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  • The Good Ship Fitzgerald is Listing

    05/14/2006 9:45:13 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 90 replies · 3,030+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 5/14/06 | Clarice Feldman
    While the media focuses on handwritten notations by the Vice President on a newspaper article, there is much more to be gleaned from late Friday’s court filings in the Libby case. The spin says that damaging new evidence has surfaced. But the filings by Fitzgerald reveal how rapidly his case is sinking. Discovery in legal cases is rather like playing the old game “Battleship” where you can surmise from your opponent’s responses to your blind probes where he is hiding his fleet. So you can sink it. Scooter Libby’s legal team is playing the game masterfully and as the latest...
  • Bush Didn't Mislead on War, Adviser Says (Hadley Hits Back)

    11/13/2005 10:54:42 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 6 replies · 1,093+ views
    Bush Didn't Mislead on War, Adviser Says By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer Sun Nov 13,10:16 PM ET WASHINGTON - While admitting "we were wrong" about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, President Bush's national security adviser on Sunday rejected assertions that the president manipulated intelligence and misled the American people. ADVERTISEMENT Bush relied on the collective judgment of the intelligence community when he determined that Iraq's Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, national security adviser Stephen Hadley said. "Turns out, we were wrong," Hadley told "Late Edition" on CNN. "But I think the point that needs to be...
  • ZOT: U.K. Thinktank Report Confirms High Risk For Terrorism In U.K. As A Result Of The War On Iraq

    07/19/2005 12:21:00 AM PDT · by Pat The Postman · 12 replies · 413+ views
    It has been known for some time now that residents of the United Kingdom have gradually come to the opinion that participating in the War On Iraq had led to a higher risk for terrorist attacks in their home country. An official report (the first of a series) from the Chatham House think tank confirms these fears. I make no secret of the fact that I always was a firm opponent of that war, and I myself see in the present report the reflection of one of the dreadful consequences of that invasion. Your comments please.
  • A plea from a senior citizen

    03/31/2005 2:03:38 PM PST · by LastManDancing · 8 replies · 1,185+ views
    I have no idea if this has been posted earlier, made some searches and found nothing. I hope you guys will find it as funny as I do. I am a senior citizen. During the Clinton Administration I had an extremely good and well paying job. I took numerous vacations and had several vacation homes. Since President Bush took office, I have watched my entire life change for the worse. I lost my job. I lost my two sons in that terrible Iraqi War. I lost my homes. I lost my health insurance. As a matter of fact I lost...
  • Two True Pictures of the Terror War

    01/07/2005 3:10:15 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 11 replies · 821+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 6, 2005 | Max Boot:
    During World War II, Frank Capra made a series of films called "Why We Fight" to rally Americans behind the war effort. Imagine a filmmaker doing that today. Actually, it's impossible to imagine. Hollywood either prefers to stay away from the war on terrorism altogether (the film version of Tom Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears" changed the villains from Islamist extremists to neo-Nazis) or to use it, even in its pre-9/11 form, as a morality play to warn against lost civil liberties (see "The Siege," starring Denzel Washington). The film community — whose exquisite sensibilities are routinely outraged by...
  • Iraq's Sunni President Says Polls Should Go Ahead

    12/01/2004 12:14:19 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 6 replies · 419+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Dec 1 | Luke Baker and Mussab al-Khairalla
    Iraq's president said on Wednesday that elections should go ahead next month as planned, distancing himself from other leading Sunni Arab politicians who are demanding the polls be postponed due to widespread unrest. Ghazi al-Yawar, a Sunni businessman and tribal elder who was appointed to the largely symbolic post of president in June, is the first prominent Sunni to reject calls for a delay. "We must go ahead with elections, from a legal and a moral point of view," Yawar told a news conference in Baghdad. Iraq's interim constitution, endorsed by the United Nations, says elections must be held by...
  • THE RAW DEAL: Kerry's Shifting Position On Iraq's Ties To Terrorism

    10/05/2004 2:11:06 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 334+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | October 5, 2004
    "John Kerry today contradicted the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission, the Senate Intelligence Report and the Butler Report in denying that contacts existed between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. John Kerry has said in the past that Saddam Hussein supported terrorists and called him a 'grave danger.' Now, he is trying to claim that the removal of Saddam Hussein has left the world 'less secure.' John Kerry's incoherence on the security issues facing our country calls into question his ability to lead our nation in the War on Terror." - Steve Schmidt, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman The 9/11 Commission: Vice...
  • Kerry Vs. Kerry (Kerry’s Top Ten Iraq Flip FlopsFrom First Debate)

