Tuesday, January 18, 2005
War News for Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Bring ‘em on: Three US Marines killed in Al Anbar province.
Bring ‘em on: Eight ING soldiers killed by gunmen in Buhriz. Seven policemen killed in car bombing in Beiji. US Marines attacked by car bombing in Ramadi, number of casualties undisclosed. Bodies of five civilians and one Iraqi soldier found in Ramadi with notes identifying them as collaborators.
Bring ‘em on: Militants reportedly setting up checkpoints on roads south of
Bring ‘em on: Eight Chinese nationals kidnapped by militants.
Bring ‘em on: Four designated polling sites mortared in
Bring ‘em on: Election candidate from Allawi party killed in
Bring ‘em on: Four guards killed, eight wounded in car bombing of SCIRI party headquarters in
Bring ‘em on: Iraqi Catholic archbishop of
Bring ‘em on: Lebanese national kidnapped by militants.
Bring ‘em on: Bursts of heavy machine gun fire and small explosions reported in south
Election security: Iraqi land borders to be closed from January 29-31 for security during the elections.
Not a piece: Intelligence and congressional officials say they have not seen any information — never "a piece," said one — indicating that WMD or significant amounts of components and equipment were transferred from Iraq to neighboring Syria, Jordan or elsewhere.
President Bush and top-raking officials in his administration used the existence of WMD in
Still credible: President George W. Bush said the
He said he still would have made the decision to go to war against Saddam's regime knowing what he knows today.
British casualties: Almost 800 British soldiers have been injured in
Kurdish elections: Thirteen years ago, a coalition of Kurdish parties held elections in northern Iraq amid the rubble of 4,000 villages destroyed by Saddam Hussein’s army.Young and old queued for hours to vote for a Kurdish parliament in a poll judged free and fair by international monitors.Yet, after 14 years of self-rule, in which the Kurds have rebuilt their villages and modernised their cities, there is little enthusiasm for Iraq-wide elections only two weeks away.
88 percent: US officials, who were rapturous over what they called a massive turnout in
Retention specialist: Horvath leaves Sunday to join the 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, a 700-member unit that has been deployed since April in the
"The first order of business," Horvath joked, "is to take their weapons away."
Retention rates: Oregon Army National Guard soldiers who served in
Retention rates typically are about 80 percent.
Recruitment goals: Such people as Kilburn are a dream for military recruiters, who are finding it a tougher sell these days to persuade people to put on the uniform. The Mississippi Army National Guard, for instance, didn't reach its 2004 recruiting objective for the first time in five years, officials said. It ranked 11th in the nation, though, for per-capita recruiting among state Army National Guards.
Opinion: Conditions in
It's easy to see how Iraqis slip into conspiracy theories. Three Iraqi friends have already told me they can't believe the
If I didn't know better, I could almost buy into such a theory, too.
Opinion: As the administration says, this is a new kind of war. Yet its plan to keep an old POW rule -- hold suspects until the war's over -- while denying these men its other rules -- no torture, access to international observers -- is unreasonable. If they are soldiers, they should be treated as such. If they are not soldiers, perhaps they would be better considered gangsters and prosecuted in civilian courts. And if they are simply drivers, accountants and other civilians caught up in the terrorism dragnet, why not release them?
Opinion: First off, let's be clear about the fact that there was never any credible evidence to suggest that
Editorial: Regardless of whether Spc. Charles Graner's 10-year sentence was too harsh or too light - many Iraqis apparently think he should be executed in front of his victims - his trial should be the first of many involving military personnel who took part in or condoned the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in
Spc. Graner was not a scapegoat.
He abused detainees and directed others to do so. But he and his low-level colleagues who face judicial hearings are not the only ones who should be punished. In the words of Mr. Graner's lawyer, Guy Womack, "they are going after the order-takers" not "the order-givers."
Pentagon reviews have implicated high-ranking military officials in the abuse scandal. None of them has faced disciplinary action.
Opinion: One has to marvel at the ability of Mr. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald H. Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and the other clamorers for war against Iraq to have managed the truth and their own distortions of it with such success that they are still in power today.