Why should one more American soldier die for the Islamic Republics of Iran or Iraq?
مقتل ثلاثة جنود أميركيين ولائحة الحكيم تتقدم الانتخابات
The coalition of Iyad Allawi, the Iraqi interim Prime Minister appointed by the Americans, is heading for election defeat at the hands of a list backed by the country's senior Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, partial results released yesterday indicate.
"Americans are in for a shock. A lot of people in the country are going to wake up in shock."
80 Billion For What?
Before Congress allocates billions more, it should closely examine how previous funds for Iraqi reconstruction have already been misspent. The special inspector general for Iraqi reconstruction, Stuart Bowen, disclosed this week that the US Coalition Provisional Authority lost track of roughly $9 billion given to Iraqi ministries by the US.
Sinking in Deeper
Shiites Show Strong Lead in Iraq Returns
At least 1,443 American military personnel have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.
Bush apparently invested in the fantasy that invading Iraq would be a cakewalk. Evangelist Pat Robertson, founder of the U.S. Christian Coalition, disclosed that when he warned the president about the need to prepare Americans for the prospect of casualties in Iraq, Bush responded, "We're not going to have any casualties."
Last week, American and Iraqi researchers -- writing in the respected British medical journal, The Lancet -- estimated that the Iraqi death toll associated with the invasion and occupation of Iraq was about 100,000 "and may be much higher." Most of them were women and children, victims of bombs or bullets from helicopter gunships.
Bush cites Iran as the 'primary state sponsor of global terror'
Meanwhile, the US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, said yesterday he has not decided whether to attend the prestigious Munich Conference on Security Policy next week in Germany, where he might be subject to arrest on a war-crimes complaint.
Capitol Hill Mulls 'Regime Change' in Iran
"Iran remains the world's primary state sponsor of terror — pursuing nuclear weapons while depriving its people of the freedom they seek and deserve. We are working with European allies to make clear to the Iranian regime that it must give up its uranium enrichment program and any plutonium re-processing, and end its support for terror. And to the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you," the president said.
'The Forces of Freedom' vs. 10 Million Martyrs
The American Empire will come to an end as a direct result of its own hubristic warmongering around the globe; that much is certain. It only remains to be seen when, where, and through what agency will the knockout blow be delivered.
Iran Attack 'Not on Agenda'... http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050204/D881O5KO1.html
"THE QUESTION is simply not on the agenda at this point," Rice said at a news conference.
We've Been Warned
The state of our union: perpetual war
The Emperor's New Hump
The New York Times killed a story that could have changed the election—because it could have changed the election
Chemical spray used on students
U.S. students say press freedoms go too far
One in three U.S. high school students say the press ought to be more restricted, and even more say the government should approve newspaper stories before readers see them, according to a survey being released today.
Four U.S. Marines Killed in Iraq Fighting
C-130 may have carried 70 people? So, if there were 70 people on board, and 15 were British, then 55 Americans died yesterday. So, when will ABCNNBCBS report this?
Video Appears to Show UK Plane Hit in Iraq
More US Torture - Iraqis Beaten, Hung By Wrists, Shocked
"It was worse than Saddam's regime."
Super War Preview
The Iranian Suicide Bombers vs. The American Crusaders
U.S. OFFICIAL: ISRAEL MIGHT ATTACK IRAN'S NUKE SITES...
WITH THE RESISTANCE IN ALL OF ITS FORMS
THE CHILDREN OF IRAQ
Don't it jus' make ya PROUDERNSHIT?
Dutch court to free 'Saddam's chemical fixer' http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1401248,00.html
Which makes sense because it's been established that the Kurds were actually gassed by Iran.
US Army War College: NO PROOF SADDAM GASSED THE KURDS!
US Military Personnel Growing Critical of the War in Iraq
GIs Tell Iraqis to Vote as They Raid Homes
"We suffered with Saddam. Now we suffer with the Americans. They come to our neighborhoods with their Bradleys and they want us to love them. Just for standing here they can kill me."
US and allies 'kill most Iraqis' http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/4217413.stm
Coalition and Iraqi troops may be responsible for killing 60% more non-combatants in Iraq than the insurgents, the BBC has learned.
Insurgents are domestic, Sunni and nationalist
These are the people of IRAQ, and they want their country BACK.
