Friday, August 29, 2003

War News for August 29, 2003 Bring ‘em on: US soldier killed, three wounded in RPG ambush near Baquba. Bring ‘em on: US troops wounded in bombing in Ramadi. Bring ‘em on: US troops under RPG fire near Fallujah; two US soldiers wounded. (Buried deep in this CNN story.) Bring ‘em on: Explosion reported near British HQ in Basra. Bring ‘em on: Bulgarian troops under RPG fire in Karbala. Afghanistan: CENTCOM reports one US soldier killed during combat operations in Zabul province. “We’re making good progress:” Another explosion reported on Iraq-Turkey pipeline. “We’re making good progress:” At least 75 dead in Najaf car bombing, including leading Shi’ite clergyman. Chalabi blames Baathists for Najaf bombing. '''The Americans have complete control over security and military force and we have a lot of information. We need to work better to marry the two -- the information and the ability to act,' he said." Who’s who among Shi’ite clergy in Iraq. Op/Ed: US sinking in Iraq quagmire. “The present administration has proven itself very skilled at spinning reality so that truth becomes invisible.” Return of the prodigal: Bush ends summer vacation. “Said analyst Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies: ‘You're going to have to prepare the American people for figures that could climb up to at least 1,000 or more American dead.’” Chirac calls for UN-supervised transfer of political power to Iraqis. Bush administration making no progress on efforts to gain UN support. The Bush administration wants troops and money from UN members to provide security and reconstruction in Iraq but refuses to allow those member states to participate in the political decision-making in Iraq and wants to keep an exclusively American command structure in place. I suppose the UN members realize that at the top of that command structure is a Commander-in-Chief whose idea of a political solution is to swagger around in a soldier costume while bellowing, "Bring 'em on." Of course, it didn't help that Bush managed to gratuitously piss of the entire world before he foolishly invaded Iraq. US troops plaster Baghdad with “Wanted” posters for Saddam Hussein. Coalition of the Unable: Bulgarian Soviet-era military equipment doesn’t function in the desert. Nor does Bush's Soviet-style foreign policy. Local story: Illinois soldier, 20 recovers from wounds. Local story: Pennsylvania soldier killed in Iraq was father of three.


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