GI SPECIAL 4D19:
ALL HOME NOW
soldier before a patrol in Baghdad, April 16, 2006. U.S.
troops have begun placing American flags on their
windshields in order to distinguish their humvees from those
used by Iraqi troops. (AP Photo/Jacob
Sir! No Sir!
For Deployed Troops!
“If I Had
Seen This Film While I Was In Iraq, Things Would Have Been
Much Different”–Garett Reppenhagen, US Army Sniper And OIF
Goodrich Co-founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War
To: GI Special
Sent: April 17, 2006 12:57 AM
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1960s, thousands of American GIs rebelled against the
Vietnam War, changing the course of U.S. history and
society. No film has ever told their story... until now.
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About U.S. Troops Opposed To The Vietnam War:
“It May Be
Understating Matters To Say That The Release Of ‘Sir! No
Sir!’ Is A Timely One”
April 19, 2006 BY GENE
SEYMOUR, Newsday Staff Writer
a week having passed since a coalition of retired generals
publicly called for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's
resignation because of his handling of the Iraq War, it may
be understating matters to say that the release of "Sir! No
Sir!" is a timely one.
Zeiger's nonfiction chronicle of U.S. soldiers opposed to
the Vietnam War practically dares its audience, wherever
their place on the political spectrum, to find parallels
between then and now.
That's a big part of Zeiger's
objective, but not, by any means, all of it.
An award winner at last fall's
Hamptons International Film Festival, "Sir! No Sir" is
submitted as an urgent corrective to what Zeiger and his
subjects believe to be widespread amnesia about the role
played in the anti-war movement of the late 1960s and early
1970s by men and women who served in the military.
Zeiger's film compresses as
many of those oppositional voices as it can into 84 minutes,
beginning with Howard Levy, who was court-martialed for
refusing to train GIs for Vietnam, and Donald Duncan, an
ex-Green Beret, who resigned from the military in 1966
because, when it came to fighting in Vietnam, "I was doing
it right, but I wasn't doing right."
Many others followed their
example, including Navy nurse Susan Schall, who flew a
private plane over Bay Area military installations to drop
leaflets promoting an anti-war demonstration; Louis Font,
the first West Point graduate to refuse to fight in a war;
and dozens of others who risked indictment, imprisonment or
worse, both in the U.S. and abroad.
history it covers is four decades in the past, "Sir! No
Sir!" so vividly evokes the rage, passion and provocation of
the era it chronicles that it feels up-to-the-minute.
trenchantly, "Sir! No Sir!" questions the authority of
conventional wisdom that, to this day, places soldiers and
protestors in the Vietnam era on opposing sides of a wide
well be other voices - and other movies - that offer their
own counterview to "Sir! No Sir!" But they've got their
work cut out for them.
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off from access to encouraging news of growing
resistance to the war, at home and inside the armed
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4.12.06 The Associated Press
DALLAS: A Texas Marine has
been killed in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.
Cpl. Richard P. Waller, of
Fort Worth, died Friday after being wounded during combat
operations in Al Anbar province.
The 22-year-old Waller was
assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, I Marine
Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
203 Texas service members have been killed in Iraq since the
war started in March 2003.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) The
Army says a soldier from Georgia was among three members of
the 101st Airborne Division killed in Iraq.
Officials at Fort Campbell,
Kentucky, say 24-year-old Specialist David S- Collins of
Jasper and Sergeant First Class Randall L-Lamberson of
Springfield, Missouri, were fatally injured when a roadside
bomb exploded near their vehicle during combat operations in
Al Anbar Province on Sunday.
Collins died following the
attack, and Lamberson died yesterday from his injuries.
The Fort Campbell officials
say 22-year-old Specialist James W-Gardner of Glasgow,
Kentucky, died in Tal Afar of a non-combat-related gunshot
Collins is survived by his
wife, Mara, and children, Elizabeth and James, of Fort
Campbell; father, Jack Collins of Talking Rock, Georgia; and
mother, Marsha Dean of Jasper. He joined the Army in January
Kills NH Soldier
PFC. GEORGE ROEHL JR. (COURTESY OF WMUR)
Apr. 13, 2006 By CAROL
ROBIDOUX, Union Leader Staff
Manchester: Betty Vezina had
a bad feeling she couldn’t shake, once she knew about her
son’s mission in Iraq.
“When he told me he was going
to be a cavalry scout, I just knew,” said Vezina, sipping
coffee from a Styrofoam cup outside her Manchester home last
night. “I just knew.”
Her son, 21-year-old Army Pfc.
George Roehl Jr., was one of two U.S. soldiers killed Monday
outside of Baghdad while on patrol when a roadside bomb
“I saw a picture of the
vehicle on the news. There was nothing left. At least I
know George didn’t suffer,” Vezina said.
Few details have been released
by the military about the incident that claimed Roehl’s
life. His mother said two Army representatives were waiting
for her Tuesday when she got home.
