Friday, December 12, 2003

War News for December 11 and 12, 2003 Bring 'em on: One US soldier killed, 14 wounded by suicide bomber in Ramadi. Bring 'em on: Green Zone mortared in Baghdad. Two US soldiers wounded. Bring 'em on: Two Polish soldiers wounded by roadside bomb ambush near Hilla. Bring 'em on: Two US soldiers, two journalists wounded in ambush in Mosul. Bring 'em on: Iraqi policeman killed by roadside bomb ambush near Baghdad. Saddam Hussein's palace likely choice for new US embassy in Baghdad. Fashion maven and incompetent adminisrator L. Paul Bremer says to expect an increase in anti-US attacks in Iraq. CENTCOM reports US soldier dies of "non-hostile gunshot wound." CENTCOM reports one US soldier drowned, one missing in accident. Almost half of the soldiers in the first New Iraqi Army battalion quit. Cheney's Halliburton gouges American taxpayers on Iraq contracts. Soldiers were pre-screened for Lieutenant AWOL's Operation Jive Turkey. In contrast, when President Clinton visited American troops at Tuzla in 1996, there was no effort made to "screen" the troops. That's the difference between a real President and a phony PX hero like Lieutenant AWOL. Commentary Editorial: Army nurse sounds off about Operation Jive Turkey. "It's too bad Mr. Bush didn't add us to his holiday agenda. The men said the same, but you'll never read that in the paper. Mr. President would rather lift fake turkeys for photo ops, it seems. Maybe because my patients wouldn't make very pleasant photos." Opinion: Christmas for Halliburton. "White House officials, when asked for comment, responded: 'We have a remedy for this situation already in the works. Halliburton will be donating the $128 million to charity. And that will be that. This whole situation just serves to support our recent decision to exclude most of the world from the Iraqi reconstruction contract bidding process. Imagine the problems we would have trying to ride herd on all these other companies from all these other countries. They’re just so many. Halliburton graft and corruption is just the usual American graft and corruption we are all used to. We know what it looks like and smells like. This foreign stuff, phew! We’d all have to go back to school to figure it out.'" Opinion: In this administration the right hand seldom knows what the far-right hand is doing. "Maybe I'm giving Paul Wolfowitz too much credit, but I don't think this was mere incompetence. I think the administration's hard-liners are deliberately sabotaging reconciliation." Casualty Reports Local story: Oregon soldier dies in Iraq. Local story: California soldier dies in Iraq. Local story: Oregon soldier dies in Iraq. Local story: California soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Connecticut soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: New Hampshire soldier wounded in Iraq. Local story: Ohio soldier dies in Iraq.


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