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  • Barack Obama Holds Lead Among Arab American Vote

    09/18/2008 6:46:35 PM PDT · by GeeMoney · 43 replies · 380+ views
    Zogby.com ^ | 9-18-08 | John Zogby
    Barack Obama Holds Lead Among Arab American Vote Historic Shift Toward Democratic Party Continues WASHINGTON - September 18, 2008 - Democratic candidate Barack Obama holds a substantial 21 point lead over Republican John McCain among Arab American voters. This was one of the findings of a poll of Arab American voters conducted by Zogby International for the Arab American Institute.
  • Why they hate us [Columnist: "why most Americans, particularly soldiers, hate the media"]

    07/12/2005 12:46:22 PM PDT · by rhema · 55 replies · 3,058+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | Jul. 12, 2005 | Mark Yost
    This is a belated Fourth of July column (superseded by the state shutdown). The headline isn't a prelude to a column justifying why the Islamists hate Westerners so much that they're pouring into Iraq to kill our soldiers (along with innocent fellow Arabs, including Egyptian diplomats). Or defending the sleeper cells planted to blow up Madrid, London and who knows where next. Rather, it's about why most Americans, particularly soldiers, hate the media. I decided to become a journalist when I was a soldier. I was in the U.S. Navy in the early and mid-1980s — "the glory years," as...
  • UNCONFIRMED report: Matt Maupin executed

    06/28/2004 9:13:13 AM PDT · by The G Man · 166 replies · 2,536+ views
    Unconfirmed Report: Kidnapped Tri-State Soldier Killed 1 hour, 24 minutes ago Add Local - WLWT ChannelCincinnati.com to My Yahoo! There are unconfirmed reports that a soldier from the Tri-State kidnapped in April in Iraq (news - web sites) has been killed, WLWT has learned. Pfc. Matt Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, a member of the 724th Transportation Company, was captured April 9. His convoy was attacked by gunmen using rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons. According to military representatives close to the Maupin family who spoke to WLWT, sources are reporting that the Al Jazeera TV network has a videotape of...
  • New Iraq weapon is the printed word

    06/07/2004 11:40:03 PM PDT · by kattracks · 5 replies · 215+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6/08/04 | Kris Osborn
    <p>BAQUBAH, Iraq -- U.S. forces battling insurgents in northern Iraq have a new weapon in their arsenal -- illustrated Arabic-language booklets explaining politely to residents why American troops want to come into their homes to search for weapons.</p> <p>"Iraqis did not like having their houses searched when we did not hand out the books," said Capt. Jeff Peterman, an expert on psychological or "information" operations with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division.</p>
  • Inspectors: Iraq Weapons Sites Destroyed

    06/07/2004 1:20:30 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 297+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | June 07, 2004 at 12:01:59 PDT | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A number of sites in Iraq known to have contained equipment and material that could have been used to produce banned weapons and long-range missiles have been either cleaned out or destroyed, U.N. weapons inspectors said Monday. The inspectors' report said they didn't know whether the items, which had been monitored by the United Nations, were at the sites during the U.S.-led war in Iraq. U.N. inspectors were pulled from Iraq just before the war began in March 2003 and the United States has refused to allow them to return, instead deploying its own teams to...
  • Making Sausage

    05/30/2004 11:27:12 PM PDT · by weegee · 11 replies · 623+ views
    Chronically Biased ^ | May 26, 2004, 04:50 PM | By Michael Reagan
    Nobody likes to watch sausage being made but we love it when it's finished. We cook it, we embrace it, and we eat it. And we forget the revolting process that produced it. Watching developments in the war on terrorism and the current Iraq situation as reported by the media is a lot like watching sausage being made. Thanks to the media we see everything that's going on, at least as it is seen through the media's essentially anti-war prism. It gives us 20/20 hindsight that informs us that everybody could do a better job of handing things than the...
  • Paul McCartney Speaks out against Iraq war

