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Guess who served in the military?

As the drums beat loudly in the Middle East, it is interesting to see who among the prominent names in Washington ducked out when it came time to put their own lives on the line. Curiously, those most avid for risking the lives of American soldiers today were considerably less excited about risking their own in their younger days.

• President GW Bush - was able to get into the National Guard by leaping ahead of a waiting list of more than 1,000, but apparently went AWOL for at least one year and was later taken off flying status for reasons that have not been made public.
• Vice President Dick Cheney, several deferments, the last by marriage (in his own words, "had other priorities than military service").
• Att'y Gen. John Ashcroft - sought deferment to teach business ed at SW Missouri State.
• Karl Rove - avoided the draft, did not serve.
• Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert – avoided the draft, did not serve.
• Majority Leader Dick Armey- avoided the draft, did not serve.
• Majority Whip Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve. "So many minority youths had volunteered ... that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself."
• Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott - avoided the draft, did notserve.
• Don Nickles, Senate Minority Whip - avoided the draft, did not serve.
• Former Speaker Newt Gingrich - avoided the draft, did not serve.
• Senator Phil Gramm - avoided the draft, did not serve, four (?) student deferments.
• Senator Richard Shelby, avoided the draft, did not serve.
• Former Representative "B-1" Bob Dornan – avoided Korean War combat duty by enrolling in college acting classes.
• Representative Saxby Chambliss, Georgia – did not serve, had a "bad knee."
• Representative JC Watts - did not serve.
• Former Representative Jack Kemp, did not serve(was fit enough for pro football, but failed" the physical?).
• Dan Quayle, avoided Vietnam service, got a slot in the journalism unit of the Indiana National Guard when the unit was at 150% capacity. (Unlike GW, at least he showed up for his duty.)
• Eliot Abrams, did not serve.
• Vin Weber, did not serve.
• Richard Perle, did not serve.
• Rudy Giuliani, did not serve.
• Former Michigan Governor John Engler, did not serve.

Pundits and Preachers

• George Will, did not serve
• Chris Matthews, did not serve.
• Bill O'Reilly, did not serve.
• Paul Gigot, did not serve.
• Bill Bennett, Did not serve.
• Pat Buchanan, did not serve.
• Rush Limbaugh, did not serve.
• Pat Robertson - did not serve, apparently used his daddy's connections to get off the ship in Tokyo while his buddies went on to Korea. (More recently and by his own admission on his TV show, he was much chagrined to find how difficult it was to buy the anthrax vaccine for himself and his family, thus illustrating that the first priority of the self-righteous is "me first.")
• Bill Kristol, did not serve.

"They died in service to our country".  That sentence will be heard may times. 

I'm a father, a businessperson and a Viet Nam veteran.  Over the past several years I've examined my military experience.  Two time Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Major General Smedley Butler helped me.  He finished his career, looked back and wrote a booklet titled "War is a Racket".  He said he was a thug for big business. My studies confirm what the General said.  Behind all of the flag waving, and the shouts of freedom, democracy and service, is a massive empire devoted to profit by any means.  Weapons are our number one export product.  The military is a tool.  We are taught to puff our chests, and honor the military - alive and dead - but we are never taught to question the business of war.  

They died in "service" to our country.  I hope we think about those words.

Arnold Stieber
Grass Lake, MI

Veterans lose! by Dave M.
On May 23, 2011 was the U.S. Supreme, Court Brown v. Plata (09-1233) decision that crowded prisons are in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment no cruel and unusual punishments. In 2011, still not Eighth Amendment addressed are the “military research” “experiments that were designed to harm”! This is 1994 documented by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and U.S. Senate.[2 & 3] The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1950 Feres Doctrine [8] was used to ignore the Eight Amendment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Stanley case [6]. The Department of Defense (DOD) “to harm” experiment was classified as an “incident to service”! These DOD experiments were conducted on “hundreds of thousands” [2], under the ongoing secrecy cover of our ‘national interests’, e.g., WWII, Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Shouldn’t U.S. Service Personnel and Veterans get back those Constitutional Amendment 8 Rights that they die for and convicted rapists and murderers keep? Please hold your members in the U.S. Congress accountable!

In Spite of what Bush and Cheney Say: Torture by U.S. has Killed Many
In all, at least 98 detainees have died while in U.S. hands, with 34 identified as homicides, at least eight of which were tortured to death. The causes of 48 more deaths remain uncertain.

Brains Altered by Military Training and Trauma: Soldiers Become Killers Back at Home
Wake up, America. The boys are coming home, and they're not the boys who went away. On New Year's Day, the New York Times welcomed the advent of 2009 by reporting that, since returning from Iraq, nine members of the Fort Carson, Colorado, Fourth Brigade Combat team had been charged with homicide. Five of the murders they were responsible for took place in 2008 when, in addition, "charges of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault" at the base rose sharply. as many as one in five U.S. veterans is expected to suffer from at least one "invisible wound" of war, if not a combination of them, "including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury." Left untreated, such wounds can become very visible: witness, for example, the recent wave of suicides that have swept through the military, at least 128 in 2008, and 24 in January 2009 alone.

The High Cost of Empire
In the midst of an economic crisis that's getting scarier by the day, it's time to ask whether the nation can really afford some 1,000 military bases overseas. For those unfamiliar with the issue, you read that number correctly. One thousand. One thousand U.S. military bases outside the 50 states and Washington, DC, representing the largest collection of bases in world history. Unlike domestic bases, which set off local alarms when threatened by closure, our collection of overseas bases is particularly galling because almost all our taxpayer money leaves the United States (much goes to enriching private base contractors like corruption-plagued former Halliburton subsidiary KBR).

Rumsfeld Knew His Guys Were Torturing People to Death
71% of Americans want to see Bush investigated, and it's about time Obama's team hightailed their way over to court to start doing it. That's a pretty startling number, even for those of us who've been arguing for investigations for some time now. After all, Obama didn't get 71% of the vote, which means that a lot of folks who voted for McCain also want equal justice applied equally. One reason for this surprisingly robust groundswell for investigations may be that each day, formerly secret Bush-era documents surface that truly shock the conscience. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld is now found to be guilty of beating  information out of suspected terrorists, and in many cases torturing them to death; in other words, murdered them. Click Here: read the original document yourself.

It's Time for a Trillion-Dollar Tag Sale at the Pentagon
When we want to get serious about a long-term bailout strategy, we'll start dismantling the American empire and Pentagon programs. Since bin Laden's supreme act of economic judo in 2001, the U.S. military has spent multi-billions of tax dollars on a string of bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, failed wars in both countries, and a failed effort to make good on George W. Bush's promise to bring in bin Laden "dead or alive." Despite this record, the Pentagon still has a success option in its back pocket that might help bail out the American people in this perilous economic moment. It could immediately begin to auction off its overseas empire posthaste. To head down this road, however, U.S. military leaders would first have to take a brutally honest look at the real costs, and the real utility, of their massively expensive weapons systems and, above all, those bases. Today, the Pentagon acknowledges 761 active military "sites" in foreign countries -- and that's without bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, and certain other countries even being counted. Since 2001, the Bush administration's Global War on Terror (including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) has cost taxpayers more than the recent bailout -- more than $800 billion and still climbing by at least $3.5 billion each week. And the full bill has yet to come due. According to Noble Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard University professor Linda Bilmes, the total costs of those two wars could top out between $3 trillion and $7 trillion.

The US Has 761 Military Bases Across the Planet, Costing Trillions of Dollars, and We Simply Never Talk About It
At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around their dominions. At the height of the British Empire, the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on just who you listen to and how you count, we have hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records, in fact, there are 761 active military "sites" abroad. The fact is: We garrison the planet north to south, east to west, and even on the seven seas, thanks to our various fleets and our massive aircraft carriers which, with 5,000-6,000 personnel aboard -- that is, the population of an American town -- are functionally floating bases. And here's the other half of that simple truth: We don't care to know about it. We, the American people, aided and abetted by our politicians, the Pentagon, and the mainstream media, are knee-deep in base denial. Let's face it, we're on an imperial bender and it's been a long, long night. Even now, in the wee hours, the Pentagon continues its massive expansion of recent years; we spend militarily as if there were no tomorrow; we're still building bases as if the world were our oyster; and we're still in denial. Someone should phone the imperial equivalent of Alcoholics Anonymous.

How the U.S. Military Turned Me into a Terrorist
In March of this year, a courageous group of veterans brought the war home, at a historic event held in Silver Spring, Md., inspired by Vietnam veterans a generation before. "Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan" convened more than 200 soldiers who have served in the so-called "War on Terror;" like their fellow soldiers before them, who shared stories that laid bare the nightmare of Vietnam, these veterans bore witness to the crimes that have been committed in Americans' names during the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. The hearings lasted four days; in their testimony, soldiers described how the discarding of the military's rules of engagement and its systematic dehumanization of Iraqi and Afghan civilians has led to horrible acts of violence against innocent men, women and children. "These are not isolated incidents," was a common refrain, even as the episodes they described seemed exceptionally brutal. For many of the veterans, it was the first time they had told their stories. Now, the searing testimony has been compiled in an important new book: Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation, edited by Aaron Glantz and published by Haymarket Books.

