GI SPECIAL 2#B99
HOW MANY MORE
FOR IMPERIAL WAR?
DENNIS ODA /
A. Young Kim comforted her
1-month-old son, Apollo Ikaika Kim, after the casket of her
husband, Pvt. Jeungjin "Nikky" Kim, was loaded into the hearse
yesterday following his funeral at the Honolulu Central
Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nuuanu. Jeungjin Kim was
killed in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on Oct. 6.
Part of the Job?
10/21/2004 Jonathan Turley, Los
The recent refusal of at least
18 soldiers in the 343rd Quartermaster Company to go on a
perilous mission in Iraq has created a torrent of competing
allegations of mutiny and military incompetence. With
an election approaching, the Bush administration is now
desperately seeking to defuse the controversy.
shown, however, that alleged mutinies do not go away easily
and that they often reflect deeper problems in a war.
military, even saying "mutiny" is like crying "Fire!" in a
When it first
appears, commanders are trained to isolate it and crush it
before it spreads.
In Roman times, reluctant or
mutinous soldiers were punished through "decimation," a word
often used incorrectly to refer to total destruction. Generals
would "decimate" units by executing every 10th soldier as
collective punishment. (In one case, Marcus Licinius Crassus
put as many as 4,000 legionnaires to death.)
has often proved the mutineers to be correct in their
judgment of the incompetence or futility of military orders.
Indeed, as with the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789, the
public often comes to not only agree with but to lionize
mutineers who opposed tyrannical or self-destructive
The incident in Iraq follows
other cases of dissension, including the action taken against
a National Guard battalion in South Carolina after 13 members
went AWOL before shipping out to Iraq.
Yet even the
Pentagon admits that some of the complaints of the alleged
mutineers are "valid." After writing about
the shortage of body armor in 2003,
I was deluged by such complaints from soldiers, including one
who recounted how her unit was hanging buckets of rocks on the
sides of unarmored Humvees for added protection.
cowardice is usually a failing of an individual soldier,
mutinies involve groups of soldiers and are often more about
the commanders than their troops. For example, some of the
largest mutinies in history occurred among the French in World
War I. After hundreds of thousands of lives
were lost in suicidal offensives, French troops began to
refuse to leave their trenches. Notably, these troops had
served bravely and they did not desert. With mutinies in 50
divisions, the commanders took a lesson from the Romans and
selected "representatives" of each unit to be sentenced to
death. History proved the
mutineers right: The
offensives were sheer lunacy by commanders who lacked both
talent and compassion.
The U.S. military has always
refused to condone defiance of orders except in cases where
the orders were unlawful, such as calling for committing war
not allowed to refuse an order because it is illogical or
wasteful or wrongheaded or dangerous.
But is that a
unit in the mutinies of 1917 lost 400 out of 600 men in a
single attack — slaughtered only yards from their trenches.
When ordered to attack again, they refused. Technically, they
committed mutiny. They were expected to voice any objections
but then run directly into German machine-gun fire.
The U.S. military still follows
this view by considering the incompetence of an order largely
during the sentencing of the mutineers rather than when
officials are now trying to defuse the controversy by
emphasizing in interviews such phrases as a "confused
situation" and "temporary breakdown." What was a technical
mutiny may be downgraded in the interest of politics to a
misunderstanding. As in many past mutinies, we seem to be
moving toward a symbolic gesture of discipline.
says two of the 18 might be selected for punishment to satisfy
appearances. It is a result that Crassus would love; two out
of 18 is just about right for a good old-fashioned Roman
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10.21.04 JACKSON, Mississippi
Jackie Butler, whose husband,
44-year-old Staff Sgt. Michael Butler, also was reassigned for
disobeying the order, said her husband was only doing what he
was trained to do -- survive. The Gulf War veteran with 24
years of service would not have refused the order without a
compelling reason, she said.
``He was at
that point that he didn't have a choice. It's been going on
for too long,'' she said. ``Even though he knew what was
going to happen to him, in his mind he's saying, At least
other soldiers over there will get the equipment they need
to go and do their job.'''
Both wives said their soldier
husbands still don't know what punishment they face.
``I just want to wake up and it
be over,'' Jackie Butler
Soldier Defends Combat Refusal
October 16, 2004
I will go out on a
limb and because this is my forum, I will say that I agree
with what they did.
I read all the
articles and I am reading between the lines here. Those
soldiers, who have been in Iraq for quite sometime now, did
not carry out an order because they felt it would endanger
their fellow soldiers lives! I don't blame them. They said the
vehicles were deadline. That means that they are not suppose
to leave the motorpool (garage), unless a commander signs off
on it. Typically those vehicles will not go out on a mission,
when a vehicle is deadlined, it means it is fucked up, not
going to go very far. When you are strolling down a MSR in
Iraq, you don't want to break down. You don't want to even
stop; hell you would rather take a piss in a Gatorade bottle
Well over 6000
Soldiers have been maimed by IED and Roadside bombs already.