    05/28/2004 12:32:42 PM PDT · by sandbar · 75 replies · 418+ views
    BBC Online ^ | 05/28/2004
    McCartney speaks out against war Sir Paul wrote a song, Freedom, after the 11 September attacks Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has criticised the UK government for being too hasty in going to war in Iraq. "Maybe our government went in too fast with the Americans," he told the weekly Portuguese magazine Visao on Thursday. "It would have been better if the UN had been together," the 61-year-old singer continued. "Now it's become very bloody with Iraq, it's very difficult." The singer, who is currently touring Europe, opens the Rock in Rio music festival in Lisbon on Friday. Sir Paul...
  • Iraqi amputees meet with Bush

    05/25/2004 12:39:29 PM PDT · by weegee · 34 replies · 447+ views
    Associated Press via Hosuton Chronicle ^ | May 25, 2004, 12:46PM | no byline
    WASHINGTON -- Seven Iraqi men whose hands were ordered cut off by Saddam Hussein met with President Bush at the White House today, along with a Houston doctor who helped fit them with prosthetics. "I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein with six other Iraqi citizens as well who suffered the same fate," Bush said, shaking the new hand of Qasim Ghida Kadhim at a photo opportunity at the Oval Office. "They are examples of the brutality of the tyrant." Kadhim, a salesman, and the six others...
  • The missing pictures from the Arab world

    05/18/2004 11:20:22 PM PDT · by kattracks · 7 replies · 386+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 5/19/04 | Walid Phares, Ph.D.
    Torture Existed Before Abu Gharib, But Why No Coverage?When the Abu Ghraib prison abuse crisis exploded, I analyzed the reactions coming from the Arab World. In an election year, the stakes are high for all parties involved. Each side wants a convenient "truth". The Bush Administration talked about "bad apples." While on the offensive, the opposition talks of a "systemic problem." President Bush went on Arab TV, while his opponents rushed to speak on behalf of the "humiliated Arab world." But as General Abuzeid put it since Day One, it sounds as if "the issue is making more noise in...
  • Moore or less (Great Editorial on Moore!!!)

    05/18/2004 5:09:23 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 64 replies · 808+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 19/05/2004 | Wednesday 19 May 2004
    It must have been a gruesome sight: the elite of the Cannes film festival applauding someone even more self-regarding than themselves. Michael Moore, portly archpriest of the anti-Bush cult, premiered his film Fahrenheit 9/11 at the festival this week. The American documentary-maker sent three undercover film crews to Iraq; they returned with footage - included in the film - claiming to show US soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. If such abuse occurred, then it should be condemned. But no one should rush to judgment on the basis of allegations emanating from Mr Moore. Many of the claims made in Bowling for...
  • Letter from a Marine - Conservative Punk Magazine

    05/17/2004 2:16:18 AM PDT · by cdbull23 · 17 replies · 319+ views
    Conservative Punk Magazine ^ | LCpl ***** -- USMC, 2 Mar Div
    Doc Martins on The Ground We have recently received a letter from a Marine of the second division who happens to be a Conservative Punk. In it, he comments on the state of the Iraqi conflict, as well as recent events. Hey man, I just want to say, I agree whole-heartedly. I'm a Lance Corporal in the Marines. I've been in about two years now. Let me tell you, all this shit that the media is saying is such a lie. I was in Iraq. I watched a friend of mine suffer for nearly 12 hours before he died, but...
  • Stuff Happens! Don't call it torture. It's just a broomstick up the butt.

    05/08/2004 10:25:18 AM PDT · by Norman Arbuthnot · 34 replies · 456+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | May 5th, 2004 | Richard Goldstein Richard GoldsteinRichard Goldstein
    Donald Rumsfeld was, fielding unfriendly fire on Tuesday over the military's torture of Iraqi prisoners. This time, his usual pose of barely concealed contempt seemed more like scarcely repressed rage. Every muscle in his body was tensed, and his shoulders looked like wire hangers were holding them up. It was Rummy's Strangelove-ian attempt to keep from shrugging. Hey, the voice within him longed to say, those fuckers are lucky to have their fingernails. But Rummy is a master of extenuation. When Baghdad was looted while the U.S. army stood by, he uttered his most famous euphemism: "Stuff happens." Now he...
  • Myths of Iraq: Not everything you know about Iraq is true.

