Tuesday, July 22, 2003

News entries for July 22 Bring ‘em on: CENTCOM reports one soldier killed and one wounded in convoy ambush between Balad and Ar Ramadi. Bring ‘em on: Two US troops wounded in ambush in Ramadi marketplace. More protests in Baghdad. On patrol with the troops. Duty in Dreamland: “Re-enlistment is a cuss word right now.” Local stories: 101st Airborne soldiers killed near Mosul were from Townsend, Massachusetts and Elba, Alabama. Rummy and Condi ignored findings from the professional Army on force structure. Bad assumptions, inter-agency squabbling, faith-based planning… Bush now trying to build a Coalition of the Able. Was the Coalition of the Willing just more hype? Afghanistan: Taliban fighters increase attacks. Afghanistan: Canadian troops arrive. Wolfie: Finding WMD no longer a priority. There's a pattern here. After 9/11, Bush said he was "on the hunt" and he'd get Osama bin Laden dead or alive. But in March 2002, after that wily ol' debbil Osama slipped out of Afghanistan, Bush suddenly said, "he's not a priority." That other ol' debbil, Saddam Hussein was such an imminent threat that we had to invade Iraq right now. We even launched the ground war before the troops were out of the staging areas because of a tomahawk strike that targeted Hussein personally. But when he vanished, Bush said Hussein was now irrelevant. Just what is a priority with this administration? Aside from smash and grab tax cuts, of course. Comic relief: Bush asks Berlusconi to help mend US-European relations.


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