Latest Articles: Bush Wars
Obama: End Of US Combat Role In Iraq 'On Schedule'
Post Date: 2010-08-02 11:56:35 by Brian S
ATLANTA (AP) -- President Barack Obama declared Monday that the Iraq war was nearing an end "as promised and on schedule," touting what he called a success of his administration though it comes amid persistent instability and uncertainty in Iraq. Obama cited progress toward meeting his deadline of withdrawing all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of this month. A transitional force of 50,000 troops will remain to train Iraqi security forces, conduct counterterrorism operations and provide security for ongoing U.S. civilian efforts. Under an agreement negotiated in 2008 with the Iraqis, all American troops are to be gone from Iraq by the end of next year. "The hard ...
Honored Iraq veteran from Verona is found fabricating stories........nominated himself for the award
Post Date: 2010-08-01 23:57:25 by Parrot with speed dial
On Memorial Day, as Americans honored the nations war dead, Angelo Otchy bowed his head to accept a medal from officials in Verona for his sacrifice and service. The 35-year-old Army veteran told a reporter that day about his three tours of duty in Iraq. Voice dropping to a near-hush, he spoke, too, about the buried bomb that ripped through his Humvee, injuring him and claiming the lives of three friends, one of them a soldier from Paterson. Im haunted by that day every day of my life, Otchy told The Star-Ledger. But Otchy wasnt in that Humvee. He was at home in New Jersey when the soldiers died. And he didnt serve three tours of duty in Iraq. He ...
Newt Gingrich Suggests Attacking Rest Of 'Axis Of Evil' (VIDEO)
Post Date: 2010-07-30 19:39:47 by Skip Intro
Newt Gingrich Suggests Attacking Rest Of 'Axis Of Evil' (VIDEO) Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich twice called on the United States to attack North Korea and Iran Thursday because the United States has only attacked "one out of three" of so-called "Axis of Evil" members by invading Iraq. He also claimed that Muslims are trying to install Sharia law on America and said that the "War on Terror" should have been a war on "radical Islamists" instead. Speaking at an American Enterprise Institute event yesterday, Gingrich compared not following through on President George W. Bush's "Axis of Evil" agenda with not fully ...
WikiLeaks Iraq Cache, As Yet Unreleased, More Than Three Times As Big
Post Date: 2010-07-27 17:31:50 by Brian S
The cache of classified U.S. military reports on the Iraq War as yet unreleased by WikiLeaks may be more than three times as large as the set of roughly 76,000 similar reports on the war in Afghanistan made public by the whistle-blower Web site earlier this week, Declassified has learned. Three sources familiar with the Iraq material in WikiLeaks hands, requesting anonymity to discuss what they described as highly sensitive information, say its similar to this weeks Afghanistan material, consisting largely of field reports from U.S. military personnel and classified no higher than the "secret" level. According to one of the sources, the Iraq material portrays U.S. ...
How Bush Botched the Afghan War
Post Date: 2010-07-27 11:50:13 by Brian S
The 92,000 classified Afghan War documents, which were just released by Wikileaks, provide a troubling narrative of that conflicts downward spiral as President George W. Bush concentrated the American military on the neoconservative target of choice, Iraq.Though the reports dont directly address Bushs strategic blunder, they tell the story of badly stretched U.S. forces trying to manage a complex task in Afghanistan while the Taliban, al-Qaeda and their allies in Pakistan regrouped along the border and became a dangerous adversary. Also indirectly, the reports underscore the successful counter-strategy pursued by al-Qaeda leaders, to keep the United States bogged down in ...
25 Killed As Iraq Car Bombings Target Shrine City, Media
Post Date: 2010-07-26 19:53:30 by Brian S
Twin car bombs killed 21 people in the Shiite holy city of Karbala in southern Iraq on Monday, while four people died in a suicide attack on a Saudi-funded television channel in Baghdad. The suicide blasts in Karbala, where religious commemoration ceremonies are due to begin on Wednesday, occurred at around 7:00 pm (1600 GMT) and also wounded at least 47 people, a provincial health official said. Eyewitnesses said one vehicle exploded at a security checkpoint on the southern outskirts of the city, the site of revered shrines to Imam Hussein and Imam Abbas, and the second blew up a short time later just metres (yards) away. "Most of the killed and wounded are policemen and ...
