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  • Rumsfeld Critics May Get Their Day on the Hill

    04/24/2006 8:25:36 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies · 451+ views
    ABC ^ | 24 Apr 06 | Jonathan Karl
    April 24, 2006 — The six retired generals who have called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation may soon get a chance to bring their complaints to Capitol Hill. In response to a request from Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. John Warner, R-Va., said he would ask his committee to vote on whether to hold a hearing with all six generals. The hearing would give critics of the embattled defense secretary a high-profile forum to air their grievances about his management of the Iraq
  • Rumsfeld continues to come under fire (General #8)

    04/24/2006 6:27:51 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 59 replies · 1,149+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 24, 2006 | Demetri Sevastopulo
    Donald Rumsfeld, US defence secretary, on Monday came under more fire after another retired general joined the growing list of retired brass gunning for his resignation. Retired Lieutenant General Paul Van Riper, a three-star general who retired in 1997, told Fox News that Mr Rumsfeld was not capable of leading the Pentagon effort in Iraq. He is the eighth former general to call for Mr Rumsfeld to step down. "When I look at where we are in this war to date, and imagine where we could have been if the right number of troops had been put in at the...
  • Dissent or Sedition?

    04/24/2006 4:54:59 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 65 replies · 1,633+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    The vitriol leveled against Clinton during his administration was tasteless, to be sure. But the attacks against Bush (a commander-in-chief in time of war) and his chief lieutenants, have not only soiled the grounds of common decency; they may well have crossed over from general dissent into the realm of sedition.
  • Clinton wants anti-Rumsfeld generals to testify

    04/21/2006 4:53:05 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies · 1,358+ views
    Clinton wants anti-Rumsfeld generals to testify WASHINGTON Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says the generals who have been calling for the removal of Donald Rumsfeld should testify before the Senate. Clinton weighed in today on the growing effort to oust the Defense Secretary, but did not call for Rumsfeld's removal. She says it's more important to find out what did or did not go wrong in planning the war in Iraq. Some fellow Democrats have criticized Clinton for voting for the war and not doing more now to bring the troops home.
  • Gerald Ford 'troubled' by former generals' Rumsfeld complaints

    04/21/2006 3:04:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 2,142+ views
    Former President Ford said Friday he is troubled by the efforts of retired generals to force the ouster of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Ford, who appointed Rumsfeld as his White House chief of staff and then chose him to be defense secretary during his administration, said in a statement that President Bush was right to keep Rumsfeld in his post. The statement was released by spokeswoman Penny Circle as Bush arrived in California for the weekend. Ford, 92, said the decision on keeping Rumsfeld is the president's alone. "Allowing retired generals to dictate our country's policies and its leadership...
  • The General's Revolt (Pat Buchanan finally makes sense.)

    04/21/2006 8:58:43 AM PDT · by no dems · 162 replies · 3,155+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 21, 2006 | Pat Buchanan
    In just two weeks, six retired U.S. Marine and Army generals have denounced the Pentagon planning for the war in Iraq and called for the resignation or firing of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who travels often to Iraq and supports the war, says that the generals mirror the views of 75 percent of the officers in the field, and probably more. This is not a Cindy Sheehan moment. This is a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the U.S. armed forces by senior officers once responsible for carrying out the orders of...
  • The Generals' Dangerous Whispers

    04/21/2006 2:14:07 AM PDT · by ricks_place · 77 replies · 2,413+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/21/06 | Charles Krauthammer
    Last time around, the antiwar left did not have a very high opinion of generals. A popular slogan in the 1960s was "war is too important to be left to the generals." It was the generals who had advocated attacking Cuba during the missile crisis of October 1962, while the civilians preferred -- and got -- a diplomatic solution. In popular culture, "Dr. Strangelove" made indelible the caricature of the war-crazed general. And it was I-know-better generals who took over the U.S. government in a coup in the 1960s bestseller and movie "Seven Days in May." Another war, another take....
  • Freep a poll! (whining generals need to shut up about Rumsfeld!)

