Dec. 1, 2006, during a ceremony marking the end of the Italian
military mission there. (AP Photo/Nabil Al Jurani)
An Italian Carabinieri officer waves from a
bus December 1, 2006. Italy pulled its
last remaining troops out of Iraq on Friday where 32 of its soldiers died since
the contingent arrived in June 2003.
REUTERS/Atef Hassan (IRAQ)
War Profiteers At Work:
$s Charged DoD Up 900%
11.29.06 Hartford Courant
United Technologies' Hamilton Sundstrand unit
overcharged the Defense Department for aircraft spare parts, according to a
government watchdog group. The costs of
some items under a nine-year, $860 million no-bid contract issued in 2004 have
jumped as much as 900 percent, said the Washington-based Project on Government
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
Still Insists His Main Fight Is With Foreign Invaders”
Iraqis, Sunnis And Shia, Will Always Be Brothers”
one Shia leader who has opposed the U.S. occupation from the beginning, and who
has continued to call for a strict timetable for American withdrawal. An overwhelming majority of Iraqis now agree
September poll by WorldPublicOpinion.org found that 63 percent of 501 Iraqi
Shiites surveyed supported attacks against Americans.
Pham Binh, Traveling Soldier, who sent this in.]
Dec. 4, 2006
By Jeffrey Bartholet, Newsweek [Excerpts]
soldiers who patrol Sadr's turf in Baghdad understand. They can spot his men.
look like they're pulling security," says First Lt. Robert Hartley, a
25-year-old who plays cat and mouse with the Mahdi Army in the Iraqi
use children and young men as lookouts. When GIs get out of their Humvees to
patrol on foot, one of the watchers will fly a kite, or release a flock of
pigeons. Some of Sadr's people have even
infiltrated top ranks of the Iraqi police. Capt. Tom Kapla, 29, says he knows
who they are: "They look at you, and you can tell they want to kill you."
Sadr is a unique force in Iraq:
a leader from the majority Shiites who has resisted American occupation from
the start. He's a populist, a
of impoverished Shiites view Sadr as their guardian: the one leader who is
willing not just to stand up for them but to strike back on their behalf.
are high-minded: he speaks of fuel shortages and cabinet politics.
In the past, Sadr was shrugged
off as a rabble-rouser and a nuisance.
Now he is undeniably one of the most popular leaders in the country.
But the longer
the American occupation lasts, the less popular America gets, and the more
popular Sadr [becomes.].
Among ordinary Iraqis, the
United States bears much of the blame for the bloodshed, just for being
there. As Sadr put it to NEWSWEEK
earlier this year, "The occupation is the decision maker ... any attack is
the occupier’s responsibility."
Saddam kept a
close eye on Sadr because the young man inherited a wide network of mosques,
schools and social centers built up by his father.
The network was focused on the
impoverished masses of Iraqi Shiites; the sort of people other religious and
secular leaders didn't have much time for.
educated Shiites dismissed Moqtada as a zatut, or ignorant child. Some called him "Mullah Atari,"
because he apparently enjoyed videogames as a kid.
Sadr still insists his main
fight is with foreign invaders.
He's the one Shia leader who
has opposed the U.S. occupation from the beginning, and who has continued to
call for a strict timetable for American withdrawal.
An overwhelming majority of
Iraqis now agree with him.
A September poll by
WorldPublicOpinion.org found that 63 percent of 501 Iraqi Shiites surveyed
supported attacks against Americans.
Even in Baghdad, where ethnic
tensions are worst, Shiites agree with Sunnis on one thing: the poll found that
80 percent of the capital's Shiites wanted U.S. forces to leave within a year.
Tehran's main Shiite clients in
Iraq are rivals of Sadr, who is often critical of Persian influence.
that Iran may be trying to infiltrate his movement, and he's almost surely
right. Fatah al-Sheikh, who is close to
Sadr, says the boss sent a private letter to loyal imams around Baghdad in the
past two weeks identifying 10 followers he believed were suspect.
They had been using the Mahdi
Army name, but Sadr believes they're really tools of Iranian intelligence, says
marked the anniversary, on the Islamic calendar, of the killing of Muhammad
Sadiq al-Sadr and his two eldest sons.
