Thursday, June 30, 2005

IT IS OUR FAULT IRAQ IS BAD

EMAIL YOUNG REPUBLICANS!
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From Jesus' General and Crooks and Liars.com

An ongoing campaign to get the Young Republicans to enlist. They are holding a convention in Las Vegas next week and not one of them is volunteering to join the military and fight for freedom and for their leader, Bush.

Please feel free to email these leaders of the Young Republicans and encourage them to do the right thing for once:

Nathan Taylor
Chairman, YRNC 2005, Inc.
nathan@yrnc2005.com

Grant Friedman
Marketing Director, YRNC 2005, Inc.
grant@yrnc2005.com

Allie Patrick
Registration Director, YRNC 2005, Inc.
allie@yrnc2005.com

Robert Arnakis at rarnakis@limail.us. (head of the Leadership institute!)
Phone inquiries can be directed to 703-247-2000 x 536.

Didn't take long for our chickenhawk strutters to start blaming others for their lack of courage and forsight and bad planning and strategic and tactical blunders.

From Reuters:
Several Senate Republicans denounced other lawmakers and the news media on Thursday for unfavorable depictions of the Iraq war and the Pentagon urged members of Congress to talk up military service to help ease a recruiting shortfall.

Families are discouraging young men and women from enlisting "because of all the negative media that's out there," Sen. James Inhofe (news, bio, voting record), an Oklahoma Republican, said at a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Inhofe also said that other senators' criticism of the war contributed to the propaganda of U.S. enemies. He did not name the senators.

Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker urged members of Congress to use "your considerable influence to explain to the American people and to those that are influencers out there how important it is for our young people to serve this nation at a time like this."
No Republican seems to be asking their children to sign up, it seems! The Young Republicans are very angry that we are demanding they put their money where their puckered up little mouths are and sign up but they won't. Not a single one.

There are 100,000 "Little Green Footballs" subscribers to that rank rightwingloon site and of that number, the recruits this year are exactly zero. Not one.

Worse, the recruiters are forbidden to appear at the Young Republican's convention. I say, shut the doors, post armed guards at every exit and forcibly sign up the whole lot of them. They can then be escorted onto waiting buses and shipped out. Nothing less will work.

This ratty, squealing mess in Iraq is the responsiblilty of those people who voted for Bush, who voted for military intervention, who wave flags, who yell, "Bring them on," who backed this mess. I demonstrated against the war. I resisted it from day one. I even thought the war in Afghanistan was stupid. I was for a specially trained unit to storm bin Laden's hideouts and take him to justice. Most of the people of Afghanistan had nothing to do with him.

Now they do. Our hunt for him has now alienated many of the villagers there and we are now the targets of their own manhunt.

The day Bush gave his speech asking for soldiers, sort of, feebly, 20 soldiers died in our wars over there. More are dying each day. Time for the Republican leadership to ask anyone under the age of 55 who is related to them to join. This includes mothers and wives, all of them. They are needed, they better show up and prove they are real patriots.

From USA Today:
Near the end of his speech on Iraq on Tuesday night, President Bush issued an appeal: “To those watching tonight who are considering a military career, there is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces.”

Bush's single-sentence call to service was his first in an Iraq speech, and it was better than no call at all. Even so, it was far less than he might have done to aid beleaguered Army recruiters, who are about 15% behind their year-to-date target despite meeting their goal in June for the first time in five months.

Today's all-volunteer Army is better described as an all-recruited Army. That Army is being tested as never before by an increasingly unpopular conflict, one that was based on false premises but has morphed into part of the war on terror. If recruitment fails, the only alternative is a draft.

Making recruitment work means giving the Defense Department the tools it needs to target prospective soldiers. This includes the database allowed in the No Child Left Behind school reform law, which requires high schools to release to the military names and contact information for their students.

It also includes a separate recruitment database purchased by the Pentagon from private sources. That's more worrisome from a privacy standpoint, but it's certainly preferable to bringing back the draft.
This article details the increasingly intrusive ways the military is using to grab our non-Young Republican children and toss them into this war. But here is the kicker:
Last fall, Charles Moskos of Northwestern University, a prominent expert on military manpower, asked a group of recruiters what would most help them: tripling bonuses or enlisting presidential daughter Jenna Bush.

The recruiters' choice was unanimous: Jenna Bush.
Last fall? That long ago? And didn't this information get passed up the ranks by the generals who Bush claimed, didn't ask for more troops? Huh? Hey, dudes! You got to break into this chimp's bubble at Never Neverwhite House and tell him what is going on! Get those GOP Senators to go! Maybe they can break through!

Oh, I forgot, they are in the same bubble.

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IMPEACH BUSH

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I had a busy day. We have these zuchini vines that produce zuchini so fast if we don't seek and destroy them, they grow as big as baseball bats and are about as tasty as one. Maybe the Yankees need a zuchini baseball bat...

Talking about losers...reminds me of Bush. The ferrier came today. He had to trim Sparky's hooves. It was very hot and humid. As soon as he lifted Sparky's hoof and began to trim it, the horse realized someone was holding him up so he let go and drooped right on top of the poor horse shoer who is much smaller. We poked at Sparky and I scolded him. So he gummed on my arm and gave me a sly look. So I poked at him. Then Chris came over and together, we kept him in line.

Well, a horse knows when he can laze about and so do humans only this summer I sense people are not feeling lazy or slow but are getting more and more energetic.

From Zogby Polling:
President Bush’s televised address to the nation produced no noticeable bounce in his approval numbers, with his job approval rating slipping a point from a week ago, to 43%, in the latest Zogby International poll. And, in a sign of continuing polarization, more than two-in-five voters (42%) say they would favor impeachment proceedings if it is found the President misled the nation about his reasons for going to war with Iraq.
Indeed. What a surprise...snicker.
In a sign of the continuing partisan division of the nation, more than two-in-five (42%) voters say that, if it is found that President Bush did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq, Congress should hold him accountable through impeachment. While half (50%) of respondents do not hold this view, supporters of impeachment outweigh opponents in some parts of the country.

Among those living in the Western states, a 52% majority favors Congress using the impeachment mechanism while just 41% are opposed; in Eastern states, 49% are in favor and 45% opposed. In the South, meanwhile, impeachment is opposed by three-in-five voters (60%) and supported by just one-in-three (34%); in the Central/Great Lakes region, 52% are opposed and 38% in favor.
I don't think Bush is going to visit Arnie the Terminator very soon. And the housing market there is still hot! Imagine the anger that is inevitable when the market dies, as it will.,
A large majority of Democrats (59%) say they agree that the President should be impeached if he lied about Iraq, while just three-in-ten (30%) disagree. Among President Bush’s fellow Republicans, a full one-in-four (25%) indicate they would favor impeaching the President under these circumstances, while seven-in-ten (70%) do not. Independents are more closely divided, with 43% favoring impeachment and 49% opposed.
Geeze. The GOP was so hot to trot to impeach over a blue dress and lying about a blow job but lying about raining blows upon Iraq is OK with them. All isn't fair in love but is in war.
Pollster John Zogby: “The nation continues to be split down the middle but there appears to be a deep and growing concern about how polarized we are. The President tried to address the situation on the ground in Iraq and hoped to allay the fears of the nation. It looks like that did not happen. Meanwhile, opposition to the war reveals that Americans are just as hostile and intense as they were the day after the 2004 election. The message seems to be pretty clear for Mr. Bush: lay off the partisan rhetoric and work to find compromise solutions.”
Sorry, Mr. Zogby, it is way way way too late for that. People are dead. They won't come alive again. There is no second chance. Our nation's position in the world has been destroyed. China is considered to be a fairer, more democratic, nicer and trustworthy nation than America abroad! This is ridiculous. For that alone, Bush should be impeached!

He made us the laughing stock of the earth. He increased our enemies and gave them reason to persevere.

From the Watergate Impeachment documents:
The means used to implement this course of conduct or plan included one or more of the following:


&spades making false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States; Lying about the WMD and the yellow cake forgeries come under this one.

&spades withholding relevant and material evidence or information from lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States; We nail Cheney on this one, too. Too bad our Supreme Court now sided with hiding relevant facts from the People.

&spades approving, condoning, acquiescing in, and counselling witnesses with respect to the giving of false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States and false or misleading testimony in duly instituted judicial and congressional proceedings; Oh, for a tape recorder running in the White House! Or a Deep Thoat or two!

&spades interfering or endeavouring to interfere with the conduct of investigations by the Department of Justice of the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force, and Congressional Committees;

&spades approving, condoning, and acquiescing in, the surreptitious payment of substantial sums of money for the purpose of obtaining the silence or influencing the testimony of witnesses, potential witnesses or individuals who participated in such unlawful entry and other illegal activities; I think we can accomodate this in his inditement. Bribing everyone using public funds, giving them tax cuts while running up the public debt! Serious grounds for impeachement!

