Traitor Rumsfeld Aug. 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
Rumsfeld Caught Telling More Stupid Lies:
Meets With Families Of Soldiers Held In Iraq
Against Their Will;
Press Shut Out, But Soldiers Wife Tapes And
“A ‘Death Watch’ For Soldiers”
[Thanks to Phil G, who sent this in.]
8.27.06 By ROBERT BURNS, The Associated Press
& By Kristin Roberts, FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Reuters)
In a lively but polite give-and-take at a
meeting in an Army gymnasium, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld fielded
questions Saturday from wives and other family members of Alaska-based
but polite” means they didn’t rip his face off. This time.]
The Pentagon decided last month to keep about
3,000 Alaska-based soldiers of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Iraq,
extending their tours and returning more than 300 who had already gone back
The extended deployment poses a hardship for
both troops who have been sent to one of the most dangerous areas of Iraq, and
their families in Alaska.
The delay has also put families
and the U.S. Army on what one defense official called a "death watch"
for soldiers who otherwise would have been on their way home if not already
Rumsfeld, who received a mixed reception from
a crowd that offered more applause for the questions asked than the answers
provided, praised the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
The estimated 700 to 800 family members of
soldiers whose combat tours in Iraq were abruptly extended just as they
prepared to return home this month peppered U.S. Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld with tough questions, some that he could not answer, at a closed-door
meeting in Alaska on Saturday.
"It is something we don't want to
do," Rumsfeld told several hundred family members who gathered in a
gymnasium at nearby Ft. Wainwright, home of the 172nd Stryker Brigade. The
unit's deployment to Iraq was extended by up to four months to bolster U.S.
firepower in the Baghdad area.
"But in this case we had to," he
added, referring to the decision made in late July to extend the 172nd.
Questions from family members
ranged from personal appeals for help on securing short-time leave for soldiers
to broader issues, such as whether another brigade was being trained to replace
the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in case the intended improvements in
Baghdad are not achieved by mid-December, a question that received thunderous
applause from the crowd and calls for a yes or no response.
The defense secretary said he
could not give them a definitive answer.
"I wish I had a magic wand and the power
to say, 'yes.' But I don't," he told them.
Reporters, including five who traveled with
Rumsfeld from Washington, D.C., were not permitted to cover his meeting with
the family members, which lasted about an hour.
But a wife who made a video tape of the event showed it to reporters
One wife asked Rumsfeld why the
172nd was doing house-to-house searches in Baghdad instead of the kinds of
combat operations they are trained to perform. Rumsfeld disputed her assertion,
saying that 95 percent of the house-clearing operations are being done by Iraqi
arrogance. As if the families
aren’t in touch with their soldiers, and don’t know what
[This is the kind of blind
contempt for the common sense and intelligence of real people that the
Rumsfeld’s of the world make a habit.
It’s not so much that they lie as that they tell such stupid,
obvious lies, like passing a plate of shit, and saying, “Eat this,
it’s really good.”
[And they have not a clue that
their lies heap up and heap up, like some combustibles destined to explode,
until they do explode, and, with the exploding, the lies and the
Rumsfeld’s must vanish, having no useful purpose, except to have fueled
the explosion called “revolution.”]
"I think it was a
show," said Jennifer Davis, the wife of one soldier in Iraq. She declined to give her husband's name. [There it is.
Let that be engraved on the tombstone of the Empire.]
In an interview during his flight to
Fairbanks, Rumsfeld said he saw no reason for the soldiers or their families to
be angry at him. [But
military families will not be told by any kind of Rumsfeld how they should or
should not feel, especially whether they should or should not be angry with
him. What haughty ignorance and contempt
he displays for them. It’s
reminiscent of the posture of the last Louis King of France, who was beheaded
for his ignorant condescension, and the last Czar of the Russians, executed
also for the same kind of scornful dismissions.]
"I don't put it in that context,"
he said. "These people are all volunteers.
They all signed up. They all are there doing what they're doing
because they want to do it." [In that case, then let
every one of them who wants to leave this minute come home. Unless this is only another stupid Rumsfeld
lie, marching in column formation with all the lies that preceded it, and all
the stupid lies to follow it. Does he
actually expect not to be called out for this?]
Asked why reporters would not be permitted to
cover his meeting with the family members, Rumsfeld at first replied, "I
don't have any idea. I haven't addressed the subject." Later he said he makes it
a practice to make all family meetings private.
[He can’t even manage his
small lies anymore. It’s time for
this simulation of a human to disappear into whatever sewer generated it, and
be obeyed no more.]
A newly formed Alaska chapter
of the Military Families Speak Out group issued a statement in Fairbanks saying
it would make a public call for the Bush administration to bring home the 172nd
and all other U.S. troops.
It quoted Jennifer Davis of Anchorage, whose
husband is a member of the 172nd. "I am totally frustrated,
disappointed and heart broken," she said in the statement. "Just when
I thought we were going to be able to resume a ‘normal’ life and
when I thought the nightmare was over, the nightmare was extended."
[In fairness, let no one say he
accomplished nothing. He accomplished
magic: where there was no organized opposition, now there is, and angry, and
spreading. So Rumsfeld has done his bit,
sowing the wind and the dragons’ teeth, and see who comes forth to face
[They have seen him, and what
he is, and above all, seen that he is only what he is, not something bigger,
wrapped in media puffery. There came a
day when the poor and the working classes of Paris marched on the King’s
palace at Versailles, and breaking in, and seeing the King, found not some
exalted personage, but only a stupid, arrogant man. And that was the end of him.]
