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  • Duplicity of Rather, Burkett, Hailey, et al trying to “prove” that the CBS memos are valid (Vanity)

    10/04/2004 9:45:53 PM PDT · by Diddley · 12 replies · 488+ views
    Oct 4, 2004 | Diddley
    In order for the memos to be “valid”, Killian would have had to: 1) Reject perfectly good, regular typewriters that were available to his unit and in general, that typed all other documents at the time. 2) Make extraordinary efforts to get equipment that – it is virtually certain – weren’t commonly available at that time. 3) Want to create (and thought about creating) 6 documents that were totally different from any others at the time. 4) Make documents that were different from any other then-contemporary documents. 5) Go through extreme Rube Goldberg contortions to make the documents (which even...
  • Kerry Should Sue SVBT

    08/12/2004 11:31:14 PM PDT · by Diddley · 36 replies · 950+ views
    TNR Online ^ | 08.11.04 | Kenneth Baer
    Thirty-five years ago when his swift boat on patrol in Vietnam was under heavy fire from the shore, John Kerry turned his craft right into the fire, beached the boat, chased down the enemy, and killed him. Now, Kerry ... is under a different kind of attack. ... (A) group calling itself Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (SBVT) has taken to the airwaves in three battleground states with an ad claiming that Kerry lied to get his first Purple Heart and his Bronze Star." snip Now, any political consultant worth his retainer would say that for any candidate--much less a...
  • Nano-transistor self-assembles using biology

    11/20/2003 9:37:34 PM PST · by Diddley · 27 replies · 422+ views
    Newscientist ^ | Nov 20, 2003 | Gaia Vince
    Nano-transistor self-assembles using biology A functional electronic nano-device has been manufactured using biological self-assembly for the first time. Israeli scientists harnessed the construction capabilities of DNA and the electronic properties of carbon nanotubes to create the self-assembling nano-transistor. The work has been greeted as "outstanding" and "spectacular" by nanotechnology experts. The push to shrink electronic circuits to ever smaller dimensions is relentless. Carbon nanotubes, which have remarkable electronic properties and only about one nanometre in diameter, have been touted as a highly promising material to help drive miniaturisation. But manufacturing nano-scale transistors has proved both time-consuming and labour-intensive. The team,...
  • Nanotechnology Plan Headed to President

    11/20/2003 7:51:04 PM PST · by Diddley · 20 replies · 211+ views
    Spaceref.com ^ | Nov 20, 2003 | Staff
    Nanotechnology Plan Headed to President Technology could create $1 trillion global market WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House gave final approval on a plan to invest nearly $4 billion in research and development into nanotechnology. The bill, a top Science Committee priority for the year, is now cleared for approval by the President, who is expected to sign the bill. Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) applauded passage saying, "The idea behind this bill is simple yet powerful - the American economy will grow bigger if America's scientists and engineers focus on things that are smaller. The U.S. is the leader...
  • Will al-Qaeda bring the royal house down?

    11/15/2003 10:01:32 PM PST · by Diddley · 7 replies · 136+ views
    SundayHerald ^ | Nov 16, 2003 | Trevor Royle.
    Will al-Qaeda bring the royal house down? The Riyadh attack, believed to be the work of bin Laden’s supporters, was a challenge to the ruling House of Saud, finds Trevor Royle. Now they must decide whether to appease or confront the critics The bombs which ripped through the Muhaya residential compound in Riyadh last week did more than kill 17 innocent civilians, most of them workers from Lebanon and other Arab countries. They sent a powerful signal that Saudi Arabia is still on the frontline against terrorism and that more of the same can be expected in the months ahead....
  • New particle turns up in Japan

    11/15/2003 8:43:52 PM PST · by Diddley · 178 replies · 706+ views
    Physicsweb ^ | Nov 14, 2003 | Belle Dumé
    The Belle collaboration at the KEK laboratory in Japan has discovered a new sub-atomic particle which it is calling the "X(3872)". The particle does not fit into any known particle scheme and theorists are speculating that it might be a hitherto unseen type of meson that contains four quarks (arxiv.org/abs/hep-ex/0309032; Phys. Rev. Lett. to be published). The discovery has been confirmed by the CDF collaboration at Fermilab in the US, where the new particle is being called the "mystery meson". Mesons are particles that contain a quark and an antiquark that are held together by the strong nuclear force. Since...
  • (Saudi Arabia Radio Ad [Barf Alert] )

