Petraeus The Perfidious:
A Dishonorable Lying Rat Then And Now:
"A History Of Making Wildly Overoptimistic
Assessments Convenient For His Political Masters"
September 6, 2007 By Karen DeYoung,
Washington Post Staff Writer [Excerpts] & September 7, 2007 By PAUL
KRUGMAN, New York Times [Excerpt]
Gen. Petraeus has a history of making wildly
overoptimistic assessments of progress in Iraq that happen to be convenient for
his political masters.
I've written before about the op-ed article
Gen. Petraeus published six weeks before the 2004 election, claiming "tangible
progress" in Iraq. Specifically, he
declared that "Iraqi security elements are being rebuilt," that "Iraqi leaders
are stepping forward" and that "there has been progress in the effort to enable
Iraqis to shoulder more of the load for their own security."
As he ended a year in charge of
training the Iraqi security forces in 2005, then-Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus
said that Iraq's military had made "enormous progress" and that its readiness
to take over from U.S. forces was growing "with each passing week."
But now two more years have
passed, and the independent commission of retired military officers appointed
by Congress to assess Iraqi security forces has recommended that the national
police force, which is riddled with corruption and sectarian influence, be
disbanded, while Iraqi military forces "will be unable to fulfill their
essential security responsibilities independently over the next 12-18 months."
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Texas Soldier Killed In Baghdad
Spc. Rodney J. Johnson, 20, of Houston died of
wounds when insurgents attacked his unit Sept. 4, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP
Four Marines Killed In Anbar
September 7, 2007 Public Affairs Office, Camp
Victory RELEASE No. 20070907-06
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – Four Marines assigned
to Multi National Force-West were killed Sept. 6 while conducting combat
operations in Al Anbar Province.
Three U.S. Soldiers Killed In Nineveh
September 7, 2007 Public Affairs Office, Camp
Victory RELEASE No. 20070907-03
TIKRIT, Iraq – Three Task Force Lightning
Soldiers were killed in Nineveh province Thursday when an explosion occurred
near their vehicle.
Northeast Ohio Soldier Killed In Iraq
September 07, 2007 WCHS-TV8
A soldier from northeast Ohio has been killed
in a roadside explosion in Iraq.
The victim is Jason Hernandez of Streetsboro,
whose 21st birthday was today. He was a 2005 graduate of Streetsboro High
The Streetsboro superintendent says officials
were notified when Hernandez' mother came to the school to pick up her younger
son this morning.
The younger brother, Aaron, is a JV football
player and was made an honorary captain for tonight's football game against
Crestwood. Post-game fireworks were dedicated in the soldier's honor.
British Soldier Killed In Iraq
7 Sep 07 Defense News
It is with deep sadness that the MOD must
confirm the death of a British soldier from the Parachute Regiment in Iraq on
Wednesday 5 September 2007.
The soldier sustained fatal injuries in the
early hours of Wednesday while conducting routine operations in support of
ongoing Coalition activity in Iraq.
Loved Ones Remember Marine Who Died In Iraq
Pfc. Rogelio Ramirez of Pasadena was killed Sunday in Iraq. PHOTOGRAPHER: Walt
08/29/2007 By Emanuel Parker, Staff Writer;
Pasadena Star News
PASADENA - As a child growing up in
Oceanside, Rogelio Ramirez idolized the Marines he saw so often at nearby Camp
He longed to be one of them, his father, Jose
Ramirez, of Pasadena, said Tuesday.
"I thought he'd grow out of it, but he
didn't. He watched the Marines, saw how
they lived, saw them work as a team."
But before he could realize that dream,
Rogelio had to work past his own demons. Short in stature at 5 feet 5 inches tall, he
felt picked on at school because of his size, said his sister, Tina Cordero. As his self-esteem sank, Rogelio lost interest
in education, dropped out of Pasadena High School and felt unappreciated.
"It was in his head," she said. "He had some personal issues, some dark
moments and times. We always saw the potential in him, but he didn't."
With rekindled determination, however,
Ramirez in his late teens tried again to realize his dream of becoming a
Marine, his family said.
But before the Corps would accept him, they
told Ramirez he had to go back to school and earn his diploma, complete some
college credits, clear up some truancy issues and cover over some tattoos,
Ramirez fulfilled all those requirements, she
"He was able to climb from that dark place to
an honorable place," she said.