&spades endeavouring to misuse the Central Intelligence Agency, an agency of the United States;

&spades disseminating information received from officers of the Department of Justice of the United States to subjects of investigations conducted by lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States, for the purpose of aiding and assisting such subjects in their attempts to avoid criminal liability; All those generals and Rumsfeld who condoned and did the torture, the CIA agents and the FBI interrogators, all of them skipping off, scot free while the lowest of the guards were put in jail...certainly, grounds for impeachment.

&spades making or causing to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States into believing that a thorough and complete investigation had been conducted with respect to allegations of misconduct on the part of personnel of the executive branch of the United States and personnel of the Committee for the Re-election of the President, and that there was no involvement of such personnel in such misconduct: or
endeavouring to cause prospective defendants, and individuals duly tried and convicted, to expect favoured treatment and consideration in return for their silence or false testimony, or rewarding individuals for their silence or false testimony. In Bush's case, getting the CIA memo, "Bin Laden determined to strike in the USA" and then ignoring it so he could stay on vacation is certainly grounds for impeachment. His slack jawed book reading session when America was under attack...Rumsfeld's goofing off while people jumped out of the top windows of the WTC...all grounds for impeachment! Take them all down.

Just change a few of the items here and we got an impeachment!

America is angry and demoralized. We are very divided and Bush claimed to be a uniter and not a divider so for this lie above all, he should be impeached. He didn't even try slightly to modify his radical, right wing agenda. Not once did he reach out to others. Either internationally or at home. My way or the highway was his mantra and even last fall after a very squirrely election where Bush and his minions mocked a war hero so outrageously they competely destroyed the entire point of earning medals and fighting honorably instead of hiding out at home like they all did during Nam...this is grounds for impeachment. He talked about how he won a mandate and was going to "spend it". It is spent, all right.

He should resign.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

EXPANDING GULAG UNIVERSE

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Everyone wants to do this, no?

Just as reports of torture flow endlessly out of the sewer of our gulag system, so does the system swell in size. Even as the Italians complain about us kidnapping people and ferrying them about to torture chambers, disappearing people just like the German Gestapo used to disappear people in their "Nacht und Nebel" system, well, what can we say?

From the Militay news service
The U.S. military said Monday it plans to expand its prisons across Iraq to hold as many as 16,000 detainees, as the relentless insurgency shows no sign of letup one year after the transfer of sovereignty to Iraqi authorities.
The plans were announced on a day three U.S. Army soldiers were killed - two pilots whose helicopter crashed north of Baghdad and a soldier who was shot in the capital. At least four Iraqis died in a car bomb attack in the capital.

The AH-64 crashed in Mishahda, 20 miles north of the capital, and witness Mohammed Naji told Associated Press Television News he saw two helicopters flying toward Mishahda when "a rocket hit one of them and destroyed it completely in the air."

The prison population at three military complexes throughout the country - Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca and Camp Cropper - has nearly doubled from 5,435 in June 2004 to 10,002 now, said Lt. Col. Guy Rudisill, a spokesman for detainee operations in Iraq. Some 400 non-Iraqis are among the inmates, according to the military.
I included the stuff about the uprising. This didn't make much a ripple in American media, not even the big helicopter being shot down made much news at all. The military will dribble the names of the dead into the news over the course of the next two weeks just like they deliberately did with the women who were blown up. I had to watch the news feed like a hawk to catch their fleeting names which were, unlike the stupid runaway bride who even got an hour long special, put into the news and quickly passed over.

From the Military News again:
The recruits of Echo Company stumbled off the bus for basic training at Fort Knox to the screams of red-faced drill instructors. That much was expected. But it got worse from there.
Echo Company's top drill instructor seized a recruit by the back of the neck and threw him to the ground. Other soldiers were poked, grabbed or cursed.

Once inside the barracks, Pvt. Jason Steenberger says, he was struck in the chest by the top D.I. and kicked "like a football." Andrew Soper, who has since left the Army, says he was slapped and punched in the chest by another drill instructor. Pvt. Adam Roster says he was hit in the back and slammed into a wall locker.

Eventually, four Army drill instructors and the company commander would be brought up on charges. Four have been convicted so far.
The few we manage to recruit are willing to die in war but that isn't enough. They have to be immediately abused, too. Talk about spitting in the eye! The disturbing news from the Airforce Academy as the born again Christians go on their crusade to abuse all others, our military is falling apart emotionally. The lower ranks get hammered the hardest, as usual.

When the first pictures of torture came in, the blame was put on one woman commander and skipped over her underlings to hit only the guards themselves. Then as torture allegations poured in from all over our gulag system, the punishments ceased. Now they are in full-lockdown-mode. Bush made a stupid speech vowing to save anyone who is tortured and now the grim work of pretending we are the good guys is underway. The Democrats are joining this effort. Can't let the world know we are running the biggest gulag system outside of China!

This is verboten!

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WAR OF THE WORLDS

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He is home, he is alive and he is playing soldier.

Just like before WWII, we get the treat of War of the Worlds, back then, the story was 60 years old and today the radio show that started hysteria was 60 years ago. Hollywood, part of the military/industrial complex, rented soldiers and gear from the military for this extravaganza. For an early exposition about aliens, it was interesting but we are much more sophisticated today, well, supposedly.

From CNN:
10th Mountain Division troops are facing off against Martian invaders -- with no less than the fate of the Earth in the balance.

The soldiers were called on by Steven Spielberg, who picked Fort Drum troops to star in his remake of the H.G. Wells classic "War of the Worlds." The movie, starring Tom Cruise, opens nationwide Wednesday, but the actor-soldiers were treated to a sneak preview Monday night at the post movie theater.

"It feels awesome to help save the world," said Sgt. Christopher Lumpiesz, of Tampa, Florida, who gets to help shoot down a Martian ship in the movie.
Gads. Look at how we devolved the story over the years. Now it is an imperialistic venture whereby we get to play the Iraqis! and shoot down the invader's helicopters. The real time Afghanis are doing that, too. We are the evil aliens. Different language, different religion, different culture, invading and killing peasant villagers. The irony of all this misses thanks to propaganda. "God bless America" is what the alien invaders chant as they rain WMD and phosphorous bombs and shoot people fleeing them. "We are number one," chants the aliens as they lure villagers with candy and medicine while really seeking the sons and brothers of the villagers so we can torture or murder them.
"Spielberg wanted real soldiers to make the scenes more authentic. He was quite impressed. You don't get any more Army than the 10th Mountain Division," said Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, the post's public affairs officer. "This is a reward to soldiers who have been among our best, and it's a way to showcase the American military."

After the special showing, the soldiers were called up on stage for a curtain call.

Spc. Kenneth Wright, of Bakersfield, California, and Staff Sgt. Aaron Dewitt, of Perrysville, Ohio, agreed that it was a chance for America's soldiers to get some added recognition. But for the time being, they prefer to soak up their celebrity status.
Our soldiers are movie stars, alright. The Taliban claim they filmed the real life War of the Worlds and now entertain their troops with pictures of real alien invaders being gunned down. The movie by Spielberg, a man who avoided the swamps of Vietnam just as carefully as all his generation including Bush, pleases the soldiers for they could be unabashed "good guys". Despite tons of propaganda and recitations of the magic chant, 9-11--Iraq, by Bush and his minions, people know in their deepest hearts, something stinks.

I went to the Marine corps official website last night seeking information about the woman officer who was blown up and found none about her but did see a number of stories and pictures of the movie. Oh, Hollywood is much more fun than Holly or Ramona. The very same day they were blown up in Reality War of the Worlds, the main article in the Marine news was this:

From the Marine news:
U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES PACIFIC, CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii (June 24, 2005) -- “Block off all their main and secondary supply lines for these are their main arteries, and ambush them along those routes for they are exposed and easy prey.”

These words from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi were cited by the Winds of Change website, showing the real danger for convoys traveling Marine supply lines in Iraq.

There have been 341 Marines killed in action and 4,099 wounded in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom since February 16, 2004. How many of these fatalities and casualties have been caused by improvised explosive devices and ambushes on convoys? Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles couldÂ’ve saved some of those lives and kept those Marines in the fight.

With its flat bottom and soft-skin plastic doors, if a humvee is directly hit by a land mine or IED, most likely the passengers inside will lose their life and the vehicle will be destroyed beyond repair, said Maj. Gert de Wet, Central Command plans officer.

“In 1968, South Africans in conjunction with Rhodesians started developing the technology to create new vehicles that would counter the land mine threat introduced in the Bush War in Southern Africa. They developed the technology that created a new modular design for their military vehicles. For example, the vehicle’s wheels could be blown off in a mine/IED blast, but the passengers and the rest of the vehicle survived,” said de Wet.

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Here is our "alien invading vehicle".

Our attempts at protecting ourselves while fighting civilians is rather amusing in a bleak sort of way. Refusing to understand who the people are that we are invading/killing/colonizing and refusing to see them as humans who have a great deal of heroism in them, willing to personally die in desperate suicide attacks on the alien invaders, we minimize them or make fun of them or get all huffy. How dare they dispute the rule of their lands with us! We are not them, we are gods who have a god-given right to invade and reorganize and even loot whoever we choose.From CNN:
Sen. Joseph Biden Jr., appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America," disputed Bush's notion that sufficient troops are in place.