The brigade's tour was extended
by up to 120 days, bringing them close to a Christmas return date. Rumsfeld said he would make no promises that
the full brigade would be back home by the holidays.
"I'd love to be Santa Claus. I'm not," he told reporters. [And what can he do if
they decide to take themselves home at Christmas, or at least decide to refuse
their work in Baghdad, and instead of kicking down Iraqis’ doors, meet
and demand to come home immediately?
That will be the end of Rumsfeld, and perhaps more, and welcome.]
If it turned out that by December, U.S.
commanders in Iraq felt they needed an unscheduled infusion of troops,
"our first choice obviously would be to have them be someone other than
the people we just extended," Rumsfeld said.
"But I'm not going to get into the
promises business. That isn't my
Rumsfeld's visit to Fairbanks
lured curious onlookers, one of whom yelled to the defense secretary to
"get us out of Iraq." "I
know the feeling," he yelled back.
[Mark that. He is greeted with
public yelling. And, exasperated enough,
people will have done with yelling only, and will do somewhat more.]
Loony Rumsfeld Complains That Terrorists
Manipulate U.S. Media;
[Thanks to David Honish, who sent this in.]
8.28.06 By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said
Monday he is deeply troubled by the success of terrorist groups in
"manipulating the media" to influence Westerners.
"They are actively
manipulating the media in this country" by, for example, falsely blaming
U.S. troops for civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.
In his remarks at Fallon he did not offer any
new examples of media manipulation; he put unusual emphasis, however, on the
negative impact it is having on Americans in an era of 24-hour news.
[If terrorists really could control
the media, he’d have nothing to complain about. The media would carry only happy reports
favoring Rumsfeld and Bush and their war of terror, 24/7.]
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
4 U.S. Soldiers Killed By Bomb
Aug 28 The Associated Press
Four American soldiers were killed when their
vehicle was blasted by a roadside bomb in 3 pm Sunday north of Baghdad, the
U.S. military command said Monday.
The deaths happened Sunday, a military
statement said without elaborating.
Nebraska Sgt. Dies
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey J. Hansen, 31, of Cairo,
Neb., died Aug. 27, 2006, of injuries suffered during a Humvee accident near
Balad, Iraq, on Aug. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/ Nebraska National Guard)
MND BAGHDAD SOLDIER KILLED BY SMALL-ARMS FIRE
8/28/2006 HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL
COMMAND NEWS RELEASE Number: 06-08-02c
A Multi-National Division Baghdad Soldier was killed at approximately 2
p.m. Sunday by small-arms fire in eastern Baghdad.
Bomb Claims Superiorite
August 28th, 2006 The Daily Telegram
Superior native Kenneth Cross, 21, was killed
by a roadside bomb Sunday in Iraq, according to Gerald Nelson, a cousin.
Recently married and residing in the state of
Washington, he had served one year in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in
Nelson grew up with Cross, who said his
family is in shock.
He becomes the second
Superiorite killed while serving in Iraq.
Marine Lance Cpl. Adam Van Alstine suffered
fatal wounds in February from a roadside bomb.
Services for Cross are pending.
Marine From Milford Killed
August 26, 2006 The New York Times Company
HARTFORD, Conn.: A marine from Connecticut was killed in
combat Friday in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Saturday.
Cpl. Jordan C. Pierson, 21, of Milford, died
during combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st
Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in Plainville.
Pierson was the second marine from the 25th
Marine Regiment to be killed in three weeks. Lance Cpl. Kurt Dechen, 24, of Springfield,
Vt., was on a foot patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, on Aug. 3 when his unit came under
fire and he was shot.
Thirty-two servicemen and women
and civilians with Connecticut ties have died since March 2002 in Iraq and
Pierson and another serviceman were hit with
shrapnel earlier this year after a grenade exploded near them, The Hartford
Courant reported in May.
Roberto Diaz, of Manchester, said he trained
with Pierson in California and last saw him nine months ago.
"He was an excellent marine," he
said. "He did his job to the fullest."
Guardsman Dies Of
08/28/06 Associated Press
A Nebraska National Guard soldier from Cairo dies of injuries from a
vehicle accident in Iraq.
Major General Roger Lempke said today that
Staff Sergeant Jeffrey J- Hansen died yesterday at a U-S- hospital in
The 31-year-old Hansen is survived by his
wife, Jennifer, and his father, Robert Hansen of Bertrand.
A news release from the Guard said Hansen and
three other members of the 1st Squadron, 167th Cavalry Regiment were injured on
August 21st when their Humvee turned over off a berm and fell into a canal near
Camp Anaconda north of Baghdad.
The Guard says one of the other soldiers has
already returned to duty. The other two are still being treated.
Relative Confirms Two Rivers Soldier Killed
August 28, 2006 TWO RIVERS, Wis. (AP)
A 21-year-old soldier from Two Rivers has
been killed in Iraq, his aunt confirmed Monday.
Army Pfc. Shaun Novak was killed Sunday when
some sort of an explosion happened while he was riding in an armored vehicle,
his aunt, Sheila Halverson, said Monday.