“They didn’t have to say a
word. I knew what it was,” said Vezina, leaning back on the
hood of her car, her voice dissolving into tears. “But they
said it anyway, because they have to. They told me my son
Roehl was the oldest of five
children, a 2003 Franklin High School graduate who taught
himself to read before he entered school. He loved reading
dictionaries as a kid, had a good sense of humor and
excelled at video games.
He joined the Army a year ago
because he wanted more for his life, said his mother. “It’s
a family thing, his grandparents were in the military; all
my kids are thinking of joining still, even my little girl,”
Last night Vezina stood
outside with three of her four remaining children —
Benjamin, 17, Steven, 15 and Breanna, 11, receiving friends
and relatives who came bearing gifts of fast food and
doughnuts, offering words of encouragement and lingering
hugs as word of Roehl’s death circulated.
Sara, 19, also lives in
Manchester. “She’s the oldest daughter, my oldest now,”
As she talked about her son
and the hopes she has held onto for his safe return, she
recalls the pile of letters she never sent, for lack of a
good mailing address.
“In them I just said, ‘I love
you. Please be careful. Please be careful . . .’ But I
never got to mail them. I never got to give him his
Christmas presents, either,” Vezina said.
Among them were a journal and
some pens, something to help him cope with his dangerous
surroundings, some snacks and baby wipes.
Vezina has been a single mom
for a decade, juggling school and work and raising a family.
“They are good children,” said Vezina. “All of them. It
hasn’t been easy, but that’s a fact of life.”
Although Roehl grew up in
Manchester, he went to live with his father, George Roehl
Sr., in Bristol, and finished high school in Franklin,
“He was going through some
hard times; he was torn between two worlds, I think, but it
was the best thing for him at the time,” she said.
Roehl was supposed to come
home on leave in March, but that plan fell through, said his
mom. His next leave was scheduled for July or August.
“We kept the tree up for him,
but I had my boys take it out back. Christmas is over,”
Vezina said. “He died fighting for somebody’s freedom he
didn’t even know,” she said, burying her head in her hands.
“He was fighting for people
who couldn’t defend their own lives,” said Ed Roehl, of his
nephew’s mission in Iraq. “George had the emotional struggle
of being the man of the house for many years, and he found
direction in the military. You should be proud of that,” he
“I am proud. He gave the
ultimate gift, his life. He died doing what he wanted to
do,” Vezina said.
“George was a tough guy who
never backed down for anything,” said Donna Roehl, Ed’s
wife. Their son, Edward, joined the Marines around the same
time his cousin went into the Army. Right now he is serving
somewhere in Fallujah, said his mother. The family lives in
“I don’t know how to reach him
to tell him about his cousin. I spent four hours online
today trying to find a way,” she said.
“A lot of
these young kids go in to show their pride, but I don’t
think they realize the full extent of what it means,” said
talk to my son, I know he’s trying to be so brave, but I
hear it in his voice. He’s scared.”
Soldiers Wounded By Baghdad Bomb
April 18 (KUNA)
soldiers were injured when a bomb exploded as they passed by
in Al-Qadisiya district in Baghdad.
Marianas Soldier Wounded
18/04/2006 Radio Australia
A soldier from the Northern
Marianas has been seriously wounded in a bomb attack in
The Marianas Variety says
Private Joshua P Stein has been flown to Germany for
treatment after an apparent improvised explosive device
The United States continues to
recruit new military personnel from the Northern Marianas, a
Government Of Drug Dealers
4.17.06 San Francisco
allegations of drug links have dogged some of Afghanistan's
most powerful figures, including several provincial
governors, cabinet ministers and the president's own
At least 17 members of the
newly elected parliament have active links to the trade,
according to a study by the Afghan Research and Evaluation
Unit, a Kabul think tank. The most serious charges hover
over Gen. Muhammad Daud, the deputy interior minister for
counternarcotics, who is reputedly a player in the trade he
is supposed to be destroying.
THIS IS HOW
BUSH BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
ALL HOME NOW, ALIVE
The casket of Cpl. Brian St.
Germain of West Warwick, R.I., at the Rhode Island Veterans
Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., April 12, 2006. The 22-year-old
Marine was killed in flash flood in Iraq on April 2 . (AP
4.18.06 Thomas Lipscomb,
A senior fellow of the
Annenberg Center for the Digital Future writes that the
question really is not whether Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld should resign.
He has already tried to quit
several times and had President Bush tear up his letters of
resignation; he clearly is taking responsibility for his
actions on a continuing basis.
that a galaxy of flag officers' stars are demanding his
resignation, no one seems to have bothered to ask which, if
any, of these generals had ever submitted his own
resignation in protest against the conduct of the Iraqi war,
or the bumpy transition we are locked in now.
Americans Think The United States Will Not Win In Iraq:
Approval Rate At 32%
April 17, 2006 By E&P Staff,
EDITOR & PUBLISHER
A report on a new Gallup poll released today shows that
President Bush approval rating on his handling of Iraq is
now at 32%, tied for the lowest rating Gallup has measured.
taken April 7-9, also shows that 57% of Americans think the
United States will not win in Iraq.
surprise, the new poll found that 44% of Republicans now
back withdrawing some or all troops from Iraq. The number
for all Americans, 64%, is higher, but the fact that better
than 4 in 10 Republicans back this idea is notable.
