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Friday-Sunday, January 26-28, 2007
Five Dead Soldiers - Four Dead Hostages
So you want proof that the President's "Plan" in Iraq isn't going to work? How about five dead soldiers?
During a peace meeting between Iraqi leaders in Anbar Province which these five soldiers were attending, about one dozen English speaking insurgents/ terrorists/ death squaders dressed as American soldiers blew by Iraqi Army checkpoints in white SUV's and entered the building where the talks were being held. They entered with guns blazing. One American soldier was killed on the spot while the other four were taken hostage and killed about 25 miles away. Originally, the White House told us that the five soldiers were killed attempting to defend themselves and the Iraqis, but the truth is that four were abducted, and then murdered execution style.
It's hard for the White House to tell the truth no matter what the circumstances, I guess.
But that's not the whole story here.
According to the "New Plan", which, looks exactly like the "Old Plan", the White House wants to imbed handfuls of US military personnel in with Iraqi Army troops. Anyone with half a brain realizes the foolishness of "The Plan". It relies on the ability, and willingness, of those Iraqi troops to defend their US "advisors" in the face of enemy attack. Plain and simple, "The Plan" will kill more US troops than one might imagine.
These patrols of Iraqi troops with American advisors will be targeted, not only by the Sunni insurgents, but by any al-Qaeda terrorists which are still in the country. They will be targeted by Shi'ite death squads as well. Not only will this put our troops in the middle of this civil war, but it will put them there without the protection of the rest of the US Armed forces.
How fast do you think one of our boys will be given up to attackers by their "protectors", the Iraqi Army, in order to save their own lives. And what makes anyone even think that all of the Iraqi military is on our side? It's either the Bush naiveté or simply the ambivalence of the death of our military children in Iraq that will put them in this perilous position.
Of course, if the Iraqi Army fails at defending their US advisors, it will give President Bush and his war profiteering buddies even more reason to stay in Iraq and "finish the job".
You know, to "Stay the Course" and all.
And what will the American public say when this happens (and if "The Plan" is implemented, it will happen)? Will we wait for the "new Plan" which will cost even more of our children's lives? When will stop allowing this White House to use our children as cannon fodder just so war profiteers can keep realizing record profits?
Allowing the Bushies the ability to make and keep war will do more destruction to our nation than Osama bin-Laden ever dreamed of doing. President Bush is terrorism's enabler.
It's a Good Thing
Here's what happens when you send an email to former Senator Jim Talent (REPUBLICAN-MO):
"This message was refused by recipient's mail filtering program, with the following reason:
"This Senate office has been closed.
"From the senate offices of Jim Talent."
The Greater Divide
The Surge is heating matters up in Washington. The Dems have begun a full scale assault on Cheney, while the GOP might write its dissenters out of the party. News briefs below give a sample of these tactics.
Continuing resistance to the war is imperative. In my view, it is ever more important to reach out to people who changed their minds from supporting to opposing the Iraq War, cultivating their support and finding out their concerns.
"Cheney ‘off the wall’ and ‘not vice-presidential’"
-Senator Carl Levin (DEMOCRAT-MI)
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI.) said Thursday that Vice President Dick Cheney was "off the wall" and "not vice-presidential" in telling CNN that congressional resolutions objecting to the imminent commitment of 21,500 more troops in Iraq would not stop the Bush administration from moving forward.
Conservative bloggers have initiated a pledge to deny campaign funds to Republicans who vote against President Bush’s plan to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.
Led by Townhall’s Hugh Hewitt, “The NRSC Pledge” states that if the Senate passes any resolution critical of the troop increase, donors would not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. They also would not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) absent a commitment from Chairman John Ensign (R-NV.) to not spend any committee money on those senators who are up in 2008.
As of Thursday afternoon, it had nearly 10,000 signatories.
-Forwarded and commented by Robert Chapman
In response to, "In other words, President Bush, it's time for 'Plan B'", Robert Scardapane writes:
Noah, there is no Plan B that will "win this occupation". It's really very simple. Once an invading nation is perceived as unwanted occupiers, the invasion is a failure. Indeed, once an invading nation is perceived as an invader and not a liberator, it is a failure. We passed that point a long time ago. It's time to withdraw from Iraq and give the Iraq people what they want - their freedom! All of this talk of America supplying security for Iraq is wrong. We simply can never do it because we are part of the instability.
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