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Bloody June in Iraq

Posted on Jun 21, 2007

The U.S. troop surge is topping out in terms of numbers—and, unfortunately, the death toll for American forces and Iraqis is also climbing this month.  The BBC reports that 14 U.S. soldiers were reported killed Wednesday and Thursday, and suicide bombings continued to claim lives elsewhere in the country.


Twelve died in four attacks in Baghdad, officials said, where a four-month-old military “surge” has now reached its peak with some 160,000 troops deployed.

The US has also said it killed dozens of insurgents on the first two days of a major operation north of Baghdad.

Elsewhere at least 15 people died and 40 others were hurt in a suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq.

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By Roy Eidelson, June 22, 2007 at 5:29 am Link to this comment

The Bush administration succeeded in promoting the misguided and destructive war in Iraq with messages targeting our core concerns about vulnerability, injustice, distrust, superiority, and helplessness. Looking ahead, they will likely try to sell us a continuing occupation of Iraq—or an attack on Iran—in much the same way. I examine these warmongering appeals and how to counter them in a new 10-minute video entitled “Resisting the Drums of War.” It’s available for viewing on YouTube HERE.

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By Carl, June 21, 2007 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment
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Tom Doff that was awesome..

Cry Havoc..And let slip the dogs of war..

Cant believe i ever served for these assholes..
Doesnt matter which ones they are all the same.

I was too young but i have learned to appreciate the departing wisdom of President Eisenhower..

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By felicity, June 21, 2007 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment


Recall, was it Rummy or Dickie, who said way-back-when, like 2 years ago, that the increase in insurgent attacks was a sign that we were winning? 

A reasonable person must then ask if a DECREASE in insurgent attacks was a sign we were losing? 

Isn’t it obvious by now that the Iraq caper is a gigantic, deadly to life and limb not to mention very expensive crap-shoot?

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By Chris, June 21, 2007 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment
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You know, if you look at the picture from that article that shows the army men walking down the road, from a distance, it bears a resemblance to the one from the Vietnam War, of the naked girl running down the road, who had been napalmed. Just the positioning of the men in the picture, seems to recall tha locations of the people from that famous photo.

It struck me, when I first saw it from a distance. Of course, in the Vietnam War, we were able to see pictures of the wounded and the dead children and adults. Although they do see the war footage from Iraq on television in much of the rest of the world.

However, in the “freest country in the world”, it is sanitized for out protection…

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By Dale Headley, June 21, 2007 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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Don’t wake up George Bush with this news.  He needs to keep sleeping the sleep of the unconcerned.

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By Tom Doff, June 21, 2007 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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By golly, the surge is working. More Iraqi casualties means our boys are doing their jobs, even better than before, and more american casualties means that our boys are forcing the terrists to work harder and use up more ammunition, and pretty soon they’l get tired and need to sleep and they won’t have any more bullets and bombs and IED’s and WMD’s and the light at the end of the tunnel will become so bright, ‘god’s’ light, if you will, that it will show the whole world a peaceful, functioning democracy in Iraq that will be the envy of the whole arab world, and the middle-east muslims and arabs will rejoice and step over the sleeping terrists and join together in a massive ‘THANK YOU, USA’ celebration.

‘Course, there are some things we don’t know we don’t know, and those ‘we don’t know’ things are the ones are the ones that often bite us in the ass, but this situation has ‘success’ written all over it, or my name isn’t Donald ‘Bumfuck’ Rumsfeld.

And thanks for having me on MTP, Timmeh.

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