Friday, September 05, 2003

War News for September 5, 2003 Bring ‘em on: Halliburton employee shot dead in Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Briton killed in ambush near Mosul. Bring ‘em on: US troops ambushed in Ramadi and Fallujah. Two American soldiers wounded by RPG fire in Ramadi. Undetermined gas leak kills 14 in Baghdad. More sabotage? Iraqi cleric in Najaf calls for “peaceful resistance” to US occupation but warns ''once we find that this road has come to a dead end, we will adopt other means.'' Gunmen attack Baghdad mosque during Friday prayers. Three Iraqis wounded. Rummy tours Iraq but ducks pissed-off troops. Powell says American policy in Iraq is on track. Canada "unlikely" to commit troops to Iraq. Australia refuses to commit troops to Iraq. Spaniards going wobbly. “Spanish Defense Minister Federico Trillo said Thursday that the duration of the deployment of the Spanish forces in Iraq will depend on the evolution of the situation there.” GCC members rule out sending troops to Iraq. Wolfowitz of Arabia says US has sought UN resolution “since fall of Baghdad.” Cites bombing of UN headquarters as a “breakthrough.” Retired USMC general blasts Lt. AWOL’s Iraq policy. "There is no strategy or mechanism for putting the pieces together," said retired Marine Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, and so, he said, "we're in danger of failing." General Zinni commanded CENTCOM for three years, and served a DCINC for two years. Previously, General Zinni commanded Operation Provide Comfort, the US relief mission in Northern Iraq, and Operation Provide Hope in Somalia. He served as US Special Envoy to the Middle East last year. This guy knows more about the region than the entire herd of Heritage Foundation buffoons and American Enterprise Institute amateur field marshals who are currently running American policy in the region. When a professional like General Zinni says our Iraq policy is tits up in a ditch, he ain’t bullshitting, folks, and he isn’t playing politics. Democrats attack Bush's Iraq policy during debate. Department of Duct Tape issues new terror advisory. “The advisory includes a laundry list of possible attack scenarios, and says al Qaeda may be researching how to disseminate diseases and toxins by contaminating water and food, or aerosolizing an agent in an enclosed space…But the advisory says there is no specific information on individual targets or dates that would warrant raising the nation's threat alert level from the current yellow (elevated) to orange (high).” What a co-inky dink! Actually, this is getting old. There has been a pattern to Tom Ridge’s terror alerts that has become too familiar: every time there is bad political news for Bush al Qaeda rears its ugly head. Bush stubbornly resisted creating a unified department responsible for homeland security until forced to so. Then, rather than create a well-funded coherent organization with a clearly defined mission, Bush exploited the opportunity to breach civil service regulations and launch a stealth attack on Federal unions. The curious pattern of false terror alerts, always based on “non-specific intelligence” and always coinciding with bad political news, makes it clear that Bush is using the Department of Homeland Security as a heat shield to manipulate the news media. As we saw when Tom Delay illegally used Department of Homeland Security intelligence assets to track down Texas Democrats, the GOP loyalists in the Department are more partisan than patriot. Bush issues Patriot Day proclamation.


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