Honoring Our Veterans
We honor our war dead this Memorial Day weekend. The greatest respect we could pay them would be to pledge no more wars for erroneous and misleading reasons; no more killing and wounding except for the defense of our country and our freedoms. We also could honor our dead by caring for the living, and do better at it than we are right now.

Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country
Our troops do not enlist because they want to destroy or kill. No matter the political climate, most troops seek to serve traditional warrior values: to protect the country they love, its ideals, and especially their families, communities, and each other. If they must kill or be killed, they need transcendent reasons to do so. Throughout history, the only reason for fighting that has survived moral scrutiny is a direct attack with real, immediate threat to one’s people. PTSD is, in part, the tortured conscience of good people who did their best under conditions that would dehumanize anyone. Almost all cultures, past and present, have had warriors. They have also had complex stories and rituals to help them recover from combat and guide them through the life cycle. The occurrence of warriors is so universal that depth psychologists understand Warrior to be one of our foundational psycho-spiritual archetypes.

Witnesses link chemical to ill US soldiers
"Hundreds of American soldiers at this site were contaminated" while guarding the plant, Langford said, including members of the Indiana National Guard. Langford is one of nine Americans who accuse KBR, the lead contractor on the Qarmat Ali project and one of the largest defense contractors in Iraq, of knowingly exposing them to sodium dichromate, an orange, sandlike chemical that is a potentially lethal carcinogen. Specialists say even short-term exposure to the chemical can cause cancer, depress an individual's immune system, attack the liver, and cause other ailments. Yesterday's hearing - one among several organized to hold contractors accountable for alleged malfeasance in Iraq - was chaired by Senator Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat. "Hundreds of US troops, who may not even know of their exposure to sodium dichromate that could one day result in a horrible disease, cancers, and death," he said. Roughly 250 American soldiers were believed to have come in contact with the chemical, according to Defense Department documents. Sodium dichromate is the same substance that poisoned residents in Hinkley, Calif., an incident made famous by the movie "Erin Brockovich" in 2000.

761 Military Bases
At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around their dominions. At the height of the British Empire, the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on just who you listen to and how you count, we have hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records, in fact, there are 761 active military "sites" abroad. The fact is: We garrison the planet north to south, east to west, and even on the seven seas, thanks to our various fleets and our massive aircraft carriers which, with 5,000-6,000 personnel aboard -- that is, the population of an American town -- are functionally floating bases. And here's the other half of that simple truth: We don't care to know about it. We, the American people, aided and abetted by our politicians, the Pentagon, and the mainstream media, are knee-deep in base denial.

Military Recruiters Must Be Confronted
As a former United States Marine Corps sergeant who was shot and paralyzed from my mid-chest down during my second tour of duty in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1968, I am sending my complete support and admiration to all those now involved in the courageous struggle to stop military recruitment in Berkeley and across the country. Not since the Vietnam War protests of the late 1960s has there been a cause more just than the one you are now engaged in. Who knows better the deep immorality and deception of military recruiters than those of us who, decades ago, entered those same recruiting offices with our fathers, believing in our hearts that we were being told the truth — only to discover later we had been deceived and terribly betrayed? Many of us paid for that deceit with our lives, years of suffering and bodies and minds that were never the same again. If only someone had warned us, if only someone had had the courage to speak out against the madness that we were being led into, if only someone could have protected us from the recruiters whose only wish was to make their quota, send us to boot camp and hide from us the dark secret of the nightmare which awaited us all.

Winter Soldier Marches Again
22-Mar-2008—Last weekend, in the lead-up to the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a remarkable gathering occurred just outside Washington, D.C., called Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan, Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations. Hundreds of veterans of these two wars, along with active-duty soldiers, came together to offer testimony about the horrors of war, including atrocities they witnessed or committed themselves. The name, Winter Soldier, comes from a similar event in 1971, when hundreds of Vietnam veterans gathered in Detroit, and is derived from the opening line of Thomas Paine's pamphlet, "The Crisis," published in 1776: "These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." This Winter Soldier was organized by the group Iraq Veterans Against the War. "We have over a million Iraqi dead. We have over 5 million Iraqis displaced. We have close to 4,000 dead [Americans]. We have close to 60,000 injured. That's not even counting the post-traumatic stress disorder and all the other psychological and emotional scars that our generation is bringing home with them. War is dehumanizing a whole new generation of this country and destroying the people in the country of Iraq. In order for us to reclaim our humanity as a military and as a country, we demand the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all troops from Iraq, care and benefits for all veterans, and reparations for the Iraqi people so they can rebuild their country on their terms." As we enter the sixth year of the war in Iraq, more time than the U.S. was involved in World War II, we should honor the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, by listening to them.

How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives
An eye-opening investigation of the all-pervasive, presence of the Pentagon in daily life -- a real-world Matrix come alive. From iPods to Starbucks coffee to Oakley sunglasses, Turse investigates the remarkable range of military incursions into the civilian world: the Pentagon's collaborations with Hollywood filmmakers, its outlandish schemes to weaponize the wild kingdom, its joint ventures with the World Wrestling Federation and NASCAR. He shows the inventive ways the military, desperate for new recruits, now targets children and young adults, tapping into the "culture of cool" by making 'friends' on MySpace.

The Worst Addiction of Them
What has been America's most nurturing contribution to the culture of this planet so far? Many would say Jazz. I, who love jazz, will say this instead: Alcoholics Anonymous. I now wish to call attention to another form of addiction, which has not been previously identified. It is more like gambling than drinking, since the people afflicted are ravenous for situations that will cause their bodies to release exciting chemicals into their bloodstreams. I am persuaded that there are among us people who are tragically hooked on preparations for war.

Top Military Recruitment Lies
The new book Army of None reveals the scummy truth about the military recruitment complex.

Pentagon, Big Pharma: Drug Troops to Numb Them to Horrors of War
In June, the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health acknowledged "daunting and growing" psychological problems among our troops: Nearly 40 percent of soldiers, a third of Marines and half of National Guard members are presenting with serious mental health issues. They also reported "fundamental weaknesses" in the U.S. military's approach to psychological health. That report was followed in August by the Army Suicide Event Report (ASER), which reported that 2006 saw the highest rate of military suicides in 26 years. And last month, CBS News reported that, based on its own extensive research, over 6,250 American veterans took their own lives in 2005 alone -- that works out to a little more than 17 suicides every day. That's all pretty bleak, but there is reason for optimism in the long-overdue attention being paid to the emotional and psychic cost of these new wars. The shrill hypocrisy of an administration that has decked itself in yellow ribbons and mandatory lapel pins while ignoring a human crisis of monumental proportion is finally being exposed.

55% if Military family members feel Bush war on Iraq is wrong
Close family members of U.S. troops are split on whether the Iraq invasion was a mistake, and 55% disapprove of President Bush's job performance, according to USA TODAY/Gallup Polls focusing on immediate relatives of servicemembers. "They've maxed out on the troops. You've got guys who are over there on their fourth or fifth tours. It's ridiculous," says Jeanette Knowles, 40, of Mountain Home, Idaho, whose brother, Jeff, served a tour in Iraq with the Oregon National Guard.

All Terror, All the Time Is Giving Americans Heart Failure
A new UC Irvine study suggests that the Bush Administration's attempts to intensify fears of terrorism for political gain have significantly contributed to Americans' heart problems. Researchers showed that stress responses to the 9/11 attacks—particularly those that persisted for years afterward—were linked to a 53 percent increase in cardiac ailments. The most common triggers of renewed stress were videos of the attacks in the media (thanks, Rudy!) and—you guessed it—the rise and fall of DHS' terror alert levels. All that politically opportunistic drum-beating has actually made us sick. Perhaps if Americans had universal health insurance, the government would think twice about such callous manipulation.

Love Thy Enemy
A U.S. soldier who said his Christian beliefs compelled him to love his enemies, not kill them, has been granted conscientious objector status and honorably discharged, a civil liberties group said on Tuesday.

Water makes US troops in Iraq sick (Dick Cheney is still on the payroll of this former company owned by him )
WASHINGTON - Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says. A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq.

We test US army's new secret weapon
This infernal machine is the modern face of warfare. It has a nice, friendly sounding name, Silent Guardian. I am told not to call it a ray-gun, though that is precisely what it is (the term "pain gun" is maybe better, but I suppose they would like that even less). "It is ethically dubious to say they are useful for crowd control when they will obviously be used by unscrupulous people for torture." We use the word "medieval" as shorthand for brutality. The truth is that new technology makes racks look benign.

America's Armageddonites Push for More War
Utopian fantasies have long transfixed the human race. Yet today a much rarer fantasy has become popular in the United States. Millions of Americans, the richest people in history, have a death wish. They are the new "Armageddonites," fundamentalist evangelicals who have moved from forecasting Armageddon to actually trying to bring it about.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Resigns
Veterans Affairs chief Jim Nicholson, who was forced to defend his agency's performance after revelations of shoddy health care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, announced Tuesday he is resigning to return to the private sector. Nicholson has been head of the VA since February, 2005. Before that, he was chairman of the Republican National Committee. He is the latest in a lengthening line of senior officials heading for the exits in the final years of President Bush's administration.