    10/01/2004 11:26:02 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 36 replies · 3,677+ views
    KERRY VS. KERRYKerry’s Top Ten Iraq Flip Flops From First Debate___________________________________________________VIEW THE “KERRY VS. KERRY” DEBATE VIDEO HERE: Claimed “I’ll Never Give A Veto To Any Country Over Our Security.”  (Sen. John Kerry, First Presidential Debate, Miami, FL, 9/30/04)ü      Preemption Must Pass “Global Test” First.  “No president, though all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America. But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where...
  • The Boston Fog:Kerry Calls The Iraq War A "Mistake" But Says Troops Are Not Dying For A "Mistake"

    10/01/2004 11:16:53 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 871+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | October 1, 2004
    The Boston Fog Report An ongoing examination of John Kerry’s “nuances and shades of gray in both foreign and domestic policy.” (Editorial, “A Primary Endorsement,” The New York Times, 2/26/04)for·a·gainst adverb. 1. To be both for and against something at the same time: e.g. “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” (Glen Johnson, “Kerry Blasts Bush On Protecting Troops,” The Boston Globe, 3/17/04) "John Kerry's troubling record of contradiction and vacillation spiraled into incoherence last night when he said the President 'made a mistake' in invading Iraq but denied our troops in Iraq...
  • The Flips Just Keep On Floppin’!

    09/29/2004 9:18:41 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 4 replies · 778+ views
    Republican National Committee ^ | September 29, 2004
    Something to Yak About – The Flips Just Keep On Floppin’!Unreal. An advance item in the Early Briefing from Bulletin News Network on John Kerry’s interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer reveals yet another flip-flop of goliath proportions. When asked whether the war in Iraq was worth it, Kerry reportedly responded, “We should not have gone to war, knowing the information we know today.”?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The Yak reminds faithful readers of John Kerry’s August 9, 2004 remark at the edge of the Grand Canyon. When asked whether he would support the war “knowing what we now know,” Kerry replied, “Yes, I would have...
  • U.S. tries to retrieve Saddam's millions

    02/10/2004 1:05:41 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 180+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2004 | By Dafna Linzer
    <p>BERN, Switzerland -- The United States thinks it has found at least $300 million that Saddam Hussein hid in banks, yet it doesn't have enough evidence to get countries such as Syria and Switzerland to hand over the money, U.S. and European officials said.</p>
  • Multiple Tests Confirming Iraq WMD Send Media Into Deep Spin

    01/11/2004 11:56:36 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 119 replies · 598+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/4/04 | Limbacher
    Mulitple tests conducted in Iraq by Danish and British experts indicate that Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction have finally been discovered, but mainstream news editors either ignored the story Sunday morning or are furiously spinning the news as inconsequential. More than 12 hours after the Fox News Channel, Reuters and the Associated Press carried reports that preliminary tests showed Iraqi mortar shells discovered near Basra contain a deadly liquid blister agent, the New York Times had yet to report the bombshell find on the main page of its Web site – or anywhere in its Sunday morning print edition....
  • Iraqi Scientist tells all

    03/27/2003 7:31:04 AM PST · by Tspud1 · 13 replies · 1,109+ views
    Quincy Herald-Whig ^ | 3/26/03 | Edward Husar
    Scientist says he hid nuclear materials in Iraq 20 years ago Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2003 by Webmaster Gazi George, a consultant for Titan in Quincy, says 39 rods of uranium were hidden in a specially built swimming pool By Edward Husar Herald-Whig Staff Writer A former Iraqi scientist says Iraq is hiding materials that could be used to make nuclear weapons. He knows this because he helped hide some of the materials more than 20 years ago. Gazi George, who lives near Detroit, Mich., and does consulting work in Quincy, fled Iraq in 1981 after helping to hide 39...
  • Leading Iraqi Scientist Says He Lied to U.N. Inspectors

    04/26/2003 8:24:14 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 11 replies · 208+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 27, 2003 | JUDITH MILLER
    AGHDAD, Iraq, April 26 — Nissar Hindawi, a leading figure in Iraq's biological warfare program in the 1980's, says the stories and explanations he and other scientists told the United Nations about the extent of Iraq's efforts to produce poisons and germ weapons "were all lies."Dr. Hindawi, imprisoned during the final weeks of Saddam Hussein's rule, is now free to talk about his experiences in the program, in which he says he was forced to work from 1986 to 1989 and again sporadically until the mid-1990's. Iraq, as it belatedly acknowledged, he says, "produced huge quantities" of liquid anthrax and...
  • Kay finds Botulinum at home of a known biological weapons scientist!