Why in the world would you order solders to go out on a
mission with 'already' declared contaminated fuel?
Yes, I know people
will say, that regardless, they should have carried out the
order and they swore an oath when they enlisted.
Lets not forget that if you
think the order is one that will most certainly bring harm to
you, you can disobey it. Yes there will be an
investigation, but if you are in the right, then you will be
let off. Just because you
attain a degree and given some butter bars doesn't mean that
you are god and can order soldiers into a situation that would
make no sense!
Let's revisit the
considered contaminated -Vehicles Deadlined -No armed escort
-Very hostile destination -Vehicles with little to no armor
do the math. This is an outrage and shit like this pisses me
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Confirm U.S. Has Few Combat Troops In Iraq:
Theirs Be Used But Only For 30 Days
confirms a previous report that of the 140,000 U.S. armed
forces in Iraq, only 23,000 are actual combat troops. They
will be very very lucky to escape millions of armed, pissed
off Iraqis with their lives. They are surrounded and
besieged, capable of concentrating enough forces to take a
town here and there, but utterly incapable of holding ground
they do not stand on, or avoiding being chewed up one bite at
a time. This war is over. This was is lost. The only
question is how many more have to die before the politicians
quit covering their asses with the bodies of U.S. troops, and
admit it, and get the survivors the fuck out. In another lost
war, Vietnam, it took a rebellion in the armed forces to stop
the war, when enough troops decided they didn’t want to die
for political bullshit, and that’s what it will take to stop
this one. T]
October 22, 2004 Patrick E.
Tyler, New York Times
Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon
announced Thursday that 850 British troops in southern Iraq
would advance toward Baghdad to replace American fighting
units that are expected to mount an assault on Iraqi
insurgents west of the capital, near Fallujah.
members of Parliament have asked why the United States, with
130,000 troops in the Iraq theater, needs 850 British troops
for the Fallujah mission.
Thursday that the number of armored combat troops in Iraq
was a small fraction of the total deployment.
Walker, chief of the defense staff, speaking at a news
conference after Hoon, said there would be a 30-day limit on
the British redeployment.
Soldiers Wounded, Vehicles Destroyed In Karma And Al-Miqdadiya
10/21/2004 AlJazeera Publishing
A number of
U.S. soldiers were wounded when bombs exploded in the main
highway in al-Miqdadiya northeast Baquba.
said that the blast severely destroyed two U.S. military
In a separate
incident, two U.S. military vehicles were also destroyed when
another bomb went off in the main highway in the Karma area in
Up In Mosul, 5 Wounded
Oct. 22, 2004 Associated Press
A car bomb
exploded Friday near an American armored vehicle in the
northern Iraq city of Mosul, wounding five U.S. soldiers, the
In Mosul, the blast hit the
Stryker vehicle as it returned to a coalition base after
operations near Mosul, said Capt. Angela Bowman, a spokeswoman
with Task Force Olympia.
Occupation Troops Wounded
2004-10-22 Middle East Online
officials in Copenhagen said three Danish soldiers were
wounded Friday when two roadside bombs exploded next to their
vehicles in separate incidents southwest of Basra. None of
the injuries were life-threatening. [Charming phrase. Think
about it. It’s supposed to make the reader feel good. “Oh,
that’s good, not life threatening.” Guess what, losing both
legs or eyes or arms isn’t “life threatening” either. You
This was the first time Danish
soldiers have been wounded in bombings since Copenhagen sent
troops to Iraq in 2003.
Think He Died For A Good Reason. He Shouldn't Be Dead.”
October 21, 2004 By Jodie Tweed,
Staff Writer, Brainerd Dispatch
frosts me," she said. "This is sad. To me, this is a
senseless death, all the people who are dying over there.
... People are going through this every day all over. This
is sad. I don't think he died for a good reason. He
shouldn't be dead."
A North Dakota Army Reserve
soldier killed in Iraq with family ties in the Pine River
area, will be remembered today as a "good kid," someone who
went to Iraq because he believed he could do some good there.
Pvt. 1st Class Anthony Monroe,
21, Bismarck, N.D., was killed Oct. 10 while serving in
southern Iraq. He was one of two soldiers killed and five
soldiers wounded in a rocket attack.
Monroe was serving
with the 1st Calvary Division, based in Fort Hood, Texas. He
had been in the Army since the fall of 2002 and had been in
Iraq for the past couple of months. He was a vehicle mechanic.
