GI SPECIAL 6A15:
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
U.S. Soldier Killed In Kirkuk Wreck,
Jan 22 Public
Affairs Office, Camp Victory RELEASE No.
TIKRIT, Iraq –
A Multi-National Division – North Soldier
died from injuries sustained during a
vehicle rollover while conducting operations
in Kirkuk Jan. 22. Additionally, one other
Soldier was wounded and evacuated to a
Marine Killed In Anbar
2008 Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
RELEASE No. 20080121-02
Iraq – A Marine assigned to Multi-National
Force - West was killed while conducting
combat operations in Al Anbar province Jan.
IED Kills U.S. Soldier In Arab Jabour
2008 Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
RELEASE No. 20080121-01
BAGHDAD – A
Multi-National Division - Center Soldier was
killed in an improvised explosive device
attack in Arab Jabour Jan. 19.
Reno Soldier Among Six Killed In Iraq
Army Sgt. Sean
M. Gaul, who died in Iraq this week.
SUSAN VOYLES, RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL
Army Sgt. Sean
M. Gaul, 29, of Reno, and five other
soldiers were killed Wednesday in Sinsil,
Iraq, when their vehicle was struck by a
homemade bomb during combat operations.
He was the
second soldier from Reno to die this week.
David J. Drakulich, 22, of Reno, was killed
Wednesday when his vehicle struck a mine
near Chagali, Afghanistan.
Gaul was in
his fifth deployment, serving in Iraq and
Afghanistan, after enlisting in the Army in
late 1999. He was killed while on patrol in
the Diyala Province.
his job, knowing the risks he re-enlisted
during his fifth deployment,” said his wife
Jessica Gaul, in a statement. “It seemed
Sean was a lifer for sure. He did not waiver
from his responsibility. He always trained
hard as he led the way by example. He was
focused and determined as he sought out more
special forces training.
“Sean was a
very good man, loving husband, father and
true friend,” she said.
Gaul was the 57th soldier from Nevada to
have died in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere
in the Middle East since Sept. 11, 2001.
Reed High School where he was a member of
the J.R.O.T.C and earned a General
Equivalency Diploma in 1997. He was devoted
to martial arts, loved Scuba diving, was a
triathlete and liked to fly fish, his family
behind his wife, daughter, mother, father
and four sisters as well as other family.
family said they want to “extend warm and
burdened hearts” to the Drakulich family.
services for the soldiers have not yet been
killed with Gaul were Spc. Todd E. Davis,
22, of Raymore, Mo., Staff Sgt. Jonathan K.
Dozier, 30, of Rutherford, Tenn., Sgt.
Zachary W. McBride, 20, of Bend, Ore., Sgt.
1st Class Matthew I. Pionk, 30, of Superior,
Wis., and Sgt. Christopher A. Sanders, 22,
of Roswell, N.M.
were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd
Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker
Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division,
served with B Co., 505th Parachute Infantry
Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort
Bragg, N.C. and was first deployed to
Afghanistan soon after the Sept. 11 attack.
He then was
deployed to Fallujah, Iraq. In September
2003, he was sent to Afghanistan with a
coalition security forces team to help
guarantee free elections. He then
transferred to a Stryker brigade at Fort
Lewis, Wash., and was deployed to Ramadi and
graduating from the Army Ranger school, Gaul
returned to his unit, which had transferred
to Vilseck, Germany. He then completed the
U.S. Army’s sniper school before deploying
one last time.
West Allis Solider Killed In Iraq
Jan 8, 2008 By
Katie DeLong, Associated Press
MILWAUKEE - A
Milwaukee area soldier who was trained in
Arabic before being deployed in Iraq has
been killed by an improvised explosive
Pfc. Jason F.
Lemke, 30, died Saturday from wounds
suffered when his vehicle was hit by an
improvised explosive device in Ibrahim Al
Adham, the Department of Defense said
assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry
Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team,
2nd Infantry Division, out of Fort Lewis,
in December 2004 in Milwaukee and underwent
training in Fort Benning, Ga. He transferred
to Fort Lewis in May 2005 and his brigade
deployed to Iraq in April.
"He had a year
of intensive training in Arabic language,"
said Gregory Lemke of Milwaukee, Jason's
left him adept enough to surprise an
Arabic-speaking shopkeeper at a local
shopping center by striking up a friendship
in his own language, Lemke said. "I guess
he made a big hit with the guy because of
his language," he said, adding that his son
also spoke Spanish.
graduated in 1996 from Wisconsin Lutheran
High School, he said.
He worked for
a company that made stainless steel kitchen
appliances but enlisted some time after his
marriage ended in divorce, his father said,
adding that Jason had two children living
with their mother.