After the previous day's bombings, Moqtada told government officials
that he was out of the country. But that
seems to have been a feint to keep possible enemies off balance.
appeared at the Kufah Mosque, where his father used to lead worshipers in
chants of "No, no to America; no, no to Israel; no, no to the Devil!"
As word spread
that Moqtada would lead prayers, people crowded into the mosque, most of them
clad in black as a sign of mourning.
Sadr asked worshipers to pray for his dead relatives, and also for those
who had been killed in Sadr City.
called for the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.
the prophet died," he intoned, "some of his followers deviated from
his teachings, and the same has happened with followers of my father."
The "cursed trio,"
Americans, British and Israelis, were trying to divide Iraq. "We Iraqis, Sunnis and Shia, will always
Now diplomats speak of trying to keep Sadr
inside the political system, hoping he can tame his followers.
He's a militant Islamist and
anti-occupation, they say, but he's also a nationalist, and not as close to
Iran as some of his rivals.
What is clear, more today than ever before,
is that it's time to stop underestimating him.
Honor And Respect To Them All
Carl Bunin, Peace News
November 27, 1969
100 U.S. Army medics stationed
at the 71st Evacuation Hospital at Pleiku, Vietnam, held a Thanksgiving fast to
protest the Vietnam War in solidarity with the moratorium movement, the
domestic anti-war movement.
From: Max Watts
To: GI Special
Sent: December 01, 2006
Subject: Poem for GI Special.
Poem written by Rosemarie Waratah Gillespie for
Rosemarie, from Melbourne,
Australia, ran the blockade into Bougainville (successfully) 4 times, and lived
altogether over a year in Free Bougainville with the Bougainville Revolutionary
army BRA - fighting Papua New Guinea's Defense Force, the Australian
Mercenaries - Iroqois Helicopters - and, above all, behind the scenes, Rio
Tinto, then the world's largest mining corporation.
She is writing a second book about the - won by the BRA - war, her experience
there... She was a "human
shield" in Iraq in March-May 2003.
War and Peace, War and Peace..
Who profits? Who dies?
When the capis (1) call for war
Tell them where to stick their
They say you'll get an
What you get is abomination
Over in someone else's land
In snow and mud or wind and
War and Peace....
They send you over to living
Where you'll jump at even a
The people there don't want you
They'll say g'day and blow you
War and Peace...
Capis - Capitalists
Australian troops are now in: Iraq, Afghanistan (for the snow!), East
Timor, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tonga..
They were in Papua New Guinea and
The Australian Navy/troops are at time of
writing off-shore Fiji, where they may plan to "land" to "save
Australian lives" any time now.
“The Iraqis Think They’ll Be Better
Off Without Us”
12.1.06 Rosa Brooks, Los Angeles Times
"Conditions in Iraq grow more appalling
each day, and a substantial majority of Iraqis now believe that the continued
presence of U.S. troops is a major cause of the ongoing carnage.
“Despite this, supporters of the Bush
administration continue to insist that if we withdraw U.S. troops, we'll be 'abandoning' Iraq.
“'Abandoning' Iraq to what, exactly? To civil war? Iraq already has that, thanks in large part to
“Maybe things will get worse if we
leave-but maybe our departure is the only thing that can save Iraq. The Iraqis think they'll be better off without
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‘October Surprise’ Would Save The White House”
[End Of Some
Of The Stupid Conspiracy Theories]
Pham Binh, Traveling Soldier, who sent this in.]
2006 By Lance Selfa, Socialist Worker [Excerpt]
This one gets
hauled out every election year, and it isn’t a completely wrongheaded
idea. The White House can take actions,
from releasing millions in pork-barrel spending to diplomatic gestures, that
give it and its supporters a last-minute boost.
But among blogger/activist
liberals, the idea persisted that a sudden decisive action, like capturing
Osama Bin Laden or bombing Iran, would change the course of the election. None
of these things happened, nor could they happen, at least in the current state
of disaster in the Middle East.
The failure in
Iraq and growing crisis in Afghanistan would have made either of these
“October surprises” extremely risky, as even the boneheaded Bush
administration must have realized.
More importantly, the American
establishment knows that a change of course in the Middle East is needed, and
it concluded that a change of leadership in Washington was necessary to
facilitate that change of course.
