Archive for May 28th, 2007

Roundup Of Violence In Iraq

by- Suzie-Q @ 4:29 PM MST

Photo- HuffPo

The daily Iraq violence report is compiled by McClatchy Newspapers in Baghdad from police, military and medical reports. This is not a comprehensive list of all violence in Iraq, much of which goes unreported.


- Around mid-day on Monday, police were ambushed responding to a call telling them that two mini buses had been taken by gunmen from Bab Al-Muadham to Fadhil area( east Baghdad). In the ensuing clash three policemen were killed and seven injured.

- At 2pm, a car bomb exploded near the Ghailani mosque, one of the loliest shrines for Sunni in Baghdad. At least 22 people were killed and 30 injured.

- Around 3 pm, a roadside bomb exploded near the Adila Khatoon mosque killing two and injuring five.

DIYALA ( 66 km north of Baghdad)

- Early in the day, gunmen opened fire on a police patrol at Ameen neighborhood north of Baquba, killing a police officer.

- Before mid-day, a squad of the fifth division of the Iraqi army raided a site in Shaqraq village north of Muqdadiya ( 45 km north east of Baghdad) killing four terrorists. They seized a large cache of weapons and ammunition.

- After mid-day, police patrol found two dead bodies in Doura neighborhood north Baquba. The corpses had bullet wounds in their heads and chests and signs of torture.

- Around 1 pm, gunmen killed one civilian and injured three when they opened fire on them at Saisabana village on the Baquba-Balad Rouz highway east of Baghdad.

- Around mid-day, an armed group opened fire randomly at Barawana village in Muqdadiya ( 45 km north east Baghdad) killing one civilian and injuring three.

SALAHUDDIN (175 km north of Baghdad)

- Sunday night, gunmen kidnapped 40 people on the Baghdad-Tikrit highway south of Samara (110 km north of Baghdad). All were from the Jibour and Shimar tribes whose members have formed a council of tribes to drive out terrorists.

KIRKUK ( 255 km north of Baghdad)

- Around 9 pm Sunday, a roadside bomb exploded when a police patrol passed through Awashra village on the main road of Hawija –Fatha ( west of Kirkuk. Three policemen were injured.

- At 5 am Monday, joint forces raided Sufra village near Kirkuk –Biji route (west Kirkuk) and took four into custody.


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Posted by Anthony @ 23:26 BST

Michael Roston
Raw Story
Published: Monday May 28, 2007

A top aide to White House political adviser Karl Rove has ‘cleared out her office,’ according to a report in Monday’s Washington Post. Sara Taylor, Rove’s top lieutenant, has seen her name brought up in recent months in Congressional hearings relating to the firing of 8 US Attorneys.

“Taylor, 32, was one of the first people put on the payroll of the Bush campaign,” writes Michael Fletcher in the new ‘At the White House’ column. “Taylor cleared out her office early last week. She plans to take her skills to the private sector.”

Taylor is described by Fletcher as skilled in ‘microtargeting,’ the practice of identifying voting constituencies at their most elemental levels. She has also come up as a potential target for a subpoena from the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, as RAW STORY has earlier reported.

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Afternoon Jukebox… Teardrop On The Fire

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:03 PM MST

When I first saw this video about a year ago, the death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq was approximately 2,500.

The May death toll for U.S. troops in Iraq is 103 bringing a total of at least 3,455 according to Iraq Coalition Casualty Count

It’s long overdue, that we, as Americans stand up and demand an end to this war!

Not Just a Number (Song- Massive Attack- Teardrop)

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Driving Those Gas-Guzzlers On Memorial Day

by- Suzie-Q @ 12:16 PM MST

It’s Memorial Day in America / Everybody’s on the road / Let’s remember our fallen heroes / Y’all be sure and drive slow

– James McMurtry, “Memorial Day”

Gas prices are at all-time highs, yet more drivers — 38 million total — are expected to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend.

Why? The folks at AAA (the American Automobile Association) say it’s “America’s love for the motorist and love for the car.”