A year ago, Ramirez joined the Marines and
later was sent to Iraq. He was there
just five weeks when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device.
On Sunday, U.S. Marine Pfc. Rogelio Ramirez
was killed in Iraq. As of Monday, at
least 3,731 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the
Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
The 21-year-old Ramirez left behind his
immediate family, a girlfriend who is three months' pregnant with his child,
and plans to buy a home, raise a family and get into real estate after
returning home to Pasadena from his stint in the Marines, his relatives said.
His mother said the family plans to bury the
young serviceman at Mountain View Cemetery & Mortuary in Altadena. Funeral
plans are pending.
Knowing her son died doing what he wanted to
do brings comfort to his family, his mother said.
"He was in the infantry, a gunner," said
Irene "Binky" Ramirez. "He wanted to be the first one in. He said, `If I go, I
don't want to be the handle on the sword, I want to be the tip of the sword."'
"He wanted to be an American hero," Cordero
said. "He was short, but everybody looked up to him. He had more heart than other guys and people
liked to be around him. He was always looking to get the maximum potential out
of a situation. He took pride in being a man."
Ramirez attended Wilson Middle School before
going to Pasadena High.
"He was my little homie," said Carlos
Martinez, who attended Pasadena High with Ramirez. "I knew him since the 10th grade. We did the same stuff together. We went
through good and bad times together."
Before joining the Marines, Ramirez covered
up a tattoo on his side with another, a quotation about war by John Stuart
Mill. It read:
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of
things ... The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing
which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature
and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of
better men than himself."
Groveland Man Killed In Iraq
August 24, 2007 By CRAIG CASSIDY, The Union
A Groveland man has been identified as one of
14 soldiers killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday in northern Iraq.
Sgt. Matthew L. Tallman, 30, was among 14
soldiers who died when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Kirkuk, according
to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Tallman, who was based at Fort Lewis, is the
son of Virginia Tallman of Groveland.
Matthew Tallman was a 1996 graduate of St.
Lawrence High School in Santa Clara County, according to Union Democrat
He leaves behind a wife, Nicci, 27, and two
children, Ryley, 1, and Sandie, 6, according to a report in the Muskegon
Chronicle newspaper in Muskegon, Mich.
"There was a whole little family destroyed,"
Vicki Whiting, of Norton Shores, Mich., Tallman's mother-in-law, told the
"He wasn't just a number. I want people to
know Matthew Tallman existed."
At the time of the accident, Tallman had
served just two months in Iraq. Prior to
that, he had served a year in Afghanistan, Whiting told the Chronicle.
According to a DOD statement, Tallman was
trained as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter repairman, and was posthumously
promoted from his specialist rank.
He joined the military on Jan 18, 2000 and
went through Basic Training at Fort Benning, Ga., the DOD said.
He reported to Fort Lewis on Aug. 19, 2005,
where he was assigned to 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment.
His awards and decorations include the Army
Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (two awards), National Defense
Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War
on Terrorism Service Medal.
Jessy Pollard Remembered
August 28, 2007 KSMU
The first day of school at Glendale High in
Springfield, Missouri looked and sounded like any other day…dimly lit hallways
packed with students, teachers monitoring the groups of chattering teens. What
made this day different was that it started with news that a 2003 graduate had
been killed in Iraq the day before.
Most of the students weren’t around when
Jessy Pollard was a student here but Tracy Bruton was.
She was his art teacher for three years. She
says he had a special place in her heart.
"He really responded well to people who were
genuine because he was genuine. He was who he was. He was just a lot of fun to be around. He
just kind of had that, that look in his eye.
There’s just enough orneriness to keep things interesting. I love that and so I did, I really, really did
Jessy Pollard was also adored by his family
and it’s evident in the photographs that hang on the walls of Jobie Goslee’s
home. Jessy Pollard was Goslee’s oldest
grandchild…in one of the photographs from a few years ago, he’s reclining on
the floor decked out in a party hat, a huge smile on his face.
Goslee: "There’s a good one. That says Jessy’s raising cane, laying on my
family room floor, smiling and enjoying being with the rest of his cousins."