Monroe is the son
of Bernadette Monroe, formerly of Backus and a Bismarck
resident, and the late Jeffery Monroe. He was a 2002 graduate
of Bismarck High School and has a younger sister, Caitlyn, and
a brother, Nicholas.
Monroe is the
grandson of Florence Hamilton, Pine River; the nephew of Jim
and Debbie Hamilton, Hackensack, Carolyn and Bob Hamilton and
Bill and Brenda Hamilton, all of Pine River; Lovette McAninch,
Backus; Paul Hamilton, Backus; and a cousin and relative to
many others in the Pine River area.
Carolyn Hamilton said her nephew
spent a lot of time in the Pine River area.
"He was a
good kid," said Hamilton. "He really enjoyed life. He was
excited about going over to Iraq. He thought he could do some
good. He'll be really missed."
"He was a
clown," added his aunt, Debbie Hamilton. "He was your typical
teeny-bopper. He liked to make you laugh. He was funny, a good
Hamilton said her sister-in-law just lost her husband in 1998
to cancer and her nephew's death is another devastating blow
for the family.
grandmother, Florence Hamilton, sent her grandson care
packages once or twice a week from Pine River to Iraq. She
had purchased prepaid mailing envelopes to send letters and
small comforts from home to her grandson. She recently
returned to the Pine River Post Office to return the prepaid
envelopes, telling them to give them to another family who
needs them for their soldier.
"This is just
awful. I just feel so bad for her," said Debbie Hamilton, of
her sister-in-law. "It's like your mind doesn't even go
there. It's too awful. I cannot imagine losing one of your
children. I can't even go there."
Monroe had a large
family and was close to many of his cousins, she said.
Hamilton said she is angered by her nephew's death.
frosts me," she said. "This is sad. To me, this is a
senseless death, all the people who are dying over there.
... People are going through this every day all over. This
is sad. I don't think he died for a good reason. He
shouldn't be dead."
According to his obituary,
Anthony "Tony" William Hamilton Monroe was born April 26,
1983, to Jeffery and Bernadette (Hamilton) Monroe. As an
infant, he moved with his parents to Lakeland, Fla., where he
attended kindergarten and first grade. The family moved to
Bismarck where he attended school, graduating from Bismarck
High School in May 2002.
Monroe worked at
the Pretzel Maker kiosk at Kirkwood Plaza and job shadowed at
KXMB-TV of Bismarck while attending school. He enjoyed
photography and writing poetry, aspiring to be a
photojournalist. He loved music and was a talented bass
guitarist. In his spare time, Monroe was an avid billiards
Following in his father's
footsteps, Monroe had enlisted after graduating from high
school. He took his basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C.
Because his father had been a member of the Air Force and
remained in the North Dakota National Guard, Monroe followed
his example. Monroe was a member of the First Presbyterian
Church of Bismarck.
is planned for 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in
Bismarck. A private burial will be in the North Dakota
Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, N.D.
WHAT THE FUCK IS IT EXACTLY WE’RE
soldiers, Samarra. (AFP/File/Jewel Samad)
Base Under Constant Attack
Oct. 21, 2004 Claire Bush,
Special for the ABG
In the 1930s in rural Iowa, an
enterprising engineer and peace activist named C. Maxwell
Stanley took over Young Engineering Co. Through the next four
decades, Stanley built his firm into a global enterprise that
now sends crews to more than 85 countries.
One of those projects involves
the reconstruction of seven Army barracks just outside Baghdad
that had undergone extensive damage during the Iraq conflict.
a civil engineer with Stanley's Phoenix office underwent some
tense situations during his stay at the barracks 12 miles
"We knew we were surrounded by
U.S. troops, so we felt safe, but we had to stay alert.
Mortars were fired at any
time, day or night. When we heard the explosions and saw the
smoke rising, we knew to run from our trailers and take
shelter in nearby buildings."
For The Resistance:
Troops Raid Prayers At Mosque In Mosul:
Defend Themselves And Beat Them Back
Iraqi men chant
outside a mosque in the northern city of Mosul after a raid
October 22. Troops left
the mosque they were raiding for suspected insurgents in Mosul
after coming under fire, witnesses said. Photo by
22 October, 2004 MOSUL, Iraq
(Reuters) & Middle East Online
broken out at a mosque in the northern city of Mosul during a
raid by U.S. troops and Iraqi National Guards, witnesses say.
The mosque preacher, Sheikh
Rayan Tawfiq, said earlier that the American and Iraqi forces
had broken into the compound of the mosque in eastern Mosul to
arrest unidentified suspects.
attending Friday prayers resisted, at first without weapons,
when they tried to enter the mosque itself.
troops then sparked an uproar when they entered the women's
section of the mosque, he told Reuters by telephone.
