So Much For That
Collaborators Want “Thorough Control”
Of Their Army;
U.S. Military Dictatorship Says No:
“An Embarrassing Delay Of A Signing Ceremony
ceremony to transfer control of Iraq's army from U.S. commander General George
Casey to the Iraqi Defense Ministry had been hailed by U.S. officials as a big
step towards Iraq taking responsibility for security.
Sep 3 By Ibon Villelabeitia, Reuters & By
ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press Writer
Talks between the United States
and Iraq over the transfer of operational command of Iraq's armed forces were deadlocked
on Sunday, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki demanding more independence from
the U.S. military.
A day after the dispute forced
an embarrassing delay of a signing ceremony in Baghdad, an Iraqi Defense
Ministry source said disagreements remained over the wording of a document that
outlines the new relationship between U.S.-led occupying forces and Iraq's new
The ceremony, initially set for
Saturday, was postponed to Sunday and then canceled altogether.
"There are some disputes between the two
parties. We have our own point of view and they have theirs. We want thorough control and want the freedom
to make decisions independently," the source told Reuters on condition of
Saturday's ceremony to transfer
control of Iraq's army from U.S. commander General George Casey to the Iraqi
Defense Ministry had been hailed by U.S. officials as a big step towards Iraq
taking responsibility for security. [It
would appear they wanted real command and control, not some bullshit
Mighty Casey struck out.]
Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S.
military spokesman, originally said the delay was due to
"miscommunication" between coalition forces and the Iraqi Ministry of
Defense regarding the timing of the ceremony.
Johnson said later that it had
become "apparent" that part of the miscommunication had been about
the wording of the document "delineating" the responsibilities of the
joint headquarters and the coalition's role in supporting their efforts.
"It is embarrassing, but it was decided
it was better not to sign the document," he said.
But in a sign that negotiations
could drag on, Mohammed al-Askari, spokesman for Iraq's Defense Ministry, said
the government would take its time until an agreement was reached.
"We need more time
regarding these discussions. There are some articles that need more discussions
with the Americans. We don't want to be
rushed into making these decisions. Our
points of view are not identical," he said.
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
2 MND Baghdad
Soldiers Killed By Roadside Bomb
Sept. 3, 2006 Multi-National Corps Iraq Press
Release No. 20060903-01
BAGHDAD: Two Multi National Division Baghdad
Soldiers died at approximately 6:20 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle they were
riding in was struck by an improvised-explosive device in eastern Baghdad.
Marine Killed In Anbar
In Anbar province, a Marine assigned to
Regimental Combat Team 7 died Sunday of wounds sustained during enemy action,
according to the military.
Sep. 03, 2006 DAVID PERLMUTT, Charlotte Observer
After graduating from Providence High School
in 2003, Cliff Golla didn't know what he wanted to do.
He took a chance as a Marine.
And at boot camp graduation at Parris Island,
S.C., where Golla spent his 18th birthday, his family saw a changed man.
"It was like he found himself,"
said his older sister, Lynette Ingram of Charlotte. "He felt closer to us;
he didn't mind if we hugged him and kissed him.
Cliff never felt the Marines necessarily was his calling.
"But he thought it would be good for
On Friday, 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Golla --
the only son of Polish immigrants -- died near Habbaniyah in central Iraq in a
roadside bombing. He was serving a second tour in Iraq, assigned to the 3rd
Battalion, Lima Company, 2nd Marine Division based at Camp Lejeune.
Details were sketchy Saturday. But Golla's family and friends said two
Marine officers came to the Charlotte home of his mother, Yvonna, late Friday
with the news.
George Richardson, a family friend, said
Golla was leading his squad of 10 men on a foot patrol to root out explosive
devices when an explosive device was detonated by insurgents.
"It was an ambush," Richardson
said. "They were close to a field
base medical facility and tried to save him. But they couldn't."
Golla had just returned to Iraq
in July for his second tour.
He moved to Charlotte with his family about
1988, when Golla was 3, his sister said.
His father, Chris, immigrated to America in
1980, moving to Buffalo, N.Y., where he had relatives. His mother wasn't allowed to leave Poland at
the time and eventually had to sneak out of the country to Sweden before coming
to the United States in 1982.
A year later, Lynette was born. Fifteen months after that, Cliff was born.
They have a younger sister, Scarlett, who is almost 15.
Cliff and Lynette went to Northwest School of
the Arts. But for his senior year, Cliff transferred to Providence High.
His sister and friends described Golla as a
prankster who always encouraged them to strive to do better. He was something
of a matchmaker, too, having introduced Lynette and her husband, Wayne Ingram.
"In high school, the girls wouldn't stay
away from him," Lynette Ingram said.
Golla's mother said her son was a rebellious
teenager and she constantly urged him to do something with his life, Richardson
said she told him.
"So he did -- he joined the
Marines," Richardson said. "They say in three years it was a magical
Golla called his mother a week ago with news
that a comrade had died. "He said he carried him all the way back to
base," Richardson said.
Golla's tour was to end in February, and then
he was scheduled to return home for more training, Ingram said.
Before he left for Iraq, his family spent a
week at Myrtle Beach. During off-time at Camp Lejeune, Golla was able to visit
his family at the beach.
