War News for May 12, 2004
Bring ‘em on: One Iraqi killed, three wounded in attack on ICDC patrol near Baquba
Bring ‘em on: Insurgents destroy Iraqi police station near Samarra
Bring ‘em on: Fourteen Iraqis killed in fighting near Kufa
Bring ‘em on: Twenty-five Iraqis killed, seven US soldiers wounded in fighting near Karbala
Bring ‘em on: One US Marine killed in action in al-Anbar
Bring ‘em on: Four Filipino workers killed in mortar attack on US base near Balad
US applies “Fallujah Solution
” to crisis in Najaf. “The U.S. Army commander whose troops are facing off with al-Sadr's militia announced yesterday that he might recruit those same insurgents for an Iraqi civil defense force he plans to build in Najaf.”
Troop R&R cuts
announced. “Following a query from Stars and Stripes last Friday, the task force was unable to make a spokesman available to discuss the impact of cutbacks on units other than 1st ID. But according to an article in the latest edition of the Desert Voice — an Army command publication circulated on bases in Kuwait — the total number of R&R slots available to all troops was cut from 470 per day to 85 per day for May 1-June 15.”
Field expedient armor
. “The jerry-rigged Humvee has some advantages, the soldier said. With a plywood/sandbag sandwich in place of armor in the rear bed, the gunner has a more open field of fire than a soldier trying to shoot out of the tiny passenger windows of a M1114. But, he added quickly, ‘It would make me 100 times happier to have steel plates.’ Neither the truck commander nor his driver said he believed the vehicle would withstand a roadside bomb blast.”
: “The administration and its Republican allies appear to have settled on a way to deflect attention from the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib: accuse Democrats and the news media of overreacting, then pile all of the remaining responsibility onto officers in the battlefield, far away from President Bush and his political team. That cynical approach was on display yesterday morning in the second Abu Ghraib hearing in the Senate, a body that finally seemed to be assuming its responsibility for overseeing the executive branch after a year of silently watching the bungled Iraq occupation.”
: “But there is a mind-set in our country, exemplified by Inhofe, that every Iraqi who doesn't want us taking over their country must be a terrorist. That comes from looking at Arabs and thinking terrorists, which might lead somebody to think it was OK to strip them naked and stack them like firewood or attack them with vicious dogs. On talk radio today, the callers will be talking about why we aren't writing about how outraged we are about the beheading of Berg instead of continuing to harp on the prisoner abuse. As an American, I'm sickened and disheartened by what happened to Berg, but I guess it comes down to that old business about taking responsibility for your own actions. We're Americans. We're responsible for the war in Iraq. We're responsible for how it's conducted. We could have blocked it in the first place if we'd spoken up.”
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Subject: That’s a big price tag for a fifty-cent head<-Dont give yourself away Opinionist
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