    04/20/2006 1:01:06 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies · 247+ views
    sfgate.com ^ | 4-20-06 | SFgate
  • Why America's generals are out for revenge

    04/19/2006 1:20:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 73 replies · 2,879+ views
    The Times UK ^ | April 18, 2006 | Dean Godson
    The US top brass are ducking their responsibilities - and beleaguered Donald Rumsfeld is just doing his job WHO WILL be the Admiral Byng of the Iraq conflict — the symbolic victim executed for the alleged failures of the war? That is what the current “revolt of the generals” against Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, is about. It is the ruthless Washingtonian version of “pass the parcel”. Much of the military brass feels that it carried the can for the civilian leadership’s errors in Vietnam and is determined never to do so again. General Anthony Zinni — the former...
  • British officer likens US generals to gung-ho movie stars: report

    04/18/2006 7:06:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 177 replies · 2,818+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/18/06 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - A senior British military officer, who worked in Baghdad in 2004, believes US generals try to act like gung-ho movie stars such as John Wayne, a newspaper reported. Brigadier Alan Sharp made the comments in an academic report on Britain's influence on US foreign relations, The Daily Telegraph said. The 46-year-old, who worked alongside the US military in Baghdad, said there was a "strong streak of Hollywood" among American officers. He said an important part to being a success in the US army was the ability to combine the "real and acted heroics" of Audie Murphy, a...
  • Those Armchair Generals-Using Common Sense to Sort It Out

    04/18/2006 4:04:33 AM PDT · by Fishtalk · 4 replies · 135+ views
    The Kaitlyn Mae Book Blog ^ | 4/18/06 | Pat Fish
    Here's a special "Political Tidbits" post about those armchair generals. For all is not as it would appear on the surface. A lesson in common sense and the baggage so many of them carry.
  • Retired Officers' Critical Views Not Widespread, DoD Spokesman Says

    04/17/2006 4:41:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 444+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 17, 2006 – Recent criticism voiced by a half dozen retired generals over Iraq war planning does not reflect the mainstream views of the officer corps, a senior Defense Department official told Pentagon reporters today. "There are a handful of officers that have exercised their right to speak their mind, and certainly that's their right to do that," DoD spokesman Bryan Whitman said. Brushing aside a reporter's suggestion there's widespread disagreement among senior officers over Iraq war planning, Whitman said there are thousands of active duty, reserve component and retired general officers from all of the armed services....
  • Alpha Dogs (Rumsfeld and the Generals)

    04/17/2006 7:54:58 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 743+ views
    Geoff Metcalf.com ^ | 4-16-06 | Geoff Metcalf
    “Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward.... The attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms.... Friends desert and despise them.... They stand alone....” --Woodrow Wilson Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is a strong personality, tasked (among other things greater and lesser) with managing a puzzle palace full of strong personalities and huge egos. ‘No plan survives first contact.’ And hindsight is always 20/20. Currently an excrement storm is swirling around the SecDef as a few retired General officers are grousing that their former boss should be pink slipped. President Bush is standing fast with...
  • If Rumsfeld's so bad, why didn't generals resign?

    04/17/2006 5:48:39 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 120 replies · 2,616+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 17, 2006 | BY THOMAS LIPSCOMB
    There is a great furor over whether the opinions of a number of retired high-ranking officers should tip the balance in the ongoing debate over the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. But the question really isn't whether Rumsfeld should resign. He has already resigned several times and had President Bush tear up his letters of resignation. He clearly is taking responsibility for his actions on a continuing basis. But now that a galaxy of flag officers are raining down on Rumsfeld demanding his resignation, no one seems to have bothered to ask which, if any, of these generals had...
  • Rumsfeld resignation row simmers