Two days before he was
deployed, he told everyone he didn't think he would be coming back.
"One night I looked him
straight in the eye and said, ‘Cliff, you take care of yourself,'" Wayne
Ingram said. “He looked right back
and said, ‘I'm not coming home.’”
"I told him he was. But he's not coming home. Cliff was very, very unselfish, and I don't
know why he had to die."
PLACE TO BE:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW
U.S. soldiers take cover behind vehicles and
return fire at insurgents at a traffic control point on Alternate Supply Route Michigan in
Tameem, Iraq, Aug. 16, 2006. (U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock/Reuters)
Soldier From Desloge Is Killed In Iraq:
“He Was Due To Come Home This Week”
An Army staff sergeant from Desloge was killed in Iraq last week, just
days before he was due to return home.
Michael Deason, 28, died Thursday when an
armor-piercing grenade struck his Humvee, part of an attack on a six-vehicle
convoy, his wife told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for Sunday's edition.
He was with the 101st Airborne Division out
of Fort Campbell, Ky.
Tiffany Deason said he was due to come home
this week and had been looking forward to seeing their children: son Jayden, 2
1/2, and daughter Kayler, 9 months.
Deason was in his seventh year in the Army
and his second tour of duty in Iraq. He had been in Iraq during the births of
both children and got to hold each baby at the age of 1 month. Tiffany Deason
said her husband had planned to leave the military when his service was up in
"He was very brave and good at what he
did, but he said he was ready to have a backyard and be with his kids,"
said Tiffany Deason, 23. "He asked me not to play T-ball with Jayden this
summer because he wanted to teach him."
A military officer and chaplain broke the
news to the family Thursday.
"Michael told me, with all the training
he had, he thought he could handle himself, but he knew there were some things
out of his control, like a roadside bomb," his father, David Deason, said.
His family said Michael Deason was proud of
his service. In a note he sent his father for Father's Day, he wrote: "It
feels good knowing people are free because of us."
Michael Deason grew up in Desloge and was a
graduate of North County High School.
He joined the Army after attending Mineral
Area College for three years.
David Deason said his son had already planned
his own funeral and requested it be at the First Assembly of God church in
Farmington, where he went to daycare as a child and attended church as a youth.
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Four Foreign Occupation Soldiers Killed, Seven
09/03/06 Radio Australia & MSNBC News
Four soldiers with the NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force were killed and seven others were
wounded in the fighting in Kandahar province, a statement from the alliance
Afghanistan's defence ministry says three
Canadian troops were killed in a major operation in the south of the country...
The NATO force involved in the operation
would only say it had "taken casualties."
Takes Local Soldier
August 24, 2006 BY DAN WEST, STAFF WRITER, Home
Joe Blake was in his 30s nearly two years
when he made a rather unusual decision for a man his age. He decided to join the U.S. Army.
"He had thought about it for a while,
but at that stage in his life, he figured if he was going to do it, he'd have
to do it now," said his father, Doug Blake.
Keeping in excellent physical shape was
nothing new for Joe Blake, who loved to run and work out. His conditioning helped him adjust to life in
the military and the Redford native took pride in the fact he could keep up
with fellow infantrymen who were about 15 years his junior.
The pride and success he developed during his
time in the Army came to a sudden end Aug. 17 when he was killed in a firefight
in Afghanistan. He was 35.
"We are terribly grieved and I don't
think the fullness of this has hit us yet," Doug Blake said. "We are
very proud of him. He felt good about
what he accomplished."
He added his family will treasure Joe's
mid-deployment, two-week leave last month when he came home to his parents'
Livonia home to attend a family barbecue and go to Greenfield Village. He was
able to spend several nights at his parents' home in Livonia.
"We were really, really glad to have
that time with him. It will be a good memory for us," Doug Blake said.
"We admired his courage because you could tell he wasn't telling us
everything so we wouldn't worry, but he knew he was going back to a dangerous
"Still, he was fully committed to his
duty and to his fellow infantrymen."
Joseph Robert Blake was the youngest of three
siblings, born in Westland in December 1971. He attended classes at the Redford
Union and Southfield Christian schools. After working various jobs throughout
his adult life, he joined the Army in January 2005, completed basic training at
Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to the 32nd Infantry, 10th Mountain
Division based at Fort Drum in New York.
His initial deployment to Afghanistan was in
March and he recently returned for duty there after his leave in July.
"I think it's important for the public
to realize the dangers for those in the military who are stationed over
there," Doug Blake said.
Joe Blake is survived by his parents, Doug
and Joann Blake, brother Kevin Blake, sister Tina Steinkemper, a grandfather,
and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
There are plans for a memorial service, but family was not ready to
publicize those plans Wednesday.
Attack On Kabul Airport
3 September 2006 Novinite Ltd. & By NOOR
KHAN Associated Press Writer, Sep. 2, 2006
The international airport in the Afghani capital
Kabul, which is under Bulgaria's command, has been attacked with mortar
propellers [no doubt some new weapon known only to Bulgarians] at 9:40 am
Bulgarian time, the Defense Ministry said in a press release.
