The War in Iraq
Several Blackwater contracts obtained by The News & Observer open a small window into the multibillion-dollar world of private military contractors in Iraq. The contracts show how costs can add up when the government uses private military contractors to perform tasks once handled by the Army. Keep reading
Use of private contractors in Iraq proves costly
Cheney Energy Task Force documents feature map of Iraqui Oilfields.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group
that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse,
said today that documents turned over by the Commerce Department,
under court order as a result of Judicial Watch’s Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit concerning the activities of the Cheney
Energy Task Force, contain a map of Iraqi oilfields, pipelines, refineries
and terminals, as well as 2 charts detailing Iraqi oil and gas projects,
and “Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts.” The
documents, which are dated March 2001, are available on the Internet
at: www.JudicialWatch.org. Keep
Entre padre e hijo estadounidenses
Pentagon hiding reality of toll from war in Iraq
The Army concludes that at least 21 soldiers committed suicide in
A Little Perspective
This is the nail in the Iraq War's coffin for any
sane, thinking individual, regardless of their political stripe.
(Thanks to Tom Paine.com and the Center for American Progress.)
To get some perspective, here are some real-life
comparisons about what $87 billion means:
$87 Billion is more than the combined total of all
State budget deficits in the United States. The Bush administration
proposed absolutely zero funds to help states deal with these deficits,
despite the fact that their tax cuts drove down state revenues.
[Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities].
$87 Billion is enough to pay the 3.3 million people
who have lost jobs under George W. Bush $26,363.00 each! The unemployment
benefits extension passed by Congress at the beginning of this year
provides zero benefits to workers who exhausted their regular, state
unemployment benefits and cannot find work [Source: Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities].
$87 Billion is more than double the total amount
the government spends on Homeland Security. The U.S.spends about
$36 billion on homeland security. Yet, Sen. Warren Rudman (R- NH.)
wrote, Americawill fall approximately $98 .4 billion short of meeting
critical emergency responder needs for homeland security without
a funding increase. [Source: Council on Foreign Relations].
$87 Billion is 87 times the amount the Federal Government
spends on After School Programs. George W. Bush proposed a budget
that reduces the $1 billion for after-school programs to $600 million
cutting off about 475,000 children from the program. [Source: The
Republican-dominated House Appropriations Committee].
$87 Billion is more that 10 times what the Government
spends on all environmental Protection. The Bush administration
requested just $7.6 billion for the entire Environmental Protection
Agency. This included a 32 percent cut to water quality grants,
a 6 percent reduction in enforcement staff, and a 50 percent cut
to land acquisition and conservation. [Source: Natural Resources
There you go. In black and white. A few million
of you will receive this letter. Please share the above with at
least a half-dozen people today and tomorrow. I, like you, do not
want to see another approval rating over 50 percent.
Iraq Deaths Are Guardsmen, Reservists.
they prepare to increase their role in Iraq including more combat
duty, soldiers with the Army National Guard and Army Reserve already
are experiencing a bigger share of U.S. military deaths there.
Iraq and Liberal Interventionism in American Foreign
Policy– PART 1
by Larry DeWitt
Intimations of Greatness-
In mid-November the President of
the United States stood in historic 17th century Banqueting House
of Whitehall Palace in London and spoke to the British aristocracy–and
through the media to the British people and to the world–about
the war in Iraq. The Banqueting House haS been the setting for state
banquets and for similar speeches for nearly four hundred years.
On that afternoon in November 2003 the speaker of the moment reminded
a listener of no one so much as Winston Churchill, who roamed the
rooms of Whitehall for sixty years himself. This was a surprising
invocation since the speaker was George W. Bush, he of the fractured
syntax and, up to now, a mind like a mullet and a soulfulness little
deeper than a college frat boy. And yet it was indeed George W.
Bush, and the words he spoke, and the depth of conviction with which
he spoke them, could only be fairly described as Churchillian. There
were, I would even say, intimations of greatness in that speech.
November Deadliest Month in Iraq. Keep
In the past seven months, at least 11 soldiers and
three Marines have committed suicide in Iraq, military officials
say. That is an annual rate of 17 per 100,000. The Navy also is
investigating one possible suicide. And about a dozen other Army
deaths are under investigation and could include suicides.
"The war on terrorism as pursued by the Bush Administration
cannot be won. On the contrary, it may bring about a permanent state
of war. Terrorists will never disappear. They will continue to provide
a pretext for the pursuit of American supremacy. That pursuit, in
turn, will continue to generate resistance. Further, by turning
the hunt for terrorists into a war, we are bound to create innocent
victims. The more innocent victims there are, the greater the resentment
and the better the chances that some victims will turn into perpetrators".
George Soros. Keep