    05/13/2004 9:38:13 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 218+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 14, 2004 | Fred Barnes
    We've all heard those classic myths of the Iraq debate that just won't go away. First, President Bush is said to have called Iraq under Saddam Hussein an "imminent" threat and, second, the connection between Saddam and al Qaeda has never been substantiated. Both are laughably false. And now there are more myths about the Iraq war, more subjective than the two classics, but still untrue. Let's start with de-Baathification, the barring from the government of the new Iraq of the top officials of Saddam's murderous Baath party. Paul Bremer, the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority, made this decision...
  • Anyone see the Berg video yesterday on cable news?

    05/12/2004 11:28:11 AM PDT · by Babsig · 77 replies · 617+ views
    Just talked to my mother on the phone. She is very upset because she saw the beheading while flipping through cable news stations yesterday. She cannot recall which one but it was one of the cable new stations (FOX, MSNBC, CNN) She said it showed the guys talking and then putting Berg on the floor and cutting his head. She said it went off the air very quickly, but for the split seconds of what she saw it was very upsetting. It was between 3:30pm-4:30pm EDT. I have not seen the video, nor do I want. But I would like...
  • Polish soldiers in Iraq

    05/12/2004 1:46:00 AM PDT · by konrad_wallenrode · 37 replies · 333+ views
    FAKT
    Polish soldiers in Iraq: Suprising survey The newest survey carried for newspaper "Fakt" was a complete suprise. The number of people wanting that our soldiers stay in Iraq is increasing. Today 39 % of the population support Iraq mission , it is an increase of 10 % in comparison with previous month .Despite of increasing risk of the mission and some casualty support is rising. Why polish people changed its mind ? asks "Fakt". It is not so easy to scare us. After the tragedy last week many people thougth that polish people will ask for retreat of our soldiers...
  • Charge the fit-up fakers with treason (re: Daily Mirror's fake UK Iraqi POW photos)

    05/11/2004 11:55:06 AM PDT · by weegee · 11 replies · 451+ views
    The Sun ^ | May 11, 2004 | Richard Littlejohn
    So now we’re told that it doesn’t matter whether or not the Iraqi torture pictures are fakes. What’s important is that British soldiers are mistreating prisoners. And if the phoney photos have drawn attention to this greater evil, then so well and good. Yeah, right. Curious how those putting forward this argument have always been first to scream “fit-up” when police are accused of fabricating evidence against known criminals and terrorists. How many cases have collapsed because detectives have over-egged the case against villains they insisted were guilty? How many guilty men have walked free because their “confessions” have been...
  • The fightback against barbarism must go on

    05/10/2004 4:25:14 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 3 replies · 156+ views
    The Times ^ | May 11, 2004 | Michael Gove
    The horror of Abu Ghraib should not be used to unedrmine Western resolve THE whole world has been horrified by the pictures from Abu Ghraib. The sense of horror in Arab countries has been particularly acute. Understandably so, for torture is a reality which impinges on citizens of Arab nations in a way it does not directly on us. The systematic abuse of prisoners is a weapon of domestic political control in Arab nations, from Baathist Syria to Wahhabi Saudi Arabia. The citizens of those nations know that the torture chamber is only a knock in the night away but,...
  • Abuse vehicle 'was not in Iraq'

    05/10/2004 1:14:17 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 303+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | May 10 2004
    There are "strong indications" that a vehicle shown in Daily Mirror photos of alleged abuse of prisoners was not in Iraq, Geoff Hoon has said. The Defence Secretary told MPs that a Special Investigation Branch inquiry into photos of PoW abuse by UK troops indicated the vehicle was not in Iraq. The photo showing an inmate in a vehicle is said to come from soldiers from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment. The Daily Mirror issued a statement in response to the Defence Secretary's comments: "Mr Hoon's comments about the photographs we published were obviously designed to divert attention from the much...
  • U.K. Has `Indications' Iraqi Abuse Photos Are Fake

    05/10/2004 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 19 replies · 469+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | 5/10/04
    <p>U.K. Has `Indications' Iraqi Abuse Photos Are Fake (Update1) May 10 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon said there are signs that photographs the Daily Mirror published purporting to show British soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners may be fake.</p> <p>The comment casts doubt on accusations that British troops tortured Iraqis. Polls show those charges have hurt the approval rating of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who said accusations of abuse by U.K. troops are still being investigated.</p>
  • U.S. calls for Arab retractions