Three mines landed on the territory of the
airport, one of which was found unexploded and defused.
There are no casualties, or material damages
incurred on the base's staff and facilities, the statement adds.
Bulgarian military staff assumed the command
of the Kabul Airport on July 31 to organize and supervise the functioning of
the airport in accordance to NATO requirements.
Insurgents attacked a police checkpoint
Friday in Helmand's Grieshk district, killing five officers and wounding seven,
said Ghulam Muhiddin, the Helmand governor's spokesman. Police killed three
Taliban and wounded two, he said.
Muhiddin said the insurgents
also took away four captured officers and hundreds of police were hunting for
In southwestern Farah province Saturday, a
Taliban ambush killed four policemen and the wife of one of the dead officers,
provincial police chief Syed Agha Saqib said. The woman's 2-year-old son
Four Afghan police officers and 10 suspected
Taliban members were reported killed in three other clashes, in southwestern
Nimroz province and southern Zabul province.
Waiting For Another Tour To End:
“He Told His
Mother That In Iraq They Saran-Wrapped A Soldier And Tried To Send Him Home,
And Andy Is Looking Ahead, Waiting For His Trip Home”
biggest fear for most guys is to be wounded, not killed. They have seen enough to know what their
options are. The third time (of duty) is
hard for everyone, and they say it's the one that breaks people down. Just about everyone Andy knows in the Marines
are going back for a third time," said Lou Brady, assistant Columbia
County coroner and Brady's mother.
September 3, 2006 By Jen McCoy, Portage Daily
MADISON: On Marine Andy Brady's second tour of duty in
Fallujah, 10 days before he was to come home to Poynette on leave, his vehicle
was hit by a roadside bomb and he lost hearing in his left ear, had a
concussion and suffered vision impairment.
He was told that he might not
be called for duty a third time, but five months later, he was back in Iraq on
the front lines.
The local Marine, who was first deployed in
February 2004, is expected to return home in September or October. Brady, 22, has spent his last three birthdays
in a desert, living in holes in the ground and going for months without a
"The biggest fear for most
guys is to be wounded, not killed. They
have seen enough to know what their options are. The third time (of duty) is hard for everyone,
and they say it's the one that breaks people down. Just about everyone Andy knows in the Marines
are going back for a third time," said Lou Brady, assistant Columbia
County coroner and Brady's mother.
But without hesitation, Lou supports her
oldest son's role as a Marine.
Brady has lost weight again, but every time
he has returned to combat he has lost weight, Lou said. The 125-degree heat, stress and 80-pound
backpacks have melted body mass.
Brady will be greeted by his mother at
Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., when he is relieved of duty and steps off of a bus
in khaki uniform. She and other family
members have ached to see the soldiers in America as they pass by on buses in
to the Marine Combat Center.
"You see the buses go by and you wave
and then they go to the armory to unload their weapons and that takes another
two hours," Lou said. "We're
all waiting there and it's usually hot or it's in the middle of the night and
they have all this business to take care of before they can go anywhere. They have to work the next two days and cannot
go farther than 500 miles away from the base."
Soldiers ride on commercial flights, 36 hours
from Iraq, dressed in uniform with loaded M-16 weapons.
Brady laughed when he told his
mother that the TSA officials collected all the nail clippers in the cabin, but
guns went unmentioned.
The first time Brady was deployed as
infantry, his younger brother, Joe, was 15 years old. Brady participated in basic training between
his junior and senior year in high school, while Joe was a freshman.
Brady was deployed a second
time in January 2005, and a third tour February 2006.
"Going back for a second
and third time, he's more jaded, but I can't say what his views are that they
are making progress or not. It doesn't
matter what my feelings are because he's already over there, and when your
brother is over there, it makes things tougher," said Joe Brady, 19, of
Brady will be living with his brother in a
Madison apartment when he returns home.
"I'm not a fan of the
current administration. It's an
unpopular war, there's no doubt about that. But I think that generally most Americans
support the troops without supporting the war. The soldiers are not the ones making the
decisions. They just got put
there," Joe said.
He does not think the residual combat left in
his brother's body will affect him, but their mother is concerned.
"Andy's dad is a Vietnam veteran, and he
knows what post-traumatic stress disorder is, and Andy doesn't think that he
has it himself. We jokingly say denial
is the first sign of PTSD," Lou said. Brady has difficulty sleeping and shows signs
of agitation at home, she said as she fidgeted with a dog tag around her neck.
"I think a certain amount
of PTSD is inevitable from being alert with adrenaline 365 days a year and 24
hours a day. I know he has been fired
upon and he has fired at people. He has seen people die. There is no place in the human brain that can
categorize the inhumanity of these images that don't go away," Lou said.
Years ago the unpopular Vietnam war broke
Lou's family apart, she said, and she will not let this war have the same
"I am a very religious person and many
wars have been fought in the name of religion. The people fighting Andy are
just as tenacious about their beliefs as I am. I can't allow myself to get in to the
negatives of being angry about the war because I need my energy to focus on my
son getting home alive and well," Lou said.
Family members hope that Andy has retained
his outgoing personality and humor.