"He wanted to
serve before and I kind of talked him out of
it," Lemke said, but the family has a
history of military service.
was in the Marines. His uncle was a Marine.
My father was in the Army, and my older
brother was in the Army," he said. "So
there's a family service thing there. He
wanted to make a mark, I guess."
At the time of
his enlistment, he had been living in his
grandfather's house just across the border
in suburban West Allis from the family's
home in Milwaukee.
Lemke said his
son got leaves while stationed in the U.S.
so he could be home for the holidays.
"This was our
first Christmas without him," he said.
He said he
hadn't been very comforted to think the
warfare seemed to be lessening in Iraq in
hunting buddy said it's winding down," he
said. "I said it doesn't matter if it's
winding down. If it's the one that you
love, that's it."
The death came
just before the anniversary Jan. 16 of the
death in Vietnam of a distant cousin, Alec
Horn, whose picture is still on his mantle,
Gregory Lemke said.
learned of Jason's death Saturday and has
been informed the body has been returned to
the U.S., he said. He planned to meet with a
casualty officer Tuesday about funeral
awards include the National Defense Service
Medal, Global War on terrorism Service Medal
and the Army Service Ribbon.
He is the 82nd Wisconsin resident to die as
a result of service in the Iraq war.
BEEN ON THE JOB TOO LONG:
COME ON HOME, NOW
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
British Soldier Killed In Musa Qaleh;
21 Jan 08
Ministry of Defence
It is with
deep regret that the Ministry of Defence
must confirm that a Royal Electrical and
Mechanical Engineers (REME) soldier attached
to 5 Regiment Royal Artillery has been
killed and five others injured in southern
Afghanistan yesterday, Sunday 20 January
A vehicle they
were travelling in was hit by a suspected
roadside minestrike approximately three
kilometres north east of Musa Qaleh.
were evacuated by helicopter to the ISAF
medical facilities at Camp Bastion and
Kandahar airfield. Sadly one of the
soldiers was pronounced dead on arrival at
2008 By ABDUL WAHEED WAFA and TAIMOOR SHAH,
The New York Times Company & 21st January,
2008 Irish Sun
head of Afghanistan's national
reconciliation commission was killed by
unidentified attackers in the southern
province of Zabul, an official said Monday.
armed men, who intercepted Qayyum
Mujaddedi's car Sunday afternoon, shot him
dead and captured his driver and one of the
guards, said Gulab Shah Alikhel, a spokesman
of Zabul's provincial governor. Mujaddedi's
body was found in Kakaran area near Qalat,
the capital of Zabul, Alikhel said.
the director of the Commission for National
Reconciliation, established by the Afghan
government to persuade militants to eschew
violence and join the government's peace
efforts. He was on his way to Kabul.
guerrillas attacked a police checkpoint on
Sunday morning in the Maiwand district of
Kandahar Province. Taliban fighters in three
taxis stopped at the checkpoint at 5 a.m.
and opened fire, killing 10 police officers,
said a policeman who survived the attack but
did not want his name published.
resident of the Maiwand district, said, “At
early morning, I heard shooting and later I
found out the check post had been attacked,”
adding, “I don’t know the exact number of
the casualties, but I saw a few dead bodies
were carried away by police.”
Province, a suicide bomber detonated his
explosives in the house of a regional police
commander, killing a police officer.
IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
END THE OCCUPATION
Task Force Wants Huge Increases In Medicine
Costs For Active Duty Troops’ Families And
Also Demands 100 to 400% Increase In Tricare
Lying Piece Of Shit Co-Chairing Task Force
Says “Free” Health Care “Not Acceptable To
Rat Wilensky Says “Having Health Care Appear
To Be Free Is A Bad Signal”
Wilensky Rat Here, Rat Now [metroactive.com]
2007 By Rick Maze, Army Times [Excerpts]
In a report
certain to fuel debate in Congress next year
over defense budget priorities, the Task
Force on the Future of Military Health Care
issued its final report Dec. 20 that calls
for sharp increases in pharmacy co-payments
and in Tricare enrollment fees, deductibles
Under the proposal, which is subject to
Pentagon and congressional approval, fees
for getting a 30-day supply of prescription
drugs at a retail pharmacy — currently $3
for generics, $9 for approved brand-name
drugs and $22 for non-approved drugs — would
increase to $15 for generics, $25 for brand
names and $45 for drugs not on the approved
Pharmacy increases would apply to the
families of active-duty members, for
reservists and their families enrolled in
the Tricare Reserve health plan and for
military retirees and their families covered
by the Tricare Standard, Tricare Prime and
Tricare for Life programs.