Waxman Expresses Concern Over State Department's Handling of Blackwater Shooting
I am writing to express concern that the State Department may have failed to report important facts about a private military contractor's killing of a guard for the Iraqi Vice President and thereby facilitated the hiring of that individual to work on another contract in support of the Iraq War only two months after the homicide.

Christianist Mercenaries, Michigan, and You
His name is Erik Prince, and he is the founder and CEO of a mercenary army that is receiving hundreds of millions of our tax dollars. His late father, Edgar, founded the anti-gay Family Research Council. His mother, Elsa Prince, gives lavish amounts of money to the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, and the Council for National Policy, an organization that wants to re-write our Constitution to make the United States one nation under their idea of God. Oh, and by the way - his brother-in-law, Dick DeVos, is a former and probably future candidate for Governor of the state of Michigan. In other words, these people are all right-wing religious extremists who want to criminalize our sexual orientations and gender identities. And not only do they have money and major ties to the White House, they also have access to a lot of automatic weapons. Scared yet?

Bush, Michigan, and Blackwater
When Blackwater contractors guarding a U.S. State Department convoy allegedly killed 11 unarmed Iraqi civilians on Sept. 16, it was only the latest in a series of controversial shooting incidents associated with the private security firm. Blackwater has a reputation for being quick on the draw. Since 2005, the North Carolina-based company, which has about 1,000 contractors in Iraq, has reported 195 "escalation of force incidents"; in 156 of those cases Blackwater guns fired first.

Fighting Fire With Fire? New Weapons Sales and Military Aid Will Not Bring Peace and Stability to the Middle East
The Bush administration’s recent announcement of tens of billions in new high-tech weapons and military aid for Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Gulf States was offered as the solution to many of the problems facing the region. But, critical and worthy goals like stability in Iraq, a nuclear-free Iran and peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved through the barrel of a gun, the point of a precision missile or the belly of a fighter plane. The policy amounts to fighting fire with fire– introducing more weapons into a highly volatile and militarized region in the name of peace. The announcement also shows a grim determination to ignore the lessons of history. Colombia, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Iraq in the 1980s, the Afghan mujahedeen in the 1970s-in each of these instances U.S. weapons, military aid and training have undermined security, been used against civilian populations, absorbed resources better devoted to human development and sowed the seeds of future conflicts. The Bush administration is making a grave mistake, and Congress must use its power to block these weapons transfers.

Gov't struggles to cope with wounded GIs
More than 800 GI's have lost an arm, a leg, fingers or toes. More than 100 are blind. Dozens need tubes and machines to keep them alive. Hundreds are disfigured by burns, and thousands have brain injuries and mangled minds.

Why Young People Join the Military
George Bush likes to say it's because they're patriots, but the truth may have more to do with financial need and recruiters targeting those with limited economic options.

US Failing To Support Our Soldiers
Sixty-three years ago today, 155,000 allied troops landed at Normandy Beach. Every year, on the sixth of June, I spend nearly the whole day thinking about what that meant. The logistics alone stagger the imagination. Think of the vessels that carried the soldiers there, the training camps where they learned to fight, the parents and loved ones and children and neighbors back home desperately praying and hoping for the best. Think of the provisions necessary: 155,000 pairs of boots, 155,000 guns, 155,000 dog tags, millions of bullets, and the list goes on. Factories on the home front converted from peacetime to wartime over the course of five years, churning out every item necessary, from underwear to hand grenades to aircraft. Folks back home struggled with rationing and loss as the U.S. government impressed men into service and locked down the equipment and supplies necessary for war. Simple commodities such as coffee and sugar, not themselves vital to the fight, were rationed because the fuel necessary to ship them had to be conserved. Corporations were expected to cut back as well. Congress passed laws making excessive profits illegal. The rich and powerful died alongside the poor and unknown. But who is profiting from war today?

Bush Administration: Smoke, Mirrors, and War
Each day a new installment of the Bill Moyers special on how the press bought into the Bush Administration's war... Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Governors say war has gutted Guard
As wildfires, floods and tornadoes batter the nation, the readiness of the National Guard to deal with those disasters, as well as potential terrorist assaults, is so depleted by deployments to foreign wars and equipment shortfalls that Congress is considering moves to curtail the president's powers over the Guard and require the Defense Department to analyze how prepared the country is for domestic emergencies.

A failure in generalship
For the second time in a generation, the United States faces the prospect of defeat at the hands of an insurgency. In April 1975, the U.S. fled the Republic of Vietnam, abandoning our allies to their fate at the hands of North Vietnamese communists. In 2007, Iraq's grave and deteriorating condition offers diminishing hope for an American victory and portends risk of an even wider and more destructive regional war. These debacles are not attributable to individual failures, but rather to a crisis in an entire institution: America's general officer corps. America's generals have failed to prepare our armed forces for war and advise civilian authorities on the application of force to achieve the aims of policy. The argument that follows consists of three elements. First, generals have a responsibility to society to provide policymakers with a correct estimate of strategic probabilities. Second, America's generals in Vietnam and Iraq failed to perform this responsibility. Third, remedying the crisis in American generalship requires the intervention of Congress. [NOTE: ARMY LT. COL. PAUL YINGLING is deputy commander, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He has served two tours in Iraq, another in Bosnia and a fourth in Operation Desert Storm. He holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago. The views expressed here are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of the Army or the Defense Department.]

  ...the troops would be missing out on the video Mom put up of the baby's first steps that Daddy missed because he was busy keeping the world safe for democracy. FFS DOD, bandwidth is a commodity buy some more if you need it, all the telecom companies have tons of dark fiber laid carrying nothing. If you are gonna keep troops away from their families for 15 months at a shot you owe them the best contact possible with their families. If you are not willing to do that you have no right to ask those sacrifices. ~Blog entry by Uncle Jimbo

Pentagon bans troops from MySpace and YouTube
US soldiers in Iraq reacted with dismay yesterday after the Pentagon blocked their access to websites including YouTube and MySpace, used widely to send and receive messages and pictures to loved ones at home. One sergeant from Arizona, speaking to The Times in Baghdad, said: “It will bring morale down. This is how a lot of people keep in touch with family and friends.

Retired General: Bush should sign Iraq bill
President Bush should sign legislation starting the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq on Oct. 1, retired Army Lt. Gen. William Odom said Saturday. "I hope the president seizes this moment for a basic change in course and signs the bill Congress has sent him," Odom said. Odom, an outspoken critic of the war who served as the Army's top intelligence officer and headed the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration, delivered the address at the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. He said he has never been a Democrat or a Republican.

Levin's moderate voice on war funding draws both praise and ire
Michigan's Carl Levin isn't giving up on President Bush. Levin, a Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, hopes Bush will sign the $124.2 billion war funding measure this week, despite the GOP president's pledges to veto the bill because it includes a timetable to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq. "Hopefully he'll understand that the Congress reflects last November's election results," said Levin, referring to the change in partisan control of Congress from Republicans to Democrats. "The public wants a thoughtful approach to changing the dynamic ... The public is already opposed to his policies and his rigidity."

Persian Gulf War Vets Show Brain-Volume Deficits
According to preliminary results from a study probing the possible effects of chemical exposure during the Persian Gulf War, soldiers displaying multiple health-related symptoms upon their return from combat have decreased volume in two brain regions intimately linked to learning and memory. The average soldier reported five symptoms out of a possible 20, which included forgetfulness, headaches, fatigue, nausea, skin rash and joint pain.

Bush Blames The Troops
Blame it on the military but make it look like you’re supporting the troops. That’s been the convenient gambit of failed emperors throughout history as they witnessed their empires decline. Not surprisingly then, it’s become the standard rhetorical trick employed by President Bush in shirking responsibility for the Iraq debacle of his making.Ignoring the fact that we have a system of civilian control over the military, which is why he, the elected president, is designated the commander in chief, Bush hides behind the fiction that the officers in the field are calling the shots when in fact he has put them in an unwinnable situation and refuses to even consider a timetable for getting them out.

Bush dishonors war dead by using their families
George W. Bush gave another White House speech on Monday in which he again misled the American people on the Iraq war and, at the same time, moved to new depths in his penchant for using the troops and their families as cheap props to eke out another sliver of faith in his failed policies. Bush lowered the ethical bar still more by using the Carlson family -- and even a poem about being a soldier that Michael had written in high school -- to goad Congressional Democrats into accepting his ridiculous stay-the-course policy. The Bush administration lied our country into a war and has kept us there longer than we were involved in World War II -- and things are getting worse there every day. The American people have turned against this war and want out, while our Chickenhawk-in-Chief uses the families of dead troops to pressure all of us to follow his miserable failure with more loss and more deaths.

Longer combat tours ‘will damage military’
“The decision to extend the tours of US service members by three months is an urgent warning that the Administration’s Iraq policy cannot be sustained without doing terrible long-term damage to our military,” said Joseph Biden, a Democrat senator and 2008 presidential hopeful. “We don’t have to guess at the impact on readiness, recruitment and retention.” Carl Levin, another Senate Democrat, said: “Once again the failures of this administration are being underwritten by our troops.”

