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Both Hillary Clinton and John McCain are on the Senate Armed Services Committee and are running for President. Someone with press credentials needs to ask them what how they are going to fix the current problem and change the culture in the military.

I'll email them the stories, but coming from a nobody, I don't expect anything.

Posted by elswinger | March 21, 2007 12:16 PM

It's probably these guys who are doing the raping, especially that one in the center.

Yeah, it's more fun nit-picking about the those who are fighting/dying/getting raped because of this ASSHOLE, who is currently enacting policies for The World Bank in order to perpetuate the war that he designed! Read his Bio!
After all his neo-con cronies (Libby, Cheyney, etal) get rich and retire, commit suicide or develop alzheimers, he'll still be in the game, tweaking his Weapons of Mass Destruction debacle!

Posted by Nancy | March 21, 2007 12:26 PM

NPR had a good piece on this last Friday, including an interview with Mickiela Montoya:

Posted by Kate | March 21, 2007 12:28 PM

"Unfortunately, the site places most of its emphasis on how women can avoid rape, not telling men not to commit rape, but it appears to be working—according to Benedict, the number of reported rapes rose from 1,700 in 2004 to 2,374 in 2005."

Is it not possible that this rise is actually due to an increase in willingness of victims to come forward, and not due to an actual increase in rape? (Just theorizing ...)

Posted by tsm | March 21, 2007 1:01 PM

Nancy, once again your ignorance.

The picture of Wolfowowitz is surrounded by the American Soldiers who had died up to the point the mosaic was made (2003). If you look closer, at least one of them was a woman.

Posted by elswinger | March 21, 2007 1:17 PM

Iraq Coalition Casualties: Female Fatalities

Posted by elswinger | March 21, 2007 1:19 PM

Sorry for the bad grammar. I meant to say: "Nancy, once again you show you ignorance."

Posted by elswinger | March 21, 2007 1:22 PM

Elswinger, obviously you like Wolfowitz. I'll be looking for every bullshit comment you make from now on. You're in ASSHOLE's camp.

Posted by Nancy | March 21, 2007 1:22 PM

Wow, Nancy, are you still all pissy because people called you on it when you unnecessarily defamed a dead man with no particular transgression to his name?

Posted by tsm | March 21, 2007 1:35 PM

TSM @4

I think that was actually their point. The site is working because more women are reporting rape, not becuase more women are being raped. The goal of the site is to get more women to report what happens.

Posted by Jessica | March 21, 2007 1:46 PM

@10: Ah, I see. It just sounded like ECB was being sarcastic in the context.

Posted by tsm | March 21, 2007 2:05 PM

@11 - ECB is never sarcastic. You're just upset she won't quote you.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 21, 2007 2:19 PM

You're right, I'm pissy, a bad character flaw. I'm pissy as much as you are content.

Could you just step out of the shadows and defend the elite who started this war? So far I'm taking your silence on the matter as an admission of support for the bloodshed.

Posted by Nancy | March 21, 2007 2:27 PM

This is everyday reality for many women soldiers throughout the world. In combat situations, it is even worse.

As a combat veteran( different army) I gotta say, I've seen some of this crap up close, though, I can't say I ever saw a fellow soldier raped, or threatened with violence, I did see so much harrasment, inapropriate behaviour and hostility towards women soldiers and people ( higher ups) doing absolutely nothing. At times the officers and lifers were the worst. I of course can not speak for the US armed forces for I have never served in them, but after reading both articles cited on this post, I gotta say, it is all very familiar and the patterns are the same. I do hope that this does not go away like previous so called scandals like the Navy one many years ago and that armed forces arent allowed to say that this culture of violence towards fellow soldiers is an isolated or a series of isolated incidents.

Posted by SeMe | March 21, 2007 2:35 PM

If you even bothered to examine the point of the picture, you would realize the message is that Paul Wolfowitz has the blood of these dead soldiers on his hands, which I whole-heartedly agree.

I'm liberal, but you are a knee-jerk liberal which makes you just as insipid on as the NeoCons who are keeping us in this war.

Posted by elswinger | March 21, 2007 2:49 PM

I'm learning to shrug off the insipid label like the neo-cons have been doing for the last 30 years. There's lots of catching up to do. You'd think more people would be upset by the actions of these guys. Instead, we settle for Bush is bad, bad, bad. Say it again.

Maybe the WTO movie will get people revved about the IMF and World Bank again and it's obvious link to the Iraq war, more now than ever with YOU KNOW WHO in charge!

The last sentence at that site:

That people in the U.S. are barely aware of the fact is a disgrace.

Posted by Nancy | March 21, 2007 3:26 PM

I really like what you wrote. If you want to read an interview with Michelle Manhart, the woman who was kicked out of the air force for posing nude in Playboy, go to:


Posted by Orato | March 22, 2007 11:28 AM

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