    05/09/2004 7:25:27 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 81 replies · 2,135+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 5/9/04 | Sherrie Gossett
    The day after a WorldNetDaily report revealed that photos circulating in the Middle East that depict GI's raping Iraqi women were fake and had originated from pornography sites, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a statement calling on Arab news outlets to publish retractions. The embassy statement read, "We have done a thorough investigation of the origin of these photos and have conclusive evidence that they originated on a pornographic web site. They are clearly staged photos, done by actors, as the site itself states." The Al Wafd newspaper published four photographs on the top of its front page that...
  • Soldier who reported abuse did not seek limelight, friends say

    05/09/2004 10:43:28 AM PDT · by kattracks · 91 replies · 199+ views
    AP | 5/09/04 | DAVID B. CARUSO
    The military policeman who blew the whistle on fellow soldiers who were photographed abusing Iraqi detainees has an independent streak and knew "right from wrong," say people who know him. Spc. Joe Darby was commended in a military report for promptly alerting superiors after discovering photographs of fellow 372nd Military Police Company personnel taking part in abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison. Darby, 24, who is still on duty overseas, "didn't worry about what people thought," said Robert Ewing, Darby's history teacher and football coach at North Star High in Jennings, Pa. "He wasn't one that went...
  • Soldier's Family Set in Motion Chain of Events on Disclosure [Hackworth involved in CBS photos]

    05/07/2004 11:02:41 PM PDT · by saquin · 902 replies · 1,439+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/8/04 | James Dao and Eric Lichtblau
    CUMBERLAND, Md., May 7 — Ivan Frederick was distraught. His son, an Army reservist turned prison guard in Iraq, was under investigation earlier this year for mistreating prisoners, and photographs of the abuse were beginning to circulate among soldiers and military investigators. So the father went to his brother-in-law, William Lawson, who was afraid that reservists like his nephew would end up taking the fall for what he considered command lapses, Mr. Lawson recounted in an interview on Friday. He knew whom to turn to: David Hackworth, a retired colonel and a muckraker who was always willing to take on...
  • Will the Real Iraqi Prisoners Please Stand up!

    05/09/2004 8:07:35 PM PDT · by macsmind76 · 12 replies · 135+ views
    As Ani, 47, repeated his story, he was interrupted by Jabber al-Okaili, a member of one of the human rights groups that organized the gathering. "He's lying," al-Okaili shouted. "He's a liar!" Al-Ani was rushed to an office, where al-Okaili and others unwound the bandage on his left arm and found the elbow unscarred and healthy. They cut off half of the cast on his forearm, even as al-Ani insisted, "By God, it's true, everything I say is true." "All his papers were forged," al-Okaili, of the Free Iraq Institute, said after al-Ani left the building. "Who knows why he...
  • ARABIYA TV AIRS VIDEOTAPE OF "AMEICAN HOSTAGE"

    05/06/2004 5:50:35 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 48 replies · 363+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/6/04
    DUBAI, May 6 (Reuters) - Dubai-based Al Arabiya television aired on Thursday what it said was a videotape showing an American engineer working for the Pentagon held hostage in Iraq. The network said it had received the tape from a group calling itself The Islamic Rage Squadrons which said it had kidnapped the man on May 3. He was shown blindfolded with a chequered Arab head scarf and wearing an olive green jacket.
  • Arabiya TV Airs Videotape of 'American Hostage' (engineer)

    05/06/2004 7:01:36 AM PDT · by stlnative · 31 replies · 1,098+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/6/04 | Reuters
    Arabiya TV Airs Videotape of 'American Hostage' Thu May 6, 2004 08:51 AM ET DUBAI (Reuters) - Dubai-based Al Arabiya television aired on Thursday what it said was a videotape showing an American engineer working for the Pentagon held hostage in Iraq. The network said it had received the tape from a group calling itself The Islamic Rage Squadrons which said it had kidnapped the man on May 3. He was shown blindfolded with a checkered Arab scarf and wearing a jacket. "My name is Aban Elias from Denver, Colorado," an Arabiya transcript quoted the man as saying. "I am...
  • Bush should start by firing Rumsfeld

