An example of sheer arrogance
The oped by Joe Biden in the Washington Post
is an example of the absolute arrogance of an American!!
" ...we must forge a sustainable political compromise between Iraqi factions, strengthen the Iraqi government and bolster reconstruction efforts, and accelerate the training of Iraqi forces."
"...we need to build political consensus, starting with the constitution..."
"....We must help produce a constitution that will unite Iraq, not divide it."
"...The president should initiate a regional strategy ..."
"...we must build Iraq's governing capacity and overhaul the reconstruction program. ..."
Who is this "we".
And there is more.
And this is atrocious.
"Countries that have pledged aid must deliver it. So far, only $3 billion of the $13.5 billion in non-American aid has made it to Iraq. And the president should convene a conference of our Gulf allies. They have reaped huge windfall oil profits -- it's time they gave back."
US has caused this chaos - US should pay through its nose to put it right. Why come begging to these "other "countries". All Americans, as taxpayers, have to pay and pay and pay...
US has lost the invasion and has caused catastrophe by its occupation of Iraq, causing the deaths of thousands of US soldiers and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis, and this person, who claims he is a Democrat, cannot see beyond the tip of his nose.
I hope some of you will tell him where to get off.
As an international observer I was sickened to read this garbage from a Democrat US Senator.
Riverbend - You are not alone
Riverbend wrote this as part of her latest entry in her outstanding blog Baghdad Burning
In war, you think the unthinkable. You imagine the unimaginable. When you can’t get to sleep at night, your mind wanders to cover various possibilities. Trying to guess and determine the future of a war-torn nation is nearly impossible, so your mind focuses on the more tangible- friends… Near and distant relations. I think that during these last two and a half years, every single Iraqi inside of Iraq has considered the possibility of losing one or more people in the family. I try to imagine losing the people I love most in the world- whether it’s the possibility of having them buried under the rubble… or the possibility of having them brutally murdered by extremists… or blown to bits by a car bomb… or abducted for ransom… or brutally shot at a checkpoint. All disturbing possibilities.
I try to imagine what would happen to me, personally, should this occur. How long would it take for the need for revenge to settle in? How long would it take to be recruited by someone who looks for people who have nothing to lose? People who lost it all to one blow. What I think the world doesn’t understand is that people don’t become suicide bombers because- like the world is told- they get seventy or however many virgins in paradise. People become suicide bombers because it is a vengeful end to a life no longer worth living- a life probably violently stripped of its humanity by a local terrorist- or a foreign soldier.
I hate suicide bombers. I hate the way my heart beats chaotically every time I pass by a suspicious-looking car- and every car looks suspicious these days. I hate the way Sunni mosques and Shia mosques are being targeted right and left. I hate seeing the bodies pile up in hospitals, teeth clenched in pain, wailing men and women…
But I completely understand how people get there.
From Palestine to Iraq this sentiment really expresses what is going through the minds of many many thousands of young people. And so long as war criminals Bush, Blair and their cohorts are in power, the situation will not change.
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The dam has burst
It appears that the US is getting it.
Here, however is a diametrically opposed view from his wife, Hillary Clinton, who has come out as a poor leader unable to understand what is happening in the real world.
Clinton: The big mistake of the Iraq war: Ex-President leads the critics, By Rupert Cornwell in Washington, Published: 18 November 2005 in The Independent
The dam has burst. Former president Bill Clinton's verdict that the war in Iraq was "a big mistake" is echoing around the world......
....And in another stunning development, John Murtha, an old-school Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania of 30 years' standing, demanded an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, "because they have become the target".
A decorated marine veteran and ranking Democrat on the House defence appropriations subcommittee, Mr Murtha has been a hawk on military matters, and voted for the 2003 invasion. But close to tears at times in a press conference, he said he had changed his mind.
"It is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering, the future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the US, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region." His call for an "immediate redeployment" not only flies in the face of the refusal of the White House to set any date for a draw-down of American forces. Mr Murtha went further even than liberal Democrats, who mostly go no further than seeking a timetable for a phased pull-out of the 160,000 US troops in Iraq.
The latest polls show that up to two-thirds of Americans now oppose the war.
This also shows that Tony Blair has been a Bush lapdog!
It is about time that some members of the Democratics Party in the US and the Labour party in the UK finally get some backbomne rather than be Bush / Blair apologists!
My email to Judith Miller, ex-NYT reporter?
I see you trying to grandstand your way to get more one-sided coverage about yourself in your web site.
Be honest and go through all the articles you spun using false intelligence supplied by Chalabhi. We, in the free world, do not have to depend on crappy newspapers as the New York Times!
All across the world, where we have a free press, we knew you were lying through your teeth!
In short, you and the New York Times Editors are nothing short of war criminals responsible for the death of thousands of American soldiers and many thousands of innocent Iraqis.
I will not even go into the question about you maybe have been treasonous to your own country - that is something you will have to live with by yourself.
I hope you can sleep at night with those thoughts and what people across the world think about you. Next to Bush and Blair, you must be the most hated persons in the world. Comforting thought?