She did not know what unit he was serving in,
but said it was out of Fort Hood, Texas and he had been in the infantry.
Novak is survived by his father, Randy, a
Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department deputy; his mother, Brenda, an employee
of the Manitowoc County Human Services Department; and a brother, Danny, 15,
who enters Two Rivers High School this fall, Halverson said.
Shaun Novak enlisted in the Army in 2004 and
was shipped to Iraq in December of 2005, his aunt said.
“Shaun felt like he should serve his
country. We're all very proud of him,'' Halverson said.
He attended the University of
Wisconsin-Manitowoc County Center for a year after graduating from Two Rivers
High School. He had planned to study accounting or marketing after his
discharge from the military, his aunt said.
Bomb Kills Soldier
and Mary Loa
August 23, 2006 The Honolulu Advertiser
Over the past year, three Loa brothers saw
duty in Iraq.
Their father, Duke Loa, who had a greater
chance than most of hearing the news every soldier's parent dreads, last week
learned that his son, Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey S. Loa, 32, was killed by a
roadside bomb in Ramadi.
Although Jeffrey S. Loa grew up in American
Samoa, and much of his family is there, he has a sister in Wai'anae and
considered Hawai'i to be his second home, relatives said.
"It's still surreal. I'm trying to
accept it, but I know he's in a better place," said his sister, Tanya
From American Samoa, Duke Loa said,
"Considering the loss of my son, I'm surprised that I took it fairly
Loa was killed last Wednesday when an
improvised explosive device, or IED, exploded while he was on foot patrol. The married man was with the 1st Battalion,
35th Armored Regiment out of Baumholder, Germany.
He was on his first deployment to Iraq and
had been in the country for about nine months, family members said.
With Loa's death, 108 service
members with Hawai'i ties have died as a result of injuries received in
Iraq. Another 29 have been killed in
Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province and
part of the Sunni Triangle, is considered one of the most dangerous places in
Iraq. Support for the insurgency there
Bishop said the military didn't tell the
family anything other than that Loa was killed by a roadside bomb.
Among those suffering the loss is Loa's wife,
Mary, who had moved back to Kansas to be with her family during the deployment,
Duke Loa said.
Noting that her brother married a year and
half ago, Bishop added, "He would have been a great father because he was
like a second dad to my kids."
In April, Jeffrey Loa sent some photos with
the message, "Hello family, these are some pictures of us, man I am soooo
hot and fine, love u all." Her
brother had a sense of humor, but he was quiet, and not one for confrontation,
Duke Loa said, "Ask him a question and
you'll get a smile from him before you get a direct answer."
Jeffrey S. Loa was the oldest of three
brothers, all of whom had enlisted in the Army. Jason Loa was in Egypt after
being in Iraq earlier this year, and brother Monty had been on deployment to
Iraq, but is now back for the funeral.
Jeffrey S. Loa's stepbrother, Lloyd Mageo, is
stationed at Schofield Barracks. "The younger ones wanted to follow each
other (into the Army)," Bishop said.
Jeffrey S. Loa had been in the Army about
nine years, but there was a gap in between when he had got out and then
rejoined, family members said. He'll be buried in American Samoa, his father
"He joined the armed forces, so (going
to Iraq) was part of his job," said Duke Loa, who also served in the
Army. "The Samoans feel that it is
an honor to serve in the military as part of their service to the (United
Mortars Hit U.S. Consulate In Hilla;
Casualties Not Announced
Aug 28, (VOI)
Four mortar shells slammed on the U.S.
consulate in Iraqi town of Hilla on Monday, Babel province.
The mortars hit the consulate in Babel hotel
located in northern Hilla, a security source in Babel police department said.
The U.S. side did not reveal the extent of
damage, the source, who declined to be named, told the independent news agency
Voices of Iraq
Helping Recruit For Armed Resistance As Usual:
More Civilians Slaughtered By Occupation Forces As
Street Fighting Breaks Out In Baghdad
August 28. 2006 By Ellen Knickmeyer, The
Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S.
military spokesman, confirmed seven Iraqi civilians were killed yesterday night
in what Johnson said was a street battle between American forces and insurgents
It began when a bomb exploded near American
troops in a Stryker armored vehicle in the mostly Sunni west Baghdad neighborhood
of Ghaziliyah, a district where U.S. forces have beefed up their presence in an
effort to quell sectarian violence.
Insurgents opened fire with grenade launchers
and guns after the bomb hit the Stryker, Johnson said. U.S. forces returned fire, wounding four
attackers, whom Americans took into custody, Johnson said. He said it appeared the civilians had been
caught in the cross-fire.
A resident at the scene gave a
different account, saying all seven, including a family of five traveling
together, were killed when U.S. forces opened fire on cars around their vehicle
following the bombing.
Fools With A Death Wish:
Collaborator Regime Picks Fight With Mahdi Army
08-28-2006 (AFP) & By ELENA BECATOROS,
Associated Press Writer & By THASSIN ABDUL-KARAIM, Associated Press Writer
In the city of Diwaniyah,
fighting between Iraqi forces and militiamen of the Mahdi Army of Muqtada
al-Sadr left at least 34 people dead: 25 Iraqi soldiers, seven civilians and
Five Iraqi soldiers also went
missing in the fighting which started on Sunday, the army source said.