Toxic Legacy Of US Assault On Fallujah 'Worse Than Hiroshima'
Post Date: 2010-07-24 21:43:53 by Brian S
Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study. Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents. Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a ...
My Biggest Mistake in the White House
Post Date: 2010-07-15 09:24:51 by Badeye
My Biggest Mistake in the White House Failing to refute charges that Bush lied us into war has hurt our country. By KARL ROVE Seven years ago today, in a speech on the Iraq war, Sen. Ted Kennedy fired the first shot in an all-out assault on President George W. Bush's integrity. "All the evidence points to the conclusion," Kennedy said, that the Bush administration "put a spin on the intelligence and a spin on the truth." Later that day Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle told reporters Mr. Bush needed "to be forthcoming" about the absence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Thus began a shameful episode in our political life whose poisonous fruits are ...
Oil Smuggling To Iran Embarrassment For Iraq
Post Date: 2010-07-13 12:02:46 by Brian S
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) -- The smuggling of tens of thousands of gallons a day of crude oil and refined fuels from northern Iraq to Iran, in violation of new U.S. sanctions, is stoking tensions between Iraq's central government and its Kurdish provincial counterparts. The reports about the oil smuggling surfaced just over a week after the U.S. imposed new sanctions barring the export of refined fuels to Iran. They also arise at a time when Kurdish help may be needed to form the next government as politicians in Baghdad have been deadlocked since the March 7 election. Iraqi officials quickly vowed to do something about the practice. The smuggling is an embarrassment for Baghdad and the ...
WMD Claims Were Lies Says Former Envoy
Post Date: 2010-07-12 15:35:18 by Brian S
Britain was taken to war in Iraq on the basis of lies, scaremongering and deliberate exaggeration, a former UK diplomat told the Iraq inquiry. Carne Ross claimed that Britain and the United States privately did not believe that Iraq's weapons programmes posed a substantial threat before launching the 2003 invasion. Mr Ross, the former first secretary at the UKs mission to the United Nations, told the Chilcot inquiry there was no significant intelligence to support claims that Saddam Hussein had amassed an arsenal of deadly weapons. He argued that Saddam could have been contained through sanctions and condemned the failure by the US or ...
Iraq Stumbles Into Month 5 With No New Government
Post Date: 2010-07-12 14:05:00 by Brian S
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Hopes that Iraq's parliament could convene this week fell apart Monday as the country stumbled into month five with no new government and the prime minister hitting a brick wall with his nominal Shiite allies, some of whom deeply oppose him staying in his post. The heads of the main political blocs met Monday in the latest attempt to find common ground, but with no resolution on filling top posts in sight, they decided to delay the next session for two weeks, acting parliament speaker Fouad Massoum said. That means more backroom negotiations as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki tries to cobble together a coalition that will back him for a new term, while his rivals press ...
Republican Steele’s Afghanistan Remarks Praised by Ron Paul
Post Date: 2010-07-06 12:44:04 by go65
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, whose remarks suggesting the U.S. will lose the war in Afghanistan have prompted some Republicans to demand his resignation, won praise from Representative Ron Paul. Michael Steele should not resign, Paul, a Texas Republican and former Libertarian Party presidential candidate, said today in a statement. Michael Steele has it right and Republicans should stick by him. Speaking at a Republican fundraising event in Connecticut on July 1, Steele said the conflict in Afghanistan was a war of Obamas choosing and is not something that the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to ...