    05/06/2004 12:10:24 AM PDT · by weegee · 73 replies · 660+ views
    New York Times via Houston Chronicle | May 5, 2004, 10:31PM | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    We are in danger of losing something much more important than just the war in Iraq. We are in danger of losing America as an instrument of moral authority and inspiration in the world. I have never known a time in my life when America and its president were more hated around the world than today. I was just in Japan, and even young Japanese dislike us. It's no wonder that so many Americans are obsessed with the finale of the sitcom Friends right now. They're the only friends we have, and even they're leaving. This administration needs to undertake...
  • DISNEY FORBIDS DISTRIBUTION OF MICHAEL MOORE FILM THAT CRITICIZES BUSH

    05/04/2004 7:38:07 PM PDT · by mhking · 96 replies · 896+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | 5.4.04 | Matt Drudge
    DISNEY FORBIDS DISTRIBUTION OF MICHAEL MOORE FILM THAT CRITICIZES BUSH Headline only on board now; story just breaking -- Details to follow.
  • Disney Takes Heat on Blocking Bush Film

    05/05/2004 11:02:22 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 11 replies · 583+ views
    NYTIMES ^ | 05/06/04 | JIM RUTENBERG and LAURA M. HOLSON
    By JIM RUTENBERG and LAURA M. HOLSON Published: May 6, 2004 ASHINGTON, May 5 — Michael Moore took to television on Wednesday to denounce the Walt Disney Company's refusal to allow its Miramax division to distribute his new documentary criticizing President Bush, stoking a controversy that Hollywood executives expect to lure new distribution partners to the project and, eventually, audiences. As Mr. Moore sat for interviews with ABC News, CNN, "Entertainment Tonight" and elsewhere to discuss his film, "Fahrenheit 911," some Democrats in Washington said Disney was quashing dissent. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey called for hearings into...
  • Late Night Political Jokes

    05/01/2004 6:05:48 AM PDT · by billorites · 11 replies · 543+ views
    About.com ^ | April 30, 2004 | Daniel Kurtzman
    "President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney answered questions before the 9/11 commission ... They did not testify under oath, there was no videotape, no audiotape, not even a stenographer writing down the questions or the answers; there's no record of any kind; kind of like President Bush's National Guard service." —Jay Leno "President Bush and Vice President Cheney went before the commission investigating what exactly happened on 9/11. The President is weird...afterwards, he told reporters he 'enjoyed' it. What? You can say many things, but you can't 'enjoy' it. We kicked back, talked about 9/11, there were cookies —...
  • I am starting to think going to Iraq was a mistake

    04/30/2004 9:16:18 AM PDT · by Check_Your_Premises · 353 replies · 2,287+ views
    MMI | 4/30/04 | MDP
    As an avid supporter of the President's Iraq policies, the last few days have been difficult for me. The number of casualties seemed to reach a "critical mass" for me. I found myself simply not caring to sacrifice anymore of our brave soldiers for Iraqi independence and democracy. Screw 'em. I was not sure why I began to feel this way. As I said I am an avid supporter of the plan to bring an oasis of freedom and liberty to the 12th century toilet that is the middle east. It seemed to me that if we are to end...
  • Italy hails "hero" hostage, stands firm on troops (MUST READ - BRAVE GUY HE DIED A HERO!)

    04/15/2004 11:10:02 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 108 replies · 946+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/15/04
    ROME, April 15 (Reuters) - An Italian hostage killed in Iraq was hailed on Thursday as a hero who in his last moments told his kidnappers defiantly: "I'm going to show you how an Italian dies." Fabrizio Quattrocchi, one of four Italian security guards abducted earlier this week, was shot dead on Wednesday after Italy refused to bow to the kidnappers' demands and withdraw some 3,000 troops stationed in Iraq. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said a video recording of the killing showed that Quattrocchi was hooded when his kidnappers put a gun to his head. "When the murderers were...
  • Heads Up... from Michael Moore

    04/15/2004 7:27:13 PM PDT · by Monty22 · 173 replies · 1,041+ views
    michaelmoore.com ^ | 04/14/2004 | Michael Moore
    Friends, I have never seen a head so far up a Presidential ass (pardon my Falluja) than the one I saw last night at the "news conference" given by George W. Bush. He's still talking about finding "weapons of mass destruction" -- this time on Saddam's "turkey farm." Turkey indeed. Clearly the White House believes there are enough idiots in the 17 swing states who will buy this. I think they are in for a rude awakening. I've been holed up for weeks in the editing room finishing my film ("Fahrenheit 911"). That's why you haven't heard from me lately....
  • The deadly Mail (The anti-americanism of the British right - Tory Traitors)