    10/02/2003 4:55:17 PM PDT · by Republican Red · 39 replies · 357+ views
    On biological weapons, a single vial of a strain of botulinum, a poison that can be used as a weapon, located at the home of a known biological weapons scientist
  • Freeper Quiz: Who made this statement?

    10/12/2003 3:58:59 AM PDT · by The Raven · 20 replies · 228+ views
    Snopes ^ | Oct 5, 2003 | Snopes
    "I am keenly aware that the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons is an issue of grave importance to all nations. Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process. "The responsibility of the United States in this conflict is to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, to minimize the danger to our troops and to diminish the suffering of the Iraqi people. The citizens of Iraq have suffered the most for Saddam Hussein's activities; sadly,...
  • ZOT! You are boring us

    05/16/2003 1:32:54 PM PDT · by redleif · 30 replies · 300+ views
    Lowcountry Now | Friday, May 2, 2003 | John David Rose
  • French Wine Sales Down In United States

    05/06/2003 5:21:50 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 133 replies · 355+ views
    Wine Spectator ^ | April 30, 2003 | Dana Nigro
    How much have poor Franco-American relations affected sales of French wine in the United States? With some wine drinkers and politicians boycotting Bordeaux and Burgundy ever since France opposed war in Iraq, anecdotal reports from individual retailers, restaurateurs and wine producers indicated that French wines were taking a hit. Finally, some hard numbers are now available. According to data provided by Information Resources Inc., which tracks retail purchases in the United States, sales of French table wine were indeed off in late February and March. French wine sales have declined over the past year, but the recent drop is more...
  • Matters of Emphasis

    04/29/2003 2:26:29 PM PDT · by Carthago delenda est · 3 replies · 72+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 29, 2003 | Paul Krugman
    We were not lying," a Bush administration official told ABC News. "But it was just a matter of emphasis." The official was referring to the way the administration hyped the threat that Saddam Hussein posed to the United States. According to the ABC report, the real reason for the war was that the administration "wanted to make a statement." And why Iraq? "Officials acknowledge that Saddam had all the requirements to make him, from their standpoint, the perfect target." A British newspaper, The Independent, reports that "intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic were furious that briefings they gave...
  • EU's party for new 10 crashed by war in Iraq (Everybody is in a foul mood!)

    04/17/2003 3:05:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 196+ views
    IHT ^ | 04/16/03 | Frank Bruni
    EU's party for new 10 crashed by war in Iraq Frank Bruni/NYT The New York Times Wednesday, April 16, 2003 ATHENS The road from the airport into the heart of this city is lined with the flags of the European Union: not only the 15 countries in the club, but also the 10 whose leaders will sign accession treaties here Wednesday. The signing ceremony, at the foot of the Acropolis, represents a milestone in the Union's largest expansion, and the flags are a testament to that - the symbolic assertion of a stronger, more integrated Europe. But at the end...
  • Objectivity Is Lost To Fox News' Barbs (Howard Rosenberg MEGA-BARF ALERT)

    04/11/2003 2:55:43 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies · 231+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/11/03 | Howard Rosenberg
    In other words, Fox slants like a drunk who's guzzled a couple of six-packs. If only it did so honestly, calling itself the "conservative alternative" or something like that, instead of pretending to be what it's not by having its anchors deliver these relentless on-screen mantras: "We report, you decide" and "real journalism, fair and balanced." Fat chance. Instead, a sample day this week found these Uncle Sams tenaciously bashing the French, the United Nations, Al Jazeera and those in the media, especially the New York Times, questioning the war in Iraq. At Fox, that equals treason.
  • Support Our Troops

