Monday, December 04, 2006
WAR NEWS FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2006
"Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." – George W. Bush, private conversation prior to the
Bring ‘em on: Nine U.S. troops died in Iraq during the weekend, including five killed by roadside bombs, the U.S. military reported Sunday. Two soldiers were killed and two wounded Sunday when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle in northern
50 bodies were found in
Gunmen shot Nabil al-Dulaimi, a journalist working for the local Dijla radio station, in al-Washash district in northwestern
Suspected militants killed three government agricultural engineers and their driver in a drive-by shooting as they headed to work Monday morning in Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad.
At least 16 people were murdered in and around the restive town of
On Sunday, two Iraqi boys, ages 10 and 15, were slightly wounded in an attack on coalition forces during which insurgents fired a rifle grenade in Haditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad. The coalition forces, who suffered no casualties, detained two Iraqis believed to have been involved in the attack
An attack by gunmen killed a man and woman driving in the town of
An insurgent wearing an explosive belt blew himself up next to a police station near the northern oil city of
Police found a body of a man, with gunshot wounds and bearing signs of torture, in Mahaweel, a town 75 km south of
In the northwestern city of
Gunmen killed four policemen in the northern city of
Shiite Imam Taha Yassin, close to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, was shot dead after evening prayers near his home in the southern city of
Gunmen killed a policeman on Sunday in Ramadi.
Gunmen kidnapped an Imam of a Sunni mosque in the town of
Car bombs and other attacks killed at least 18 people across
The Iraqi army killed an insurgent and arrested 41 others during the last 24 hours in different parts of
Helicopter crash: A Marine helicopter carrying 16 people made an emergency landing in a lake in a volatile province west of
This story reports a claim the aircraft was shot down.
Other War News
Kofi Annan points out what regular readers of this site will find obvious, but which can’t be repeated often enough to the other 2,998,000 Americans.
Report details the discrepancies between the
Recounting of a battle in
Exposes more infuriating Bush administration incompetence, this time in failing to rein in corruption that drains Iraqi resources and, in many cases, funds the insurgency.
The overwhelmingly Shiite Muslim military force at the forefront of U.S. and Iraqi plans to secure one of the nation's most fractious provinces is accused of arresting hundreds of Sunni men on little or no evidence, threatening to rape a suspect's wife to coerce a confession, and intimidating its commander's critics.
Dahr Jamail and Ali Al-Fadhily on the political strains within the Shiite community.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said an international conference on the violence in
Commander, Multinational - Division North and the 25th Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, discusses the
Bush will meet today with Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, head of the pro-Iranian Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), at the White House.
Lawyers for Saddam Hussein have lodged an appeal against the former Iraqi president's death sentence for crimes against humanity.
Stephen Hadley explains that we just haven’t managed to succeed.
As demands mount to pull
The text. Cervantes linked to it yesterday, this is for people who are too lazy to scroll.
More Stephen Hadley, now telling us that Bush plans “significant changes” in his approach to
“And when I’m back at
President Bush said Saturday he understands that Americans are disturbed by persistent scenes of bloodshed and turmoil nearly four years after the war began, but promised he is helping to put
Tony Blair will be with Bush when the ISG sham report is issued. His spokesman terms it a “happy coincidence”.
Negroponte commits to staying in position until the end of the Bush term. Great news for death squad aficionados everywhere.
Leaders in the mideast, who actually have to live with the results of US policies there, are understandably concerned about the Bush administration's ability to manage the forces unleashed by the
US Military News
Major Bill Edmonds, a US Army interrogator, on his year deployed in
Rural communities are experiencing a disproportionate amount of
More than 155,000 women have been deployed to
The emotional stresses of
Female Bronze Star recipient copes with PTSD.
The Destruction Of American Freedom In The Name Of A War For
New details emerge of the inhuman treatment of a
More on the disgustingly un-American treatment of Jose Padilla.
The Automated Targeting System - another secret little step toward a police state. But remember, we’re a nation at war!
