Cheney Vows 'Full Speed Ahead' on Iraq War
Cheney Vows 'Full Speed Ahead' on Iraq War - washingtonpost.com:
'It may not be popular with the public. It doesn't matter, in the sense that we have to continue what we think is right,' Cheney said. 'That's exactly what we're doing. We're not running for office. We're doing what we think is right.'
Pakistan: End Excessive Use of Force in Counterterrorism Operations
Pakistan: End Excessive Use of Force in Counterterrorism Operations (Human Rights Watch, 1-11-2006):
The October 30 attack in the town of Khar killed 82 people, including several children, though a military spokesman claimed the dead were all militants and denied any “collateral damage.”
Pakistani authorities said that the seminary was being used as a training camp for Taliban and al-Qaeda militants, and that they issued a warning before striking. However, local residents said that only students were present in the seminary and that they received no warning. They also said the strike was carried out by fixed-wing US drones, which fired hellfire missiles as locals gathered to offer the dawn Fajr prayer.
“The Pakistani government should allow independent investigators into the area to determine who carried out the attack, how it was planned and executed, and who was killed,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, South Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch. “The onus is on the Pakistani government to provide a credible account of the legitimacy of the attack resulting in the deaths of so many.”
The Bush Crime Family's Other War: Taliban To Fight During Afghan Winter
Jihad Unspun - A Clear View On The US War On "Terrorism":
Responding to US puppet Hamid Karzai, the Taliban said it was impossible to negotiate when Afghanistan was under occupation and that holding talks with the occupiers amounted to surrendering the country.
'There can be no talks with the Afghan puppet government in the presence of foreign occupying forces. Hamid Karzai and his colleagues should first free themselves from the slavery of foreign infidels and then invite us for negotiations.'
Early Monday, Mullah Omar, who is now believed to be positioned near Quetta in the Balochistan province pledged that the movement would escalate its offensive to a 'surprising level' as winter draws closer, a time when fighting traditionally comes to a halt.
'By the will of Allah, the fight will intensify in the coming few months,' he said in an Arabic Internet statement 'Our predictions about the war have proved right in the past. I am confident that our fight will gain a strong foothold in the near future.' He also reiterated his earlier threat to prosecute Karzai in an Islamic court for the 'massacre' of Afghans as well as appealing to local Afghans to support the Taliban effort to “expel the infidel just as we did to the Soviets” and congratulated the Mujahideen of Iraq for their steadfastness in the jihad.
Rumsfeld Must Go!
Army Times Editorial
For two years, American sergeants, captains and majors training the Iraqis have told their bosses that Iraqi troops have no sense of national identity, are only in it for the money, don't show up for duty and cannot sustain themselves.
Meanwhile, colonels and generals have asked their bosses for more troops. Service chiefs have asked for more money.
And all along, Rumsfeld has assured us that things are well in hand.
Now, the president says he'll stick with Rumsfeld for the balance of his term in the White House.
This is a mistake.
It is one thing for the majority of Americans to think Rumsfeld has failed. But when the nation's current military leaders start to break publicly with their defense secretary, then it is clear that he is losing control of the institution he ostensibly leads.
These officers have been loyal public promoters of a war policy many privately feared would fail. They have kept their counsel private, adhering to more than two centuries of American tradition of subordination of the military to civilian authority.
And although that tradition, and the officers' deep sense of honor, prevent them from saying this publicly, more and more of them believe it.
Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.
This is not about the midterm elections. Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth:
Donald Rumsfeld must go.
Independent Online Edition > Americas:
More than two decades after they first swept to power, Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas appear poised for victory in Nicaragua's presidential elections.
Despite heavy-handed interference from the US, which has actively campaigned against Mr Ortega, the 60-year-old former president is eight to 10 points ahead of his rivals, just days away from Sunday's vote. Polls suggest he is less than one point away from the 35 per cent he needs to win in the first round and avoid the need for a run-off.
'It's a different time,' Mr Ortega said this week. 'We are at peace. Sixteen years have passed since the war ended... and I ask God to give us a chance to govern in peace together, without political differences.'