Sheikh Abdul-Razaq al-Nidawi, the manager of
al-Sadr's office in Diwaniyah, told The Associated Press that trouble had been
brewing since Saturday night when the Iraqi army arrested an al-Sadr supporter
from the Jumhouri neighborhood.
On Sunday, the army raided the same place and
"a gunfight erupted between them and the Mahdi Army," al-Nidawi said.
Army Capt. Fatik Aied said gunbattles broke
out at about 11 p.m. Sunday south of Diwaniyah, when Iraqi soldiers conducted
raids in three neighborhoods to flush out militiamen and seize weapons.
Al-Nidawi said "a big force of the army
raided Jumhouri, Sadr and Askouri neighborhoods and clashes broke out (again)
between the army and the Mahdi Army."
He said the raids took place early Monday.
Fighting continued for most of the day, as
the army brought in extra troops from other cities to reinforce its soldiers,
said Brig. Gen. Othman al-Farhoud, commander of the 8th Iraqi Army Division.
By evening, the militia had set
up road checkpoints and taken over seven neighborhoods in the south and east of
the city, while the Iraqi army was controlling the northern and western parts,
Dr. Mohammed Abdul-Muhsen of the city's
general hospital said 34 bodies were brought in. He said at least 70 people were injured, but
could not immediately give a breakdown.
Fatik said the militiamen were
using rocket-propelled grenades and automatic assault rifles.
Diwaniyah, 80 miles south of Baghdad, is a city
where the influence of Mahdi Army has been gradually increasing. It already runs a virtual parallel government
in Sadr City, a slum in eastern Baghdad.
But American forces have also
been wary of confronting the Mahdi Army because of al-Sadr's clout over the
government and his large following among Shiites, who are in a majority in
The al-Sadr representative in
Diwaniyah, Sheik Abdul-Razaq al-Nidawi, told The Associated Press that
"the Iraqi army pulled out of Diwaniya and the Mahdi army is in state of
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW!
soldiers at the site of a car bomb explosion, Baghdad, Aug. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Occupation Road Project Workers Killed
8/28/2006 Agence France Presse & Anadolu
A Turkish road worker was killed Monday in an
armed attack on a key highway in southern Afghanistan, the Turkish embassy
said, without being able to immediately give the circumstances of the incident.
The man was killed on the highway between the
southern city of Kandahar and the western city of Herat.
Several Turkish companies are helping to
rebuild Afghanistan's war-ravaged infrastructure, and they as well as other
foreign firms have been the target of attacks by militants linked to the
The Taliban have warned foreign companies, on
which the government relies for reconstruction, to leave Afghanistan and told
Afghans not to work for them.
Another Turkish citizen was killed in
Afghanistan, sources said on Monday. His
body was found in a construction site near a road between Kabul and Pul-i
He was identified as Riza Ozsimsek, who was
working for the Jeo-Son Construction Firm. Diplomatic sources said that he was beaten to
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
Assorted Resistance Action
Aug. 28 (Xinhua) & By Fisnik Abrashi,
Unknown armed militants kidnapped a local
intelligence official in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, an official at
the spokesman's office of Interior Ministry said Monday.
"An intelligence official who was also
the son of Qarabagh district chief was abducted by armed militants Sunday
evening," the official told Xinhua but refused to be named.
The incident occurred when the ill-fated man,
he added, was on his way home to the neighboring Andar district.
In Ghazni province, militants attacked a
building early Saturday, killing one court official and wounding two policemen,
said Abdul Ali Fakuri, spokesman for Ghazni’s governor. Three vehicles
were burned during the attack, he said.
One Message Simply Read:
“Too Many, Too Soon”
Calls Attention To U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq
August 27, 2006 By ALEXANDRA JACOBS, STATEN
ISLAND ADVANCE STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of boots stood empty
in Clove Lakes Park yesterday, symbolic of the soldiers from New York and New
Jersey who have been killed in Iraq.
Up front, the boots
representing Pfc. Collin Mason faced Clove
Road, a street the South Beach native had probably
walked more than once in his life.
The 20-year-old Army specialist
who dreamed of joining the New York City Police Department was killed by
indirect fire at a checkpoint outside Fort Taji in Baghdad on July 2.
According to Susan McAnanama,
who helped organize the event, Pfc. Mason's mother, Cynthia Boone-Mason,
stopped by the exhibit, but had to leave because she was overwhelmed.
Beyond the two boots representing Pfc.
Mason's life lay 336 more, symbolic of the 169 soldiers from New York and New
Jersey killed in the war.
Tags listing soldiers' ranks, names, ages and
hometowns were laced on every set, while some held flowers or prayer cards left
It's enough to overwhelm any
mother. Just ask Elaine Brower of Great
Kills, whose son, James, is serving with the Marine Corps in Fallujah.
For her, the boots represent
her worst fear -- her son getting killed.
"I feel like there's such
a far distance between me and the troops," she said, eliciting a hug from
The traveling memorial is part of a national
memorial dubbed Eyes Wide Open: An Exhibition of the Human Cost of War,
supported by the American Friends Service Committee. Peace Action of Staten Island and Military
Families Speak Out NY co-sponsored the local exhibit, meant to reflect the
human cost of war as it impacts the metropolitan region.
The boots are donated or come from Army
surplus stores, said Debra Anderson of West Brighton, who helped bring the
event to the Island.
