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Abizaid
cnn.com

Top U.S. General Will Step Down

Gen. John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command and the military chief of the Iraq fiasco, will retire in March. Though officials say Abizaid tendered his retirement before Rumsfeld was pushed out, his departure will allow Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Bush more flexibility in their Iraq makeover, as Abizaid has been a dogged opponent of increasing troop levels.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Playing Army

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Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


Bush with troops
richardsilverstein.com

Bush Wants to Expand Army, Marines

President Bush has instructed Defense Secretary Robert Gates to provide a plan for increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps. A major increase would take years to achieve and would not alleviate problems associated with the White House’s plan to “surge” troop levels in Iraq.

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


Soldiers
newmediamusings.com

Troops Starting to Demand Withdrawal

Truthdig contributor Marc Cooper, writing for The Nation, uncovers a growing movement of active-duty soldiers who are petitioning Congress to begin the withdrawal of troops. A 21-year-old soldier serving in Iraq who signed the petition says of the war: “The well is so poisoned by what we have done here that nothing can fix it.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2006 READ MORE


Schoomaker
DoD Photo / R.D. Ward

Top General Wants Bigger Army

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker has testified that his force “will break” without an increase in troops and greater ability to draw on Army National Guard and Reserve units.  The general cited the strain of commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he told reporters: “We would not surge [in Iraq] without a purpose. And that purpose should be measurable.”

Posted on Dec 14, 2006 READ MORE


Pentagon
pageoneq.com

The Military’s Iraq Gamble

The Pentagon is expected to recommend expanding both the military and its presence in Iraq as part of its “double down” strategy. Another element of the plan, to be presented to President Bush on Wednesday, is likely to include a direct confrontation with Moqtada al-Sadr and his militia.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


Air Force general

Probe Sought Into Evangelical Military Video

A military watchdog group is accusing senior officers of coercing soldiers and airmen into adopting evangelical Christianity—as demonstrated in a promotional video the senior officers appeared in. “We apparently have a radicalized, evangelical Christian Pentagon within the rest of the Pentagon,” says the head of the watchdog group.

  • Read about it here and here
  • Watch the video here

  • Posted on Dec 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Jesse Buryj
    freewebs.com/jesseburyj/

    Another Friendly Fire Coverup by the Army

    Peggy Buryj was told in 2004 that her son Jesse died near Karbala, Iraq, sustaining a back injury while heroically defending an Army checkpoint.  She would later learn that he was shot in the back.  While the Army, which has destroyed important evidence related to the case, insists a Polish soldier fired the shot, a friend of Jesse’s who served with him told his mother an American soldier was to blame. (h/t: Buzzflash)

    Posted on Dec 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Simpsons: army recruiters

    ‘Simpsons’ Satirizes Army Recruiters

    “The Simpsons” takes a shot at the unsavory tactics of Army recruiters, always on the lookout for new blood to fight in “America’s next unresolvable conflict.”

    Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Recruiter

    Recruiters Scam Students

    ABC News caught Army recruiters on tape misleading undercover students.  While some of the recruiters were straightforward and honest, others suggested the Iraq war was over and that dropping out of the military was a simple matter. (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Nov 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Allegedly Reneges on Deal With GI Who Fled

    Kyle Snyder fled to Canada when the Army threatened to send him back to Iraq, where he says he had been made to perform duties for which he was not trained.  Snyder’s lawyer says the Army had agreed to discharge his client if he came home but now intends to return him to his original unit.

    Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Pat Tillman
    AP

    Army: We Misled Seven Families

    The U.S. Army has concluded that it gave wrong or misleading information to the families of seven dead soldiers, including Pat Tillman, above. One step it’s taking to improve its notification process: “an $800,000 training film that highlights how grieving families react.”
    Eight hundred thousand dollars. That’s not a typo.

    Posted on Oct 30, 2006 READ MORE


    General Acknowledges Failure of Baghdad Effort

    Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV expressed concern Thursday over the failure of the military’s new Baghdad strategy to curb mounting levels of violence in the city: “In Baghdad alone, we’ve seen a 22% increase in attacks during the first three weeks of Ramadan, as compared to the three weeks preceding Ramadan.”

    Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


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    Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Hones New Counterinsurgency Strategy

    Pinch yourself. This is actual good news about the U.S. military in Iraq: The Army and Marines are finishing work on a new doctrine that puts the welfare and protection of civilians front and center, while minimizing the use of force.

    Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Pat Buchanan

    Buchanan’s Conspiracy Theory

    Pat Buchanan appeared on “The Daily Show” on Monday to explain his theory of Mexico’s secret plot to recapture the Southwest using an army of hardworking immigrants who, he claims, don’t like English or America.

    Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


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    Weekly Video Roundup

    This week’s edition of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a “Daily Show” spot-on satirical interview with a discharged gay Army linguist; a classic Bill Maher broadside on President Bush; and Jon Stewart asking Bill Clinton how to defeat Hillary.

    Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Administration Seeks to Protect ?Interrogation? Methods

    Legislation put forward by the Bush administration this week would legalize the same torture techniques recently banned by the Army.  By selectively interpreting the Geneva Conventions, the legislation would allow CIA operatives and even the Army, should it decide to revert to previous rules, to conduct interrogations using unsavory methods.

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Dog growls at detainee
    Associated Press

    Army Finally Bans Torture

    Yielding to pressure from humanitarian groups, Congress and the Supreme Court, the U.S. Army will release a new field manual that affords all detainees protection from torture under the Geneva Convention.  The new document will ban several ?interrogation? methods that have drawn criticism, including simulated drowning and the use of dogs to terrorize detainees.

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


    The U.S. Military Prefers Nazis to Gays

    That’s the only conclusion we at Truthdig can come to when faced with these facts: Recruiters are increasingly admitting neo-Nazis and skinheads into the military, and the number of soldiers kicked out of the military for being gay rose 11% over last year.

  • Also, allegations of harassment and outright crimes committed by military recruiters are up. (story or .pdf report)

  • Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Soldiers Sue Army Over Mysterious Illness

    A number of American troops from the same unit in Iraq recently discovered they were all suffering from a mysterious set of illnesses.  Though their doctors couldn?t determine the source of the sickness, the soldiers came to believe their exposure to depleted uranium munitions was to blame, and decided to sue the U.S. Army.

    Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE


    The number 55

    Today’s Blog Is Brought to You by the Number…

    That’s the number of Arabic linguists who have been discharged from the Army for being gay. Fifty-five. (We missed this fact when we blogged about the latest dismissalinterview here—but it’s so shocking we felt we had to bring it up now.)
    If the military were serious about winning Iraqis’ hearts and minds, it would find a way to keep most of these linguists in the service.

    Posted on Aug 11, 2006 READ MORE


    discharged gay army linguist
    From ABC News

    More on the Army’s Fired Gay Linguist

    He had one of the most sought-after skills in the entire U.S. arsenal: a working knowledge of Arabic. And the Army discharged him for being gay—after subjecting him to witch-hunt-style questioning. ABC News interviews him. (Earlier: original story)

    Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Majority of National Guard Not Combat-Ready

    The Army National Guard?s top general said Tuesday that more than two-thirds of his brigades are not combat-ready.  Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum went on to say the problem would cost as much as $21 billion to fix.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Dismisses Gay Arabic Linguist

    A decorated sergeant and Arabic language specialist was discharged after an investigation determined that he was gay. He alleges his commanding officer blatantly violated the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and that investigators asked him if he had close friends who were gay, and if he was involved in community theater.
    Thank goodness our military is on top of things. We’ve got too damned many Arabic linguists in the service these days.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Ethiopian Soldier
    flickr.com

    Ethiopian Troops Enter Somalia

    The Ethiopian army has crossed into Somalia as tensions build between the transitional Somali government and the Islamic militia that controls Mogadishu.

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Belated Justice: Army Cancels Halliburton Contract

    We’re a bit late to this story, but we couldn’t let it go un-blogged.
    HUURAH!

  • You know the old saying: You can overbill some of the government agencies all the time, all the government agencies some of the time…but you can’t, apparently, charge $45 for a case of soda and get away with it forever.

    Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


  • U.S. Recruiters Reportedly Admitting Neo-Nazis to Military

    Need more evidence that our military is stretched too thin? Its ranks reportedly are now being filled with the kind of military ambassadors particularly unsuited to the task of winning foreign hearts and minds.

    Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Equipment Costs for Two Wars Will Triple

    The annual cost of replacing, repairing and upgrading Army equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to more than triple next year to more than $17 billion, according to Army documents obtained by the Associated Press.
    And we still can’t find the money for schools, healthcare, environmental-technology research ... oh, never mind.

    Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Austistic teen Jared Guinther
    Benjamin Brink / Newshouse News

    Army Recruits Teen Despite His Autism

    The youth is signed up for dangerous front-line service, but did not even know there was a war going on until last fall—after he was approached by the recruiter. An internal Army investigation is underway, but such recruiting abuses are systemic. (Via Bring It On!)

    Posted on May 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Rebuilding of Iraqi Pipeline as Disaster Waiting to Happen

    It’s not just insurgent attacks but also incompetence and mismanagement by entities like Halliburton and the Army Corps of Engineers that are holding back the rebuilding of Iraq.

    Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Generals v. Rumsfeld
    From nytimes.com

    Sixth General Calls for Rumseld’s Ouster

    Read the New York Times’ take on the growing list. But check out CNN’s “Five reasons why Rumsfeld won’t leave easily.” Also, Bush is standing firmly with his war architect.
    Update: Rep. Harold Ford calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Project to Build Iraqi Hospitals Falls Badly Short

    After two years and roughly $200 million expended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to complete only 20 out of 142 primary health centers. The World Health Organization’s rep calls it “shocking.”

    Posted on Apr 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Seven Questions: What’s Next for Iraq?

    An Arabic-speaking U.S. reporter in Iraq talks about the possible collapse of the country, and urges American policymakers to make friendly overtures toward Iran.

    Posted on Apr 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael_Smith_Dog_Abu_Ghraib
    From Salon.com

    Jury Convicts Abu Ghraib Dog Handler

    Sgt. Michael Smith (pictured above threatening an Abu Ghraib detainee with a dog) becomes the ninth soldier to be convicted for detainee abuse. He faces over eight years in prison.
    To date, no high-ranking officials have been charged with crimes stemming from the abuses.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    prisoner_abuse
    From Salon.com

    The Abu Ghraib Files

    Salon presents a horrifying new gallery of 279 photos and 19 videos of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib.

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    tillman
    AP

    The Mysterious Death of Pat Tillman

    By Blair Golson

    The Army is set to open a criminal investigation into the death of the former NFL star and Army Ranger. Sort the facts for yourself with Truthdig’s related articles, photos and movies.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    pat_tillman
    From the U.S. Army

    Army Plans Criminal Investigation into Tillman’s Death

    The military originally said the former NFL player was killed by enemy fire, but it turned out he was shot by his fellow Rangers. Now a lawmaker is alleging a possible coverup by the Army.

    Posted on Mar 5, 2006 READ MORE



    From Paramount Pictures via Yahoo.com

    Samuel L. Jackson to Star in Iraq War Movie

    The versatile 57-year-old actor will play an Army medic who struggles to resume his normal life in “Home of the Brave.” | story
    This is one of the first big-budget films to deal with the ongoing conflict.

    Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Army Seized Wives as Tactic

    In at least two instances, American forces have seized wives of insurgents as a means of “leverage.” | story

    Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Army troops from Fort Riley, Kan., listen to President Bush deliver a speech about the war on terror
    Charlie Riedel / AP

    Army Stretched to the Breaking Point, Study Finds

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, dock those Swift Boats! It’s not a liberal Democratic senator making the charge. It’s a retired Army officer working for the Pentagon. | story

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Bowing to Pressure, Army Adds to Soldiers’ Armor

    The move comes in the wake of a New York Times report that shamed the military over the issue. | story

    Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


    How Do the Iraqis Treat Their Prisoners?

    A maverick U.S. Army major finds that some of his Iraqi counterparts have fewer scruples about going “over the line” while interrogating suspected insurgents. U.S. News & World Report has the story.

     

    Posted on Jan 1, 2006 READ MORE


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