"I'm going to send him the phone numbers of the very generals and flag officers that I met on Memorial Day when I was in Iraq," the Delaware Democrat said. "There's not enough force on the ground now to mount a real counterinsurgency."

Biden argued, "The course that we are on now is not a course of success. He [Bush] has to get more folks involved. He has to stand up that [Iraqi] army more quickly."
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Beyond their criticism, Some Democrats said they thought Bush strengthened his credibility. "I think he told the American people why it's important," said Biden.

Said Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Connecticut: "The president needs to do more of what he did last evening. This is a beginning."
OK, all Democrats calling for more troops should haul their children's and grandkid's asses to the Marines now. Not next year, today. One fine lady blown up this week was a mother and 48 years old. So many Congressional and Senatorial wives can go. Volunteer. Set a fricking example. Be the boots on the ground, guys. You want this War of the Worlds, you fight it.

Recognizing that even red voters who adore Bush hate fighting is key to understanding why we already lost this war. We make lousy aliens except for the fact that just like the aliens in the original story, they killed all living things in their quest for power. And the lust to do the same eats our minds. We really want to use our full WMD on our victims to "teach them a lesson and end the war fast, too" just like we did in WWII when we nuked many thousands of civilians deliberately. Little school girls were fried as they sat at their desks. Female office clerks turned to ashes on the spot. Grannies watching little babies play while mommy and daddy were working for the empire, sighed and died instantly. Two little Japanese boys riding a small red trike were burned and their trike turned into a black, twisted wreck.

We won WWII but we lost our souls.

Now we are huffed up with indignity, riding along with Bush's drum beat of propaganda, falsely linking Iraq with the Saudi Arabian 9/11 attack, we are the aliens.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

ANOTHER MARINE WOMAN

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Just made the news, one week later. A fine woman from my state, From Newsday:
A Bronx Marine corporal was among six people killed last week in a suicide car bombing in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced last night.

Cpl. Ramona M. Valdez, 20, died Thursday when the convoy in which she was riding in Fallujah came under attack, the department said. Valdez was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

No other details on Valdez were available last night.

The department raised the death toll from Thursday's attack to six after Valdez and a female sailor were identified, said Marine Maj. Sean D. Gibson, a spokesman. In all, five Marines - two of them women - and Petty Officer 1st Class Regina R. Clark, 43, of Centralia, Wash., were killed.
I was able to track down a photo of this fine citizen. I will note that Bush didn't say her name or mention her sacrifice, he generically "honored" them all in toto right after the blooper where he told everyone we don't need no stinking soldiers, we got plenty, blow them up!

Geeze.

She, like Holly, was younger than the Bush twins.

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Regina Clark

From the King 5 Local TV news:
Naval Reservist Regina Clark already had done two tours of active duty since 9/11, and friends thought it unfair that this single mom from Centralia should have to leave behind an 18-year-old son and serve again.
But in February, Clark packed her duffel bags and headed for Iraq, where she worked at Fallujah checkpoints conducting security searches on Muslim women.
“She wanted to retire — but she really didn’t have the choice,” said Sherry Haubrick, a longtime friend of Clark’s.
Thursday, Clark, 43, was one of six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber who attacked a convoy returning from Fallujah checkpoint duty, according to U.S. military officials. The bombing also resulted in 13 wounded, including 11 women, according to a statement released from the Marine base called Camp Fallujah.

In civilian life, Clark worked for more than 10 years at the deli and bakery at Fuller’s Market Place in Centralia before tackling a new job as a state corrections officer, according to Haubrick.
Clark lived with her son, Kerry Clark, who graduated from high school last year. Regina Clark’s mother, Mellita Fountain, has occupied a mobile home on the same tract of land.

In the Naval Reserve, Clark, a petty officer first class, was slotted as a mess-hall cook. And preparing food was a big part of her duties in earlier deployments in 2001 and 2003, according to Haubrick.
I am tearing out my hair. She is only somewhat younger than I. She was a single mother, a cook, dammit. Pressed into battle. She joined the Reserves for the pitiful extra cash to support her old mom in the trailer and her son.

She is now dead. Not one Bush female is dead. They are all throwing back a stiff drink tonight, giving each other the "evil eye" or as they call it, the "longhorn" devil finger salute. They are patting Bush on his back for surviving another standard stump speech.

Regina Clark centered much of her life on her son, according to friends. She was born in Germany but raised in the United States. She joined the Navy and married a fellow sailor, but they separated when Kerry Clark was still a little boy and he was raised by a single mother, according to Fountain.
Though Regina Clark was a sailor through and through, friends say that as Naval Reserves mobilized post-9/11, Clark felt a conflict between her duty as a mother and her duty to serve.
Laura Bush is cuddling up to her husband, dreaming of whanking stallions. Bush is passed out from the hard work of lying yet again to the American people. Neither has two seconds to borrow to fly out to this poor orphan's home and promise to care for him and cherish him.

The poor people in this little drama still love America but America isn't a living thing. It is merely a concept. And a headless concept right now. The neighbors are terrific, but they aren't America by themselves. America means something more than waving a flag which is what Bush told us to do.

Wave flags.
Clark’s third deployment initially was supposed to begin last year, before her son’s high-school graduation, Haubrick said.
But Clark was able to work a deal to postpone that deployment to this year and to take on the assignment that landed her in Fallujah, which would be her last deployment before retirement.
As Clark prepared to depart for this final round of duty, she still strongly supported the U.S. mission and President Bush, according to Fountain.
It is so touching, reading the beliefs and wonderful, wholesome patriotism of people being dragged to their doom by an AWOL coward who lies to them...nearly nonstop now. This trust is being gradually destroyed as grim reality takes hold. Who is going to go in this lady's place? Any volunteers?

I don't see any. She is the bottom of the barrel. She was in the military during the Clinton years. Oh, how they all hated him and still hate him! But he kept them safe and kept them alive and kept them mostly home. Three more years of this meatgrinder, each time, losing 10%---this lady went three times and got hit the third time, you can bet, her unit will go four, five and six more times.

Don't sign up! Fly that flag. And so it goes. If wars could be won flying flags we would all be sieg heiling the Germans.

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BUSH IS SO DOOMED

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As I expected. Our yellow bellied coward-in-chief, AWOL multi arrested Bush gave his "great speech" which mentioned Iraq and 9/11 together repeatedly...a dozen times. He talked the "hard work" and "difficult work" and "work" over and over enough times to raise blisters on his manicured hands.

He mentioned sacrifice and then told us what we are supposed to do: fly flags.

Yes, fly flags, visit the families of real soldiers and then visit the White House blog they set up! Whoo hoo. Something for the Flying 101 Keyboarders! They can be heroes. Oh, and put more yellow magnet ribbons back on those cars. We have noted they are nearly all gone now, at least in my neck of the woods.

Worse, Bush actually said, "The generals don't need more troops."

This outright, outrageous lie has to be punished. Impeachment would be appropriate. Sensibly, taxes should be doubled and ditto the troops. Won't happen. Our penny pinching coward won't do it.

Did you know, at least 24 soldiers were either blown up, blown out of the sky or executed today? Seven surivors of the helicopter troops were lined up, filmed and killed by...our old buddy, bin Laden. He is watching the video tonight, sipping tea and laughing as he also watches the video of Bush's bizarre performance where he mentioned Poland more times than he mentioned Afghanistan and he didn't mention Pakistan at all.

The only way Bush could have saved his mess was to volunteer his drunk twins as human sacrifices to Neptune sort of like in the Illiad. Too bad there is no Helen of Troy to launch a thousand Humvees.

This over padded under thought speech was a retread of all previous war speeches by this lunatic. He yapped on and on about how many allies we have. Like, earth to Bush, even Mars has turned his back on your fantasies.

Which reminds me, this afternoon at the gaggle, this was said:From the White House blog:
Q I've got a quick one. There was a report today that the administration is supporting plutonium production. Is this correct, and is that true?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, let me give you an update on that. I'm glad you brought that up. First of all, this is a matter under the jurisdiction of the Department of Energy, and the plutonium that we're talking is not -- is non-weapons-grade plutonium. The Department of Energy is responsible for producing significant heat and electricity power systems that would require no maintenance in places like deep space. And plutonium-238, which we're talking about, is the substance that makes that feasible. Such power systems are used in support of deep space exploration missions and certain national security applications. But, again, we're not talking about any weapons-grade plutonium.

And I think the Department of Energy can probably talk to you more about why we need to produce it.

Q Speaking of that, how's the Mars project coming along? (Laughter.)

Q Thank you.

MR. McCLELLAN: Thank you all.
Mc Clellan looks under his podium. "No Mars rockets here!"

Meanwhile, tonight, his boss looks under his bed: "Psst. Bin Laden, you still here? I am unpopular. Can you give me another lift in the polls?"