Iraqis Get Ready for the Worst
Iraqi forces expected to do little to stop election day violence
Heavy Gunbattle Heard in Baghdad
The shooting seemed to be coming from the area around the Green Zone, the heavily fortified compound housing the U.S. and British embassies and the offices of the Iraqi interim government.
Insurgents Bomb Polling Places in Iraq
The seven Americans killed Friday in Baghdad died in four separate incidents, including the Kiowa crash. U.S. officials said they do not believe the aircraft was hit by hostile fire; the cause of the crash was under investigation. Three other soldiers died in a bombing in southwestern Baghdad, and the other two were killed in separate engagements elsewhere in the city, the U.S. command said. The crash came two days after a U.S. helicopter transporting troops went down during a sandstorm in the western desert, killing 30 Marines and one sailor in the deadliest single incident for U.S. forces in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion.
U.S. Army Helicopter Crashes in Baghdad
U.S. military officials do not believe the helicopter was hit by hostile fire, Lt. Col. James Hutton said.
U.S. Army: An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter has crashed in Baghdad...http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/ns/news/story.jsp?id=2005012812460002493477&dt=20050128124600&w=RTR&coview
Former Marine gets 20-year prison term for killing bartender over Iraq remarks http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-pmellor28jan28,0,1568643.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines
We'll probably see more of this starting to happen as the nation continues to polarize over the war.
WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=605327
At any rate, the invasion - and the lack of planning - has created the very conditions the Bush cited as reason for going to war.
'They can't throw us all in jail' http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?ItemID=18451
Growing number of soldiers oppose -- and refuse to report for -- the war in Iraq
Iraqis' big issue: US exit planhttp://csmonitor.com/2005/0128/p01s03-woiq.html
US troops are vital to security for Sunday's vote, but pressure is growing for them to leave.
Bush Says Iraqi Leaders Will Want U.S. Forces to Stay to Helphttp://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/28/politics/28prexy.html?ex=1107925200&en=e2b5d10ae5faf5c8&ei=5070
"... or we'll let the other guys win the election"
Seymour Hersh Is On Fire http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2005/01/hersh-lays-it-on-line.html
"Let's all forget this word 'insurgency'. It's one of the most misleading words of all. Insurgency assumes that we had gone to Iraq and won the war and a group of disgruntled people began to operate against us and we then had to do counter-action against them. That would be an insurgency. We are fighting the people we started the war against.
U.S. Apparently Underestimated Size of Insurgency, Top Commander Sayshttp://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes500.html
That is because it ISN'T an insurgency. The US is still fighting the people they went to war against, i.e. all of Iraq.
Prewar intelligence predicted Iraqi insurgencyhttp://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-10-24-insurgence-intel_x.htm
When the dust storms kick up and the US loses effective air cover is when things will get really ugly.
Helicopter Crash in Iraq Kills 31 U.S. Troops http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=7436601
"Hey, but it's worth it because we got those Iraqi WMDS, right? Right? Right? Right?"
Four U.S. Marines Killed in Action in Iraq http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=7436508
I dare any mainstream media reporter to interview the immediate families of those four dead kids and aks them how they feel about the fact that Bush lied about Iraq's WMDs to start this war. I dare you!
Q No reaction to the lying? No reaction? (Laughter.) http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/01/20050126-3.html
THE PRESIDENT: Is that your question? The answer is, no. Next.
Torture in Iraq still routine, report says
'Worse than Saddam's regime' !
Bush supporters see bleak Iraq future
The whole world knows that Bush and the Neocons lied about Iraq's WMDs to justify a war, which despite Bush's bravado is still being fought in the streets. The US is pouring $5 billion a month into Iraq, in exchange for which it gets $150 million in oil. There isn;t anything that has gone right with the Iraq enterprise (except to make Israel happy).
Zogby: No Support For Iran Attack
But 31% Of Americans Ashamed To Have Bush President
FLASHBACK: Neo-Conservatives 1998 Memos a Blueprint for Iraq war
Neo-Con Torture Rhetoric Alarmingly Mirrors Nazi Counterparts
Hitler was installed, then re-elected. Bush was installed, then re-elected. Hitler had Reichstag, Bush had 9/11. (I am not implying government collusion in 9/11, FYI) Both used their respective catastrophes to assume more power (Hitler with the Enabling Act, Bush with the USA PATRIOT Act), and to assume dictatorial powers.
