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“Saddam Gassed His Own People!”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 10, 2008

And so, apparently, do we (or at least Blackwater):

The helicopter was hovering over a Baghdad checkpoint into the Green Zone, one typically crowded with cars, Iraqi civilians and United States military personnel.

Suddenly, on that May day in 2005, the copter dropped CS gas, a riot-control substance the American military in Iraq can use only under the strictest conditions and with the approval of top military commanders. An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 American soldiers operating the checkpoint.

“This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous,” Capt. Kincy Clark of the Army, the senior officer at the scene, wrote later that day. “It’s not a good thing to cause soldiers who are standing guard against car bombs, snipers and suicide bombers to cover their faces, choke, cough and otherwise degrade our awareness.”

Both the helicopter and the vehicle involved in the incident at the Assassins’ Gate checkpoint were not from the United States military, but were part of a convoy operated by Blackwater Worldwide, the private security contractor that is under scrutiny for its role in a series of violent episodes in Iraq, including a September shooting in downtown Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead.

Ah, Blackwater. The charming folk who “use their machine guns like car horns“.

Let’s see:  Saddam invaded a country on a flimsy pretext (which we, via April Glaspie, very likely gave to him); so did we.  Saddam arrested innocent people and tortured them at Abu Ghraib; so do we.  Saddam killed a whole lot of Iraqis; we’ve killed far more in less time.

What was this about moral authority again?

Posted in Blackwater, Bush Family Evil Empire, government malfeasance, Iraq war | 3 Comments »

Thursday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 10, 2008

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Dan Rather gets to do a little discovery on BushCo.  This oughta be fun.  Of course, Big Media will ignore this in favor of facilitating Dr. Phil’s unprofessional behavior with Britney Spears.

Possible new Alzheimer’s treatment?  Maybe, but there need to be more studies.

WaPo lies about Social Security.  Dean Baker calls them on it.

It will soon be legal in the UK to rip music, video and data tracks to CD, once the UK’s copyright laws (which are apparently even more bizarre than in the US) are updated.

Posted in 'starving the beast', big money, Bush, Bush Family Evil Empire, BushCo malfeasance, Good Things, GOP/Media Complex, media, Media machine, mediawhores, mythmaking, privatization, science and medicine, Social Security | Comments Off on Thursday Morning News Roundup

How Badly Did Fred Thompson Do In New Hampshire?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 10, 2008

He came in behind the write-in candidates.

The Republican field just sucks rocks, doesn’t it?

Posted in 2008, Fred Thompson, Republicans | 1 Comment »

 
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