GI SPECIAL 3C91:
Tim Goodrich, right, an Air Force veteran and co-founder
Iraq Veterans Against the War, and Army veteran John McNamara, left, await the
arrival of the motorcade carrying President Bush in Simi Valley, Calif. Oct.
21, 2005. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
82% Of Iraqis Want U.S. Troops Gone:
45% Want Them Dead
Oct 22, 2005 (Reuters) & The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
Forty-five percent of Iraqis believe attacks on U.S. and
British troops are justified, according to a secret poll said to have been
commissioned by British defense leaders and cited by The Sunday Telegraph.
[In case you're wondering, 45% is about 7 million Iraqis,
if you subtract kids too young to bear arms. Seven million vs. 140,000
occupation troops. Do you like those odds? There is not the slightest hope of
defeating the Iraqi resistance. There is only endless death in a war already
lost commanded by Imperial politicians in Washington DC too cowardly and
murderous to admit it. They must all go, peacefully if possible, by any means
necessary if not. Be aware, the patience of the troops is not inexhaustible,
and as Vietnam showed, if the politicians won't end a hopeless, lost war, our
troops will stop the slaughter by acting for themselves.]
Less than 1 percent of those polled believed that the forces
were responsible for any improvement in security, according to poll figures.
Eighty-two percent of those polled said they were
"strongly opposed" to the presence of the troops.
The paper said the poll, conducted in August by an Iraqi
university research team, was commissioned by the Ministry of Defense.
The results come as it was disclosed yesterday that Lt
Col Nick Henderson, the commanding officer of the Coldstream Guards in Basra,
in charge of security for the region, has resigned from the Army.
He recently voiced concerns over a lack of armoured
vehicles for his men, another of whom was killed in a bomb attack in Basra last
67 per cent of Iraqis feel less secure because of the
72 per cent do not have confidence in the multi-national
IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
END THE OCCUPATION
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
MARINE KILLED BY EXPLOSION NEAR HAQLANIYAH
October 22, 2005 U.S. Department of Defense News Release
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq A Marine assigned to Regimental
Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward),
was killed in action while conducting combat operations against the enemy when
he was hit by an explosion in the vicinity of Haqlaniyah on Oct. 21.
TWO MARINES KILLED BY IED NEAR AL AMARIYAH
October 22, 2005 U.S. Department of Defense News Release
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq Two Marines assigned to Regimental
Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward),
were killed in action while conducting combat operations against the enemy when
their vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device near al Amariyah
on Oct. 21.
REALLY BAD PLACE TO BE:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW
U.S. soldiers after a car bomb exploded in Baghdad August
14, 2005. (Atef Hassan/Reuters)
Falluja Car Bomb Destroys Humvee:
Casualties Not Announced
FALLUJA - A car driven by a bomber exploded in central
Falluja targeting a U.S. patrol in an attack that Iraqi police officer Saif
Sami said had destroyed a Humvee. There was no immediate comment from the U.S.
US Troops Fighting Losing Battles:
"They Heard Nothing, They Saw Nothing, Same As Fucking
[Thanks to Phil G, who sent this in.]
Lt Col Gary Brito, the
battalion's commanding officer, said that in recent months the number of
roadside bombs targeting his men had increased by a third - even though
journeys out of base have been cut back. They are having a more devastating
"Before only two out
of 10 used to be effective," he said. "Now four or five have a
catastrophic effect, blowing away a vehicle or causing casualties." In the
past few months at least four American soldiers in this battalion alone have
been killed. Another 39 have been wounded.
22/10/2005 By Adrian Blomfield, Telegraph Group Limited
Four U.S. contractors for the U.S. military were killed
in Iraq last month, the military said on Saturday.
A military spokesman said the attack occurred on Sept. 20
when insurgents fired rifles and rocket-propelled grenades at a convoy guarded
by U.S. troops after it made a wrong turn in Duluiya, near Balad north of
It had taken just one wrong turn for disaster to unfold.
Less than a mile from the base it was heading to, the
convoy turned left instead of right and lumbered down one of the most
anti-American streets in Iraq, a narrow bottleneck in Duluiya town, on a
peninsular jutting into the Tigris river named after the Jibouri tribe that
As the lorries desperately tried to reverse out, dozens
of Sunni Arab insurgents wielding rocket launchers and automatic rifles emerged
from their homes.
They were almost certainly emboldened by the fact that
the American soldiers escorting the convoy would not have been able to respond
"The hatches of the humvees were closed," said
Capt Andrew Staples, a member of the Task Force Liberty 1-15 battalion that
patrols Duluiya and other small towns on the eastern bank of the Tigris, who
spoke to soldiers involved.
Within minutes, four American contractors, all employees
of the Halliburton subsidiary Kellog, Brown & Root, the biggest U.S.
military contractor in Iraq, were dead. The jubilant crowd dragged their
corpses through the street, chanting anti-US slogans.
At least two of the men were dragged alive from their
vehicle, which had been badly shot up, and forced to kneel in the road before
being killed, it said.
"Killing one of the men with a rifle round fired
into the back of his head, they doused the other with petrol and set him
alight," the newspaper report said.
"Barefoot children, yelping in delight, piled straw
on to the screaming man's body to stoke the flames."
An investigation has been launched into why the contractors
were not better protected.
"Task Force Liberty soldiers responded to assist the
convoy, administered first aid to two wounded contractors and evacuated the
remains of four contractors killed in the attack," a military spokesman
said in a statement.
No reason was given why the military had not released
information on the attack earlier.
Perhaps fearful of public reaction in America, where
support for the war is falling, US officials suppressed details of the Sept 20
attack, which bore a striking resemblance to the murder of four other
contractors in Fallujah last year.