Shelton: "You can just see what fun he was
Goslee: "Yes. Can’t you see with that
picture? That’s a good expression of how
Jessy Pollard had wanted to be a soldier for
a long time and after high school he joined the army and volunteered for Ranger
school. Physically, he was such a big guy, that he served as a back-up for the
commanding officer of his platoon. He
shipped out late last year and surprised his family just weeks ago when he came
home for a short leave. Jobie Goslee knew when his grandson visited, he’d want
to kid around about his height.
"I’m six, four and he was very tickled and
rubbed it in to his granddad when he became taller than I. He had a lot of fun with that. Whenever he
would come home, he’d kind of put his arm around my shoulder and say, 'Hi,
Grandad.’ And kind of look down at me you know? So, I’d remember that he was now taller than
Sydney Croxdale says she was like a
grandmother to Jessy Pollard. She was there for many of the "firsts" in his
life. As she’s grieving, those are the
moments that come to mind.
"For some reason we were keeping him for an
evening and took him out and bought him his first ice cream cone. And managed to take home a chocolate ice
cream-covered little boy who was very happy."
Those who knew Jessy Pollard say he kept that
happiness as he grew up. His high school art teacher, Tracy Bruton remembers
him as an endearing young man, trying to find his place in the world.
"I think of that puppy, that big gangly puppy
whose feet are too big. And eventually,
he grows into those feet. And it sounds
like…it sounds like, he grew into those feet and did it in a very, very good
Jessy Pollard had been expecting to transfer
to Hawaii in October and his family says he was thinking about becoming a
Great Moments In U.S. Military
Mass Murder In Mansour;
11 Homes Destroyed As U.S. Air Force Bombs Enemy
Houses destroyed overnight in a US air strike
in the al-Washash neighbourhood of Mansour district in west Baghdad. US combat helicopters and tanks bombarded a
Baghdad neighbourhood in pre-dawn strikes, killing 14 sleeping civilians and
destroying houses, angry residents and Iraqi officials said. (AFP/Ahamd Al-Rubaye)
9.6.07 By Haider Salahaddin (Reuters)
U.S. airstrikes on a Shi'ite neighborhood in
Baghdad overnight killed at least 14 people including one woman and destroyed
11 houses, Iraqi police and residents said on Thursday.
The U.S. military said U.S. special forces
called in the strikes after coming under fire.
One man said soldiers had raided his home in
search of a suspect and had confiscated mobile phones and separated the men
from the women.
Many residents were sleeping on the roofs of
their houses at the time, trying to keep cool in the oppressive summer heat.
"We are a peaceful neighborhood. Why is this
happening to us?" said Abu Talib, an elderly man with a white beard.
Wamidh Abdul Jabbar, a doctor, was sleeping
with her children on the roof of her home when she heard machinegun fire. "Then we heard the planes bombarding and the
sound of buildings crashing. I took my children and we hid under the stairs,"
A Reuters cameraman saw residents pulling the
body of a woman from the rubble of one house, while one man picked up flesh
from the street and placed it into a plastic bag.
"This is a catastrophe. We have pulled 24
bodies from the rubble," said an official at Sadr's office in Washash who
declined to be named.
Two police sources said 14 people were killed
and nine wounded in the air attack on Washash, a poor Shi'ite neighborhood in
western Baghdad's Mansour district. They said the operation took place in the
Reuters television footage showed at least 11
buildings caved in or leveled in three adjoining streets in the densely packed
A neighbor carries Montadar Ali, 4, second
from left, who lost his entire family when his house was destroyed in an
early-morning U.S. attack in the Washash area, western Baghdad, Sept. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
WELCOME TO IRAQNAM:
HAVE A NICE DAY
troops from 1-30 Infantry Battalion set fire to an field during a patrol
along the Tigris river, south of Baghdad, 02 September 2007. (AFP/File/David Furst)
US soldiers wade through a canal during a
patrol, August 2007. (AFP/File/David
Family Says Florida Soldier Wounded In Bomb Attack
September 7, 2007 GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP)
A Gainesville family says their son was among
five soldiers riding in a Humvee that was attacked with a bomb earlier this
week in Iraq.
John Mixson says his 21-year-old son Joseph
is being transported to an Army hospital in Texas, with serious injuries to his
legs and left arm.
John Mixson says his son enlisted in 2005,
despite his family's attempts to dissuade him.
Three other soldiers died and another was
wounded in Tuesday's attack in Baghdad.
