Saturday, September 27, 2003

Today in history: September 27, 2002: Bush said the United Nations should have a chance to force Saddam Hussein to give up his illicit weapons before the United States acted on its own against Iraq. Quote of the Day: “Limbaugh’s full of shit.” Gen. Wesley Clark. War News for September 26 and 27, 2003 Bring ‘em on: Mortar round fired at US troop position kills seven Iraqis in Baquba. Bring ‘em on: Rocket attack on Baghdad hotel housing senior US personnel. Bring ‘em on: US soldier dies in Tikrit fire. Bring ‘em on: One US soldier killed, two wounded in Kirkuk RPG attack. Bring ‘em on: US military spokesman reports “three to five attacks” on US troops in 101st Airborne sector every day. US calls up more reserves for Bush’s War. Army offers $5,000 reenlistment bonus for mid-termers in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea. If you look at the conditions of this reenlistment bonus, you'll realize how bad the Army's short-term manpower situation really is. Rummy’s massive planning failure in Iraq rapidly reaching a crisis. Social conservatives push military “reform,” meaning a return to restrictions on female soldiers in combat roles. I suppose PFC Lori Piestewa wasn't patriotic enough for these righteous busybodies. Let’s see some social conservatives actually supporting the troops instead of using the military to support their fundie agenda. US troops open fire at checkpoint in Fallujah. Four Iraqis killed, three wounded. “US military officials could not be reached for comment because their telephone system appeared to be malfunctioning. However, residents reached by telephone in Fallujah said the incident occurred late on Friday on the eastern edge of Fallujah, where opposition to the American presence runs deep.” Small towns feel the pain of Bush’s War. "My son died because Bush lied." Fifteen hundred Iraqi civilians dead in Baghdad chaos since liberation. US troops face disciplinary action over last month’s Sadr City flag incident. No help for US in Iraq. Commentary: Bush’s poor leadership fails American soldiers. “Thus the American soldier carries on in Iraq, nearly alone, with no end in sight. It is a devotion to duty that speaks well of all our armed forces, if not of the military doctrine that put them there.” Pentagon may restart “embedded” reporters program in effort to generate positive news from Iraq. (Scroll down for story.) Army wife raising money to pay for soldiers’ furloughs. Bush plans Wisconsin campaign fundraiser. Putin visits Bush. “There is a great deal of speculation in Moscow these days that Russia would agree to send troops to help the American-led coalition in Iraq if the Bush administration moved to protect Russian oil interests in that country…” Musharraf warns Bush: Ignore Muslim anger at your own peril. "If we show one more negative, in the form of a military operation against another Muslim country, I think it's going to be disastrous."


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