    04/15/2004 11:49:14 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 3 replies · 201+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 17 April, 2004 | Michael Gove
    Michael Gove says that the Daily Mail has been taken over by Tory appeasers who detest Americans, and the fight for Western civilisation in the Middle East Could the Iraq war really have united forces that have been hereditary foes? Are clerical reactionaries now happily joining arms with secular militants to oppose a common enemy? Well, I don’t know if it’s happening in Baghdad, but it’s already occurred in London. As the war on terror has progressed, we’ve seen a remarkable new coalition form. The nation’s most powerful reactionary force, the Daily Mail, has become the objective ally of the...
  • Mr. Wonderful and The Bay Of Pigs

    04/14/2004 11:08:13 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 360+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Apr. 14, 2004 | Humberto Fontova
    "The Republicans have allowed a communist dictatorship to flourish eight jet minutes from our borders! We must support anti-Castro fighters. So far these freedom fighters have received no help from our government." -- Democratic presidential candidate, Oct. 1960 "George Bush and the Republicans in Washington have run the most inept foreign policy in the modern history of this country! It has been a failure!" -- Democratic presidential Candidate, April 2004. No, friends, it didn't start with this campaign. Indeed, Kerry apes his idol (JFK) faithfully. Problem was, during the '60 presidential campaign Kennedy left out the sly smile, the shifty...
  • Kerry Says President 'Offered No Specific Plan' on Stabilizing Iraq

    04/14/2004 10:21:15 AM PDT · by kattracks · 25 replies · 163+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 4/14/04 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry used the president's prime-time press conference Tuesday as another opportunity to attack President Bush on his handling of the war in Iraq. "Tonight, the President had the opportunity to tell the American people what steps he was going to take to stabilize the situation in Iraq," Kerry said in a statement. "Unfortunately, he offered no specific plan whatsoever. Rather, the President made it clear that he intends to stubbornly cling to the same policy that has led to a greater risk to American troops and a steadily higher cost to the American taxpayer."...
  • Questions about former UN weapons inspector's film (Ritter)

    04/12/2004 4:01:47 PM PDT · by Shermy · 17 replies · 697+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 12, 2004 | Mark Turner
    Scott Ritter, formerly the top United Nations weapons inspector in Iraq, has long argued that claims that Saddam Hussein possessed biological, chemical and nuclear weapons programmes were massively exaggerated. His public campaign against the US-led invasion of Iraq made him a hated figure of the American right, which still demonises him as an apologist for the ousted Baghdad regime. Now, at the very moment when the absence of weapons of mass destruction in post-Saddam Iraq should make Mr Ritter feel vindicated, he faces new questions about his relationship with Baghdad after he quit his UN job in 1998. Mr Ritter...
  • Support for Iraq conflict erodes: CNN/Time poll

    04/11/2004 4:02:55 PM PDT · by AntiGuv · 63 replies · 275+ views
    AFP ^ | April 11, 2004 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US support for the conflict in Iraq is eroding, according to the latest CNN/Time survey, which found, amid a new Iraqi insurgency against US troops, that 57 percent of Americans think US military goals will fail unless a tougher stance is taken. Approval of US President George W. Bush and his administration's handling of Iraq was down to 44 percent of Americans, according to the poll, new elements of which were released Sunday, down from 51 percent surveyed March 26-28. Meanwhile, Bush's overall approval rating had sunk to a record low of 49 percent since CNN/Time started...
  • (Iraq) What Would Kerry Do As President? Senator Doesn't Always Answer

    04/08/2004 8:43:36 PM PDT · by Stultis · 33 replies · 401+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 8 April 2004 | Susan Jones
    What Would Kerry Do As President? Senator Doesn't Always AnswerBy Susan JonesCNSNews.com Morning EditorApril 08, 2004 (CNSNews.com) - For the second time in two days, Sen. John F. Kerry on Wednesday seemed unable to answer a question about what he would do if he were president. Kerry this week has blasted the Bush administration for its "failures" in Iraq. On Wednesday, in an interview with American Urban Radio Networks, Kerry called the administration's actions in Iraq "one of the greatest failures of diplomacy and failures of judgment that I have seen in all the time that I've been in public...
  • Growing GOP Dissent on Iraq