'We Were Torturing People For No Reason' -- A Soldier's Tale
Tony Lagouranis is a 37-year-old bouncer at a bar in Chicago's Humboldt Park. He is also a former torturer. That was how he was described in an email promoting a panel discussion, "24: Torture Televised," hosted by the NYU School of Law's Center on Law and Security in New York on March 21. And he doesn't shy away from the description. As a specialist in a military intelligence battalion, Lagouranis interrogated prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Al Asad Airfield, and other places in Iraq from January through December 2004. Coercive techniques, including the use of military dogs, waterboarding, and prolonged stress positions, were employed on the detainees... The results of the hangings, shacklings, and prolonged stress positions -- sometimes for hours -- were devastating. "You take a healthy guy and you turn him into a cripple," Lagouranis tells me. "I don't care what Alberto Gonzales says. That's torture."

Neocon Godmother Considered Iraq War a Mistake
Kirkpatrick, best known as the combative UN ambassador during the Reagan administration who argued that the United States should be kind to authoritarian regimes that were partners in the crusade against communism, died last December. She expressed "grave reservations" about George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq. She notes that at the time, "I was privately critical of the Bush administration's argument for the use of military force for preemptive self-defense." Most strikingly, she argues that the war--with respect to bringing democracy to Iraqis--did more harm than good. It's stunning criticism from a hawk who for over two decades has been a guiding light for the neocons who cheerleaded the nation to war in Iraq. In her book, she contends that the invasion has so far been counterproductive. No "due diligence." Kirkpatrick is politely charging that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and other top administration aides invaded a nation recklessly. Can there be a more damning indictment?

Bush's Shadow Army
A report on the Bush Administration's growing dependence on private security forces such as Blackwater [Blackwater is owned byErik Prince. Erik's sister is married to Dick DeVos. Devos lost his bid to be elected as governor of Michigan] USA and efforts in Congress to rein them in.

New Fort Detrick "Biodefense" Laboratory Reflects Bush Germ Warfare Initiative
Although no foreign power has threatened a bioterror attack against America, since 9/11 the Bush administration has allocated a stunning $43-billion to "defend" against one. Critics are now saying, however, Bush's newest "biodefense" initiative is both offensive and illegal. The latest development, according to the Associated Press, is that the U.S. Army is replacing its Military Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md., "with a new laboratory that would be a component of a biodefense campus operated by several agencies." The Army told AP the laboratory is intended to continue research that is only meant for defense against biological threats. But University of Illinois international law professor Francis Boyle charged the Fort Detrick work will include "acquiring, growing, modifying, storing, packaging and dispersing classical, emerging and genetically engineered pathogens." Those activities, as well as planned study of the properties of pathogens when weaponized, "are unmistakable hallmarks of an offensive weapons program."

48 nations gather to fight cluster bombs
Norway -- Representatives from 48 nations on Thursday launched a global effort to ban the use, production and stockpiling of cluster bombs by the end of next year. [Editor: The United States is the leading manufacturer and perpetrator in using these hideously destructive weapons. The U.S. opposes the ban.]

Bush budget proposes $624.6B for defense
President Bush's 2008 budget request includes $624.6 billion in defense spending and marks the first time he has offered an estimate of how much the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost a year in advance. On top of $93.4 billion in additional money for this year's war operations and $141.7 billion in projected war costs for next year, the administration is seeking $481.4 billion to run the Defense Department in the budget year beginning Oct. 1. That is an 11.3 percent increase over the $432 billion approved by Congress for this year.

Coalition of the Willing - Soon to be a Party of One?
Tony Blair's announcement that the UK will withdraw a large part of its forces from Iraq was bound to cause strong reactions. The German dailies wonder where this will leave Bush [already perceived worldwide to be an incompetent, imperialistic and fascist corporate owned regime.]

US soldier admits murdering girl
A second US soldier's plea of guilty to the gang rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killing of her and her family has been accepted by a judge.

Who Will Get the Oil?
War and corruption have decimated Iraq's oil supply, and Western companies are angling for a cut of what's left. Iraq's postwar oil bonanza remains a mirage. The country has the second- or third-largest reserves in the world, making petroleum the heart and vast bulk of its economy. Thus in March 2003 did Paul Wolfowitz assure Congress that Iraq would "finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon." American planners predicted that Iraq's oil production would triple to a feverish 6 million barrels per day by 2010. Instead war, corruption, sectarian slaughter and a massive crime wave have reduced the country's once mighty petroleum sector to an industrial zombie: still ambulatory, functional but essentially dead.

A Shock Wave of Brain Injurys
About 1,800 U.S. troops, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, are now suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) caused by penetrating wounds. But neurologists worry that hundreds of thousands more -- at least 30 percent of the troops who've engaged in active combat for four months or longer in Iraq and Afghanistan -- are at risk of potentially disabling neurological disorders from the blast waves of IEDs and mortars, all without suffering a scratch. For the first time, the U.S. military is treating more head injuries than chest or abdominal wounds, and it is ill-equipped to do so. According to a July 2005 estimate from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, two-thirds of all soldiers wounded in Iraq who don't immediately return to duty have traumatic brain injuries.

Iraq Veteran Speaks Out [MOVIE — 22 Minutes]
Today's news is most often generated by "official government sources". When we are given the opportunity, it is important for us to listen to the first hand accounts from the people who are working for the United States military and experiencing the war first hand.

Going AWOL vs. Going to Iraq
American and British soldiers are increasingly taking drastic action to avoid deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. As recently reported in the press, the Pentagon has "revised" the number of military desertions in 2006 upward to 3,196 active-duty soldiers -- 853 more than the Pentagon previously announced. And in a article released today, the British Independent newspaper reports that the UK Ministry of Defense "estimates there have been 10,000 AWOL incidents since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and 1,100 servicemen are currently 'on the run' from the Army." In the US, too, groups like Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace are growing. Nearly 1,600 enlisted soldiers have signed an appeal to the US Congress that reads: "Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price." And in Seattle, Lt. Ehren Watada, 29, is now grabbing headlines as the first American officer to be court-martialed for refusing to serve in Iraq. The Japanese American has called the conflict "an illegal and unjust war ... for profit and imperialistic domination."

Military Families on Front Lines of War Protest
Susan Tileston sets a half-full mug of beer on the table, and pulls an eagle's-head pendant and dog-tags from their hiding place underneath her jacket. The talismans are from her son, Army Specialist Levi Modrelle, who she says is "missing in action." Levi was part of the initial invasion of Iraq, and served almost eleven months with the 101st Airborne before coming home to Kentucky in late December of 2003. Susan was reunited with her 18-year-old son on Christmas Eve, but he was not the boy who went to war. "He barely talked. That wasn't like him. And he was shorter by about an inch and a half. I don't know why, but he was. He also had scars on the back of his head."

Agency to Test Military Draft Machinery
The Selective Service System is planning a comprehensive test of the military draft machinery, which hasn't been run since 1998. The Selective Service "readiness exercise" would test the system that randomly chooses draftees by birth date and the network of appeals boards that decide how to deal with conscientious objectors and others who want to delay reporting for duty, said Scott Campbell, Selective Service director for operations and chief information officer.

Gates Disses the Troops, and the American People
Strategy means being mindful that what you do today pays-off tomorrow. In communications, that means saying the things that build to an overall message. In action, it means understanding timing and gesture so that deeds and messages culminate with the intended outcome. Barely a day into the job, no doubt to hit the ground running and demonstrate the seriousness of the problem, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates flew off to Baghdad with a gaggle of generals and aides (including politburo "minders" from the Vice President's office, but that's another point) to further his education.

Protect Our Troops from the President
It is astonishing to remember that a mere six years ago George Bush campaigned on the accusation that the Clinton administration had let the readiness of our military deteriorate. Today nearly all our military experts, even those speaking at peril to their careers, agree that our armed forces have been broken by the strategically idiotic occupation of Iraq. And yet the Bush administration has now coined a new slogan for "stay the course," in utter and diffident defiance of the will of American people. They are trying to sell us on yet one more "surge" in Iraq, perhaps the one that will finally break our own backs. What Germany could not do in World War II, what Japan could not do, George Bush has singlehandedly nearly accomplished already, the destruction of our armed forces. Our troops are in a shooting gallery where it is impossible to tell friend from foe. They are dying for absolutely no other reason but politicians who are too cowardly to admit they were wrong, with the pathological liars in the White House at the top of the indictment.