    04/16/2006 1:56:11 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 4 replies · 217+ views
    BBC ^ | 16 April 2006
    Another two US generals have weighed into the row over whether Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should quit. Ex-Nato commander Gen Wesley Clark, who ran for the Democrat presidential nomination in 2004, backed calls for Mr Rumsfeld to resign. But ex-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Richard Myers, said the calls were inappropriate. Six retired generals have recently spoken out against Mr Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq. But President George W Bush has assured Mr Rumsfeld of his "full support" and rejected calls for him to step down. Frequent critic Gen Clark said in a television interview:...
  • Fmr. JCC Myers Calls Rumsfeld Critiques "Dangerous"

    04/15/2006 4:06:59 PM PDT · by Richie Rich · 4 replies · 253+ views
    Bizblogger ^ | 04/15/06 | Richie Rich
    Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers appeared on Weekend Live with Tony Snow, where he said that the current situation of retired generals critiquing their civilian superiors is "fundamentally dangerous" and "inappropriate." Myers said that he has respect for the 6 former generals who have recently criticized Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, but he cannot figure out what the motivation is for them coming out now. While Myers said he wouldn't go so far as to call it "unethical," he made it clear that it was not "healthy" or appropriate for the military or the country.
  • Top generals protest ‘reprehensible’ cartoon

    02/03/2006 5:41:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 478+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Feb 2, 2006
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Feb. 2, 2006) -- In a rare letter co-signed by the the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the senior military leaders of the United States objected to a political cartoon published in the Jan. 29 issue of the Washington Post. Led by Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and signed by the vice chief and the senior officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, the letter addressed what the leaders agreed was a “callous” cartoon. Editorial cartoonist Tome Toles depicted the U.S. Army as a quadruple amputee, attended to by...
  • When Would George Washington Have Quit?

    11/01/2005 2:39:37 PM PST · by PApatriot1 · 14 replies · 930+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Nov. 1, 2005 | CHRISTOPHER FLICKINGER
    On Wednesday night, October 26th, college students across the nation participated in various anti-war protests or, as many of them referred to it, vigils commemorating the 2,000 military deaths in Iraq. These so called “vigils” included much more than candles and Kumbaya.
  • Dems' irrational fear doesn't allow them to see clearly - (libs desperate for American Iraq defeat!)

    06/29/2005 6:19:31 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 557+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | JUNE 29, 2005 | JACK KELLY
    The nationalists want to make a deal with the Americans, while al Qaeda wants to fight on, the UN official told Tavernise. When the bad guys are shooting each other, it's hard to say the insurgency is worsening, but Democrats are escalating their rhetoric: Iraq is "a seemingly intractable quagmire," said Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) at a contentious hearing Thursday. Disaster in Iraq "is a real possibility," said Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del) after announcing his intention to run for president. "There is rising concern that everything seems to be going the wrong way," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Cal). People who've...
  • AMERICA - The Right Way!! (Day 1557) [Remember the Trade Center!!]

    04/26/2005 4:30:56 AM PDT · by Chairman_December_19th_Society · 160 replies · 1,864+ views
    Various News Sources and FReepers | April 26, 2005 | All of Us
    We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail! Good morning!! Do not let the victims of the attacks on New York and Washington, nor the brave members of our Nation's military who have given their lives to protect our freedom, die in vain!! THE LAST SYRIAN TROOPS WITHDRAW FROM LEBANON. Even though he escaped, American troops managed to recover a computer owned by Zarqawi said to have "a very big hard drive" according to officials, and have traced the terrorist fugitive to Ramadi, Iraq. President Putin of Russia called the collapse of the Soviet Union...
  • Former Iraqi general netted in raid

    02/05/2004 10:41:33 PM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 205+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/06/04 | Vijay Joshi, AP
    <p>BAGHDAD — U.S. and Iraqi forces captured more than 100 insurgency suspects in raids across the country, arresting a former Iraqi general and another Iraqi thought involved in a suicide bombing last month, the U.S. command said yesterday.</p> <p>Insurgents lobbed a mortar shell at a checkpoint near the airport in Baghdad yesterday, killing a U.S. soldier and wounding another, the command said.</p>
  • Japanese Official Warns of Fissures in North Korea(130 generals defected?)