    04/05/2003 9:47:01 AM PST · by Carthago delenda est · 4 replies · 241+ views ^ | April 1, 2003 | Matt Murphy
    The following speech was delivered at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.In remembering why we have come to support our troops today, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on something most of us never think about: our extraordinary luck in being Americans. We are, in a sense, lottery winners. There are something like 6.3 billion human beings currently living on the planet. Assuming that most of us were born sometime in the last half century, this works out to a roughly 1-in-20 chance of being born in the United States of America. There are plenty of other places...
  • Peace for us (A letter to the editor)

    04/02/2003 6:38:14 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 161+ views
    Mpls (red)Star Tribune ^ | 4/2/03 | Aldo Terrazas
    <p>Peace, peace, peace. Let's have peace. Let's not have war. There is nothing better than peace. We want it at all costs. In a peaceful state we don't have to think about people we don't know and the bad things that happen to them because, when we are at peace, their suffering doesn't exist.</p>
  • Instant war coverage tests America's limited patience

    03/31/2003 5:40:52 AM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 231+ views
    St Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/31/03 | KATHLEEN PARKER
    'Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" The media are beginning to sound an awful lot like brats in the backseat nagging Daddy Rumsfeld because the war is taking sooooo long. I mean, it's been a little more than a week already! As a military friend said recently: "The American attention span for wars is the length of an average Hollywood movie." Since the U.S.-allied attack began on Iraq, reporters and commentators have been struggling for definition. It's as though we were all handed a syllabus at the beginning of the war, and any deviation thereafter is a narcissistic...
  • FREEP National News Poll - Is War With Iraq Going Poorly?

    03/30/2003 11:15:51 PM PST · by Impeach98 · 38 replies · 180+ views
    MSNBC - Newsweek ^ | 03/30/2003 |
    FREEP this MSNBC-Newsweek Poll. They ask if the the U.S. underestimated the strength of the Iraqi military. You know what this is - more of the media's hyper "oh my gosh Bush f*cked up again" hysteria. Please VOTE "NO - The battle is going according to plan; the media is overreacting." [unless of course you think the media is right in which case pretend you didn't read this thread and go back to reading DemocratUnderground ;) ] CLICK HERE TO VOTE - Left Side Halfway Down of Story
  • Columbia Prof's Remarks Spark Furor:Callers Wish 'A Million Mogadishus' on Professor

    03/29/2003 12:07:52 PM PST · by mrustow · 75 replies · 688+ views
    Newsday ^ | 29 March 2003 | Ron Howell
    Angry callers flooded phone lines at Columbia University Friday, denouncing a professor who called for an Iraqi victory over U.S. troops and said he would like to see "a million Mogadishus." The Mogadishu reference recalled the Somali city where 18 U.S. soldiers were killed 10 years ago. University president Lee C. Bollinger called Newsday to say he was stunned by the comments made by Assistant Professor Nicholas De Genova, one of more than two dozen speakers at a "teach-in" Wednesday night.
  • Boston Herald: "I want my war on MTV!"

    03/25/2003 1:18:06 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 4 replies · 209+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | March 25, 2003 | Sarah Rodman
    MTV rocks and rolls with war concerns of its young viewers by Sarah Rodman / Boston Herald Tuesday, March 25, 2003 ``I want my war on MTV!'' That, apparently, is the rallying cry of young MTV viewers. A poll of the music channel's viewers ages 14-24 revealed that their No. 1 concern is the war in Iraq. And this poll was taken months before the conflict began. Their concern is historic. According to MTV News executive producer Dave Sirulnick, the concerns that normally lead MTV's polling are typically social issues - drugs, gangs, violence and sex. So for war to...
  • That's the way it isn't, Walter (O'Reilly Slams Cronkite)

    03/21/2003 11:02:10 PM PST · by T Lady · 16 replies · 269+ views ^ | 3/22/2003 | Bill O'Reilly
    No surprise, ideologues on both the left and the right are screaming that the media coverage of the Iraq War is slanted away from their beliefs. The sound and fury of partisans is predictable and not very important, because there are so many media outlets that the sheer amount of information Americans can potentially get obliterates any narrow agenda an individual journalist might have As far as TV news is concerned, the reportorial flow of information is occasionally tainted by a biased remark, but this is not a serious problem, because, again, there is just so much verbiage. However, there...
  • That's the way it isn't, Walter (O'Reilly Slams Cronkite)