Prime, the military’s managed care plan, the
current $460 annual enrollment fee for
family coverage would range between $570 and
$780 per year in 2008 and would be $900 to
$1,750 per year by 2011.
Standard, the current plan requires no
enrollment fee and has a $300 annual
deducible per family. The task force
proposes a $5 monthly enrollment fee in 2008
that would increase in two years to $10 a
month, and additionally proposes an increase
in annual deductibles. For 2008,
deductibles would range from $350 to $470.
By 2011, deductibles would range from $490
for Life, the insurance plan for
Medicare-eligible retirees, the task force
recommends creating an enrollment fee of $10
a month. Tricare for Life beneficiaries have
no military enrollment fee today but do have
to pay a Medicare Part B fee.
fee increases could be even larger for 2009
and beyond; the task force recommends the
amounts be indexed to keep pace with the
increase in medical care costs, which
generally increase at twice the rate of
“This is the
best course of action for the future of
military health care,” said Air Force Gen.
John D.W. Corley, commander, Air Combat
Command, who co-chaired the task force that
spent a year looking at the military medical
system. The fee increases are not out of
line considering the fees have remained
unchanged for more than a decade, he said.
Dr. Gail R.
Wilensky, a senior fellow at the
international health education foundation
Project HOPE and the other co-chair, said
part of the reason for the fee increases is
to make the military health plan more
acceptable to the general public.
acknowledged that some of the fees, like the
$10 a month proposed for older retirees in
the Tricare for Life program, are not
designed to cover any specific expense and
would barely make a dent in the bottom line.
care appear to be free is a bad signal,” she
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IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
20 Jan 2008
Reuters & The Associated Press & 21 Jan 2008
Reuters & By Amit R. Paley, Washington Post
Foreign Service &
bomb wounded a policeman when it hit his car
in Mashtal district in eastern Baghdad,
killed a bodyguard of Salahuddin province's
police chief and wounded another in an
attack on their car in Shirqat, 300 km (190
miles) north of Baghdad, police said. The
police chief was not present at the time.
bomb killed an employee of the Transport
Ministry and wounded six others when it
targeted their bus in Diyala Bridge,
southeast of Baghdad, police said.
policeman and a civilian were wounded in a
blast in the city of Mosul northern Iraq,
police said on Tuesday.
bomb targeting a police patrol wounded two
policemen in Zayouna district in eastern
Baghdad, police said.
A bombing near
the city of Fallujah missed its target: a
local tribal leader who is allied with the
United States. The sheik, Aeifan al-Issawi,
is a leading member of the Anbar Awakening
Council. The bomber detonated explosives in
his belt after four guards stopped him at
the checkpoint leading to the sheik's farm
near Fallujah. The attack killed the four
guards according to a police official who
spoke on condition of anonymity because he
killed four members of a U.S.-backed
neighbourhood police patrol and wounded two
others in an attack on a checkpoint near
Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad,
police said. Two of the attackers were
killed when police at the checkpoint
northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, insurgents
in a sedan opened fire on a checkpoint
manned by U.S.-supported tribesmen, said
police Col. Yadkar Abdullah. The attack, in
the town of Hawijah, west of Kirkuk, killed
a tribesman and wounded three others, he
An attack in
Fallujah targeted a meeting of leaders from
the Anbar Awakening Council, a
U.S.-supported group. A tribal chief, Hadi
Hussein al-Isawi, was among those killed,
police and Fallujah hospital officials
said. Five of the wounded were in critical
condition, said Mohammed al-Ani, a doctor at
“The Political And Strategic Program Of The
Iraqi Resistance Which Was Announced By The
Baath And Its Resistance On September 2003”
on the political and military organization
of resistance formations isn’t out there
much. This opens a window on one
The Iraqi National Resistance is made of
two wings, a Political one which is
known as the Patriotic, Nationalist and
Islamic Front which was established in
2005, and the military wing, which is
known as The Jihad and Liberation Front.
2008 By Ibrahim Ebeid, Al-Moharer English
Section: Remarks at The People's Peace
Conference, Rutgers University NJ January
President and his advisers have no knowledge
or even a slight understanding of the Iraqi
people, and for this reason they dragged us
into a costly war.
that the Iraqis would receive the Americans
as “Liberators” and welcome them “with
flowers and candy”. But the Resistance to
the occupation was born long before March
2003 and the invaders were greeted with
bombs and bullets.
war against Iraq did not start on March
2003. It started on January 16, 1991 and
since then the Iraqis were fighting and are
still fighting against Washington and its
allies with stamina, courage and
determination. Can the American People
endure so much? Can they endure genocidal
sanctions and wars for many years?