    11/14/2003 12:59:37 PM PST · by Diddley · 5 replies · 161+ views
    KFYI, Phoenix | Nov 14, 2003
    The following 60 second ad was aired on KFYI, Phoenix during the past few days. (The first sentence was – in essence – people fear what they don’t know) A woman’s voice: “Saudi Arabia is committed to reform. Just this year we passed legislation to create more jobs and opportunities. Economic success makes it harder for terrorists to take root.” “Our text books have been updated to remove references to intolerance.” "We’re modernizing our laws, holding open elections, opening our country and our minds to keep pace with a changing world.” "But, before you say it’s only talk, please stop...
  • Cellphone 'radar' tracks traffic flow

    10/27/2003 11:28:31 PM PST · by Diddley · 25 replies · 281+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Oct 3 | Staff
    Signals from cellphone masts can be used to track aircraft, monitor traffic congestion and spot speeding motorists without tipping them off that they are being watched. The radar-like system, which is still being developed, has provoked media reports of the start of a huge extension of Big Brother-style surveillance - privacy campaigners have complained that it could be used to track individual people. But radar experts say such fears are unfounded. Conventional radar works by transmitting a signal, listening for the reflection and using the time taken for the round trip to work out the object's distance. More sophisticated systems...
  • Rush Limbaugh and the Grandmother Test

    10/13/2003 10:36:31 PM PDT · by Diddley · 71 replies · 442+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Oct. 14, 2003 | Jim Quinn
    Rush Limbaugh and the Grandmother Test Jim Quinn Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003 Ed Asner is out there bloviatiing about how "we got Limbaugh, and Hannity's next" and how he wants to play the life of the "misunderstood" Joe Stalin. OK, so Uncle Joe did starve 100,000 people to death, but he was a good dancer. One wonders if we have a Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy going on or just the ravings of a delusional old Commie who longs for a return to the days when we could all sit around at the Free Store in Berkley listening to Paul Robeson sing...
  • An Empowered World (People come up with ingenious ways to run things better than governments can)

    04/21/2003 10:48:39 PM PDT · by Diddley · 40+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | Apr 21, 2003 | Eamonn Butler
    Poor villages in Thailand have found a great way to improve their lives and make a little money. They generate electricity using micro-hydroelectric equipment, and then sell on any surplus to neighbouring settlements. Instead of waiting for the state-sponsored electricity grid to get to them, they're doing it themselves. Scotland has found a winning formula for keeping its rivers unpolluted and full of wild salmon. Rather than rely on public ownership and government clean-up schemes, fishing rights are bought and sold. So the owners have a powerful incentive to make sure that streams are kept clean and well-stocked. Want to...
  • From Celluloid to Cell Phone. (Hedy Lamarr, 1940s actress, designed a jam-proof torpedo system)

    04/21/2003 9:41:59 PM PDT · by Diddley · 10 replies · 342+ views
    ABC News Tech ^ | Apr 21, 2003 | Kris Kosach,
    She was considered one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen, but Hedy Lamarr never wanted to be known as just a pretty face. . . . . . She is credited for patenting a technology that is used every day. Hers is a story that is something right out of … well … Hollywood. A Kept Woman Finds Freedom Upon the insistence of her parents, Hedy wed a prominent Austrian munitions tycoon by the name of Fritz Mandl. Mandl took his teenage bride everywhere, including prominent business meetings with his biggest client, the Nazi Party....
  • Stop Apologizing for (Iraqi) Civilian Casualties {Ayn Rand Inst]

    04/21/2003 7:10:01 PM PDT · by Diddley · 11 replies · 225+ views
    Ayn Rand Inst ^ | Apr 3, 2003 | Peter Schwartz
    The administration's policy of minimizing harm to civilians is an unwarranted confession of guilt about waging a war strictly to safeguard America. In war, a country convinced of the rightness of its course expects its forces to subordinate all considerations to the objective of military victory. Our government, however, has adopted the indecisive policy of "balancing" the goal of defeating the enemy in Iraq with the goal of avoiding harm to civilians. When General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declares that great care is being taken to prevent civilian casualties, he is not referring to the...
  • The Play of the Year (mentally handicapped boy teaches us.)

