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Subject: Guard the fox, the chickens can fend for themselves
Army (and police) recruiting centers in Iraq are repeatedly targeted
for suicide bombing attacks. What strikes me as odd, though, is
that nothing is ever mentioned about security measures taken to
prevent such attacks, especially after so many have occurred and
these centers are considered prime targets. Suicide bombers are
apparently able to walk right in, and mingle with the recruits,
or drive right up and park near the door and explode a car bomb.
Why are these centers not afforded at least as much protection
or heightened security by the Occupation Forces (excuse me, Spreaders
of Democracy) as that given to Iraqi oil reserves?
Seems to me, if I came and occupied somebody's farm, once their
barn had been set on fire and their cows slaughtered, I'd think
maybe it'd be in our collective best interests to ensure it doesn't
happen again when the new cow replacements arrive (especially
since my people are paying for the damage). Or at the very least,
get a new barn door!
But it still keeps happening. Why? Besides training the Iraqis
and help opening recruiting centers, shouldn't we also, like,
stop letting the barn door open? Just asking.
Just for the heck of it, I googled the phrase "Iraq + army
recruiting center." These are just a few of what came up:
May 11, 2005 -- Suicide Bombings Kill at Least 50 in Iraq (Hawija,
19 killed, 25 wounded)
May 5, 2005 -- Suicide Attack Hits Army Recruitment Center in
Baghdad (Baghdad, 11 killed, 6 wounded)
May 4, 2005 -- Bomber Kills Scores at Iraqi Army Recruiting Center
(Irbil, 60 killed, 150 wounded)
May 5, 2005 -- Car Bomb near Police Patrol: (Mosul, 4 killed,
Apr.19, 2005 -- Suicide Bomber Targets Army Recruitment Center
(Baghdad, 4 killed, 38 wounded)
Feb. 8, 2005 -- Suicide Bomber kills 21 Iraqis as Army Recruitment
Center (Baghdad, 21 killed, 27 wounded)
June 18, 2004 -- 35 Killed in Baghdad Blast at Army Recruitment
Center (Baghdad, 35 killed, 138 wounded)
May 15, 2004 -- Bomb Explodes at Iraq Army Recruiting Center
(Mosul, 4 killed, 19 wounded)
Feb. 11, 2004 -- Suicide bomber kills 36 Iraqi Army Recruits
(Baghdad, 36 killed, 10-15 wounded)
Army and police recruits are being targeted for cooperating with
the Occupation Forces, and the Iraqis are now killing their own,
while we've built 14 permanent military bases and 120 forward
operating bases in their country?
Enduring Bases Set in Iraq--Long-Term Military Presence Planned
(globalsecurity.org/Chicago Tribune, 3/23/04)
These bases, like our Embassy and Bremer's Green Zone, will be
extraordinarily well protected. As to the Iraqi recruiting centers
intended to enlist Iraqis to take over control of their country
(eventually)--jeez, another suicide attack. How come this keeps
happening? What's wrong with this picture?
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Subject: Uniformed soldiers
Psy-ops Suspicious About This CNN Story: "U.S. fights uniformed
insurgents by border." Is It a Bushevik Plant to Build Up
a Case for Invading Syria? Very Odd.
In a way it's good because even though the text of the story suggests
the 'uniforms' are just a few flak jackets the perception might
lay the ground to do an end run around the Gonzales position that
the Geneva Conventions don't apply to insurgents so I take a bit
of hope that at least there's a possibility of charging some top
level people with war crimes.
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Subject: More on the evacuation
On MSNBC when Ron Reagan asked about the First Lady, it was reported
a short time later that Nancy Reagan was staying at the White
House, but it was unknown where either she or Laura were at this
time … I guess initially Ron was understandably alarmed about
I also wondered, yet again, who all visits and stays in the White
House, since they keep throwing this up to the Clinton's "habit"
and part of his "sleazy" Presidency. I know Ralph Reed
has always been a frequent visitor, as far back as in Austin …
I wish we could have a list of who all visits the White House
since our "taxpayer dollars" pay for their guests.
[BuzzFlash Note: These give a few insights ... Bush
Donors Among White House Guests (AP/Fox News) ... Overnight
guests at Bush White House include GOP supporters, entertainers,
Subject: Winning the hearts and minds near Mosul?
I heard an account of one platoon, I think, in a town near Mosul
on NPR this morning. First they get out of the humvee and start
passing out pro-USA newspapers and one guy is mobbed because he
is handing out candy. Things sound friendly enough, but then they
say handing out papers is not the only thing they will have to
They must choose a house to use as an observation location or
something to that effect. They tell the people in the house that
they need to use their house and that no one will be allowed to
leave and they can't use the phone or communicate with anyone
for the 2 hours or so that they are there. A soldier tells them
in no uncertain terms and a rather forceful tone that if anyone
shows up they --bleep-- have to stay. Then he says that if they
bleep, bleep object, he will report them to the authorities who
will punish them. Then, I guess, an officer says he can't say
that and he responds that he always does.
Do these idiots realize that using someone's house likely will
make some believe they are cooperating with the mission? It is
no wonder these people don't want us there.