"I did my
best to calm the people, but we don't want any Americans or
any security organisation to go into the mosque under the
pretext of arresting people," Tawfiq said before the firefight
soldiers and an Iraqi were wounded.
said insurgents fired small arms, rocket-propelled grenades
and mortars at Iraqi and US forces.
Air Strikes Kill Family Of Six:
Government Party Condemns Falluja Terror Bombing Raids;
Dumbest Psy-Op Yet
21-10-2004 Reuters &
air strikes killed a family of six.
television footage showed men chanting "There is no God but
Allah!" as they carried the body of the father through the
rubble of the razed family home in the town of Falluja on
"Is this the
gift that (interim Prime Minister) Iyad Allawi is giving to
the people of Falluja?" asked one man, pointing to the small
bodies of two of the children lying in the trunk of a car.
"Every day they strike Fallujah."
The Committee of Muslim
Scholars, an influential association of clerics, warned it
would call a boycott of Iraq’s January elections if the US
army launches a major assault on Fallujah.
"It is unacceptable to use the
pretext of elections to invade towns. We will call on Iraqis
to boycott the polls and to consider the results null and void
in case of operations in Fallujah," the group said after a
meeting in Baghdad.
It called on the US military to
halt all air and artillery strikes on the city in western
association said its meeting included political figures who
endorsed the statement but did not publish their names.
Among the participants was Iraq’s Islamic Party, which sits
on the interim government.
labeled the campaign against “insurgent” hotspots in some
areas north and west of Iraq "a war of extermination led
against the Iraqi people by the forces of the occupation with
the help of government and militia forces."
the right "to resist the occupation", it said.
Iraqi girls have been killed when their car came under US fire
near the rebel-held city of Fallujah, according to an Iraqi
who helped rescue four people wounded in the incident.
Villager Mahmoud Mohammed says
the mother of the two girls and the driver of the car, who
have both been wounded, had told him a US tank had fired at
the vehicle in Naamiya, 10 km south-east of Fallujah.
Two other children in the car
have been hurt. Hospital officials in Fallujah confirm the
military vehicles cut off a northwestern entrance to the
city and urged residents by loudspeaker to "hand over the
terrorists, or the night is near," witnesses said. [Yes, at
least once every 24 hours, usually following late
afternoon. Whoever came up with that one has been watching
too many really bad movies. On the other hand, after all
the bombing, the citizens got reassuring confirmation their
opponents are commanded by incompetent fools]
Army Leader” Says Falluja, Ramadi Will Be “Eliminated”
Oct. 21, 2004 By JOSEPH L.
GALLOWAY, Knight Ridder Newspapers
A senior Army leader says the
coming third rotation of U.S. military forces into Iraq has
begun, with called-up Army National Guard units deploying to
the war zone over the next three months and regular Army
forces beginning to shift in to replace other units in
official said it was clear that the "inner sanctuaries" in
towns like Fallujah and Ramadi would have to be eliminated to
make progress in Iraq. [Well, so much for Imperial “progress”
in Iraq. With only 23,000 combat ground troops in the whole
country, the odds favor “eliminating” senior Army leaders
before that happens.)
Command Doesn’t Know How Many Marines Killed In Falluja
October 22, 2004 By TINI TRAN,
U.S. Marines clashed with
insurgents on the outskirts of the rebel bastion of Fallujah
and launched airstrikes at militant targets, the U.S. command
Multiple secondary explosions
were seen but the military
said it had no information on anti-Iraq forces killed.
Say Business Up Sharply
October 22, 2004, By EDWARD
HARRIS, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
Sgt. Amos Ritter, a crew chief
with the Army's 45th Medical Company…..is one of at least a
dozen men and women in the company responsible for evacuating
casualties in south-central Iraq. Based near the historic
ruins of the ancient city of Babylon, they have three Black
Hawks at their disposal.
report a sharp climb in demand for their services, with
insurgents' roadside bombs and ambushes increasingly
targeting U.S. and coalition forces.
The 45th ferries a steady flow
of wounded to Iraq's main hospital, a U.S.-run facility in
Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. The helicopters carry
stretcher-borne patients as well as those able to walk.
Not all injuries handled by the
45th are combat-related.
evacuations during one recent 48-hour period: U.S. soldier
swallowed a retainer at chow hall; U.S. soldier hit in head
with football; U.S. soldier struck by lightning; Polish
days, we've had some weird ones," Carroll said. [Not so
weird. Gets you the fuck out of the hot spot.]
