Monday, August 11, 2008


On the front page of the New York Times, Campbell Robertson's "Iraq Government Rolls Soar As the Private Sector Falters." Iraq's increased their government payrolls from 1.2 million in 2005 to 2.3 million today and . . . And? Isn't the whole talking point of the puppet's office that they do not have a strong enough bureaucracy? (And trained.) Is it a story? Probably. Is it front page news? Not as written. But considering that Sunday was yet another day the New York Times couldn't even find Iraq, maybe we shouldn't complain?

Inside the paper, A8, Robertson teams with Suadad Al-Salhy for "Attacks Across Iraq Ill 13, Including a U.S. Soldier." Seems much more appropriate as front page news, doesn't it? But 13? Look at the numbers from last night -- just McClatchy and Reuters and mainly McClatchy -- and you've got over 25 deaths (that includes 3 corpses discovered in Baghdad). On the plus side, at least the paper is finally reporting deaths of US service members. Anyone getting their news only from the print edition of the New York Times would have no idea that 11 US service members have already been announced dead this month.

In the Los Angeles Times, Tina Susman's "U.S. soldier, 17 Iraqis killed in suicide blast" offers "Sunday's attacks showed the challenges still facing American forces in Iraq, who number about 140,000, and the Iraqi security forces who ultimately will have the task of protecting the country." and notes this:

Iraqi police said the dead included three Iraqi soldiers, eight civilians, and six Awakening members, along with two U.S. soldiers, but the U.S. military said in a statement that one American was killed and two were wounded. There was no explanation for the discrepancy.

ITV (like the second Times article) talks about what might be in a treaty between the White House and the puppet of the occupation in "Iraq seeks US withdrawal timeline:"

Iraq has said the US must provide a "very clear timeline" to withdraw its troops from the country.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said it is required as part of an agreement to allow US troops to stay beyond this year.
US President George W Bush has long resisted setting a firm schedule for pulling troops out of Iraq.
Last month, however, the White House began speaking of a general "time horizon" and "aspirational goals" to withdraw.

If the treaties (Strategic Framework Agreement: SFA; Status of Forces Agreement: SOFA) don't come be (July 31st was the self-imposed deadline of the White House), the UN mandate (covering only the occupation and not retroactively giving permission for the illegal war) can be extended. It expires at the end of the year.

AP's Bushra Juhi reports that Nouri is saying the for-show operation in Diyala Province is taking a one-week vacation "to give insurgents time to surrender".

Kyle notes this from Team Nader:

Ralph's Weekend Audio Message


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And on the race for president, Alain Jean-Robert (AFP) reports:

A leading conservative voice and champion of individual liberties, Barr, a former Republican, broke with the Bush administration after the Patriot Act was introduced in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Barr will appear on the ballots in at least 34 states, some of which, such as northern Ohio and western Nevada, are seen as key swing states this year.
In Georgia, where polls give McCain only a seven-point advantage over Obama, Barr's presence could significantly muddy the vote.
Barr himself faces competition from another former Republican, Chuck Baldwin, who is running as a candidate for the Constitution Party, which has an election manifesto very similar to the Libertarian's. Baldwin is standing in at least 24 states.
Nader, 74, is making his fifth tilt at the White House, this time as an independent and will be running in at least 29 states, including key battleground Michigan.
Nader, who is of Lebanese origin, could win significant support among the large Arab-American community in the northern state, and according to some polls, could even take some 25 per cent of their vote.
"You have in Ralph Nader's candidacy a genuine Arab-American who has a lot of notoriety and publicity. It would be detrimental to Obama's candidacy," said Morley Winograd, former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party.
The Green Party has chosen as its candidate African-American former Democratic congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who will be on the ballot in 24 states.
Her presence could handicap Obama by slicing into his support among women and pacifists against the Iraq war.
"Obama cannot take the peace vote for granted. There are peace candidates running from across the political spectrum," said Kevin Zeese, executive director of Voters for Peace.

There are others mentioned, we focused on on Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader
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