He told his mother that in Iraq they
Saran-wrapped a soldier and tried to send him home, and Andy is looking ahead,
waiting for his trip home.
He has little in common with peers at home
who talk about girlfriends and schoolwork, but he will have his chance when he
enters the University of Wisconsin to study history.
BUSH IS COMING TO ATLANTA!
PROTEST AT THE GALLERIA
ON COBB PKWY IN COBB COUNTY
THURS., SEPT. 7, 9 AM
We will line the sidewalk of Cobb Pkwy on the
DRIVE 15 minutes north of downtown Atlanta on
I 75; Take Exit 258 Cumberland Dr.; Left at light onto Cumberland Dr & thru
2 stoplights; Right on Cobb Pkwy &
thru several lights; Left into parking at Cumberland Mall OR Right into
parking in Galleria parking decks.
OR CARPOOL: Meet at Candler Park MARTA
Station: Leave at 8:30.
Bring your signs, banners, and
Sponsored by Georgia Peace and Justice
Atlanta International Action Center, and
Go to www.georgiapeace.org &
www.iacenter.org for updates.
WE ARE THE PEACE MAJORITY!
61% Of Americans Oppose The War
(CNN Poll, 8/22/06)
LET US RAISE OUR VOICES:
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
JonBenet, The Beauty...
PFC Steven Sirko (Who’s That?)
August 28, 2006 Veterans Against The Iraq War
By Summer Lipford, Proud Mother
Of PFC Steven Sirko, needlessly taken from my life April 17th, 2005;
The death of a child by the hands of a
criminal is horrific, any child, any criminal.
I too lost a beautiful child, he had sandy
blonde hair, beautiful blue eyes that had a laugh that danced in his eyes from
the minute they opened in the morning until his prayers were said and they
closed to dream of wonderful childhood things.
He too was in a beauty pageant, against his
wishes and the wishes of his dad, however, he won 2nd place, (the judges must
have been blind, he WAS the most beautiful 5 year old on the stage)
Just as JonBenet, I have movies, maybe not as
many, but I have movies of him being silly, movies in grade school programs,
pictures of him graduating from kindergarden, which doesn't seem like that was
so long ago, and Christmas morning pictures with a grim that lights the room
with delight of what Santa left for him.
I have picture of Pop Warner football,
pictures holding his oldest sisters baby, Jr. High wrestling, graduation
pictures, bootcamp pictures,(there wasn't anytime for growing up between high
school and boot camp), AIT graduation.
Then pictures taken the last
day I saw my baby, the day he was deployed to Iraq, the very last time I saw my
Just as JonBenet, my pictures
where taken at Christmas and a couple of weeks following Christmas Day, as a
matter of fact, the last pictures I have were taken January 17, 2005, how many
parents actually have the exact date a picture was taken if not a special
There are over 2600 parents
that have those same pictures, knowing the exact date they were taken.
Just as JonBenet, my son too was born when I
was not a young women, the last of four children and the light of my life, the
child I did spend so much time with, the child that made me stay young, the
child that was bright and curious and a joy to everyone that met him.
The child that was so protected
by his brother and sisters, the child that caused the most aggrevation for his
older siblings and the child that brought all his siblings home at the same
time when he was home for the week end from the army. The child that held the family together.
My child was also murdered, in
the most literal sense.
Now that I have pointed out the likeness, and
I did not mention all of them, just a few, of JonBenet and Steven, my son, let
me point out the differences.
There was not a mass of media
coverage when Steven was murdered, one day in the local paper when word came
that he died and front page coverage the day of his funeral.
No coverage of the mysterious circumstances
that he died under, no droves of police officials investigating his death, in fact,
it took 4 months for me to get anyone to take a hard look into his death.
Even when I did manage to get an real
investigation going I was told that it was difficult due to the fact it was in
a "War Theater". When did we
go to war? What happened to "Operation Iraqi
Freedom", what happened to "Mission Accomplished" May 1,
No teams of investigators looking for the
guilty party, because they already knew why he died and who did it, so where
was the need?
Of course there was a need, but that was
never going to happen, not for Steven.
He wasn't the child of wealthy parents and
his murderers were going to be protected at all costs.
If this death was not covered up then maybe a
few people might take a different look at the war. Then again, maybe not. Now that I think about it, there hasn't been
a public rage of Steven Green, the young man who raped and murdered an entire
family. Oh of course not, these things
happen in war now don't they.
My son was murdered.
I know where the person lives
that sent him to his death.
I know the person that did the physical
killing, both US citizens.
One is sitting in the White
House, the other walking free living a very happy life.
My son died by the hands of the
man who sent him to war and by the hands of a US soldier, my son was murdered
I know how my son died. I know so many facts and cannot get resolution
from this administration for a two fold reason.
One, this administration will not take responsibility
for sending my son to an illegal, immoral war, and cannot take responsibility
for having him serve with less than an honorable fellow soldier...no this
cannot happen! And who do I turn to for
The CID certainly will cover up
his death. They have refused to bring
the guilty party to justice. The
American people will not come together to bring GW Bush, "THE ULTIMATE
CRIMINAL" to justice.
So, where do I turn?
