Friday, October 02, 2009

US service member announced dead from "indirect fire"

The US military announced: "CAMP VICTORY, Iraq – A Multi-National Corps-Iraq Soldier was killed today in an indirect fire attack on Camp Liberty. Release of the identity of the Soldier is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The name of the deceased service member will be announced through the U.S. Department of Defense Official Web site at The announcements are made on the Web site no earlier than 24 hours after notification of the service member’s primary next of kin. The incident is currently under investigation." The announcement brings to 4348 the number of US service members killed in Iraq since the start of the illegal war. Sun Yunlong (Xinhua) adds, "The term 'indirect fire' in the U.S. military statements usually refers to rocket or mortar attack." Iran's Press TV notes (two hours ago) that the US military released this statement today (not Thursday as dated) and they note 127 US service members have died in Iraq so far this year. Chelsea J. Carter (AP) also notes the announcement was made Friday and that AP's count of 238 deaths for the month of September.

Now might be a good time to note Ross Johnson's "Students Protest U.S. Involvement in Iraq" (New University):

Thousands of people converged at the intersection of Olympic and Broadway in downtown Los Angeles to protest the American-led invasion and occupation of Iraq.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, the crowd was led up Broadway, and later Main Street, toward the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse by a Penske flatbed truck weighed down with activists. On the bed were stacks of speakers broadcasting the voices of the organizers, chanting, 'What do we want?' The crowd followed, bellowing 'Out of Iraq now!' over and over, slowly shuffling behind banners reading 'Iraq Veterans Against the War,' 'US Out of Iraq!' and 'Alto A La Guerra!'
The towering skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles provided a stunning backdrop for a man paralyzed from the chest down from wounds he received during the Vietnam War.
He held an American flag from his wheelchair as a friend pushed him along the route, and his words echoed off the walls of City Hall, 'This is my 40th year in a wheelchair, and the same government that put me in this wheelchair is putting other young men and women in wheelchairs for a war that makes no sense.' The surrounding concrete amplified the cheers of the crowd for blocks around at his last words: 'We will create a beautiful, beautiful country someday.'

Out of Iraq Now? That was in 2007. The new motto is: "Out of Iraq Now . . . or, you know, whenever. No biggie." You can see it practiced on the shows that sell the illegal wars like Democracy Now! where you get a bunch of political closet cases who can't call out Barack Obama. Listen to little wimp-ass Davy Zirin this morning, Mr. I'm a Big Bad Radical in private all but kissing Barry O's ass on the air. Listen to Juan intro the new 'film' by Robert and grasp how tentative his wording is and how they never were at loss for words with Bush. They're all pathetic and only getting increasingly so. Amy Goodman being the worst of all.

The Iraq War hasn't ended but their interest did long ago. We should pass legislation: If you attempt to make money off a war, you have to remain focused on it. Goody certainly has played Last Journalist Standing a number of idiots mistakenly give her credit for 'covering' Iraq today when she lost interest in 2006.

Out of Iraq Now . . . or, you know, whenever. No biggie.

Two US service members dead this week. No biggie. Who the hell cares about them? You think Amy Goodman gives a damn or Naomi Klein who's so giddy over the economic crisis that she sounds like Cheney and Rumsfeld after 9-11 demanding "Wrap it up!"?

The wars aren't ending and a good reason for that goes to our Closeted 'leaders' who've always tricked and fooled. The tricksters aren't really about ending the wars. They're about using an illegal war and anything else to advance their own private agenda -- an agenda they believe they must keep private (lack of popular support) and can (what do the people matter anyway?).

Each time there's another death in Iraq, grasp that Bully Boy Bush was only one person playing the American public. He had many others eager to trick and deceive. "And," as Carole King sings in "You Still Want Her" (Touch The Sky), "that's how you get taken in."

The real story of Iraq is the greed that allowed it to start in the first place and which allows it to continue. An Iraqi correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers offers "Officials take bribes, the Government Makes Reports:"

The Iraqi Integrity Commission recently issued the results of a June 2009 poll in which it surveyed 3,500 Iraqi citizens who conducted formal business at 40 different governmental departments in Baghdad.
First of all, I will not make any comment on why the commission that is supposed to fight corruption in the country is making polls. But the results showed that 79 percent of those surveyed were forced to pay bribes and another 20 percent offered payments to officials.

Rebecca's favorite musical artist is Barbra Streisand who has a new album just out this week.

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TV notes. NOW on PBS explores Afghanistan which they wrongly dub "the forgotten war." Washington Week is not airing this week. Most PBS stations will be airing The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Ken Burns' latest documentary. Washington Week will return next week.
Meanwhile Bonnie Erbe will sit down with Linda Chavez, Kim Gandy, Tara Setmayer and Patricia Sosa to discuss the week's events on PBS' To The Contrary. Check local listings, on many stations, it begins airing tonight. And turning to broadcast TV, Sunday CBS' 60 Minutes offers:

The Swindler
To understand how Bernard Madoff could have done what he did, listen to so-called "mini-Madoff" Ponzi schemer Marc Dreier tell Steve Kroft in his first television interview how he scammed $400 million. | Watch Video

130 Million Tons of Waste
If coal ash is safe to spread under a golf course or be used in carpets, why are the residents of Kingston, Tenn., being told to stay out of a river where the material was spilled last December? Lesley Stahl reports. | Watch Video

The Great Migration
Scott Pelley visits Kenya, the site of the great wildebeest migration, and looks at the threats to this natural spectacle comprised of over a million animals.

60 Minutes, this Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Turning to public radio, The Diane Rehm Show begins airing on most NPR stations and streaming online at 10:00 am EST this morning. For the first hour (domestic), Diane's panelists are Naftali Bendavid (Wall St. Journal), Shailagh Murray (Washington Post) and Karen Tumulty (Time magazine). The second hour (international), the panelists are Jonathan S. Landay (McClatchy Newspapers), David Loyn (BBC) and Barbara Slavin (Washington Times).

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