If Mr Ortega secures victory he will do so despite remarkable interference from the US, whose ambassador in Nicaragua, Paul Trivelli, has been outspoken in his disapproval of the Sandinista leader and in support of Eduardo Montealegre, the candidate for the National Liberal Alliance who is currently placed second in the polls. Mr Ortega's previous attempts at securing the presidency, which he lost in 1990, have also met with strident US opposition.
Breaking the Silence: The GOP Must Go!!!
Breaking the Silence:
The war will continue as long as Bush is in office, for no other reason than the feckless president can’t face the embarrassment of admitting defeat. The chain of events is not complete: Bush, having learned little from his mistakes, may yet seek to embroil America in new wars against Iran and Syria.
Meanwhile, America’s image in the world, its capacity to persuade others that its interests are common interests, is lower than it has been in memory. All over the world people look at Bush and yearn for this country—which once symbolized hope and justice—to be humbled. The professionals in the Bush administration (and there are some) realize the damage his presidency has done to American prestige and diplomacy. But there is not much they can do.
There may be little Americans can do to atone for this presidency, which will stain our country’s reputation for a long time. But the process of recovering our good name must begin somewhere, and the logical place is in the voting booth this Nov. 7. If we are fortunate, we can produce a result that is seen—in Washington, in Peoria, and in world capitals from Prague to Kuala Lumpur—as a repudiation of George W. Bush and the war of aggression he launched against Iraq.
Bush brown-shirt Duncan Hunter removes Iraqi contractor oversight under the cover of darkness
U.S. tells auditor in Iraq to close office - Africa & Middle East - International Herald Tribune:
Investigations led by a Republican lawyer named Stuart W. Bowen Jr. in Iraq have sent American occupation officials to jail on bribery and conspiracy charges, exposed disastrously poor construction work by well-connected companies like Halliburton and Parsons, and discovered that the military did not properly track hundreds of thousands of weapons it shipped to Iraqi security forces.
And tucked away in a huge military authorization bill that President Bush signed two weeks ago is what some of Bowen's supporters believe is his reward for repeatedly embarrassing the administration: a pink slip.
The order comes in the form of an obscure provision that terminates his federal oversight agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, on Oct. 1, 2007. The clause was inserted by the Republican side of the House Armed Services Committee over the objections of Democratic counterparts during a closed-door conference, and it has generated surprise and some outrage among lawmakers who say they had no idea it was in the final legislation.
Bowen's office, which began operation in January 2004 to examine reconstruction money spent in Iraq, was always envisioned as a temporary organization, permitted to continue its work only as long as Congress saw fit. Some advocates for the office, in fact, have regarded its lack of a permanent bureaucracy as the key to its aggressiveness and independence.
The termination language was inserted into the bill by Congressional staff members working for Duncan Hunter, the California Republican who is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and who declared on Monday that he plans to run for president in 2008.
The sounds of "last throes" of the insurgency???
Jihad Unspun - A Clear View On The US War On "Terrorism":
The Islamic State of Iraq On the Speech Of the Dog Of Rome "Bush"
All Praise and thanks be to Allah, The Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds. Peace and prayer be upon the Imam of the Mujahideen our prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions.
Oh Nation of Islam! You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind! Be easy for there is good news. Allah has granted us victory and is enabling us by the grace of our Lord who made the best ones, the truthful Sunnis, to lead the people and support the religion.
By the grace of our Lord, who allowed us to pledge allegiance to the Amir of the Momineen (the Commander of the Faithful), the noble Sheikh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, may Allah protect him, and by the grace of Allah who empowered us to establish the righteous Islamic State of Iraq that will be a refuge for the monotheist Mujahideen. The Dog of Rome "Bush" has said more than once, " We will never allow the formation of an Islamic State in Iraq …". What disappointment and frustration he must have!
We promise you, Oh Nation of Muhammed, peace be upon him, that we will massacre the Jews and Christians along with their agents and dogs. Our swords drip with their blood and they will not cool off except in their chests and on their necks. We promise you that we will institute the righteous state in the land of the Rafideen land we will rule the land and people by the laws of Allah.