Would GW be "Staying the
course" if more than .04% of the American people were suffering the losses
so many have suffered? Would GW be "Staying the course" if
parents had their child murdered in a war zone by another soldier for gain and
his death being covered up to protect this administration? I think we all know the answer to that!!!!!
Of course not, people would be
taking to the streets, demanding answers, demanding an end to this war,
demanding this administration to be held accountable. This is not the case, this is not what I can
tell my son when I visit his grave everyday. I can only tell him that I am
trying, I am begging for the truth, I will not let him down. I love him very much and I miss him so much.
When my children were little and I had to go
to work before they woke up in the morning I would put on red lipstick and go
to each of their rooms and kiss their foreheads and tell them mommy loved them
and I would be seeing them very soon. I
also whispered that I would be thinking of them all day and even though I
wasn't there I would be protecting them with my heart. I knew when my children looked in the mirror
when brushing their teeth they would see that kiss and know I loved them.
The very last day I saw my boy, Steven, just
before closing his casket I put on red lipstick and kissed his forehead. I told him I how much I loved him and I would
do all I could to find the truth, I told him I hoped with all my heart I would
be seeing him very soon. I told him I
would miss him and I would be thinking of him everyday and I was so very sorry
that I wasn't able to protect him....this has not all come to pass for me. I haven't been able to get the truth even though
it is there.
Now who has the answers for me? Where do I turn now? I will keep working for the truth. I will
keep seeking out those responsible and I have resolved myself to begging for
help, whatever it takes, a mother has no pride when it comes to her
How I wish I had the cameras flashing and
news media parked outside my home pressuring those responsible to bring the
criminals to justice, but I don't. All I have is this. I hope it works, no, I
pray this works.
I ask God and Steven to bring
Devine intervention, because with this administration I am going to need Devine
Intervention for the truth to be exposed.
If only my son and all the sons
and daughters lost had the attention given JonBenet our losses would have
stopped a long time ago.
Army Investigator Wants Death Penalty For Soldiers
Ordered To “Kill All Military Age Males”
“PUT THE COMMANDERS TO DEATH”
[Thanks to PB, who sent this
in. He writes: DEATH PENALTY ASKED FOR
SOLDIERS FOR FOLLOWING THEIR COMMANDERS' ORDERS. WHY NOT PUT THE COMMANDERS TO DEATH?]
9.2.06 An Army investigator has recommended
that four soldiers accused of murder in a raid in Iraq should face the death
penalty, according to a report obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.
Lt. Col. James P. Daniel Jr. concluded that
the slayings were premeditated and warranted the death sentence based on
evidence he heard at an August hearing. The case will now be forwarded to Army
officials, who will decide whether Daniel's recommendation should be followed.
The soldiers, all from the Fort Campbell,
Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division's 187th Infantry Regiment, are accused of
killing three Iraqi men taken from a house May 9 on a marshy island outside
Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.
Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard,
Spc. William B. Hunsaker, Pfc. Corey R. Clagett and Spc. Juston R. Graber have
claimed they were ordered to "kill all military age males" during the
raid on the island. According to
statements from some of the soldiers, they were told the target was an al-Qaida
Kuroshima would understand: insert troops into a hell on earth and there's no
way to prevent atrocities. Yet the real
fiends in their capital suites are never spattered with a single drop of
blood. Solidarity, Z
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.
Welcome Home Soldier:
After Year In Iraq, Soldiers Faced 18 Hour Bus
Their Families Raise A Shitstorm And Win!
[Thanks to Anne L. S., who sent this in.]
[The families of these soldiers
raised so much hell the politicians had to act, and they got their plane ride
home. Lesson learned.]
August 28, 2006 By Lisa Wangsness, Globe
For at least a year, the
soldiers had survived one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: driving
trucks on the violent roads of Iraq for the US Army. Half the company had been
at it nearly two years.
But when the 150 soldiers in
the Massachusetts-based 220th Transportation Company , 94th Regional Readiness
Command , 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 Senator Edward M. Kennedy , a Massachusetts
Democrat and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“I was absolutely outraged,"
Kennedy said in a phone interview yesterday.
“These are men and women who have worn our uniform that bears the
flag of the United States of America. They deserve a hero's welcome." The senator dashed off a letter to Secretary
of the Army Francis J. Harvey, pointing out that the Indianapolis International
Airport was 38 miles from Camp Atterbury .
Yesterday, aides to Kennedy said,
the Army notified Kennedy's office that it would charter a flight to bring the
soldiers home. The flight time was still
being worked out last night, an aide to Kennedy said, but a welcome-home
celebration for the unit is planned for tomorrow afternoon in Boxborough .
Kennedy said there is a role for bus
transportation in the military, but no American soldier returning from an
extended stay overseas should have to take the bus home after demobilization
when a plane would be more comfortable and convenient.
“This is absolutely intolerable,"
He said the soldiers were told
there was not enough money to pay for their air travel home. [Right.
Billions for the Bush Buddy war profiteers to grab, and fuck the
“This is a
demobilization," he said. “They're
on their way home, they served in Iraq and to be told . . . there are not
enough resources in the Defense Department budget to treat people first-class
is indefensible, unwarranted, and outrageous."