Iraq Vets Left in Physical and Mental Agony
On New Year's Eve, the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq passed 3,000. By Tuesday, the death toll had reached 3,004 -- 31 more than died in the Sep. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. But the number of injured has far outstripped the dead, with the Veterans Administration reporting that more than 150,000 veterans of the Iraq war are receiving disability benefits. Advances in military technology are keeping the death rate much lower than during the Vietnam War and World War Two, Dr. Col. Vito Imbascini, an urologist and state surgeon with the California Army National Guard, told IPS, but soldiers who survive attacks are often severely disabled for life. "If you lost an arm or a leg in Vietnam, you were also tremendously injured in your chest and abdomen, which were not protected by the armour plates back then," he said. "Now, your heart and chest and lungs and heart are protected by armour, leaving only your extremities exposed." Dr. Imbascini just returned from a four-month deployment to Germany, where he treated the worst of the U.S. war wounded. He said that an extremely high number of wounded soldiers are coming home with their arms or legs amputated. Imbascini said he amputated the genitals of one or two men every day. "I walk into the operating room and the general surgeons are doing their work and there is the body of this Navy SEAL, which is a physical specimen to behold," he told IPS. "And his abdomen is open, they're exploring both intestines. He's missing both legs below the knee, one arm is blown off, he's got incisions on his thighs to relieve the pressure on the parts of the legs that are hopefully gonna survive and there's genital injuries, and you just want to cry."

Operation Helmet
Operation Helmet provides helmet upgrade kits free of charge to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to those ordered to deploy in the near future. These helmet upgrades do three primary things:

Dismay Grows Over US Torture School
The annual protest of the US Army's School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia, has grown dramatically in recent years, drawing 10,000 people in 2003, 16,000 in 2004 and 19,000 in 2005. Building on that momentum, the movement to close the controversial institution is expanding its horizons even further this weekend. As peace activists from throughout the United States converge at the gates of Fort Benning, SOA protesters will simultaneously take to the streets in Santiago, Bogotá, San Salvador and several other Latin American cities. The demonstrations offer a strong testament to the growing international movement to reject US military policy. Recent reports of the Bush Administration's decision to increase training and aid for the militaries of Latin America so as to reverse the region's leftward swing have only sharpened criticism at home and abroad. The Bush Administration's strategy to militarize the hemisphere, as reported November 10 by USA Today, has exacerbated the long-running controversy over the SOA and US training.

U.S. Marine Guilty in Philippine Rape Case
Dec. 4 — A Philippine court today convicted a United States marine accused of raping a Filipina, ending an emotional year-long case that tested Philippine-American relations and revived calls for the abrogation of a controversial defense agreement that is seen by many here as too lopsided in favor of Washington. The court sentenced Lance Corporal Daniel Smith, 21, of St. Louis, to life imprisonment — which, in the Philippines, could mean up to 40 years in prison — for raping 23-year-old Filipina in November 2005 inside a former American naval facility in Subic, Pampanga, a province just north of Manila.

“Lies got us into this war. Only the truth will get us out.”
The Best War Ever, by the best-selling authors of Weapons of Mass Deception, is a vital account of why America is losing in Iraq and the Middle East. We have met the enemy—and it's our own PR machine. One of the most tragic consequences of the Bush administration's reliance on spin, the authors argue, is its disdain for realistic planning. Repeatedly, when faced with predictions of problems, policymakers dismissed the warnings of Iraq experts, choosing instead to promulgate their own version of the war through conservative media outlets and PR campaigns. And as the book reveals, they're still doing it—as the people who sold us the war in Iraq are now trying to sell an expansion into Syria and Iran.

Be All That You Can Be: Leave the Army
With a military badly in need of reform and a war based on lies, desertion is an act of bravery.

98 Percent of Cluster Bomb Victims are Civilians
Handicap International Director General Angelo Simonazzi said at the launch. Cluster bombs continue to kill long after they are dropped. Illustrating this, Simonazzi showed a striking picture from Vietnam of unexploded cluster munitions lying among recently replanted paddies. Handicap International estimates that there are more than 100,000 victims of cluster bombs worldwide. More than 360 million sub-munitions of this kind have been dropped. Arsenals around the world contain an estimated stock of 4 billion pieces, Handicap says. This year they were used in Iraq, Lebanon and Israel. "The U.S. and Israel have used old stocks in Iraq and Lebanon -- which helps to explain why so many sub-munitions have not exploded immediately on impact," says Simonazzi. "In Iraq the coalition forced led by the U.S. have used 13 million cluster sub-munitions," says Hildegarde Vansintjan of Handicap International Belgium. "Assuming that one out of ten do not explode on impact, there are a million bombs lying around. The coalition troops give very little information."

The Pentagon's 12-Step Program to Create a Misfit Military
Iraq is driving down the number of new enlistees, and in desperation recruiters are bringing in a motley mix of underage teens, foreign fighters, neo-Nazis, and ex-cons.

Bush’s Brave New World of Torture
Now that Bush has signed the infamous Military Commissions Act into law and officially gutted the Geneva Conventions, what’s next?

Bush's Fight with Congress over Torture Defines Our Character
The standoff between the Senate and the Bush Administration over military tribunals, torture and war crimes will determine the kind of country America wishes to be.

Republican Torture Laws Will Live in History
If we learned anything from the Nuremberg trials it is that citizens are responsible for what their government does in their name. The right wing of Congress, which has shed any last vestige of being anything remotely conservative in substance or American in spirit, has, like a deranged peacock, proudly shown the world that it can and did "happen here." The passing of the pro-torture bill is a full handover of everything democratic into the arms of fascism. Our founding fathers are spinning in their graves at the thought of how Bush -- the deranged man-child; Cheney -- the most criminally corrupt government official to have ever been put into office; and Rummy -- a war criminal even before the war in Iraq have together burned the Constitution while the nation watched Survivor.

Bechtel Takes a Hit for War Profiteering
Government auditors who canceled Bechtel's $50 million contract will soon find reasons to cancel the company's $2.85 billion in Iraq contracts. A comprehensive U.S. government audit of a Bechtel project in Iraq has exposed gross mismanagement by the company.

Torture by a Different Name
Bush's latest plo: call torture "alternative set of interrogation procedures" and get Congress to legalize it.

The 10 Most Brazen War Profiteers
The history of American war profiteering is rife with egregious examples of incompetence, fraud, tax evasion, embezzlement, bribery and misconduct. As war historian Stuart Brandes has suggested, each new war is infected with new forms of war profiteering. Iraq is no exception. From criminal mismanagement of Iraq's oil revenues to armed private security contractors operating with virtual impunity, this war has created opportunities for an appalling amount of corruption. What follows is a list of some of the worst Iraq war profiteers who have bilked American taxpayers and undermined the military's mission.

Collateral Damage is Murder
Collateral damage is nothing more than a euphemism for state-sponsored mass murder. It is the term given to people killed in military actions who were "not intentionally targeted." In reality, this is pure propaganda. It has always been morally just to protect innocent people against aggressors. But, on the other hand, it has never been moral, nor has it ever been necessary, to bomb cities filled with innocent people.

Superbug Brought Back by Iraq War Casualties
Injured soldiers returning from Iraq have brought back a superbug that has been linked with outbreaks in NHS hospitals where they have been treated, a health minister has confirmed. The links between casualties brought back from Iraq and outbreaks in the NHS have caused alarm within the health service and led to renewed demands for more dedicated wards for Britain's armed forces to enable wounded soldiers to be isolated more effectively.

Veteran Policy-Makers Fear Disaster in U.S. Course
Alarms are definitely on the rise here. And it's not just because the British police arrested 21 people who were allegedly plotting to bomb up to 10 jetliners between London and the United States in mid-flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Although that probably didn't help. It's more the sense that the growing number of crises in the "new Middle East", proudly midwifed by the administration of President George W. Bush, is rapidly spinning out of control with potentially catastrophic consequences for the entire region and beyond. [Editor: Simply put, Team Bush in the U.S. is creating new terrorists faster than it can kill them. It's time to impeach George Bush and establish new international relationships that do not seek imperialist oil fueled domination through war.]

Rape, Murder, and the American GI
Abeer means "fragrance of flowers." She was 14 years old. The soldiers noticed her at a checkpoint. They stalked her after one or more of them expressed his intention to rape her. On March 12, after playing cards while slugging whisky mixed with a high-energy drink, they changed into black civvies and burst into Abeer's home in Mahmoudiya, a town 50 miles south of Baghdad. They killed her mother Fikhriya, father Qassim, and five-year-old sister Hadeel with bullets to the forehead, and "took turns" raping Abeer. Finally, they murdered her, drenched the bodies with kerosene, and lit them on fire to destroy the evidence. Then the GIs grilled chicken wings and practiced their golf swings. Note: U.S. troops are exempt from Iraqi prosecution. In September, a general will rule whether the accused should be court-martialed. The defense already pleads post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD- the equivenlent of the insanity plea in civilian court).

Military recruiters raping female enlistees
According to a report based upon a 6-month AP investigation, "more than 100 young women who expressed interest in joining the military in the past year were preyed upon sexually by their recruiters. Women were raped on recruiting office couches, assaulted in government cars and groped en route to entrance exams." "[The] AP investigation found that more than 80 military recruiters were disciplined last year for sexual misconduct with potential enlistees. The cases occurred across all branches of the military and in all regions of the country. The study also determined that the misconduct usually happens at recruiting stations, recruiters' apartments or inside government vehicles.

