Saturday, August 09, 2003

War News for August 9, 2003 Bring ‘em on: Army reveals that a second soldier was killed in Iraq during drive-by shooting. See yesterday’s entry. Bring ‘em on: US base near Fallujah under fire. Bring ‘em on: Four US soldiers wounded in ambushes in Kirkuk and Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Iraqis riot in Basra, residents angry about lack of fuel and electricity. British troops open fire after being stoned at four gas stations in Basra. Grenade thrown at British vehicle. Witnesses report three British soldiers injured. US tactics continue to alienate Iraqis. NYT editorial on losing the propaganda front. Al Qaeda “mutating like a virus.” Recruiting, support and sympathy increasing worldwide as a direct result of bungled US policy in Iraq. Al Qaeda recruits “flocking” to Iraq. Administration claims they’ve been there since before the war; orders a new National Intelligence Estimate on the Iraqi resistance. Gunshot deaths in Baghdad increase 470 percent over last year. Bush says there has been “progress” in Iraq. Condi: Iraq is just like Germany after World War II. Former chairman of Bush's Connecticut campaign finance committee appointed as director of private sector development in Iraq. Surely this appointment is based completely on Foley’s merit; the candidate is more qualified than any of the professional foreign service officers or commerce officials in the entire United states Government, and has nothing to do with the $100,000 Foley raised for Bush’s election campaign or that he was George's classmate at Yale. And the guy doesn’t even have a security clearance! Now that's what I call white-collar affirmative action. Local story: Vermont soldier killed in Iraq was 20 years old. Local story: Iowa Guardsman, 21, loses both legs in mine attack. Two other Iowa soldiers wounded. Home Front: Treasury Department fines 62 year-old American former “human shield” $10,000. Did the Treasury Department fine those wacky Cuban "Brothers to the Rescue" when they flew into Cuban airspace trying to provoke conflict?


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