Definitely not. Even they cannot endure
electric failure for only few hours, let
alone days or weeks at a time.
of Baghdad by U.S. forces and Bush's
declaration of "victory" in April 2003
marked the beginning of the Ba’ath led Iraqi
Resistance. Saddam Hussein and other Ba'ath
leaders, in consultation with people in
Baghdad, dispersed throughout Iraq and began
to fight a protracted War of national
liberation in resistance to the occupiers.
The Iraqi National Resistance is made of two
wings, a Political one which is known as the
Patriotic, Nationalist and Islamic Front
which was established in 2005, and the
military wing, which is known as The Jihad
and Liberation Front.
wing is made of several political parties
who believe in the liberation of Iraq, and
of various union organizations. This Front
works diligently to support the Resistance
at all levels: financially, politically and
wings have a very clear program, the
political and strategic program of the Iraqi
Resistance which was announced by the Baath
and its Resistance on September 2003.
was followed by (The Program of Liberation
and Independence) on October 2006 which led
to the unification of 22 resistance groups
and electing the Jihad and Liberation
Command. Later on the Front expanded and it
is still expanding to include more groups.
Now more than 80% of the Iraqi Resistance
is unified. The Rest of the groups will
follow according to the Resistance sources.
The US Government and the News Media do not
tell you that the Iraqi Resistance is not
made of Al Qaeda; the Resistance has nothing
to do with this sectarian organization,
which was established by the CIA, and
financed by the Saudi family to fight
against the Russians in Afghanistan.
Al Qaeda, the
creation of the CIA came to Iraq behind the
occupation tanks. Al Qaeda and Bin Laden do
not harbor love to the Baath and to the
Martyr Saddam Hussein but hatred and
hostility. The Baath in the view of Bin
Laden and his organization is Kafir;
Baathists are unbelievers, and all
secularists or Islamists fall in this
is not strictly Baathists, or totally
Islamist but for sure the Baath and its
resistance organizations form an important
factor in the body of the resistance.
is made of All the Iraqi fabrics, It has
Muslims, of course they are the majority,
and the majority of the Baathists are
Muslims, it has Christians, atheists, Arabs,
Kurds, Chaldeans, Turkmen, Yazidis, Sabaeans
and others of the Iraqi fabric. They are
all in agreement to rescue and liberate
Of course, the
Army, The Republican Guards, Fidayee Saddam,
the Security Forces, the Baath Party
Organizations, the Popular Army, The
Islamist Patriotic and Nationalist groups,
Arab fighters from Arab countries and others
with various names are the backbone of the
Izzat Ibrahim Al Douri was elected as the
Supreme Commander. Later on, the Supreme
Command convened its own meeting at which a
General Staff was created.
Lieutenant General Amir Muhammad Amin was
named Deputy Supreme Commander for military
affairs, while Shaykh 'Ali Abdallah
al-Ubaydi' was chosen to head a religious
A national security board was formed to be
headed by General Khalid Sulayman Khalaf.
A board for administrative and financial
affairs was created under the command of
Lieutenant General Muhammad Salih Alwan and
an information and mobilization bureau set
up under the command of General Salah
ad-Deen Ahmad. Dr. Kan'an Amin was selected
as official spokesman for the Jihad and
In its programme, the National Resistance
declared that the fight against the US and
Iranian Occupation will continue until the
invaders leave Iraq unconditionally and
until Iraq is fully liberated.
Will The Resistance Negotiate With The
declared that the Jihad and Liberation
Command upheld "sacred principles" that
could not be violated, and that no party is
authorized to enter into negotiations with
the enemy, but the Resistance is willing to
sit and talk with the Americans if the
Americans agree to the terms stated by the
Resistance in its Program to facilitate the
occupiers unconditional withdrawal from Iraq
, and if the United States Recognizes the
National Resistance as the sole legitimate
representative of Iraq and its great people.
If the US
halts all raids, pursuits, killings,
destruction, sabotage, dispossessions and
If the US is
willing to withdraw the occupation troops
from all population centers.
If the US
frees all prisoners and detainees without
exception and compensate them for their
If the US
agrees to the restoration of the legitimate
Armed Forces and national security forces as
they were before the invasion and
must pledge to compensate Iraq for losses
and injuries to the country caused by the
decrees and other pieces of legislation
issued during the occupation must be
cancelled. These are some of the terms put
by the Resistance in its program for
Liberation and Independence.
