Wednesday, October 15, 2003

War News for October 15, 2003 Bring ‘em on: US troops in firefight at Syrian border. Bring ‘em on: Three US soldiers wounded in ambush near Shumayt. Iraqis riot over fuel in Safwan. Kuwaitis close border. Bring ‘em on: US troops in firefight in 4th Infantry sector. The information is buried deep in this story about Iraqi dinars. US increases security in Baghdad after receiving “specific threats.” Disorders continue in Karbala. Unemployment in Iraq at 70 percent. “Summarizing a half-year of occupation last week, U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer pointed to Baghdad's reopened shops and traffic-filled streets. ‘Anyone can see the wheels of commerce turning,’ he told reporters. His economic status report did not mention the millions of idle workers, but Iraqis see them everywhere, on their streets, in their homes. ‘This is our biggest problem today,’ said Nouri Jafer, labor undersecretary in Iraq's interim Cabinet.” Bremer needs to get out of the office a little more. Well, maybe a lot more. Like permanently. The silly little man in the combat boots is just plain incompetent. Read this article to find out how incompetent he really is. Bush consolidates contract management under Bremer’s CPA. “The Pentagon is planning a new office to oversee tens of billions of dollars in contracts, taking away some power held by the US Agency for International Development, US officials said yesterday.” George Nethercutt says the fiction of Iraqi recovery is a “better and more important story than losing a couple of soldiers every day.” Fuck you, George Nethercutt. Pathetic Bush snivels about media coverage of his war. “Too negative!” Bush’s War “has increased al-Qaida's recruiting power, morale and even its operational capability, a British think tank said in its annual report that was published on Wednesday.” The same report finds that Rummy’s military geniuses were unprepared for post-war administration, and are still floundering…”some half a year on, ‘the situation has hardly improved and small arms and light weapons are readily available to criminals and insurgents alike.’” Nice going, you idiots. Casualty Reports Local story: Texas soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Texas soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Minnesota soldier injured in Iraq. Commentary Baltimore Sun: “President Bush complains that the press accentuates the negative in its reports from Iraq. And he's almost right - far more is heard about ambushes in Fallujah than about the return of normal commerce to the shops of Kirkuk. But he misses two crucial points. One has to do with the nature of news; far more, after all, is heard about murders in Baltimore than about the planting of new flowerbeds along Pratt Street. The second point, the more important one, has to do with the nature of Iraq - because unless the fighting there can be contained, none of the rest of it matters.” Except, of course, to George Walker Bush’s political career which is the real reason we started this war and why Bush so desperately wants to hide the facts of his foolish war from the American electorate. The American press needs to do it’s job – hold him accountable.


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