Eyes Wide Open was created after the 500th
death of a U.S. soldier in Iraq. Since then, the exhibition has grown, as the
number of soldiers killed has risen to 2,621. It is meant to simply memorialize the troops
without political sway, said project coordinator Anne Durston, though peace
groups far outnumbered any war-supporters at yesterday's exhibition.
"The message is powerful
and worth the effort. This illegal and
immoral war needs to be stopped as soon as possible to save Iraqi lives and the
lives of our servicemen and servicewomen," said George McAnanama of
Livingston, Mrs. McAnanama's husband.
"If you believe the soldiers died for
your country, then come pay your respects," Mrs. McAnanama said.
"The majority of people I
meet are against the war. I feel
strongly about the human and financial costs of this war."
A sign posted near the exhibit listed the
Iraq War's calculated cost for New York State: $28,572,000,001. Beyond the
soldiers' boots, 50 pairs of sneakers, children's shoes and high heels shoes
Each shoe is meant to represent 50 Iraqi
civilians killed in the conflict -- 100,000 in total.
On a table next to a binder of
soldier biographies was a guest book.
In it, visitors scrawled
comments about the exhibition.
One message simply read:
"Too many, too soon."
Military Families Raise Hell To Stop
Soldiers’ 18-Hour Bus Ride Home After Year in Iraq
8.28.06 Boston Globe
For at least a year, the 150
soldiers of the Massachusetts-based 220th Transportation Company had survived
one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: driving trucks on the violent
roads of Iraq. But when they arrived at
Camp Atterbury in Indiana just after midnight Friday for demobilization, they
were told they would have to take the bus home-an 18- to 20-hour ride.
Furious families of the
soldiers called the office of their senator, Edward Kennedy, a member of the
Senate Armed Services Committee. "I was absolutely outraged," Kennedy
He dashed off a letter to Army Secretary
Francis Harvey, and now the Army says it will charter a plane to bring the
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
Bomber Blows Up Iraqi Interior Ministry
08-28-2006 (AFP) & By ELENA BECATOROS,
Associated Press Writer
A car bomber struck at the
nerve centre of Iraq's security forces, killing 16 people in an attack on the
interior ministry. Thirteen of the dead
were policemen, police said. Sixty-two
people were wounded, 47 of them police.
The blast could be heard a mile away, and
smoke could be seen rising from the scene.
The attack came as Interior Minister Jawad
Bolani was due to hold a meeting with police chiefs.
A security official told AFP that eight
police commandos were among those killed when the bomber detonated his cargo of
explosives near a checkpoint outside the ministry's tightly-guarded compound in
The blast was the latest blow to Prime
Minister Nuri al-Maliki's campaign to convince Iraqis and the world that his
government and security forces are up to the task of bringing peace to his
bitterly divided country.
"The violence is on the decrease, and
our security ability is increasing," Maliki said in an interview Sunday
Assorted Resistance Action
08-28-2006 (AFP) & (Xinhua) & By
Ellen Knickmeyer, Washington Post & Reuters & VOI
Three bombings killed 11 people and wounded
66 more in oil city of Kirkuk, police Brigadier General Burhan Tayib told AFP.
One attack hit a shrine run by the family of
[collaborator] President Jalal Talabani, the other the home of a police chief
in the city.
Four policemen were ambushed and killed on a
road outside the city by suspected militants, police said.
A car bomb parking on the side of a road in
Baghdad Doura neighborhood detonated at around 1:00 p.m. (0900 GMT) at a
passing police commando patrol, the source said on condition of anonymity.
The blast damaged a police vehicle and killed
two police commando members and wounded two, the source said.
In the town of Khalis, militants stormed the
house of a local judge, Hamdi al-Ubaidi, shot one of his brothers and moved to
abduct another, police said.
When men from a nearby cafe ran to the aid of
the family, the insurgents opened fire, killing 12 of the would-be rescuers and
injuring 25, said police Brig. Safa al-Mandalawi.
They escaped, with the judge's brother as
their captive, Mandalawi said.
A policeman was killed and two wounded when a
roadside bomb went off near their patrol in southern Baghdad, a source in the
Interior Ministry said.
Guerrillas killed three policemen in separate
attacks in Mosul, police said.
From: Dennis Serdel
To: GI Special
Sent: August 28, 2006
Written by Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68
(one tour) Light Infantry, Americal Div. 11th Brigade, purple heart, Veterans
For Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against The War, United Auto Workers GM Retiree, in
Jimmy was released from a
Military psychiatric hospital
in Maryland in June of 1969
after almost a full tour
in Vietnam in infantry.
He never went home though,
instead he spent his money on a
used car and a .38.
But the back pay and separation
pay didn't last long
and he found himself
in a bar in Pennsylvania
his last beer at closing time
At the edge of town was an all
night gas station,
Jimmy slid his car in and
filled it up with gas.
Inside, he grabbed two 12 packs
and slid them on the counter.
The 30 year old midnight shift
man just shook his head
and said, "Sorry, it's too
late and I can't sell them to you."
Jimmy just gazed at him with a
blank stare and said,
"I need two cartons of
The man gave a nervous grin and
"Those, those I can sell
you," then he turned
around and bent down to get the
Jimmy pulled out the .38 and
when the man turned
around with the cigarettes, it
was pointed at his face.