On the ground, Iraqis can be
"Some wave, some throw rocks and
some kick their soccer balls at us," said Chief Warrant
Officer Russ Toeller, 35, from Milwaukee.
The rescue Black Hawks
frequently come under fire, despite the red crosses stenciled
on the fuselage.
"At night, the Iraqis can't see
the red cross," and tracer fire frequently crosses the Black
Hawks, Gates said.
While the medics carry pistols,
their Black Hawks lack the heavy weapons of attack helicopters
- and bullets often flash toward the aircraft. "We get shot
at a lot," Toeller said. "But we get missed a lot, too."
Army Times 10.25.04
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800 IRR Fail
To Report For Duty
Oct 22 By ROBERT BURNS, AP
Military Writer & Vince Crawley, October 25, 2004, Army Times
WASHINGTON (AP) --
More than 800 former soldiers
have failed to comply with Army orders to get back in uniform
and report for duty in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Army said
Friday. That is more than one-third of the total who were
told to report to a mobilization station by Oct. 17.
ago the number stood at 622 amid talk that
any who refused to report for duty could be declared Absent
Without Leave. Refusing to report for duty normally would lead
to AWOL charges, but the
Army is going out of its way to resolve these cases as quietly
In all, 4,166 members of the
Individual Ready Reserve have received mobilization orders
since July 6, of which 2,288 were to have reported by Oct.
17. The others are to report in coming weeks and months.
Of those due
to have reported by now, 1,445 have done so, but 843 have
neither reported nor asked for a delay or exemption.
number of IRR Army soldiers who have failed to comply with
their mobilization order has increased this month, so has the
number who have asked for a delay or to be excused from
who have requested delays or exemptions has grown from 1,498
(out of a total of 3,899 mobilization orders) in late
September to 1,671 (out of a total of 4,166 orders) as of Oct.
17. A little over one-third of the requests have been acted
on, with 584 approved and 21 denied.
Recalled IRR Marine Killed
Oct 22 By ROBERT BURNS, AP
The Marine Corps said Friday
that a Marine killed in western Iraq earlier this week, Sgt.
Douglas E. Bascom, 25, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was a
member of the Individual Ready Reserve. He was the first IRR
Marine to die in Iraq, according to Gunnery Sgt. Kristine
Scharber, a spokeswoman at Marine Corps headquarters in the
Wife Must Beg
For Money To Visit Wounded Marine;
Says Donations Are Not Tax Deductible!
October 22, 2004 KCCI-TV
This week, KCCI learned that one
of the Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, was injured.
Cpl. Donny Daughenbaugh, 23, Des Moines, was shot in the face
while on patrol near Baghdad.
Daughenbaugh shipped out with
120 other members of Echo Company in June. He needs surgery
and won't be home for awhile.
"They did fly him to Germany,
where he's currently staying until he comes home," said Sarah
Daughenbaugh, Donny's wife.
Sarah Daughenbaugh said her
husband could be headed to any one of several hospitals around
that the family faces is that they don't have the money to
Daughenbaugh was listed as "seriously injured," the military
would pay to fly his wife anywhere in the world to be by her
husband. But he was downgraded to "not seriously injured," so
her travel costs are her responsibility.
Donny Daughenbaugh is a 1999
graduate of Lincoln High School.
The student council and
teachers there are helping raise funds for the family.
Daughenbaugh's employer, Allied Insurance, and several area
churches are also raising money for travel expenses.
"I know in my
situation, it's important that I get to see my husband,
because I know in the long run it's going to help out with his
recovery," Sarah Daughenbaugh said.
KCCI started the Echo Company
Family Support Fund to help with travel costs when a Marine in
the unit is injured.
The Family Fund will help ensure
that if a local Marine is injured, a family member will be
able to travel to be by their side. The fund will also be
used for family emergencies if needed.
All money donated will go
directly to the fund.
Send your check donation to:
Marines Echo Company Family Fund
888 Ninth St.
Des Moines, IA
Donations are not tax-deductible.
Arm Blown Off But That’s Not “Serious” Enough For $ For Family
October 21, 2004 By Jeff Wright,
soldier from Eugene will undergo an eighth surgery today at
Walter Reed Army Medical Center after losing his left arm in a
bomber's attack near Mosul, Iraq, on Oct. 11.
Michael John Oreskovic, a
corporal with the Army's 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
based at Fort Lewis, Wash., was injured on his final mission
after a yearlong stint in Iraq. The attack came four days
after he was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in
a similar attack Oct. 5.
quality assurance worker at Lunar Logic, a Eugene computer
software company, said he doesn't know how long he and his
wife, Georganna, will be able to stay at their son's bedside.
hired at Lunar Logic in March after being out of work for a
year following layoffs at Symantec and Monaco Coach, and his
wife suffers from several chronic medical ailments. They also
have a 21-year-old daughter, Andrea.
