Monday, November 03, 2003

War News for November 3, 2003 Bring ‘em on: Roadside bomb ambush kills two US contractors near Fallujah. Bring ‘em on: Mortar fire near US positions, Iraqi police station in Kirkuk. Bring ‘em on: Firefight in Fallujah. 11-year old Iraqi boy killed. Bring ‘em on: Roadside bomb targeted US convoy near Baquba. Two Iraqis wounded. Bring ‘em on: Bomb discovered at mosque in Tikrit. Bring ‘em on: Assassination attempt in Baghdad against deputy governor of Baquba province. One Iraqi killed and 15 wounded. I don’t think the insurgents like this guy. This is the second time they’ve tried to whack him in two weeks. Bring ‘em on: Fighting continued for a third day in Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib. More unconfirmed reports of US and Iraqi casualties. Bring ‘em on: Two US patrols ambushed near Balad and Tarmiya. One US soldier wounded. US Army tank reportedly crushed Iraqi child during Friday’s fighting in Abu Ghraib. Maybe that’s why the locals are so pissed. Ya think? Oil pipeline sabotaged near Samarra. Wounded US soldiers arrive in Germany. General Clark tears Lieutenant AWOL a new one. Pipeline and power line sabotage continues. Plus, Cheney and Wolfie flim-flammed the actual potential of Iraq’s oil revenues to offset reconstruction costs. Gee, I'm real surprised. The GOP's $87 billion War Profiteer’s Relief Act of 2003 is ready for Bush’s signature. “The final version of the $87 billion spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan is missing provisions the Senate had passed to penalize war profiteers who defraud American taxpayers. House negotiators on the package refused to accept the Senate provisions.” Another soldier writes home. Analysis: "But, strangely enough, President George Bush interpreted these attacks as a sign of progress because “they show the desperation of those who oppose the US-led occupation”. He believes that the more successful the Americans are on the ground, the more they will be attacked. This interpretation explains many things: it shows his team’s ignorance of the facts on the ground and the psychology of the Iraqis and of Muslims. Each successful attack is celebrated and considered an act blessed by God against those who are occupying their country." Soldier sentenced for failing to deploy. Of course, this PFC wasn't born with a silver spoon up his nose, either. Commentary Opinion: Repeating the mistakes of Vietnam. “American policymakers were clueless when it came to Vietnamese culture and history…If anything, this is occurring in Iraq to an even greater extent.” Editorial: Bush owes some straight answers on Iraq policy. Casualty reports Local Story: Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Pennsylvania soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: California soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Another California soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Arizona soldier wounded in Iraq. Home Front Bush proclaims "Protection from Pornography Week." Bush Family Values: Porn bad. Profiteering good. How's that for concise?


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