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Private Damian Wright And Private Ben Ford Killed
North Of Lashkar Gah, Another Soldier Wounded
6 Sep 07 Ministry of Defence
It is with great sorrow that the Ministry of
Defence must confirm the deaths of Private Damian Wright and Private Ben Ford
who were killed in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, on Wednesday 5
The soldiers, both from the 2nd Battalion The
Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), were taking part in a routine
reassurance patrol 17km north of Lashkar Gah when, shortly after 0915 hours
local time, the Land Rover vehicle they were travelling in was caught in an
explosion. Sadly they were both
pronounced dead at the scene.
Another soldier and an interpreter who were
injured in the explosion were flown by helicopter to the ISAF medical facility
at Camp Bastion for treatment. The interpreter later died of his injuries.
2 More Foreign Occupation Soldiers Killed, "Several"
Wounded, Somewhere Or Other In "Southern Afghanistan
September 7, 2007 BY CHRIS BRUMMITT,
Associated Press Writer
Bomb blasts killed two NATO soldiers and
wounded several others Thursday as insurgent attacks in the country are running
at its highest level since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
The soldiers were killed and wounded in two
separate attacks in southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security
Assistance Force said in a statement.
Romanian Sergeant Killed In Afghanistan By
Makeshift Landmine, Two Wounded
September 7, 2007 Afriqu En Ligne
A Romanian soldier was killed on Thursday in
Afghanistan and two others were wounded after their armored personnel carrier
ran over a makeshift device. According
to Romanian daily Evenimentul Zilei, this brings up to seven the number of
Romanian soldiers dead on the 'anti-terror' front in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sergeant Major Aurel Marcu, 31, died
immediately. Four other members of the team were all injured. Two of the
soldiers, lieutenant Nicolae Grigore and lead-soldier Alex Zafiu, were
transported by helicopter to a Kandahar military hospital, a Romanian Defense
Ministry release informs. The other two received medical assistance in Qalat.
Sergeant Aurel Marcu was married and had a
three-year-old child. He is the seventh Romanian Army fatality in the Middle
East front, where there have been three victims in Iraq and four in
Sep 5 (AFP) & AP & AFP September 7,
2007 BY CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer
A bombing in the northern town of Kunduz on
Tuesday killed two Afghan policemen.
Wednesday, insurgents detonated a remote-controlled
bomb under a police vehicle in neighboring Helmand province, killing two police
and wounding three, said Abdul Manan, a local official.
The coalition also reported two new battles
Tuesday in Kandahar province that erupted after rebels ambushed two separate
The area, called Shah Wali Kot, is one of the
flashpoints in the Taliban's intensifying insurgency.
Two cars carrying Afghan deminers were
reported to be missing in eastern Patika province, said provincial deputy
police chief Ghulam Dastager.
On Wednesday, a joint Afghan and coalition
force on combat patrol in southern Kandahar province came under attack from
insurgent small-arms fire and rocket propelled grenades, the U.S.-led coalition
said in a statement.
Afghan Collaborators Lose Ground Previously Won By
"Many Of The Checkpoints Have Either Been
Abandoned By The Afghan National Police Or Overrun"
September 07, 2007 Andrew Mayeda, CanWest
HOWZ-E-MADAD, Afghanistan -- Leaning on his
rickety bicycle at the side of the road, Ainadeen shrugs when asked where the
explosions came from. All he knows is
that they kept coming, which is why he and other villagers fled to the relative
calm of the desert.
"The police couldn't provide security here," said
Ainadeen, who like many Afghans goes by a single name.
Around last Christmas, Canadian Forces rolled
into this sparse but strategically located village without much resistance from
But now, residents and local police officials
say a small cell of Taliban fighters has entrenched itself in the grape fields
behind the crumbling mud walls.
As recently as last month, in fact, the
black-and-white flag of the Taliban could be seen flying above the village. Until Canadian combat engineers arrived this
week to build a new security outpost, Taliban fighters and police engaged in
daily firefights, said the village's deputy police chief, Hafiz Ullah.
The failure of Afghan security forces to hold
villages such as Howz-e-Madad underscores the challenges that Canada and its
NATO allies face as they try to pacify [translation: occupy] the southern
province of Kandahar with a limited number of troops.