Freedom Central
A new web site by Hugh Scott; an author, investigative journalist, Texas A&M graduate (Class of 1956), Vietnam vet, ex-USAF pilot, retired Continental Airlines captain, lifelong registered Republican, Barry Goldwater conservative, Ronald Reagan fan

Could Bush Be Prosecuted for War Crimes?
A Nuremberg chief prosecutor says there is a case for trying Bush for the 'supreme crime against humanity, an illegal war of aggression against a sovereign nation.'

An Imperial Defeatist
Supposedly, the U.S. military has expanded its presence and combat role around the world to foster democracy and prevail in the President's War on Terror; and, without a doubt, many brave Americans have risked their lives -- and some have died - in the pursuit of these noble objectives. But this is not, I believe, what has motivated Messrs. Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld in their pursuit of global supremacy. Rather, they appear driven by a messianic determination to impose American dominance on large swaths of the planet and to employ this hegemonic presence to gain control over global energy supplies. In attempting to do so, they are bankrupting the nation and exposing American citizens to a higher, not lower, risk of terrorist attack.

Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military
Nine out of ten women under fifty who had served in the U.S. military and had responded to a survey reported being sexually harassed while in the service. Reports of sexual assaults have skyrocketed recently, especially in hostile environments like Iraq and Afghanistan. The Washington Post reported, "In many U.S. military camps in Iraq, for example, signs are posted in female showers and other locations requiring U.S. servicewomen to be in the company of a 'battle buddy,' especially at night, for their safety."

Lieutenant Watada's War Against the War
In a remarkable, media-savvy protest, First Lieut. Ehren Watada has refused orders to go to Iraq, claiming the war and the occupation violate the Constitution, international law and Army regulations.

Thousands of troops say they won’t fight
Swept up by a wave of patriotism after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Chris Magaoay joined the Marine Corps in November 2004. The newly married Magaoay thought a military career would allow him to continue his college education, help his country and set his life on the right path. Less than two years later, Magaoay became one of thousands of military deserters who have chosen a lifetime of exile or possible court-martial rather than fight in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Marine To Return Service Medal To Bush In Protest
A Marine who service in Iraq earned several medals for serving his country, but he's giving back the War on Terrorism service medal to the White House as a form of protest. Bee said he is not anti-war, but rather pro-peace. He plans to travel to Washington, D.C., with a group of Marines who feel the same way he does. They will all try to return their War on Terrorism medal to Bush personally or to members of Congress.

Hate Groups Are Infiltrating the Military
A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed "large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists" to infiltrate the military, according to a watchdog organization. As a professional soldier, my goal is to fill the ranks of the United States Army with skinheads. As street brawlers, you will be useless in the coming race war. As trained infantrymen, you will join the ranks of the Aryan warrior brotherhood, states Steven Barry, former Special Forces officer "We've got Aryan Nations graffiti in Baghdad. That's a problem." Mr. Barfield [a Defense Department investigator] said Army recruiters struggled last year to meet goals. "They don't want to make a big deal about neo-Nazis in the military," he said, "because then parents who are already worried about their kids signing up and dying in Iraq are going to be even more reluctant about their kids enlisting if they feel they'll be exposed to gangs and white supremacists."

Young Marine holds cops at bay
An 18-year-old Marine who was distraught and apparently afraid of going to Iraq held an assault rifle to his head and threatened to pull the trigger Wednesday morning in a cul-de-sac. Victoria Lizotte, who said she is a friend of Christianson's, said he left her a voice mail early Wednesday. "He was crying and saying he didn't want to do it anymore and that I had been a good friend to him and that he didn't ever want to go to Iraq," Lizotte said...

Army charges officer who refused to deploy to Iraq
Watada, 28, first publicly announced his decision not to deploy on June 7. He has told Army Times that he began to question the war when he delved into international law, the history of war and the history of Iraq, and read articles by government and nongovernmental agencies, journalists and scholars about the situation in Iraq. He said he believes that several of the “major” premises used to make the case for war – including Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and his ties to al-Qaida and the Sept. 11 attacks – were fabricated to boost approval for the war and to receive authorization from Congress. Watada submitted an official resignation packet in April that was later denied.


Torture "Widespread" under U.S. Custody: Amnesty
Torture and inhumane treatment are "widespread" in U.S.-run detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere despite Washington's denials, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Protesters from the organization "Clergy & Laity Concerned About Iraq," take part in a protest demanding the shutdown of the U.S. operated prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, in front of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, in New York, May 1, 2006. On May 3, Amnesty International said torture and inhumane treatment are "widespread" in U.S.-run detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere despite Washington's denials. In a report for the United Nations' Committee against Torture, the London-based human rights group also alleged abuses within the U.S. domestic law enforcement system, including use of excessive force by police and degrading conditions of isolation for inmates in high security prisons.

Personal data on millions of US veterans stolen
Personal data on 26.5 million U.S. veterans was stolen from the residence of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who was not authorized to take the material home, exposing them to possible identity theft, the department said on Monday.

Killed by the U.S. Army
Pvt. Scarano once called himself a "living symbol" of the failure of the Army's rehabilitation system. Now he's a dead symbol.

Fog of War or War Crimes?
War on Iraq: Jimmy Massey, the Marines' most outspoken anti-war war advocate, talks about what really happened on the road to Baghdad. (If you haven't heard of him, Massey, a former Marine staff sergeant who spent 12 years in the Corps before being medically discharged with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and becoming a key figure in the peace movement with Veterans For Peace)

List of Rumsfeld critics gets longer
A sixth former general joined the criticism of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday, saying Rumsfeld should resign for mishandling the war in Iraq. "We need a new secretary of Defense," retired major general Charles Swannack, former commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, said on CNN. Major general Paul Eaton, who was in charge of training Iraqi troops in 2003 and 2004, wrote last month in The New York Times that Rumsfeld is "incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically." Marine lieutenant general Greg Newbold, the former Pentagon top operations officer, who called Iraq an "unnecessary war" in a Time magazine column this week.

Retired US Military Officers Call for Rumsfeld's Resignation
High-ranking retired U.S. Army officers are calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, echoing the recent criticisms of several other former high-ranking military officers.


The War Lovers
I sometimes remember these almost endearing fools when I find myself faced with another kind of war lover – the kind that has not seen war and has often done everything possible not to see it. The passion of these war lovers is a phenomenon; it never dims, regardless of the distance from the object of their desire. Pick up the Sunday papers and there they are, egocentrics of little harsh experience, other than a Saturday in Sainsbury's. Turn on the television and there they are again, night after night, intoning not so much their love of war as their sales pitch for it on behalf of the court to which they are assigned. "There's no doubt," said Matt Frei, the BBC's man in America, "that the desire to bring good, to bring American values to the rest of the world, and especially now to the Middle East … is now increasingly tied up with military power."

Lung Cancer Epidemic from Depleted Uranium
In the year 2005 there were 175,000 new cases of lung cancer in the United States. The months of January and February of 2006 have already yielded 172,000 new cases of lung cancer in our nation. What has lead to this shocking new development?

Support the Troops? Start By Listening to Them
According to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, a new poll shows that 72 percent of U.S. troops serving in Iraq favor complete withdrawal from that country within a year. Despite the claims of the armchair strategists in the White House and its amen corner in the media, who suggest that calls for withdrawal represent a failure to "support the troops," the troops themselves are ready to come home.

Torture as National Policy
Rights and Liberties: From Guantánamo to Iraq, the vicious abuse of prisoners by the U.S. military is business as usual.

Iraq takes toll on mental health
Iraq-war veterans are seeking mental-health treatment in high numbers, according to a Pentagon survey that for the first time tracks the psychological impact on U.S. troops as a war is unfolding. As a result of the continuous danger in Iraq, many soldiers and Marines live in a state of "hyper-vigilance" or "hyper-arousal" that can be hard to turn off once they return home. Back in the United States, they can be startled by loud noises, have trouble sleeping and struggle with anger issues.

Most Troops Want Swift US Pull-Out from Iraq
Seventy-two per cent of troops said the US should withdraw within 12 months; 29 per cent said they should pull out immediately. Meanwhile a CBS News poll recorded another record low for the president this week: only 30 per cent of respondents approved of Mr Bush’s handling of Iraq.

U.S. War Heroes of the Iraq War
Every War has its heroes, those who take risks to protect the values we cherish; this war is no different. We honor those soldiers who risked loss of liberty, economic deprivation, and social ostracism. Each of these men and women of the military have at some point refused orders in this immoral, illegal, unjustified war the United States is currently waging in Iraq, or the occupation in Afghanistan. They obeyed their conscience over illegal orders.

The Story of Blake Miller, Iraq War Veteran
The battle-weary face of Marine Blake Miller, widely known as the "Marlboro Man", became famous following the horrendous battle of Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004. It personified, for some, the dedication of those who have been sent to fight in Iraq. Now Blake Miller is discharged, back home in Kentucky. He has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The True Cost of War
This immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq has cost the world so much. George and his reckless war of choice have cost the American taxpayers billions of dollars that could be better spent at home. Judging from Katrina, Iraq has cost our country much of its security. It has cost the US any good standing we enjoyed in the world community. It cost America the post 9/11 good will from almost the entire world. We Americans are the laughing stock of the world community. Not only is our callous and careless leadership disdained, but we the people are scorned because we "re"-elected George for a 2nd term and not only that, we are allowing him to continue to mis-lead our country into ruin.