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BLACK HAWK DOWN

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Time for some patriotism, dear Prez.

Oh, the right wing fury over the Black Hawk helicopter business! They even made a movie about it. All about how our President didn't protect our soldiers!

Today's news is interesting in that it happened just as I predicted a few days ago here on this blog. We use troop helicopters to go into villages and meet with the old men and ladies and children. The troops hand out candy and toys and medicine and goodies. The villagers take this largesse and even share food and chat very friendly-like. "Nice helicopter you have here, how fast does it fly? Where are you going next?" they ask.

The Americans ask for information.

"Just go over there, that mountain. They are hiding there (snicker), just tell them Tonio sent ya!" they say. Off goes the Americans, on their "hunt" for bin Forgotten Laden.

Of course, we are now going to be eliminated there in the mountains. The Taliban understand about our drones, our U-2s, of which we have even fewer now. They know how to lurk and how to lead the lambs into a trap. They know how to nail us. We will lash out by bombing villages again. The people know this and clear out...just like when the Soviets did the exact same thing.

From the BBC:
It was unclear how many passengers were aboard the helicopter or why it crashed, but Afghan officials have said a rocket was fired at it.

A Taleban spokesman said the group had shot the helicopter down. The Pentagon has not commented on the claim.

It was the second US Chinook to crash in the country this year, following an April incident in which 18 died.

The BBC's Andrew North in Kabul says it appears that this incident is "more serious" than the previous crash, which took place during a sandstorm.
Unlike the previous two, smaller crashes in Iraq this last several weeks, this one is a big fish. It was stuffed with troops. Expect the death toll to be pretty high.

The survivors of this crash, if any, probably have been carried off by the vengeful Taliban. Since America decided torture and humilation and other fun stuff is OK, we fully expect our troops to be entertained the same way we entertained the Taliban. These people, alas, are very good at torture for fun. This is what they do for fun in the first place. But we can't say we are good and they are bad! We are all really bad. This is why having the good guys torture people is stupid. It makes one a bad guy.

Duh.

The American right wing can't figure this out. During the entire Vietnam war, they howled about North Vietnamese torture even as we tortured to death even women we captured! For some reason, this despicable activity didn't trouble any powerful Americans. They thought, spread the propaganda. So it is today. And now they wonder why the world, like during Nam, laughs at us.

Bush said precious little about all those Marine women who were blown up and killed. We have the name of only one of them so far and they have completely disappeared from the news as I expected. Like all the men, gone. Silence. Bush's patriotic war yammering won't be worth the time broadcasting it if he doesn't volunteer both his and Cheney's wretched spoiled spawn. Four Marine women dead=four Presidential daughters as replacements.

It is that simple.

The VP and POTUS will not do it. They hate America. They chickened out of Nam and their kids will chicken out of this war.

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Monday, June 27, 2005

BUSH PROVOKES THE FURIES

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The ancient Greeks understood that leaders should be very wary about provoking the Furies. Sure fire way was to announce you are going to severely punish or stop anyone who is doing exactly what you are doing. A famous example was Oedipus who slew his father then announced he would poke out the eyes of any man who slew his father and slept with his own mother.

We all know what happened next, don't we?

From ABC News:
President George W Bush, whose administration has been hit by accusations of prisoner abuse, said that the United States was committed to the elimination of torture worldwide.

In a statement to mark United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Mr Bush said: "Freedom from torture is an inalienable human right, and we are committed to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law."

Accusations of prisoner abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan and at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have brought into question the policies of the Bush administration in treating foreign prisoners.

The US has also been accused of sending some prisoners to countries with poor human rights records where they might be tortured.

An Italian judge last week ordered the arrest of 13 people linked to the CIA for kidnapping an Egyptian terrorism suspect in Milan and flying him to Egypt, where he said he was tortured.

Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales in March said the US would never send terrorism suspects to countries where they would be tortured.

He acknowledged that once the prisoners were in the other country's custody, the US had little control over their treatment.

"America will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that women welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any human being aspires to live at the mercy of bullies," Mr Bush said in the statement.

"All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors.

"When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you."
Can we arrest him now? I am very anxious to hand over this idiot to the Hague to stand trial for his many crimes. This stupid frat rat of the Skull and Bones who loved to chant to the Devil that is the Hangman and the Devil that is Death...and apply appropriate punishment to him and his coterie of demon besotted neocons. Rummy, too, of course.

Lightning bolts should flatten the White House today if there were real gods with real guts. Alas, the gods sleep and they force us, the American people, to do something. Aside from throwing up or screaming, we have few options aside from storming the White House and forcibly removing him. The heavily armed guards protect him but only temporarily. Once public opinion turns entirely away from this unsavory, multiarrested, juvenile delinquent "leader" even his guards might step aside or even escort him out and deposit him elsewhere, in exile, I assume.

If the Furies don't rip him to shreds, first. They are very potent. Even gods feared these ancient hags.

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FILE SHARING Denial of Service Attack

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My family uses Azureus to get Japanese TV shows that we don't get in America. Not licensed ones, just regular TV shows. Once a show is licensed to appear in America, the feeds cease.

As of today, I watch exactly zero American TV. It is mostly boring or stupid or visually tedious. Thinly threaded storylines might interest people in the USA but it looks so threadbare when compared to the best of Japanese anime. Some recent storylines have been so complex, one has to watch it several times to catch all the fine details and foreshadowing events and background information in order to appreciate the writing skills of the animation studios there.

This is why the shows amuse us. We discuss them afterwards. Interestingly enough, the religious content in Japanese anime is very high especially in the realm of animist religions like the older religions of Japan, pre-Buddhism. The Shinto "all living things" beliefs are amusing when translated into a robot/alien environment.

Even quieter tales like this month's lovely Victorian based drama, Emma
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Isn't she adorable? Sigh. This jem of a show, short and sweet, isn't going to cross the sea so easily and then appear on these shores where I can find it. Like so many lovely shows, it will just disappear! So I use the internet to watch this stuff. My son understands enough Japanese to watch it straight out of Japan.

But these shows don't appear in America that fast. I used to watch Japan TV in NYC on Channel 68 but they ran only one series at a time and there is just so many now, unlike 40 years ago! I am very hard core Japanese anime. My kids grew up on it, not Disney.

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As you can see, the beautiful music in Emma is for sale....in Japan! Some Japanese kids are kind enough to share this with us via file sharing not because we are slackers but because this is the only way we can get this stuff.

Oh....oh, do I wish we had studios in America capable of producing shows like Emma! For profit. The last episode, the old woman Emma cares for died a simple, quiet death of old age and I cried my head off watching it! Tell me there are better shows on American TV.

No.

Anyway, if file sharing is shut down, I will be one very ticked off person.

More, note the demonstrators already. They are young and they are motivated. They don't care about Iraq, they consider it a headache for the right wingers, but this hits home...until the draft. Then we will see a very roused youth indeed. And for the animators of Japan: Please, in the name of all the gods of Shinto, could you please set up a system where we can pay a small fee a month and get your shows unedited by Americans and in Japanese? I don't like dubbing and I am certainly not alone in this bias. I love the voice actors as much as I love the artists.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

PENTAGON LAMINATED CARD With Instructions for Living in Iraq

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Soon it won't just be Iraqis stepping on this face...

Forget armor! Forget sane programs! Forget tactics that really work when fighting freedom fighters! The Pentagon has the solution to all those soldiers being blown up in Iraq!

From the NYT:
At a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, the officer, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., briefly referred to the 11 rules he had issued on wallet-size laminated cards, after Representative Silvestre Reyes, a Texas Democrat, expressed concern that the American military might be underestimating the violent insurgency.

"Boy, that is something we watch every day," General Casey said. "To give you an example, I published 11 FAR's, call them Flat-[expletive] Rules. And one of those FAR's is to be focused on the enemy and to be opportunistic."

General Casey's command has ordered 170,000 of the cards and 1,000 2-feet-by-3-feet posters emblazoned with the rules, which advise the 139,000 troops in Iraq on topics including learning Iraqi customs and searching for creative solutions to knotty problems.
FUBAR cards! Or maybe "Fuck YOU" cards! Or maybe it would have been better to hand out cards that say, "NAAAAY, I'm at the Young Republican Convention getting drunk and you are stuck in Iraq, waiting to die, sucka!"?
General Casey's rules offer a window into his priorities for the troops, military officials say:

¶Make security and safety your first priorities.

¶Help the Iraqis win - don't win it for them.

¶Treat the Iraqi people with dignity and respect. Learn and respect Iraqi customs and cultures.

¶Maintain strict standards and iron discipline everyday. Risk assess every mission - no complacency!!

¶Information saves lives - share it and protect it.

¶Maintain your situational awareness at all times - this can be an unforgiving environment.

¶Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you.

¶Innovate and adapt - situations here don't lend themselves to cookie-cutter solutions.

¶Focus on the enemy and be opportunistic.

¶Be patient. Don't rush to failure.

