Thursday, June 17, 2004

SOUND THE BUGLES!!

Finally, the cavalry is on the way!!

A contingent of Tongan soldiers is heading to the Middle East to join American forces in Iraq.

The 44 Tongan troops will travel to Kuwait first, and after acclimatising will then join the First US Marine Division.

Their exact role hasn't been determined, but at first it is likely they will be confined to camp duties and training.

The Tongan Government says the Kingdom's contribution to the effort to bring peace and stability to Iraq is relative to what the country can afford.

The Tongans are expecting to stay in Iraq for six months

Tonga deploys soldiers to Iraq

So shut the hell up about the "Coalition of the Willing" being a fiction...

And that "Quagmire" talk too. If it was really a quagmire would we be getting such massive (sorry) outpourings of International support??

I wonder what the hell the Tongan Army does.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Sure Am Glad This Ain't a Quagmire

June 16, 2004

GHAZI Talabani, the security chief for Iraq's oil fields around the northern city of Kirkuk, was assassinated today outside his home, Iraqi police said.
here

2:23pm (UK)
Pipeline Blast Cuts Iraq's Southern Oil Exports

Two explosions damaged oil pipelines in southern Iraq, cutting oil exports from the region by half.

here


KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - An explosion ripped through a crude oil pipeline linking northern Iraqi fields on Tuesday, a North Oil company official said.
"It was probably sabotage," said the official, who asked not to be named.

here

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Marines arrested six members of the Iraqi Civil Defence Corp on suspicion of involvement in a roadside bomb attack in western Iraq (news - web sites) that wounded five locals, the US military revealed.

here

We know this ain't a quagmire, Boy George said so. I'm scared to ask what a quagmire looks like...

Monday, June 14, 2004

Fan, Meet Shit

COLORADO SPRINGS - Army re-enlistments have dropped suddenly and dramatically at Fort Carson and several other posts where combat units have recently returned from Iraq.

The surprising decline within the past 21/2 months has jolted recruiters and military analysts and provoked questions about the war's effect on the Army's recruiting ability.

Since Fort Carson units began coming home in April, post recruiters have met only 57 percent of their quota for re-enlisting first-term soldiers for a second hitch, according to an Army report.

More disturbing, recruiters say, is they're re-enlisting only 46 percent of the quota for "mid-career" noncommissioned officers. These are the young sergeants with four to 10 years of experience who are the backbone of the Army - its skilled soldiers, mentors and future senior NCOs.


GIs marching away from re-enlistment

Combined with the remarkable casualty rates among E-6s and up I addressed back on May 19 (here), the picture of an Army rapidly being hollowed out is becoming clear.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

When are Answers Questions??

In the fall of 2002, in the preparations for possible war with Iraq, the Pentagon sought and received the assent of senior Bush administration officials, including the vice president's chief of staff, before hiring the Halliburton Company to develop secret plans for restoring Iraq's oil facilities, Pentagon officials have told Congressional investigators.

The newly disclosed details about Pentagon contracting do not suggest improper political pressures to direct business to Halliburton, the Houston-based company that Vice President Dick Cheney once led.

But they raise questions about assertions by Mr. Cheney and other administration officials that he knew nothing in advance of the Halliburton contracts and that the decisions were made by career procurement specialists, without involvement by senior political appointees.


White House Officials and Cheney Aide Approved Halliburton Contract in Iraq, Pentagon Says

No, they don't "raise questions" about those assertions, they prove that they were lies. Callin' a mule a cow won't make it give milk...