More stuff sent to me on Iraq...
VA Faces $2.6 Billion Shortfall in Medical Care - The Bush administration
disclosed yesterday that it had vastly underestimated the number of service
personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking medical treatment.
US suspected of keeping secret prisoners on warships: UN official
The UN has learned of "very, very serious" allegations that the United
States is secretly detaining terrorism suspects in various locations around
the world, notably aboard prison ships, the UN's special rapporteur on
6,200 Unreported Military Deaths in Iraq
U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German
hospitals have not previously been counted. They total about 6,210 as of
January, 2005. The ongoing, underreporting of the dead in Iraq, is not
accurate. The DoD is deliberately reducing the figures. A review of many
foreign news sites show that actual deaths are far higher than the newly
reduced ones. Iraqi civilian casualties are never reported but International
Red Cross, Red Crescent and UN figures indicate that as of 1 January 2005,
the numbers are just under 100,000.
Republican candidate calls Bush Admin 'Nazis,' quits party
2005 is already the deadliest year in Afghanistan (just one more "Mission
Remember the Taliban? They're Back!
Bogus analysis led to terror alert in Dec. 2003
CIA experts saw a secret code on Al-Jazeera that wasn't there
The War President
U.S. Plans Expansion of Crowded Iraq Prisons
War is Very Ugly - picture from Iraq
Bush's Stunning, Surprising, Full-of-News Speech on Iraq 06.28.2005 David Corn
Hey, how about that Bush speech on Iraq? Lots of new stuff. I was stunned
when he told us he thought Cheney was "off his rocker" (was that an age-ist
crack?) for saying that insurgency was in its "last throes." And that bit
about Rumsfeld and the Pentagon exaggerating--he didn't even say
"overexaggerate"--the numbers of Iraqi troops that have been trained and
equipped--damn powerful. He cautioned that Iraq might devolve into sectarian
violence and that there "ain't much we can do about that." He said he would
be happy to sit down with those Democrats and Republicans who have asked to
set a timetable for withdrawal and hear them out. "It's not as if Condi has
any new bright ideas," he remarked. He said he was going to impose a tax
hike on the rich to pay for "all the armor our troops in Iraq need." He also
announced that his daughters, with his encouragement, were enlisting in the
Army and volunteering for duty in Iraq. "They're not asking for any special
treatment," he said. "Laura and I are so proud of them." He asked all other
members of Congress who supported the war to encourage their children to
sign up. "We've got to do something about this recruitment crisis," he
explained. Bush then said he was sorry he had misled the world about "those
WMDs" and "also that business about Saddam being in cahoots with al Qaeda."
Quoting Billy Graham, he asked for forgiveness and for other countries to
pitch in and help make Iraq "the best it can be." To demonstrate he was
sincere, he announced he had suspended all contracts with Halliburton.
"Sorry, Dick," he quipped. Bush then removed his suit jacket and revealed a
medical device that he wears on his back. "Just thought you should know," he
Not. For a more reality-based look at Bush's no-news speech, click here.