If I was in your shoes, the demeaning jail would be a better place than in the minds of the many thousands of relatives of innocents that YOU may have "plotted to kill for YOUR story".
If you really felt strong, you would have allowed comments on your blog to hear publicly from people who do not think the way you do - but obviously you cannot face the truth "as others see it".
So be it.
Not much of a journalist if you are one who cannot listen to "all parts of a story".
Republican Support Plummeting
Comment #17 posted by me the blog of Congressman John Conyers Jr.: jmatthan said on 11/8/05 @ 3:08am ET...
I wish I was so optimistic.
So long as US stays with the electronic voting systems out of control of an independent Election Commission, I do not give Congressman Conyers Jr. much hope.
I would love to see this wonderful Congressman as your President with Dennis Kucinch as his Secreatry of the Department of Peace.
Any further evidence of lapdog Blair required?
Today's Guardian from the England has the article Blair's litany of failures on Iraq - ambassador's damning verdict
Meyer says PM failed to exert any leverage on Bush and was seduced by US power
Julian Glover and Ewen MacAskill
Monday November 7, 2005
Tony Blair repeatedly passed up opportunities to put a brake on the rush to war in Iraq, a failure that may have contributed to the country's present anarchy, according to Sir Christopher Meyer, Britain's ambassador to Washington at the time, in his book DC Confidential, serialised in the Guardian from today.
Read this Special report: foreign affairs | Special report: politics and Iraq :DC Confidential: Tony Blair and the wooing of America: Sir Christopher Meyer, former ambassador to the US, was uniquely placed to track the PM's White House charm offensive. In this first extract from his memoirs, he reveals how Labour grew to admire the Republicans: Monday November 7, 2005: The Guardian
and then answer whether any more evidence is required that the poodle Tony Blair is Bush's lapdog with blood-stained paws and is also a war criminal?
Letters sent to US leading newspapers
To the Editor of Washington Post:
Why have you not covered the story and the video (http://media.putfile.com/SNEIPER-OF-BAGHDAD) of a how a sniper is picking off US soldiers in Iraq at will? Scared of consequences?
Is your newspaper Armstrong Williams-lite?
And to The Public Editor of The New York Times
Dear Public Editor,
Why has your newspaper not covered the story and the video (http://media.putfile.com/SNEIPER-OF-BAGHDAD) of a how a sniper is picking off US soldiers in Iraq at will? Scared of consequences? Or is it going to be left to Judith Miller to cover?
Is your newspaper Armstrong Williams-lite?
Why the US can NEVER WIN this Occupation of Iraq
This unique video footage of a sniper, totally untraceable, pot-shotting over 50 US troops (and please watch the whole video), shows why it is impossible for the US troops to ever gain control of this occupation.
Elusive sniper saps US morale in Baghdad
Commanders weigh their options as 'Juba' notches up more kills
Rory Carroll in Baghdad
Friday August 5, 2005
They have never seen Juba. They hear him, but by then it's too late: a shot rings out and another US soldier slumps dead or wounded.
There is never a follow-up shot, never a chance for US forces to identify the origin, to make the hunter the hunted. He fires once and vanishes.
Juba is the nickname given by American forces to an insurgent sniper operating in southern Baghdad. They do not know his appearance, nationality or real name, but they know and fear his skill.
200 such marksmen and you have the whole US ground forces army out of commission.
And the proof is here in the video, which obviously will NEVER be shown on US TV.
Someone please send this to Cindy Sheehan.
Dennis Kucinich gets it right
Like Congressman John Conyers jr., Congressman Dennis Kucinich has been absoluely consistent.
He has a very clear statement today.
"Democrats, Don't Ignore the War", By Rep. Dennis Kucinich, AlterNet. Posted November 5, 2005 is absolutely right and tells people like Hilary Clinton and Joe Biden to stuff it.
National Democratic leaders have tried and tried again to pretend it's not happening -- and politically, it doesn't work. It's time for a true opposition party.
Time to follow the true leaders of the Democratic party - not the Bush-lite gutless variety!
Only two Congressman who have been consistent
Posted by: jmatthan on Nov 5, 2005 8:34 AM
From my experience, only two Congressmen have been completely consistent right from Day 1 - Congressman Conyers Jr. and Congressman Kucinich. (I am sure that there may be a couple more that I am not aware of.)
Please stay on this course Congressman Kucinich, for the sake of my world.
Senate Dems Call for DSM, Intelligence Answers
This is with respect to the shutting down to the public of the US Senate by Democratic Senators yesterday invoking a rarely used Rule 21 to force the chamber into a closed session.
Comment #17 posted on Congressman John Conyers Jr.'s blog by me: jmatthan said on 11/2/05 @ 1:17am ET...
Congressman John Conyers Jr has been doing for years what the Democratic Senators were too weak-kneeded to do. I now hope they make up for lost time in the interest of the world. It is obvious that they are looking at the their own falling ratings and now feel "compelled" to do something. I hope some of them will have some spine to stand beside one of the greatest Congressman of all time - your goodself, Congressman Conyers Jr.
Let us see how the posturing continues!