Gen. David Petraeus, Commander of Coalition Forces in Iraq: "I repeatedly noted that we haven't turned any corners, we haven't seen any lights at the end of the tunnel. The champagne bottle has been pushed to the back of the refrigerator. And the progress, while real, is fragile and is reversible." Apr 08 2008
Now You Tell Us
Below: Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, Commander of Coalition Forces in Iraq from 2003-2004, pulls an about-face on Iraq after he retires. Jon Stewart's The Daily Show
The Myth of the Surge
Hoping to turn enemies into allies, U.S. forces are arming Iraqis who fought with the insurgents. But it's already starting to backfire. A report from the front lines of the new Iraq.
Mar 06 2008 Rolling Stone Magazine
Iraq’s Civil War, the Sadrists and the Surge
Feb 07 2008 International Crisis Group
Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans
A very thorough investigation uncovered a suicide rate for veterans twice that of other Americans.
Nov 13 2007 CBS News
"I Am Sullied - No More"
(link to full article on the web site of The Texas Observer
The disillusionment of Col. Ted Westhusing, a military academy graduate who went on to become an academy professor and volunteered to go to Iraq. He was unable to deny or accept the intractable corruption and U.S. military complicity in the money-laundering scheme known as the occupation of Iraq.
As the head of counterterrorism and special operations Col. Westhusing oversaw the training of the Iraqi security forces
under 3-star Lt. Gen. David Petraeus
and 2-star Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil
, while trying to work with larcenous U.S. contractors like USIS
(U.S. Investigations Services, a private Virginia security company with contracts worth $79 million at the time to help train special operations Iraqi police units).
Col. Westhusing chose death before dishonor according to his suicide note, which named and deeply chastised as corrupt Gen. Petraeus, Gen. Fil, the contractors and Iraqis.
Col. Westhusing committed suicide on June 5, 2005, a month before he was to leave for home on July 7 to his wife and kids, and to face those honor-bound military academy students he lived among and taught while holding himself to the same code.
“Something he saw [in Iraq] drove him to this,” one Army officer who was close to Westhusing said in an interview. “The sum of what he saw going on drove him” to take his own life. “It’s because he believed in duty, honor, country that he’s dead.”
An Army psychologist who looked into Westhusing’s case concluded that despite his superior intellect, his ability to accept the fact that some Americans were only in Iraq for the money was “surprisingly limited. He could not shift his mind-set from the military notion of completing a mission irrespective of cost, nor could he change his belief that doing the right thing because it was the right thing to do should be the sole motivator for businesses.”
Asked by investigators if she had anything else to add, [Ted's wife] replied, “The one thing I really wish is you guys to go to everyone listed in that letter and speak with them. I think Ted gave his life to let everyone know what was going on. They need to get to the bottom of it, and hope all these bad things get cleaned up.”
It appears that Michelle Westhusing didn’t get her wish.
In November 2006, Joseph Fil
returned to Iraq as the commanding general of the Multinational Division in Baghdad and of the 1st Cavalry Division
After nomination by The Wuss and confirmation by the U.S. Senate
, including Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, David Petraeus took command of all U.S. forces in Iraq
on February 12, 2007. He now wears four stars.
Reining In Recruiters
In order to receive federal funding, schools nationwide are releasing to military recruiters contact information which includes the home addresses and phone numbers of all juniors and seniors, under a requirement of The Wuss's No Child Left Behind Act.
In California under AB1778, a bill working its way through the state Assembly, school districts would be required to notify parents or legal guardians that they have the right to opt out of the student lists sent to military recruiters. The legislation also would add an opt-out request to students' emergency contact forms.
Supporters argue that many schools don't do an adequate job of notifying parents of that option.
They also charge that military recruiters are having more difficulty meeting their goals in recent years, so parents need to be aware that their children can be targets of heavy-handed recruiting attempts.
There are those who do not want to increase your child's protection from being sucked into this current hungry military which exists only to feed the deadly money-laundering scheme known as Iraq. They are unforgivably selfish or just plain stupid. In either case, you have been warned.
U.S. General Wants West to Buy Afghan Heroin Poppy Crops
No, really. That's the best idea they can come up with. Buy the poppies so the farmers don't have to sell them to Taliban supporters. No frustration or exasperation demonstrated by this idea. Nope.