SADDAM CAUGHT..... WAR OVER..... LET'S GO HOME!
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Saturday, April 05, 2003
No, It's NOT a Crusade...
But if you want a bath in Najaf, you have to get baptized. (And sit thru 2 hours of sermonizing.)
No, and its not about OIL either.
(Both from Atrios.)
More Iraq Jokes
"U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan says he can think of no reason to attack Iraq right now. I can think of five off the top of my head: Shell, Exxon, Mobil, Texaco and BP." —Jay Leno
"President Bush said this Iraq situation looks like 'the rerun of a bad movie.' Well sure, there's a Bush in the White House, the economy's going to hell, we're going to war over oil. I've seen this movie, haven't I?" —Jay Leno
"As we head to war with Iraq, President Bush wants to make one thing clear: This war is not about oil, it's about gasoline." —Jay Leno
and remember... when you're smiling...etc etc
I Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die Rag [updated for 2003]
well its 1,2,3 what're we fighting for?
don't ask I don't give a whack/
Next stop is I-raq...
Courtesy of commentor Junior LINK
Yes indeedy, you can comment here, ever since yesterday.
Repubs Want to LOWER Uranium Export Restrictions
Energy Bill May Ease Uranium Restrictions
Wed Apr 2, 1:02 PM ET, H. JOSEF HEBERT, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - A provision in draft energy legislation would ease restrictions on the export of highly enriched uranium, raising concerns among nuclear nonproliferation groups that it might make it easier for terrorists to get the material. LINK
After all, if we don't sell Uranium to terrorists, who will?
Iraq Jokes -Hope for the Humor Deprived
"The Pentagon said today they're sending another 100,000 troops into the Gulf. We have 250,000 there and another 100,000 on the way — it's Operation George Gone Wild." —Jay Leno
"The U.S. army confirmed that it gave a lucrative fire fighting contract in Iraq to the firm once run by the Vice President Dick Cheney without any competitive bidding. When asked if this could be conceived as Cheney's friends profiting from the war, the spokesman said 'Yes.'" —Conan O'Brien
"As fighting in Iraq intensifies, President Bush delivered his supplemental war budget to Congress. The money will cover 30 days of fighting, then we'll be sent one war every other month until we cancel our subscription." —Craig Kilborn LOTS MORE
After all, when you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you.
Maybe they DON'T have 'em?
...WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq has not used chemical weapons despite American fears that it would unleash them as U.S. troops neared Baghdad, prompting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to speculate on Thursday that the Iraqis are holding back in vain hope of a peace deal.
Defense officials and analysts said the failure of the Iraqis to use chemical or biological weapons might mean their military command-and-control system has been shattered or that officers in the field are refusing to carry out orders.
Analysts said the failure to use these weapons also might mean Iraq simply does not possess them, as it maintained before the U.S.-led war to rid the country of them. MORE
Sounds like elephant repellant to me.
US heavy-handedness baffles British
By Daniel McGory, April 03, 2003, SIDNEY MORNING HERALD
...British troops who have witnessed the Americans at close quarters in this war are baffled at their approach to Iraqi civilians. One captain in the Royal Marines, watching a US unit monitor a checkpoint, said: "The Americans are still behaving like invaders, not liberators. They behave as if they hate these people."
Many American troops speak as though they do.
You often hear them describe "Eye-rakis" in disparaging language. One US officer in charge of delivering humanitarian aid earlier this week likened the crush of people waiting to get hold of food and water to a pack of stray dogs.
His troops lashed at those pushing to the front with fists and rifle butts, even firing shots into the air.... MORE
Winning 'Hearts and Minds' as usual.
Guerrilla Warfare Has Made Monkeys Of Invading Forces
Chicago Tribune, Published: Apr 4, 2003
CHICAGO - At the height of Napoleon's power, Europe lay at his feet. The French emperor could make and break kings as he pleased. But when he put his brother on the throne of Spain in 1808, the nation's unhappy peasants responded with a tactic that utterly baffled Napoleon, perhaps the greatest general in history.