    04/20/2003 2:44:44 PM PDT · by Diddley · 20 replies · 170+ views
    Sports Illustrated | Nov 18, 2002 | Staff
    Jake Porter is 17, but he can't read, can barely scrawl his first name and often mixes up the letters at that. So how come we're all learning something from him? In three years on the Northwest High football team, in McDermott, Ohio, Jake had never run with the ball. Or made a tackle. He'd barely ever stepped on the field. That's about right for a kid with chromosomal fragile X syndrome, a disorder that is a common cause of mental retardation. But every day after school Jake, who attends special-ed classes, races to Northwest team practices: football, basketball, track....
  • Tot falls off balcony, into man's arms

    04/19/2003 11:35:00 PM PDT · by Diddley · 44 replies · 150+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | Apr 19, 2003 | Katy Scott
    <p>GLENDALE (suburb of Phoenix)- Manuel Carpio didn't expect to cut his basketball game short Tuesday. He didn't expect to be home by 6 p.m. And he certainly didn't expect to save a toddler's life.</p> <p>Tyson Wright was no stranger to his second-story balcony. The 19-month-old had played on it before. But as his parents cleaned their apartment Tuesday evening, Tyson came up with a new way to amuse himself.</p>
  • How Nanotechnology Will Work (Molecular-sized nanoscopic machines will build products.)

    04/19/2003 1:24:06 AM PDT · by Diddley · 39 replies · 509+ views
    HowStuffWorks ^ | Unk | Unk
    (Nanotechnology will build molecular and atomic “assemblers” that can build products.) In the early 20th century, Henry Ford built a car manufacturing plant on a 2,000-acre tract of land along the Rouge River in Michigan. Built to mass-produce automobiles more efficiently, the Rouge housed the equipment for developing each phase of a car, including blast furnaces, a steel mill and a glass plant. More than 90 miles of railroad track and conveyor belts kept Ford's car assembly line running. The Rouge model was lauded as the most efficient method of production at a time when bigger meant better. The size...
  • Iraq War Not Over for Junk Scientists

    04/19/2003 12:10:02 AM PDT · by Diddley · 12 replies · 186+ views
    FoxNews/JunkScience ^ | Apr 18, 2003 | Steven Milloy
    The war in Iraq is pretty much over, except for junk scientists. For them, the war may continue for decades — just like Vietnam. Two developments bear this out. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) last week announced it would study sites in Iraq where armor-piercing weapons containing depleted uranium (DU) were used by coalition forces. Then, a new study was published this week in the journal Nature reporting the amount of Agent Orange sprayed in Vietnam was significantly underestimated. The researchers called for more study of U.S. troops and Vietnamese civilians in the sprayed areas. Both lines of study...
  • The CIA/Zionist 'Plot' (Tongue in cheek)

    04/16/2003 11:29:51 PM PDT · by Diddley · 5 replies · 122+ views
    TechCentralStation ^ | Apr 16, 2003 | James D. Miller
    World affairs are being manipulated by a CIA/Zionist cabal. Evidence for it can be found in the fact that most people blame Islamo-fascists for 9/11. But you see, given the damage that 9/11 and other recent events have caused them, one could only believe Islamo-fascists responsible for 9/11 if you accept that they possess suicidal levels of stupidity. After all, 9/11 destroyed the power bases of Osama, Saddam and Yasser, may soon result in an American-style government in Iraq, and increased America's military involvement in the world. Since all these outcomes were fairly predictable given that 9/11 has been blamed...
  • Threading instruction improves weak children's arithmetic

    04/16/2003 9:30:44 PM PDT · by Diddley · 33 replies · 287+ views
    Eurakalert ^ | Apr 11, 2003 | Nalinie Moerlie
    Dutch research has revealed that pupils at special schools for primary education can best learn arithmetic using one specific strategy. When adding and subtracting with numbers less than 100, these pupils make least mistakes when using the so-called threading strategy (for example, 65 - 23 = 65 - 20-3). Bauke Milo investigated how children with learning difficulties can best learn to add and subtract numbers less than 100. Arithmetic lessons using modern methods challenge pupils to come up with their own solutions. However, children with learning difficulties require a different approach. The skills expected in modern arithmetic education are out...
  • Cancer researchers stumble on a ricin treatment (Good news, if true)

