Saturday, June 03, 2006

Military Says Ishaqi OK, Evidence Says Ishaqi Not OK, More Allegations, Schaeffer Rambles, Bush Starts Listening, But Doesn't Understand.

U.S. troops were cleared in the killing of civilians in Ishaqi by a military investigation.

That should be it, case closed no more questions.

The Military, after Haditha, is in hyper-CYA mode. They might have jumped the gun in declaring it's all good in Ishaqi.

There are just too many witnesses, details from the local police and there's even a video tape that the BBC has and it says the tape refutes much of what the investigation claimed.

Unlike the American media, the BBC won't just blow this off.

The video tape obtained by the BBC shows a number of dead adults and children at
the site with what our world affairs editor John Simpson says were clearly
The pictures came from a hardline Sunni group opposed to coalition
It has been cross-checked with other images taken at the time of events and
is believed to be genuine, the BBC's Ian Pannell in Baghdad says.

There's just too much coming out of Iraq to take the military investigation a face value.

New allegations made to the BBC.

U.S. troops kicking the heads of decapitated Iraqis around 'like a soccer ball'.

Iraq War Vets talk about random civilian killings.

I think we're just getting started on the inhumanity of our war in Iraq.

Update: The Iraqis aren't too happy with the investigation's findings.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An Iraqi whose brother was killed by American troops
during a raid north of Baghdad condemned on Saturday a U.S. military
investigation that cleared forces of wrongdoing, as new footage showed that at
least four children were among the victims.

The U.S. military said Saturday it found no wrongdoing by American troops
accused of intentionally killing civilians during a March 15 raid in Ishaqi,
about 50 miles north of Baghdad. As many as 13 Iraqis were killed.

Frank Schaeffer at the WaPo is comparing Mr. Bush's Little War to WWII, a long time conservative pipe dream. His son is in the military and has served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He thinks the rest of us should willingly be proud to send our children to an incompetently led war for no reason with an idiot for a Commader-in-Chief. He also feels that we have to have a child serving or we are serving ourselves, to have an opinion.

It's time for the critics of our military to also earn a little moral authority
by volunteering themselves or encouraging their children to do so. Anything less
is nothing more than arm's-length moralizing.

The White House is supposedly opening it's ears to differing opinions. Maybe they should open their minds as well. On Monday Bush will try to make our Constitution a document of discrimination by endorsing the same sex marriage ban amendment.

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