Indepedents are tracking much
closer to Democrats on all issues related to Iraq.
In another finding, 57% of
Americans say it was a mistake to send troops to Iraq, while
42% say it was not. Since December 2005, either a plurality
or majority of Americans have said it was a mistake.
The breakdown on the troop
pullout question is: 36% say to withdraw "some" troops,
while 28% want to withdraw all troops.
Entrance to post on northern border abandoned by rebelling
soldiers. (Photo: Effie Shrir)
[Thanks to Max Watts, who sent
Soldiers furious over
rejection of their benefits leave post located opposite
Hizbullah post during military operations.
that broke out at battalion 51 of the Golani brigade ended
Sunday with a rebellion of dozens of soldiers, who left
their post during military operations on the northern
border, despite the Hizbullah post located opposite them.
said that the rebellion broke out after senior company
personnel insisted on canceling benefits due to them, due to
their status as senior army staff, according to their
The anger accumulated by
soldiers against their commanders had been building up for a
while, but what caused them to abandon the post was an
incident which took place on Saturday.
In the morning hours, beds of
ultra-Religious soldiers were found sprayed with shampoo.
In response, the commander of the battalion called in six
soldiers who were in the post overnight and informed them:
"One of you did this, if you don't give me his name, you
will all be punished."
morning, the six soldiers were supposed to report to the
regiment commander, but the soldiers left the post instead
with the rest of their friends from the company, who are
soldiers and their friends who joined them in a sympathy
protest took a bus to the town of Kiryat Shmona, but senior
company personnel chased them in order to return them to the
developed in Kiryat Shmona after staff from the military
headquarters of the regiment joined in, leaving the post
almost completely abandoned.
chase, the commanders caught one soldier, while others hid
on the roof of a building being constructed. The cat and
mouse game continued when the escaped soldiers continued to
hide in a nearby public park, but they were found their
company commander, who mobilized the regiment commander, his
deputy, and others who took part in the chase.
At this stage, soldiers ended
their attempts, and commanders who arrived at the area spoke
to them and demanded that they return to their post.
During talks with commanders,
the soldiers explained that that they had a year to go
before their release from the IDF, and that the rebellion
was launched due to a failure to deliver the benefits owed
to them due to their status.
They also said that despite
being on the northern border for two months, they are
forbidden to sing the company song or raise flags and signs
showing their status as veteran soldiers.
The soldiers were also annoyed
that even senior-ranking members were included in kitchen
Grandmas Hit The Warpath Over The War
April 18th, 2006 BY STEPHEN
STIRLING, DAILY NEWS WRITER
Fed up with
a war they call "unjust," grandmothers in the city are
taking to the streets.
canes and loudspeakers, a crowd of more than 40
grandmothers, great-grandmothers and even a few grandfathers
gathered outside an Army recruiting station in Harlem
yesterday to protest the war in Iraq.
The Harlem Grandmothers
Against the War in Iraq chose tax day specifically to
protest, citing that the war has already cost U.S. taxpayers
more than $26 billion. That's money, they say, that could
and should be used to fund community health care, housing
and education programs.
"It is unconscionable that
most of our tax money goes to killing people in other
countries while our community in Harlem lacks the bare
essentials of housing and medical care," said Vinie Burrows,
a great-grandmother. "The war in Iraq translates itself
into a war against the poor."
Several grandmothers spoke at
the peaceful rally, which began outside the Harlem IRS
office and culminated across the street in front of the Army
Former Harlem City Councilman
Bill Perkins, one of the organizers of the event, had harsh
words for the current presidential administration.
"Current policy is undermining
both the safety of our country and the promise of America,"
said Perkins, himself a 57-year-old grandfather. "We need
this money to help our children get a better education, to
provide accessible health care and better services for our
stood watch while the group held up signs and chanted their
own versions of popular protest sayings. Passersby were
greeted with a chorus of grandparents belting out, "The
grandmas, united, will never be defeated!" and "Listen to
your grandmas, bring the troops home!"
The 150-member group is part
of Grandmothers Against the War, a national organization
that holds demonstrations around the country. The
Harlem-based group has also held a vigil in support of the
troops every Wednesday night outside Rockefeller Center
since the war began in 2003.
(Graphic: London Financial Times)
April 18, 2006 & Reuters
(Xinhua) & (KUNA) & AP
A bomb exploded under a car in
eastern Baghdad, killing at least two policemen. The bomb
targeted a police patrol in the neighborhood of Suleikh,
police Capt. Ali al-Obeidi said.
A bomb exploded Tuesday at a
Baghdad cafe frequented by policemen. The bomb at the cafe
was originally believed to have been placed under a car, but
it was actually hidden underneath a couch. Tables and