Last but not
least, The Programme declared that after the
liberation is achieved the leadership of the
Iraqi Resistance will proceed to form a
temporary Shura Council (Consultative
Council) which will include 50 to 100
patriotic personalities in amongst the armed
Resistance factions, parties, movements and
patriotic personalities who resist and
reject the occupations and its stooges.
Council will form a national unity
government from Iraqi patriotic
personalities for a two-year period,
supervised completely by the Resistance
leadership and the temporary Shura Council
to undertake and execute the principles
stated by the Program of Liberation and
These are some
of the main principles of the Program of
Liberation and Independence for peace as
stated by the National Resistance and the
Baath Party that we should recognize and
If we keep
silent and ignoring the war then we will be
partners in creating many more mass graves,
here in the United States, and in Iraq.
If we keep
silent then we will have no friends left in
the World; only enemies. If we keep silent
then we will be slaves for the Neocons and
Corporate America and our children and the
children of Iraq will keep dying.
America, do we
need another Memorial Wall in the Mall?
Interpreters Who Served With Danish Forces
Passed On Information To Insurgents
2008 The Associated Press
Denmark: Denmark is investigating a report
that some of the interpreters who served
with Danish forces in Iraq passed on
sensitive information about coalition troops
to Iraqi insurgents, a Defense Ministry
spokeswoman said Monday.
Lind Thomsen, the former head of Danish
military intelligence in Iraq, was quoted in
the Nyhedsavisen newspaper as saying that at
least three interpreters who worked with
Danish troops in Basra were spies for the
At a time like this, scorching irony,
not convincing argument, is needed. Oh
had I the ability, and could reach the
nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery
stream of biting ridicule, blasting
reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern
rebuke. For it is not light that is
needed, but fire; it is not the gentle
shower, but thunder. We need the storm,
the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
Frederick Douglas, 1852
“What country can preserve its liberties
if its rulers are not warned from time
to time that their people preserve the
spirit of resistance? Let them take
arms.” Thomas Jefferson to William
Stephens Smith, 1787.
To: GI Special
I believe the U.S. Government will leave
when "Shooter Cheney" is arrested for war
when I learn to fly by jumping off the steps
The Bush-Cheney administration "IS" Empire.
Bush will not go down as the worst president
United States history.
This administration is the "Hitman"
In January 2009, you will see a Barbie Doll
"What America needs is a new direction"
The U.S. Empire has to stop being an Empire.
Greed has to stop being greed.
Our dinosaur economy has become someone
The oil in Iraq has become U.S. holding
Excuse me while I get an oil change in the
January 22, 2008
Photo and caption from the I-R-A-Q (I
Remember Another Quagmire) portfolio
of Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam
1970-71. (For more of his outstanding
work, contact at: (email@example.com)
One day while I was in a bunker in
Vietnam, a sniper round went over my
head. The person who fired that weapon
was not a terrorist, a rebel, an
extremist, or a so-called insurgent.
The Vietnamese individual who tried to
kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who
did not want me in his country. This
truth escapes millions.
U.S. Army Medic
December 13, 2004
The High Price Of Talk:
“So – You Don’t Like What Our Administration
“Well – Oppose It. Not By Yelling At It,
But By Taking Action Against It.
“BECOME The Representation You Are
Monica Benderman, Information Clearing
House. She is the wife of Sgt. Kevin
Benderman, a ten-year Army veteran who
served a combat tour in Iraq and a year in
prison for his public protest of war and the
destruction it causes to civilians and to
American military personnel. Please visit
their website, www.BendermanDefense.org to
learn more. Monica and Kevin may be reached
“There was a
consensus that last year was not
productive…Our expectations were dashed,” so
John Isaacs was quoted as saying at a
meeting of anti-war groups last week. One
group alone has been said to have “spent $12
million last year” in actions opposing the
expectations were dashed.”
Mine were not.
I oppose this
war. I oppose everything about this war –
from the total destruction of an innocent
nation, to the abject disillusionment of the
citizens of our country regarding their
responsibility for this destruction. I
oppose the irreverent disregard for the laws
of our constitution by not only our
administration and our congressional
representatives, but also the citizens who
should be rising to oppose such actions, who
have chosen instead to believe in the empty
promises of national organizations wasting
their efforts on counter-productive
multi-million dollar spending sprees of
futility in opposition to equal efforts by
It is becoming
more and more difficult for me to see the
difference between the leadership of the
right and the leadership of the left.
Dollars, and more, spent by one organization
in one year – opposing a war – Wasted.
How do you
oppose something so destructive, so
inhumane, so violent – so massive that it
destroys an entire country with its
incursion, and threatens to destroy its
country of origin as well?