His son sent
some of his Army pay back to Eugene to help cover Georganna
Oreskovic's prescription costs, the senior Oreskovic said.
He said he
and his wife paid for their own airfare to Washington, D.C.,
because the Army doesn't cover such expenses for families
whose children suffer their son's level of injury.
Oct. 11 when
Cpl. Oreskovic and others returned on what was to be their
final mission. He was in the turret of a
Stryker armored vehicle when a bomber detonated a pickup truck
- full of explosives but covered by fruits and vegetables, so
as to resemble a vehicle bound for market.
His son and others managed to
fire on the pickup but were unable to stop it, Oreskovic said.
"It was the biggest explosion the cavalry had seen there in a
year," he said. Two sergeants were killed in the blast, and
eight others were injured.
Flashed Before My Eyes”
10-21-2004 Tom Murray, (KAAL)
A soldier from our area is home
tonight after seven months of service in Iraq.
She earned a Purple Heart after
being wounded under fire in Fallujah. SIX NEWS FIRST reporter
Tom Murray has her story from Chatfield.
Army specialist Thiara Herold of
Chatfield shows us where shrapnel hit the HUMVEE she was
working on in Fallujah while her unit was under attack.
flashed before my eyes. My vehicle was on fire. All the
HUMVEEs were getting out of the kill zone, passing my
She suffered hearing loss and
cuts on her hands and neck. Her parents Doug and Twyla found
out their daughter had been injured when they received a phone
"The person on the other end
says this is the Department of the Army Casualty Division. We
need to let you know your daughter's been wounded and she's
going to be ok."
Thiara's is one of the Herold's
four children. Her mom says the hardest part was not knowing
what was going on, an emotion most parents can relate to.
"It's constant praying, waiting
for that next phone call or e-mail that she's ok."
often see photos captured by soldiers on the front line. A
soldier driving this tanker truck did not make it out of the
fiery blaze. Some images Thiara's captured like those of dead
bodies are just too graphic to show.
"I've had to fire before. You
don't think about it, you just do it."
22-year-old soldier says she doesn't think people here truly
grasp what is going on in places like Fallujah.
"If they saw
what I've seen, they would understand don't take anything for
granted here and be very grateful."
Thiara returns to Iraq on
October 21, 2004 By Rosemarie
Bernardo, Honolulu Star-Bulletin
A. Young Kim
and husband Pvt. Jeungjin "Nikky" Kim "were supposed to be
together forever," she told mourners at his funeral.
"We still are
going to be together forever, babe," she said. "I'm going to
love you for the rest of my life."
Family members and friends
gathered at the Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist Church
in Nuuanu yesterday to honor and remember Jeungjin Kim, 23,
who was killed Oct. 6 when his patrol was attacked by a
homemade bomb and small arms fire in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
service, A. Young Kim read a letter her husband wrote before
he left for Iraq. "I need you to know the only way I can make
it through this hard time is that you stay strong and be happy
with our baby boy until I get back," he wrote.
Kim said her
husband of three years was able to see their 1-month-old son
through pictures she had sent to Iraq earlier.
Kim was awarded the Purple
Heart, Bronze Star and good-conduct medal at a burial service
held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at
Punchbowl after he was honored with a 15-gun salute.
Spc. Kyle Ka'eo Fernandez of Pearl City will be held today and
tomorrow at Borthwick Mortuary. Fernandez and Sgt. Brian
Hobbs, who were both based at Schofield Barracks, were killed
last Thursday when a homemade bomb struck their Humvee.
Young Kim reached over her husband's casket during yesterday's
“Much Of Head Blown Off” Loses Eye, Gets Citizenship
October 20, 2004 Steve
Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle
A man from
the nation's capital flew out to hand Cpl. Jason Poole his
citizenship papers on Tuesday and, if Poole were the crying
type, he might have cried out of the one eye he can still cry
But he didn't cry, maybe because
he's a U.S. Marine and there are too many things he's seen
after three combat tours in Iraq that are more worth crying
Poole, a 21-year-old immigrant
from Bristol in Great Britain, is spending his days at the
Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto,
waiting for doctors to figure
out how to fix the left side of his face.
An Iraqi booby trap blew it up
on June 30 while Poole and three comrades were patrolling near
the Syrian border. The other three guys died and
Poole -- who had been 10 days
away from leaving Iraq -- came home on a stretcher, with much
of his head blown off and his arms and legs loaded with
On Tuesday, Poole sat in the
hospital day room, next to a jack-o'-lantern and some physical
therapy machines, surrounded by his parents, girlfriend, twin
sister and a dozen fellow disabled patients who had been
through other versions of the same hell. Nearby was a U.S.
flag on a pole that someone dragged over from the auditorium.