War's balance sheet
Someone needs to remind these people that there is no more evidence linking Afghanistan to 9-11 than there was linking Iraq to 9-11.
Veterans' Benefits "hurtful" to National Security, says Pentagon http://www.altpr.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=437&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0
"See, it's really in the nation's best interests if you get killed right about when you stop being useful."
It's Official, America Knows Bush is a Traitor to the Troops:
Officer Threatens To Arrest Woman For Anti-Bush Sticker
Robot Sharpshooters Bound For Iraq !
Robot Sharpshooters Bound For Iraq http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/22/iraq/main668565.shtml
"... and they all plug into this system called 'skynet'..."
Court-martial hearing for U.S. soldiers recounts death of Iraqi woman http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/10710045.htm
He pulled the trigger. A bullet tore through Luma's skull. Hooser, gun in hand, stared at his dead friend, and screamed, "Oh my God, I can't believe I f------ did this," according to testimony.
U.S. General: Iraqi Insurgents Aim for Big Attack
Iraqi PM: Withdrawal Talk Is Premature
Exporting Democracy – or Terrorism?
Category: DICTATORSHIP Seymour Hersh exposes the scheme to make America a terrorist state.
Pentagon runs clandestine intelligence-gathering infrastructure
White House tries to allay fears over Bush militarism
In a further sign that Washington is not laying down its arms, it emerged that the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, has established a secret intelligence organisation to work in the world's most volatile states, arguing that the CIA has become too "risk-averse".
Iraq Forces Arrest Top "Qaida" Lieutenant
23 at Guantanamo Attempted Suicide in 2003
Secret Unit Expands Rumsfeld's Domain
The Pentagon, expanding into the CIA's historic bailiwick, has created a new espionage arm and is reinterpreting U.S. law to give Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld broad authority over clandestine operations abroad!
Remember the LAST secret Pentagon Intelligence Unit, the Office of Special Projects? That was the office, later revealed to be infiltrated by Israeli spies, from which the bogus claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction flowed.
A New Osama Push: White House Expected to Up Bounty on Bin Laden’s Head from $25M to $50M...
It's been 1,224 days since G.W.B. said he'd catch U.B.L. 'Dead or Alive!'
U.S. Ambassador Acknowledges Problems Ahead of Iraqi Elections
The United States has offered a $25 million reward for al-Zarqawi's capture or death -- the same amount as for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Report: U.S. can't win Iraq war
Since the dawn of the industrial age, every nation that initiated wars LOST those wars.
Go home Yanks, says PM in waiting
THE Shi’ite Muslim cleric tipped to become prime minister after next Sunday’s election in Iraq has said it will be the duty of the new government to demand the withdrawal of American forces “as soon as possible”.
In One Night, Iraqi Turns From Friend to Foe
Man Who Supported U.S. Occupation Calls Americans 'the Devil' After Alleged Raid on His House
With the help of an email, you can hear in his own words what the youngest South Dakota soldier to die in Iraq was thinking before he left on the mission that killed him.
"We'll miss him, but at least we got those Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. What? We didn't? They didn't? Well, ummm, okay, then, at least we stopped Iraq from supporting Al Qaeda. No? They were enemies??? Al Qaeda is MOSSAD????? Goddammit why didn't someone TELL me. Okay, okay, okay, ummm, well, at least we paid Iraq back for 9-11. They didn't? No proof? Sheesh. Well, ahh, ummm, Becker played great poker, and was a buddy and we'll miss him. (sigh)."
American Justice: Pictures of an Iraqi arrested and executed
Soldiers ordered to hand in all photos
So, tell us again about all those weapons of mass destruction these tortured men are supposed to know about?
Atrocities In Plain Sight
A naked prisoner appears to cower before an unmuzzled dog in a photograph taken at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad in late 2003 and leaked to The Washington Post a few months later.
Few but Organized, Iraq Veterans Turn War Critics
"People would just come up to me and say, 'How'd you lose your arm?' " Mr. Acosta said. "And I'd say, 'In the war.' And they would be like, 'What war?' "
Hope no longer on the menu as weary Baghdad prepares to vote
With water supplies intermittent, petrol queues lasting for days, and electricity for only a few hours, many are convinced that the country is in terminal decline.