    11/22/2004 4:36:06 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 143 replies · 9,827+ views
    NYT ^ | 11/22/04 | James Brooke
    Japanese Official Warns of Fissures in North Korea(130 generals defected?) Japanese Official Warns of Fissures in North Korea By JAMES BROOKE Published: November 22, 2004 OKYO, Nov. 21 - After weeks of reports from North Korea of defecting generals, antigovernment posters and the disappearance of portraits of the country's ruler, the leader of Japan's governing party warned Sunday of the prospects of "regime change" in North Korea. "As long as Chairman Kim Jong Il controls the government, we have to negotiate with him, but it is becoming more doubtful whether we will be able to achieve anything with this government,"...
  • The Generals Speak

    11/19/2004 10:02:57 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 84 replies · 1,727+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | November 25, 2004 | Paul Alexander
    In the nineteen months since the war in Iraq began, some of the most outspoken critics of President Bush's plan of attack have come from a group that should have been the most supportive: retired senior military leaders. We spoke with a group of generals and admirals that included a former supreme Allied commander and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and they all agreed on one thing: Bush screwed up. Gen. Merrill "Tony" McPeak, Air Force chief of staff, 1990-94 We have a force in Iraq that's much too small to stabilize the situation. It's about half the...
  • 2 Russian generals given awards in Iraq on war eve

    11/04/2004 5:28:46 PM PST · by Snapple · 14 replies · 721+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/30/04 | Bill Gertz
    John A. Shaw, deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said this week that two European intelligence services have obtained documentary evidence indicating Russian spetsnaz, or special forces, troops were involved in a covert program to shred documents on Russian arms sales to Iraq, and to move weapons out of the country to Syria, Lebanon and possibly Iran. The Russians were hired by the Iraqis to protect special Russian weapons and to organize the removal of arms through truck convoys. The Russian special forces troops were working for the GRU military intelligence service and wore civilian clothes, defense officials...
  • Iran disquieted by nearby U.S. presence (hint some Iranian generals favor pre-emptive action)

    08/19/2004 4:21:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 986+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/19/04 | Ali Akbar Dareini - AP
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's defense minister expressed his government's disquiet about the U.S. troop presence in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, and hinted that some Iranian generals believe they should strike first if they sense an imminent U.S. threat. In an interview with pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera, Ali Shamkhani was asked how Iran would respond if America were to attack its nuclear facilities. "We will not sit to wait for what others will do to us," he said. "There are differences of opinion among military commanders (in Iran). Some commanders believe preventive operations is not a model created by Americans...
  • Enlisting aid of generals / looms large as Bush, Kerry battle over national security.

    08/01/2004 9:36:24 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 30 replies · 1,127+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 8/1/2004 | DOUGLAS TURNER
    In its earliest stages, the race between President Bush and his Democratic challenger, Sen. John F. Kerry, could become a war of the generals. On Saturday, one of the 12 flag officers who announced their support of Kerry at the Democratic National Convention, retired Gen. Merrill A. "Tony" McPeak, said in the Democrats' weekly radio address that he has withdrawn his support from the Republican president "on the strength of Kerry's wartime service in Vietnam." "It means an awful lot to me that John Kerry fought for his country as a young man," said McPeak, who was Air Force chief...
  • West Point Generals: Brains Are Not Issued With Rank

    01/08/2004 7:02:16 PM PST · by O6ret · 17 replies · 633+ views
    James Napela, USMA 1978
    The Wall Street Journal refused to publish this letter written by Jim Nalepa. Brains Are Not Issued With Rank As a West Point graduate, I can assure that we took our military history seriously. Most graduates remember the lessons of "The History of the Military Art" that others have obviously forgotten. Most Americans would not recall the significance of the date, April 9th as they watched the statue of Saddam Hussein topple in Baghdad and his Ambassador to the United Nations declare "The game is over." One hundred and thirty eight years ago, on April the 9th, 1865 at Appomattox...
  • Governors and Generals Rule