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
Assorted Resistance Action
An Iraqi soldier walks near a damaged
armoured vehicle after a roadside bomb attack in Baquba September 3, 2006. Four
suspected insurgents were detained near the scene of a roadside bomb attack
targeting an Iraqi patrol, an Iraqi military official said. The attack injured
two soldiers. REUTERS/Helmiy al-Azawi
Sep. 03, 2006 ELENA BECATOROS, Associated
Press & 4 September, Arab News
On Sunday morning, a roadside bomb targeting
a police patrol in eastern Baghdad killed two policemen and a civilian and
wounded three policemen, police Maj. Mahir Hameed Mosa said.
Guerrillas killed three policemen at a
Baqouba bus station. Two policemen were
shot dead when insurgents opened fire on a police patrol in New Baquba. Another government official was assassinated
on his way to work in Yarmouk district in western Baquba.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
Here Is The Force The Fools In Occupation Command
Are Trying To Pick A Fight With;
[Obviously, They Believe They Have A Shortage Of
Dead American Troops]
03 September 2006 By Gethin Chamberlain and
Aqeel Hussein, The Telegraph UK [Excerpts] & Aug 31st 2006 The Economist
According to al-Sadr's aides,
he owes his success to keeping in touch with the people. "He meets his
representatives every week or every day.
Sistani only meets his representatives every month," said his
spokesman, Sheik Hussein al-Aboudi.
"Muqtada al-Sadr asks them
what the situation is on the street, are there any fights against the Shia, he
is asking all the time. So the people
become close to al-Sadr because he is closer to them than Sistani. Sistani is the ayatollah, he is very expert in
Islam, but not as a politician."
perhaps most, of the killings attributed to the Mahdi Army are done by groups
that pay lip service to Mr Sadr's authority but in fact run their own
operations. Mr Sadr himself frequently
calls for Shia-Sunni reconciliation.
Even the Iraqi army seems to
have accepted that things have changed.
First Lieut Jaffar al-Mayahi,
an Iraqi National Guard officer, said many soldiers accepted that al-Sadr's
Mehdi army was protecting Shias.
"When they go to
checkpoints and their vehicles are searched, they say they are Mehdi army and
they are allowed through. But if we stop
Sistani's people we sometimes arrest them and take away their weapons."
Here Is The Force The Fools In Occupation Command
Are Trying To Pick A Fight With, Part 2;
The Shiite Community, Al-Sadr Is Clearly A Dominant Figure”
“His Popularity Among Impoverished Shiites Has
Eclipsed Those Of Mainstream Shiite Politicians”
[Sadr holds the cards. He can afford to wait. As field general Napoleon Bonaparte once
said: “Never interfere with the
enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.”]
[Thanks to PB, who sent this in.]
Aug 30 By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq: This week's intense clashes between the Iraqi
army and a Shiite militia are part of a strategy to whittle away the power of a
But the high-risk gambit could
trigger more fighting across the Shiite south, at a time when the cleric's
stronghold in the capital is virtually off-limits.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has promised
to disband militias, including the Mahdi Army of anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada
al-Sadr, as a way to curb the sectarian violence propelling Iraq to the brink
of civil war. The United States has made
clear it views that effort as crucial.
But a full-scale assault by
either American or Iraqi forces on al-Sadr's stronghold of Sadr City is highly
risky. Al-Maliki, a fellow Shiite with political ties to the cleric, has
publicly criticized a U.S.-Iraqi raid this month on the teeming district in
Baghdad, where al-Sadr's followers maintain control and mete out Islamic justice
in religious courts.
With Sadr City thus out of play
for the time being, the U.S. military and its partners have been going after
al-Sadr's forces outside the capital, arresting a Mahdi commander in Basra and
raiding militia offices in other cities to cut into the cleric's power base.
The fighting Sunday and Monday in Diwaniyah,
a ramshackle Shiite market town about 100 miles south of Baghdad, was the
latest and one of the most intense examples.
The trouble started when Iraqi soldiers
arrested one of the cleric's supporters before dawn Sunday, said an al-Sadr
aide. Later in the day, Iraqi soldiers
launched more raids and fighting broke out.
Such confrontations test the
loyalty of Iraq's mostly Shiite army and police, whose ranks have been infiltrated
by al-Sadr's supporters.
But military moves are all the more risky
because of the intense rivalry within various Shiite parties and militias, all
competing for power.
Diwaniyah, for example, is controlled by a
rival Shiite party, leading al-Sadr aides to blame local officials from the
other party of essentially using the national army to deal with their rivals. [The reporter somehow
omits mentioning that the “rival Shiite party” is a collaborator
party, tied to Iran, that runs much of the fake government in the Green Zone.]
The fighting in Diwaniyah thus
points to one of the most serious problems facing Iraq — the possibility
that trouble will spread widely throughout the quieter, calmer south. [That’s putting it mildly. Piss off the movement that Sadr leads too
much, and millions of Iraqis, who haven’t been doing much, will grab
their weapons and go for the nearest U.S. troops.]