In case anyone doubted that
significant sections of the ruling class wanted the Republicans to lose the
midterm election, they should consider that the “October surprises”
that did emerge, from the leaked Pentagon report that contradicted all the
administration’s propaganda about Iraq, to the scandal involving Rep.
Mark Foley (a long-known story that emerged at the worst possible time for the
GOP), served to sink the Republicans, not save them.
doesn’t mean, for instance, that Iran is safe from a U.S. attack. It just means that if such an attack takes
place, it will be part of a retooled bipartisan strategy in the Middle East,
not some cheap election-year stunt.
Machines Would Steal The Election For The Republicans.
liberals, the Republicans’ one ace-in-the-hole would be the fact that up
to two-thirds of the midterm’s votes would be tallied on electronic
voting machines, open to hacking, manipulation and vote-stealing to favor the
Despite an obvious disaster in
which machines failed to tally about 15,000 votes in one Florida congressional
district, the vast right-wing vote-stealing conspiracy never emerged.
count, Democrats won 52 percent of the national vote for the House of
Representatives and a plurality of 4.4 million votes more than the Republicans.
All of the bits of liberal
conventional wisdom described above have one thing in common: they let the
Democrats off the hook.
of liberals, it was easier to believe that Diebold machines or Rove’s
manipulations stole the 2004 presidential election from John Kerry than to
admit that Kerry was a terrible candidate.
As a result,
one bonus of the Democrats’ victory in the 2006 midterms is the fact that
these excuses won’t wash anymore.
running Congress and being forced to take positions on all of today’s
vital issues, from the war in Iraq to the crisis of affordable health care,
they can’t run from the consequences of their actions.
[A couple more could have been
[For one, the propagandists who
serve Bush and the U.S. Empire by yammering about how Israel controls U.S.
foreign policy. These disgusting
apologists for U.S. Imperial politicians would have you believe the rats in DC
are just poor little innocents manipulated by big bad Israel.
[For another, there’s
the delusional system that would have
you believe that Bush and his associates are so mighty, so wise, and so all
powerful they could organize the attacks on 9.11 and keep it all a secret for 5
years. Some racist scum sneer that
“people living in caves couldn’t do this.”
[This despicable propaganda
leads to the obvious conclusion: if Bush & Co. can do all that, and get
away with it, what chance do we have in organizing to fight against them? More demoralizing bullshit serving the Bush
regime. The truth is they’re weak
and incompetent, not strong, brilliant and successful. Duh.]
Good News For The Iraqi
U.S. Occupation Commands’ Stupid Terror
Tactics Recruit Even More Fighters To Kill U.S. Troops
12.1.06: An Iraqi boy looks through the
wrecked main door of his family's home broken down without warning when his
home was raided at night by US soldiers in Baghdad's Sadr city. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
[Fair is fair. Let’s bring 150,000 Iraqi troops over
here to the USA. They can kill people at
checkpoints, bust into their houses with force and violence, butcher their families,
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 charges being filed against them, or any
[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?]
the States, if police burst into your house, kicking down doors and swearing at
you, you would call your lawyer and file a lawsuit,” said Wood, 42, from
Iowa, who did not accompany Halladay’s Charlie Company, from his
battalion, on Thursday’s raid.
“Here, there are no lawyers.
Their resources are limited, so they plant IEDs (improvised explosive
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Losers ‘R Us Shitting Their Pants In Jordan
[Check The Happy
Bush in Amman, Jordan, Nov. 30, meets with
his dog, collaborator Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (AFP/File/Jim Watson)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
U.S. Iraq Command Caught Lying About Iraq
“Only A Small Fraction Actually Exist”
12.1.06 Washington Times
Sectarian allegiances have weakened Iraq's
army, according to analysts who question assertions by the Bush administration
that the military is free from the religious strife that riddles the police
"The capabilities of the Iraqi army,
national police and police force have been systematically exaggerated,"
says Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic & International Studies.
"The reality is that out
of the supposed Iraqi battalions, which are formed and which are in the lead,
and have combat capability."
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
“There Can Be No ‘Graceful Exit’
>From Iraq, Only A Terrifying, Bloody Collapse Of Military Power”
01 December 2006 Robert Fisk, The Independent
More than half a million
deaths, an army trapped in the largest military debacle since Vietnam, a Middle
East policy already buried in the sands of Mesopotamia - and still George W
Bush is in denial.