    03/21/2003 9:59:45 PM PST · by T Lady · 16 replies · 230+ views ^ | 3/22/2003 | Bill O'Reilly
    No surprise, ideologues on both the left and the right are screaming that the media coverage of the Iraq War is slanted away from their beliefs. The sound and fury of partisans is predictable and not very important, because there are so many media outlets that the sheer amount of information Americans can potentially get oblitherates any narrow agenda an individual journalist might have. As far as TV news is concerned, the reportorial flow of information is occasionally tainted by a biased remark, but this is not a serious problem, because, again, there is just so much verbiage. However, there...
  • Iraqis Celebrate Their Liberation: Resource Thread for Pictures & Links

    03/21/2003 5:28:46 PM PST · by Stultis · 77 replies · 2,914+ views
    21 March 2003 | self
    Please post pictures and links to relevant threads. Help provide your fellow FReepers with resources to complete the marginalization of peaceniks and other enablers of despots and terrorists.
  • U.S. war plan has roots in 'rapid dominance' doctrine

    03/20/2003 7:41:56 AM PST · by Valin · 8 replies · 189+ views
    St Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/19/03 | TOM INFIELD
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's war plan for Iraq has roots in a new doctrine called "rapid dominance," introduced in a book by military theorists Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade Jr.Though neither is well known outside defense-policy circles, "their names are going to be stuck in association with this war, for better or worse, for some time to come," said John Pike, a leading independent analyst of military affairs in Washington.Ullman and Wade were early advocates of the idea, embraced by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, that with the United States having a vast technological edge over any potential...
  • Islamic Civil Rights Groups To Issue Safety Resource Kit Online

    03/18/2003 7:03:00 PM PST · by joesnuffy · 16 replies · 151+ views
    AP ^ | 03/17/03 | RACHEL LA CORTE
    Islamic civil rights groups to issue safety resource kit online RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. - A national Islamic civil rights group e-mailed safety information to mosques, community centers and others Monday in anticipation of anti-Muslim backlash from the impending war against Iraq. The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said the information includes tips on how to handle bomb threats, violence and how to secure mosques. "To the average American, they don't know the difference between Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden or American Muslims," said Ahmed Bedier, a spokesman for CAIR's Florida office. "They think that all...
  • Deals could keep Iraqi foes in barracks

    03/18/2003 10:07:22 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 28 replies · 270+ views / The Washington Post ^ | 3/18/03 | Peter Baker
    U.S. military hashes out terms of en masse Iraqi surrendersCAMP COMMANDO, Kuwait, March 18 —  Edging toward war, the U.S. military is trying to negotiate “capitulation agreements” with Iraqi commanders under which enemy troops would turn over most of their weapons and return to their barracks rather than be taken as prisoners of war, U.S. officers said today. Under the agreements, Iraqi officers would be allowed to keep their sidearms and remain in charge of their units as long as they kept a promise to stay out of the battle. U.S. forces would then be free to march toward Baghdad...
  • In New Jersey, a Muslim-Dominated Town Weighs in On War

    03/18/2003 6:17:52 AM PST · by Motherhood IS a career · 105 replies · 662+ views
    FOX News ^ | Monday, March 17, 2003 | Liza Porteus, Fox News
    <p>PATERSON, N.J. — As the threat of imminent war looms over Iraq, Middle Eastern immigrants and Americans of Middle Eastern heritage in this New Jersey town continue to hope that President Bush can somehow steer clear of using military force.</p>
  • When Will The War Happen

    03/16/2003 8:47:04 PM PST · by wattsup · 58 replies · 288+ views
    me | 03-17-03 | wattsup
    From my extensive contacts in the middle east I believe the war will start at 18Mar03 1103hrs EST . Can somone do better?
  • George Miller: Bush in Azores Because of the Protestors in SF. Bush: Using war to Cover policy.

    03/15/2003 12:02:03 PM PST · by Michael.SF. · 10 replies · 149+ views
    Myself ^ | March 15, 2003 | myself
    I just returned from a town hall meeting with Congressman George Miller (D- Ca. 7th District) and wanted to post some notes on his comments (these are based on subject and not taken in any order, he often jumped back and forth in response to audience questions): ** What do we do? (In response to a question) I will tell you what you can do: WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN!! Write to the White House write to Dianne Feinstein, she supports this thing. You don't think it has an effect? If we get 50 letters on something, we think it is a...
  • A Bush Summit To Baghdad Should Be The Road To Peace(Appeaser on Crack Alert!)