    12/13/2003 6:19:37 PM PST · by bdeaner · 4 replies · 205+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | 12/13/03 | Christopher DeMuth
    Governors and Generals Rule By Christopher DeMuth With early and sustained leads in the polls, in contributions, in the enthusiasm of crowds, and in the proficiency of his media appearances and campaign organization, former Vermont governor Howard Dean is the man to beat in the 2004 race for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination. This has surprised political analysts in Washington and the national media. An expanded and updated version of this article is available in Microsoft Word format by downloading the following file: .   A chronological list of the candidates, showing their background classifications and Electoral College votes and percentages,...
  • 6 American Generals came to Israel to learn how to deal with terrorism (translation)

    12/08/2003 10:02:52 AM PST · by yonif · 8 replies · 107+ views
    Translation from Hebrew to English by me: Representatives of the American Army visited last week Israel, to learn from the IDF how to deal in Iraq with shooting attacks and explosive devices. On Israel Radio it was reported that they were very interested in the use of dogs to identify explosive devices and explosive materials.
  • 'Gods and Generals' ... and an angry Mayor Dow

    10/13/2003 7:07:18 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 256 replies · 472+ views
    Mobile Register ^ | 10/13/03 | Jim Van Anglen
    When George Ewert , director of the Museum of Mobile, wrote a stinging movie review of the Civil War film "Gods and Generals," he likely did not expect an equally harsh critique from Mayor Mike Dow . Ewert's review, "Whitewashing the Confederacy (SPLC link)," was not kind to the Ted Turner film."'Gods and Generals' is part of a growing movement that seeks to rewrite the history of the American South, downplaying slavery and the economic system that it sustained. In museums, schools and city council chambers, white neo-Confederates are hard at work in an effort to have popular memory trump...
  • South had its share of bad generals

    08/18/2003 5:36:11 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 321 replies · 1,736+ views
    Roanoke.com ^ | August 17, 2003 | NED HARRISON
    In the preceding column I listed the Union generals I consider to be the worst: Benjamin Butler, Nathaniel Banks, Franz Sigel and John McClernand. All were politically valuable to President Abraham Lincoln but complete disasters in military matters. Professional military generals who performed terribly for the North were, in my opinion, Ambrose Burnside, John Pope and Don Carlos Buell. All were West Point graduates. The Confederacy had its own generals who performed poorly, and I list them here. As a veteran of World War II, I have only contempt for any officer who deserts his men to save his own...
  • Civil War re-enactor finds notoriety with his reel face

    07/17/2003 6:31:14 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 43 replies · 550+ views
    Daily Record ^ | July 17, 2003 | CARYL CLARKE
    Earl Salisbury, a 44-year-old Civil War re-enactor from Goldsboro, picked up one of the first copies of "Gods and Generals" released on DVD Tuesday and found himself on the cover. "Right, smack, dab in the center," Salisbury said. "I almost fell over dead. I'm the tall, skinny guy with stripes on his arm."He said he had obtained the schedule for the filming of "Gods and Generals." He and a fellow re-enactor, his 21-year-old son, William, started going to the film shoots calling for Confederate soldiers. From summer to December 2001, they camped or stayed in hotels in Staunton, Va.; Hagerstown,...
  • THE COMBAT CARD (John Kerry)

    06/07/2003 9:02:24 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 15 replies · 345+ views
    Ashbrook Center ^ | June 2003 | Mackubin T. Owens
    In a recent op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Democratic-party strategists Donna Brazile and Timothy Bergreen decried the fact that "so many prominent Democrats still seem not to grasp the profound sense of insecurity that so many people feel in our country." They contended that unless the party of Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, and Scoop Jackson can overcome its reputation as feckless and effete on matters of national security, the country will reelect George W. Bush in 2004. How do the Democrats gain traction on national security against a wartime president who, so far at least, has been successful? One Democratic...
  • Summary Executions Become Routine In Aceh As Jakarta's Generals Break Their Promises