Duluiya is much smaller than Fallujah but no less opposed to
the occupation, even if events here rarely make the news.
The resistance here seems to encapsulate the growing
difficulties the US military is facing in trying to defeat the insurgency,
pinned down by a constant stream of hit-and-run attacks.
The isolated towns east of the Tigris supply the resistance
fighters and their allies and provide a haven where they can regroup after
American offensives on their urban strongholds.
But hopes for progress are growing more remote. The
insurgency in eastern Salahuddin province is growing more intense, more deadly
and more sophisticated.
Lt Col Gary Brito, the battalion's commanding officer,
said that in recent months the number of roadside bombs targeting his men had
increased by a third - even though journeys out of base have been cut back.
They are having a more devastating effect too.
"Before only two out of 10 used to be
effective," he said. "Now four or five have a catastrophic effect,
blowing away a vehicle or causing casualties." In the past few months at
least four American soldiers in this battalion alone have been killed. Another
39 have been wounded.
Even routine patrols are fraught with danger.
"What the hell was that," shouted Lt Chris Baldwin
as a huge explosion rocked Baker Company's convoy of humvees trundling along a
street in Dour, another town under Lt Col Brito's watch.
"Contact! Contact!" he bellowed into his radio as
the gunners opened fire on a row of nearby houses from where the
rocket-propelled anti-tank missile was fired.
As the gunfire died down, the soldiers burst into house
after house, their facades peppered with bullet holes. But, as is so often the
case, the attacker had vanished down one of Dour's maze-like alleys.
Instead the Americans were confronted with sullen Iraqis,
holding their terrified children to their sides. An old woman sat on her bed,
clutching her heart, as the soldiers interrogated the family.
"They heard nothing, they saw nothing, same as
fucking usual," said Sgt Jody Miller. Taking another deep drag from his
cigarette, he turned to the company's translator.
"Tell them to tell us where the bad guys are so we
stop frigging shooting up their houses," he said.
Nobody was hurt but the mutual distrust between the
Americans and the local community deepened just a little bit more.
REALLY BAD PLACE TO BE:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW
A US soldier walks by destroyed shop windows at the scene of
a car bomb attack in Baqouba Oct. 20, 2005. (AP Photo/Mohammed Adnan)
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Assorted Resistance Action
21 October 2005 Aljazeera
Attacks by suspected Taliban fighters have killed a local
aid worker and two senior provincial officials, Afghan officials say.
The attacks on Thursday killed the employee of the
Western-funded Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA) relief agency in
the northwestern province of Faryab, provincial CHA head Khan Mohammad Sameem
Three other aid workers were wounded.
In another attack, also on Thursday, Taliban fighters
blew up a car, killing Nafas Khan, police chief for Zaranj, the provincial
capital of Nimroz in the south.
Khan's aide was also killed in the blast triggered by a
remote-controlled device, a senior provincial official said, who accused the
Taliban of carrying out the attack.
An intelligence official was killed in a roadside bomb in
the eastern province of Kunar, officials said.
Mohammad Yousuf, a spokesman for the Taliban, confirmed his
group was behind the blast in Zaranj, but had no information about the attack
The Taliban has vowed to drive out foreign forces from
Afghanistan and topple President Hamid Karzai's government that was installed
after the ousting of the Taliban government.
Non-Invasive Brain Damage The Most Significant Injury
Coming Out Of The War
10/22/2005 By Marianne Love, Staff Writer, Whittier Daily
GLENDORA -- He made it six months into his second tour of
duty in Iraq before a sniper's bullet found him as he stood guard on top of a
The bullet never actually entered his body, rather it
zipped around the inside of his helmet and back out, shaking his head violently
and injuring his brain.
In the next few weeks, Army Staff Sgt. Jarod Behee, 26, will
face more surgery at a private hospital in Pomona.
Doctors will insert a permanent shunt to drain the fluid on
Behee's brain. After that, a cranioplasty will be performed to relieve pressure
on his brain.
His right eye won't stay open, so he'll face a third
And when he moves from the hospital setting into a
transitional living center at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, that's
when his wife, Marissa, says she's not sure his insurance will pay for his
"That's why we are fund-raising. We are unsure what
the military will continue to cover," said Marissa, 26.
Marissa transferred her husband from the Palo Alto Veterans
Hospital in Northern California two months ago to the private Pomona hospital,
because she said the Palo Alto facility was not equipped to treat serious head
"They deal with a lot of strokes. Jarod had so many more
needs, it was like he was a guinea pig," Marissa said.
Casa Colina spokesman Fred Aronow said
"closed-head" injuries represent the most significant injury coming
out of the Iraq war because of improved armor.
"It stops bullets. Bullets have a tremendous amount
of force. ... There's no break in the skull, but the brain is moved around
inside from the velocity just as when someone is in a car crash and they hit
the windshield," Aronow said.
As The 2000th Death Comes Ever Closer:
Gold Star & Military Families Available For
10.22.05 Gold Start Families For Peace & MFSO
Gold Star Families, in speaking out about their loved ones
who have been killed in Iraq, demonstrate the true human cost of this war.
Military Families with loved ones currently deployed to
Iraq, show the urgency by which it must end.
"Each day I wake up is a potential nightmare, as I
dread that knock on my door that far too many families have already
received," said MFSO member Anne Roesler, whose son in the 82nd Airborne
Division is serving his third deployment to Iraq.
"The fear I live with is a fact of life for military
families with loved ones deployed in a war that should never have happened. It
is a reality that far too few politicians understand."
Available For Interviews:
The following families
and others whose loved ones died in Iraq or are currently deployed to Iraq are
available for interview.