Woman for Peace
Statement made at Ft. Benning, GA on November 17, 2005 by 22 year old SPC Katherine Jashinski, SPC (Army National Guard), first woman in the military to publicly declare resistance to participation in the war. I have a deeply held belief that people must solve all conflicts through peaceful diplomacy and without the use of violence. I will exercise my every legal right not pick up a weapon, and to participate in war effort. I am determined to be discharged as a CO, and while undergoing the appeals process; I will continue to follow orders that do not conflict with my conscience until my status has been resolved. I am prepared to accept the consequences of adhering to my beliefs.

'Thousands of Lynndie Englands'
The Pentagon's decision to cover up the crimes of military commanders responsible for torture and blame it all on 'scapegoats' like Private First Class Lynndie England sends a chilling message: that episodes like the abuse and murder at Abu Ghraib are inevitable.

The True Cost of War
In anger and embarrassment, Congressional Republicans are scrambling to repair a budget shortfall in veterans' medical care now that the Bush administration has admitted it vastly underestimated the number of returning Iraq and Afghanistan personnel needing treatment. The $1 billion-plus gaffe is considerable, with the original budget estimate of 23,553 returned veterans needing care this year now ballooning to 103,000. American taxpayers should be even more furious than Congress.

Guard Stretched Between Katrina, Wars
The National Guard is stretched so thin by simultaneous assignments in Iraq and the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast that leaders in statehouses and Congress say it is time to reconsider how the force is used. Republicans and Democrats alike worry about the service's ability to balance its federal and state missions of fighting wars and responding to domestic crises.

US National Guard chief sees recruiting shortfall
The Army National Guard, tapped heavily by the Pentagon for soldiers in Iraq, likely will miss its recruiting goal for the third straight year, the general who runs it said on Tuesday. [Editor: Is it just me, or is there a draft in here?]

The occupation forces in Iraq suffer "psychological stress"
Fifty-four per cent of the U.S. occupying soldiers in Iraq, questioned as part of an Army survey, stated that morale in their individual units was either "low" or "very low".

Veterans Group Issues "Declaration of Impeachment"
A national veterans' organization today issued a "Declaration of Impeachment" and announced it is beginning an online petition to remove President Bush from office for crimes committed during the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Using the same language as the original "Declaration of Independence," Veterans For Peace cited many of the same reasons to remove George Bush that Thomas Jefferson cited to separate from King George of England. And in a modern version of the signing of the Declaration, VFP announced the posting of its online impeachment petition.

The Army's Hard Sell
The all-volunteer Army is not working. The problem with such an Army is that there are limited numbers of people who will freely choose to participate in an enterprise in which they may well be shot, blown up, burned to death or suffer some other excruciating fate. The all-volunteer Army is fine in peacetime, and in military routs like the first gulf war. But when the troops are locked in a prolonged war that yields high casualties, and they look over their shoulders to see if reinforcements are coming from the general population, they find -as they're finding now - that no one is there - the Army hasn't reached its recruitment quota in months. There are always plenty of hawks in America. But the hawks want their wars fought with other people's children.

Interactive map of the US service Men And Women deaths in Iraq & Afganistan
This map includes information about the veteran, as well as provides a guest book to share your condolenses etc.

The Return of "Fragging"?
The deaths of Captain Phillip T. Esposito and Lieutenant Louis E. Allen, on Tuesday, near Tikrit, may be the definitive argument in favor of the view that this war is another Vietnam -- or worse. A report by CNN, just out, notes "the U.S. Army disclosed that it is conducting a 'criminal investigation' into [their} deaths." Here's what happened:

Veteran's for Peace Appear before the Maine House of Representatives
The state representative from Lewiston told us to go sit in the balcony of the house and she would have us recognized from the floor. So we moved to the balcony, carrying our protest signs with us. After the house had taken a few more votes they moved to announcements and the leader of the house said there was a motion to recognize members of Maine Veterans for Peace who were sitting in the balcony. So the house leader began reading our names and home towns and we all stood up. It was quite a moment. I'd never done a protest action inside a legislative assembly before and have them applaud on top of that.

Disrespecting Women Soldiers
Showing bad timing as well as bad judgment, House Republicans chose the days before this weekend’s patriotic holiday to deny needed health services to women serving the nation in the military. On Tuesday, Republican leaders had the Rules Committee, block the House from voting on two modest amendments to the military authorization bill that were intended to remove ideological barriers to providing decent care to military women who are victims of sexual assault.

They Also Serve Who Stand for Peace
On Memorial Day, we honor people who have gone to perilous places with a strong commitment in their hearts. They risk danger and their own death because they feel passionate about a cause. My dad, born in 1920, was the right age to fight in World War II, but he didn't go because he had a bum heart, a result of childhood rheumatic fever. My father-in-law, born in 1919, didn't go either. He was excused because his heart was too good - he was a conscientious objector. He spent the war doing "alternative service" in the states, jumping out of airplanes to fight forest fires in the West.

Uncle Sam Wants Addicts, Misfits
According to reports that are beginning to appear in the establishment media, recruiters are bending or breaking rules to meet quotas. A northern Ohio recruiter, as an example, has reported that he has been hiding police records and medical histories of potential recruits—deceptions, he says, that are condoned, even encouraged, by his superiors.

U.S. Military's Fiasco Was Avoidable
Apparently, someone in the military thought he could redact the document just by blacking out the text he wanted to keep secret. But if you open the document in Adobe Acrobat, the original text is easily uncovered, as the Army found out—presumably to its horror since the information included "rules of engagement" never publicly released and useful to enemies planning attacks.

U.S. Veterans have served our country nobly. Are we serving their needs adequately?
The truth: Veterans' benefits are being short-changed by this administration. Get the facts on veterans' medical benefits in your state. CLICK HERE: for Michigan Report

Veterans Call for Congressional Action to Remove George W. Bush from the Office of President of the United States
In a letter sent to each member of the U.S. House and Senate, Veterans For Peace (VFP) stated that "this administration's war on Iraq, in addition to being increasingly unpopular among Americans, is an unmistakable violation of our Constitution and federal law which you have sworn to uphold. In our system, the remedy for such high crimes is clear: this administration must be impeached."

Maximum pain is aim of new US weapon
The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. Pain researchers are furious that work aimed at controlling pain has been used to develop a weapon. And they fear that the technology will be used for torture. Researchers are looking for "optimal pulse parameters to evoke peak nociceptor activation" - in other words, cause the maximum pain possible before causing injury or death.

Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction
A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated.

The New Peace is Pro-Troops
As the two-year anniversary of the Iraq war approaches, military dissenters take center stage in the emerging strategy to broaden public appeal of the anti-war movement and galvanize local activism.

Vision for U.S. National Security in the 21st Century
Veterans for Common Sense seeks to bring the voices of military veterans into debates on national security: in particular, the organization is concerned about the divorce between discussions of national security and strategy and the very real human consequences the resulting policies often have. This document outlines a very high-level overview of the principles and policy directions which the authors believe will result in a sound foreign policy, an effective response against terrorism, and ultimately a safer America. It is not intended to be definitive, and will be followed by a series of papers on more specific topics related to national security.

Shared Sacrifice
Once upon a time in America, when our country was at war, all citizens -- from the top to the bottom -- shared in the sacrifice. In World War II, millions served in the military. Back home, they took care to save, so that there would be enough for the military men and women at the front. Even the wealthiest Americans served in uniform, and those who didn't paid their far share in taxes. The 2006 Budget gives us only false choices. Undersecretary of Defense, David Chu recently claimed that providing for the widows and orphans of those killed in action hurts our ability to defend our nation.

Maximum pain is aim of new US weapon
The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. The weapon, destined for use in 2007, could literally knock victims off their feet.

Heads roll at Veterans Administration
Considering the tons of depleted uranium used by the U.S., the Iraq war can truly be called a nuclear war. Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter charged Monday that the reason Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi stepped down earlier this month was the growing scandal surrounding the use of uranium munitions in the Iraq War. “This malady (from uranium munitions), that thousands of our military have suffered and died from, has finally been identified as the cause of this sickness, eliminating the guessing. The terrible truth is now being revealed.”

Halliburton Could Get $1.5bn More Iraq Work
26 February 2005— Halliburton, under scrutiny for its contracts in Iraq, would receive an extra $1.5 billion as part of the Bush administration's additional war spending proposal for fiscal 2005, a senior US Army budget official said. Halliburton, once led by Vice-President Dick Cheney, is the largest corporate contractor in Iraq and has drawn fire for its no-bid contracts there, with auditors charging its Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) unit overcharged for some work.

