Sending mentally ill soldiers back to Iraq
Now word comes that “mentally ill” troops are being sent back to Iraq. [See: Some troops headed back to Iraq are mentally ill] This article refers to “a little-discussed truth fraught with implications,” but the implications discussed all have to do with the effects on the soldiers being returned, and these soldiers’ “effectiveness in combat.” In many instances, being returned to combat, and to a state of constant tension, will exacerbate the soldier’s problems, the article — correctly — suggests.
Time to Talk War Crimes
In a world where might did not make right, George W. Bush, Tony Blair and their key enablers would be in shackles before a war crimes tribunal at the Hague, rather than sitting in the White House, 10 Downing Street or some other comfortable environs in Washington and London.
Iraq’s Missing Billions
“In a dilapidated maternity and paediatric hospital in Diwaniyah, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Zahara and Abbas, premature twins just two days old, lie desperately ill. The hospital has neither the equipment nor the drugs that could save their lives. On the other side of the world, in a federal courthouse in Virginia, US, two men – one a former CIA agent and Republican candidate for Congress, the other a former army ranger – are found guilty of fraudulently obtaining $3m (£1.7m) intended for the reconstruction of Iraq.
Bush Signs Statements to Bypass Torture Ban
When President Bush signed a law banning torture he quietly signed a statement saying he could bypass it. Earlier this month, Bush signed the USA Patriot Act but signed a statement that said he did not consider oversight rules binding. We speak with the Boston Globe reporter who broke the story.
So You Still Think the Press is Free
So it took several weeks, not a year this time, for the NY Times to print information related to George W. Bush breaking the law. Yes, The NY Times, even though they ignored the first documents indicating such, finally reported about the second smoking gun memo indicating that the Bush administration intended on going to war with Iraq regardless if there was a legitimate reason for going to war. They even planed to provoke Iraq into a war.
National Security or National Scare-You-Ity?
I do not want the Unites States to protect me from international terrorists. There, I said it. Keep your protection. Forgive me if my logic does not exactly fall in line with the nation’s illogic but I am tired of watching virtually every resource in our nation be diverted to protecting us from a threat that is not only mathematically improbable but may actually be self inflicted.
¤ 40 recruits killed at Iraq base
¤ U.S. Makes Seized Iraqi Documents Public
¤ Washington Post’s left-baiting blogger is fired for plagiarism
¤ Dozens feared dead in suicide attack on Iraq military base
¤ US soldiers kill 22 in attack on Baghdad mosque
¤ U.S. Raid Irks Shiites; Bombing Kills 40
Troops accused of mosque massacre
US troops have mounted two raids against Iraqi Shiite forces in Baghdad, killing up to 20 gunmen in a raid on a radical mosque and arresting more than 40 Interior Ministry personnel guarding a secret prison. Details were sketchy today, but the two operations looked like US strikes against sectarian Shiite militias of the kind the US ambassador has said must be eliminated if Iraq is to form a unity government and halt a slide toward civil war.
¤ DEATH OF A NATION
¤ Spy vs. Spy in Iraq
¤ The conflict after Israel’s elections
¤ US Soldiers Massacre 22 in Baghdad Mosque
¤ Justice and Impunity in Latin America
¤ Are We Done Killing Children, Yet?
How President Bush has unified Latin America
Has Latin America ever had such a unifying figure? At political rallies, his visage is held aloft as a beacon to regional independence and self-determination. He’s helped forge new trade partnerships to spur economic growth and alleviate poverty. And his leadership has fanned a gale-force electoral trend that’s sweeping the hemisphere to topple one pro-Washington government after the next.
¤ World Media Watch
¤ Bombing Civilians is Not Only Immoral,
¤ Inside Our Unbrave Media World
¤ Avoiding the hard questions
¤ The Most Successful Fraud in American History
¤ When The Blind Leads The Blind
The Evil Men Do
Naturally DC has been lying about the danger all along, but the unexamined issue is why did they decide to use these weapons at all? Why did we need armor piercing ordinance against “enemies” who had no armor? Were we up against tanks and battleships in the Balkans and Afghanistan? Were Iraqi tanks impervious to conventional weapons? Are mud-brick buildings really that tough? What is the point of seeding a region with radioactive aerosols and dust that will kill for generations to come? Only one comes to mind: Depopulate the region.