That’s spin to make you think there’s nothing that can be done to break our dependency on oil.

People still drive with high gas prices because they have no choice! Not out of blind love for a vehicle.

We don’t have policies to provide accessible, affordable alternative fuels and mass transit options.

People need to get to work, see their families and friends, and relax on vacations. The only choice we have is to drive with fossil fuels or be hermits.

That’s why we’re oil dependent, so dependent that it almost doesn’t matter how high prices go. People are compensating in other ways, vacationing closer to home and staying in cheaper accommodations.

As I’m driving on Memorial Day, I’ll be thinking about the honorable men and women who have given their lives in service to their country, regardless of the quality of their civilian leadership. And I’ll be thinking about the fossil fuel that I’m presently powerless to stop burning.

And then I’ll think about how those two thoughts might be related.


Asylum Street Spankers- Stick Magnetic Ribbons on Your SUV

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Why are we Here? (A Soldier in Iraq Asks)

Posted by Basheert @ 9:01 AM MST

In honor of Memorial Day, I thought you’d all like to read this. His email is attached and I sent him a response thanking him for his sacrifice. Although I have no idea yet, why he is there.

Happy Safe Memorial Day Friends – and hopefully the same to Donald.


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The Monica Problem…

by- Suzie-Q @ 8:33 AM MST

Political Air: Former Justice Department White House Liaison Monica Goodling (right) secured immunity from prosecution by testifying about the 2006 firings of eight U.S. attorneys for which many lawmakers are pressuring that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (left with President Bush) be fired.

Gonzales, the president’s lawyer and Texas buddy, is twisting slowly in the wind, facing a vote of no confidence from the Senate.

June 4, 2007 issue – The United States Department of Justice has not always been above politics. John F. Kennedy, after all, appointed his brother and consigliere Robert to be attorney general. But the Justice Department is supposed to stand for the rule of law—to be the enforcer of the laws of the United States, not the place presidents go to get around the law. Independence is an important tradition in the columned limestone building on Constitution Avenue. It is worth remembering that before Richard Nixon could find someone at the Justice Department willing to fire the Watergate special prosecutor in 1973, he had to accept the resignations of the attorney general, Elliot Richardson, and the deputy attorney general, William Ruckelshaus. (Solicitor General Robert Bork finally did the deed.)

So consider these scenes from March 2004, described by two former top Justice officials who, like other ex-officials interviewed by NEWSWEEK, did not wish to be identified discussing sensitive internal matters. Attorney General John Ashcroft is really sick. About to give a press conference in Virginia, he is stricken with pain so severe he has to lie down on the floor. Taken to the hospital for an emergency gallbladder operation, he hallucinates under medication as he lies, near death, in intensive care. On the night after his operation, he has two visitors: White House chief of staff Andrew Card and presidential counsel Alberto Gonzales. As described in public testimony, they want Ashcroft to sign a document authorizing the government’s top-secret eavesdropping program to go on. The attorney general, who thinks the program is illegal, refuses.

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Bush sanctions ‘black ops’ against Iran

Posted by Anthony @ 15:37 BST

Tim Shipman
London Telegraph
Sunday May 27, 2007

President George W Bush has given the CIA approval to launch covert “black” operations to achieve regime change in Iran, intelligence sources have revealed.

Mr Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilise, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs.
Under the plan, pressure will be brought to bear on the Iranian economy by manipulating the country’s currency and international financial transactions.

Details have also emerged of a covert scheme to sabotage the Iranian nuclear programme, which United Nations nuclear watchdogs said last week could lead to a bomb within three years.

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Podhoretz wants to bomb Iran

Posted by Anthony @ 15:20 BST

Podhoretz: Bush to Bomb Iran Before Leaving Office

“I believe,” Podhoretz told the Israel Broadcast Authority on May 24 (see video below), “contrary to what many people assume, that [Bush] will [attack Iran] before he leaves office, possibly shortly before he leaves office,” thus leaving the political fallout to the incoming president, more than likely a Democrat. “I think he agrees with the analysis that I offer that there is no alternative to military action.”