How does he do it?
How does he persuade himself - as he
apparently did in Amman yesterday - that the United States will stay in Iraq
"until the job is complete"?
are many - and all subject to the same folly: faced with overwhelming evidence
of catastrophe, they take refuge in fantasy, dismissing evidence of collapse as
a symptom of some short-term setback, clinging to the idea that as long as
their generals promise victory - or because they have themselves so often
promised victory - that fate will be kind.
In 1967, Egyptian president Gamel Abdul
Nasser insisted his country was winning the Six Day War hours after the
Israelis had destroyed the entire Egyptian air force on the ground.
President Carter was extolling the Shah's Iran
as "an island of stability in the region" only days before Ayatollah
Khomeini's Islamic revolution brought down his regime.
President Leonid Brezhnev declared a Soviet
victory in Afghanistan when Russian troops were being driven from their fire
bases in Nangahar and Kandahar provinces by Osama bin Laden and his fighters.
About the only truthful
statement uttered in Amman yesterday was Bush's remark that "there's a lot
of speculation that these reports in Washington mean there's going to be some
kind of graceful exit out of Iraq (but) this business about a graceful exit
just simply has no realism to it at all."
Indeed, it has not. There can be no graceful exit from Iraq, only
a terrifying, bloody collapse of military power.
Even Hitler must chuckle at this bloodbath,
he who claimed in April 1945 that Germany would still win the Second World War,
boasting that his enemy, Roosevelt, had died - much as Bush boasted of
Zarqawi's killing - while demanding to know when General Wenck's mythical army
would rescue the people of Berlin.
How many "Wencks" are going to be
summoned from the 82nd Airborne or the Marine Corps to save Bush from Iraq in
the coming weeks?
“Son, You’re Making The Same Mistake
In Iraq That I Made With Your Mother.
I Didn’t Pull Out In Time...”
01, 2006 Windbear, FIREBASEVOICE]
Let’s Kill More U.S. Troops And More
Imperial Democrat And Republican Politicians Agree
With Bush About That
[Thanks to Phil G, who sent this in.]
December 1, 2006 By DAVID E. SANGER, New York
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 - In the
cacophony of competing plans about how to deal with Iraq, one reality now
appears clear: despite the Democrats ' victory this month in an election viewed
as a referendum on the war, the idea of a rapid American troop withdrawal is
fast receding as a viable option.
The bipartisan Iraq Study Group has shied
away from recommending explicit timelines in favor of a vaguely timed pullback.
The report that the panel will deliver to
President Bush next week would, at a minimum, leave a force of 70,000 or more
troops in the country for a long time to come, to train the Iraqis and to
insure against collapse of a desperately weak central government.
Even the Democrats, with an eye
toward 2008, have dropped talk of a race for the exits, in favor of a brisk
Standing next to Mr. Maliki on Thursday in
Amman, Jordan, Mr. Bush declared that Iraqis need not fear that he is looking
for "some kind of graceful exit out of Iraq."
In statements on Thursday, Democrats
from former President Bill Clinton to Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware,
the incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, seemed to
agree that hard timelines could invite trouble.
"I think that what's clearly being
implied in the study group's report is what some of us have been saying for a
while," said Senator Jack Reed, a hawkish Democrat from Rhode Island with
a military record, which has made him a spokesman for the party on Iraq.
"A phased redeployment - one that begins
in six months or so - is where we need to head.
Judge Says The Traitor Bush Can’t Designate
Groups As Terrorists:
“Executive Order Establishing Power Was
Unconstitutional, Ruling Says”
Nov 28, 2006 The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - A federal judge struck down
President Bush's authority to designate groups as terrorists, saying his
post-Sept. 11 executive order was unconstitutional and vague, according to a
ruling released Tuesday.
The Humanitarian Law Project
had challenged Bush's order, which blocked all the assets of groups or
individuals he named as "specially designated global terrorists"
after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
"This law gave the
president unfettered authority to create blacklists," said David Cole, a
lawyer for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Constitutional Rights that
represented the group. "It was
reminiscent of the McCarthy era."