How do you oppose something as hateful and
angry as war and have any expectation of
succeeding, when that opposition is simply a
superficial public relations fiasco with no
substance behind the banners, posters,
puppets, television ads and interview
Dollars and more – Wasted.
In the years
since the immoral, unethical invasion of
Iraq, I have witnessed as the administration
and congressional leadership of our country
have laid waste to the opportunities they
were given to help direct a conscientious
nation of citizens to become true leaders in
a world aching to move closer to
As they became more enraptured with the
false sense of power their positions gave,
those elected to serve the people have come
to stand as nothing more than gatekeepers to
a downgrading society whose true colors are
showing as tempers rise, power continues to
corrupt and in their angry response, the
organizers of the opposition to present
policies demonstrate how little conscience
plays into any decisions regarding a new
direction for the people.
counter-recruiters, activists, American
citizens all give voice to their opposition
to the war – but no one seems to want to
organize an alternative for what they are
talking so hard to try and stop. Everyone
is yelling for peace.
WHAT is peace?
How will we
know when it gets here if we do not stop
yelling, if we do not stop spending in
futility, if we do not get started
implementing the real actions necessary to
ensure that peace has a place from which it
can grow lasting roots?
So – you don’t like what our administration
Well – oppose it. Not by yelling at it, but
by taking action against it.
Our constitution gives the power to the
people – and it is through Congress, not the
Presidency, that power manifests itself.
Our Congress is not representing the voice
of the people so… Fire Congress!! … And use
your voice to do more than simply complain
about the lack of representation.
BECOME the representation you are demanding.
nation members of counter-recruiting
organizations are opposing the actions of
military recruiters; shutting down
recruiting stations, handing out
publications outlining the lies being told
by military personnel, telling students the
horrors of what they will face if they join
What is being
offered as an alternative? Once success has
been achieved and that student, that “poor
manipulated young innocent,” is out of the
grasp of the military recruiter, what is
there to give in place of what they had been
promised for enlisting?
I have been on
installation ordained to be necessary to the
defense of our nation, multi-million dollar
deals have been made with contractors across
installation, state of the art education
centers are being built, along with shopping
malls, and brand-new three bedroom homes
with energy efficient appliances now
cropping up in gated military sub-divisions
complete with playgrounds, swimming pools,
gymnasiums, and neighborhood associations.
To a young man
or woman who grew up believing they would
never have a way out of the poverty that was
their childhood reality, the military offers
every dream come true.
assurance that their life was going to
matter anyway, it is not a stretch to
understand why they are willing to sign it
away for a chance at the success they were
certain to only dream about before the
military offered its collateral.
What are you
giving them in return once you have
succeeded at turning the next generation of
potential leaders away from their perceived
"dreams come true"???
Dollars wasted – on puppets, television ads
laden with empty promises, and false visions
of hope soon dashed when the real support
needed to help these youth move in a strong,
positive direction never manifests itself.
returning from war to face financial
problems, marital problems, physical
problems and the psychological and emotional
trauma of the reality of war. As protesters
and activists, American citizens, proclaim
the need to ensure that concerns of the
veterans are met with resources for
recovery, millions of dollars are spent
trying to force bankrupt government agencies
to provide the care their inadequate
services cannot possibly achieve.
people” protest the actions of our
government officials, and rather than work,
applying funds to programs which would
foster change, spend countless millions
simply complaining that nothing is getting
Dollars, and more – Wasted.
citizens lose more and more every day as
their elected representatives to government
spend a few hours each week offering
reassurances that they are working on the
“people’s behalf", only to return to their
self-serving offices once they believe the
insecurities of the people have again been
entities rake in profits as jobs for
Americans are sent overseas; quality and
durability sacrificed as cost-effective
measures are implemented. Struggling local
businesses close their doors while leaders
of the opposition to our present
administration, representing “the people",
protest loudly of the need to save the
American economy, spending millions on
banners when those millions would be better
spent rebuilding our shattered local
We are wasting
millions of dollars publicly denouncing our
administration’s policy of wasting our tax
dollars on efforts that only benefit
Dollars, and more – Wasted.
I once thought talk was cheap – I have since
learned – the high price of talk is money
wasted, laws disregarded, the needs of the
people reduced to empty promises and freedom
“There was a consensus that last year was
not productive…Our expectations were
dashed.” Mine were not.
The voice of the people has to become more
than just a voice if the people hope to
become what they proclaim themselves to be.
Twelve Million Dollars, and more – wasted.
Freedom deserves far more than wasted
millions and wasted breath.