Of course, in order to sell this invasion of a sovereign nation, based on illusory claims the mullahs of Iran are in the process of building a nuclear bomb to use against Israel—a crackpot theory but one that remarkably has gained a degree of credence in the United States—Podhoretz and the neocons have erected an elaborate if preposterous edifice to support their Brothers Grimm fable about Iran.

“As the currently main center of the Islamofascist ideology against which we have been fighting since 9/11, and as (according to the State Department’s latest annual report on the subject) the main sponsor of the terrorism that is Islamofascism’s weapon of choice, Iran too is a front in World War IV. Moreover, its effort to build a nuclear arsenal makes it the potentially most dangerous one of all,” Podhoretz writes for the June issue of Commentary Magazine.

It is of course very convenient for Mr. Podhoretz to leave out the International Atomic Energy Agency. Last March, the IAEA “revealed that it has not found any evidence that Teheran had diverted material towards making atomic weapons…. In its report which has been circulated to its 35 board members, the IAEA said that its three years of investigations had not shown ‘any diversion of nuclear material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices’, the Associated Press reported.”

“A recent U.S. intelligence estimate found that Iran is further away from making bomb-grade uranium than previously thought, according to U.S. officials,” the Washington Post reported in August, 2005. “The IAEA, in its third year of an investigation in Iran, has not found proof of a weapons program.”

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Posted by Anthony @ 14:47 BST

Raw Story
Monday May 28, 2007

Many American soldiers who were once firm believers of the US mission in Iraq are starting to question why they are still in the country, reports the International Herald Tribune.

“In Mosul, in 2003, it felt like we were making the city a better place,” describes Staff Sergeant David Safstrom. “There was no sectarian violence, Saddam was gone, we were tracking down the bad guys. It felt awesome.”

But now on his third tour of duty, he has begun to question his mission. After killing a member of the Iraqi Army in the act of setting up a road side bomb, Safstrom began to wonder what he and his comrades were still doing in Iraq.

“We’re helping guys that are trying to kill us. We help them in the day. They turn around at night and try to kill us,” he said.

Only a small minority of the Delta Company soldiers, of which he is one, still firmly support the US involvement in the war in Iraq.

Safstrom rejects the contention made by made war supporters that if Americans leave to early, the country will descend into chaos. “If we stayed here for 5, even 10 more years, the day we leave here these guys will go crazy,” he told the IHT. “It would go straight into a civil war. That’s how it feels, like we’re putting a Band-Aid on this country until we leave here.”

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Posted by Anthony @ 14:03 BST

Expansion of Middle East oil war is a bipartisan imperative

by Larry Chin
Global Research, May 26, 2007

On May 22, 2007, Washington’s Democrats obediently capitulated to the Bush administration, handing Bush a war spending bill completely stripped of conditions that would, in any way, slow the administration’s relentless Middle East conflagration. In fact, the new bill is an even more egregious blank check for a massive “surge” of Bush administration violence throughout the region, opening the door for a war with Iran. New Iraq “benchmarks” pushed by the Democrats themselves will result in new atrocities and more bloodshed, funded by the Democrats themselves.

In refusing to definitively corner a scandalized Bush administration, the Democratic Party leadership has earned itself a tidal wave of rage, vitriol and disgust from Americans who harbor any illusions that the Democrats have any intention of ending the war, or “bringing the troops home”.(see Entire US government failed us on Iraq by Keith Olbermann, and Funding Iraq occupation without deadlines or time lines is a travesty)

The Democrats’ open betrayal of their own constituents, their resounding slap in the face to the vast majority of the American people (70% of whom oppose the war) lays bare the true nature of the Democratic Party, and the US government itself. Dick Cheney stated with smug confidence weeks ago that the Democrats would surrender. Now, the Democrats have not only tossed away their own credibility, and their dreams of future political gain. They have fully revitalized Bush-Cheney and the Republicans.

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