    04/16/2003 12:00:15 AM PDT · by Diddley · 11 replies · 158+ views
    PopularScience ^ | Apr. 2003 | Harald Franzen
    How easy is it to make ricin poison? "You just get a bunch of castor beans and grind them up," says immunologist Ellen Vitetta of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Stockpiles were recently discovered in Afghan caves used by al Qaeda; Iraq is also known to have supplies. Scientists have worked for years to find a vaccine (the poison is so hard to recognize in its victims that an antidote would be impractical) but without success—until Vitetta and colleagues came upon it. The poison is best known for its role in a notorious cold war espionage murder. In...
  • Double DNA chance of identifying Saddam

    04/15/2003 11:36:14 PM PDT · by Diddley · 2 replies · 91+ views
    NewScientist ^ | Apr 15, 2003 | Staff
    Two DNA techniques could be used to identify the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, says experts. One offers relative ease, in that the DNA samples required should be available, but the other offers far more certainty. The US-led invasion of Iraq is now almost complete, and military forces are now searching for the leaders of the deposed regime. Identifying Saddam - dead or alive - will not be easy, as he is believed to have used many doubles. US forces claim to have DNA samples from Saddam and his sons, but will not reveal what form they take, or how...
  • War as Art (a brilliant strategy that combined modern weapons with many other tactics, )

    04/15/2003 10:36:07 PM PDT · by Diddley · 4 replies · 8+ views
    TechCentralStation ^ | Apr 15, 2003 | Mark McNeilly
    Much has been made of the accuracy and precision of the "smart weapons" the Coalition forces are using in the war in Iraq. These technological marvels have indeed proven their worth by effectively destroying targets while minimizing collateral damage. However, our fascination with this military technology at times overshadowed something more significant; a brilliant strategy that combined these weapons with many other tactics, all leading to a fast and successful conclusion to the conflict. To careful observers of the war it is clear that not only are our soldiers well-trained and brave but that their leaders at all levels are...
  • A casualty of war (The media's integrity has been all but lost)

    04/15/2003 10:06:25 PM PDT · by Diddley · 10 replies · 175+ views
    Jewsweek ^ | Apr 15, 2003 | Avi Davis
    Those who lost their lives are not the only victims of this war. The media's integrity has been all but lost. As the smoke begins to clear in Baghdad the world will soon be able to assess the damage of a short war. The final toll will no doubt include thousands of Iraqi dead and many Allied troops. It will include billions of dollars of damage and shattered relations between a number of nations. It is as sad as it is tragic. War, no matter where or why it takes place, is always heartbreaking -- destroying lives and leaving scars...
  • Iraq contender scorns UN (. . . Iraqi people view the UN as allies of Saddam).

    04/15/2003 5:14:13 PM PDT · by Diddley · 25 replies · 355+ views
    ITV ^ | Apr 15, 2003 | Staff
    One contender to be leader of a post-Saddam Iraq has said the UN has a limited role in the future of Iraq. Ahmed Chalabi, the Head of Iraqi National Congress, said the Iraqi people view the UN as allies of Saddam. He was interviewed by Jonathan Dimbleby: Jonathan Dimbleby: "You say that the United Nations should be kept out of this… but that suggests that you think that Britain and America are wrong to say that the UN should have a vital role in this process?" Ahmed Chalabi: "I that the UN has a limited role in Iraq. They have...
  • THE END OF TELLING-IT-LIKE-IT-IS TALK RADIO IS NEAR (Barf alert)

    04/13/2003 10:48:34 PM PDT · by Diddley · 20 replies · 216+ views
    NewsWithViews ^ | Feb 20, 2003 | Servando González
    (This article is from Feb 20, 2003) Painter Pablo Picasso once said that in art, as in the dictionary, against comes before for. The current dismal state of conservative talk radio indicates that Picasso's words can be applied to politics as well. It is useful to remember that the enormous growth of audience experienced by conservative talk radio occurred during the Clinton era. At the time, it was very easy to handle a conservative talk radio program: the only thing you needed to do was to criticize Clinton and his administration for the wrong decisions, corruption, scandals and foreign policy...
  • Wounded U.N. could end up handing out bandages

    04/13/2003 9:54:30 PM PDT · by Diddley · 3 replies · 93+ views
    Knight Ridder via Arizona Republic ^ | Apr. 13, 2003 | Dick Polman
    The United Nations, which was created "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war," is a potential casualty of the latest war. It will continue to run its humanitarian programs and ruminate on the great issues. But the Bush administration and its supporters, still smarting over the U.N. refusal to officially bless the war in Iraq, have essentially declared that in a new world policed by American power, the United Nations won't be a player. In the words of former Republican Party official Clifford May, now president of a Washington think tank, there are "five things grownups should no...
  • Unsafe Levels of Dioxin Found in Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Study Says