    03/13/2003 8:35:52 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 16 replies · 199+ views
    Seattle Times | March 12, 2003 | By William F. Lincoln, Special to The Times
    Historically, the greatest world leaders have taken uncharacteristic, even unpopular steps to ensure peace with justice and the security of their nation and the world. Uncharacteristic need not exemplify a novel act never before exhibited — simply action that is unusual or infrequent. President Richard Nixon's trip to China was uncharacteristic, as was Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's flight to Jerusalem. Surely, when three heads of state — Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter — delegated their normal presidential duties to others in order to have extended, concentrated and productive time together at Camp David, the act has to be considered...
  • Journalist Gets Up Close With Soldiers On The Eve Of War

    03/13/2003 6:49:34 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 2 replies · 202+ views
    Boston Herald | March 11, 2003 | By Jules Crittenden
    KUWAIT CITY - It's strangely quiet in Kuwait City today. A beautiful sunny day after the dust storms and rain of the past few days. As you read this, we're heading into the desert to live with the Joes, young American infantrymen and tankers, to wait with them for George W. Bush to pull the trigger on Saddam Hussein. I've got my hair cranked down in a high-and-tight - no need of dirt-trapping hair in the desert. I've got my gear cranked down in a ruck and a duffel. All my errands are run, and as I write I'm waiting...
  • Blunt Speaker Hides A Sharp Mind(Morning Dose of Rummy)

    03/13/2003 6:31:30 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 10 replies · 145+ views
    March 13, 2003 | March 13, 2003 | David Rennie
    Rumsfeld is known for steely intellect, writes David Rennie in Washington The stir caused by Donald Rumsfeld when he said Britain might not join the United States in a war with Iraq is far from his first brush with controversy. In an administration marked by tight control of its media message, the US defence secretary has achieved star status with his unusual candour and willingness to speak his thoughts aloud. Mr Rumsfeld often plays that candour for laughs, turning his Pentagon briefings into cult viewing, thanks to his frank refusal to answer sensitive questions, his whimsically archaic language, and the...
  • 'I Will Kill All My Persecutors. The List Is Long'(Kurdish Revenge)

    03/12/2003 11:36:50 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 18 replies · 134+ views
    London Daily Telegraph | March 12, 2003 | Staff
    Saddam's Kurdish victims are planning to exact a terrible revenge, finds Julius Strauss in Takia refugee camp When Wria Mustafa Kadr returns to his home in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, he knows exactly who he will kill first. "I don't need to write down their names," he said. "They burn in my mind. "First will be Daud, the deputy police chief in the city. Next will be Abuahmed, the director of security. I have lost everything and spent two years as a refugee because of those men." Sitting next to him in Takia refugee camp, 20 minutes' drive...
  • Reservist Objectors To Battle War Orders

    03/10/2003 6:43:04 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 46 replies · 323+ views
    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | March 6, 2003 | By Prashant Gopal, Staff Writer
    National Guard reservist Bryan Alarcon said "no" when his sergeant called looking for volunteers to go to Turkey as part of the U.S. military ramp-up to war. If he's ordered to go, Alarcon says, he'll refuse -- even if his decision lands him in jail. The 25-year-old West Palm Beach resident is among a small group of military personnel who have joined another fight -- the one building locally and across the country against war. Alarcon said he'd rather risk going to jail than participate in a conflict he considers immoral. He said he didn't apply for money from the...
  • 1 press conference = 2 impressions

    03/07/2003 5:21:26 AM PST · by Valin · 19 replies · 202+ views
    Mpls (red)Star Tribune ^ | 3/7/03 | Terry Collins and Randy Furst
    <p>Two Twin Cities couples with conflicting opinions on a war with Iraq came away with sharply different impressions after watching President Bush's news conference Thursday night.</p> <p>"One hundred years from now, I truly believe he will be ranked as one of top 10 presidents of all time," said Joe Repya, 56, of Eagan, a retired lieutenant colonel. He has created thousands of "Liberate Iraq" signs and distributed them throughout Minnesota.</p>
  • Graphic: Plan B (If Turkey Doesn't Let Us Use its Soil)

    03/05/2003 9:30:38 PM PST · by yonif · 19 replies · 172+ views
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  • Weapons Shop Helps Apaches Rain Hellfire

