News DAMF: Iraqis Stand Up, Americans Shot Down
posted by January 27 at 9:49 AMon
Something tells me that this this…
In perhaps the boldest and most sophisticated attack in four years of warfare, gunmen speaking English, wearing U.S. military uniforms and carrying American weapons abducted four U.S. soldiers last week at the provincial headquarters in Karbala and then shot them to death….
The new account contradicted a U.S. military statement on Jan. 20, the day of the raid on an Iraqi governor’s office, that five soldiers were killed “repelling” the attack….
In a statement issued late Friday, the military said two of the soldiers were handcuffed together in the back seat of an SUV near the southern Iraqi town of Mahawil. A third dead soldier was on the ground nearby. The fourth soldier died on the way to the hospital.
The brazen assault, 50 miles south of Baghdad, was conducted by nine to 12 gunmen posing as an American security team, the military confirmed. The attackers traveled in black GMC Suburban vehicles—the type used by U.S. government convoys—had American weapons, wore new U.S. military combat fatigues, and spoke English, according to senior U.S. military officials and Iraqi security officials.
…is going to have more on public opinion than this…
Tens of thousands of demonstrators from across the country converged on the Mall in Washington this morning to urge the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq as President Bush is proposing to send more troops in an effort to stabilize the country.
The event, which authorities said could draw 100,000 people, began with a rally at 11 a.m. Among those expected to address the crowd are Jane Fonda, Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon and Jesse Jackson.
John Aravosis is on his way to the march, and he just posted this over at Americablog…
I’m watching some idiot on C-Span
I’m watching [the march] on C-Span right now, and I’m asking myself—though I’m not surprised—why is some woman from the “US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation” speaking? And why is she speaking, ad naseum, about the “Israeli occupation of Palestine” rather than speaking about the war in Iraq?
…I tend to have issues with “peace rallies,” not because I have issues with peace or rallies, but because I find myself cringing when I see the substance of them, who’s attending, the issues they feel compelled to bring up (Mumia, Israel, trans fats, the suffering of amoeba, whatever). Would it kill someone organizing these events to tell the speakers to speak about Iraq or don’t speak at all? Would it kill people to try to present their message in a way that appeals to the majority of Americans?