    04/13/2003 8:31:30 PM PDT · by Diddley · 81 replies · 960+ views
    Junk Science ^ | Nov 8, 2002 | Unk
    Washington, November 8 Unsafe levels of dioxin were measured in a sample of Ben & Jerry's brand ice cream, according to a new study published on Junkscience.com. Ben & Jerry's promotional literature, available at its "scoop shops" and on its web site, states, "Dioxin is known to cause cancer, genetic and reproductive defects and learning disabilities... The only safe level of dioxin exposure is no exposure at all." Dioxin is a by-product of industrial processes and may also be created naturally through combustion of plant materials. The study authors report that, according to Ben & Jerry's and U.S. Environmental Protection...
  • Fly-sized robots aimed at surgery

    04/13/2003 12:19:02 AM PDT · by Diddley · 16 replies · 332+ views
    Independent News ^ | Feb 15, 2003 | Staff
    Robots the size of flies controlled by computers smaller than grains of salt could be with us within two years. A prototype "millibot" is being built to see if scientists can miniaturise to the scale of a nanometre – a millionth of a millimetre – to build intelligent materials and microscopic machines. James Ellenbogen of the Mitre Corporation told the association that the first insect-like robot – a motorised silicon chip with six legs – could be built by the end of 2004. "Once we decide on the right fit, I'd be pleased as punch if we had one next...
  • Nuclear smugglers face neutron test

    04/12/2003 11:48:56 PM PDT · by Diddley · 3 replies · 57+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Jan 2003 | Nicola Jones
    The security cordon around the US could be tightened with an improved system for catching people trying to smuggle nuclear material. The detectors can ferret out fissile material such as uranium, even if it is sealed in a lead container, and could be installed within the year. The amount of nuclear material recorded as missing from licensed sites around the world suggests smuggling is rife, but inadequate equipment at national borders means seizures by customs are few and far between. US borders are patrolled by officers wearing "pagers" that detect the high levels of gamma radiation emitted by nuclear material....
  • Fake Voice Recordings Easy To Make, Hard To Detect (Osama?)

    04/12/2003 9:58:52 PM PDT · by Diddley · 9 replies · 28+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Apr 4, 2003 | Unk
    PORTLAND, Ore. Are the audiotapes periodically released by Osama bin Laden real or fake? Their poor audio quality and the increasing availability of reliable voice transformation technologies certainly means there is a chance they're fake, said an Oregon scientist. "Many places in the world are developing technologies that can quickly and easily transform voices," said Jan van Santen, Ph.D., a mathematical psychologist at Oregon Health & Science University's OGI School of Science & Engineering, based in Hillsboro, Ore. "Because voice transformation technologies are increasingly available, it is becoming harder to detect whether a voice has been faked. The only way...
  • The Bold Is So Beautiful (Boldness [three bold steps] turned the tide in this war).

    04/12/2003 8:55:56 PM PDT · by Diddley · 8 replies · 189+ views
    Techcentralstation ^ | Apr 11, 2003 | Melana Zyla Vickers
    Boldness has turned the tide in this war. After an initial burst of action in which the ground war started before the air war and Special Forces denied the Iraqi military large swaths of territory in the West and South, hesitation appeared to risk gripping U.S. warplanners. But after the sandstorms of March 27-29, the Pentagon and the White House threw any remaining overcaution to the wind. Boldness prevailed in the rapid advance of ground troops into the heart of Baghdad and in warplanners' intellectual confidence that a precision air campaign of record brevity had pummeled the enemy enough for...
  • TV Guide, Iraq [A little humor]

    04/11/2003 10:26:56 PM PDT · by Diddley · 20 replies · 248+ views
    Techcentralstation ^ | Apr 10, 2003 | Ralph Kinney Bennett
    We have obtained a copy of the postwar program schedule for Iraqi Television. Although we are not allowed to print it pending word from Coalition high command, we thought we'd share with you a few highlights from the coming season… Jeopardy - An Iraqi tank crew sits somewhere in the desert in a T-72. They think they hear an airplane. Home Shopping Network - Blowout bargains night. Items include the grand piano looted from the Sheraton Hotel in Basra and a "virtual giveaway" sale on Russian made GPS jammers. Trading Spaces - Two Iraqis from different parts of Baghdad decorate...
  • MICRO WARFARE (Small, smart and deadly, micro air vehicles swarm onto the battlefield.)