The case centered on two groups, the
Liberation Tigers, which seeks a separate homeland for the Tamil people in Sri
Lanka, and Partiya Karkeran Kurdistan, a political organization representing
the interests of Kurds in Turkey.
U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins enjoined
the government from blocking the assets of the two groups.
Both groups consider the Nov. 21 ruling a
victory; both had been designated by the United States as foreign terrorist
Cole said the judge's ruling does not
invalidate the hundreds of other designated terrorist groups on the list but
"calls them into question."
A White House spokeswoman declined to
She also struck down the provision in which
Bush had authorized the secretary of the treasury to designate anyone who
"assists, sponsors or provides services to" or is "otherwise
associated with" a designated group.
However, she let stand sections of the order
that penalize those who provide "services" to designated terrorist
groups. She said such services would include the humanitarian aid and rights
training proposed by the plaintiffs.
The Humanitarian Law Project planned to
appeal that part of the ruling, Cole said.
"Even in fighting
terrorism the president cannot be given a blank check to blacklist anyone he
considers a bad guy or a bad group and you can't imply guilt by
association," Cole said.
Student Tortured With Taser By Twisted Cop With Record Of Sadism;
Duren, Piece Of Shit In Human Form, Still Walking Around Loose And Healthy
2006 By Cristina Hernandez, Socialist Worker
A STUDENT at
the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) was Tasered by campus police
November 14 for the “crime” of failing to present his student ID.
Mostafa Tabatabainejad at one of the campus libraries. The student said he did have his ID, but
refused to present it because he felt that he was being subjected to “racial
was asked to leave the library. As he
was walking to the door with his backpack on, police intercepted him and
grabbed him by the arms. Using a common
civil disobedience technique, Tabatabainejad “went limp” and asked
surrounding students to join his resistance.
That’s when one officer let loose with a Taser gun.
A bystander captured the
incident on a cell phone video, and the footage circulated around the world on
the Internet. It shows Tabatabainejad
screaming in pan and shouting, “I am not fighting you” and “I
said I would leave.” The Tasering
reportedly continued even after Tabatabainejad had been handcuffed.
“It was beyond
grotesque,” UCLA graduate David Remesnitsky, who witnessed the incident,
told the Los Angeles Times. “By the end, they took him over the stairs,
lifted him up and Tasered him on his rear end...The Tasering was so
unnecessary, and they just kept doing it.”
immediately called for a protest. On
November 17, some 300 people turned out for a march to the police station
organized by various student groups, including the Muslim Student Union. Many protesters taped on themselves a sheet
of paper reading, “I am a student. Don’t Taser me!”
organizers’ demands were modest--a public apology and an independent
investigation. Acting Chancellor Norman Abrams announced that UCLA would agree
to the independent investigation, but no university official has apologized yet.
The cop who Tasered
Tabatabainejad has a history of brutality.
Three years ago, he shot a homeless man at a campus study hall, and he
was previously recommended for dismissal after an alleged assault on a student
outside a fraternity. Yet the officer,
Terrence Duren, is still on duty.
organizers said they didn’t think the Tasering was related to racism, but
the majority of protesters clearly disagreed. In fact, UCLA students are
continuing to protest the consequences of a statewide referendum 10 years ago
that made it illegal to use race or ethnicity as a factor in hiring or
admissions at public institutions in California.
after Tabatabainejad was Tasered, several hundred students marked the 10-year
anniversary of Proposition 209 with a protest.
The demonstrators focused on the decline in admissions for minorities at
UCLA, especially Black students.
is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against campus police, students are
petitioning for the cops to be disciplined, and the struggle continues against
Proposition 209. These are important
battles that need to succeed to create a better society, without racism and
Lebanese Want Bush’s Collaborators Out Of
“We Don’t Want The (U.S.) Embassy Inside
The Prime Ministry”
“The Fight Is Against ‘American Tutelage’”
12.1.06: Lebanese opposition demonstrators gather in
downtown Beirut. 800,000 led by
Hezbollah, staged a massive show of force in Beirut on Friday aimed at pressing
the Bush-backed government to resign. (AFP/Anwar
[Thanks to Pham Binh, Traveling Soldier, who
sent this in.]