Another raid earlier this month on the office
of a relatively obscure cleric, Mahmoud al-Hassani, triggered a day of street
fighting in the Shiite city of Karbala and protests in Nasiriyah and Basra.
Within the Shiite community,
al-Sadr is clearly a dominant figure. His popularity among
impoverished Shiites has eclipsed those of mainstream Shiite politicians.
U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad contends
Iran has urged Shiite militias to fire mortars and rockets on the Green Zone
and says splinter groups of the Mahdi Army are behind the attacks.
Others doubt al-Sadr, whose
politics are strongly nationalistic, is beholden to the Iranians, who instead
have directed most of their aid to mainstream Shiite parties. [He is so shy. He means the “mainstream” parties
playing kissy-face with the Occupation.]
"Learning the hard way, the U.S. and its
allies have had to recognize the reality of the Sadrists' strength," the
group wrote. [Don’t
bet that the Occupation Generals have learned anything at all. They may cost thousands more U.S. troops
their lives if they don’t back off, and they have their heads so far up
Rumsfeld’s ass they can’t see daylight, let alone what’s
going on in Iraq right in front of them.]
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
“Betrayal Is The Spider, The Web Is The
A Letter From A 20 Year Airforce Veteran To A
And His Reply
From: Myra jazz
Sent: Aug 24, 2006 8:01 AM
Subject: from: Fayetteville NC
Not only do they come home from war talking
dirty, but they come home and beat and abuse their families. In September 2004 a 16-year study showed Fort
Bragg had the highest rate of CHILD ABUSE DEATHS; children age 0 thru 10 killed
during child abuse. Fort Bragg's
solution to that pesky problem was to KILL THE NEWS.
My brother served two tours in
Vietnam. I am retired (20 years in the
Air National Guard FULL TIME) same branch of service as the Oval Office
Resident War Monger.
I heard an Ft Bragg Officer lie under oath
during an Article 32 Hearing (PFC Lynndie England). I was so obcessed with getting someone to
tell me why they refused to address her perjury (like her civilian and her
No one wanted to reveal this, so they sent
Lynndie off to Fort Hood, TX. I, of
course, took the liberty of informing them that using her Ft Bragg Art. 32
Hearing to hold Court Martial would be against due process.
I annoyed so many people. The perjury was NEVER addressed. The perjurer was awarded 2 Bronze Stars.
I wanted to know if you ever had any training
or any connection with Fort Bragg.
It's one hell of a scary place.
From: Mike Hastie
Sent: Aug 24, 2006 8:10 PM
To: Myra jazz
Subject: Re: from: Fayetteville NC
Mike Hastie here from Portland, Oregon. Thanks
for the e-mail.
As far as Ft. Bragg is
concerned, it is like most military bases throughout the U.S., everything is a
cover-up. If everything looks good on
the outside, then everything is just OK.
Having been raised on military
bases the first eleven years of my life, everything is a front.
As in war, what happens in the field, stays
in the field. And this continues long
after the war is over.
The military is such a closed system. There are so many people who have been
traumatized in the military. They are
walking time bombs. Soldiers carry so
much anger inside.
My father was a retired military officer with
combat experience in North Africa during WWII.
I walked on egg shells everyday of my childhood, until I finished high
That's just the way it was.
This war in Iraq is such a
traumatic lie, just like Vietnam.
Betrayal will be the #1 PTSD
wound, though that will not be revealed for years for many veterans.
Abuse issues within the family system will be
enormous. It's like having a IED in the home.
Soldiers are pawns in a chess game, so the
corporate monsters can make millions off of a war economy.
I did not serve in Vietnam for the cause of
freedom, I served Big Business in America for the cause of profit. That truth put me in a padded cell of a
psychiatric hospital in 1980.
As a veteran, it reminds me of a helicopter
that was pushed off the aircraft carrier at the end of the Vietnam War. That was me being pushed off into the sea. We
are disposable G.I.'s.
The mission is the goal, I am just a wheel in the Green Machine. When
I have no further use anymore, I am pushed off into the sea.
Graveyards are full of soldiers who killed
themselves in silence. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier should read: " Here
Rests In Emotional Silence, An American Soldier Known But To God."
Betrayal is the spider, the web
is the cover-up.
The war in Iraq is a mega-lie,
and it is killing everything. The "Blowback" from this war will be staggering.
America IS a quagmire.
August 24, 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: (email@example.com) T)
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“The Total Number Of People Killed Since
9/11 By Al Qaeda Or Al Qaeda-Like Operatives Is Not Much Higher Than The Number
Who Drown In Bathtubs”
September/October 2006 By John Mueller, Foreign
Some 80,000 Arab and Muslim
immigrants have been subjected to fingerprinting and registration, another
8,000 have been called in for interviews with the FBI, and over 5,000 foreign
nationals have been imprisoned in initiatives designed to prevent terrorism.
This activity, notes the
Georgetown University law professor David Cole, has not resulted in a single
conviction for a terrorist crime.
In fact, only a small number of people picked
up on terrorism charges - always to great official fanfare - have been
convicted at all, and almost all of these convictions have been for other
infractions, particularly immigration violations.