Small bands of lightly armed Spaniards fell upon French soldiers when and where least expected, and then faded back into the countryside before a counterattack could be mounted. As a result, Napoleon was compelled to keep large forces tied down in Spain that he desperately needed elsewhere when his empire began to crumble.
``The lion in the fable tormented to death by a gnat gives a true picture of the French army,'' observed a contemporary, the Abbe de Pradt.
The Spanish word for war is guerra, and in that language, guerrilla is a band that wages war. The word has been adopted by English to describe the unconventional, hit-and-run warfare and those who wage it. And it is guerrilla warfare that is bedeviling U.S.-led forces in Iraq. MORE
THIS is the real danger, the real quagmire. Not the failure to conquer, but the failure to hold on. BTW anyone paying attention to Afghanistan lately?
Reality Check (R Rated) Thanks to Drayton and Kate
"You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named 'Bush', 'Dick', and 'Colon.' Need I say more?"
-- comedian Chris Rock
Friday, April 04, 2003
US Forces using Human Shields?
US forces use schools for cover
By Russell Skelton in northern Iraq, April 4 2003, Sidney Morning Herald
United States special forces have taken up strategic positions in three secondary schools located in a densely populated residential area of a city in northern Iraq.
The schools, which have been closed since the war began, are located near a prominent Christian church and within 200 metres of a United Nations complex.
The decision to locate the special forces in a residential area appears to run counter to US policy. The Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, recently criticised Iraq for placing key military units and weaponry in and around mosques, hospitals and schools in both Baghdad and Basra. MORE
Ex-CIA director: U.S. faces 'World War IV'
From Charles Feldman and Stan Wilson, CNN
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) --Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Wednesday the United States is engaged in World War IV, and that it could continue for years.
In the address to a group of college students, Woolsey described the Cold War as the third world war and said "This fourth world war, I think, will last considerably longer than either World Wars I or II did for us. Hopefully not the full four-plus decades of the Cold War." MORE
Is Reality starting to imitate Cosmic Iguana?
Billmon at Kos notes Iraqi Dissident Kanan Makaya, author of Republic of Fear, the first to "out" Saddam as a Grade-A Tyrant (back when he and Rummy were doing chemical weapons deals), is calling for a holistic process of De-Baathification (as in): "De-Baathification in Iraq needs to be defined as a holistic social process."
Hmmm. . . a holistic social process. Complete with deep encounter groups, aromatherapy and weekends at the Esalen Institute, perhaps?
Now the first thing that popped into my head when I read that was an image of Stuart Smalley trying to help Saddam Hussein get in touch with his inner tyrant. (Saddam: "I'm good enough. I'm smart enough, and gosh darn it, I. . I. . I will EXTERMINATE THE ZIONIST SCUM WITH CHEMICAL WEAPONS!"
I think Billmon "bought the Iguana" here. But then he goes on with an interesting insight:
Then I remembered a passage from Republic of Fear. It concerned a combination riot/revolt that broke out in the city of Mosul in 1959, shortly after the Iraqi monarchy was overthrown (page 237 in the Pantheon paperback edition):
For four days and four nights Kurds and Yezdis stood against Arabs; Assyrian and Aramean Christians against Arab Moslems; the Arab tribe of Albu Mutaiwat against the Arab tribe of Shammar; the Kurdish tribe of al-Gargariyyah against Arab Albu Mutaiwat; the peasants of the Mosul country against their landlords; the soldiers of the Fifth brigade against their officers; the periphery of the city of Mosul against the center; the plebians of the Arab quarters of Al-Makkawi and Wadi Hajar against the aristocrats of the Arab quarter of ad-Dawwash; and within the quarter of Bab al-Baid, the family of al-Rajabu aggainst its traditional rivals, the Aghawat. It seemed as if all social cement dissolved and all political authority vanished.
In other words, a pretty close approximation of what the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes called "the war of the all against the all."
A very "holistic" social process indeed.
Here at Cosmic Iguana we call it getting in touch with your "inner Thomas Hobbes", a fellow colleagues referred to as being "nasty, brutish and short" :O)
One thing is for sure with this war, nasty and brutish as it is, the blowback will be anything but short.