¶Take care of yourself and take care of each other.
Wow. Just wow. Why didn't they hand out these nifty laminated cards to Kerry in Nam? Or Bush in some bar in Mexico between drug runs? All the information is right there! Iron discipline! The boot lickers in the Pentagon must have drooled really hard thinking up that little baby! Risk assess every mission?

Hell, every time our soldiers go to the sh*t can they are risk assessing! And of course, the poor Marine women in that convoy certainly didn't assess the risks they are enduring, did they? And if they did, what could they do?

I want the geniuses who came up with this card and the stupid stay at home general who is in DC yapping, I want them to do the risk assessing...up close and personal, like in Fallujah.

They seem unable to hit rock bottom---yet.

LONDON TIMES- USA In Talks With Rebels

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Photo of today's many bombings...

Amazing, all the stories overseas and not a peep at home. After scooping all those Downing Street memos that detailed the conspiracy between Bush and Blair to launch an illegal war on false premises, now comes more news broiling out of the clattering tea kettle of Iraq.

From the London Times:
AT a summer villa near Balad in the hills 40 miles north of Baghdad, a group of Iraqis and their American visitors recently sat down to tea. It looked like a pleasant social encounter far removed from the stresses of war, but the heavy US military presence around the isolated property signaled that an unusual meeting was taking place.
After weeks of delicate negotiation involving a former Iraqi minister and senior tribal leaders, a small group of insurgent commanders apparently came face to face with four American officials seeking to establish a dialogue with the men they regard as their enemies.

The talks on June 3 were followed by a second encounter 10 days later, according to an Iraqi who said that he had attended both meetings. Details provided to The Sunday Times by two Iraqi sources whose groups were involved indicate that further talks are planned in the hope of negotiating an eventual breakthrough that might reduce the violence in Iraq.
I remember Vietnam. Nixon tried to bully his way to victory, he then tried to bomb North Vietnam for victory and finally he had to run off to Mao of China and kiss his *ss and then go to Russia and kiss Breshnev's *ss and both then muscled North Vietnam into letting go of us so we could escape with the phony "peace with honor". Gack. So here we go again, demonizing those opposing us while trying desperately to cozy up to them.
The Americans were then said to have launched into a lengthy session of questioning about the structure of the insurgency, which is far from a unified entity.
Coalition military intelligence has identified at least four separate strands of anti-American opposition, including Zarqawi’s jihadists, former members of Saddam’s regime, Sunni Arab nationalists and criminal gangs.

The links between these groups remain murky and the American team began to irritate the Iraqis with what some saw as a crude attempt to gather intelligence. They asked questions about the “hierarchy and logistics of the groups, how they functioned, how orders were dispatched, how they divide their work and so on”, the Iraqi source said.

“It was a boring line of questioning that indicated an attempt to discover more about their enemy than about finding solutions,” one of the sources added. “We told the translator to inform them that if they persisted with this line we would all walk out of the meeting.”
Heh. Our eager beaver negotiators certainly are poor poker players. You want information like that, you don't ask direct questions. In the natural flow of conversation, you tease out the information. Subtle and sneaky!
The Iraqis had agreed beforehand to focus on their main demand, “a guaranteed timetable of American withdrawal from Iraq”, the source said. “We told them it did not matter whether we are talking about one year or a five-year plan but that we insisted on having a timetable nonetheless.”

The demand did not meet with a favourable response from the American team, perhaps because a timetable is the one thing that President George W Bush has declared he will not agree to.
Hahahaha. One has to be amused in all this hell to read such cheeky stuff! Like the chickadee, these men aren't easily intimidated. I am relieved chickadees don't carry bombs! Geeze, the Iraqi people fighting us will stop...if we agree to go. They will let us leave, unmolested just like North Vietnam let us depart from Vietnam in one bleeding piece! But of course, Bush won't set a deadline.

Maybe if our Congresspeople were to go to Iraq and demand a meeting, they could tell the military to tell Bush he has to set a deadline!

IRAN BOGEYMAN

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Picture of missing man who is probably being tortured right now

The neocons and the Israelis want us to go to war with Iran. The Texas oil overlords want us to invade Iran and steal all the oil..for them so they can resell it to us at the highest possible price. The madman running America wants to invade Iran, too. Since going AWOL during the Vietnam war, he dreamed of sending others into battle to die.

This reminds me, I searched all the newspapers today looking for Holly's sweet face. Only in Rhode Island, did they carry photos of her and told her story. CNN featured yet more stories about the missing girl who is almost the same age, in Aruba.

I still can't believe I scooped all the news media last night and still scoop 90% of them today. Shame on them all.

From the New York Times:
Even before Iranians went to the polls in their presidential election, the Bush administration declared the process rigged, saying that no matter what the outcome, Iran would be truly ruled by men who "spread terror across the world."

Yet almost no one in Washington expected the landslide victory of the conservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as Iran's next president. And now, facing a populist who came to age in the student union that took over the American Embassy in 1979, the administration is bracing for a long, hot summer of confrontation with Iran, first over its nuclear programs, then over terrorism, and perhaps over the fueling of the insurgency in Iraq.

Mr. Ahmadinejad has made little secret of his determination that one way or another, Iran is going to become a nuclear nation, though he has been careful to deny that Iran's ultimate goal is to build a weapon, as Washington has charged.
Hate to tell anyone this news but as far as I can see, all nations with oil in the ground better get nukes quickly or they are doomed. The Iranians know they have an interested party to defend them and if necessary, arm them. China is rapidly becoming their sugar daddy. India wants to be one, too. Russia wants an independent Iran. So that makes three nuclear powers interested in keeping Iran free of Americans.

On the other hand, watching the USA disintigrate in Iraq is interesting. Perhaps these three countries will allow us to jump into this new hell hole!

Sharon is having problems removing the Jewish invaders of Gaza. He is very gingerly dealing with them. No running them over with bulldozers like the Jewish military did to an unarmed American citizen. They will happily kill us if we are in the way but won't even bruise their own in identical situations.

Israel proves the ill of religious states. Ditto all the Muslim lands that imitate this. State sponsored religion becomes state sponsored terror. This is why our founding fathers enshrined the division of church and state at the very top of our Constitution and which is why we, on the left, are outraged at right wing attempts to create a monster monoreligious state.
Mr. Bush and his aides have insisted that Iran cannot be trusted with the ingredients for a nuclear weapon, even if they are legally entitled to them as Iran claims under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The United States argues that Iran gave up that right by hiding 17 years of nuclear work from international inspectors. Now, there is an undercurrent among administration officials and outside experts that the outcome of the election might actually make it easier for the administration to press that case.

Earlier in the week, one of Mr. Bush's closest aides said that no matter who won, "we may be looking at a summer of simultaneous crises on opposite sides of the world," one in Iran and one in North Korea.
Well, we flubbed the North Korean business. We will flub this business, too. Even though Bush, our mad mad mad mad mad ruler wants war with Iran, no one even in his own party wants a war. We want the goodies but don't want the stings that go with raiding bee hives filled with suicide bombers.

Attacking Iran will start WWIII in ernest. Make no mistake, stealing the oil the Chinese paid for in a classic capitalist venture will rouse a very dangerous dragon indeed.

From the New York Times:
The extraordinary decision by an Italian judge to order the arrest of 13 people linked to the Central Intelligence Agency on charges of kidnapping a terrorism suspect here dramatizes a growing rift between American counterterrorism officials and their counterparts in Europe.
The CIA has been reshaped by Bush and his gang into what it was under Nixon: out of control clone of the KGB. The Church Committee hearings exposed some of the dirty doings of the Nixon CIA which also, like the Bush one, spied on Americans, and thanks to Watergate, some of the worst excesses were curbed.

We are losing support and allies due to our KGB clone organization. The Italians were conducting normal police activities and we jumped them with our totally illegal kidnapping. Another victim disappeared into our Nacht und Nebel (Nazi words they used themselves to describe their Gestapo) gulag system.
"We do feel quite betrayed that this operation was carried out in our city," a senior Italian investigator said. "We supplied them information about Abu Omar, and then they used that information against us, undermining an entire operation against his terrorist network."

He and other senior Italian officials in Milan's police and prosecutor's office were angry enough to answer detailed questions about the case, but insisted on anonymity because the investigation is continuing.
America is profoundly unpopular in the world. One of our readers emailed me about a story I read last night from New Zealand about a student (presumably was a right winger) who was harassed out of school because the other students couldn't stand his pro Americanism.

I know what really happened there for I went to school in Europe in 1968! Antiwar sentiment was very high there by then, much higher than in America. I was 100% antiwar so far from having problems, I was wildly popular! Everyone wanted me to visit their campuses and highschools! In France, Germany, Austria, all around. When France closed their borders, the students smuggled me across (I had to swim the Rhine!) to get me to speak on the campus in Strasbourg. Es war ein spass!

I know for a fact that any antiwar liberal kid sent to New Zealand would be welcomed with open arms.