    03/05/2003 7:07:46 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 24 replies · 456+ views
    European Stars and Stripes ^ | March 4, 2003 | By Steve Liewer, Stars and Stripes
    CAMP UDAIRI, Kuwait — When Sgt. 1st Class Richard Martinez and his crew get done with an Apache helicopter, it’s filled with a bunch of nasty ways to get the bad guy. Martinez, 35, is the noncommissioned officer-in-charge of the armaments shop of the 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, an Apache maintenance unit from Illesheim, Germany. They work side-by-side with the 11th Aviation Regiment’s two attack squadrons, the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment and the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment. For now, Martinez and his crew work out of a series of box-shaped portable offices near the south end of...
  • Iranian Forces Complicate War Plans In Iraq

    03/05/2003 6:41:43 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 4 replies · 201+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 5, 2003 | By Borzou Daragahi, Associated Press
    KANICHNARA, Iraq — The fighters say they are Iraqi patriots who came to Kurdish northern Iraq to fight off foreign invaders — but the green telephone at their camp has a sticker identifying it as the property of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. They drive the beige Nissan Patrols favored by the Iranian military and speak Farsi, the language of Iran. They are Shi'ite warriors of the Badr Brigades — the military wing of an Iraqi opposition group based in Iran and supported by that country's Islamist leadership. And their presence is further complicating an already dangerous ethnic and military mix...
  • Saddam's Inner Circle Would Be Hunted Men In The Event Of War

    03/05/2003 6:37:08 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 4 replies · 136+ views ^ | March 4, 2003 | By Miles Benson, Newhouse News Service
    WASHINGTON -- If Saddam Hussein chooses to run rather than fight, U.S. officials say, a Who's Who of Evil would run with him in a stampede out of Baghdad. Even at this late date, voluntary exile remains an option for Iraq's president, officials say. But "all his henchmen" would have to follow the leader out of the country, said Ari Fleischer, President Bush's press secretary. "And that," Fleischer added, "is a fair number of people." Leading the parade of pariahs, experts say, would be Saddam's sons, Qusai and Odai, plus a rogues gallery of other villains -- household names in...
  • Reporters In The Ranks

    03/04/2003 7:01:28 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 8 replies · 198+ views
    Army Times ^ | March 10, 2003 | By William H. McMichael and Vince Crawley, Times staff writers
    DoD promises press freer access to war With the U.S. military on the verge of war with Iraq, the Pentagon plans to give the media a wide-ranging and essentially uncensored view of the fight. And if it does, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines will find themselves going into combat with reporters at their sides. The plan is ambitious and unprecedented. About 800 reporters, photographers and TV crews — 20 percent from non-U.S. media, including, possibly, the controversial Qatar-based network al-Jazeera — will be assigned slots in specific ground units, ships and headquarters throughout the combat zone. Once assigned, they will...
  • In Normandy, 'We Have Not Forgotten'

    03/04/2003 6:53:04 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 13 replies · 233+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 4, 2003 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
    French people liberated by U.S. forces in WWII say they are still grateful, but they oppose war with Iraq. STE. MERE-EGLISE, France - Roger Coueffin was 5 years old and terrified, that June night in 1944. He remembers shattered glass and choking dust. Bombs flattened his neighbor's house in the village of Carentan, and American parachutists filled the skies like angels with chocolates. Nearly 59 years later, he receives every U.S. vet who makes the pilgrimage to Ste. Mere-Eglise, the first French town liberated by Americans on D-Day. They have a coffee or a Stella Artois beer in Stop Bar,...
  • Journalists Prepare To See War From The Battlefield

    03/04/2003 6:32:47 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 2 replies · 145+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 4, 2003 | By Jennifer Harper
    No guns, no cologne, a Kevlar helmet and free combat rations: Journalists mobilize to cover a war with Iraq. It's a complex and sobering business for members of the "embedded media," who will cover combat from the field rather than a hotel rooftop somewhere in Jordan or Saudi Arabia. "The military will notify your news media organization in the event that you are injured or killed," a U.S. Marine advisory tells journalists, who will arrive at eight staging sites beginning tomorrow. Press members are not allowed to carry weapons, wear bright clothes or use "scented products." They are advised to...
  • End Around (French-bashing political cartoon by Cox and Forkum)

    03/03/2003 6:38:30 PM PST · by Joe Bonforte · 5 replies · 195+ views
    Cox and Forkum weblog ^ | 2 March 2003 | Cox and Forkum