Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
June 14, 2006

Why In Iraq

But the American people have got to understand I believe we're going to succeed. That's why we're there.
Press Conference of the President ; June 14, 2006

Posted by b on June 14, 2006 at 03:03 PM | Permalink


EXCLUSIVE: Majority Leader Boehner’s Confidential Strategy Memo For Thursday’s Iraq Debate

On Thursday, the House of Representatives will hold a debate on the Iraq war. Media reports say Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) “hopes to match the serious, dignified tone of deliberation that preceded the Gulf war, in 1991.” ThinkProgress has obtained a “Confidential Messaging Memo” from Boehner instructing his caucus to conduct a very different kind of deliberation. Here’s a quick summary:

Looks like Karl Rove's 'back in the saddle.'

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 14, 2006 5:52:42 PM | 1

...Last year, Republicans intentionally incapacitated the Ethics Committee. And today, they are sabotaging accountability in Iraq.
Rampant corruption and incompetence in Iraq contracting have prolonged our mission there and cost lives. In fact, minimal oversight and the mismanagement of funds have resulted in unfinished projects involving Iraq's water supply, electrical capacity, and oil production - infrastructure crucial to reconstruction of Iraq:...
But despite that - or perhaps because of it - this Republican leadership is now undermining the only existing source of accountability for the Iraq reconstruction program: the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR), Stuart Bowen.
Last year Mr. Bowen released a report showing 9 billion dollars missing reconstruction funds. Recently, Mr. Bowen, a former Bush lawyer, released a report documenting 72 ongoing investigations into cases of fraud, waste, and abuse. And as a result of his diligence, House Republicans have placed the Inspector General and his staff in the dog house, rewarding Mr. Bowen for his hard work by stripping him of his oversight authority on new reconstruction funds, and effectively taking him off the job. ...

Republicans Sabotage Accountability in Iraq

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 14, 2006 6:01:33 PM | 2

oops, somehow i missed this thread when i posted about Aadhamiya on the OT thread. they are doing sweeps in sunni areas, 40,000 us and iraqi troops, i wonder if this is a neighborhood in ramadi? why o why do we have to go to india news to find news of the battles in iraq?

Posted by: annie | Jun 14, 2006 7:43:52 PM | 3

The Dems are the ones bullying to "ask tough [sic] questions" in bogus hearings, and now, to "debate the war" prior to an election only when they see their dismal polls. Naturally the Repubs will sabotage it. The Dems knew all along that they would; they merely want to use that in their campaigns. It's a stage show, not real accountability.

Every single incumbent should be thrown out of office, no exceptions.

Posted by: gylangirl | Jun 14, 2006 7:54:33 PM | 4

Here's another kind of "stage show", another answer to Why in Iraq - so 20yr. old Am. boys can go "have fun". For those w/a high-speed connection, Stan has a video up you may wish to see, to amplify the point:

A Marine corporal has apologized - after he was busted by CAIR - for making a video of his musical performance, before his company of marines, who are cheering wildly when the lyrics refer to killing Iraqi children...especially the lyrics "I grabbed her little sister and put her in front of me. As the bullets began to fly, the blood sprayed from between her eyes, and then I laughed maniacally..I blew those little fuckers to eternity...they should have known they were fucking w/the Marines. Outrage">">Outrage of the day

{Updating/replacing my temp. signoff (jj) w/my new one -EnoughAlready 'cuz it's so now shall I say.}

Posted by: EnoughAlready | Jun 15, 2006 12:09:07 AM | 5

about Aadhamiya on the OT thread. they are doing sweeps in sunni areas, 40,000 us and iraqi troops, i wonder if this is a neighborhood in ramadi?

Aadhamiya is neighborhodd in Baghdad, mostly Sunni inhabitated. Open civil war has reached the capital.

Posted by: b | Jun 15, 2006 12:23:26 AM | 6

At least he's moved beyond lies into tautology.

Posted by: Rowan | Jun 15, 2006 1:02:29 AM | 7

Supposedly, they're going to confiscate weapons from citizens...

Posted by: EnoughAlready(x-jj!) | Jun 15, 2006 1:38:47 AM | 8

Iraq’s ressources must be taken in the ‘new colonialist’ scheme. Ok so far.

Reps and Dems - the two faces on the one party system in the US - are agreed on that.

Strategy is a problem.

The neo-cons and the neo-libs agree on the basic aims. All of them are flunkeys - bowing to, it is true, somewhat different forces in the political landscape.

It is no longer possible to kill off the natives as it was in the past. Takes, now:

time, care and spin.

And so a long time.

Posted by: Noisette | Jun 15, 2006 12:17:25 PM | 9

Americans, British, Michelle Hughes, the Saddam Hussein Trial, foreign fighters. What else does Iraq need? None of them.

Posted by: Ali Shafif | Jun 21, 2006 8:20:55 PM | 10

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