All praise is to Allah, my dear Nation that your pious sons did not falter, submit or surrender to the immoral infidels, may Allah reward them with the best of good things.
Day after day the victories continue. During this last little period Allah enabled us to kill hundreds of Losers (Americans), national guards and traitor police, all praise and gratitude be to Allah. From the Mujahideen of Mosel to the Murabeteens of Anbar to Diyala and Samarra and today Talafar rises up with the Mujahideen's takbars (exclaiming Allah is great). Allah has ranted victory over the patrols of the infidels and apostates.
By the grace of Allah, the victories have become widespread; our brothers increased the blessed martyrdom operations, the monotheists in the land of the Rafideen gave reverence and support to the religion without fearing the Mushrikens (polytheists). By the grace of Allah, hundreds of Mujahideen and tribal leaders pledged allegiance to the Amir of the Momineen after the declaration that formed the Islamic State and their numbers continue to multiply, all praise and gratitude be to Allah.
We call on every garrisoned Mujahid to stand steadfast in his Jihad, not surrendering or making peace, and we call them to give pledge allegiance to the Amir of the Momineen Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and to support the new State of Islam. The infidels nations have become feeble and victory is coming soon. The weakness of the crusaders has become clear and is exposed. The USA must solicit others countries to support them in fighting Islam and the Muslims. We defy them with their own media to show the reality of their defeat and their shame in Iraq.
Oh Allah, you are our supporter and we are fighting with your help!
Oh Allah, defeat the USA and its allies. Make them and their equipment booty for the Muslims, Oh Allah destroy them!
Oh Allah, the sky is yours, the earth is yours and the sea is yours. Oh Allah, drop all their forces from the sky, destroy all their forces on the earth and sink all their forces on the sea!
Oh Allah, retaliate against them, afflict them like you did Pharaoh and his nation! Oh Allah afflict their country with floods, make them needy of money, food and men. Oh Allah defeat them, destroy them, Oh All-Strong, All-Mighty!
'Free Saddam or else...'
'Free Saddam or else...':
Saddam Hussein's defence team has drafted a letter to US President George W Bush warning of dire consequences if an Iraqi court issues a verdict against the ousted Iraqi president for crimes against humanity.
In a copy of the letter received by AFP in Jordan on Sunday, lead Iraqi lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi also urged Bush to set free Saddam and put an end to the trial which he described again as illegal and a farce.
'We believe that it is necessary to stop this farcical trial and set free President Saddam Hussein, and all the prisoners, because this is the only solution for your troops and your difficult position in Iraq,' Dulaimi said.
'This is also the best way for the future of Iraq, the region and the world,' he added.
He warned that a verdict by the Iraqi High Tribunal against Saddam and seven co-defendants over the killing of 148 Shi'ite villagers in the Iraqi village of Dujail could plunge Iraq and the region into violence. The villagers were executed after a 1982 attempt to kill Saddam.
'This decision will set ablaze anew the country and plunge the entire region into the unknown...,' he said.
The Iraqi lawyer, who heads the Amman-based defence team, said the verdict due by the court was timed to coincide with US Congressional elections.
"There is an unfair decision that has already been taken by the court to eliminate President Saddam Hussein in time with the US Congressional elections, through which the US administration seeks to safeguard its position," he said.
Dulaimi also told Bush: "You will risk your troops who have lost control over Iraq and you will place in danger your interests and the security of the region.
British believe Bush more dangerous than Kim Jong-il
British believe Bush more dangerous than Kim Jong-il | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited:
America is now seen as a threat to world peace by its closest neighbours and allies, according to an international survey of public opinion published today that reveals just how far the country's reputation has fallen among former supporters since the invasion of Iraq.
Carried out as US voters prepare to go to the polls next week in an election dominated by the war, the research also shows that British voters see George Bush as a greater danger to world peace than either the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, or the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Both countries were once cited by the US president as part of an 'axis of evil', but it is Mr Bush who now alarms voters in countries with traditionally strong links to the US.