Category Archives: Iraq
Normally ESPN isn’t the best source for news about Iraq but today they had a story that is difficult to describe. So I’ll just post it verbatim:
BAGHDAD — Police say an Iraqi soccer player has been shot dead just as he was about to kick what could have been the tying goal in a weekend game south of Baghdad.
Police Maj. Muthanna Khalid says a striker from the Buhairat amateur team was facing only the goalie during a Sunday match in Hillah when a supporter of the rival Sinjar club shot him in the head in the final minute of play.
Sinjar was leading 1-0 when the shooting occurred. Khalid said a spectator was arrested.
More Iraqis are turning out for sports events now that security is improving. Major matches in Baghdad are heavily guarded but security in amateur games in smaller cities is often lax.
A new report says a half-built prison in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq, will probably never be used.
This CNN article details what Iraqi residents in the Diyala region nicknamed “the whale,” a $40 million high-security prison that will probably never hold a single inmate because construction is halted. The prison has been called theÂ biggest mistake in the US-led rebuilding of Iraq’s infrastructure, and it serves as a symbol for the botched reconstruction effeort-and the failure of the US to comprehensively address the massive problems the conflict in Iraq have caused. Stuart W. Bowen Jr., the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, whose oversight jurisdiction covers $50 billion in U.S. funds appropriated by Congress for Iraq, argues the unstable environment caused by ongoing sectarian violence makes effective rebuilding impossible-
The massive reconstruction initiative was marked by waste and failures caused by blinkered and disjointed pre-war planning — and was pursued amid deteriorating securityâ€¦This question underscores an overarching hard lesson from Iraq: Beware of pursuing large-scale reconstruction programs while significant conflict continues. (more…)
The Republic of Estonia announced they would withdrawl all 34 troops they currently have deployed in Iraq.
What is the “coalition of the willing” coming to?Â Estonia, why have you betrayed us!!!!!!!
Coming up this weekend National geographic Channel will air a special all about Air force One. In this clip, President Bush’s secret 2003 Thanksgiving trip to Iraq is described. It was so secret, only a handful of people were aware it was going down…not even the air traffic controllers.
This may be far less common in Iraq very soon
For all of us who cringe in disgustÂ whenever we hear the name Blackwater, good news! A new report from the State Department’s inspector general warns that Blackwater may not be allowed to operate in Baghdad next year. In addition to this, employees of contractors as a whole in Baghdad, not just Blackwater, are likely to start leaving in force if they lose immunity from criminal prosecution under Iraqi law, as is very likely to happen.
More than a year since the Sept 16 2007 killings of 17 Iraqis inÂ Nisoor Square five Blackwater guards surrendered themselves to federalÂ authoritiesÂ in Utah this morning. Â Soon after their surrender this morning each man was charged with 14 counts of manslaughter, 20 counts attempted manslaughter, and 1 count using an automatic weapon to commit a violent crime.Â (more…)
Best Quotes Ever
9:15- “Look at da tobacco industry….”
9:18 -”Patriotic is saying “Darlin’ yer not always da solution, in fact yer da problem”
9:23-”Well the good thing about running with John McCain is he doesn’t tell something to one group and then run and tell something else to another group” (more…)
Barack Obama on Iraq and Afghanistan
-Barack Obama was against the War in Iraq from the very beginning. He was willing to take a bold political stance and buck the bipartisan conventional wisdom in Washington and 60% of the American people to oppose the war. Not only did he oppose it, but he opposed it for prescient reasons, warning of â€œan occupation of undetermined length, with undetermined costs, and undetermined consequencesâ€.
-In January 2007, Barack Obama introduced legislation that would responsibly end the war in Iraq, with a phased withdrawal of combat troops.
His plan for Iraq and Afghanistan:
-Barack Obama favors a timeline for withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq. This would begin immediately and would involve the removal of 1 to 2 brigades per month until all active combat troops were removed. This timeline would be responsible and would be based on conditions on the ground, in consultation with our military officials on the ground and the Iraqi government.
-Our current policy gives the Iraqi government a blank check for their current lack of action and political will. Only a strict timetable for withdrawal will create the necessary impetus for concessions and power-sharing within the Iraqi government. This will be accompanied with a surge in diplomacy led by the Obama administration to negotiate directly with Iraqâ€™s neighbors to create a stake for them in Iraqâ€™s future. It will also go along with the will of the Iraqi leaders and the Iraqi people.
-Withdrawal of troops from Iraq will allow us to focus on the war in Afghanistan, which has been neglected as part of an effort to engage in an unnecessary war in Iraq. The Taliban is resurgent within the country and al-Qaeda has been re-emerging to plot another attack. Our armed forces are already overstretched right now and we should be allocating these scarce resources on the place where it is needed the most.
Statistics to Know:
-The War in Iraq has cost $556, 126, 220, 837 as of 12:46 AM on September 22, 2008 and over 175 million just for Ann Arbor alone
-4148 US soldiers have died in Iraq and 587 have died in Afghanistan
-70% of Iraqis want us to leave, including the Prime Minister
â€œHere is the truth: fighting a war without end will not force the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future. And fighting in a war without end will not make the American people safer.
So when I am Commander-in-Chief, I will set a new goal on day one: I will end this war. Not because politics compels it. Not because our troops cannot bear the burden- as heavy as it is. But because it is the right thing to do for our national security, and it will ultimately make us safer.â€
â€”Barack Obama, Clinton, Fayetteville, North Carolina, March 19, 2008
There’s no doubt in my mind that once these people are gone that we will be welcomed as liberators.”- John McCain 3/24/03-Hardball
This video is terrifying. We don’t want Obama as president, we need him as president. Otherwise, the entire world must face the dire consequences or war and destruction. Do we want the next Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be in the United States? It’s in our hands. I’m not authorized to add media but here is the link. Please watch it and pass it along.
**If video is not working, here’s a direct link.
On another note, I distinctly remember Jon Stewart singing “Bomb Iran” as a parody to the beach boys song about 2 years ago. It’s not appropriate for a republican politician to make the same jokes as a liberal comedian.Â Perhaps this video was what John McCain planned on using as his war logic.
First of all, I’ll join Nathaniel in calling attention to the massive, but forgotten story of Prime Minister al-Maliki’s endorsement of Sen. Obama’s Iraq plan. Like Nathaniel, it’s only in blogs and opinion journals that I find an admission of how earth-shaking this announcement is. This ought to be the one and only domestic story in any serious journalistic outlet. Instead, it’s easier to find Joe Lieberman’s Sharptonesque rhymes (“chose to lose” “retreat and defeat”) on CNN. Â If the US ignores (as it surely will under a President McCain) the expressed wishes of a democratic government that our troops end the occupation of their territory, the entire premise of the Iraq War will come tumbling down. We will prove that we have not created an independent democracy and that, regardless of our intentions at the war’s outset, we have instead devolved into old-fashioned imperialism and colonialism despite the Kiplingesque justifications we will doubtless hear. (more…)