Undersecretary Eduardo Aguirre
[Department of Homeland Security], asked Poole to raise his
right hand, and the corporal managed to elevate his arm about
halfway up. He wasn't able to repeat the entire citizenship
oath word for word, the way they do it at naturalization
ceremonies, but Aguirre said that was OK. The oath says new
citizens must "bear arms on behalf of the United States when
required by law, '' and Poole had already done that part.
"Yes,'' was all Poole could
utter, after Aguirre finished rattling off the oath, and that
was good enough.
"We're very proud to have you as
a citizen,'' the undersecretary said as he handed Poole his
blue naturalization certificate with an eagle on it, right
next to a color photograph of him -- taken before the injury
-- that his mom, who is visiting from England, spent a long
time looking at. Poole
also got a letter of congratulations from President Bush, but
the corporal was not about to waste the services of his one
remaining eye reading the letter.
His parents, Trudy and Steve
Poole, gave him a hug. His girlfriend, Michelle Starr, and his
sister, Lisa Poole, gave him hugs, too.
"You're not British anymore,''
his mother said, looking to be the only person in the crying
"He still can
keep the British passport,'' the undersecretary said, trying
to say something.
spend another 18 months in rehabilitation at the VA hospital,
undergoing three operations to repair his facial features and
to attempt to restore sensation to his left side.
And maybe, he said, one of the
docs can remove the bits of shrapnel on his left upper arm,
the ones that have defaced his beloved U.S. flag tattoo.
After that, Poole hopes to travel to Venice and Barcelona
with Starr, then attend college and become an elementary
The Cost Of
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: (pdf)
Billions of dollars have been earmarked to restore the basic
infrastructure of the shattered nation, but running water,
electricity and food are still in short supply.
'Sent to Iraq Despite Failing Weapons Tests'
21 Oct 2004 By Nick Foley,
Territorial Army soldiers were sent to fight in Iraq despite
failing their weapons test, a court martial heard today.
A total of
949 part-time soldiers failed to achieve the required standard
or were trained by instructors who had not passed the test
themselves, the hearing was told.
the figures were only based on records over an eight-month
period the number could have been as high as 2,300, the court
The hearing was told that
reservists had to acquire a “skilled” mark in their weapon
test before being deployed to a war zone. But many soldiers
who had only achieved “average” grades and should have been
failed were sent to the Gulf.
Last week TA training adviser
Sergeant Major John Drain, who helped train part-time soldiers
at the Reserve Training And Mobilisation Centre at Chilwell,
Notts, said some were being passed despite not achieving the
He added that the figure was
agreed by both prosecution and defence. But Judge Advocate
General Paul Camp said that based on the recorded figures, the
total number of reservists who could have been sent to Iraq
over the entire period could have been as high as 2,300.
Infiltrate Iraqi Forces;
Strength And Winning Popular Support CIA Man Says
October 22, 2004 HeraldNet
Iraq’s new security forces are
heavily infiltrated by insurgents, and the guerrilla groups
have access to almost unlimited money to pay for deadly
attacks, according to a U.S. defense official who provided new
details on the evolution of the rebels.
cases, members of the Iraqi security services have developed
sympathies and contacts with the guerrillas; in other cases,
infiltrators were sent to join the groups, the official said.
U.S. military analysts foresee little chance of the insurgency
evaporating during the next few years, the
increased by about 25 percent since the beginning of Ramadan,
the Islamic holy month that began last weekend.
resistance in Iraq is popular and is getting more popular in
the Arab world," said Vince Cannistraro, a former
counterterrorism chief for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Cops, Prisoners Escape
A car bomb exploded near a
police station in Ishaqi, about 80 kilometres north of
Baghdad, wounding two policemen.
Two prisoners escaped after the
Finishes A “Strong Second” In Iraq War
10.20.2004 The Onion
months of struggle in Iraq, U.S. military officials conceded a
loss to Iraqi insurgents Monday, but said America can be proud
of finishing "a very strong second."
"We went out there, gave it our
all, and fought a really good fight," said Gen. George W.
Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq. "America's got nothing
to be ashamed of. We outperformed Great Britain, Poland, and
a lot of the other top-notch nations, but Iraq just wouldn't
stay down for the count. It may have come down to them simply
wanting it more."
