Sunday, November 30, 2003

War News for November 30, 2003 Bring 'em on: Two US soldiers killed, one wounded in ambush near Husaybah. Bring 'em on: Two Japanese diplomats killed in ambush near Tikrit. Bring 'em on: Two South Korean workers killed, two wounded in ambush near Tikrit. Bring 'em on: Colombian civilian contractor killed, two wounded in ambush near Balad. Tikrit is open for business! "In a tightly guarded ceremony, the governor of Saddam Hussein's home province declared Saturday that the region was open for business, and thanked foreign businessmen who attended a gathering wearing flak jackets and helmets." Is Neil Bush in town? Iraqi exiles criticize pre-war planning. "The fact that the administration embraced their encouragement to go to war but apparently discounted their warnings is an insight into the Pentagon's prewar planning." Thanksgiving for wounded soldiers at Landstuhl Army Hospital. NATO plans force cuts in Bosnia to reinforce Afghanistan and Iraq. Starving success to feed failure. Deaths of Japanese diplomats may delay troop deployments. Japan warns citizens to leave Iraq. Update: Seven Spanish intelligence officers were killed, one wounded in yesterday's ambush. Army Psyops in Baghdad. Meanwhile, the main effort in the information war is flat on its ass. "On Wednesday, the former chief of Iraq's interim administration, retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, said the United States did a 'bad job' of communicating with Iraqis, adding that 'the consequence of that is who they got to listen to is Al-Jazeera.'" "The station's ties to the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority have hamstrung its credibility, said Don North, an adviser and trainer at Al-Iraqiya who later left the network…'IMN has become an irrelevant mouthpiece for CPA propaganda, managed news and mediocre foreign programs,' North wrote in a letter to The Associated Press." Thai troops expect more insurgent attacks near Karbala. Report from Samarra. More on the Army reservist mentioned yesterday. Brown & Root is recruiting. Commentary Opinion: Bush has created an image of American lawlessness. Editorial: All stuffing and no meat. "Nobody has supported this war more than I did since the threat of war against Saddam became war itself. However, it has come time to question just exactly what we are accomplishing in Iraq. For that matter what did we accomplish in Afghanistan? It seems that we moved around a lot of dirt in Afghanistan, but what real progress has been made?" Cartoon: By Jeff Danziger. Danziger is an Army Vietnam veteran, which is why I sometimes find his cartoons so entertaining. Operation Cut and Run Bushies want NATO to take command in Afghanistan. Casualty Reports Local story: Texas soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Florida soldier wounded in Iraq.


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