Ministry of Destruction
War, war, war, if that is not enough, we now have Hawaii attempting to revert back to a Kingdom or anti-americanism (Anti-patriot act). The true battle is not in Iraq, but in our halls of justice. How can we outlaw civil disobedience or war protesting in Oregon or fire PBS anchors for supporting the war? I smell a movie, (Minority Report) oracle-izing. Big Brother and his little brother are coming.Will the sisters be waiting for them? The U.S. command and control report that Saddam Airport (Baghdad) is taken, Iraq command reports that it is not. This is not war, it's a shouting match. ("We took it" "No You Didn't". If this was a real war, we would blow them up, all of them, but we are trying to out moral them. Why don't we send Jerry Falwell. He could lead the convoy into Baghdad. And how come no one's attacked Israel? Saddam is like a pop the weasel toy, we play a tune using bombs to keep the beat and he pops up. We roll on his towns and he pops up. I wonder who is winding the spring. Tony Blair says Coalition has no plans to attack Syria and Iraq, that's not what Rumsfeld (Filled with Rum) said. And if we did have plans, don't you think we would tell them? Maybe.
Just in from the minister of disinformation, Ari (you lying) Fleischer: definition of victory" was removing the current government from power and eliminating the country's alleged weapons of mass destruction." What! What about getting Saddam and Osama? What if there are no WMD? Hmm? And how about the Orwellian langauge about Iraq's american ministers: Timothy Carney, a former ambassador to Sudan, is preparing to run Iraq's Ministry of Industry, while Robin Raphel, former ambassador to Tunisia, has been penciled in to run the Ministry of Trade, the officials said. Kenton Keith, a former ambassador to Qatar, would run the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S. officials said." (Yahoo.com-News). All hail to the ministers.
Thursday, April 03, 2003
You heard it here first!
U.S. Plans a Parallel Regime
Greg Miller and Esther Schrader, LA Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon hopes to topple the Iraqi leadership without a full-scale invasion of Baghdad by seizing the nation's key levers of power and installing a new interim government even before Saddam Hussein's regime has been deposed, military and administration officials said Thursday.
I have been predicting pretty much this scenario for the last 10 days including right here.
How did I know? Chalk it up to my direct pipeline to the Collective Unconscious :O)
Moonie Cult Members Given Bush Administration Posts
Another member of the Rev. Moon cult has been given a high post in the Bush Administration. The Moonies have been long time supporters of the Bush Family and own The Washington Times. See Link.
Last week, the Moonies who had been well-integrated into the religous Right, told their followers to "tear down their crosses" because Christian churches have not accepted Rev. Moon as their savior. See LINK
I, for one, have no problem with deranged cult members holding high office. What? Me worry?
Oregon Law Would Jail War Protesters as Terrorists
Wed April 2, 2003 09:01 PM ET, By Lee Douglas
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - An Oregon anti-terrorism bill would jail street-blocking protesters for at least 25 years in a thinly veiled effort to discourage anti-war demonstrations, critics say.
The bill has met strong opposition but lawmakers still expect a debate on the definition of terrorism and the value of free speech before a vote by the state senate judiciary committee, whose Chairman, Republican Senator John Minnis, wrote the proposed legislation.
Dubbed Senate Bill 742, it identifies a terrorist as a person who "plans or participates in an act that is intended, by at least one of its participants, to disrupt" business, transportation, schools, government, or free assembly. MORE
1984 is coming only 19 years late.
Ask not for whom the Shock and Awe is for... Its for YOU!
Please remain mesmerized by grainy live footage, ignore appalling larger schemes. Thank you.
Mark Morford, SF Chronicle:
...Just look at the startling pictures. Be mezmerized. Don't you support our troops? Of course you do. Genius PR, is what it is. One big reality-TV recruitment video.
Remember, this is an administration who truly believes you are insanely stupid. A full week into the war, and still no sign of WMDs? No sign of SCUD missiles, nuclear weapons, biological weapons, or chemical weapons? Oh well.