Then a kid, who sounds like the same one, is pitching a fit because
an Iraqi tore up the paper and he says it is disrespectful in
no uncertain terms when they are trying to help. Again the officer
tells him the man doesn't have to read the paper and can tear
it up if he wants and if he wants another to read, we will give
Subject: Conyers calls on Bush for Answers
I'm a long term member of the political blogging team at The
Detroit News. Just wanted to let you know that there's one lonely
blogger out here contributing to the buzz on the UK memo. It's not
on the front page, but DetNews is a major mainstream newspaper.
My post follows:
Conyers calls on Bush for Answers
Rep. John Conyers is at it again. Courageously battling for
your right to know the truth, Conyers is circulating a letter
in Congress that has garnered 88 signatures so far and asks
the $300 billion tax dollar question. What did Bush know about
the fake intelligence on WMDs that provided his excuse to invade
Iraq and when did he know it?
As the bombshell memos that surfaced in the UK last week prove,
the answer is clear. Bush not only knew the "intelligence"
was flawed, he ordered the US agents to deliver false information
in order to justify his plans that had been in the making long
before the actual invasion. Conyers' letter is asking our president
to explain the subterfuge.
In a letter, Conyers and other members say they are disappointed
the mainstream media has not touched the revelations.
"Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the United States
was too busy with wall-to-wall coverage of a "runaway bride"
to cover a bombshell report out of the British newspapers,"
Conyers writes. "The London Times reports that the British
government and the United States government had secretly agreed
to attack Iraq in 2002, before authorization was sought for
such an attack in Congress, and had discussed creating pretextual
justifications for doing so."
Conyers wants some answers and so do I. So where are the rest
of the "patriotic Americans" clamoring for some truth
in government for a change? I can remember when honesty was
as American as apple pie and a man prided himself on being good
to his word. Have our own morals fallen so far that we're unwilling
to hold the President of the United States accountable for his?
Meanwhile, to my knowledge, only one major US newspaper has
picked up the story, amazingly that one being in South Carolina.
Subject: Straight out of "Bob Roberts!" Bush under
OK, first the grenade, now this. This is straight out of "Bob
Roberts," which BuzzFlash has been recommending. They are
trying to manufacture sympathy for the chimp....and rile up their
BREAKING NEWS AND COMMENTARY News updated Wednesday, 11 May 2005
Breaking: At 12:03PM DST, the 'Alert Level' had been raised to
'Red.' It returned to 'Yellow' at 12:11PM. This advisory system
'supersedes' (and preceded) the Homeland Security color-coded
system, according to White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
Breaking: 'All clear' has been given --16:17 GMT. 'Quickly, business
has been returning to normal.' Capitol Building, White House was
evacuated. The Supreme Court was also evacuated. Reporter told
'You have less than one minute. This is no time to be walking.'
Armed guards with guns were drawn in front of White House; fighter
jets had been scrambled. Congressional staff told people to run
from Capitol building. A single-engine Cessna airplane had entered
restricted airspace. It was within three miles of the White House.
The Cessna left the area, turned around, and returned. Bush had
left a short time ago to go bike-riding in Maryland. A 'custom-service'
Blackhawk (helicopter gun ship) which can fly at the speed of
a six-wing, had been sent to 'intercept' the Cessna. A fighter
jet also was sent to escort the aircraft. Anti-aircraft, equipped
with heat-seeking missiles, were activated. F-16's dropped flares
in front of the Cessna to warn the plane. Reporter Bob Kerr was
told at a certain point he was *NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE,* as it was
'too late,' and that he had to go the White House basement.' Bob
Kerr: 'US Secret Service agents actually brandishing shotguns.'
Cheney is MIA. WRC: Cessna plane that caused evacuation has landed
in Frederick, Maryland. The pilot is in custody, being interrogated.
White House and Capitol evacuated; war planes seen flying overhead
-- The Capitol and White House were evacuated Wednesday after
a small plane entered restricted airspace over the capital. Within
minutes people were allowed back into the buildings. Several other
government buildings, including the Treasury Department and the
U.S. Supreme Court ordered people to safer locations.
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Subject: Today's 15-minute Scare
A little plane somehow ventures into forbidden (White House) air
space. Some people in the capitol buildings are evacuated; others
( including White House reporters) have to learn of the situation
from the TV. Wall-to-wall coverage right now on CNN (and probably
for the next 3 days, now that Runaway Bride has run its course),
and questions to Scott McClellan, the president's press secretary,
get replies like "I don't know," "Ask the Secret
Service," "You'll have to contact Defense about that,"
or "I wasn't told--I'll have to get back to you on that."
The script merely reiterates that "We had a SCARE"
(and to the TV audience watching: "Be afraid. Be VERY afraid.)
Meanwhile no one can answer who was in charge or why the "security
protocols in place" did not work, as it came as a complete
surprise to people who should have been evacuated but weren't.
Anyone else note the timing (of the 15-minute scare)? Could it
be the reports today of "a surge of deadly car bombings,
ambushes and other attacks" averaging "about 70 attacks
a day this month, up from 30-40 in February and March"?
Insurgents Go on Rampage, Kill 61 (AP, 5/11/05/ABC News)
Nah. Pure coincidence.
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