"Give me the money,"
He carefully placed the
cigarettes on the counter.
"All I have is about $70,
I get over a $100, I slide it
in the safe on the floor."
He opened the cash register
and held out $70 at arms
his head turned away.
Jimmy grabbed the $70,
and shot the man in the side of
his head, killing him.
He picked up the beer and
and walked out to his car
and was gone.
Jimmy still liked killing too
Six More Americans Killed In Iraq
From: Richard Hastie
To: GI Special
Sent: August 28, 2006
Subject: Six More Americans Killed in Iraq
Six More Americans Killed In Iraq
Well, six more Americans were
killed in Iraq on Sunday, August 27, 2006.
And, they will continue to die,
until the American people figure out that this insane war is all about saving
face now. You don't want to pull out
now, because there might be a miracle that the Iraqi people will stop hating
When I left Vietnam in 1971, the American
military machine was shit faced!!
By 1971, over two million American soldiers
had cycled through Vietnam. Nearly
58,000 had been killed, and 300,000 wounded.
Before I left Vietnam, an enlisted man in my
unit shot and killed a Captain in broad daylight.
There were many heroin addicts in my unit,
and if you pushed people too far, you might find yourself dead. As chief medic in my unit, I got threatened.
One day a fight broke out, and one guy got
another soldier down on the ground and put a knife to his throat. Things were very intense, because the war had
been going on forever.
All of this was going on,
because Nixon did not want to loose face. He was drinking in the White House to get shit
faced, because he did not want to loose face.
This is where the war in Iraq
America is in a holding pattern, because
George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld do not want to loose another
guerrilla war like we did in Vietnam. But,
if they keep the American people in a locked room a little longer, they might
figure out how America can have peace with honor.
And of course, another six American soldiers
are dead in Iraq.
And, two more here, three there, another two
killed in an accident, an E-4 shot a Sgt. because the E-4 got a Dear John
I saw a medic in Vietnam try to kill himself
after he got a Dear John letter.
I met a Vietnam vet years later
who shot and killed his Lt. in the field, because he was going to get the
entire platoon killed. Several of the
enlisted men drew straws in the field, and my friend was chosen. The next time
they had contact, the CO was killed.
If Iraq is anything like
Vietnam, I know this is happening again.
The war in Iraq is lost, because
it was a lost cause in the first place.
But, the war will keep going
on, because you don't want to loose face.
By the time the Vietnam war was
over, Nixon was a madman. And, we all
know what happened to him, as he left the White House in shame.
Two years later, American CIA
people were pushing Vietnamese off of helicopters in Saigon.
This will be George Bush's
"Bring 'Em On" legacy.
Will the last American leaving
Iraq please remember the past.
August 28, 2006
the I-R-A-Q (I Remember
Another Quagmire) portfolio of
Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71.
(For more of his outstanding work, contact at: (firstname.lastname@example.org) T)
Limited Resources Hindering War Effort
Anderson April 29, 2005 [Blogs.citypages.com]
to John Gingerich, who sent this in.]
“The Percent Of Iraqis Who Said They
Wouldn’t Want Americans As Neighbors Rose From 87% In 2004 To 90 % In
“I Am An Iraqi Above All” Rose >From 30
Percent To 62 Percent Among Baghdad Residents
what they thought were the three main reasons why the United States invaded
Iraq, 76 percent gave "to control Iraqi oil" as their first choice.
[Thanks to Phil G, who sent this in.]
June 14, 2006 University of Michigan News
Bureau, ANN ARBOR, Mich. [Excerpts]
Over the last two years, Iraqi political
values have become more secular and nationalistic, even though attitudes toward
Americans have deteriorated, according to surveys of nationally representative
samples of the population conducted in November 2004 and April 2006.
The percentage of Iraqis who
said they would not want to have Americans as neighbors rose from 87 percent in
2004 to 90 percent in 2006.
When asked what they thought
were the three main reasons why the United States invaded Iraq, 76 percent gave
"to control Iraqi oil" as their first choice.
In 2004, 27 percent of the
2,325 Iraqi adults surveyed strongly agreed that Iraq would be a better place
if religion and politics were separated.
In 2006, 41 percent of 2,701 adults surveyed strongly agreed.
In one indication of a possible lessening of
sectarian conflict, the proportion of Iraqis who identified themselves as
Muslim Arabs rather than as Shi'a or Sunni Arabs increased from 6 percent in
2004 to 14 percent in 2006.
The percentage of those
surveyed who agreed with the statement "I am an Iraqi above all" rose
from 23 percent in 2004 to 28 percent in 2006 in the country as a whole, from
23 percent to 33 percent in urban areas, and from 30 percent to 62
percent among Baghdad residents.
Among Iraqis as a whole, 59 percent of those
surveyed in 2006 strongly agreed with the following statement: "In Iraq
these days life is unpredictable and dangerous." That compares to 46
percent who strongly agreed in 2004.
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
The Great Iraqi Troop Training
Fiasco Rolls On:
Iraqi Soldiers Refuse To Go To Baghdad
[Thanks to PB, who sent this
in. He writes: NOW IF OUR SOLDIERS WOULD
FOLLOW THE IRAQI EXAMPLE THE WAR WOULD BE OVER.]