Some of those convicted have clearly been
mental cases or simply flaunting jihadist bravado - rattling on about taking
down the Brooklyn Bridge with a blowtorch, blowing up the Sears Tower if only
they could get to Chicago, beheading the prime minister of Canada, or flooding
lower Manhattan by somehow doing something terrible to one of those tunnels.
But while keeping such potential dangers in
mind, it is worth remembering that the total number of people killed since 9/11
by al Qaeda or al Qaeda-like operatives outside of Afghanistan and Iraq is not
much higher than the number who drown in bathtubs in the United States in a
single year, and that the lifetime chance of an American being killed by
international terrorism is about one in 80,000; about the same chance of being
killed by a comet or a meteor.
Iraqi Insurgents Have Devised Yet Another Fiendish
Trap To Harm Our Troops!
31, 2006 Joe Balshone, Firebase Humor
U.S. OCCUPATION RECRUITING DRIVE IN HIGH GEAR;
RECRUITING FOR THE ARMED RESISTANCE THAT IS
A comfortably seated foreign fighter from the
U.S. armed forces and his comfortably seated interpreter in an Iraqi citizens
home in Ramadi, June 25, 2006. The
foreign occupation soldier inspects the citizens ID. The translator questions him as he sits
beneath them, on the floor, in his own home.
(AP Photo/Jacob Silberberg)
[Fair is fair. Let’s bring 150,000 Iraqis over here to
the USA. They can kill people at
checkpoints, bust into their houses and force them to answer any questions they
please, butcher their families, overthrow the government, put a new one in
office they like better and call it “sovereign,” and
“detain” anybody who doesn’t like it in some prison without
any charges being filed against them, or any trial.]
[Those Iraqis are sure a bunch
of backward primitives. They actually
resent this help, have the absurd notion that it’s bad their country is
occupied by a foreign military dictatorship, and consider it their patriotic
duty to fight and kill the soldiers sent to grab their country. What a bunch of silly people. How fortunate they are to live under a
military dictatorship run by George Bush.
Why, how could anybody not love that?
You’d want that in your home town, right?]
the States, if police burst into your house, kicking down doors and swearing at
you, you would call your lawyer and file a lawsuit,” said Wood, 42, from
Iowa, who did not accompany Halladay’s Charlie Company, from his
battalion, on Thursday’s raid.
“Here, there are no lawyers.
Their resources are limited, so they plant IEDs (improvised explosive
The Master Race Happily Continues Exterminating Palestinians
31 / 08 / 2006 Ma'an
52 Palestinian men were killed by the Israeli
army in August 2006. 6 Palestinian women
were killed. 14 Palestinian children
In addition, 190 Palestinians were injured
during this period, including 62 children and women, the report says.
The Israeli forces arrested 220 Palestinians
in August, including 10 women.
61 Palestinian houses were destroyed, 46
completely. 15 houses were taken over as military posts. More than 500 olive
trees were burned down and 2293 hectares of Palestinian land were confiscated
for the enlargement of the illegal Israeli settlements and the illegal
The PLO report adds that
between 29 September 2000 and 30 August 2006, the Israeli army killed 4418
Of this figure, 862 were children, 295 were
women, 360 were security members, 471 were killed in targeted assassination
operations, 144 were patients trying to pass through Israeli military
checkpoints, 59 were killed by Israeli settlers, 10 were journalists and 220
were sportsmen. In addition, 6
foreigners were killed in this period.
During the same period, 37,430
Palestinians were injured.
Of this number, 7550 were left permanently
handicapped. More than 50,000 Palestinians were arrested, of whom 10,100 are
still serving in Israeli jails. 114 Palestinian women and 335 Palestinian
children are being held in Israeli prisons today. Since the end of September
2000, 7754 Palestinian houses have been completely destroyed and their
residents have had to evacuate.
“We Are Angels Of
“Israel Must Always Be Allowed To Do As It
Likes Even If This Involves Scorching Its Supremacy Into Arab Bodies”
August 9 By Yitzhak Laor, 2006, London Review
of Books [Excerpt]
Military thinking has become our only
thinking. The wish for superiority has
become the need to have the upper hand in every aspect of relations with our
The Arabs must be crippled,
socially and economically, and smashed militarily, and of course they must then
appear to us in the degraded state to which we've reduced them. Our usual way
of looking at them is borrowed from our intelligence corps, who 'translate'
them and interpret them, but cannot recognise them as human beings.
Israelis long ago ceased to be
distressed by images of sobbing women in white scarves, searching for the
remains of their homes in the rubble left by our soldiers.
We think of them much as we
think of chickens or cats.
The truth behind this is that
Israel must always be allowed to do as it likes even if this involves scorching
its supremacy into Arab bodies.
This supremacy is beyond
discussion and it is simple to the point of madness.
We have the right to
abduct. You don't. We have the right to arrest. You don't.
You are terrorists. We are
We have sovereignty. You
don't. We can ruin you. You cannot ruin us, even when you retaliate,
because we are tied to the most powerful nation on earth. We are angels of death.
Elections are a wholly
inadequate form of accountability in Israel: the people we kill and maim and
ruin cannot vote here.
[To check out what life is like
under a murderous military occupation by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
to Phil G, who sent this in.]
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