12.1.06 Associated Press
Hundreds of thousands of protesters from
Hezbollah massed Friday in downtown Beirut seeking to force the resignation of Bush-backed
Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, who was holed up in his office ringed by hundreds
of police and combat troops.
The protest, which police
estimated at 800,000, created a sea of Lebanese flags that blanketed downtown
and spilled onto the surrounding streets. Hezbollah officials put the number at
1 million — one-fourth of Lebanon's population.
"Saniora out! We want a free government!" protesters
shouted through loudspeakers. The crowd roared in approval amid the deafening
sound of Hezbollah revolutionary and nationalist songs. "We want a clean government," read
one placard, in what has become the opposition's motto.
Launching a long-threatened campaign to force
Lebanon's U.S.-backed government from office, Hezbollah said the demonstration
would be followed by a wave of open-ended protests. Hezbollah had threatened demonstrations unless
it and its allies obtained a veto share of the Cabinet — a demand Saniora
and Lebanon's U.S. allied parties rejected. The protests now aim to generate
enough popular pressure to paralyze the Saniora government and force it out.
"People have a right to express their
political opinions, but in terms of this being part of the Iran-Syria inspired
coup d'etat against the government of Lebanon, we're obviously quite concerned
about it," said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. [Translation: most
Lebanese hate the U.S. puppet government.
They can complain, but, according to Bolton, have no right to rule
themselves and choose what government they wish.]
State Department deputy
spokesman Tom Casey said U.S. diplomats in Beirut had telephoned Lebanese
government officials to offer their support.
[That’s called the kiss of death.]
Hezbollah's security men, donning caps,
formed two lines between the protesters and the security forces to prevent
"I wish that the prime minister and his
ministers were among us today, not hiding behind barbed wire and army armored
carriers. He who has his people behind
him does not need barbed wire," Michel Aoun, a Christian leader and
Hezbollah ally, told the crowd. [Oops. What’s this that
snuck into the article? “A
Christian leader” is a “Hezbollah ally”? So much for
that bullshit about Islamic fundamentalism. Sorry about that.]
Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah, who has
not made a public appearance since a September rally for the militant group,
could not be seen Friday. But his speeches,
blared through loudspeakers, drove the crowd wild with cheers.
At the rally, some protesters
occasionally cried "Death to Israel" and "We want Feltman's
government to go," in reference to Lebanon's U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey
"We don't want the (U.S.)
Embassy inside the prime ministry," said one demonstrator, Mahmoud
A demonstration last week for a slain
anti-Syrian politician also drew hundreds of thousands of people downtown,
filling Martyr's Square. But Friday's appeared larger, as protesters swarmed
not only that square but others, as well as nearby streets and parking lots.
Hezbollah's deputy leader,
Sheik Naim Kassim, made it clear the fight is against "American
tutelage" and said the protest action will continue until the government
"We will not let you sell
Lebanon, we will protect the constitution and people of Lebanon," Kassim
said on television Friday, addressing Saniora.
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“Bush Has Killed A Lot More Iraqis, In A
Much Shorter Time, Than Saddam”
To: GI Special
Sent: November 27, 2006
Subject: A comment on something good from
Lies Vs. The History Of Iraq:
Destroy Arab Nationalism
[The writer refers to the article by Azmi
Bishara:, Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM 23 - 29 November 2006 (Excerpts): GI
SPECIAL 4K25: 11.26.06]
Thank God for this.
When the trouble started in Fallujah
I said Saddam had never controlled it. It
has a formidable history and when it opposed him he kept out.
Saddam was secular and he tolerated all
religions. He did some very bad things
but some of the atrocities were at least partly due to America. He and Rumsfeld were such very good friends. I would have liked to see Rumsfeld on trial
with him - as an accomplice.
The Iraqis never considered sect when picking
friends and there were many mixed Sunni Shia families.
All this current Civil War idea is due to the
It's good to remember that women were a great
deal better of under Saddam and that the country was progressive. It had the
best health and education systems in the Middle East until crippling sanctions
were imposed. Another nasty way of
beating a proud people into submission.
I conclude by saying Bush has
killed a lot more Iraqis, in a much shorter time, than Saddam.
Will Iraq ever get the pleasure
of seeing him stand trial for mass murder?
I hope so.
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