For a complete list of
families who are available for interview, go to http://www.mfso.org.
Families Whose Loved Ones Died in Iraq:
Vickie Castro of Corona, Calif. whose only child, Cpl.
Jonathan Castro, age 21, was one of 14 service members killed in a suicide
bombing at a mess tent in Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq on Dec.
Melanie House of Simi Valley, Calif., whose husband, Petty
Officer 3rd Class John D. House, age 28, was killed in a helicopter crash near
Ar Rutbah, Iraq on Jan. 26, 2005.
Dede Miller of Bellflower, Calif., whose nephew, Spc. Casey
Sheehan, age 24, was killed in action in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq on April 4,
2004. She is a co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.
Jean Prewitt of Birmingham, Ala., whose son Pvt. 2nd Class
Kelley S. Prewitt, age 24, was killed in action on April 6, 2003 near Baghdad.
He served with the 103rd Infantry based out of Ft. Benning, Ga.
Annette Pritchard of Oregon City, Ore., whose nephew, PFC
William Ramirez, age 19, was killed in action in Baghdad. He was the 538th US
troop officially killed in action in Iraq.
Diane Davis Santoriello of Penn Hills, Pa. whose son, 1st
Lt. Neil Santoriello, age 24, served in the Army's 1 Division 34th Armored A
company and was killed in action near Fallujah, Iraq on Aug. 13, 2004.
Families Whose Loved Ones Are Currently Serving In Iraq:
Mimi Evans of W. Barnstable, Mass. whose son serves with the
U.S. Marine Corps and was newly deployed to Iraq in August 2005. He is
expecting his first child in April 2006.
Elizabeth Frederick is a student in Washington, D.C.,
originally from Boise, Idaho, whose boyfriend of almost 4 years, a former
Marine, is currently serving in Iraq under stop-loss orders with the New York
National Guard. His New York National Guard unit had not deployed overseas
since the Korean War until this deployment to Iraq.
Dexter and Gretchen Kamilewicz of Orr's Island, Maine whose
son is in the Vermont National Guard and has been serving in Ramadi, Iraq since
July, 2005. Their son's unit was going on missions with unarmored humvees; his
notification of his Congressional delegation resulted in the unit being
provided with armored humvees, which recently saved his life as well as the
lives of others in his unit.
Deborah Regal of Pinckney, Mich., whose son is a Marine,
currently serving his first deployment to Iraq.
Anne Roesler of Saratoga, Calif. whose son, a Staff Sergeant
in the 82nd Airborne Division, based at Ft. Bragg, left on Aug. 31, for his
third deployment to Iraq.
Gold Star Families for Peace http://www.gsfp.org is an
organization of families whose loved ones died in war who are seeking an end to
the occupation of Iraq; Military Families Speak Out http://www.mfso.org is an
organization of over 2,600 military families opposed to the war in Iraq, with
loved ones who are serving, or have served in Iraq, may deploy or re-deploy, or
have died as a result of the war in Iraq.
Do you have a friend or relative in the service? Forward this E-MAIL
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 requests to address up
"This Is Fallouja. Not Another City. Be Careful"
They engage in public
relations, talking via translators to individual Iraqis, not knowing how to
respond when confronted by a man who says that Americans promise a lot,
"but all we see is guns."
Mostly they are sad and
pessimistic, not seeing the situation as being fixable any time soon.
October 14, 2005 By Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times
The longer American troops stay in Iraq, the more the
hunger grows for a sense of what it's really like there. The war on the ground
has become the worst kind of international traffic accident, something we are
increasingly compelled to look at as the damage levels increase.
The excellent "Occupation: Dreamland" is not the
first fly-on-the-wall documentary about life in the Iraqi combat zone the
strong "Gunner Palace" was released earlier this year but it has
several points of interest its predecessor did not.
For one thing, "Dreamland" takes place not in
Baghdad but Fallouja, one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq, in the months
before the pitched battle that almost leveled the place.
As one of its residents menacingly says on camera,
providing a window into the intensity of local feeling, "This is
Fallouja. Not another city. Be careful."
Co-directors Garrett Scott and Ian Olds spent six weeks with
the same small group of men, a squad of the Army's 82nd Airborne, taking
hostile fire with them and sharing down time, which includes a debate about
whether Cher is scary or hot. Because of that hard-earned rapport,
"Dreamland" has an intimate, personal quality.
Rather than showboating for the camera, the soldiers get to
a deeper level, conveying a surprisingly reflective and aware sensibility.
"Dreamland," named for the former resort the
squad is housed in, also illuminates the lure of the Army for capable men who were
previously at a loss, individuals who were not doing anything with their lives
they could take pride in as civilians. It offers a look at the kind of
Americans not often put on movie screens.
When it comes to how these men function in Iraq,
"Dreamland" is especially effective visually.
We see the Americans, almost invisible under helmets,
knee pads, body armor and a huge amount of gear, wandering across the local
desert landscape like spacemen on the far side of the moon.
Dressed so differently, not speaking the language, not
understanding the mores, they must look more like space aliens than fellow
human beings to perplexed local residents.
Though many of these men came to Iraq hoping to do some
good, they found themselves overmatched by the situation. The gap between
these profoundly different cultures is all but overwhelming: bringing in a
woman for interrogation, for instance, may seem like standard operating
procedure for Americans, but it infuriates the very traditional Falloujans.
Also clearly not going down well are the numerous raids
against civilians. The troops kick down doors, arrest people seemingly at
random, inevitably inflaming local sensibilities as they simply do what
soldiers have always done.
Though they never hesitate to risk their lives, the
soldiers are increasingly unsure that their efforts are bearing fruit.
