Thursday, August 28, 2003

War News for August 28, 2003 Bring ‘em on: One British soldier killed, one wounded 120km north of Basra. Bring ‘em on: Two US soldiers killed, three wounded in ambushes in Baghdad and Fallujah. Bring ‘em on: Four US soldiers wounded in second ambush in Fallujah. Iraqi civilians at the scene cheered and shouted, “Down with Bush” and “We will protect you, Saddam.” Bring ‘em on: Five US soldiers wounded in mortar attack at Baghdad airport. Bring “em on: Four US soldiers wounded in ambush on Balad-Kirkuk MSR. CENTCOM reports US soldier in Kuwait dies from undetermined cause. Bush talks tough: "Terrorists are gathering in Iraq to undermine the advance of freedom. And the more progress we make in Iraq, the more desperate the terrorists will become." Progress? What progress? US troops launch “Operation Ivy Needle” to find Saddam and break up his “support structure.” Arabs outside Iraq show little sympathy for US policy in Iraq. Jackpot: Halliburton and Bechtel cash in on US-taxpayer subsidized Iraqi contracts. “The Post reports Halliburton employees have become an integral part of Army life in Iraq, often dressing in Army fatigues with civilian patches on the shoulders.” Aside from the obvious corruption involved in awarding these no-bid contracts to Bush’s major campaign donors (and in the case of Halliburton, a company in which Dick Cheney has a direct personal financial interest) is the US Army now a private security service for Halliburton? Army Regulation 670-1 restricts the wear of military uniforms to military personnel and Department of the Army civilians, because only those personnel are protected by the uniform as combatants under the Law of Land Warfare. Semper Fidelis: Two US Marine officers selling card deck targeting administration critics. It’s time for these two “officers” to take their entrepreneurial talents into the private sector. Speaking as a former officer of the United States Army, I believe these gentlemen have clearly disregarded the oath they took to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and their partisan political actions while serving on active duty make them unfit to occupy positions of trust in the American armed forces. I urge every civilian reader of this blog who values civilian control of the military and an apolitical American officer corps to contact their elected Congressional representatives and demand a Congressional investigation of these officers’ activities. Concerned veterans might want to contact the Commandant of the Marine Corps and ask for a command inquiry. Commandant of the Marine Corps Headquarters Marine Corps ATTN: General Michael W. Hagee 2 Navy Annex Washington, D.C. 20380-1775


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