    05/25/2003 5:50:29 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 179+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 5-26-2003 | Kathy Marks
    Summary executions become routine in Aceh as Jakarta's generals break their promises By Kathy Marks in Seunade, Aceh 26 May 2003 The handsome young army captain with the elegant moustache lit another cigarette and placed it between his perfect white teeth. "You must understand," he said, languidly blowing a smoke ring into the air. "We want to protect human rights. We don't want to kill the wrong people." Two miles down the road, the village of Seunade has just experienced the Indonesian military's interpretation of protecting human rights. On Friday, three men were gunned down on a bridge as they...
  • Russian Ambassador: U.S. Bribed Generals to Surrender

    04/15/2003 7:30:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies · 243+ views
    Did Americal military prowess and hi-tech weaponry give America an easy victory over Saddam Hussein's army? "Nyet", says Russian ambassador to Iraq. The Ambassador, Vladimir Titirenko, told Moscow's NTV, "I am confident that the Iraqi generals entered into secret deal with the Americans to refrain from resistance in exchange for sparing their lives." Titorenko also told NTV that it was "most probable" that Saddam and his top aides were killed during America's aerial bombardment of his many bunkers. Le Monde also reported that Maher Sufyan, Commander of the Republican Guard, reached an agreement with American forces in which he ordered...
  • Clinton cronies/armchair general McCaffrey failed Iraqi rebellion, Wesley Clark despised.

    04/09/2003 4:14:10 PM PDT · by moyden2000 · 3 replies · 196+ views
    Australian Age ^ | 4/6/03 | Roger Franklin
    Pentagon toy boys revel in war's distraction April 6 2003 By Roger Franklin Despite all the gee-whiz phone cams, and "fly away" satellite links, events in the two weeks since the first bombs rained down on Iraq have been anything but easy to follow. Exaltation at the initial surge gave way to surprise that Saddam's loyalists were not merely fighting back but doing so with spirit. Then came the stories of hungry GIs on the front lines, followed by the rumble of recriminations in Washington. It was all the fault of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a small army of retired...
  • Allies: Iraqi General's Home Struck (Chemical Ali)

    04/05/2003 5:22:19 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 173+ views
    Allies: Iraqi General's Home Struck Sunday April 6, 2003 2:10 AM CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar (AP) - Coalition aircraft on Saturday struck the villa of an Iraqi general known as ``Chemical Ali'' for ordering a poison gas attack that killed thousands of Kurds in 1988. Allied officials said the general - Saddam Hussein's cousin - was believed to be home at the time, but it was not known whether he was killed or wounded. Two coalition aircraft used laser-guided munitions to attack Gen. Ali Hassan al-Majid's home in Basra, 250 miles southeast of Baghdad and under siege by British troops....
  • Saddam, generals have no way out of capital

    04/05/2003 7:40:50 AM PST · by knighthawk · 36 replies · 250+ views
    National Post ^ | April 05 2003 | Matthew Fisher
    The last hours of Saddam Hussein's reviled regime may finally be at hand. But there is considerable confusion about whether Republican Guard units guarding the southern approaches to Baghdad have been defeated or have simply retreated into the city to regroup. If this is the case, U.S. and Iraqi forces may finally meet on more or less equal terms in a bloody battle that will involve tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and imperil their lives. "Marines take the fight that they are given," said Lieutenant- Colonel Stacey Clardy, commander of the Third Light Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion. "We will take...
  • Prominent Russian Generals Receive Awards in Iraq 10 Days Before War Starts

    04/03/2003 6:52:49 PM PST · by Chicago · 24 replies · 355+ views
    gazeta.ru ^ | 4/2/2003 | Alexander Kornilov
    Gazeta.Ru has obtained sensational evidence proving the involvement of a group of former Soviet generals in preparing the Iraqi army for war against the United States. The generals in question refused to discuss their degree of involvement, but admitted that just before the beginning of the US-led campaign against Iraq they received state awards from the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Photos, which Gazeta.Ru has acquired, show an awards ceremony (namely awards, our sources emphasized, and not gifts), involving two very prominent Russian generals. They are retired Soviet officers, Col.-Gen. Vladimir Achalov and Col.-Gen. Igor Maltsev. The former completed his military...
  • Generals watched the action via video (rescue operation)

