RE: "Good War Planning" and "Caring for the Troops"

Perhaps we have become so used to the ineptitude, lies, and theft of both life and loot by this bunch of "leaders" that we will not be moved by the following.

One can only hope that is not so however, the "yawning" when the mention of reducing casualties is made seems like it's expected of us. Hell, why not? We seem to have delivered for these sons of Soprano so far and, yes, it's acceptable to use fictional characters in an opinion when you have fictional leaders.

The following are excerpts from Dash to Baghdad Left Top US Generals Divided:

The war was barely a week old when Gen. Tommy R. Franks threatened to fire the Army's field commander...

In an extraordinary improvisation, Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi exile leader who was a Pentagon favorite, was flown to southern Iraq with hundreds of his fighters as General Franks's command sought to put an "Iraqi face" on the invasion; the plan was set in motion without the knowledge of top administration officials, including Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence...

General Wallace had said to The New York Times and The Washington Post. "We knew they were here, but we did not know how they would fight." Asked whether the fighting increased the chances of a longer war than forecast by some military planners, he responded, "It's beginning to look that way"...

To General Franks, those remarks apparently were tantamount to a vote of no-confidence in his war plan. It relied on speed, and he had told Mr. Rumsfeld that his forces might take Baghdad in just a few weeks. In Washington, General Wallace's comments were seized on by critics as evidence that Mr. Rumsfeld had not sent enough troops. More than a year earlier, he had ridiculed the initial war plan that called for at least 380,000 troops and had pushed the military's Central Command to use fewer soldiers and deploy them more quickly. At a Pentagon news conference, the defense secretary denied that he had any role in shaping the war plan. "It was not my plan," he said. "It was General Franks's plan, and it was a plan that evolved over a sustained period of time"...

One of the most critical moments of the meeting came when General Franks indicated he did not want to be slowed by overly cautious generals concerned about holding casualties to a minimum, though no one had raised the issue of casualties. To dramatize his point, according to one participant, General Franks put his hand to his mouth and made a yawning motion....

After the session, General McKiernan approached Maj. Gen. Albert Whitley, his top British deputy. "That conversation never happened," General McKiernan said, according to military officials who learned of the exchange...

Same Old Tune, Same Old Words



See Joshua Brown's other works at "Life During Wartime".

Oh, For "FOX'S" Sake!!

Compare to post below this and go to Media Matters for transcripts and video.

Good Civil Wars

Once again, the spin machine is on "full cycle". The groundwork is being laid for a discussion wherein the Administration can blame Iraqis for our ill- advised, needless, sophomoric desire to appease those whose interests collided, and produced "Iraqula"- that which is the offspring of geeks (thinktankers) and dollars (corporate, of course).

And, once again, FOX leads the way. Why not? They made up the stories that led the charge into war. They can certainly make up the stories to mask the shame behind the inevitable ignoble retreat that leaves nothing but destruction (and some permanent bases) behind.

Don't pity the dead. They don't have to be subjected to this crap anymore. Actually, just say a prayer or think of them once in a while while solemnly promising never to forget them.



One would think that since "obscenity is in the eye of the beholder" any American, worth his or her salt, would be so outraged that they would, at least, report that broadcast to the FCC on the grounds of "obscenity".

Distress

Distressing times indeed. For great articles, news, op-ed's, and mulitmedia resources visit Truthout.org.



February 17, 2006 | A Capitol staffer noticed that the Senate was in session at 10 a.m. Friday and that it was flying an upside down US flag - the universal symbol of distress.
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Exhaustion

It's only February and the exhaustion is already setting in. It's becoming more evident with every passing day that 6 year olds are running the country.

Only their toys are bullets and bombs- and their candy is the treasury.

Many things have been written about the various issues confronting us, including the ones on the main AmeriPundit site (link above), but humor seems to be the best medicine for what ails the country (until there is no one left to laugh).

Luckily, our valued contributor, Joshua Brown (link on the right), has shared his views with us (below). So let's review the year (in reverse order) and let's try to have a few laughs- if it's at all possible and while we still can.

February


The real target (U.S. public- in case it's hard to read).




The new "Don't ask me 'cause I won't tell you" policy.




It's mourning in America, indeed!


January


9-11, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat...

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