American tanks and infantry
surged out to an impressive early lead in March 2003, scoring
major points by capturing Baghdad early in the faceoff. The
stage seemed set for a second American victory in as many
clashes with Iraq, with commentators and generals alike
declaring the contest all but decided with the fall of Tikrit
in April 2003.
"In spite of jumping out to an
early lead and having the better-trained, better-equipped
team, I'm afraid we still came up short in the end," Casey
said. "Sometimes, the underdog just pulls one out on you.
But there's no reason for the guys who were out in the field
to feel any shame over this one. They played through pain and
injury and never questioned the strategy, even when we started
"The troops were great out
there," Casey continued. "It's not their fault the guys with
the clipboards just couldn't put this one away."
Casey said that, although the
U.S. military did not win, it did set records for kills,
yardage gained, palaces overrun, defensive stops, and military
"The Americans can be proud of
the numbers," Casey said. "All things considered, there was
some very impressive maneuvering out there. We kept the folks
at home on the edge of their seats, that's for sure."
PFC Brian Walters was part of a
squad at Fallujah for the past three months.
"We're looking at an opponent
who just keeps coming at you until the echo of the whistle,"
Walters said. "I gotta hand it to them, they weren't gonna
roll over. We were just out there playing not to lose."
Former civil administrator of
Iraq L. Paul Bremer said the U.S. troops performed admirably,
adding that overconfidence may have been a factor.
"After that strong start, I
really thought that we were going to take it home," Bremer
said. "I'd say we can chalk this loss up to a combination of
Iraq's home-field advantage and a poor second-half U.S. game
captain John Baptiste of the 656th Infantry said that his
fellow troops "were solid to the end," adding that he was
disappointed in U.S. leaders' decision to call the game so
"The chief should never come out
at halftime and call it 'Mission Accomplished,'" Baptiste
said. "You never say that until the clock runs out. My guys
did their best, but we've gotta remember that everyone plays
to the final gun."
Loyal fans of
the U.S. are still coming to terms with the loss, a rarity for
an organization that won undisputed world championships in the
'10s and '40s, but has not always played its best on hostile
ground in recent years.
"What kind of a defense was that
in the final quarter of 2003?" said retired Air Force colonel
Charles Carruthers, now a professor at the Army War College at
West Point. "The field generals all thought they had Iraq on
the ropes, but no one told the Iraqis, who just kept
nickel-and-diming them to death. In the end, our guys were
getting absolutely shelled out there. You can't blame the men
for that. That's underestimating the opposition."
Added Carruthers: "You'd think
they hadn't even scouted their opponent beforehand, let alone
beaten them soundly the last time they squared off. Someone
should lose his job over this."
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld refused to take questions from
reporters, saying that "Monday-morning quarterbacking never
a shallow bench were major factors," Rumsfeld said, speaking
to angry team boosters in Washington. "We've lost about 75
guys every month for the past year."
that this was just one war," Rumsfeld added. "We'll get 'em
U.S. Empire Style:
Preachers Arrested For Speaking Against Occupation
anyone be surprised? Hitler’s armies arrested anybody
objecting to Germany occupying their nation. Stalin’s armies
arrested anybody objecting to the Russian Empire occupying
their nation. Invading Imperial powers have done this
throughout history. And invaded and occupied nations have
formed resistance movements and fought back with arms in hand
against the occupiers and for their national independence
throughout history. They are right to do so. The only thing
Empires understand is armed force.]
Oct 22 By Lin Noueihed BAGHDAD
U.S. and Iraqi
forces detained a leading member of the Muslim Clerics'
Association on Friday in what the influential Sunni group
described as a campaign against opponents of the U.S. presence
Abdel-Jabbar, his two sons
and a neighbor were arrested in a raid on the
mosque compound where they live in the Tunis area of Baghdad
around 1:30 a.m., association officials said.
arrest is part of a campaign not just against the Muslim
Clerics' Association but all opposition voices," spokesman
Mohamed Bashar al-Faidhi told Reuters.
Witnesses said hundreds
protested for his release after noon prayers outside the Najib
mosque where he preached.
The U.S. military said it had no
reports of any Iraqi cleric being arrested in Baghdad.
[Oh please, at least stop the
really stupid lies. Nobody believes them on either side.]
Faidhi said several clerics affiliated with the group, which
has played a role in hostage negotiations and in bringing
about a truce in the rebel-held city of Falluja, had been
detained in recent days.
Sheikh Maher al-Sharji had been detained in the northern city
of Samarra, Sheikh Bassem al-Samarraei in the eastern Diala
province and five clerics in Qubayssa in the west.
THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
POLITICIANS AT WORK
Q. What's the
difference between the Vietnam War and the Iraq War?
A. George W.
Bush had a plan to get out of the Vietnam War.
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