They engage in public relations, talking via translators
to individual Iraqis, not knowing how to respond when confronted by a man who
says that Americans promise a lot, "but all we see is guns."
Mostly they are sad and pessimistic, not seeing the
situation as being fixable any time soon.
By Rumor Releasing. Directors Garrett Scott, Ian Olds.
Producers Scott, Selina Lewis Davidson.
Is Refusing A Shot A Crime?
"It's Completely Preposterous"
"I Can't Think Of A More Asinine Application Of A
consistent with the mind-set that 'people who disobey orders will do anything,
so get them all,' " says Michels, a former Air Force prosecutor who taught
in the military's school for lawyers.
October 8, 2005 Daily Press
Marine Cpl. Ocean Rose refused an anthrax vaccination in
2001, after military doctors told him that EKGs after his first two shots
indicated he was having heart attacks at age 20 for no apparent reason.
Lt. Erick Enz, a Marine helicopter pilot and combat veteran
of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, says he refused his shot in 2002, after hours of
prayer, soul-searching and study about the vaccine convinced him that as a
Christian, God didn't want him vaccinated with that drug.
The same year, Sgt. James Muhammad - a Muslim and a Marine
at Camp Lejune, N.C. - says he prayed and studied the Quran and medical
reports, finally deciding that taking the anthrax vaccine would violate Allah's
command to keep harmful substances out of his body.
Their refusal to obey orders to take the vaccine was the
only blot on their military records. Otherwise, they were gung-ho, exemplary
Marines with careers on the rise, records show.
Are these the people you'd want to keep tabs on as
suspects for a violent or serious crime - or force to give up their right to
privacy over their DNA? The government says yes and has ordered Enz, Rose,
Muhammad and others who refused anthrax shots to submit blood samples for inclusion
in the FBI's DNA database of criminal offenders. Refusal could mean further
punishment - up to five years in prison, letters sent by military courts last
month told them.
A change in federal law and a decision by Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld also add to the DNA database those people
court-martialed for various offenses not found in the civilian world.
fraternization, faking an illness to get out of work, showing disrespect to a
superior officer or making a false statement when enlisting - even if it meant
altering a birth certificate or other document so you could serve your country.
"It's completely preposterous," says Eugene
Fidell, president of the National Institute of Military Justice. That's a
group of lawyers and legal scholars dedicated to the study of military justice
issues and educating the public about how the system works.
"I can't think of a more asinine application of a
The safety and effectiveness of the anthrax vaccination has
been a hot topic in the military since the shots became mandatory in 1998.
Hundreds of troops say the shots have brought them health problems, an
allegation that the Pentagon adamantly denies.
A federal judged ruled last year that the mandatory shots
must stop because the vaccine was never licensed for its use in the military,
allowing only voluntary inoculations. If Rose, Enz and the others refused to
take the shots after his Oct. 27, 2004, ruling, they would not have been
punished. The military has appealed the decision and wants to reinstate the
mandatory shot program - along with punishments for refusal.
John J. Michels is a former military lawyer who
represents troops in that case. He says the military won't say how many have
been court-martialed for refusing the vaccine since the program started, but he
estimates that 100 to 150 were court-martialed and 400 to 500 more received
Some who refused weren't punished at all. That created a
double standard that's now being compounded, he says.
As for the FBI database, he says Rumsfeld had no choice
because Congress mandated that he include anyone convicted of an offense that
is - at least in theory - punishable by a year or more in jail or prison.
Refusing an order can bring a five-year sentence.
When Congress enacted the Justice for All Act of 2004, it
added dozens of additional civilian offenses to the list of crimes where DNA
samples are taken. The changes expanded on the database's existing 2.7
million-sample collection of people convicted of murders, rapes, a variety of
sex crimes, arson and other serious violent offenses. It added such crimes as
"malicious mischief" on federal property, attempts to interfere with
tax laws, violations of Pacific salmon and halibut fishing laws, and harming an
animal used in law enforcement, among others.
At the same time, Congress told the secretary of defense to
consult the U.S. attorney general and develop a list of offenses
"comparable" to the civilian crimes, the law says.
Several lawyers who have looked into the issue say their
reading of the law did give Rumsfeld a choice, but he didn't take it.
"It's pretty consistent with the mind-set that
'people who disobey orders will do anything, so get them all,' " says
Michels, a former Air Force prosecutor who taught in the military's school for
Putting people into the database who've refused the anthrax
vaccine doesn't make sense, especially in light of the federal court ruling
striking down the military's mandatory anthrax vaccine program and the pending
appeals of those who refused, says U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind.
"These men are not hardened criminals, they are
soldiers who stood up for their rights in the face of a questionable
order," Burton wrote in a letter to Rumsfeld on Monday.
"It would be a travesty of justice - especially before
all appeals in this matter have been exhausted - to require these men to submit
The DNA orders illustrate two big differences between
civilian and military courts, Michels says.
First, there's a long list of behavioral offenses that
carry prison terms of one or more years in the military with no equivalent for
Second, though the top concern of civilian courts is
justice, the military system has two objectives: maintaining discipline and ensuring
justice. And they have equal weight. Michels says he taught his military
law students to appreciate this.
While a military
prosecutor, he says, he often found cases weak in the law or of questionable
fairness taken to trial, anyway, because commanders ordered it.
look around and say, 'We have to send a message to the troops' " by
charging or punishing someone, he says.
Enz led Bible study groups in the Marines and was described
by co-workers as a devout Christian during court-martial proceedings. He says
that "it made me feel sick to my stomach" when the order to submit a
DNA sample came in the mail last week. " They basically threw me in the
lot with some pretty bad criminals."
Zachary Johnson, a Navy aviation technician who refused to
take the shot and was court-martialed, says he had a similar reaction.