    04/08/2004 1:41:59 AM PDT · by DayTripper · 32 replies · 446+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | April 7, 2004 | David Paul Kuhn
    President Bush is facing increasing dissent among leading conservative politicians and pundits in the face of mounting U.S. casualties in Iraq. The war has become the long slog that some Republicans feared. Since Sunday, 32 Americans have been killed in fighting across Iraq. American body bags are on the front page of major U.S. newspapers. The Washington Post and The New York Times brandished images of charred U.S. civilian remains last week. The networks are leading their nightly news broadcasts with stories of dead Americans. "If we have two or three more weeks of this you are going to start...
  • Soldier from Houston dies in Iraq two weeks into duty 21-year-old killed while fighting in Fallujah

    04/07/2004 12:22:47 PM PDT · by weegee · 37 replies · 731+ views
    houston chronicle ^ | April 7, 2004, 12:08PM | LUCAS WALL
    April 7, 2004, 12:08PM Soldier from Houston dies in Iraq two weeks into duty 21-year-old killed while fighting in Fallujah By LUCAS WALL Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle A 21-year-old Houston man stationed in Iraq less than two weeks died Friday during fighting with insurgents in Fallujah, his family said Saturday. U.S. Marine Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr. died of a gunshot wound while manning a machine gun for his unit, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. He's the 10th soldier from the Houston metropolitan area to die while on duty in Iraq, and the second Texan killed there in as many days....
  • W. HAS NIXON-SIZE 'CREDIBILITY GAP': TED

    04/06/2004 1:06:00 AM PDT · by kattracks · 83 replies · 434+ views
    New York Post ^ | 4/06/04 | BRIAN BLOMQUIST
    <p>April 6, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Kennedy yesterday charged that President Bush's credibility was no better than Richard Nixon's - drawing an immediate rebuke from Republicans. A Kennedy spokesman said Sen. John Kerry's campaign was given advance warning of the scathing speech from one of its top supporters, but denied that Kerry consulted with Kennedy on it. In his remarks to the Brookings Institution, a think tank in D.C., Kennedy also said, "Iraq is George Bush's Vietnam."</p>
  • Attempted coup d'etat underway in Iraq right now

    04/05/2004 2:10:36 PM PDT · by John Jorsett · 667 replies · 1,438+ views
    Instapundit ^ | April 05, 2004
    ZEYAD APPEARS TO HAVE ANOTHER SCOOP: A coup d'etat is taking place in Iraq a the moment. Al-Shu'la, Al-Hurria, Thawra (Sadr city), and Kadhimiya (all Shi'ite neighbourhoods in Baghdad) have been declared liberated from occupation. Looting has already started at some places downtown, a friend of mine just returned from Sadun street and he says Al-Mahdi militiamen are breaking stores and clinics open and also at Tahrir square just across the river from the Green Zone. News from other cities in the south indicate that Sadr followers (tens of thousands of them) have taken over IP stations and governorate buildings...
  • U.S. blamed for 'tone' that inspired mutilations

    04/05/2004 10:36:04 PM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 182+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/06/04 | Tom Carter
    <p>On April 28, 2003, just two days before President Bush declared the end of "major hostilities" in Iraq, members of the 101st Airborne Division occupying a school in Fallujah opened fire on about 200 Iraqi demonstrators, killing 15, including at least three schoolboys under the age of 10.</p>
  • American Muslim Group Condemns 'Mutilations,' Not Murders

    04/01/2004 2:54:14 AM PST · by kattracks · 21 replies · 539+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 4/01/04 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which describes itself as a Muslim civil rights group, issued a press release on Wednesday, condemning "the mutilation of those killed in Iraq on Wednesday." However, the press release did not condemn the murders of the four American civilian contractors, who -- as CAIR put it -- "were ambushed in their SUV's, burned, mutilated, dragged through the streets and then hung from a bridge spanning the Euphrates River, according to news reports." CAIR said the mutilations of the bodies "violated both Islamic and international norms of conduct during times of war and...
  • U.S. TV Avoids Graphic Iraq Images

