Friday, January 14, 2005
War News for Friday, January 14, 2005
"There are some who, uh, feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: bring 'em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation." - George W. Bush, July 2, 2003.
Bring ‘em on: One Iraqi policeman critically injured, four guards and a driver severely beaten in mass escape of 38 Abu Ghraib prisoners, of whom 10 were later recaptured. The escape was possible because of a shortage of handcuffs.
Bring ‘em on: Two Marines killed in Al Anbar province.
Bring ‘em on: Four Iraqi police and three civilians killed, 30 others wounded in car bombing in Khan Bani Saad. Director of a
Bring ‘em on: Seven insurgents shot dead by US snipers while setting up a mortar post near the Abu Sinifa mosque in northern Baghdad. Police officer killed and an Iraqi soldier kidnapped in separate incidents north of
Bring ‘em on: Three Kurdish pershmerga troops killed in fight with insurgents in
Bring ‘em on: US troops battle insurgents in
Bring ‘em on: One Egyptian and four Kurds abducted in separate incidents in and around
Bring ‘em on: US troops burn down commercial shops in the al-Radwaniya district west of Baghdad after coming under attack from the area.
A statement on “Bring ‘em on’ by alert reader Lie Detector, from yesterday’s comments:
"Sometimes, words have consequences you don't intend them to mean. 'Bring 'em on' is the classic example, when I was really trying to rally the troops and make it clear to them that I fully understood, you know, what a great job they were doing. And those words had an unintended consequence. It kind of, some interpreted it to be defiance in the face of danger. That certainly wasn't the case." - G.W. Bush, January 13, 2005
THE BOY EMPORER'S MEMORY MUST BE REALLY BAD, OR HE HAS PAINTED HIMSELF INTO A CORNER AND IS TRYING TO FIND A WAY OUT BY REWRITING HISTORY (AGAIN). READ AND LISTEN FOR YOURSELF TO THE FULL QUOTE AND SEE IF YOU CAN HEAR ANY HINT AT RALLYING THE TROOPS OR PRAISING THEM FOR THE "GREAT JOB THEY WERE DOING."
[CLICK TO LISTEN] - "Uhh ... Anybody who wants to harm American troops will be found, and brought to justice. Uhh ... There are some who feel like that uhh, if they attack us, that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don't understand what they're talking about if that's the case. Let me finish.
There are some who, uh, feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: bring 'em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.
Of course we want other countries to help us. Great Britain is there; Poland is there; Ukraine is there, you mentioned. Anybody who wants to help, we'll welcome the help. But we got plenty tough force there right now to make sure the situation is secure. We always welcome help. We are always glad to include others in, but make no mistake about it, and the enemy shouldn't make any mistake about it. We will deal with them harshly if they continue to try to bring harm to the Iraqi people. I also said yesterday an important point: That those who blow up the electricity lines really aren't hurting America; they are hurting the Iraq citizens; their own fellow citizens are being hurt, but we will deal with them harshly as well."
- George W. Bush, July 2, 2003, referring to attacks against
Thanks, Lie Detector. Couldn’t have said it better myself. (I did fix the date and de-bolded the comment. Sorry, LD, it was making my ears ring.)
Six people killed, eight injured when in head-on collision between a minibus and a
100 yards: The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq issued a list of crimes it hoped to squelch so the country can have a safe and fair vote for a new national assembly on Jan. 30, a spokesman said Thursday. The crimes include bribing electoral workers, forcing people to vote a certain way and bringing a weapon within 100 yards of a polling station.
But many Iraqis say they are afraid to go within 100 yards of a polling station. The violence has terrified Sunni Muslims, who dominate the areas hit hardest by the insurgency and by the U.S.-led response to it. Many say they will stay home from the polls for their safety.
Oil for food: For months, the US Congress has been investigating activities that violated the United Nations oil-for-food programme and helped Saddam Hussein build secret funds to acquire arms and buy influence.