Lastly, Congress visits Potemkin Village Gitmo. Everything is cleaned up. Anyone we are torturing, like the kidnapped man from Italy, is gone overseas to our other gulags. The Nazis, the Japanese, the North Vietnamese, everyone invites inspection periodically as they clean up things and pretend there is no torture! This is regular stuff. Meanwhile, where is Mr. Nasr? We won't say.

And why hasn't Padillo been given a trial? Eh? What? Is this a democracy with a Constitution?

Saturday, June 25, 2005

I AM SPEECHLESS With Anger

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Actually, I am not speechless. I should be after dredging through the sludge of American news media. Time to meet someone: The charming, sweet, young woman who was blown up in Iraq the other day. She isn't nameless. She was a real person.

From the Marine Corp's own web site:
For Marines and Sailors here, there may be nothing sweeter than the sound of mail call. One Marine with Headquarters Battalion makes it her mission to deliver those delightful words.

Lance Cpl. Holly Charette, a 21-year-old from Cranston, R.I. recently deployed here from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. She is one of the thousands of 2d Marine Division Marines serving in the Al Anbar Province as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Charette's job allows her to meet many of the people in Headquarters Battalion, where she works. Her part in the Global War on Terrorism is something different than most Marines. And that's not all that sets her apart from her fellow service members.

"I never really thought too hard about being a mail person, but it's really an important job and people depend on me," said Charette. "There are a lot of stresses involved, but it's really worth it at the end of the day."

As Marines and Sailors stop by her building to ask if they have any mail, she usually stops them before they even open their mouths. That's because she knows everyone's name. They know her too. She can be seen carrying the yellow, military mailbag slung over her shoulder as she walks down the gritty streets of the camp. Most everything in the area is covered in a sandy dust that kicks up as the trucks lull by at five miles-per-hour.

Last week, Charette and her colleagues sorted through 60 bags of mail, each weighing 70 pounds. That's hundreds of parcels and letters with names she mostly knows personally.

On a good day, the 2001 Cranston High School East graduate may even stop one of the Marines in the mess hall and let them know there's mail waiting for them. Otherwise, she can usually be seen driving around the camp in her High Mobility Multi-Wheeled Vehicle, dropping off mail in her full battle dress -- flak jacket, Kevlar helmet and M-16 A4 service rifle.

Where she grew up she always admired people in uniform. She had hoped to be a postal worker but never a Marine, until a few years ago.

"I was attending college and a recruiter was canvassing. He showed me a video from boot camp and I though, 'Hey, I can do that.'"

Charette has about one year left on her contract and plans to make the most of her time. She feels that some of the valuable life lessons she's learned have given her an advantage over her peers, even the ones who chose to attend universities.

"When I get out, I plan to applying to the U.S. Post Office," said Charette. "It won't be the same as being a Marine, but at least I'm still in uniform."
She was the mailroom worker who was pressed into service literally on the front lines as our grip on the country slips more and more. Now we have our soldiers spending all day searching Iraqis like....I remember pictures of the Germans searching everyone all the time all over Europe. This is what happens when one tries to hold a country that one has no right to invade.

This wonderful, cheerful, obviously sensitive and kind woman is dead. She was blown up. The same day, Bush was laughing and ribbing everyone as he joshed around with the figurehead Iraqi "elected" minister. Bush could hardly contain his merriment, eyes twinkling as he grinned at everyone. Such a clever boy!

One more family has an empty chair at the table next Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, back at home: From the Mercury News:
mericans overwhelmingly do not want to see the return of the military draft, and a majority also would not encourage their own children to enlist, an AP-Ipsos poll has found.

About a quarter favored reinstating the draft, with men, older Americans and Republicans most likely to say conscription is a good idea.

The survey highlights the problems faced by the military as recruiting is in a slump.

``Things have been working well with the all-volunteer army and that's how it should stay,'' said Kathy Fowler, a 44-year-old mother from Chillicothe, Ohio.

All four branches of military service, however, are having trouble attracting recruits to their reserve forces. The Army has repeatedly missed its monthly recruiting goals this year, falling short by 42 percent in April.

Despite the recruiting problems, seven in 10 Americans say they oppose reinstatement of the draft, and almost half of those polled strongly oppose that step, the poll found.
My goodness. "You volunteered so now die," attitude certainly sounds supportive, doesn't it? Many Americans don't want to see the truth and don't want to see the faces of the dead. I looked all over the place for the face of Charette. She was no where to be seen. No where. I think I am breaking the news of what this delightful young woman looked like! It didn't take me more than ten minutes, too.

From the Washington Post:

Just as military recruiting is down across the country, the excitement for a career in the services is waning even among JROTC cadets. The number of students participating in JROTC programs across the country has soared by more than 80 percent, from nearly 270,000 in 1994 to more than 501,000 in 2004, according to the Defense Department. But a recent study of Army JROTC students, which military officials consider to be true for all services, shows that about 30 percent of JROTC cadets say they intend to join the military.

"I just thought the uniforms were nice and JROTC would look better on my [college] application," said Minh Tran, 14, who will be a sophomore at Fairfax County's Thomas Edison High School in the fall. "But it's really fun. You get to shoot at the end of the year and learn survival [techniques] and first aid. One kid in my French class asked me, 'When are they sending you to Iraq?,' and I just kind of laughed it off. I want to go into the pharmaceutical business. I don't like blood. I'm more of a book kind of person."
The kids playing soldier are "resume building" not preparing for war. This is why we lost the war. We have no idea of what we are doing, nor do we have any desire to do anything, anyway.

And Iraq is a roaring mess now getting worse by the hour. How many more Charettes must die before we finally throw in the towel?

BLOOD IN THE WATER

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This is the summer of Jaws. Except with our press corps, it is still summer of Jar Jar as they try to keep the frail fabric of the Bush fabrications from shredding entirely.

Latest polls: more people believe that Bush started the war in Iraq than those who believe Saddam started this war. That is, Americans. The only people on earth who have no idea of what is going on. The propaganda is collapsing. This is taking down many people especially the Jar Jar press corps.

From the Financial Times:
In a worrying sign for the White House, which has tended to paint war critics as unpatriotic, Republican senators appear less reluctant to raise concerns about the way the administration is running the campaign in Iraq.

On Thursday, some joined Democrats in warning the administration that the tide of public opinion is changing.
I recall the last three years, the GOP has claimed, they don't read or do polls, which always was a rank lie. They also claimed they are bold because they ignore the will of the people. Yeah. All dictators are bold if you use that definition.

But even Hitler had to contend with public opinion. He ended up living in bunkers and hiding all the time because he was increasingly unpopular as his war fell apart. So it is with our ruler, Bush. He can't cotton to appearing in public even briefly now and he is truly getting scared for his Jar Jar Blinkers of the press are getting cagey now that public opinion is hard set against him.

He doesn't understand that all those blown up women Marines matter. He thinks, they are all disfigured or dead and who cares, they are just a bunch of young women. Now, according to the GOP, they are supposed to be not only family oriented but protective of the Little Gals, the females and the fetuses. Sending them out to be blown up isn't part of the propaganda. The tender kindness they showered on Schiavo stands in stark contrast to their disregard of these poor Marines many of whom are now brain damaged by the huge explosion that destroyed their lives and careers and possibility of creating families in the future.
“If you're facing a head wind, you got two choices. You can turn around and go downwind or you can there stand there and go into the wind, and that's what needs to be done,” (Rumsfeld) said.
If you are standing in quicksand you have two choices: to die or to get out. Geeze. Pick your analogies more truthfully, Rummy!
Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut Democrat who has been a staunch supporter of the war in Iraq, also questioned whether the US public was tiring of the war. “I feel that American public opinion is tipping away from this effort,” said Mr Lieberman. “[The insurgents] will only defeat us on the field of American public opinion.”

Mr Rumsfeld replied: “You sense the American people are tipping away from support. I have a feeling they're getting pushed.”
Lieberman, front man for the Likud, is getting cold feet. He certainly won't ask anyone to volunteer to fight. He ain't fighting. He is getting a bit scared now. The great enterprise of Greater Israel is falling apart despite the Warsaw Ghetto wall being built in Israel. For the war to secure oil and such is falling apart. Americans are tiring of this charade. Lieberman wants out. After hitting Iran, of course. A few WMD dropped there and then we go back into the Crusader Castles that dot Holy Land.

Rummy wants to blame someone for his defeat. He recklessly invaded a sovereign nation that was menacing no one outside its borders and now this is a failure. So he feels, someone at home is "pushing" people into questioning his leadership. Pray tell, where is this "pushing"? Us bloggers on the net? Are we that powerful? Did we lure people into our sites to corrupt them or are people reading us because they agree already and want confirmation of what they suspect?

The urge to close down all opposition runs deep in the veins of the rulers all over this planet. They all feel, if they only can compell everyone to agree, reality will agree too.