    04/03/2003 5:13:10 AM PST · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 213+ views
    National Post ^ | April 03 2003 | Jan Cienski, with files from Gary Dimmock, CanWest News Service
    'It worked perfectly' WASHINGTON - As U.S. special forces hurtled out of a Black Hawk helicopter to rescue Private Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital in a night-time raid, Gen. Tommy Franks watched the entire operation unfold via a live video feed. The U.S. commander watched as special forces shot their way into the hospital in Nasiriya, found the wounded 19-year-old and shot their way back out again. "It was a classic joint operation done by some of our nation's finest warriors ... loyal to the creed they know that they'll never leave a fallen comrade behind and never embarrass...
  • U.S. Led Allied Forces Capture (More than Half Dozen) Iraqi Generals

    04/02/2003 6:49:14 AM PST · by ewing · 76 replies · 231+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 2, 2003 SGT | wire staff report
    The Iraqi Generals surrendered or were captured by British or United States forces, two Pentagon sources said on condition of anonymity.They were taken from locations around the country and hold ranks of one star to four star Generals.A General in the last 48 hours gave interrogators tatical information that will give coalition forces an advantage, Brig. General Vince Brooks said at the war's command center in the Persian Gulf Emirate of Qatar.He did not elaborate but said the invasion force is being helped by captured civilians as well as military leaders.
  • Knives Come Out For Rumsfeld As The Generals Fight Back

    03/30/2003 8:37:29 PM PST · by blam · 68 replies · 272+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-31-2003 | Julian Borger
    Knives come out for Rumsfeld as the generals fight back Julian Borger in Washington Monday March 31, 2003 The Guardian The uniformed officers who inhabit the Pentagon's five concentric rings of corridors generally do not appreciate civilians interfering with their plans. Military logistics may look boring, one said, but when the shooting starts, it saves lives. The last time there was this level of civilian micromanagement was 40 years ago when Robert McNamara and his Kennedy-era whizz kids were not content to lay down general policy. They decided they knew better than the generals what forces would be needed to...
  • The Generals Who Face The Most Daunting Challenge Of Their Lives

    03/24/2003 4:22:37 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 125+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 3-25-2003 | Rupert Cornwell
    The generals who face the most daunting challenge of their lives By Rupert Cornwell in Washington 25 March 2003 Lt-Gen David McKiernan is so low-key that he makes even Tommy Franks, the dry and understated head of US Central Command who is running the 2003 Gulf war, look like an ego-driven celebrity hound. Yet Lt-Gen McKiernan, who sometimes speaks so quietly you strain to hear him, is the man who commands coalition forces on the ground in Iraq. Like General Franks, he is a soldier's soldier, steeped in the entrenched culture of the Pentagon, in style and temperament far removed...
  • 'Gods and Generals' boldly scorns 'Uncle Tom's Cabin Syndrome'

    03/05/2003 8:15:27 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 112 replies · 1,270+ views
    Fredericksburg.com ^ | 3-5-2003 | Dave Smalley
    THE RECENT theatrical release of "Gods and Generals" marks a rare triumph for the modern film industry. The successful transition from book to silver screen is noteworthy not just for its cinematic virtues--which are plentiful--but for its fair presentation of the Confederate perspective in the War Between the States. It's about time. Since Harriet Beecher Stowe's powerful but inflammatory work in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1851, it has long been de rigueur in some circles to demonize Southerners as cruel, whip-flicking overseers, intent on preserving the institution of slavery. The film industry has all too often gleefully contributed to stereotypes...
  • Film romanticizes the Confederacy