But a joint investigation by the Financial Times and Il Sole 24 Ore, an Italian business daily, shows that a tanker seen at Iraq's Khor al-Amaya terminal by a UN inspector was involved in the single largest and boldest smuggling operation in the oil-for-food programme - and that the operation was conducted with the knowledge of the US government.
Special to Yankeedoodle: The Army, stretched thin by the conflicts in
At least 320 retirees signed up last year under this program. Probably more than 500 will go back on active duty this year, says Lt. Col. Karla Brischke, an Army personnel manager. Ages range from mid-40s to late 60s and possibly older, and each has at least 20 years of military service.
"It doesn't mean that we're scraping the bottom of the barrel," says Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty, a spokesman for the Army personnel department.
Hey, Yankee, here’s your chance for a little supplemental income…;-)
Special to the rest of us: The Selective Service System is looking for men and women to serve as members of local boards that are currently in a standby mode. A prospective member must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old, registered with the Selective Service (if male), not employed in law enforcement, not an active or retired Armed Forces member and not convicted in any criminal offense.
Dissent Part One: Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, an architect of the
Otherwise, Baker says, the
Oh my god, we wouldn’t want that to happen!
Dissent Part Two: Scowcroft, a retired lieutenant general who served as national security adviser to the former president, is not nearly as sanguine as the incumbent president on the Jan. 30 National Assembly elections in Iraq.
The elections "won't be a promising transformation, and it has great potential for deepening the conflict. We may be seeing incipient civil war at this time," Scowcroft told a recent gathering sponsored by the New America Foundation. Anxiety among President Bush's Republican base about the elections and overall
Dissent Part Three: Sixteen House Democrats led by Rep. Lynn Woolsey of
The anti-war Democrats' letter was sent as more voices are being raised across the political spectrum in
Opinion: Amid the daily turbulence and chaos plaguing
Opinion: Bush is nearing his Tet moment. After the Jan. 30 elections, he will have three options. Persevere in a no-win war with 150,000
Opinion: It took no less a sage than President Bush to put the firing of four high-level CBS News employees in perspective: "CBS said they would act. They did. And I hope their actions are such that this doesn't happen again." This from the man who fired not a single person in his entire administration for getting nearly everything wrong about Iraq and taking the nation to war for reasons that did not exist or were downright specious. Lucky for Bush he's only the president of the
Opinion: The drumbeat to focus responsibility for the torture and other vicious abuses of noncitizen prisoners in American custody has begun. But it has not yet stirred Congress. Not only is the Republican leadership silent, but where is the outrage from the minority leaders—Harry Reid in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House?
As reported by Frank Davies in the December 27 Miami Herald, retired rear admiral Don Guter, former navy judge advocate general, says it plain: "That branch [Congress] has really abdicated its responsibility to set rules and oversee what's happening [to the detainees], and we are paying a price for it."
Opinion: Characterized as a possible suicide by cop, the story of Andres Raya made national news because it was captured on the surveillance tape of a local liquor store. It is symbolic of the untold story of war. In the coming years, thousands of similar stories will unfold in towns and cities across
Commentary: I’d like to put out an urgent call to Republicans to make sure their sons and daughters volunteer for active military service. Uncle Sam needs you. National Guard and Army Reserve recruitment is falling short by some 50%, and it’s getting tougher and tougher for the Marines, the Army and the other services to get the kind of recruit they want. Wait a minute -- the Marines and the Army ought to be flooded with volunteers!
Some 59,000,000 Americans voted for George Bush and the Republicans. That includes the majority of the people in
I’ll volunteer to drive busloads of young Republican volunteers to their first military basic training session after they enlist. And there should be a huge number of volunteers; I don’t think Republicans are cowardly blowhards like most Democrats. Otherwise, I’m sorry to say, I’m going to tell my Congressman Lincoln Davis that we need a military draft in this country. The reason is simple: we need to hold people accountable for what they do, and it’s time for Republicans to go face combat and support their Commander in Chief. You voted for it. Now go get in it.
Local story: Funerals held for two Louisiana National Guardsmen killed in
Local story: Services held at Hawaii Marine base for nine Marines and one Navy corpsman killed in Fallujah.