HOME IS CASTLE

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Serfs really don't own anything. Indeed, no one in the Middle Ages really owned anything, everything was contingent on everything else at first. This is why it was called "feudalism". Same as feud, like in, fighting all the time over territory and such. One swore fealty and in return, got to occupy lands and terrorize serfs at will. Once a lord, an old English word for "loaf of bread" got his hot hands on real estate, he would strengthen his defenses so he could fight off all comers especially his feudal overlord. Heh.

Castles sprang up everywhere.

The fall of the aristocracy came with the invention of expensive cannons that blew up castles. This is why my ancestors came to America. Their castles were literally blown up by Charles II. So we became capitalist revolutionaries. Heh again.

The king had a problem overseas: stomping into undefended homes to do what he pleased was difficult for everyone was armed and irritable. One of the grievances given for the Declaration of Independence was the issue of quartering troops in homes. To this day, it is illegal.

Once American rule was established, many property owners rushed to have their rights set in stone. In the Northeast, deeds are very specific about this. I, for example, own all the 24 acres of mountain surface, all the dirt underneath and all the way down through the mantle to the core of the earth, it is all mine, bwahahaha. I also own all the airspace above, too, but that is violated already with impunity by my government that flies not only way up there but sometimes skimming my tree tops! Scaring the horses! I resent this but can't stop them unless I get an anti-aircraft battery set up.

So I put up with these unhappy intrusions.

Now the hamfisted Supreme Court comes along and tries to reduce my rights to zero. I resent this greatly. I don't care what someone wants to do, my land is mine. I own it. MY HOME IS MY CASTLE. Out west, no one owns anything below 2' on their properties. If oil or mineral wealth resides there, tough luck. The Feds and the Real Rulers own it all. But not at my home, yet. They can evict me now.

This has happened before! I lost my home!

In 1973, a car was illegally parked in my driveway and I called the police to complain. "You don't have to worry much longer," the kind lady said at the desk, "We are going to build a big parking lot down there!"

"What?" I said in shock. "I live here! Are you telling me this is going to be a parking lot???"

"Oh dear, I wasn't supposed to tell you this!" she cried and she hung up on me. I hopped on my bicycle and zipped down to city hall to confront the mayor. We argued, I declared war on him and we then went through a huge year long battle over the properties. He was forced to buy out the neighbors, one by one, openly instead of secretly. Secretly, he got cheaper prices.

This pissed the city of Tucson off. The tightwads also didn't understand, this was a historic neighborhood built before Arizona existed as a state. We were all renovating the old houses. My house was on the city's informal register of historic houses, it was built by the first architect to graduate in Arizona and I knew his sister, Miss Julie, who was at that time, 108 years old. She lived down the street from me.

One by one, they tore down all the houses around me. I didn't move. One day, the mayor told the military to do a tank demonstration on this lot. I came out when my rooster went crazy and confronted the Army. "Get that tank outta here!" I yelled. They were shocked. The mayor told them no one was living in my house! In apology, they let me ride around in the tank for fun. I suggested we visit city hall in it.

Then one day, after my daughter was born, I had a dream. A jet crashing into the neighborhood. The next day, I settled with the city and left.

Several years later, I was cooking dinner in NYC when my mother called, screaming at me, "Are you all right?" I turned on the TV to see a fighter jet burning away where my neighborhood used to be. Six unfortunate car owners were killed. My mother was on the roof of the Meinel Optic Center when the burning jet flew low over the roof. She suddenly forgot I no longer lived there and rushed into the office to see if I was still alive.

Well, the city of LA illegally demolished my grandfather's house while he was in the hospital. We sued and won that case. The city manager went to jail, too. Grrr.

My home is my castle. And I hate having jets fly overhead.

Friday, June 24, 2005

BUSH WILL STAY THE COURSE

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All week long, NPR and PBS have been under withering fire...from Bush and his army of zombies. The cartoon charaters who appear in subversive shows like Sesame Street or Clifford had to enter the mundane world to testify in Congress. Meanwhile, NPR, reduced to a mere shadow of itself, has become a stenographer for manglers of English.

From NPR:
(from All Things Inconsiderate) President Bush slams the door on talk of a timetable for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq. At a press conference in the East Room of the White House, the president argued that setting a firm exit date would "concede too much to the enemy." Bush was meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

Jaafari echoed the President's sentiment, saying, "This is not the time to fall back." Talk of an exit strategy and a timetable for leaving Iraq have floated around the capital this week; in testifying before Congress, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Thursday refused to speculate on a timetable for pulling U.S. troops from Iraq.
While slamming the door, a whole bunch of Marines were blown up today. Several were women soldiers. When their bodies are found, and some of them are unfindable so far, the sad remains will be packaged and delivered in the dead of night to be buried as swiftly and silently as possible.

So let's look at one of the latest funeral arrangements. From Steve Gilliard's News Blog:
By ELIZABETH OWENS
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
June 23, 2005


Distraught over his older brother's death in Iraq and his own deployment this fall to the war zone, Justin "Paul" Byers purposely stepped in front of a pickup truck Monday night, ending his own life, officials said.

About an hour before Sgt. Casey Byers' funeral began Wednesday morning, Crawford County's medical examiner said he had ruled Justin Byers' death a suicide.
Casey Byers, 22, who died June 11, will become the first Iowan killed in Iraq to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.

During Wednesday's funeral for Casey Byers in Denison, an Iowa Army National Guard official read a statement 19-year-old Justin had written about his brother.

"I will not lie to you - I was always fighting with my brother and we never got along. My mom said we fought so much because we were very much alike," wrote Justin, who could have avoided going into combat because of his brother's death.

Justin, whose family lives in Schleswig, wrote that he would not cry for Casey because he knew his older brother was proud of what he died for. But Justin Byers, who was the family's spokesman following his brother's death, expressed regret that he never got to say goodbye to Casey or apologize for all the fighting.

"Yes, Casey, I'm exactly like you," Justin wrote.
OK. The casket came home and as they prepared the shattered remains for burial the other brother who was also a soldier walked in front of a truck deliberately so he could join his dead brother in Heaven.

Meanwhile, Bush and Cheney and Rove, a trio of renegades who refused outright to fight in Nam to save America are busy here at home attacking liberals. A host of TV and radio personalities, nearly all of whom have refused to fight for America, are braying alongside these jackals. Three brave women were blown up today while Jenna and Barbara Bush sun tan themselves in between beers. The Young Republicans are holding a convention this week where they will make speeches and march around and salute flags and you can bet, not one of them will sign up to replace these dead Marines. Not one.

This isn't just a few, none will sign up. Not one.

What is this "stay the course"? On the SS GOP Titanic, we already hit some pretty big icebergs.

Meanwhile, the Canadians want to help our 6,000 or so deserters. From the Canadian TV:
NDP MP Bill Siksay is lending his support to a campaign aimed at allowing a growing number of American military deserters to find refuge in Canada.

According to the British Columbia MP, the issue resonates with a lot of Canadians.

For example, Siksay told CTV's Canada AM early Wednesday, Canadians are widely opposed to the prison abuse reported at the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons.

"They're (also) outraged at the failure to produce any weapons of mass destruction, since that was one of the main reasons for going into this war," he added.

So far, that support has translated into 15,000 signatures on a petition organized by the community-based War Resisters Support Campaign.

"There's huge public support for these war resisters in Canada," Siksay said.
We lost the Vietnam war for three reasons. &spades &spades &spades &spades

1. The Vietnamese didn't want us to win. That is the main reason why we lost.
2. American companies were more interested in getting rich than winning so it cost way too much.
3. Virtually all the right wingers who voted for Nixon twice refused to fight. Nearly to a man. They now run the USA. &spades &spades &spades &spades

Why do right wingers start wars they are too scared to fight? Like a drunk in a bar, they pick fights with nearly the entire room and then push the liberal who is trying to share a drink with a cute pick up, and roaring, "You teach 'em a lesson!"

Brave, brave GOP.

KING ROVE

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Karl Rove, in NYC, kicked off a veritable storm on the left with his speech that all but called for patriotic Americans to be put in prison camps, a favorite topic for the fascists running America into the ground. When Bush suggested that Democrats in the Senate didn't fight for America, back right after 9/11, when he was very popular, poor Senator Daschle rose in fury on the floor of the Senate and denounced him only to be slapped in the face by the American media who demanded he apologize instead.

So the AWOL President smirked as all the Democrats who were real vets apologized abjectly.

Hoping to recreate those Glory Days, Bush and his minions in the press have been trying to repeat this game. It succeeded with poor Durbin who knuckled under unlike Dean and bowed to the floor before these fake patriots. Then they wrapped themselves in a burning flag and went forth, attacking any and all liberals and Democrats, calling us traitors over and over again. Weaklings and traitors.

Meanwhile, our volunteers from the right collapse as even hysterical Republicans run away from a war they wanted and created.

From the Albany Times-Union:
A battle broke out Thursday between New York's Democrats and Republicans over remarks made about the 9/11 attacks by President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, at a state Conservative Party fund-raiser in Manhattan.
Democratic U.S. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer said Rove should apologize for comments he made Wednesday night they considered critical of Democrats.

