Category: War in Iraq

  • Marine in Haditha 'Ordered to Kill Women and Children'

    This is terrible: “I told him there were women and kids inside there. He said ‘Well, shoot them,”’ Lance-Cpl Mendoza told prosecutor Lieutenant Colonel Sean Sullivan. “And what did you say to him?” Lt-Col Sullivan asked. “I said ‘But they’re just women and children.’ He didn’t say nothing.”

  • Pentagon to White House: "Here, George. Hold This."

    From DailyKos: “The professional military guys are going to the non-professional military guys and saying ‘Resolve this,’” said Jeffrey White, a military analyst for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “That’s what it sounds like.” White said it suggests that the military commanders want to be able to distance themselves from Iraq strategy by […]

  • How Fear of Death Turns Us Into Imperialist, Xenophobic Assholes

    From The New Republic: Over the next decade, the three performed similar experiments to illustrate how awareness of death could provoke worldview defense. They showed that what they now called “mortality salience” affected people’s view of other races, religions, and nations. … When they would ask sub- jects to make judgments immediately following the mortality […]

  • Baghdad Without Water: 117 Degrees, 6 Million People

    Occupying forces must provide critical infrastructure:  Major parts of the city of six million people have lacked running water for six days, while daily high temperatures have ranged from 115 to 120 degrees. The tiny amount of water dripping through the pipes is causing many of those who must drink it to suffer acute intestinal […]

  • New Bin Laden Tape Five Years Old?

    Try this on for size: A videotape that was heralded as “new” footage of Osama bin Laden by many quarters of the press has been conclusively proven to be more than 5 year old re-released footage, leading to questions about why the government and the media continue to act as willing propagandists for the terrorists […]

  • Nearly Half of Iraq Insurgents From Saudi Arabia

    Do you ever feel like the two taboo countries to talk about are Israel and Saudi Arabia? More media failure: The Los Angeles Times reports today that according to a senior U.S. military officer and Iraqi lawmakers, about 45% of all foreign militants “targeting U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians and security forces are from Saudi […]

  • Bill Kristol is Always Wrong

    Whatever he’s smoking, I want some: We’re not in a civil war. This is just not true. American troops are attacking al Qaeda. They’re attacking some elements of the Shi’a militias. They’re doing other things, helping with reconciliation. They are not in the middle of a civil war. It’s not true. [youtube]Eo66pm4kMHU[/youtube] (via ThinkProgress)

  • US Soldier Boasts of Torture and Rape

  • Voters Losing Patience with Dems in Congress

    Glad I’m not the only one. In a Reuters dispatch on June 18, Democratic leaders in Congress concede that voters are angry with them for not doing enough to end the Iraq War. They might have added that voters are also angry at them for not impeaching the president or even for moving on Rep. […]

  • MoveOn Wusses Out on The War

    Boils down to ‘if the Democrats keep the war going and let the GOP screw themselves they have better chance of winning in 2008′” If MoveOn were serious about ending the war, now would be an opportune moment to mobilize its millions of members and make it finally happen. Instead, its current strategy is dead […]