    04/11/2003 7:13:01 PM PDT · by Diddley · 20 replies · 225+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Apr | JIM WILSON
    Ron Fearing has the future of warfare at the tip of his finger (photo of a fly-sized winged-vehicle the size of a paper-clip). It isn’t pressing on the trigger of a laser death ray or button of a doomsday device. It’s holding a stubby-winged mechanical bug. “Flies are one of the most stable and maneuverable of all flying animals,” says the University of California at Berkeley biologist. “They are the jet fighters of the animal world.” The Pentagon shares this opinion and wants to turn these Bizzaro World duplicates of houseflies into real jet fighters. The Berkeley team is one...
  • Cheney offers preview of US post-war plans

    04/11/2003 6:18:24 PM PDT · by Diddley · 102+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 10, 2003 | BARRY RUBIN
    To get a good sense of US government thinking and intentions after the overthrow of the Saddam regime in Iraq, take a look at what Vice President Dick Cheney told the American Society of News Editors on April 9. Aside from stressing that the war is not over and praising American forces, Cheney discussed three key themes: * US pressure on terrorist-sponsoring states seeking weapons of mass destruction (i.e., Syria and Iran). After September 11, 2001, the United States sees its greatest danger and highest priority revolves around countering future terrorist attacks. "The next time they might direct chemical agents...
  • The Reckoning in Iraq (UN is more capable.) (Barf)

    04/11/2003 1:50:22 PM PDT · by Diddley · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Emerging from their meeting in Belfast the day before US forces announced Baghdad had fallen, George W. Bush and Tony Blair insisted that the United Nations would play a "vital role" in rebuilding Iraq. But from the lack of specifics in their statement it was clear that once again Bush was toying with his staunchest transatlantic supporter, who is under pressure from British voters to reconcile with Europe. Bush allowed that the UN might be enlisted in humanitarian efforts, but when reporters asked for details, he bridled, "Evidently there's some skepticism here in Europe about whether or not I mean...
  • U.S. General's gamble wins him Baghdad

    04/10/2003 10:54:48 PM PDT · by Diddley · 58 replies · 315+ views
    GlobalSecurity ^ | Apr 10, 2003 | Chris Wattie
    Shocked Iraqi spokesmen refused to believe the Third Division could be where coalition reports said it was, while Pentagon officials hailed it as the longest and fastest armour attack in military history Even his own officers thought Major-General Buford Blount III's plan for the battle of Baghdad was overly optimistic -- many in fact could not believe it. "We thought they were kidding when the battalion commander said we're going to drive tanks into the middle of Baghdad," marvelled Captain Jason Conroy, one of the members of Maj.-Gen. Blount's Third Infantry Division. When Saddam Hussein's capital fell to coalition forces...
  • US says any challenge to Iraq building bids (is) a waste of time

    04/10/2003 10:00:44 PM PDT · by Diddley · 11 replies · 175+ views
    EUBusiness ^ | Apr 10, 2003 | Staff
    The United States said on Thursday it would be a waste of time to challenge the way it was awarding contracts to rebuild Iraq, after Europe raised deep concerns. "There is a substantial basis for doing it the way we have done and I do not think that it is worth spending one's time challenging it," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said. "There is a lot of work to do in Iraq. It is time to get on with that work," he told reporters. Brussels had said there were grounds for concern that companies based in the European Union were...
  • Baghdad and Beyond: Another Victory for the Bush Doctrine. (By a good Dowd)

    04/10/2003 9:19:45 PM PDT · by Diddley · 8 replies · 10+ views
    National Review ^ | Apr 10, 2003 | Alan W. Dowd
    The Bush Doctrine of coercive diplomacy, preemptive action, and regime termination has passed another important test. First, in Afghanistan, it destroyed the terrorist regime run by the Taliban and bankrolled by al Qaeda. Now, in Iraq, it has dismantled one of the centerpieces of global terrorism and preempted the use or transfer of weapons of mass murder onto the American homeland. But there's more to come — and also more happening than meets the eye. As the U.S.-led Coalition swept through Iraq, the Pentagon quietly continued its ongoing operations throughout the eastern hemisphere — a fact underscored by the large-scale...
  • Myth of Iraqi military strength exploded