Bush Sr.: Bush Jr. Not Shifting Policy
PROTESTING THE PRESIDENT POLICIES
That's me with the big sign!
Bush Sr.: Bush Jr. Not Shifting Policy
Did anyone notice the irony during President Bush's inaugural address on Thursday that as Bush talked about freedom, security personnel were dragging away peaceful protesters?http://www.reformer.com/Stories/0,1413,102~8854~2667809,00.html
President Bush used the word "freedom" 27 times in his speech and "liberty" 15 times. It's not a surprise that the words "war," "Iraq," "Iran" and "terror" were not used at all. Then again, the hallmark of the Bush administration has been high-minded rhetoric and sordid deeds.
When President Bush declared in his inaugural address America's goal of "ending tyranny in our world," he conspicuously left out mention of any tyrants.
Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan are critical to Washington's war on terrorism. At the same time, they are ruled by governments regularly condemned in the State Department's own human rights reports for their abuses and authoritarian ways.
The commander of three British troops accused of mistreating Iraqi detainees testified Friday that he had ordered his troops to crack down on looters. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/01/22/iraq.main/index.html
Five Danish soldiers have been charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners during interrogations in southern Iraq, a Danish government spokesman said. The soldiers allegedly forced Iraqi prisoners to maintain painful positions at Danish military headquarters near Basra, the spokesman said.
US and UK look for early way out of Iraq http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1396221,00.html
Private memos are circulating in Washington, Baghdad and London setting out detailed scenarios for withdrawal of US and British forces from Iraq as early as possible, a Foreign Office source said yesterday.
Iraq vote registration extended due to low turnouthttp://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/news/4119917/detail.html
The agency overseeing Iraq's overseas absentee voting said poor turnout is leading it to extend the deadline for people to register.
Think about it: We've invaded a country in the heart of the 1.1-billion-strong Muslim world under false pretenses, laid waste to their cities, tortured their people, allowed their cultural treasures to be looted, killed more than 100,000 civilians (that's the confirmed number; it's likely twice or thrice that), and stolen their oil, the one cash crop they have, taunting them every step of the way. And the man responsible says "Oh, absolutely," it was worth it.
Attack Wounds 9 UK Troops in Retaliation for Abuse Photos http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=603057
Denmark Charges 5 Soldiers with Iraqi Prisoner Abuse
Rumsfeld cancels trip after accusations
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld cancelled a planned visit to Germany after a US human rights organisation asked German authorities to prosecute him for war crimes.
Wolfowitz says reducing US casualties in Iraq more important
"If we had been wrong the other way and if the threat had really been imminent and we had been hit with an anthrax attack here that was tied to Iraq and the president had done nothing about it, what would people then say?" he retorted when asked to comment about unfound weapons of mass destruction. "I mean, it would make the criticism of failure to prevent 9/11 just look like child's play."
9/11 and Anthrax: Framing Arabs
CIA: "Iraq did it!" Wrong!
Baghdad Car Bomb Kills as Many as 15 Iraqis at Mosque
"It's awful and shows the insurgents have no respect for the lives of innocent civilians," Major Philip Smith, a U.S. Army spokesman, said in a telephone interview from Baghdad.
The power to resist
More than 100,000 Iraqis have been killed and more than half a million Iraqi men and women are in prison. There are more than 120 imams and preachers from the association who were either killed or imprisoned. Then came the phase of the total or the near total destruction of the cities of Najaf and Falluja. How can people be expected to have elections under such circumstances?
Not a word on Iraq. George W. Bush's inaugural address contained 2,000 words of passion and promise for his second term, but no direct mention of the war that could sink it. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050121/ap_on_an/inaugural_analysis
As he swore the oath for a second time, U.S. casualty totals in Iraq stood at more than 1,360 dead and 10,500 wounded. The war already cost $100 billion, with a pricetag running at more than $1 billion a week. Bush likes to compare the war on terrorism to World War II, both generational battles against tyranny — a word he used five times Thursday. Bush uttered "liberty" 15 times and "freedom" 27 times.
The crowd was strongly supportive of the president, and jeered both groups of protesters with chants of "U.S.A. U.S.A." Members of the audience seemed to intentionally get in the way of photographers trying to take pictures of the protesters.