During last fall's Operation Medusa, the
biggest and bloodiest offensive that Canada has fought in Afghanistan, Canadian
troops flushed the Taliban out of its stronghold in Panjwai district, west of
The operation prompted the governor of
Kandahar to declare that the Taliban had been "eliminated" from Panjwai and
parts of neighbouring Zhari district to the north.
Meanwhile, Canadian Forces set up police
checkpoints along Highway 1, a well-travelled road that links Kandahar with
Kabul to the northeast and Herat to the northwest.
But many of the checkpoints have either been
abandoned by the Afghan National Police or overrun by the Taliban. At Howz-e-Madad, for example, British and
Canadian soldiers built a checkpoint last winter that was to be manned by the
But Ullah, the deputy police chief, said his
small team of 15 officers has struggled to hold the Taliban at bay.
"I have only one magazine, and when I reach
for the second I have nothing. I cannot provide security in this way," he said
through an interpreter.
With few men and little firepower, the police
have had their hands full with a group of about 20 Taliban fighters believed to
have found refuge in the village.
Ullah said the situation is comparable at
many of the checkpoints along Highway 1. He said seven police at a nearby
checkpoint were recently killed by the Taliban.
"Some of the checkpoints were lost. There were so many of them with so few ANP,
and that probably caused them to be lost," said Capt. Daniel Morin, second in
command at Patrol Base Wilson, a forward operating base further east toward
As a result of the collapse of the ring of
security along Highway 1, Canadian Forces have launched Operation Garanday
Zmarny (Strong Lion). Under the
operation, Canadian soldiers have been reinforcing checkpoints in the region
that were lost or abandoned.
Canada's top military commander in
Afghanistan, Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche, said recently the checkpoints will
eventually be protected by a combination of Afghan police, soldiers and
But the need for joint checkpoints is a
troubling admission of the ANP's inadequacy at a time when NATO troops are
already stretched thin.
Large Majority Of Americans Don’t Support The War;
Want Troops Home
September 07th, 2007, World Public Opinion
Three in five Americans (61%) think US forces
should get out of Iraq within a year, including 24 percent who favor immediate
withdrawal and 37 percent who prefer a one year timetable. Another 32 percent of Americans say the
forces should stay until security improves.
HOW BUSH BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW, ALIVE
Major Lara Teran comforts a wounded U.S.
soldier outside the operation room of the 28th Combat Support hospital in
Baghdad August 21, 2007. REUTERS/Damir
Iraq Vets Against The War Host "Send Off" Show At
Ft. Drum Coffee House
September 03, 2007 Via BpVETforPEACE
Nearly 4,000 Troops from the Army's 10th
Mountain Division are deploying to Iraq, as I type. (OIF)
IVAW ( Iraq Veterans Against the War ) hosted
a "Send Off" show for the 10th's 1st Brigade Combat Team, at IVAW's Ft
Drum-Watertown, NY, Coffee House.
Many Iraq Vets from area IVAW Chapters were
also present, including the activists from the Binghampton, Ithica, &
Syracuse Triangle, the Prez of the D.C. Chapter, Geoff Millard; Prez of Chicago
Chapter, Aaron Hughes; the Philly IVAW Posse, and National IVAW Executive
Director, Kelly Dougherty, and an army of other IVAW, were all present to lend
support to our Active Duty Sisters and Brothers.
While we're doing shout outs, G.I. Rights
folks (1-877-GIRIGHTS) and your favorite Disabled American Veterans Claims
Counselor was also there.
During the "Send Off" show, The 1st ever hard
copy of IVAW's publication, SIT-REP (a phrase that's been around ever since the
Military began using communication devices,
meaning Situation Report) had its'
introduction. The goal of SIT-REP is to
provide an open, hard copy outlet for Service Members and recent Veterans to
express their opinions, and share their experiences in a non-censored
For submissions, and feedback: editor@IVAW.org. Snail Mail: IVAW, attn: SIT-REP, P.O. Box 8296, Phila.,
PA 19101. FYI, all other info: http://www.IVAW.org
Do you have a friend or relative in the
service? Forward GI Special along, or
send us the address if you wish and we’ll send it regularly. Whether in Iraq or stuck on a base in the
USA, this is extra important for your service friend, too often cut off from
access to encouraging news of growing resistance to the war, inside the armed
services and at home. Send email requests to address
up top or write to: The Military Project, Box 126, 2576 Broadway, New York, N.Y.