The shock and awe is not for Iraq. It's for you. The shock of all those dusty violent videophone images, awe at how you are seeing a mere raw sliver of the real-time action, live, straight from on the front lines. Are you stupefied yet? Are you waving your flag? ShrubCo certainly hopes so. Because if not, you might actually see what's really happening.
And god -- Bush's reborn righteous Christian God, that is -- knows, they can't have that. LINK
Iraq war spawns new Arab nationalist mood
By Paul Taylor
CAIRO (Reuters) - A new mood of Arab nationalism, fusing pan-Arab and Islamic themes, is sweeping the Middle East in reaction to the U.S.-led war on Iraq, denounced by many Arabs as a new colonial invasion.
Millions of Arabs are taking pride in Iraqi resistance against overwhelming odds, and some are venting anger at their own governments, seen as impotent to prevent or collaborating with the Anglo-American attack on an Arab, Muslim nation.
"The Iraqi resistance has liberated the Arab world from a very mundane self-image," said Mohamed Said of Cairo's al-Ahram Centre for Strategic Studies.
"It has rehabilitated some pride and dignity after three or four decades in which self-confidence in the region has been completely destroyed," he told Reuters.
The nationalist rhetoric pouring out of demonstrations, editorials, public appeals and petitions, unites pan-Arabist and Islamist discourse in an unstable mixture that is making some Arab governments increasingly nervous.MORE
See, folks, Bush IS a uniter. He's uniting the Arabs against us.
Wednesday, April 02, 2003
More Patriotic Tunes
Ya'll familiar with the noveau-classic "When you're happy and you know it bomb Iraq"? Here it is:
If you cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq.
If the markets are a drama, bomb Iraq.
If the terrorists are Saudi,
And your alibi is shoddy,
And your tastes remain quite gaudy,
If you never were elected, bomb Iraq.
If your mood is quite dejected, bomb Iraq.
If you think that SUVs,
Are the best thing since sliced cheese,
And your father you must please,
Bomb Iraq. MORE
Well, now there's a right wing song, "Its Time to Bomb Saddam". In the interests of fairness,
here's the link
Of course, what we are laughing about is the needless and immoral slaughter of innocent civilians, but to them we say, in the words of philosopher Ashleigh Brilliant:
My Country Right or Wrong?
As we descend into another Vietnam-like era, it might be good to revisit the famous quote:
Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong. ATTRIBUTION:Stephen Decatur (1779–1820), U.S. naval commander. Toast, April 1816, proposed at a banquet in Norfolk, Virginia, to celebrate Decatur’s victory over Algerian “Barbary pirates.” Quoted in A.S. MacKenzie, Life of Decatur, ch. 14.
The words were revived in a speech by Carl Schurz (1829-1906), German orator and later U.S. general and senator, to the U.S. Senate (January 17, 1872): “Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.” Source
and a personal favorite:
“My country, right or wrong” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying “My mother, drunk or sober.” ATTRIBUTION:Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936), British author. “Defence of Patriotism,” The Defendant (1901).
US attack on Iran would mean end of NATO
says top German Diplomat
Its ALL Spin:
Does he or Doesn't he? Watch TV That is..
...After nearly two weeks of war, officials give conflicting messages on the smallest details of Mr Bush’s daily routine, such as how much television coverage he is watching....
...White House officials said that the commander-in-chief had not watched the vivid television pictures of the "shock and awe" campaign over Baghdad ten days ago. The aim was to portray Mr Bush as a man sufficiently plugged into the US military campaign and that he didn’t need a television to tell him what was going on. But the image of a leader going about his domestic presidential duties while the US military campaign was played out on live television stretched credibility too far. It backfired when officials admitted that he had indeed been watching. The White House was further on the back foot after a close friend of the President recounted how Mr Bush had laughed at reports that he was not watching the war on TV.
A comment on the news website put it best:
RE:White House struggles to put Bush above TV
They could just portray him how he is... a complete moron. Does that play? LINK
This is cool
Woman POW rescued
By Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
Jessica Lynch, a 19-year-old Army private first class listed as missing in Iraq for nine days, has been rescued from an Iraqi hospital by U.S. special forces, military officials said Tuesday. LINK
Let's rescue ALL our troops and bring them home to safety.
