Probably the most pathetic aspect of our futile 'War on Terror' (sic) is our futile 'victories.' Each time, our ruler and his Wehrmachtian warlord, Rumsfeld, trumpets we have turned a corner and this is the happiest day of our lives and the Iraqis will now throw flowers instead of bombs at us while we happily pump their oil and steal everything there, unmolested.
By PATRICK QUINN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 44 minutes ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whose bloody campaign of beheadings and suicide bombings made him the most-wanted terrorist in Iraq, was killed when U.S. warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his isolated safe house, officials said Thursday. His death was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq.
The targeted airstrike Wednesday evening was the culmination of a two-week-long hunt for al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq. Tips from senior militants led U.S. forces to follow al-Zarqawi's spiritual adviser to the safe house, 30 miles outside Baghdad, for a meeting with the terror leader. The adviser, Sheik Abdul Rahman, was among seven aides also killed.
A penny-ante leader of a tiny group working under the aegis of a general revolt, this man has been inflated into status exceeding bin Laden's. Did any of these people ever attack America? Are they big players in the ongoing civil war? Did these people constitute and army like Sadr's? Were they the anthrax killer? (Hint: only people Bush wanted to intimidate or murder were targetted!)
World oil prices fell several dollars as dealers in Europe and America heeded propaganda they saw on TV and they were told, now America rules Iraq! Fun for us at last! When Saddam was found, I said, 'Now the real civil war will commence, things will get much worse!' But the infantile people who run our TV news stations all made it seem as if we 'turned the corner' and all would be roses and wine.
I was right and they were wrong. And the hyper-celebratory back slapping going on now is predictible and stupid. The Sunni-Shi'ite struggle for dominance is going to get much worse.
By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 3 minutes ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's parliament on Thursday approved three new key ministers, including a Sunni Arab to head the defense ministry, while five bombings left at least 40 people dead and dozens wounded, authorities said.
In the latest attack, in the Amin market area in New Baghdad, two car bombs killed 15 people and injured dozens, police said.
Earlier, a car bomb in north Baghdad killed six and injured 15, police said. Two bombs also hit a market and a police patrol in separate morning attacks in Baghdad, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 40.
The ministers, for national security and interior, were sworn in after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced the death of al-Qaida in Iraq chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The new defense minister is Iraqi Army Gen. Abdul-Qader Mohammed Jassim al-Mifarji and Shiites Jawad al-Bolani for interior and Sherwan al-Waili for national security.
Iraq is so unstable, we are doing police work with bombs dropped from planes. How many civilians have died in previous attacks? We have killed thousands of innocent people both in Iraq and Afghanistan as we use long range hyper military WMD in order to tag individuals we don't like.
This has been very expensive as well as tremendously inefficient. Our quest to kill has alienated most of the native population who now hate us with undying passion. Far from squelching opposition, it has increased. And in this case, getting rid of this loose cannon, an outsider, a non-native, simplifies the civil war which can now concentrate itself on working towards the real goal: who will rule Iraq.
The fact the USA is working day and night and spent $300+billion siding with the Iranian supporting Shi'ites is one of history's most amusing paradoxes. If we win, we lose.
By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer 59 minutes ago
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's president said Thursday his regime is ready for talks over its nuclear capabilities, but he sent mixed signals on how much is open for negotiation and suggested Tehran has the upper hand in its showdown with the West.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated Iran's position that uranium enrichment is an untouchable national right, a clear jab at the West two days after Iran received a package of economic and technological incentives to suspend the program.
But he also offered some signs of flexibility without specifically mentioning the proposal. In a speech at an industrial city, he said Iran would hold dialogue on "mutual concerns" with foreign powers — including the United States — if they took place "free from threats."
Hahaha. If only the State Department read my Miz Liberty cartoons. Then they could avoid some of the thousand tactical as well as strategic errors. Maybe learn how to do diplomacy. First rule: never say 'hahaha' in your victim's faces. This is why Ahmadinejad is so polite about our utter defeat. He opens to door to us doing what we did for Pakistan and India when they both made nukes: give Iran technology and be polite. Heh.
He has the upper hand, all right. As all my cartoons predicted with unerring accuracy.
Of course, the Shi'ite take over of Iraq helps Iran and the President of Iran is most anxious to get America moving like a good little elephant in the right direction. And we will. For we lost the war there. Guess what? Killing that pest, Zarqawi, makes Sadr and the Iranians....stronger! Duh! Any Go player beyond novice knows that good players force their opponents to play their own game, and this is a classic example. We had zero interest in killing Zaqawi and we had to stop Sadr so of course, we killed Zaqawi and put Sadr in the driver's seat! All while mouthing off at Iran.
This is too stupid for words.
By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 34 minutes ago
HARTFORD, Conn. - A man who refused to give up his gold and diamond chain. Two teenagers hanging out on a front porch. Four family members in front of their house planning a cookout.
They were among 20 people shot, three fatally, in Connecticut's capital since May 24 in a surge of seemingly senseless violence that has clergy and state lawmakers calling for a cease-fire and state troopers preparing to walk the beat.
Hartford and some other cities around the country are seeing a disturbing rise in shootings — many of them prompted not by drugs or money, but by petty squabbles and perceived slights. Young people are drawing guns over respect, turf and relationships.
Like during the Vietnam War, our cities burning faster than Hanoi, the violence we launched so stupidly overseas is coming home to roost. Not only are traumatized, dehumanized soldiers return to act out personal dramas here at home, the native population becomes restive as the usual inflation/high energy costs of war cause increasing violence at home.
Just like when we were defeated in Asia, our troops will be forced to withdraw and come home to deal with native uprising here as the bills for all these stupid, irresponsible, illegal ventures come due. For they will, the communist Chinese hold many of them! Imagine if Mao held most of our debts from the Vietnam War!
Well, we would still be there, bleeding to death because he would have enjoyed us being destroyed in a meat grinder we created. And this is why we can't flee for our lives in Iraq: neither Iran nor China want us to. Not to mention Saudi Arabia and the UAE who were the chief sponsors of 9/11 which was cooked up by them and Bush to force America into the New World Order.
Gah. Arrest them all.