“The single largest failure of the
anti-war movement at this point is the
lack of outreach to the troops.” Tim
Goodrich, Iraq Veterans Against The War
“The military are the final, essential
weak point of Bush and Cheney.” David
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in the streets of Baghdad, New York, or
inside the armed forces. Our goal is
for Traveling Soldier to become the
thread that ties working-class people
inside the armed services together. We
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Good News For The Iraqi Resistance!!
U.S. Occupation Commands’ Stupid Tactics
Recruit Even More Fighters To Kill U.S.
occupation soldiers from the U.S.
interrogate a local resident near Baquba
12.15.07. REUTERS/Bob Strong
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
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So Many Tragedies in So Little Time
protest against severe fuel cuts, which led
to power cuts, in Gaza January 21, 2008.
Large parts of the Gaza Strip plunged into
darkness when its main power plant shut down
after Israel blocked fuel supplies and
closed the border to the territory.
REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA)
To: GI Special
start…, what to talk about…?
The crippling electricity shortages,
affecting hospitals as well as civilians?
The air strikes & on-going, daily bombings
by the Israeli army, their indiscriminate
targeting of civilians and police
Israel’s non-accidental, enforced starvation
of 1.5 million people by closing off ALL
borders and not allowing in even UN aid, let
alone basic medicinal, food, and
fuel have re-surfaced in Gaza: most of Gaza
has no electricity and even more
importantly, the shortage of medicine in
Palestinian hospitals continues to increase,
with the Ministry of Health reporting a
looming humanitarian catastrophe.
Or should I begin with the bomb which just
hit a wedding close to the Ministry of
Interior building in Gaza City, with 15
apartment buildings within the bomb’s target
One woman was killed and 47 others were
injured –mostly children and women who had
been inside their homes or playing on the
Scenes of children injured, bleeding and
crying just moments after they had been
enjoying a wedding celebration in a Gaza
wedding hall…a horrific sight likely to go
without mention of that in most news
were evacuated to Al Shifa hospital, where
it was then hard to find enough beds and
blankets for them, with children crammed
three to four on a bed due to overcrowding.
Friday, Israel closed its border with the
Gaza Strip to all traffic in what officials
say is response to cross-border rocket fire,
preventing even UN humanitarian supplies
from getting in.
The decision came after Israel vowed to
broaden its military campaign against Gaza
militants who have fired more than 110 home
made rockets at southern Israel in the last
three days resulting in the injury of two
In contrast, 19 Palestinians were killed in
one day last Wednesday during another
Israeli attack, this one targeting the
eastern part of Gaza City .
These are the latest attacks, but not the
only: since the visit of US president and
‘peacemaker’, George Bush, within only 74
hours, Israel has killed 37 people and
injured more than 90.
which could again go up at any minute, were
confirmed by Khaled Radi, the Ministry of
Health spokesman in Gaza . Radi also said
that Israel is using internationally illegal
weapons, which makes it impossible for
people to identify the bodies of their
relatives as they have been destroyed to
Among the tens
killed were a 13 year old boy and his father
and uncle, killed in what Israel claims was
“a mistake”. Another Israeli attack killed
a mother, Maryam Al Rahel, and her son,
Mohammed, who were on a donkey cart when an
Israeli warplane bombed them. Their bodies,
like so many others, were rendered into
small pieces of flesh, scattered everywhere!
An Even Blacker Night!
I and some
journalist colleagues went to offer
condolences to a journalist friend of ours
for the death of his cousin as a result of
medicine shortages on Wednesday. While on
the way, there was a lot of shooting going
on, from funerals and demonstrations.
Later, as we were starting to drive off from
our parking spot, Mohammed, another
journalist, suggested waiting for a moment.
But as others preferred to not wait around,
we eventually left.
After we had
gone just a few minutes down the road, we
learned that the place where our car had
been parked had just been bombed, targeting
and killing two Palestinians, injuring
“It could have
been us who were killed,” one of the
journalists said to me. I answered: “Thanks
to God, it wasn’t. But this is so sad; it
must be terrible for their families, with
children left behind and no one now to
Update on Killings
the death toll has risen since I began this
report: another two have been killed in
northern Gaza, and another 4 badly injured.
Israeli Ministry spokesman, Shlomo Dror says
that: “It's unacceptable that people in
Sderot are living in fear every day and
people in the Gaza Strip are living life as
And I wonder, what exactly does he consider
“life as usual”?
For if he means it is normal that over 35
civilians should be killed in 4 days, an
entire population should be on the verge of
starvation and should be forced to shiver
through winter nights without electricity or
sufficient blankets, that hospitals and
medical centers should be forced to shut
down or operate at sub-par capability and
without needed medicine, food, blankets, and
even space,…the list goes on…well then yes,
we are living life as usual.