An east coast radio host suggested that Muslims in
Good for Klein. I hope this story gets a lot more play. What a nation of cowardly little proto-fascists we have become. -m
Another Bush appointee is trying to reduce oversight of a Federal agency. Money quote: "There are two kinds of terrorism in the
Commentary, Opinion, Analysis
Andrew Sullivan rips up right-wingers who are “as graceless in defeat now as they were hubristic in premature victory three years ago.”
Douglas Brinkley on why Bush will be remembered as one of the worst presidents in history even though at least one historian thinks he can still salvage his rep in the next two years. Brinkley himself thinks Bush won’t hit the very bottom of the list, justifying this belief with the following hilarious observation: “I also believe that he is an honest man and that his administration has been largely void of widespread corruption.” Douglas Brinkley is director of the Roosevelt Center at Tulane University, so if you’re thinking of sending your kids to Tulane you might want to instead look for a university that expects its teachers to, like, read the papers.
Shankar Vedantam on psychological entrapment and how
The LA Times on why
The Washington Post on how we don’t know what the hell we’re doing in
Glenn Greenwald with his usual astute commentary, this time on the newly revealed
Robert Parry on why Gates may turn out to be “a yes man who will continue the war pretty much as is.”
Diane Roberts on the phoniness of the Bush administration’s support for ‘democracy’.
John Dean on the upcoming battles between the Democratic congress and the Bush administration over the issues of, well, just about everything.
Frank Rich wonders if the Great Pretender will ever face up to the reality of the damage that he has done not only to the people of
David Swanson has a happy fantasy that hearings on the Bush administration’s crimes will lead to a national consensus in favor of impeachment.
Steve Young speculates that the leaked Hadley memo was “a notice to POTUS that if he continues to ignore the reality of his failed strategy in Iraq that the whistleblower(s) just might keep leaking to the American public that what Bush maintains as a victory or nothing policy, is far worse than nothing…”
David Kurtz makes a good point: “National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley today promised "significant changes" to U.S. Iraq policy, but the Wall Street Journal reports in tomorrow's edition that senior White House officials say that the ouster of Don Rumsfeld was "misinterpreted as a sign that a significant shift is coming." So there you have it. Significant changes but no significant shifts.”
Local Stories And Casualty Reports
An American pilot whose F-16 fighter jet went down in Iraq was listed as killed in action following DNA analysis of remains recovered at the crash site, the U.S. Air Force said Sunday. Maj. Troy L. Gilbert, 34, was supporting troops fighting in Anbar province, where many of the country's Sunni-Arab insurgent groups operate.
For the second time this year, residents of this small town gathered in the high school gym to honor one of their own. Hundreds filed into Morley Stanwood High School last May to remember Matthew Webber, a sergeant with the Army National Guard who died in April from wounds in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq. Several hundred converged again on the same gym Sunday, this time to pay tribute to Army Spc. Bradley Shilling, 22, killed Nov. 18 by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
A 35-year-old Fort Hood Army sergeant killed in Iraq had always loved the military life. Staff Sergeant Jeremy W. Mulhair died Thursday when an explosion hit his vehicle near Taji, Iraq.
Another area soldier has been killed while supporting “Operation Enduring Freedom” in Iraq. Cory Rystad, 20, of Red Lake Falls, Minn., was killed Saturday. He was a member of the Minnesota National Guard unit from the Crookston and Thief River Falls areas. He joined immediately after he graduated from high school in 2004.
Bryan T. McDonough, 22, of Maplewood, was a specialist in the Minnesota National Guard. McDonough's parents told KSTP TV and the Star Tribune that McDonough was killed in Fallujah on Saturday when he was hit by an improvised explosive device, and that the family was notified Sunday morning.
The Defense Department says 21-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Joshua C. Alonzo of Dumas died Wednesday while involved in combat operations in Al Anbar province west of
A U.S. Marine from
Master Sgt. Sean M. Cooley, Sgt. Terrance D. Lee, Staff Sgt. Richard Arnold and Sgt. Robert McNail were honored Sunday by their comrades as the National Guard placed a monument in their honor in front of the Lucedale National Guard armory. The four members of Company B, 150th Combat Engineer Battalion, were killed during the unit's deployment to