At the fund-raiser, Rowe said: "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

Rove also said: "Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said, 'We will defeat our enemies.' Liberals saw what happened to us and said, 'We must understand our enemies.' "

Joined by state Democratic Party Chairman Herman "Denny" Farrell, Clinton and Schumer called on Republican Gov. George Pataki, who also spoke at the event, to repudiate Rove's comments. But the governor refused, calling Clinton's request "hypocritical."

Clinton said Rove's lofty position as Bush's deputy chief of staff made an apology from him all the more necessary.

"To go to New York City and say what he said is just almost unimaginable," she said. "Either he said something in a hasty, ill-conceived, reckless moment ... or he said it deliberately, as part of a continuing effort to divide Americans."
Every time a GOP guy says something hideous like when Helms said Clinton should stay away from South Carolina because he would be murdered there---not one Republican rushes to the TV stations to denounce a fellow GOPer. Not once. Not even John "stab me in the back" McCain. They will even snarl at us like so called liberal Republican, Pataki, reflexively does.

There is no point in being even slightly nice with a party that is this partisan and hateful which is why I now write like I do, using the word "traitor" to describe the war party that refuses to fight wars they start, trying to shove my son into their battles. They call me a traitor, well, sorry, but I am not the coward here nor are any of us on the left.

From the Guardian:
A White House official said Friday the administration finds it ``somewhat puzzling'' that Democrats are demanding presidential adviser Karl Rove's apology or resignation for implying that liberals are soft on terrorism.

``I think Karl was very specific, very accurate, in who he was pointing out,'' communications director Dan Bartlett said. ``It's touched a chord with these Democrats. I'm not sure why.''
Mirror, mirror, guys! Liberal Clinton, within minutes of the embassy bombings in Africa, launched missiles at bin Laden's camp, nearly killing him. Bush, on the other hand, gave old bin Buddy plenty of warning and came at him very slowly, glacially, and when bin Laden skipped merrily off to taunt us regularily, Bush gave up and said, "He doesn't matter anymore." So who is tough on terrorist? Eh? I hear the wind sighing! Crickets chirping!
Congressional Republicans earlier joined the White House in standing solidly behind Rove, saying he shouldn't apologize and that he was outlining a philosophical divide between a president who sought to win the war on terrorism by taking the fight to the enemy and Democrats who questioned that approach.
Dear Democratic Party: note this paragraph, please. The liberal Republicans lined up behind Karl "liberals are traitors" Rove! See what your coddling of them has wrought? They are not our friends. They are our sworn enemies for they have drawn a line and put us on the "traitor" side and they don't care if we yell. They want their pork.

From Xinhuanet news in China:
The United States' image is so tattered overseas two years after the Iraq invasion that China is viewed more favorably than the U.S. in western countries, an international poll found.

"The Iraq war has left an enduring impression on the minds of people around the world in ways that make them very suspicious of U.S. intentions and makes the effort to win hearts and minds far more difficult," said Shibley Telhami, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The overseas image of the United States slipped sharply after the Iraq invasion in 2003, the Pew polling found, and it has not rebounded in Western European countries like Britain, France, Germany and Spain. The U.S. image remains relatively poor in Muslim countries like Jordan and Pakistan, but has bounced back in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country which benefited from U.S. aid to tsunami victims, as well as in India and Russia.

Support for the U.S.-led war on terror has dipped in European countries like Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Spain, while it remains low in the Muslim countries surveyed like Pakistan, Turkey and Jordan.
Yes, the GOP war plans have been great...for China! We are now the Evil Empire. Way to go! Brainy! A success...if you are a traitor to America.

This is serious stuff. We are losing allies and not gaining allies. This is grounds for arresting Bush for treason for he is making things much unsafer for America. And he stopped looking for bin Laden! Even the head of the CIA claims he knows where bin Laden is hiding but is so gingerly about touching our buddies who are hiding him, we can't do anything!

This is the powerful GOP fight? Incredible! This is patriotic struggle? Give me a break! This is their plan? To allow their buddies to sneer at us and harbor bin Laden?

And we are what? Weaklings? Huh?

Give me a break. Or rather, give me Rove's neck.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

THE LAND TIME FORGOT

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Every full moon, Afghanistan hoves back into view. Dead bodies, raging battles, bombs going off. Today, it is all over the news. For example, a very expensive jet used originally to spy on the Soviets was supposedly spying on camel herders in Afghanistan. It crashed, the pilot killed. Of course, coming and going, it flies over Iran...but we are supposed to not pay attention to that.

From the Washington Post:
In the three months since the battalion set up camp in this isolated, mountainous region of southeastern Afghanistan, Conlon has not had time to watch a single movie. Instead, the battalion has found itself at the center of a heated though somewhat forgotten war that is still underway 3 1/2 years after the extremist Taliban militia was ousted from power.

Lt. Col. Mark Stammer gives stuffed animals and pencils to children in Badamtoy, in southeast Afghanistan, in an effort to win local support. (Nurith Aizenman -- The Washington Post)
The Taliban forces, estimated at anywhere from 2,000 to 10,000 fighters, cannot hold territory against U.S. forces. But the battalion in Zabol has been attacked more than 10 times since March. During one bloody seven-hour clash in Zabol in May and in a series of pitched firefights across the south and east since then, the Taliban has revealed itself to be a hardy, resilient foe equipped with machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

U.S. and Afghan military leaders contend that most of the battles are products of an aggressive campaign they launched this spring to force Taliban fighters from their hideouts. In Zabol, the fighters appear wary of taking on U.S. troops directly after suffering heavy casualties, but they continue to ambush U.S. patrols with gunfire and improvised explosives -- such as one that claimed the battalion's first fatality, Pfc. Steven C. Tucker, 19, of Grapevine, Tex., on May 21.
Geeze. The Afghani fighters are doing what they are justifiably famous for doing: rearguard fighting, doggedly and repeatedly, year after year.

They have been famous for this for how long? 3,000 years? 6,000 years? Since the last Ice Age? Even the Mongols didn't bother trying to control Afghanistan, they merely swept around it, destroying one trading city and then leaving it to do what it always has done: live and let live which is better than die and then die some more.

I remember seeing a film by a Brit done around 15 years ago. They were fighting the Russians. "If the Russians leave, what will you do?" asked the film maker. "Fight each other!" said the Afghani cheerfully. And so they did. Now it is back to the real fun stuff: fighting lumbering foreigners. They make up songs and other ditties about these ventures and now we are providing them with another 100 years of singing pleasure.

Oh, we are hunting bin Laden.

Like the Soviets, we hand out food and medicine and kill any Afghanis who are fighting us or suspicious or just whatever. Meanwhile, when our armed troops fly in (they never walk) via helicopter, the natives greet them in a friendly way, take the goodies, give no information and a day later, transmit all the data to the warriors lurking all over the place. Indeed, the warriors' tribal elders are the greeters of our troops, oh so friendly. Kind of reminde me of Nam.

Meanwhile, our newer, better, more vicious and deadlier Afghanistan is at full boil. From Reuters:

The CIA believes the Iraq insurgency poses an international threat and may produce better-trained Islamic terrorists than the 1980s Afghanistan war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, a U.S. counterterrorism official said on Wednesday.

A classified report from the U.S. spy agency says Iraqi and foreign fighters are developing a broad range of deadly skills, from car bombings and assassinations to tightly coordinated conventional attacks on police and military targets, the official said.

Once the insurgency ends, Islamic militants are likely to disperse as highly organized battle-hardened combatants capable of operating throughout the Arab-speaking world and in other regions including Europe.

Fighters leaving Iraq would primarily pose a challenge for their countries of origin including Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

But the May report, which has been widely circulated in the intelligence community, also cites a potential threat to the United States.

"You have people coming to the action with anti-U.S. sentiment ... And since they're Iraqi or foreign Arabs or to some degree Kurds, they have more communities they can blend into outside Iraq," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the report's classified status.
The Neocon "flypaper" is attracting flies alright but the thing stuck to the paper and struggling there and dying are our troops! This is a new "School of the Americas" with a vengence! Talk about "blowback," this is "Nuclear blowback" and if Americans think this is all a big joke, suicide bombers who want to nuke America are very scary indeed and whatever defences we raise up all can be easily evaded in the end if this comes to such an end.

When we had our anti war demonstrations, more than one demonstrator suggested the outcome of an invasion would lead to exactly what is happening now. More than one leftist blogger and commentator predicted this would transpire. Of course, we are all locked out of DC and the media so no one heard us. So here we are: stuck in the muck, running Terrorist University, rah, rah, rah. Remember that all insurgencies and revolutions evolve the same system: groups of three with only one person in contact with another group of three so captures don't disrupt the system. This is why, literally, every capture we make is "the number three aide" to whoever is the revolutionary de jour.

Meanwhile, Number One, bin Laden, passes us various videos, mocking us. We imagine this has zero effect on the world at large. Alas, it has a huge effect. Everyone is laughing at our manic, clueless leader.