08/28/06 By MICHAEL R. GORDON, New York Times
Company & By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer
A group of Iraqi soldiers
refused to go to Baghdad to participate in the effort to restore order in the
Iraqi capital, a senior American military officer said today.
Brig. Gen. Dana Pittard, who oversees the
American-led effort to train the Iraqi Army, said the episode involved about
100 Iraqi soldiers, who were based in Iraq’s southern Maysan province,
which borders Iran.
"The majority of this particular unit
felt, or the leadership of that unit and their soldiers felt, like they were
needed down there in Maysan."
The soldiers’ refusal to deploy is
under formal investigation and the Iraqi government will soon decide whether to
rescind the deployment order to their parent unit: the Second Battalion of the
Fourth Brigade of the 10th Iraq Army.
Though the episode involves a small fraction
of the 10-division Iraq Army, it points to a deep issue in recruiting the
The new Iraqi government wants to build a
national military, one that can be deployed anywhere within the country and
that is not a collection of local units with regional loyalties. But many Iraqis are reluctant to serve
outside their home province.
This is not the first time that Iraqi
soldiers had refused to deploy to a distant area. A large number of soldiers from a largely
Kurdish unit in northern Iraq, the Second Battalion, Third Brigade of the
Second Iraqi division, refused to go to Ramadi, where soldiers from the United
States Army’s First Armored Division have been involved in a tough fight
to take the city back from insurgents, General Pittard said.
In the case of Iraq units in the Anbar
province in western Iraq, soldiers have deployed but their units have
experienced high attrition rates. Partly
because many soldiers have gone AWOL, the day-to-day strength of the two Iraqis
divisions in that province are, respectively, 35 percent and 50 percent.
The American military has a system to rate
the readiness of the Iraqi Army to carry out operations, with one being the
highest level and four being the lowest.
While such information has been made public in the past, General Pittard
declined to provide specific information about the readiness level for the 10
Iraqi divisions, saying that it could be useful to insurgents.
8.28.06 AFP News
Iraqi Defence Minister Abdel Qader Jassim
Mohammed has said that the security situation in the southern oil city of Basra
was getting worse despite the presence of British troops.
Here Is The Face Of A Loathsome
The Overwhelming Majority Of Palestinians In
Zionist Concentration Camps Have Been Convicted Of Nothing At All
cities, all Palestinian males from the ages of 15 to 45 were rounded up and
detained or imprisoned.
August 22, 2006 Institute for Middle East
How many Palestinian prisoners are there?
As of August 8, 2006, there are 9,273
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons or detention camps. Of these
prisoners, 351 are children under the age of 18, 75 are women and 42 are over
the age of 50. Of the total number of
prisoners, 433 Palestinians, who were imprisoned prior to the signing of the
Oslo Accords, remain in prison despite the Accords’ call for their
release. The prisoners include members of the elected Palestinian Legislative
Haven’t Palestinian prisoners been
convicted of serious offenses against Israel?
In fact, of the 9,273 prisoners
currently held by Israel, only an estimated 1,800 have actually been put on
trial and convicted of any offense at all.
According to Amnesty International, these
trials often fall short of international standards for fair trials.
Israel currently holds an
estimated 800 Palestinians detained in prison camps who have not been charged
with any crime under what is called “administrative detention.”
Administrative detention violates
international law. Administrative
detention orders may last for up to six months, with Palestinians held without
charge or trial during this period.
Israel routinely renews the
detention orders and may renew the orders without limitation, thereby holding
Palestinians without charge or trial indefinitely. During this period, detainees may be denied
While detainees may appeal
their detention, neither they nor their attorneys are allowed access to the
State’s evidence, or know the purpose of the detention, thereby rendering
the appeals procedure virtually useless.
Don’t most Palestinian prisoners have
“blood on their hands”?
The vast majority of Palestinian prisoners are political prisoners who
have been arbitrarily imprisoned or detained for no legitimate security reason,
but for political expression, peaceful resistance or simply because they are
According to B’Tselem:
“Security is interpreted in an
extremely broad manner such that non-violent speech and political activity are
considered dangerous...(This) is a blatant contradiction of the right to
freedom of speech and freedom of opinion guaranteed under international
law. If these same standards were
applied inside Israel, half of the Likud party would be in administrative
Furthermore, of those
Palestinians currently being held, the overwhelming majority have not been put
Many Palestinians are arrested arbitrarily.
For example, from February to March 2002,
approximately 8,500 Palestinians were arrested arbitrarily.
In many cities, all Palestinian
males from the ages of 15 to 45 were rounded up and detained or imprisoned.
Palestinians were blindfolded, handcuffed
tightly with plastic handcuffs and forced to squat, sit or kneel for prolonged
periods of time. Mass arrests and detention of this type have been condemned by
Amnesty International as a breach of human rights.
Does Israel subject Palestinian prisoners to
torture, and other forms of cruel and degrading treatment?
Palestinian prisoners are routinely tortured
in Israeli jails. A 1999 Israel High
Court decision outlawing some forms of physical mistreatment of Palestinian
prisoners has not ended Israel’s physical and psychological abuse of
According to Amnesty International:
“Among the thousands of Palestinians
arrested after 27 February 2002, some hundreds were transferred to full-scale
interrogation by the GSS (Israel Security Agency), in centers...Amnesty
International has received reports that some of the detainees interrogated by
the GSS were subjected to prolonged sleep deprivation, shabeh (prolonged
standing or sitting in a painful position), beatings and being violently
The Public Committee Against
Torture in Israel and B’Tselem report that methods of torture include the
following: slapping, kicking, threats, verbal abuse and humiliation, bending
the body in extremely painful positions, intentional tightening of the
handcuffs, stepping on manacles, application of pressure to different parts of
the body, choking and other forms of violence and humiliation (pulling out
hair, spitting etc.), exposure to extreme heat and cold, and continuous
exposure to artificial light.