    04/09/2003 11:27:20 PM PDT · by Diddley · 14 replies · 129+ views
    Independent ^ | Apr 10, 2003 | Patrick Cockburn
    Saddam Hussein, commander-in-chief of the Iraqi army, has generally demonstrated very poor military judgement, which helps to explain how he lost his grip on power so rapidly after the US-led invasion. Crucially, most Iraqi soldiers saw that defeat was inevitable against a vastly superior enemy and they did not want to die uselessly for President Saddam. After the Gulf War President Saddam took two initiatives: he gave much more power over the army to Baath party militants and the Fedayeen Saddam, a half-trained militia, to make sure that fear of instant punishment would prevent the mass desertions of 1991. He...
  • Journalists Snub Spain's Prime Minister (and Journalists Snub Spain's Prime Minister)

    04/09/2003 11:08:01 PM PDT · by Diddley · 6 replies · 145+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | Apr 8, 2003 | Staff
    MADRID, Spain Journalists snubbed Spain's prime minister and Britain's foreign minister Wednesday, putting cameras, microphones and notebooks on the ground to protest the death of a Spanish TV cameraman killed by a U.S. tank shell in Baghdad. Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, arriving at the Senate for a meeting with his party's lawmakers, found the floor outside the chamber covered with equipment and 30 to 40 journalists standing in stony silence. Aznar has been a strong supporter of the war in Iraq, although Spain has not sent troops to fight alongside U.S. and British forces. Most of the journalists boycotted...
  • The Soul of Battle: . . . How Three Great Liberators Vanquished Tyranny

    04/09/2003 12:45:30 AM PDT · by Diddley · 157+ views
    Amozon.com ^ | Jan 1, 2002 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Review of Hanson's "Soul of Battle" by a reader (brothersjudddotcom). This is an older article, but I think that it is appropo for today. When a free and consensual society feels its existence threatened, when it has been attacked, when its citizenry at last understands an enemy at odds with the very morality of its culture, . . . then free men can muster, they can fight back well, and they can make war brutally and lethally beyond the wildest nightmares of the brutal military culture they seek to destroy. Such is the case that the outstanding military historian Victor...
  • Iraq may have set up Russian convoy attack: senior US official

    04/08/2003 1:47:22 PM PDT · by Diddley · 19 replies · 246+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Apr 8, 2003 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Iraq may have set up the weekend attack on a convoy of Russian diplomats fleeing Baghdad by instructing the drivers to take a different route than planned, a senior US official said. The official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said there were indications the Iraqis had tried to create an international incident by altering the route of the convoy to pass through a contested area west of Baghdad on Sunday. "It looks like it was a trap set by the Iraqis," the official said. The State Department said the Russians had given US diplomats precise...
  • An unspeakably cruel war (Letter to the Editor) (Barf alert)

    04/07/2003 2:41:30 PM PDT · by Diddley · 59 replies · 257+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | Apr 6, 2003 | Lynn Jacobs
    <p>Every American soldier's death is a tragedy, and is portrayed as such with photos and personal stories by our media.</p> <p>But for each American death, literally hundreds of Iraqis die. With our overwhelming technology and weaponry we are waging what is essentially a predetermined, systematic slaughter of tens of thousands of Iraqi military conscripts whose only crime was defending their country. An even greater number will suffer lifelong physical or psychological impairment.</p>
  • Denial Is a River in Iraq Anti-war bad news forcasts, contrasted with what happened.

    04/06/2003 8:54:05 PM PDT · by Diddley · 13 replies · 123+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | Apr 4, 2003 | Joel Engel
    SOME POINT and counterpoint from recent days: Peter Arnett, on Iraqi TV (March 30): "Clearly, the American war plans misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces. "This war is not working." New York Times (April 2): "In a sweeping advance, Army and Marine forces closed to within 20 miles of Baghdad from two directions today after crippling or destroying two divisions of the Republican Guard that had blocked their drive on the capital. "The Third Infantry Division battled forward today from a starting point north of Karbala, 45 miles from Baghdad, cutting through and routing disorganized Iraqi forces with no...
  • Bounty hunters are `holy war' infiltrators moving into Iraq