2,400 From Oklahoma National Guard Off To Bush’s
9.3.07 Army Times
The 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the
Oklahoma National Guard has received its mobilization order for duty in support
of Operation Iraqi Freedom, officials announced Aug. 22.
On Oct. 19, more than 2,400 soldiers will
mobilize for duty. Soldiers from the 45th IBCT recently completed 28 days of
pre-mobilization training at Camp Gruber, Okla., and Fort Chaffee, Ark. Before they mobilize, the soldiers will
complete 15 more days of training beginning Sept. 10.
The soldiers will leave in mid-October for
Fort Bliss, Texas, for about 10 weeks of pre-deployment training. The soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Iraq
in early 2008.
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
No Comment Necessary
Mahdi Army militiamen celebrate the
withdrawal of British troops from Basra Sept. 7, 2007. Hundreds of supporters of nationalist Moqtada
al-Sadr took to the streets on Friday, celebrating the British handover of
presidential palaces to the Iraqis . (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
Iraq Insurgent Group Names Minister
September 3rd, 2007 AP
An insurgent coalition in Iraq announced Monday
the appointment of an education minister to the group’s so-called 10-member "Islamic
Cabinet," set up in April to challenge the Iraqi government.
In a statement posted on an Islamic Web site,
the Islamic State of Iraq, made up of eight insurgent groups, said its leader
Abu Omar al-Baghdadi chose Mohammed Khalil al-Badria for the education
Al-Baghdadi tasked al-Badria with "protecting
our sons against moral and ideological deviation and raising a new generation
of sons of Islam based on true Islamic teachings and away from the filth of
The formation of the Cabinet in April was
meant to present the Islamic State of Iraq as a "legitimate" alternative to the
U.S.-backed d administration of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki _ and to demonstrate
that it was only growing in power despite the U.S. military push against
The group includes Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, as "war
minister" and Sheik Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Falahi as "first minister." The U.S. military has identified al-Muhajer
by a different pseudonym, Abu Ayyub al-Masri.
Sept 5 (KUNA) & Ireland.Com & 06 Sep
2007 Reuters & By Mohammed Al Dulaimy, McClatchy Newspapers & Reuters
07 Sep 2007
Around 10 a.m. a road side bomb targeted a
convoy of the Iraqi army military intelligence commander in Basra Colonel Jabar
Al Saad. Two of the body guards were killed in the explosion.
The bodies of four policemen were found with
gunshot wounds in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, on Thursday,
Seven Iraqi police officers were injured when
an improvised bomb targeted their patrol in the city of Kirkuk, Iraqi police
said on Wednesday. A police source told
KUNA the bomb targeted a police patrol in one of Kirkuk's main streets,
injuring the seven police officers.
In the north, a truck bomb exploded at a
police checkpoint in Mosul, killing one policeman and wounding 2, police Brig.
Saeed Ahmed al-Jubouri said.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
Making Contact With Troops Who Hate The War Is Not
"A Couple Of Them Cursed The War As I Did"
[GI SPECIALS, PENN STATION & BEYOND]
From: Alan Stolzer, The Military Project
To: GI Special
Sent: September 04, 2007
Subject: Penn Station
I noticed the National Guard
patrolling Penn Station [New York City] was younger than the ones I’d given GI
Specials to before.
A couple of them cursed the war
as I did when I handed them an issue.
All were polite and thankful that anyone gave support
I realized I had only one GI Special left and
thought I’d better save it since I’d covered most of the Station anyway.
I went into a deli nearby for a bite to
eat. A young guy in military shirt and
trousers walked by.
I didn’t think he was a serving troop but
approached him anyway, asking if he was in the military. He said his clothes were his brother’s.
When I asked him how his
brother felt about the war he became animated, telling me how much he hated
it. The remaining GI Special came in
As I handed him the copy his
eyes grew wide and he blurted out how happy his brother would be to receive
His brother had told him how
the Army lies about all kinds of issues and nobody was doing anything about
I gave him my phone number and asked him to
give it to his brother.
serving in the Reserve, lives in Brooklyn and is stationed at Fort
Hamilton. I await his call.
"The single largest failure of the anti-war
movement at this point is the lack of outreach to the troops." Tim Goodrich, Iraq Veterans Against The War
"How To Dissent Within The Ranks Of The Military"
[Thanks to Mark Shapiro, who sent this in.]
