Sunday, September 14, 2003

War News for September 14, 2003 Today in history: On September 14, 2002 President Bush said the United States was willing to take Iraq on alone if the United Nations failed to "show some backbone" by confronting Saddam Hussein. Bring ‘em on: One US soldier killed, three wounded by mine ambush in Fallujah. Bring ‘em on: Three US soldiers wounded in RPG attack in Mosul. Bring ‘em on: US troops under fire in Tikrit. Bring ‘em on: US troops under mortar fire near Mahmudiyah. More on fratricide incident near Fallujah from Stars and Stripes. Two more Iraqi policemen die of wounds, Iraqis promise revenge. WMD report shelved indefinitely due to lack of evidence. Report on US casualties. Soldiers cope in Iraq. Don’t blame these soldiers for the failed policies of George W. Bush. Guerrillas vow to drive US from Iraq. Bush’s failed policies seem to be helping them, too. Powell leaves Geneva empty-handed. On to Baghdad. Newsweek analysis: “If anything, the next confrontation promises to be as nasty as the last, and possibly more damaging to the transatlantic relationship. Reason: the Bush administration is desperate.” CENTCOM reports US 101st Airborne Division helps recover refinery. National Guard recruiting and retention devastated by Bush’s War. “The National Guard had hoped to enlist 62,000 soldiers by the end of September but appears to be falling far short. Only 47,907 soldiers had been enlisted as of the end of August, leaving the Guard 22.7 percent short of its goal. The military's fiscal year ends in September.” Restoring electricity to pre-war levels will take three years and cost $20 billion. It’s useful to remember that Bush’s $87 billion supplemental request included $20 billion for the entire costs of reconstruction. Bush's supplemental request earmarked only $6 billion for electric power. Fuzzy Math! Commentary: How do we get out of this mess without bankrupting our future? Including some interesting observations about how the Great Uniter has divided us as Americans. Local story: Colorado soldier wounded in ambush. Local story: Illinois soldier killed in Iraq.


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