    04/06/2003 7:18:48 PM PDT · by Diddley · 26 replies · 213+ views
    The Western Mail (Wales) ^ | Apr 7, 2003 | Staff
    The Western Mail - The National Newspaper Of Wales HUNDREDS of foreign fighters have infiltrated southern Iraq to target and kill British troops in one of the final major showdowns of the war, intelligence officers have discovered. Young fighters from Syria, Lebanon and Palestine have joined the ranks of the Iraqi regime's die-hards to fight against the Royal Marines and 7 Armoured Brigade around the besieged city of Basra. Many are motivated by religion and appear to have answered Saddam Hussein's call for jihad - or holy war - against western forces. But others have come in search of the...
  • Judge Tosses Suit in JonBenet Ramsey Case

    04/05/2003 10:38:05 PM PST · by Diddley · 5 replies · 181+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 6, 2003 | ROBERT WELLER
    DENVER (AP) -- A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the parents of JonBenet Ramsey and criticized police and the FBI for what she said was a media campaign aimed at making the family look guilty. Authorities never charged the parents in the death of the 6-year-old girl, whose body was found in the family's Boulder home Dec. 26, 1996. However, police refused to clear the couple of suspicion and ruled out the possibility that an intruder was responsible.
  • In Bid to Shape a Postwar Iraq, U.S. Goes by the Schoolbook

    04/05/2003 10:07:41 PM PST · by Diddley · 6 replies · 147+ views
    Washington Posst ^ | Apr 6, 2003 | David B. Ottaway and Joe Stephens
    <p>When the new Iraqi school year begins in five months, the Bush administration hopes to have in place wholesale revisions to textbooks that have taught a generation of Iraqis to be ready to die for Saddam Hussein.</p> <p>The revisions are part of an ambitious U.S. effort to demilitarize a school curriculum that has touted Iraqi battlefield prowess and weaponry and demonized the United States as a fearsome enemy.</p>
  • Poll: More Say War Justified Without Finding Weapons

    04/05/2003 7:36:04 PM PST · by Diddley · 35 replies · 126+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Apr 5, 2003 | Richard Morin and Claudia Deane
    A growing majority of Americans believe the war in Iraq is justified even if the United States does not find weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, public optimism about the progress of the fighting has surged as recent gains on the battlefield have eased fears that the allies will become bogged down in a long and costly war, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The survey found that more than nine out of 10 Americans believe the war is going well. Nearly half -- 47 percent -- said the conflict is going "very well," up 13...
  • Insidious Influence (Tearing down the ‘Baathist web’)

    04/05/2003 8:13:06 AM PST · by Diddley · 132+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Apr 4, 2003 | Gen. Wayne Downing
    INSIDIOUS INFLUENCE The extent to which Saddam’s regime reaches into the lives of its people each and every day cannot be understated. Simply to say that Iraq is a dictatorship is not enough. The Internal Security Organization that Saddam and his Baath Party relies upon to control Iraq includes about 45,000 people, most with the license to dole out brutality as they see fit. Here’s a quick breakdown of its elements: The Special Security Organization, or SSO, under the direct control of second son and heir apparent Qusay Hussein. This organization is responsible for security in Baghdad and likely controls...
  • Closing Circle Will Push War Underground (Bunkers Protect Iraqi Leaders)

    04/04/2003 11:22:02 PM PST · by Diddley · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Wasington Post ^ | Apr 4, 2003 | Dana Priest
    As U.S. military troops push toward Baghdad with the most modern equipment, technology and training money can buy, the Iraqi leadership will rely on a defense that is ancient as warfare itself: underground tunnels and bunkers. Over the past 20 years, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is believed to have constructed an elaborate series of underground tunnels and bunkers around Baghdad where he, his leadership and the elite troops that guard them are able to move about virtually undetected and nearly impervious to U.S. munitions, according to Iraq experts, a former Iraqi scientist and western construction officials whose companies helped build...
  • From One Bomb, A Swarm of Tank Killers

    04/04/2003 10:25:30 PM PST · by Diddley · 34 replies · 200+ views
    ABC/GlobalSecurity ^ | Apr 4, 2003 | Ned Potter
    If any Iraqi soldiers had looked up at the right moment, they would only have seen the contrail of a B-52. The crew of that plane, we are told, dropped what looked like a fairly standard 1,000-pound bomb. But this particular one, dubbed the CBU-105, is seeing its first action ever in combat, and according to the U.S. Air Force, it is especially deadly. "It's a fearsome weapon," said John Pike, the head of globalsecurity.org and an ABC NEWS consultant. "If an armored convoy is moving down a road, an attack by this cluster bomb unit would basically stop that...