More Evidence of Crappy Planning
Why Aren't There Enough Troops in Iraq?
By GEN. JOSEPH P. HOAR (Ret.)
DEL MAR, Calif. -- All of a sudden there is less talk of shock and awe, of lightning moves and a swift decision in the war in Iraq. Our leaders are preparing us for a long struggle. At the same time, the determined Iraqi resistance has led to more heated talk about whether there are sufficient ground troops in Iraq to do the job.
The fact is that more ground troops are needed. And more ground troops are on the way. The relevant questions are these: Will this second infusion be sufficient, and why weren't these troops there when the war started? MORE (reg. required)
Tuesday, April 01, 2003
DOE looks at Yucca options
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Project managers might ship nuclear waste by truck rather than rail to save money. LINK
That's great, instead of shipping nuclear waste by the safest possible method, ship it by the most dangerous possible.
BTW We don't need no stinkin' nukes!
Video Suggests U.S. Hit Useless Decoys - Analyst
Mon March 31, 2003 10:00 AM ET
DOHA (Reuters) - Iraqi aircraft destroyed by U.S. bombs in video shown on Monday at the daily U.S. briefing on the Iraq war looked like useless old decoys, British military analyst Paul Beaver said. MORE
Those Iraqis just don't play FAIR!
Britain's Mirror Hires Fired Veteran Reporter Arnett
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Daily Mirror said on Tuesday it had hired veteran U.S reporter Peter Arnett, sacked by American TV network NBC after he told Iraqi television the U.S. war plan against Saddam Hussein had failed.
"I report the truth of what is happening in Baghdad and will not apologize for it," he told the tabloid newspaper, one of the most prominent opponents of Britain's involvement in the war. LINK
blogger server problems today -apologies
CIA abandons attempts to get leaders to defect
Why didn't it work?  and most obvious - they'd rather have Saddam than the US and  even if they didn't, they wouldn't have trusted our offer to be genuine. (see "Why the 'Decapitation' attack didn't work"). Did I told you so, or did I told you so?
French and Coalition troops threaten to enter US
(Washington DC) A coalition of French, Chinese and Russian troops threatened to enter the US today, after a deadline giving American leader George Bush 48 hours to leave the country expired. Coalition invasion plans include a devastating bombardment of Washington DC and Republican Party headquarters around the country designed to "shock and awe" resistance to a minimum.
American and British delegations protested at the UN, but diplomats from the three coalition nations walked out, saying the UN had become irrelevant.
"Look, the Americans have by far the world's largest storehouse of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons" France's ambassador pointed out, "and by refusing to sign treaties banning and limiting them, they have shown that they may be willing to use them in the future"
"They are the only country in the world to have used nuclear weapons on another country," he added.
He pointed out that Bush took power in a judicial coup d'etat after losing his election, and assumed dictatorial powers in the two years since then.
"He is a barbarian," said another French diplomat, "As governor he executed over 150 of his own people, many of whom were innocent of any crime."
He is also suspected of engineering the deaths of political enemies, including Senator Paul Wellstone and Bush biographer J.W. Hatfield, both of whom died under suspicious circumstances.
One Swiss diplomat pointed to Bush's suspension of civil liberties, "Only a callous dictator such as Bush would detain hundreds or thousands of people in jails for many months without charges and with no access to legal help."
A number of those detainees have attempted suicide in recent weeks.
Yet another diplomat pointed to Bush's terrorist connections: "His family has had long time links to the Bin Ladin family, and to the CIA, both known terrorist organizations that have killed thousands of people in his own country and around the world."
French authorities also minimized the significance of recent polls which showed Bush's approval rising in the wake of the confrontation with France. "What else would you expect when all they hear every day is government and corporate propaganda?"
Still, many countries have condemned the threatened invasion, which was taken without UN approval, due to potential vetos by the US and Britain.