'Surge'' smoke follows Petraeus to Afpak
Post Date: 2010-07-05 12:14:45 by mininggold
'Surge'' smoke follows Petraeus to Afpak By Pepe Escobar Confirmed and reconfirmed by United States President Barack Obama, the US Senate and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and duly hailed as the new armored Messiah by US mainstream media, "tightly disciplined" political fox and former US Central Command chief General David Petraeus is about to land in Kabul. He will either hit the road to his 2012 Republican presidential nomination, or witness another disaster in a US$7 billion a month (and counting) quagmire. The myth of Petraeus' "successful surge" in Iraq could not but linger on. The Pentagon never managed not to profit by selling a ...
Petraeus To Face Soldier Complaints Over War Rules
Post Date: 2010-06-25 22:26:21 by Murron
Petraeus To Face Soldier Complaints Over War Rules By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer June 25, 2010 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Crouched in a field of opium poppies, a young Marine lieutenant pleaded over the radio for an airstrike on a compound where he believed a sniper was firing at his troops. Request denied. Civilians might be inside and the Marines couldn't see a muzzle flash to be absolutely sure the gunman was there. The lieutenant's frustration, witnessed by an Associated Press journalist in February in Marjah in southern Afghanistan, points to a Catch-22 dilemma facing the NATO force: how to protect troops against an enemy that lives - and fights - among the ...
Petraeus Gives Afghan Mission Trusted Name at Critical Phase
Post Date: 2010-06-24 11:26:35 by Brian S
General David Petraeus commands a respect in Congress and on foreign battlefields that may enhance the U.S. and NATO mission in a decisive phase against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. President Barack Obamas announcement yesterday that hes replacing General Stanley McChrystal for remarks disparaging administration officials thrusts Petraeus back into the role of leading a major combat effort to reverse enemy gains. Petraeus, who wrote the Armys book on counterinsurgency, took charge in Iraq in 2007 as the Bush administration started a troop surge that stabilized a nation on the verge of civil war. From the standpoint of continuity and consistency of approach ...
US general [McChrystal] summoned to Washington [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-06-22 07:56:15 by Fred Mertz
The top US military commander in Afghanistan has been summoned to Washington after criticising the administration of Barack Obama, the US president, in a magazine article. The White House recalled General Stanley McChrystal from Afghanistan on Tuesday to explain comments he made in a Rolling Stone magazine interview to be published on Friday, military officials said. The order came after McChrystal apologised for the controversial comments in the profile, in which he is quoted denouncing a top diplomat while his aides dismiss Obama and mock his deputies. "I extend my sincerest apology for this profile," McChrystal said in a statement issued ahead of the article's release. ...
Japan Has 'Priority' On Rights To Mine Afghanistan Mineral Deposits, Says Hamid Karzai
Post Date: 2010-06-20 12:57:06 by mininggold
Japan Has 'Priority' On Rights To Mine Afghanistan Mineral Deposits, Says Hamid Karzai Afghan President Hamid Karzai said this week that Japan -- not the U.S. -- takes priority over other nations when it comes to mining his country's vast mineral deposits. Karzai made his proclamation during a five-day visit to Japan. Over that same time period, news reports surfaced that Afghanistan and Pakistan planned to negotiate with U.S.-NATO enemies, the U.N. reported that insurgent violence is surging, and Reuters tried to parse the Pentagon's mixed messages over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. During an appearance at Japan Institute for International Affairs, Karzai focused on ...
Twin Car Bombs Kill 27 Near Bank In Baghdad
Post Date: 2010-06-20 12:04:13 by Brian S
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two suicide car bombers struck a crowded area outside a state-run bank Sunday in Baghdad, killing nearly 30 people in the latest attack targeting a high-profile part of the capital. The blast, which tore the glass facade off the three-story Trade Bank of Iraq building, leaving chairs and desks exposed, occurred shortly after 11 a.m. as the area was packed with people at the start of the local work week. Iraqi officials initially said the explosives-packed cars were parked a few hundred yards (meters) apart, but later said the attacks were staged by suicide bombers. Security forces swarmed through the debris while cleanup crews used forklifts to move the charred wreckage ...
Kick Ass or Buy Gas?
