Tuesday, November 11, 2003

A Veteran’s story for Veteran’s Day: Georgia soldier wounded in Iraq. “Martinez became a one-man pep squad several months ago, when nurses in BAMC's world-renowned burn ward asked him to speak to some depressed patients who were refusing to do their physical therapy. His words helped, and he's been volunteering ever since.” And some last letters home. War News for November 11, 2003 Bring 'em on: Attacks against US troops have escalated to 30 per day. Bring 'em on: Baghdad civil court bombed. Six wounded, including two Iraqi policemen. Bring 'em on: Three US soldiers wounded in roadside bomb attack near Mosul. Bring 'em on: More explosions reported in central Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Four Iraqi civilians killed by roadside bomb in Basra. Bring ‘em on: Iraqi oil executive ambushed in Mosul. Bring 'em on: British security consultant wounded in ambush. A war in search of a strategy. L. Paul Bremer returns to Washington for "consultations." Gen. Myers says US is "revising" strategy in Iraq. "Gen. Richard Myers said warplanes, bombs, and aerial assaults are now a part of that plan." Iraq faces severe health crisis. Oil facility sabotage expected in Iraq and now Saudi Arabia. Veterans compare Iraq to Vietnam. Press wants to interview wounded soldiers, but it takes several weeks to process the requests. A story you won’t see in the US media, but you can bet the rest of the world will see it. Troop morale in Iraq. Commentary Opinion: The Names Bush Won’t Mention. Opinion: Support the Troops. “But it's hard to deny the stunning insensitivity of President Bush's remarks back on July 2: ‘There are some who feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is bring 'em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.’ Those are the words of a man who can't imagine himself or anyone close to him actually being in the line of fire.” Opinion: “For all its fine words, this CEO White House has little empathy for workers or soldiers, the ''grunts'' who make this country go. Enlisted men and women in Iraq have been treated badly. Many go into occupation with useless flak jackets that date from the Vietnam era.” Opinion: Remember the wounded. "...an even deeper anger is for those who start such conflicts without thinking about what will happen to young Americans, carelessly saying: 'We must accept casualties for the national good.' Such statements are made by men who never were in combat and never were in harm's way. At the top of that list is a president who did not serve in Vietnam though he had the chance; who said "bring 'em on!" when he was not the one to fight; a president who dared to pretend that he had been in combat by landing on the flight deck of a carrier, claiming falsely that the war was over; a president who flew over Baghdad, safe in an airplane, when earlier presidents - Lincoln in Richmond in 1865 and Kennedy in Berlin in 1963 - risked their lives to show an American presence in places of great tension and danger." Opinion: Soldiers die when leaders lie. "I was a lieutenant in 1969 and 1970 with the First Brigade Fifth Infantry Division in the Quang Tri province of South Vietnam." Casualty Reports Local story: Maine soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Pennsylvania soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Texas soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: North Dakota soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Arizona soldier wounded in Iraq. Home Front Lieutenant AWOL celebrates veterans' day by laying wreath at Arlington, signing Fallen Patriots Tax Relief Act, (a cleverly-named piece of legisaltion that doubles the tax-free death gratuity payment given to the families of soldiers KIA and which the AWOL rat bastard fought tooth and nail) and the National Cemetery Expansion Act, and then running off to a nice, friendly Heritage Foundation fundraiser.


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