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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Operation Iraqi Freedom

"Operation Iraqi Freedom was carried out with a combination of precision and speed and boldness the enemy did not expect, and the world had not seen before. Today, we have the greater power to free a nation by breaking a dangerous and aggressive regime. With new tactics and precision weapons, we can achieve military objectives without directing violence against civilians."
-Bush lying to the world under a "Mission Accomplished" banner on the USS Abraham Lincon, March 1, 2003

"The dead family was not part of the resistance, they were women and children. The Americans have promised us a better life, but we get only death."
-Ahmed lost nine family members to a US house attack north of Baghdad

An unidentified relative mourns over the bodies of children, reportedly killed during a U.S. raid, as they arrive in a hospital in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 15, 2006. Eleven people, most of them women and children were killed when a house was bombed during a U.S. raid north of Baghdad early Wednesday, police and relatives said. The U.S. military acknowledged four deaths in the raid that they said netted an insurgent suspect in the rural Isahaqi area, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the capital. (AP Photo/Bassim Daham)


A relative carries the body of child, reportedly killed during a U.S. raid, to a hospital in the rural Isahaqi area, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 15, 2006. (AP Photo/ Hammed Rasheed)


Relatives mourn near the bodies of children, reportedly killed in a U.S. raid, as they arrive in a hospital in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 15,2006. (AP Photo/Bassim Daham)


Military airstrikes have also increased in Iraq, but the media seems to be following Rumsfeld's orders to stop making 'exaggerations':
American forces have dramatically increased airstrikes in Iraq during the past five months, a change of tactics that may foreshadow how the United States plans to battle a still-strong insurgency while reducing the number of U.S. ground troops serving here.

A review of military data shows that daily bombing runs and jet-missile launches have increased by more than 50 percent in the past five months, compared with the same period last year. Knight Ridder's statistical findings were reviewed and confirmed by American Air Force officials in the region.

The numbers also show that U.S. forces dropped bombs on more cities during the last five months than they did during the same period a year ago. Airstrikes hit at least nine cities between Oct. 1, 2004, and Feb. 28, 2005, but were mostly concentrated in and around the western city of Fallujah. A year later, U.S. warplanes struck at least 18 cities during the same months.

7 Comments:

At 3/15/2006 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will the killing stop? This makes me sick to my stomach.

 
At 3/16/2006 7:15 AM, Anonymous Kathy said...

I want to know why mainstream media refuses to show images such as this and give them due time and attention!

 
At 3/16/2006 8:21 AM, Anonymous Rose said...

If the American media showed these photos, the war would end and that was never part of Bush's grand plan. The images are on TV screens in the Middle East.

If you have access to Link TV, check out Mosaic: World News from the Middle East. I wish it were accessible on cable.
http://linktv.org/programming/programDescription.php4?code=mosaic

 
At 3/16/2006 12:22 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

"Bush lying to the world under a "Mission Accomplished" banner on the USS Abraham Lincon, March 1, 2003"

Y'know, Rose, this "Mission Accomplished" retort from the left is only one notch above plastic turkeys.

In the military, there are missions within missions. I know, I know, this is confusing, but it is true. For example, the invasion of Iraq was a mission for Central Command (CENTCOM). CENTCOM, in turn, assigned missions to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. They, in turn, assigned missions to their subordinate units. And so on, ad infinitum.

In that regards (not nuance), the sign on the aircraft carrier did not mean "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" for the global war on terror. It meant "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" for the USS Abraham Lincoln. This CNN article from 29 October 2003 discusses that...

http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/10/28/mission.accomplished/

 
At 3/16/2006 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably true Timmy, also probably not understood as such by the vast majority of Americans. No way around it, the admin thought it would be a cakewalk and it wasn't. They're like a baseball team that congratulates itself after scoring the first run in the first inning. They didn't seem to realize there were still 8 innings to go. oh well, the insurgents apparently did.

 
At 3/16/2006 8:48 PM, Anonymous Bush Supports the Troops! said...

Just like a Hollywood movie, it was staged. Regardless of the meaning of the sign, Bush chose to stand right under it after flying in with his sock in the crotch flight uniform.

 
At 3/16/2006 9:46 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Perhaps you did not read the article.

During the speech in May, Bush said, "The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September 11, 2001, and still goes on."

I'll leave it at that.

"It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of what he was never reasoned into."
-Jonathan Swift

 

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