He says he fears that his DNA sample will end up in the FBI
laboratory where a technician committed more than 100 errors in processing
samples in criminal cases - mistakes that could lead to him or some other
innocent person being charged with a crime like rape or murder.
Given the strength of DNA evidence before juries and judges,
he says, he could go to prison for life for no reason - other than refusing the
"Everybody says they don't make mistakes," he
says, "but they seem to, quite frequently."
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
Assorted Resistance Action
October 23, 2005 geo.tv, Oct 22 By SAMEER N. YACOUB,
Associated Press Writer & Reuters & (Xinhuanet)
Two roadside bombs hit police patrols in southern Baghdad
on Saturday, killing two policemen and wounding one, said police 1st Lt.
A makeshift bomb killed a policeman south of Baghdad
early on Saturday, while mortar fire targeted northern and western areas in the
capital, injuring another, an interior ministry source said.
In Al-Madaan, south of Baghdad, a bomb blast slammed an
Iraqi police patrol, killing the policeman.
Meanwhile, three mortar rounds exploded in the western
Baghdad neighborhood of Yarmuk, injuring another officer near a local police
A militant group Army of Ansar al-Sunna said it had killed
six Iraqis, according to Internet statements posted late on Friday.
The group said it killed four contractors who worked for
U.S. forces and shot dead two members of the National Guard, one in Ramadi and
one in the northern city of Mosul.
Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded when insurgents hurled
grenades at their patrol in central Baghdad.
A car bomb went off in the flash point city of Fallujah near
an Iraqi army patrol on Saturday, causing casualties, witnesses said.
"A car bomb parking on the side of a road near the
industrial district in Fallujah detonated near an Iraqi army patrol at about
9:30 a.m. (0630 GMT),"Abdula Rahman, a local journalist who fled the scene
unhurt, told Xinhua.
The powerful blast destroyed an army vehicle, killing and
wounding all the soldiers aboard, and damaged another vehicle nearby, he said,
without giving detailed figures.
US and Iraqi troops rushed to the area and sealed off the
scene as helicopters flew overhead, said witnesses.
One day while I was in a
bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that
weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent.
The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who
did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions.
U.S. Army Medic
December 13, 2004
"Bogged Down In A War That Should Never Have Been
Started, And Cannot Be Won"
From: David Honish, Veterans For Peace
To: GI Special
Sent: October 21, 2005
Subject: Who is learning disabled, the government, or us?
I must have a learning disability? How else could one
possibly explain my voluntarily spending half a dozen years in the National
Guard after 1,096 days of the Regular Army?
I was reminded of this by an email from my youngest brother
who is a state policeman in another state. He mentioned that budget cuts had
changed their firearms training to only loading 5 rounds in a 15 round pistol
magazine or a 30 round rifle magazine.
When he suggested that such training might have officers
ejecting a 2/3 full pistol magazine or a 5/6 full rifle magazine under stress
in a real situation, he was told to shut up. After all, everyone knows that
budgets are tight. Money has been diverted to pay for $3/gallon gasoline, tax
cuts for the zillionaires, and Operation Iraqi Plunder.
It at first reminded me of the year the supply sergeant
for our NG division HQ company forgot to bring to annual training the blank
adapters for the two .50 cal "unit organic anti-armor weapons." It
made training a tad slow when the M-2 Brownings required the bolt to be pulled
to the rear to eject the case for every blank round fired. At least we got a
lot of practice in clearing stoppages.
It could have been worse.
The state of the budget in the 1980's when Reagan was
dumping cash on the Defense Department still only meant that we actually had a
bolt in our M-16's for a single day of the year in training. On that day we
actually got 42 real bullets in order to both zero our rifle and conduct annual
qualification with it. Never mind if you don't get it zeroed. There was
always next year, and another 42 rounds.
But then next year didn't happen. The April drill weekend
on the schedule said we would draw weapons and go to the range on Saturday, and
clean weapons on Sunday.
As a last minute unannounced change, the only day of the
year we actually fired our personal weapon for qualification was cancelled.
Instead we spent all
Saturday hauling in folding chairs and setting them up in the morning. In the
afternoon we rehearsed being a mandatory audience for the retirement ceremony
of some colonel that we did not know, was not in our unit, and we could have
cared less about. Just how much rehearsal does one require to be able to march
in and sit in rows of folding chairs?
Apparently the Division Commander thought most of the
afternoon would make us sufficiently prepared to impress HIS friend the
colonel? Sunday consisted of the 30 minute ceremony and then removing the
To add insult to injury, when I attended the post training
meeting for NCO's and complained about the range training being cancelled, and
not being re-scheduled for that fiscal year, I too was told to shut up.
The Sergeant Major then went on to direct us to document
that weekend's training as "supply hand receipt procedures."
His justification was that the folding chairs were
Twenty years have passed since then.
Instead of learning from the mistakes of Viet Nam, our
government has sent a new generation of National Guardsmen to be bogged down in
a war that should never have been started, and cannot be won.
I'm sure the cannon fodder being sent to Iraq are highly
skilled in the required paperwork for borrowing folding chairs as a result of
their pre-deployment training.
Chapter 106 North TX VFP
Did You See This One?"
"How Many More People Died While They Thought About
From: John Gingerich, Veterans For Peace
Sent: October 14, 2005
Subject: RE: Did you see this one?
Very helpful guide is a study on Middle Eastern public
opinion - conducted in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine - and
released by the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan.
"...the war in Iraq, combined with prisoner abuses
at Abu Ghraib, has deeply damaged America's image in the rest of the world.
"There is deep and abiding anger toward U.S.
policies and actions,..."