    04/01/2004 1:30:12 AM PST · by znix · 28 replies · 365+ views
    AP ^ | Wed Mar 31, 9:36 PM ET | Lynn Elber
    U.S. TV Avoids Graphic Iraq Images Wed Mar 31, 9:36 PM ET By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES - Macabre images of four American contractors killed in Iraq (news - web sites) filled television screens worldwide Wednesday but were largely shunned by American television that deemed them too graphic. etwork and cable newscasts planned judicious use of the video, which included images of the victims' charred bodies dragged through the street and two of them hanging from a bridge. "We've had similar discussions throughout the war" in how to handle such raw footage, said Steve Capus, executive producer...
  • Iraqis Stomp, Mutilate Americans' Charred Bodies

    03/31/2004 10:06:10 AM PST · by kattracks · 158 replies · 705+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 3/31/04 | Susan Jones
    (1st Add: Updates nationality of contractors.) (CNSNews.com) - The videotape was too graphic for cable news channels to air: Cheering, jeering Iraqis in Fallujah, mutilating the charred bodies of four contractors who worked for the U.S.-led coalition, trying to rebuild Iraq. All four contractors were Americans, the State Department said. The four contractors, traveling in two civilian cars, were ambushed on a main road by Iraqis described as "guerillas" by one newswire. After setting the cars on fire, a mob mentality set in among onlookers, the videotape shows. One charred body was kicked and stomped; another dragged down a street;...
  • Texas missionary killed in Iraq

    03/16/2004 3:30:40 PM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 18 replies · 1,676+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | March 15, 2004 | The Dallas Morning News Staff
    Texas missionary killed in Iraq 12:43 PM CST on Tuesday, March 16, 2004From Staff and Wire Reports FORT WORTH — A Rowlett man is one of four U.S. missionaries killed in a drive-by attack in Iraq. The Virginia-based Southern Baptist International Mission Board identified the dead Texan as David E. McDonnall, 28, of Rowlett. McDonnall died Tuesday morning on a helicopter that was transporting him to a military hospital in Baghdad after four U.S. military surgeons worked for six hours to save his life, the mission board said. McDonnall's wife, Carrie Taylor McDonnall, 26, remains in critical condition, the mission...
  • You’re Messing With the Wrong Generation (Quintuple Barf Alert!)

    03/12/2004 6:50:55 AM PST · by qam1 · 279 replies · 1,085+ views
    Op Ed News ^ | 3/11/04 | Becky Burgwin
    We were born at the end of World War II to a generation that had just won a war against pure evil. We were their hope for a brighter future. The forbearers of a new era. An era of peace and prosperity. An era of fun. We had hula-hoops, silly putty, slinkies and slip 'n slides. We ate Spaghetti-o's, Alphabits, TV dinners and Spam. We watched Ed Sullivan, I Love Lucy, The Flintstones and American Bandstand. We witnessed the first manned space flight and prayed for Apollo 13. We saw a man step onto the moon and suffered through the...
  • Iraq war leads to increase in journalists killed

    03/10/2004 10:29:14 PM PST · by kattracks · 6 replies · 285+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/11/04 | Megan McCloskey
    <p>The Iraq war pushed the number of journalists killed on the job last year to 36, up sharply from the 19 killed in 2002, according to a report by an organization that monitors international press freedom.</p> <p>"It was quite a discouraging year," said Ann Cooper, the director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. But 2003 was considerably better than 1994, the worst in the past decade, when 66 newsmen and women were killed.</p>
  • Senator Hillary! Women better off with Saddam - Transcript (long, know thy enemy)

    02/27/2004 7:30:51 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 78 replies · 2,366+ views
    THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED TRANSCRIPT. P R O C E E D I N G S MR. STEINBERG: Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Brookings. I'm Jim Steinberg, the Director of the Foreign Policy Studies Program here. And it's my privilege to welcome and introduce Senator Hillary Clinton from New York as our speaker this morning. It's a cliché when somebody comes up to start an introduction to say, of course our speaker needs no introduction--but in this case it's no cliché. Our speaker, clearly, needs no introduction to this or any other audience. She's had a remarkable...