Post Date: 2010-06-19 11:35:39 by mininggold
Kick Ass or Buy Gas? How Taxpayers Are Subsidizing BPs Disaster Through the Pentagon By Nick Turse Residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are livid with BP in the wake of the massive, never-ending oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico -- and Barack Obama says they ought to be. But theres one aspect of the BP story that most of those angry residents of the Gulf states arent aware of. And the president hasnt had a thing to say about it. Even as the tar balls hit Gulf beaches, their tax dollars are subsidizing BP and so far, President Obama has not shown the slightest indication that he plans to stop their flow into BP coffers, despite the recent call of ...
Daimler To Invest $194M At Detroit Diesel Engine Plant
Post Date: 2010-06-18 13:33:20 by Brian S
REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. Detroit Diesel Corp. (DDC) announced Friday that it will invest approximately $194 million to expand existing operations at its manufacturing facility in Redford Township, Mich. The announcement was made in an all-employee town hall meeting at the three million square foot Redford Township site with key federal, state and local officials in attendance. The DDC facility employs 1,900 people and manufactures heavy-duty diesel engines for the commercial truck market. Company officials also confirmed Friday that its Redford Township investment will be supported by a variety of state and local incentives as announced by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and ...
America Leaves Iraq A Toxic Legacy Of Dumped Hazardous Materials [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-06-14 13:34:59 by Brian S
Oliver August, Baghdad American troops going home from Iraq after seven painful years are leaving behind a legacy that is literally toxic. An investigation by The Times in five Iraqi provinces has found that hazardous material from US bases is being dumped locally rather than sent back to America, in clear breach of Pentagon rules. North and west of Baghdad, engine oil is leaking from 55-gallon drums into dusty ground, open acid canisters sit within easy reach of children, and discarded batteries lie close to irrigated farmland. A 2009 Pentagon document shown to The Times by a private contractor working with US soldiers mentions an estimated 11 million pounds [5,000 tonnes] of ...
26 Die As Insurgents Storm Iraq's Central Bank
Post Date: 2010-06-13 19:30:54 by Brian S
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Insurgents wearing military uniforms stormed Iraq's central bank Sunday during an apparent robbery attempt, battling security forces in a three-hour standoff after bombs exploded nearby in a coordinated daylight attack that left as many as 26 people dead. The assault on Iraq's top financial institution stoked fears that insurgents are taking advantage of political deadlock after inconclusive March 7 national elections to try to derail security gains as the U.S. prepares to withdraw its forces by the end of next year. The 325-member parliament was due to convene Monday, but analysts have said agreement on a new government could still be months away. Iraqi military ...
U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Actions in Mideast [ new order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term ]
Post Date: 2010-05-25 16:11:50 by WhiteSands
WASHINGTON The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents. The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in ...
Answering Our Troops, “Why Did You Send Us To War Over A Lie?”
Post Date: 2010-05-24 19:42:42 by Skip Intro
It Is Starting, America Is Being Called To Account Phony War, Forgotten Troops And Abused Veterans By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor After 9/11 it started. We raced into Afghanistan looking for terrorist groups that never existed and a terrorist mastermind who had nothing to do with an attack on America. We knew we were lying to our troops then, we know it now and we simply cant stop, we love lying so much. Osama bin Laden, isolated in Afghanistan with a few supporters fled into the hills and died in days. There was never a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, no Al Qaeda, a group honest experts claim never existed and still may not, and the real Osama bin Laden, the ...
Cannes Hears Call For ‘War Criminals’ Bush, Blair To Face Trial
Post Date: 2010-05-20 15:44:59 by Brian S
CANNES, France Director Ken Loach, in Cannes with his Iraq war film, called Thursday for the "war criminals" George W. Bush and Tony Blair to be tried for launching the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein."We have to keep pursuing Blair, Bush and the others until we have them in the dock," he said as he arrived for a red carpet premiere of his film "Route Irish" which is in the running for the festival's Palme d'Or top prize."It's certainly true that the people who started the war, who are war criminals, have not been called to account," said Loach, whose new work probes the murky world of private security contractors in ...
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