The interruption was not immediately seen on television, but the jeering could be heard as poorly timed applause for portions of Bush's speech.
Inauguration Protests Dubbed Out By TV Networks?http://propagandamatrix.com/articles/january2005/210105dubbedout.htm
This contradicts a blurb on the Drudge Report which states, "CNN AIRS PROTESTER SHOUTING 'FUCK BUSH' SIX TIMES... NETWORK DOESN'T CUT AUDIO FEED OF PROLONGED JEER... DEVELOPING...
The procession of cars sped up as President Bush neared the designated location for protesters on Pennsylvania Avenue. Two rows of police lined the street in front of the main protest site. Officers stationed atop buildings along the route kept close watch on the crowd.
U.S. soldiers in dress uniforms and blue coats were greeted with chants of "no more wars."
USA USA USA
U.S. found no evidence WMD moved from Iraq
The real scandal isn't what information flowed from the Office of Special Plans TO Israel, but what lies about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction flowed from Israel TO the Office of Special Plans and into the White House.
"By way of deception, thou shalt do war." -- Motto of the Mossad
Bush Won't Rule Out Action Against Iran Over Nukes
US Gathering Nuclear Intelligence Inside Iran for Possible Strike: New Yorker
"Oh my GAWD, it's a BALLOON INFLATOR!!!!! BOMB 'EM!!!! BOMB 'EM!!!! BOMB 'EM!!!! BOMB 'EM!!!! BOMB 'EM!!!!"
Pentagon lashes out at Iran claim
Hersch must be right on target with this.
U.S. Building Forts On Iraq/Syria Border http://kutv.com/topstories/topstories_story_018113151.html
Iraq war vets fight an enemy at home
Experts say up to 30% may need psychiatric care
Even Bush's Most Loyal GOP Soldiers Alarmed by Strain on Troops http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news3/latimes10.htm
"The problem for the United States is not imperial overstretch, it's trying to run the planet on the cheap."
Many More US Troops Blown To Pieces - CENTCOM Silent http://www.rense.com/general62/amn.htm
US helicopters carried away the remains and the US column hastily returned to its base out of fear of being caught out after dark, something they regard as a nightmarish prospect, the correspondent noted.
American Military Defeat in Falluja II
"It was during a private meeting at the offices of interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi that Mr. Allawi told the senators to move their chairs away from the window - for fear an insurgent sniper might take aim at the American scalps."
US official confirms Allawi shot six dead http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article7749.htm
A former Jordanian government minister has told The New Yorker that an American official confirmed to him that the Iraqi interim Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, executed six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station last year.
Three Iraqi Candidates, 26 Others Killed in Baghdad Bombings http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=540&ncid=716&e=2&u=/ap/20050118/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq
BRUTE CAMP: SHOCKING IMAGES REVEALED AT BRITAIN'S 'ABU GHRAIB TRIAL'... http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1446888,00.html
BOUND, blindfolded and tied in a net, an Iraqi prisoner lies helpless on bare concrete at a British base near Basra. Crouching with a pool of water at his feet, he is powerless as a British soldier stands on him.
Bush admits Iraq war helped extremists
"The propagandists have done a better job of depicting America as a hateful place, a place wanting to impose our form of government on people and our religion on people," Bush said.
Subverting the press with propaganda on the rise
...it becomes clear that for all his speechifying about American freedoms, he has no interest in the unfettered operation of a free press properly serving a free society.
Exporting Democracy – or Terrorism?
FLASHBACK: The Pentagon Plan to Provoke Terrorist Attacks http://www.counterpunch.org/floyd1101.html
I am blogger. Hear me roar!
The bloggers had it right all along. There were no WMDs in Iraq. The government was lying. The mainstream media got it all wrong. They reported on the claims about WMDs in Iraq without actually checking the facts. At the very most generous, they were all idiots. At the very worst, they were all complicit in the lies that sent thousands of Americans off to be killed and crippled in a war built on those lies. We were right. They were wrong. I am blogger. Hear me roar!
The blogs, with little staff and pocket-change budgets, knew these were lies and reported that to the public. The mainstream media, with budgets in the millions, and staffs of hundreds, reported these lies to the public as being the truth.