(centre) of Amer al-Yaziji cries during the
funeral of her son, her husband and her
brother-in-law; all killed while driving
their car in Gaza City during an Israeli air
attack. The army said it had been targeting
militants but had killed civilians "in
error" Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty
Images [Thanks to JM, for sending in.]
[To check out what life is like under a
murderous military occupation by foreign
terrorists, go to:
www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation
is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
Phil G, who sent this in.]
Gay Tiger Attacks Huckabee:
2008 The Borowtiz Report
remarks in which he directly equated
homosexuality with bestiality, former
Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was attacked
at the San Francisco Zoo by a gay tiger.
had scheduled a campaign stop at the zoo
where he made his controversial remarks
about homosexuality and bestiality, not
realizing that he was standing within
earshot of a Bengal tiger with a homosexual
onlooker Tracy Klujian, 27, “The way that
tiger started growling during the speech,
you could tell that it felt like it was
Huckabee’s remarks about homosexuality and
bestiality reached their crescendo, the
irate tiger leaped over an eighteen-foot
barrier and began mauling the presidential
minutes, police responding to a 911 call
rushed to the scene, where they fired
tranquilizer darts at both the tiger and Mr.
Huckabee, who had continued to make his
offensive remarks throughout the mauling.
one aide, the unfortunate tiger attack
incident had done nothing to change Mr.
Huckabee’s position on gay marriage: “Not
only that, but now he’s opposed to tigers
marrying other tigers.”
campaign news, former Massachusetts governor
Mitt Romney used a speech in South Carolina
to tout his life experience, including his
stint as a generic white male Clipart
Florida, former Tennessee senator Fred
Thompson picked up the endorsement of the
National Association of Jowly Grouches.
promised the Grouches that if elected, he
would tell those damn kids to get off their
CLASS WAR REPORTS
Capitalism At Work:
“The Rich Are Getting Fabulously Richer”
“The Peak Income Year For The Bottom 90% Of
Americans Was Way Back In 1973”
2008 By BOB HERBERT, New York Times
From 1980 to
2005 the national economy, adjusted for
inflation, more than doubled. (Because of
population growth, the actual increase per
capita was about 66 percent.)
average income for the vast majority of
Americans actually declined during that
period. The standard of living for the
average family has improved not because
incomes have grown, but because women have
gone into the workplace in droves.
income year for the bottom 90 percent of
Americans was way back in 1973 — when the
average income per taxpayer (adjusted for
inflation) was $33,001. That is nearly
$4,000 higher than the average in 2005.
incredible but true: 90 percent of the
population missed out on the income gains
during that long period.
“The pattern here is clear. The rich are
getting fabulously richer, the vast majority
are somewhat worse off, and the bottom half
— for all practical purposes, the poor — are
being savaged by our current economic
“The distribution of wages, income and
wealth in the United States has become
vastly more unequal over the last 30 years.
In fact, this country has a more unequal
distribution of income than any other
STOP THE BULLDOZERS OF ETHNIC CLEANSING!
Protest Sen. David Vitter On Jan. 25th—
International Day Of Action In Defense Of
New Orleans’ Public Housing
Friday, January 25th from 2-4 PM as we tell
Senator David “Family Values” Vitter at his
home to stop blocking Senate Bill 1668 and
let our working class families come home.
David Vitter’s Home at 238 Helois in
We will meet
at Carrolton and Canal (old Robert parking
lot) at 1:30 PM and then caravan to
number below if you need a ride.
Orleans take I-10 west, get off at the
Bonnabel exit (Exit 229) take first left on
Bonnabel Blvd. Take right on
Brockenbraugh, and take first left on
housing activists will be rallying on Friday
January 25th at the home of Senator David
Vitter to demand the reopening of Public
While Senator Vitter has lectured for years
on so-called family values, he is the
central obstacle to passage of Senate Bill
(SB) 1668, critical legislation that would
help bring thousands of New Orleans and
Louisianan families home.
would provide some $1 Billion for the
under-funded Road Home program for private
homeowners, the immediate reopening of 3,000
badly needed and viable New Orleans Public
Housing units, one-for-one replacement of
public housing under any redevelopment, and
thousands of more vouchers for the homeless.
this bill would help reverse the de-facto
ethnic cleansing--expulsion of low-income
African Americans from the city--that David
Vitter and other government officials have
supported by blocking the reopening of
Public and other affordable housing.
We will send a
message to Senator Vitter that he will not
be allowed to improve his political fortunes
by ethnically cleansing a sector of the
Coalition to Stop Demolition. For more
information call 504-520-9521
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