"...the growing perception of the United States as a
hostile force, then in the scale of the diplomatic problem that must be solved:
bridges rebuilt and new links forged. Put simply, we have lost the goodwill of
the world, without which it becomes ever more difficult to execute foreign
Yes, I realize it is not a joke, I was being facetious.
It is something we all knew all along.
Are the politicians really so thick?
How much $$$ did it take them to come to these
How many more people died while they thought about this?
How many more homes were destroyed?
How many more U.S. taxpayer $$$ were spent on military
fuel, equipment, and someone to polish the general's shoes?
I can't stand it...
I am getting a stomach ache!
What do you think? Comments from service men and women, and veterans,
are especially welcome. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Name, I.D.,
withheld on request. Replies confidential.
"The Armed Resistance Is Iraqi Resistance"
14-Oct-2005 Stefano Chiarini, Il Manifesto, Interview with
Salah Almukhtar. [Excerpt]
Salah al Mukhtar had worked at the Iraqi mission to the
United Nations, then, in the years 1990-1991, at the Arab League as assistant
to the Secretary General holding responsibility for Information. In the years
1993-1998 he headed the main Iraqi daily, al Gumhouriya. From 1999 he was Iraqi
Ambassador to India and in 2003 to Vietnam.
The whole Iraqis fully aware that the armed resistance is
Iraqi resistance, prepared by Iraqis, organized by Iraqis, financed by Iraqis,
performed by Iraqis, directed by Iraqis.
This fact was supported by American officials and
general's, in Iraq, when they said repeatedly, that the number of foreigners
fighting in Iraq is not more than 10% of the Iraqi resistance whole number.
It is well known that the armed revolution in Iraq against
American colonialism is motivating all freedom lovers, all over the world, as
it was the case of armed revolutions in other countries, such as Palestine,
Spain, Vietnam, Cuba, in which many volunteers went to these countries to
participate in the fighting against colonial invasion or against reactionary
Yes there are some hundreds of Arabs fighting in Iraq,
against American occupation, those volunteers are defending Iraq as well as
Arab homeland, because all Arabs, from north Africa to the Arabic gulf, are
belonging to one nation, therefore they have the duty of joining their brothers
Arabs of Iraq to kick out American colonialism.
The Only Debate On Intelligent Design That Is Worthy
Of Its Subject
Thanks to Mary Runnells, who sent this in. Source unknown.]
Moderator: We're here today to debate the hot new topic,
evolution versus Intelligent Des---
(Scientist pulls out baseball bat.)
Moderator: Hey, what are you doing?
(Scientist breaks Intelligent Design advocate's kneecap.)
Intelligent Design advocate: YEAAARRRRGGGHHHH! YOU
BROKE MY KNEECAP!
Scientist: Perhaps it only appears that I broke your
kneecap. Certainly, all the evidence points to the hypothesis I broke your
kneecap. For example, your kneecap is broken; it appears to be a fresh wound;
and I am holding a baseball bat, which is spattered with your blood.
However, a mere preponderance of evidence doesn't mean
anything. Perhaps your kneecap was designed that way. Certainly, there are
some features of the current situation that are inexplicable according to the
"naturalistic" explanation you have just advanced, such as the exact
contours of the excruciating pain that you are experiencing right now.
Intelligent Design advocate: AAAAH! THE PAIN!
Scientist: Frankly, I personally find it completely
implausible that the random actions of a scientist such as myself could cause
pain of this particular kind. I have no precise explanation for why I find
this hypothesis implausible --- it just is. Your knee must have been designed
Intelligent Design advocate: YOU BASTARD! YOU KNOW YOU DID
Scientist: I surely do not. How can we know anything for
Frankly, I think we should expose people to all points of
Furthermore, you should really re-examine whether your
hypothesis is scientific at all: the breaking of your kneecap happened in the
past, so we can't rewind and run it over again, like a laboratory experiment. Even
if we could, it wouldn't prove that I broke your kneecap the previous time. Plus,
let's not even get into the fact that the entire universe might have just
popped into existence right before I said this sentence, with all the evidence
of my alleged kneecap-breaking already pre-formed.
Intelligent Design advocate: That's a load of bullshit
sophistry! Get me a doctor and a lawyer, not necessarily in that order, and
we'll see how that plays in court!
Scientist (turning to audience): And so we see, ladies
and gentlemen, when push comes to shove, advocates of Intelligent Design do not
actually believe any of the arguments that they profess to believe.
When it comes to matters that hit home, they prefer
evidence, the scientific method, testable hypotheses, and naturalistic
In fact, they strongly privilege naturalistic explanations
over supernatural hocus-pocus or metaphysical wankery.
It is only within the reality-distortion field of their
ideological crusade that they give credence to the flimsy, ridiculous arguments
which we so commonly see on display.
I must confess, it kind of felt good, for once, to be the
one spouting free-form bullshit; it's so terribly easy and relaxing, compared
to marshaling rigorous arguments backed up by empirical evidence. But I
fear that if I were to continue, then it would be habit-forming, and bad for my
soul. Therefore, I bid you adieu
As U.S. Troop Deaths Escalate,
Occupation Idiocy Escalates Also
21 October 2005 By Larry Johnson, Talking Points Memo Cafi.
What Rice and other folks out of touch with reality ignore
is that the increased number of Sunnis who voted came out to defeat the
constitution. Unfortunately, the fix was in. Vote fraud was rampant.
US TV crews caught one Shia on tape casting seven yes
votes. That's sort of an old style American politics a la Chicago's Daley
machine - you know, vote early, vote often. And, results are now, once again,
being withheld to "investigate" the irregularities.
Oh, speaking of the war. The road from downtown Baghdad to
the International Airport still has not been secured and remains the most
dangerous road in the world.
