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A Look Beyond Iraq And What President Bush Said

Reported by Donna - September 16, 2007 -

There is so much more going on in Iraq than what FOX News gives only a passing mention to, if any mention whatsoever, and what President Bush told the nation in his speech Thursday night.

In the spirit of "fair and balanced" reporting, we have collected a number of stories about the war in Iraq. These are stories that impact on the future of Iraq and the lives of 172,000 men and women from the Armed Forces who are stationed in Iraq.

The stories are the unvarnished truth about Iraq and we have been careful to document each story with a link so readers of this post can check for our accuracy.

Iraq is an extremely complex situation and there will not be an easy solution to the quagmire the United States has found itself in after almost five years of fighting in Iraq.

Iraq becomes even more complex when the full story of Iraq is not presented to the American public. It is our mission to change that.

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Guest blogged by Bill Corcoran

Troop blogs show increasing criticism of war
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/09/ap_soldierblogs_070909/


With the world being bombarded by all factions on their side on the war in Iraq, U.S. soldiers Internet blogs provided the kind of public relations Madison Avenue would drool over. Soldiers told of helping Iraqi families, the loss of friends and their dangerous daily missions. In the past year, as soldiers and Marines return for the second, third or even fourth deployments, and the death toll approaches 4,000, some soldiers began questioning the war. At the very least they risk administrative punishments, called Article 15s, though if it has happened it has been kept quiet. “The toothpaste is out of the tube. And, try as they might, the military’s information nannies are not going to be able to stuff it back in,” said Noah Schatman of Wired Magazine in an e-mail from Taji, Iraq. He said soldiers will pay $55 a month for a private connection.

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President Petraeus? Iraqi official recalls the day US general revealed ambition
By Patrick Cockburn
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2956422.ece
The US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time. Sabah Khadim, then a senior adviser at Iraq's Interior Ministry, says General Petraeus discussed with him his ambition when the general was head of training and recruitment of the Iraqi army in 2004-05. "I asked him if he was planning to run in 2008 and he said, 'No, that would be too soon'," Mr Khadim, who now lives in London, said. General Petraeus has a reputation in the US Army for being a man of great ambition. If he succeeds in reversing America's apparent failure in Iraq, he would be a natural candidate for the White House in the presidential election in 2012.

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Fox News' Petraeus coverage commentary not fair, not balanced
http://mediamatters.org/items/200709110006?src=other

During Fox News' coverage of congressional testimony by Gen. David Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET on September 10, the channel presented commentary from only one Democrat or progressive: Rep. Bob Wexler (D-FL), who appeared opposite Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN). The other seven people appearing on Fox to provide commentary consisted of two conservative pundits (columnist Ann Coulter and former Sen. Rick Santorum [R-PA]), two former public officials who praised Petraeus (former Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan Senor and former CIA agent Mike Baker), Iraq war veteran Marco Martinez (who wrote a September 7 USA Today op-ed critical of Democrats who purportedly "view success in Iraq as an electoral problem"), Fox News defense analyst retired Gen. Bob Scales, and Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei. In the 4 p.m. ET hour, Neil Cavuto, host of Your World with Neil Cavuto, said he would bring in Democratic strategist Julian Epstein to offer commentary, but then said that technical difficulties prevented Epstein from appearing.

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Soldiers who signed anti-war op-ed piece die in Iraq
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/09/12/iraq.soldiers.dead/index.html
Two U.S. soldiers whose signatures appeared on an op-ed piece in The New York Times critical of the war in Iraq were among seven Americans killed in a truck accident outside of Baghdad, family members said Wednesday. Staff Sgt. Yance Gray and Sgt. Omar Mora were members of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Gray, Mora and five other soldiers died Monday when their truck overturned near the Iraqi capital, U.S. officials said. Gray and Mora were among seven soldiers, mostly sergeants, who wrote the op-ed piece that appeared in the Times on August 19. It called the prospects of U.S. success "far-fetched" and said the progress being reported was being "offset by failures elsewhere." "Four years into our occupation, we have failed on every promise, while we have substituted Baath Party tyranny with a tyranny of Islamist, militia and criminal violence," they wrote. "When the primary preoccupation of average Iraqis is when and how they are likely to be killed, we can hardly feel smug as we hand out care packages."

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1,000 Marines now dead in two wars
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/09/marine_thousand_casualties_070913/
More than 1,000 Marines have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a grim milestone reached Sept. 6 with the death of four Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based Marines, according to Defense Department statistics. The four Marines were assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion. They were Cpl. Christopher L. Poole Jr., 22, of Mount Dora, Fla.; Cpl. Bryan J. Scripsick, 22, of Wayne, Okla.; Staff Sgt. John C. Stock, 26, of Longview, Texas; and Sgt. Michael J. Yarbrough, 24, of Malvern, Ark.

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Iraqi Army Unable To Take Over Within A Year, Report Says
Breakup of National Police Is Urged
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/05/AR2007090501282.html?hpid%3Dtopnews&sub=AR


Iraq's army, despite measurable progress, will be unable to take over internal security from U.S. forces in the next 12 to 18 months and "cannot yet meaningfully contribute to denying terrorists safe haven," according to a report on the Iraqi security forces published today. The report, prepared by a commission of retired senior U.S. military officers, describes the 25,000-member Iraqi national police force and the Interior Ministry, which controls it, as riddled with sectarianism and corruption. The ministry, it says, is "dysfunctional" and is "a ministry in name only." The commission recommended that the national police force be disbanded.

SUMMARY

When is a timetable for troop withdrawal in Iraq not a timetable?
The answer is when President Bush says he is going to suggest withdrawing 30,000 troops from Iraq by next summer.
Bush has been vehemently opposed to any mention of a timetable for pulling troops out Iraq, but when it becomes politically expedient to yank yanks out of Iraq it is no longer a timetable.
Is there anyone who can explain this Bush doublespeak?