Navy Petty Officer Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr.
enlisted in the United States Navy in January of 2004. Two years later, along with a small group of
fellow service men and women, he helped build one of the first active duty
anti-war groups since Vietnam.
Drawing on his own experience as an activist,
as well as the experiences of the GI resistance movement of the 1960s and
1970s, Hutto reminds us of the citizenship rights of active duty, reserve and
National Guard forces, while providing guidance and expertise for those who
wish to be heard.
In the short term, writes Hutto, the goal is
to "mobilize hundreds and thousands of military members throughout the world to
file their grievances and reservations with members of Congress on the Iraq
War." In the long term: "To build
permanence with the formation of an Active Duty Network that can advocate on
behalf of active duty members on a range of issues to all levels of government."
Navy Petty Officer Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr.
enlisted in the United States Navy in January of 2004. Hutto previously worked for Amnesty
International USA as Membership Program Coordinator (MPC) for the Mid-Atlantic
United States from May 2000 to January 2003.
As the MPC, Hutto provided direction and guidance to over 250 student
youth chapters. In the fall of 2001,
after the brutal killing of Howard alumnus Prince Jones by a Prince George's
county officer, Hutto initiated a police accountability project in Prince
George's County, Maryland to combat police brutality which affected mostly
Black and Latino citizens.
Before joining AI, Hutto worked for the
American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area (ACLU/NCA) as their
Community Outreach Director.
Good News For The Iraqi
U.S. Occupation Commands’ Stupid Tactics Recruit
Even More Fighters To Kill U.S. Troops
A group of Iraqi citizens are held prisoner
by foreign occupation soldiers from the U.S. Delta 112 Cav. Battalion as others
search the men’s' house during an armed home invasion near the city of Baqouba,
northeast of Baghdad,, Aug. 31, 2007. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)
U.S. occupation soldiers of Bravo company,
2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment search inside a house during a
night armed home invasion in the Zafraniya neighborhood, southeast of Baghdad,
September 5, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Iraqi citizens have no right to resist home
invasions by occupation soldiers from the USA.
If they do, they may be arrested, wounded, or killed.
[There’s nothing quite like
invading somebody else’s country and busting into their houses by force to
arouse an intense desire to kill you in the patriotic, self-respecting
civilians who live there.
commanders know that, don’t they? Don’t
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 devices) instead."
just humiliated this man in front of his entire family and terrorized his
entire family and you've destroyed his home.
And then you go right next door and you do the same thing in a hundred
homes." Sgt. John Bruhns
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
U.S. Marines Under Command Orders To Engage In
OK To Kill All Iraqis Running Away From IED
September 7, 2007 By Tony Perry, Los Angeles
CAMP PENDLETON -- -- A Marine facing murder
charges in connection with the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis in Haditha, Iraq,
told a hearing officer Thursday that he shot five men as they ran away from a
roadside bomb explosion that killed a Marine and injured two others.
Under the Marine Corps' rules of engagement,
which are taught to infantry Marines at Camp Pendleton and in Iraq, it is
permissible to shoot and kill persons running away from a roadside bomb attack,
even if they are unarmed and there is no proof that were involved in the
attack, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing for another Marine in
"As If The Mahdi Army Can Be Disbanded By An Order
>From The Occupation..."
[Thanks to Pham Binh, Traveling Soldier &
The Military Project, who sent this in.
He writes: As if the Mahdi Army can be disbanded by an order from the
9.5.07 By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Iraq's security
forces will be unable to take control of the country in the next 18 months, and
Baghdad's national police force is so rife with corruption it should be
scrapped entirely, according to a new independent assessment.
The report offers a scathing
assessment of Iraq's Interior Ministry and recommends scrapping Iraq's national
police force, which it describes as dysfunctional and infiltrated by militias.
The study, led by retired Marine Corps Gen.
James Jones, is a sweeping and detailed look at Iraq's security forces that
will factor heavily into Congress' upcoming debate on the war. Republicans see
success by the Iraqi forces as critical to bringing U.S. troops home, while an
increasing number of Democrats say the U.S. should stop training and equipping
such units altogether.
The United States has spent $19.2 billion on
developing Iraq's forces, and plans to spend $5.5 billion more next year.
