Saturday, October 04, 2003

Quote of the Day: "After reading the paper this morning about the pill-popping, skirt-chasing and Hitler-praising, it would be very tempting to point out Republican hypocrisy on values. But would that be the right thing to do? Absolutely." Sen. Joseph Lieberman. War News for October 4, 2003 Bring 'em on: US soldier killed, one wounded during RPG ambush in southeast Baghdad. Bring 'em on: US soldiers open fire after being stoned by demonstrators in Baghdad. Two US soldiers injured, one Iraqi reported killed. Bring 'em on: Three attacks reported against Iraqi police in Kirkuk. BBC timeline of fatal US casualties in Iraq since Bush declared an end to major combat operations. Iraqi Governing Council members claim Bremer's boys are incompetent and corrupt. "On Wednesday the Iraqi council, in a testy exchange with the occupation administrator, L. Paul Bremer III, challenged an American decision to spend $1.2 billion to train 35,000 Iraqi police officers in Jordan when such training could be done in Iraq for a fraction of the cost. Germany and France have offered to provide such training free... Iraqi officials and businessmen charge that millions of dollars in contracts are being awarded without competitive bidding, some of them to former cronies of Mr. Hussein's government." Opposition increases to Bush resolution on Iraq. Bottom of the barrel: US secures Serbian troops for deployment to Afghanistan under US command. Bush says US is making "steady progress" in Iraq. Clark says Bush's "rush to war" was based on twisted intelligence. "General Clark said the administration was governing 'against the will of the majority' by being secretive, demonizing critics and retaliating harshly 'against anyone who expresses dissent, questions their facts or challenges their logic.'" Almost 4,000 GI's have been medically evacuated from Iraq for "non-combat reasons." Contracts awarded. Fluor, Washington Group International and Perini Corp and IAP Worldwide Services get $290 million to restore electricity in Iraq. Bush's huckster approach to "public diplomacy." Local story: New Jersey soldier killed in Iraq.


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