Who will you trust from this time on?
Bush Unfazed by Criticism of Iraq WMD Hunt
"Saddam Hussein is a man who has told the world he wouldn't have weapons of mass destruction, and yet he deceived the world," Bush said on Nov. 1, 2002.
The following excerpts from an October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate were declassified on July 18, 2003 and presented at a White House background briefing on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
We judge that Iraq has continued its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs in defiance of UN resolutions and restrictions. Baghdad has chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges in excess of UN restrictions; if left unchecked, it probably will have a nuclear weapon during this decade.
A haunting end to hunt for WMD
It’s a national humiliation akin to a personal one: It’s too painful to dwell on. Dead U.S. soldiers, dead Iraqi civilians, a war with no end in sight — it makes us cringe. So, we expel it from our minds, if not our lives, bury it and move on.
Iraq New Terror Breeding Ground
Usama bin Laden rejected the idea of forming an alliance with Hussein and viewed him as an enemy of the jihadist movement because the Iraqi leader rejected radical Islamic ideals and ran a secular government.
Army sergeant refuses 2nd Iraq deployment http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/01/13/objecting.soldier.ap/index.html
A mechanic with nine years in the Army, including a role in the assault on Baghdad, has refused to return to Iraq, claiming "you just don't know how bad it is."
US Losses - Photos Hidden By US News Media
From the Pentagon as of January 14th 2005,figures have been released at some 1,361 U.S personnel killed and just over 10,000 wounded from the Iraq war and occupation.Is this a true reflection of the actual casualties or a manipulation of the figures ?http://www.iraq2005.blogspot.com/
Second story down. Inside sources are reporting that actual American KIAs in Iraq are close to 9000.
A U.S. Marine was killed in action south of Baghdad, and a U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing after coming under fire in Mosul, the military said Saturday. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6727646/
The military gave no details of the death, which brings the number of American troops killed in Iraqi since the March 2003 invasion to about 1,360.
Iraq War Cost $102 Billion Through September, Pentagon Says http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=asC2oZAGbhZE&refer=top_world_news
As of today, 1,355 U.S. service personnel have died in Iraq, 1,213 since May 1, 2003. Another 10,372 have been wounded, according to the Pentagon's official Web site.
Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr., the suspected ringleader of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse, took the stand for the first time Saturday and said he was ordered by interrogators to physically mistreat and sexually humiliate prisoners.
Iraqi detainee Hussein Mutar, in videotaped testimony shown as the sentencing phase began Friday evening, said he had supported the U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein until he was abused.
The New York Times has obtained 10 previously undisclosed e-mails, including attached photos, sent by Spc. Charles A. Graner Jr., now on trial in the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal, around November 2003.
Included were new photographs Graner had sent to friends and family, including his young children. One message referred to Take Your Children to Work Day with the comment, "how about send a bastard to hell day?" Attached was a photograph of a detainee's head bloodied beyond recognition.
Prisoners from Iraq's Abu Ghraib escape
Six people were killed Friday when a minibus carrying Iraqi civilians collided head-on with a U.S. military tank!
Bush Lied, 1300+ Soldiers Died, 10,000 Wounded, 100,000 Civilian Casualties.
It's Official, Again: NO WMDs in Iraq and they Stopped Looking. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2129-2005Jan11.html
Bush Lied, 1300+ Soldiers Died, 10,000 Wounded, 100,000 Civilian Casualties. All for a Lie. No WMDs. Iraq was NOT defying the UN. Iraq was not supporting Al Qaeda (which is a Mossad front group anyway). Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. The US is spending $5 billion a month and getting back $150 million worth of oil for it. According to Iraqis who have been prisoners of both Saddam and the US, the US tortures prisoners far worse than Saddam ever did.
The Office of Special Plans (OSP) was created by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld to help create a case to invade Iraq.
So, the trail of the lies that started a war goes from the White House, to the Pentagon, to the Office of Special Plans. But where was the OSP getting their information? http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/trailofdisinformation.html
So, this is the trail of the lies that started a war, beginning at the White House, and via Dick Cheney moving upstream to the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans, under Wolfowitz and Feith, then from OSP to an parallel group operating out of Ariel Sharon's office in Israel.