Meanwhile, as of 21 October, Americans are dying in Iraq
at a rate of almost three per day. This is the highest loss of life since
January 2005. So much for Rosy Scenario and the dawn of peace and
Finally, there is the ham handed attempt to pass off as
legitimate a letter allegedly written by Bin Laden's number two guy, Ayman
Zwahiri, to the Jordanian terrorist, Abu Musab Zarqawi.
This appears to be a rather crude "Information
Operation" designed to sow confusion in the ranks of the jihadists
battling US forces in Iraq.
While well intentioned (i.e., trying to create confusion
among the insurgents) the execution of this op was pitiful. Having the newly
christened National Director of Intelligence release this travesty ends up
calling into question the professionalism and competence of the organization
that was supposed to fix the mess in the intelligence community. Rather
repairing damage, Negroponte and his crew seem to be causing more mayhem.
More Lame Lies From Bush Regime
[Thanks to Phil G, who sent this in.]
Oct 21 Emad Mekay (IPS)
The Waxman report assesses reconstruction work in three key
sectors of the Iraqi economy -- oil, electricity and water.
It found that the administration's actual results on the
ground are far less than what is publicised.
"Oil production remains below pre-war levels,
electricity production is unreliable and well below the goal of 6,000 megawatts
of peak electricity output, and a third of Iraqis still lack access to potable
water," says the report. "Billions of taxpayer dollars have been
spent, but there is little to show for the expenditures in Iraq."
Reporter Experiences Blinding Flash Of The Obvious
Oct 22, 2005 CBC
An Irish journalist who was kidnapped in Iraq while covering
the trial of Saddam Hussein says the police in Baghdad have been infiltrated by
Rory Carroll, a correspondent for The Guardian newspaper of
Britain, was released unharmed on Thursday after being held for 36 hours.
Carroll, 33, says his kidnapping is a symptom of a larger
problem in the country. "There is a serious question mark over elements
of the police, and that they cannot be relied upon all the time."
U.S. OCCUPATION RECRUITING DRIVE IN HIGH GEAR;
RECRUITING FOR THE ARMED RESISTANCE THAT IS
A US soldier makes an Iraqi man open the doors of his shop
during an overnight raid
in Mosul. (AFP/Cris Bournoncle)
[Hey, if he doesn't like it, he can go back where he came
from. Oops, he's an Iraqi, and he's in his own country. Imagine that. Well,
fair is fair. Let's bring 150,000 Iraqis over here to the USA. They can kill
people at checkpoints, bust into their houses in the middle of the night,
overthrow the government, put a new one in office they like better and call it
"sovereign," and go around making U.S. citizens unlock their doors at
gunpoint. That's called an exchange program.
[Those Iraqis are sure a bunch of backward primitives.
They actually resent this help, and consider it their patriotic duty to fight
and kill the soldiers sent to occupy 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?]
U.S. Military Commanders In Iraq In Violation Of
U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10 (1956)
Liable To Arrest Any Time Enough Troops Decide To Do
October 14, 2005 Francis A. Boyle, uruknet.info. [Excerpt]
Francis A. Boyle, Professor of Law, University of
Illinois, is author of Foundations of World Order, Duke University Press, The
Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence, and Palestine, Palestinians and
International Law, by Clarity Press.
The United States government's installation of the so-called
Interim Government of Iraq during the summer of 2004 did not materially alter
this legal situation.
Under the laws of war, this so-called Interim Government
of Iraq is nothing more than a "puppet government." As the
belligerent occupant of Iraq the United States government is free to establish
a puppet government if it so desires. But under the laws of war, the United
States government remains fully accountable for the behavior of its puppet
These conclusions are made quite clear by paragraph 366
of U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10 (1956):
366. Local Governments Under Duress and Puppet Governments
The restrictions placed
upon the authority of a belligerent government cannot be avoided by a system of
using a puppet government, central or local, to carry out acts which would be unlawful
if performed directly by the occupant. Acts induced or compelled by the
occupant are nonetheless its acts.
As the belligerent occupant of Iraq, the United States
government is obligated to ensure that its puppet Interim Government of Iraq
obeys the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949, the 1907 Hague Regulations on land
warfare, U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10 (1956), the humanitarian provisions of
Additional Protocol One of 1977 to the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949, and the
customary international laws of war.
Any violation of the laws of war, international humanitarian
law, and human rights committed by its puppet Interim Government of Iraq are
legally imputable to the United States government.
As the belligerent occupant of Iraq, both the United States
government itself as well as its concerned civilian officials and military
officers are fully and personally responsible under international criminal law
for all violations of the laws of war, international humanitarian law, and
human rights committed by its puppet Interim Government of Iraq such as, for
example, reported death squads operating under its auspices.
Furthermore, it was a total myth, fraud, lie, and outright
propaganda for the Bush Jr. administration to maintain that it was somehow magically
transferring "sovereignty" to its puppet Interim Government of Iraq
during the summer of 2004.
Under the laws of war, sovereignty is never transferred
from the defeated sovereign such as Iraq to a belligerent occupant such as the
United States. This is made quite clear by paragraph 353 of U.S. Army Field
Manual 27-10 (1956): "Belligerent occupation in a foreign war, being based
upon the possession of enemy territory, necessarily implies that the
sovereignty of the occupied territory is not vested in the occupying power.
Occupation is essentially provisional."