"It is never right to attack another country unless there is an immediate threat," said the Canadian Ambassador. "Just because they might attack another country in five years is not a valid justification. If that is the criteria, we will soon all be attacking one another."
As if to underscore that point, Mexico today threatened to invade Honduras, which it accused of harboring Zapatista terrorists.
"The whole world is going mad," the Austrian ambassador said, "It is anarchy."
APRIL FOOLS: (We are all)
Monday, March 31, 2003
In the March 31 issue of The Nation, there is an article called "Selling the War on TV" by Susan Douglas, which addresses the issue of how the Govt. sells the war to a generation that doesn't watch the news. The answer: ABC's Profiles from the Frontline, a reality-show type series produced not by ABC news, but by Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of Top Gun and Black Hawk Down. As Douglas says, "The music alone makes you want to run to a recruiting office."
But why mess around? Young adults want real reality shows, i.e. artificial situations completely contrived by producers. My thought: the next series of Survivor could be set in Iraq. Each contestant gets an M-16, a gallon of water and a burqa, and has to fight their way through Basra. Coooool....
And why stop there? Fear Factor: Iraq -- A bunch of suicide bombers in pickup trucks heading right at you. Or Who Wants to Marry an Iraqi Millionaire? I'm tellin' ya, the possibilities are endless...
Bush Needs a Hug
(from the Guardian via Atrios):
And there's only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids on the death of their loved ones. Others hug, but having committed the troops, I've got an additional responsibility to hug, and that's me, and I know what it's like.
I know... ... it is just about time to LOVE-BOMB him!
Bay of Pigs meets Black Hawk Down
The Emperor of Ice Cream?
Ice Cream Time! Rumors Sow Uncertainty in Ranks
Sun March 30, 2003 11:42 AM ET, By Matthew Green
NORTHWEST OF NASSIRIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - They say an ice cream machine is on its way.
"I hope it's true," said U.S. Marine Corporal Jason St. Pierre, resting on a crate at a roadside ammunition dump in southern Iraq.
"I like ice cream, the way they put strawberries in it, and the seeds stick between your teeth," said the 22-year-old, distracted for a time from the high explosive shells stacked all around him.
The story is a fantasy, but like many of the rumors circulating among U.S. troops in Iraq, it does say something about what's on many soldiers' minds. LINK
Poet Wallace Stevens had "a way of making even despair seem like a rich, sensuous experience": 'The Emperor of Ice Cream'
Iraq: Matrix or Oz?
Perhaps I have my own collective consciousness way too far up my Freudian cave, but I don't see any moral high ground in America or Iraq, they're both brothers of the same seed. Cain and Abel. (and don't even mention the French) No one is willing to capitulate. And why should they, God (Big Poppa) is on their side. I will state that who ever feeds the hungry is edging closer to enlightenment than the others. Then again, this could all be an Apocalpytic dream, in which case, maybe we need to speed the process up, so that we can enter that realm of Oz-like bliss. I wonder how many warriors are clicking their heels right about now or wishing they had taken the blue pill.
I think that this war won't last more than a month and a half, and who in their right mind would believe anything that the Pentagon told them? It's not that they are liars, rather, why would it be in their interest to tell the truth, they are trying to kill people, and people are trying to kill them. Would you tell the truth if you were in their position? As for Syria and Iran, much smoke about nothing, unless they want to continue the heel clicking.
Syria Threatens US
Says it won't wait for a US attack.
Bad News for a Short War
Saddam's plan to turn this into another Viet Nam appears to be succeeding.
According to Kos, it is to get soldiers to attack civilians, lessening the chance they will be greeted as liberators. MORE
Baghdad Attack reportedly delayed 2-6 weeks
Scottish paper reports. BUT...everything is going according to plan.
Iraqi Baseball Season starts
(Qatar) The brand new Iraqi Freedom League kicked off its first season Sunday amidst hoopla and fireworks. League Commissioner Tommy Franks threw out the first ball in Sunday's game of the Doha Dodgers and the Nasiriyah Ragheads. Other games included the London Tommies versus the Basra Suicide Bombers, and the Kuwait City Yankees versus the Umm Qasr AlQaeda-Lovers.
