Wednesday, December 03, 2003

War News for December 3, 2003 Bring ‘em on: Six Iraqis wounded as several villages put up resistance to US raids. Bring ‘em on: Missile fired at US C-130 at Baghdad airport last week. Bring 'em on: Convoy of civilian contractors ambushed near Samarra. Two wounded. Bring 'em on: Honduran soldiers mortared near Najaf. Gasoline shortages continue. Off with his head. Workers demolish gigantic bronze busts of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad. Phase III in Iraq. “The question therefore is no longer one of invasion and war, or even of occupation and withdrawal. It is a question, fundamentally, of which Iraqis will take control of their country as the coalition's grip eases, how they will do so, and with what degree of legitimacy. This next phase offers a choice: self-rule - or self-destruction.” Halliburton gets another extension on its no-bid contract in Iraq. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in October it would replace by the end of December a no-bid deal given in March to Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root, which by last week had clocked up more than $1.72 billion in business. But Army Corps spokesman Bob Faletti said the ‘deadline window’ had been extended until Jan. 17, 2004.” Analysis: Liberators become occupiers. Commentary Opinion: Do Americans know the score? “When it has to be 54-0 before the government lets us know the score, it is no surprise to discover that this ploy may have as little credibility as the nation that issued it.” Opinion: Democracy is incompatible with Bush’s failed “preventive war” doctrine. Casualty Reports Local story: Illinois soldier killed in Iraq.


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