Palestinians are held in detention centers
and prisons that do not meet the minimum international standards and are
routinely denied visitation rights.
Amnesty International reports that:
“According to consistent reports
received by Amnesty International, detainees’ conditions in Ofer and
Ansar III/Ketziot are poor and may amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment...
“In both camps, detainees sleep in
tents; in Ansar III/Ketziot nights are particularly cold. Conditions in Ofer
are said to be overcrowded, with detainees sleeping 25 to 30 to a tent. In both camps detainees initially slept on
pieces of rough wood...
“Detainees were said to be given frozen
chicken schnitzels which they had to defrost in the sun; a tub of yoghurt, one
or two cucumbers and two pieces of fruit between 10 prisoners.”
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DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
Government Demands Woman Pay $6,700 For Being
In Iraq To Protest War;
Bush Scum Call This Breaking Economic Sanctions!
Hearing In New York City September 11th
went as a humanitarian witness and a writer, so she could come back and talk
about it. Yet this administration is
trying to retrofit the law to prosecute her and intimidate others from
traveling to see for themselves what US policies are doing in another
From: Judith Karpova
Sent: August 28, 2006 3:51 PM
On September 11, at 2 pm, the case of the US
Treasury Department against Judith Karpova, who was a Human Shield in Iraq just
prior to the 2003 war, will go before the Federal U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Second Circuit in New York, Ceremonial Courtroom, 500 Pearl Street, New York,
Miss Karpova, of Kerhonkson,
NY, went to Iraq to protest the impending war, and to bring attention to the
threat to Iraqi civilians and their infrastructure, such as power generating
stations and water treatment plants, which had been bombed in the first Gulf
War (1991). The Office of Foreign Assets
Control (OFAC) of the Treasury Department has been attempting to fine her
thousands of dollars ($6,700), stating that it was illegal under the economic
sanctions then in place against Iraq.
“I foresaw that if this war went
forward, there would be a creeping police state in my own country and war
spreading all over the Middle East. My
fears have become realities. What will
be next? War with Iran, with Syria, with
Saudi Arabia? Where will it end? I felt I had to do whatever I could to resist
it.” Her attorney, Michael Sussman
of Goshen, NY has taken Miss Karpova’s case from the New York State
District Court in 2005, to the Federal hearing now set for September 11th.
“The law under which my
client is charged was created to prevent businesses from taking advantage of
Iraq’s economic embargo. Miss
Karpova engaged in no commerce and supplied no services to Iraq.
“She went as a
humanitarian witness and a writer, so she could come back and talk about
it. Yet this administration is trying to
retrofit the law to prosecute her and intimidate others from traveling to see
for themselves what US policies are doing in another country.
“The question is, does the law mean
what it says or whatever the President wants it to mean for his political
“This issue has been raised regarding
torture, warrantless wiretapping and the indefinite detentions of so-called
“We will see what the courts have to
say about bending an economic law to attack a woman who brought coloring books
to children in Iraqi hospitals.”
“It is ironic to me that my hearing is
set for September 11th,” says Karpova.
“This is the anniversary of a great tragedy for our country. The greater tragedy is that it was
opportunistically used to attack a helpless country that never harmed us.
“Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians
are dead, hundreds of thousands injured, and the death toll of our own soldiers
keeps mounting. The whole region is much
more unstable and violent, and I feel this country is much less safe than
before 9/11. And for what?
am literally being prosecuted for buying a cup of tea and a plate of food in
Iraq. Yet the real economic
beneficiaries of the war, the corporations walking off with billions in
reconstruction profits and tens of billions in escalating gasoline prices, are
not questioned or challenged.
“It is also the anniversary of the
negligence of this administration towards New Orleans when it was hit by
Hurricane Katrina. In this case as well,
the consequences have been death and profiteering. Rather than using war and natural
disasters as opportunities for spying,
torture and giving contracts to political supporters, we need a government that
treats its own people and its global neighbors with humanity.”
Other organizations and
individuals, including other human shields, have been targeted by the Treasury
in the Wilderness, was fined for both travel and for bringing medicines to Iraq
prior to the war.
There are cases pending against
a retired schoolteacher of the blind, Faith Fippinger of Sarasota, FL, a
Methodist Minister, Rev. Frederic Boyle of Linden, NJ, and a record store
owner, Ryan Clancy of Milwaukee, WI, who all traveled to pre-war Iraq to meet
their civilian counterparts under the threat of impending war.
Karpova is hopeful that the Appeals Court will
rule in her favor. “The higher
courts have been drawing the line,” she says. A state of war is not a blank check for any
President to do whatever he wants.”
The proceedings are open to the
media and the public. “All are
invited,” says Sussman.
Miss Karpova is completing a book about her
experiences in Iraq.
Contact: Judith Karpova, 845
Michael Sussman, 845 294-3991
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