The season opening was not without controversy however, as the Iraqi teams' unconventional tactics stymied the American teams. "They're bunting, they're stealing bases, literally stealing them, and blowing up people in the bullpen," said one American player.
Commissioner Franks was nonplussed. "Everything is going according to plan," he said. "Why, we haven't had this much fun since the XFL!"
All of Sunday's games ended in ties.
Peter Arnett fired by NBC
for telling Iraqis what they already can see on US TV or Al-Jazeera.
Sunday, March 30, 2003
N.Korea Vows No Nuclear Concessions, Cites Iraq
Sat March 29, 2003 03:15 AM ET, By Samuel Len
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea vowed on Saturday to resist all international demands on the communist state to allow nuclear inspections or agree to disarm, saying Iraq had made this mistake and was now paying the price. MORE
I call it karma coming back on us.
"Four miles into Basra, angry Iraqis stare at me in disbelief"
Olga Craig, the first British reporter in Basra, encounters the desperate but hostile people of a city whose only word of greeting seems to be: 'Enemy'. MORE
US forces' use of depleted uranium weapons is 'illegal'
By Neil Mackay, Investigations Editor- SUNDAY HERALD
BRITISH and American coalition forces are using depleted uranium (DU) shells in the war against Iraq and deliberately flouting a United Nations resolution which classifies the munitions as illegal weapons of mass destruction. MORE
But OUR WMDs are good WMDs.
Court Rules that Media Can Lie
Miss this one? Guess why it wasn't reported?... And guess who was defendant in the case? HINT: "We lie, you think you decide.."
(Thanks to agonist)
MIRED in the quags
If we are doing so well, JJ Balzer of americanpolitics.com points out, how come no one is trying to take the credit?
US Missiles hitting Allies: Link
You always hit the ones you love. So much for precision.
Brits May Leave Iraq if Fighting Bogs Down: LINK
First the dolphins, then the Brits. Obviously, the smartest are leaving first.
In the last couple days, along with the usual "increase your bulk mail effectiveness" and Russian porno spam, I received from a few people (of the more new age variety) the following:
A Prayer Vigil for George Bush
... there is so much energy against President Bush that we are not helping him make decisions for the highest good of every person on the planet. The more we focus on what we don't like, the more it increases... ...Therefore, we have decided to conduct an mergency "Great Experiment IV" and are asking all the Spiritual Peacemakers around the world to join us in this important project.
Here are the details:
April 1, 2003, 11 AM New York time, 8 AM California Time (determine your own time zone based on this) Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, will join together for fifteen minutes as one mind and pray for President Bush (and all those who influence his decision making) to make all his decisions based on the highest good of all beings on earth.
My first reaction was no way. (Apparently, my attempts to access my inner Bush had not been completely successful).
Not only that I was skeptical, Clinton had tons of negativity against him but he wasn't nearly the disaster Bush has been. Not only that, I hesitate to get on the same airwaves as all the born-agains who pray for him all the time (see this [barf]- where our troops are being asked to pray for him ).
But then I thought about it more: Bush is not a happy camper. He was an alcoholic for 40 years. All his friends are associates of his Dad. He's not close to his kids (didn't even visit them in the hospital or go to court with them). Laura seems nice, but she's probably on Prozac. The only fun he has is playing soldier!
And I remembered a venerable tradition from the sixties, started, I believe, by the Hare Krishnas: "Love Bombing". ... sending so much positive energy that their ego dissolves. Maybe it would work! So lets love bomb him on April 1st. Maybe he'll loosen up and have an orgy with his interns. If it doesn't work, we can say it was an April Fools joke.
SEE I TOLD YOU it was "Groupthink"!
Bush's aides didn't warn of stiff Iraq resistance
By WARREN P. STROBEL, Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON - President Bush's aides did not forcefully present him with dissenting views from CIA and State and Defense Department officials who warned that U.S.-led forces could face stiff resistance in Iraq, according to three senior administration officials.LINK