Friday, December 30, 2005

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | S Korea to pull troops from Iraq

"South Korea's contingent of troops is the largest in Iraq after those of allies the US and Britain."

Nation building is hard work. Working hard. Can I go potty?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The War President

The War President: "Nothing is more fundamental to the American system of government than the freedom of individuals against the heavy hand of government. Liberty, after all, was one of the unalienable rights the Continental Congress held to be 'self-evident.'

That liberty is severely compromised by a president who finds it acceptable to spy on citizens without so much as a secret court review, and who condemns questions about that spying as 'shameful.'

President George W. Bush's heartfelt pledge Monday to defend America would be more reassuring if he proved himself just as committed to the freedoms U.S. citizens cherish.

At the same time Bush said he understood Americans' concerns about government eavesdropping, he scolded whoever revealed the four-year-old secret program to the public and said he would not submit to questions before Congress, because 'any public hearings on programs will say to the enemy, 'Here's what they do. Adjust.' '"

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Friday, December 16, 2005 - Iraqi Sunnis turn out in big numbers - Iraqi Sunnis turn out in big numbers: "AMMAN, Jordan—It will take weeks to count the votes and months, possibly, before a new Iraq government can be fashioned to face the daunting challenges ahead.

But the war-torn country found itself on rare common ground yesterday, with Iraqis marching the same way on the same day in search of a future beyond Saddam Hussein."

I guess everyone's forgotten that we rigged the last Iraq election. Funny that.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Never Forget

Our President is a complete idiot.  The man is literally a druggy burnout.

Reuters AlertNet - Incidents on Iraqi election day

Reuters AlertNet - Incidents on Iraqi election day: "Dec 15 (Reuters) - Following are security incidents and other developments on polling day in Iraq's election as of 1115 GMT on Thursday.

* Denotes a new or updated item.

BAGHDAD - Minutes after polls open at 0400 GMT, mortar round lands in fortified Green Zone, where senior officials vote. Two civilians and U.S. Marine slightly wounded, U.S. embassy says.

BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari says: 'Ballot boxes are a victory of democracy over dictatorship.'

'The real triumph is that people are casting ballots -- whoever they choose -- and that they've chosen voting over bombs,' Jaafari says after casting his vote.

BAGHDAD - Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi says: 'We hope to see a formation of a strong government that can ... represent the main communities and be a government of national salvation.'

* BAGHDAD - Farid Ayar, a top electoral commissioner, tells state-run Iraqiya TV: 'There's more diversity in this election, more electoral competition and sophisticated campaigning ... we are delighted with this process.'

* ISSHAAQI - Police say four insurgents are killed when roadside bomb they were planting explodes on main road in Isshaaqi, 90 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

MOSUL - Roadside bomb explodes near school used as polling station in southeastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, killing guard and wounding policeman, police say.

MOSUL - Seven explosions are heard in Mosul in what U.S. military says was attack on two of its vehicles. No casualties.

SAMARRA - Mortar round lands near polling centre in al-Mu'tassim, south of Samarra, police say. No casualties.

TIKRIT - A mortar round hits near polling centre in al-Bayan school, police say. No casualties.

BALAD - Three civilians injured after being hit by U.S. patrol vehicle, military says.

RAMADI - Explosion heard shortly after polls open, followed by bursts of gunfire. No known casualties or damage.

Nation building is hard work. Woring hard. Can I go potty?

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Bush winds up campaign to counter Iraq criticism

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Bush winds up campaign to counter Iraq criticism: "WASHINGTON — In the latest example of a broader White House campaign to rescue his second term, President Bush on Wednesday wrapped up a series of speeches about Iraq by defending the 2003 invasion despite erroneous prewar intelligence about weapons of mass destruction.

'It's true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong,' Bush said — omitting that he and top aides had ignored warnings from midlevel intelligence agents that some of the evidence was suspect — then quickly added that he has no regrets about his decision to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. 'We are in Iraq today because our goal has always been more than the removal of a brutal dictator. It is to leave a free and democratic Iraq in its place.'"

Just because we don't have a plan nor know what victory is why quit now? It's not like anyone important is going to die.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Never forget.

Our President is an idiot.

Two U.S. Allies Pulling Out of Iraq - Yahoo! News

Two U.S. Allies Pulling Out of Iraq - Yahoo! News: "Bulgaria and Ukraine will begin withdrawing their combined 1,250 troops by mid-December. If Australia, Britain, Italy, Japan, Poland and
South Korea reduce or recall their personnel, more than half of the non-American forces in Iraq could be gone by next summer."

Nation building is hard work. Working hard. Can I go potty?