If there were any doubt about this matter, paragraph 358
of U.S. Army Field Manual 27-10 (1956) makes this fact crystal clear:
358. Occupation Does Not Transfer Sovereignty
Being an incident of war, military occupation confers upon
the invading force the means of exercising control for the period of
occupation. It does not transfer the sovereignty to the occupant, but simply
the authority or power to exercise some of the rights of sovereignty. The
exercise of these rights results from the established power of the occupant and
from the necessity of maintaining law and order, indispensable both to the
inhabitants and the occupying force
Therefore, the United States government never had any
"sovereignty" in the first place to transfer to its puppet Interim
Government of Iraq.
In Iraq the sovereignty still resides in the hands of the
people of Iraq and in the state known as the Republic of Iraq, where it has
always been. The legal regime described above will continue so long as the
United States remains the belligerent occupant of Iraq. Only when that U.S.
belligerent occupation of Iraq is factually terminated can the people of Iraq
have the opportunity to exercise their international legal right of sovereignty
by means of free, fair, democratic, and uncoerced elections.
So as of this writing, the United States and the United
Kingdom remain the belligerent occupants of Iraq despite their bogus
"transfer" of their non-existent "sovereignty" to their
puppet Interim Government of Iraq.
This brings the analysis to the so-called Constitution of
Iraq that was allegedly drafted by the puppet Interim Government of Iraq under
the impetus of the United States government.
Article 43 of the 1907 Hague Regulations on land warfare
flatly prohibits the change in a basic law such as a state's Constitution
during the course of a belligerent occupation: "The authority of the
legitimate power having in fact passed into the hands of the occupant, the latter
shall take all the measures in his power to restore, and ensure as far as
possible, public order and safety, while respecting, unless absolutely
prevented, the laws in force in the country." This exact same prohibition
has been expressly incorporated in haec verba into paragraph 363 of U.S. Army
Field Manual 27-10 (1956).
To the contrary, the United States has demonstrated gross
disrespect toward every law in Iraq that has stood in the way of its imperial
designs and petroleum ambitions, including and especially the pre-invasion 1990
Interim Constitution for the Republic of Iraq.
George Bush Jr. and Tony Blair are heading towards their
own Judgment at Nuremberg whose sixtieth anniversary the rest of the world
gratefully but wistfully commemorates this year. Never again!
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
BUSH "WILL DESTROY OUR LIVES"
"They did not care. They
do not care. They do not care about Iraqi people. They do not care about the
families of dead soldiers. They only care about profit."
OCT 02, 2005 DRUDGE REPORT
Choking back tears, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF star Donald
Sutherland warned this week: President Bush "will destroy our lives!"
The star of the new ABC drama, which follows the first
woman President of the United States, lashed out at the real White House during
a dramatic sit down interview with the BBC.
Sutherland ripped Bush and his administration for the war
and Hurricane Katrina fallout.
"They were inept. The were inadequate to the task, and
they lied," Sutherland charged.
"And they were insulting, and they were vindictive.
And they were heartless. They did not care. They do not care. They do not
care about Iraqi people. They do not care about the families of dead
soldiers. They only care about profit."
At one point during the session, Sutherland started
crying: "We've stolen our children's future... We have children. We have
children. How dare we take their legacy from them. How dare we. It's
shameful. What we are doing to our world."
Sutherland went on rip Karl Rove's "methods and
means" against people like Cindy Sheehan.
"We're back to burning books in Germany,"
Sutherland said of NBC's editing out of Kanye West's comment on Bush during a
hurricane relief telethon.
The Deadly Democrats
Voters are not
apathetic! They are very realistic in fact. They are the wiser for not
showing up at this phony circus that presents itself as 'democracy'. The truly
apathetic, in fact, are the ones who show up to vote for more of the same.
October 11, 2005 Reza Fiyouzat,
As Zeltzer points out in his article, Business Unionism
& the AFL-CIO's Crisis, "US capitalists, and the Democrats and
Republicans whom they control no longer need their alliance with the trade
union bureaucracy. They have shifted production out of the United States using
NAFTA and the WTO and they have instituted a tough-going deregulation and
privatization program supported by the Democrats that has destroyed or
whipsawed heavily unionized sectors from trucking, airlines, rail and
communication," (Labor Action Coalition, February 2005).
In other words, the union base of the Democrats has
disintegrated due to the improved conditions for a higher degree of mobility
for capital; at the earliest signs of diminishing returns on profits, the U.S.
capital can (with very little cost that can in turn be recovered very quickly)
take flight, if they so desire, to a mere six feet south of the border into
Mexico, and enjoy a far higher rate of profit.
Now, at the same time that the Democrats helped the U.S.
capital-owning classes along the path of more mobility thereby destroying the
historical social conditions for the long-term survival of their own social
base the party functionaries had to start raising increasing percentages of
the money needed for their political campaigning from the corporations; as
opposed to from a popular social base.
In doing this, they naturally are more overtly beholden
to the corporations, at the same time that they have helped to hand over the
political campaigning, i.e., the 'getting out the vote' process, to advertising
agencies; as opposed to allowing the real issues of concern to people to find
their way into the public discourse that matters most to the lives of the
citizens of the United States.
Isn't it amazing? It's all basically a road show, yet the
pundits are astounded at the level of 'apathy' among the voters!!
Voters are not apathetic! They are very realistic in
fact. They are the wiser for not showing up at this phony circus that presents
itself as 'democracy'. The truly apathetic, in fact, are the ones who show up
to vote for more of the same.
Democrats are so ideologically bankrupt at the moment
that they simply cannot formulate any new ways that would further the interests
of their ultimate paymasters, the ruling capitalist classes in the U.S.A.
And the corporations know this.
The U.S. corporations know that one of the best ways to beat
the 'diminishing returns' game is to acquire monopolies, and the only way to
get monopolies is to act through the state (including the armed forces part of
the state). And the political party that is representing this stance least
ambiguously and most forcefully right now is the Republican Party. It is that
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