    03/05/2003 7:57:49 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 305 replies · 501+ views
    Tallahassee Democrat ^ | 5-March-2003 | Issac J. Bailey
    I squirmed for almost four hours watching "Gods and Generals," the latest film about the Civil War.I was unnerved as two of the South's most recognizable figures, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson, were portrayed as though they were flawless.Their words were poetic. Their love of God evident with every breath.But I'm having a hard time determining if my squirminess resulted from the blind spots of the director - who skimmed over the issue of slavery as though it were nothing more than background noise - or if it was because I wasn't mature enough to allow myself...
  • Movie reviewer offers critique of ‘Gods and Generals’

    03/04/2003 9:22:05 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 1,278+ views
    TN Baptist Convention ^ | 26 February 2003 | Phil Boatwright
    The sweeping Civil War epic begins in early 1861 and continues through 1863, just prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. Focusing on the leadership of the Norths Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels), one of the Unions finest military leaders, and two extraordinary Confederate generals, Robert E. Lee (Robert Duvall) and Thomas Stonewall Jackson (Stephen Lang), the story examines in detail the strategies, sacrifices, and religious nature of these three men.At 3 hours and 49 minutes, with a built-in 12-minute intermission, it is, alas, not a perfect film. Nearly every conversation in the first half has the characters speaking in...
  • "He's given me my country back." A REAL Review of 'God's and Generals' (Post your review here)

    02/21/2003 12:32:15 PM PST · by Jael · 153 replies · 1,151+ views
    The Vision Forum ^ | 2/20/03 | Doug Phillips
    ‘Gods and Generals' Succeeds ‘Chariots of Fire’ as the Christ-Honoring Film for This Generation Review by Doug Phillips Jackson: "My esposita! Come, before I leave, we must sit, read together ... a verse." Jackson finds his Bible on a shelf. Jackson: "Yes, yes, here. Corinthians. Second Corinthians, chapter 5. I have been thinking about this verse." Anna puts her hand on his, and they read it together. "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." They kneel together, his...
  • VMI hosts premiere of Civil War film

    02/17/2003 10:49:31 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 33 replies · 593+ views
    Danville Bee ^ | Feb 16, 2003 | VICTOR REKLAITIS
    LEXINGTON, Va. - A statue of Stonewall Jackson faces the parade grounds of Virginia Military Institute and must be saluted regularly by newly enrolled cadets.On Thursday night, about 130 cadets and 450 guests participated in the unveiling of an epic salute to the Confederate general and VMI professor at the Virginia premiere of "Gods and Generals." The movie, shot in part at VMI, stars actor Stephen Lang as Jackson."From the first day you come here, they tell you about VMI's involvement in the Civil War. It's nice to get a chance to see it (on the big screen) and see...
  • Legend of a 'noble South' rises again

    02/17/2003 10:41:15 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 533 replies · 956+ views
    Sun Movie Critic ^ | February 16, 2003 | Chris Kaltenbach
    Director says 'Gods' has Southern slant, but 'full humanity' The North may have won the Civil War, but in Hollywood, the South reigns triumphant. That was certainly true in 1915, when D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation portrayed the conflict as a war of Northern aggression where order was restored only by the arrival of the Ku Klux Klan. It was true in 1939, when Gone With the Wind looked back on the antebellum South as an unrivalled period of grace and beauty never to be seen again. It was true when Clint Eastwood played The Outlaw Josey Wales...
  • Al Qaeda's Opening Shot-Terrorists Assassinate 4 Generals of pro-US Kurdistan Militia

    02/09/2003 10:08:03 AM PST · by ewing · 24 replies · 324+ views
    DEBKA ^ | February 8, 2003 | Military Intelligence Exclusive
    Al Qaeda and Iraq military intelligence has fired the first shot of the Iraq-US war by assassination.They used their shared surrogate, the extremist Kurdish Ansar al Islam of northeast Iraq to eliminate the top command of the pro-American Patriotic Union of Iraqi/Kurdistan fighting militia.The three way collaboration between Baghdad, al Qaeda and the Kurdish fundematilist terrorists provided a live and incontrovertible smoking gun.DEBKA's Military Anlysts compare the murder to the assassination of the Afghan Northen Alliance Commander Shah Massoud two days beofre the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.