Israeli intelligence helped creating the fake Iraqi threat
The Iraq Survey Group has been trying to reach an evidence that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction – Bush’s main justification for invading the country.
U.S. mulls strikes on Syria
Can the US Government make it any more obvious that they are Israel's puppet?
Iraqi Victim Says U.S. Torture Worse Than Saddam http://reuters.myway.com/article/20050111/2005-01-11T231117Z_01_N11310356_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-IRAQ-ABUSE-DC.html
At the trial military prosecutors have presented evidence not seen before in public from Abu Ghraib, including a video of forced group masturbation and a picture of a woman prisoner ordered to show her breasts.
White House Fought New Curbs on 'Torture', Officials Sayhttp://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/13/politics/13intel.html?ex=1263272400&en=e1462484e63ad491&ei=5089&partner=rssyahoo
Pentagon Roils as Iraq Worsens http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6814437/
So who is responsible for the ongoing problems? The Bush administration has fired no one. Some former U.S. military leaders want heads to roll.
Rumsfeld denies consideration of Assassination Squads in Iraq http://www.wric.com/Global/story.asp?S=2795964
"And something bad will happen to anyone who says we are!"
U.S. lowers expectations on Iraq vote
New Gallup Poll Finds 50% of Public Saying Invasion of Iraq a Mistake http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000750298
Sorry, but I don't buy it. I can't find one in ten that think the war was a good idea.
Iraq rebels in video taunt
"George W. Bush; you have asked us to 'bring it on'. And so help me, (we will) like you never expected. Do you have another challenge?," asked the narrator before the video showed explosions around a U.S. military Humvee vehicle.
U.S. armored vehicle blown up; 2 killed http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20050111/a_tank11.art.htm
"Gee, I miss the days when we thought they were going to throw flowers at us."
Troops in Iraq buy own radios
"Support our troops"; what a joke!
U.S. ARMY SERGEANT DEFIES ORDERS, REFUSES RE-DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ; TWO SOLDIERS ATTEMPT SUICIDE AT 2-7 INFANTRY, 17 GO AWOL http://www.axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/printer_15006.shtml
These kids KNOW that Bush has made them monsters in the eyes of the world.
Americans are closing their eyes and letting a new form of fascism get rolling
Those who accuse my words of being anti-American and anti-Bush have, regrettably, succumbed to the mass hysteria being created by a new American fascism and will be held accountable as accomplices, just as many aging Germans bear their guilt-by-silence still to this day.
Abu Ghraib Torture Went on for Months After Scandal
In one example cited in the article, a 15-year-old Iraqi identified only as N said he was pulled from a wooden crate he'd been forced to crouch inside, wearing handcuffs and blacked-out ski goggles, for 11 days and taken to the bathroom against his will where he was sexually assaulted. American Soldier Tries To Unveil
Iraqi Girl By Force
Clashes erupted between US troops and Iraqi police at a US checkpoint in the center of Ramadi on Monday morning. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the battles broke out at about 10am when a US solider insisted on searching a veiled Iraq girl who was with her mother. The US soldier was determined to lift her veil, claiming that resistance fighters could disguise themselves in women’s clothing.
U.S., Iraq acknowledge escalating violence
Blistering attacks threaten Iraq election
The situation in Iraq has deteriorated so much that the insurgency has developed into near-open warfare.
Iraq is Lost: Bush and Blair are Deluding Themselves
"The American project for democracy or whatever its real purposes were, for oil, economic expansion, Middle East fit for Israel, whatever it may have been, that project is finished. It is hopeless. It cannot succeed. The insurgency in Iraq is so great now that American troops, however enormous their technology, cannot control it."
It's time to get out of Iraq
Concrete withdrawal plans would send a clear signal to Iraqis that the United States is not a colonial power, and withdrawal would stem the occupation's growing hemorrhage of lives and dollars. Most important, it would allow the United States to rededicate its assets to the fight against the global terrorist network rather than continuing to expend them on the struggle against insurgents in Iraq.
Bush said repeatedly during his election campaign that there would be no military draft in his second term. http://www.gazettetimes.com/articles/2005/01/03/news/opinion/1edmon103.txt
But if a soldier who has completed his term of service and returned to civilian life is forced back onto the battlefield, how is that anything other than a draft, forcing involuntary servitude?