Iraq Study Panel’s Shocking, Stunning Discovery
09.07.07 By ANNE FLAHERTY, AP [Excerpt]
WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq should be
reduced significantly, according to a new study on Iraq's security forces that
inflamed debate in Congress on how quickly that can happen without hurling the
country into chaos.
The report, authored by a 20-member panel
comprised mostly of retired senior military and police officers and led by
retired Gen. James Jones, said the massive deployment of U.S. forces and sprawl
of U.S.-run facilities in and around Baghdad has given Iraqis the impression
that Americans are an occupying, permanent force.
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
Bush Says He’s "Kicking Ass" In Iraq
to Mark Shapiro, who sent this in.]
[Thanks to Phil G, who sent this in.]
September 7, 2007 By PAUL KRUGMAN, New York
According to The Sydney Morning
Herald, on Tuesday Mr. Bush told Australia's deputy prime minister that "we're
kicking ass" in Iraq.
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Bush’s Retirement Plan:
Making More Millions
3rd September 2007 Daily Mail [UK]
"I can just envision getting in the car,
going down to the ranch," said Mr Bush, 61, already estimated to be worth $20
million. "I’ll give some speeches to
replenish the ol’ coffers.
"I don’t know what my dad gets, it’s more
than 50-75 (thousand dollars per speech) and Clinton’s making a lot of money."
The scope of Mr Bush’s ambitions when he
steps down in January 2009 was revealed in interviews with GQ magazine.
Talking to writer Robert Draper, Mr Bush sat
with his feet on his desk and ate lowfat hot-dogs.
Imperial Democrat Leaders Announce Plans To Kill
More U.S. Troops;
No Withdrawal For Them
September 7, 2007 By Robin Wright and
Jonathan Weisman, Washington Post Staff Writers
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.)
has said that he could drop his demand for a firm troop withdrawal next spring
to win GOP votes.
And Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this
week that she will allow a vote on bipartisan troop legislation that, without
requiring a redeployment, would force the administration to begin publicly
planning for a withdrawal.
DESPICABLE PIECE OF SHIT
WANTED FOR THE MURDER OF U.S. TROOPS AND CITIZENS
THE TRAITOR PELOSI
DESPICABLE PIECE OF SHIT
WANTED FOR THE MURDER OF U.S. TROOPS AND CITIZENS
THE TRAITOR REID
Craig Withdraws Resignation:
Idaho Senator Arrested In Men’s’ Room Says I Will
Not Blow This Job
September 6, 2007 The Borowitz Report
Less than one week after announcing his
intention to resign from office, embattled Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) changed
course today, telling reporters in Washington, "I will not blow this job."
Over the past few days, there had been
whispers in Republican circles that Sen. Craig had, in the words of one of the
Idaho senator’s associates, "pulled out too early,"
"At the end of the day, Larry does not want
to blow this job," the associate said. "He will do whatever it takes to win
back the support of his constituents, even if it means getting down on his
Another associate of Sen. Craig’s agreed that
the Idaho senator announced his intention to vacate his Senate seat too
hastily: "I think Larry now feels that to leave office on September 30 would be
a premature evacuation."
Sen. Craig got a key vote of support from
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn), who held a press conference at the Senate today to
call the charges against the Idaho senator a "bum rap."
But even as Sen. Craig picked up the support
of Sen. Specter, a source close to the Republican caucus indicated that most
Republicans are "backing away" from Sen. Craig.
For his part, Sen. Craig told reporters that
he would take whatever steps are necessary to find favor with his Republican
colleagues: "I will absolutely bend over backwards."
Elsewhere, after a B-52 pilot flew over
several U.S. states carrying nuclear warheads, the Air Force said that it would
discontinue its use of Mapquest.
CLASS WAR REPORTS
"Only The Most Affluent One-Fifth Of US Households
Had Net Income Gains Between 2000 And 2006"
September 3, 2007 By Robert Kuttner, The New
York Times Company [Excerpt]
THIS LABOR DAY, America’s working families do
not have a great deal to cheer. According to the new Census report on economic
trends in 2006, median earnings for fulltime year-round workers last year fell
by about 1 percent, even with a booming economy.
Only the most affluent one-fifth of US
households had net income gains between 2000 and 2006.
The rest had declines, despite productivity
growth averaging about 3 percent per year. The share of people with health
insurance provided by employers declined, as did those with guaranteed
pensions. And all of this discouraging news happened before the current
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