Halliburton: $9.6 Billion in Iraq So Far
25 February 2005— Halliburton's logistics contract with the U.S. Army in Iraq has been worth at least $9.6 billion since the start of the war and is mounting at a cost of about $6 billion a year, according to Army documents and officials. The company, headed by Vice President Dick Cheney for five years prior to his election in 2000, has been paid $6.6 billion for its work so far, with another $3 billion in payments pending completion of the work, said Dan Carlson, spokesman for Army Field Support Command, Rock Island, Ill..

Army Gives Halliburton $9.4 Million in Bonuses
25 February 2005—Halliburton Co. received $9.4 million in bonuses for its work in Kuwait and Afghanistan, the Army said Thursday. Some government departments have launched investigations of Halliburton's work in Iraq, including an inquiry on whether it overcharged to supply fuel to Iraqi civilians.

Stop the Draft before it starts
On March 31, the Selective Service System will report to President Bush that it is ready to implement a draft within 75 days. The U.S. military is in a quagmire in Iraq, facing a national popular uprising against the occupation. Soldiers are dying every day. A report issued in January 2004 by Jeffrey Record, a visiting professor at the Air War College, said the Army is "near the breaking point." The Pentagon has been forced to issue repeated "stop loss" orders and recall soldiers who had retired or otherwise returned to civilian life.

December 2004 — A new U.S. Army War College report provides an introduction to the practice of deception as a tactic in military and political conflict. The report surveys a variety of past and present instances of deception and proposes some broad general principles.

Is A Draft Coming?
Although both the presidential candidates would prefer to avoid it, the draft has remained an important issue this election year. On October 5th, 2004, with no debate and on only hours notice, the House of Representatives voted on a bill that would have reinstated the draft. The proposal was rejected. Why was it voted on at all? This vote was a political maneuver...

'Over my dead body'
Sgt. Curtis Greene loved the military; the structure, the stability. But eight months in Iraq changed him. And the thought of returning led him to a stark proclamation.

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Hear It From the Troops
Here you will find first-hand accounts that give a glimpse into the life of a soldier: journal entries, letters, interviews, and much more. Browse through and become familiar with the tough reality that those who protect us face everyday. Remember, no one knows better than the soldiers themselves.

Hands in the Dark (Nicole Goodwin)
Nicole Goodwin served as a Private First Class during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her daughter, Shylah, was only a few months old when Nicole left for Iraq. Soon after her return to the United States, Nicole and her daughter found themselves homeless. After weeks of struggle with the Department of Homeless Services, spending her nights on buses and in shelters with her baby, Nicole found a new home with the help of the VA. She now lives and works in New York.

U.S. Soldiers Flee to Canada to Avoid Service in Iraq
American Army soldiers are deserting and fleeing to Canada rather than fight in Iraq, rekindling memories of the thousands of draft-dodgers who flooded north to avoid service in Vietnam. An estimated 5,500 men and women have deserted since the invasion of Iraq, reflecting Washington's growing problems with troop morale. Jeremy Hinzman, 26, from South Dakota, who deserted from the 82nd Airborne, is among those who - to the disgust of Pentagon officials - have applied for refugee status in Canada. Hinzman said last week: "This is a criminal war and any act of violence in an unjustified conflict is an atrocity." He realised that he had made the "wrong career choice" as he marched with his platoon of recruits all chanting, "Train to kill, kill we will". He said: "At that point a light went off in my head. I was told in basic training that if I'm given an illegal or immoral order, it is my duty to disobey it. I feel that invading and occupying Iraq is an illegal and immoral thing to do.''

Deserters: We Won't Go to Iraq
The Pentagon says more than 5,500 servicemen have deserted since the war started in Iraq. What do these men, who have violated orders and oaths, have to say for themselves? They told Correspondent Scott Pelley that conscience, not cowardice, made them American deserters. "(What) it basically comes down to, is it my right to choose between what I think is right and what I think is wrong?" asks Felushko. "And nobody should make me sign away my ability to choose between right and wrong."

Army Doctors Scrambling, Report Says
Since March 2003, 1,276 U.S. military personnel have died in the Iraq war, with an additional 9,765 wounded, according to Pentagon figures. The number of deaths directly related to combat passed 1,000 this week, the Pentagon said. "Just as the rest of the military structure was unprepared for the length of the war and the evolution in the nature of the war, so has the military medical establishment been understandably unprepared for that," Gawande said in an interview.

The Actual FBI Memo Referring to the Exec. Order Authorizing Use of Torture PDF
The things our personnel witnessed were authorized by the President under his executive order.

Marine charged with assaulting parents
Charles W. Blount, 31, was released on conditions, including that he not make contact with his family and that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Court records show Blount has been a Marine for 13 years. Prosecutor Carolyn Hanson said until recently, Blount had been posted at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. [another in a growing number of veterans who have not adjusted back to civilian life] .

U.S. Army Plagued by Desertion and Plunging Morale
While insurgents draw on deep wells of fury to expand their ranks in Iraq, the US military is fighting desertion, recruitment shortfalls and legal challenges from its own troops. The irritation among the rank and file became all too clear this week when a soldier stood up in a televised session with Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, to ask why the world's richest army was having to hunt for scrap metal to protect its vehicles.

Killed Unarmed Iraqis, Ex-Marine Tells
A former U.S. marine testified yesterday that the U.S. military "murdered" civilians in Iraq. Jimmy Massey, a former marine staff sergeant, told an immigration and refugee board hearing in Toronto that he and his fellow marines shot and killed more than 30 unarmed men, women and children and even shot a young Iraqi who got out of his car with his arms in the air.

Homeless Iraq Vets Showing Up at Shelters
U.S. veterans from the war in Iraq are beginning to show up at homeless shelters around the country, and advocates fear they are the leading edge of a new generation of homeless vets not seen since the Vietnam era.

US admits it used napalm bombs in Iraq
The Pentagon denied using napalm at the time, but Marine pilots and their commanders have confirmed that they used an upgraded version of the weapon against dug-in positions. They said napalm, which has a distinctive smell, was used because of its psychological effect on an enemy.

Administration claims killing leads to peace.
It's beyond the courage of the American leadership to admit it was wrong to invade a country under false pretenses and to stay there by force. But at some point, the U.S. leadership may have to 'fess up. This may come when, as veteran war correspondent Chris Hedges put it, "The reality of war is so revolting and horrifying that if we did see war it would be hard for us to wage it."

PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror
The use of misleading information as a military tool sparks debate in the Pentagon. Critics say the practice puts credibility at stake.

US in U-turn over Gulf war syndrome
Military pensions are awarded when someone’s disability or death can be proved to have been caused by service in the armed forces. Veterans of the first Gulf conflict say that the illnesses many of them now suffer follow a characteristic pattern and have a specific cause related to what happened to them in the area, and should therefore be classified as a specific disease: Gulf war syndrome.

Honorable Discharge in Iraq Deployment Case
Capt. Jay Ferriola drops his lawsuit against the Army for assigning him to active duty after his contract had expired and he had resigned.

War Is A Racket - By Major General Smedley Butler
It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

Why I'm Voting Against My Commander in Chief
I have been a registered Republican since I first became eligible to vote. I've been an Air Force officer for 20 years, first on active duty and now in the reserves. I gladly voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and supported his battle to win the Cold War. If called to serve in Iraq, I would willingly do my duty for my country. You might think I'm a slam-dunk for the Republican ticket this year, but you'd be wrong. I backed John McCain in the 2000 primary, but I did not vote for George W. Bush and I'm even more opposed to him after seeing his performance over the past four years.

El Guerrero Azteca
Proyecto Guerrero Azteca, es un sitio donde podras contribuir a mejorar las expectativas de nuestros jovenes, ensenandoles que el servicio militar no es la mejor opcion para continuar sus estudios, la carrera militar es, para aquellos que realmente quieren servir a nuestro pais desde las armas, pero no como alternativa para estudios superiores.

Long an Iraqi Target, No U.S. Help in Sight
Complaints by soldiers under daily fire contrast sharply with White House and Pentagon statements. Since May, Brig. Gen. Oscar B. Hilman, commander of the 81st Brigade Combat Team, a National Guard unit from Washington state that operates the base, has requested 500 to 700 more soldiers. But he said the request has been denied. "Because the enemy is persistent, we need additional forces. We asked twice," said Hilman, who arrived here in April for a yearlong stint. But Hilman said he was told that "there are no additional forces," and that U.S. soldiers are needed elsewhere, particularly to battle insurgents and cover a large area to the north that includes the rebellious cities of Tikrit and Samarra.

Major Assaults on Hold Until After U.S. Vote
The Bush administration plans to delay major assaults on rebel-held cities in Iraq until after U.S. elections in November, say administration officials, mindful that large-scale military offensives could affect the U.S. presidential race.

For Marines, a Frustrating Fight
Scrawled on the helmet of Lance Cpl. Carlos Perez are the letters FDNY. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York, the Pentagon and western Pennsylvania, Perez quit school, left his job as a firefighter in Long Island, N.Y., and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. "To be honest, I just wanted to take revenge," said Perez, 20. Now, two months into a seven-month combat tour in Iraq, Perez said he sees little connection between the events of Sept. 11 and the war he is fighting. Instead, he said, he is increasingly disillusioned by a conflict whose origins remain unclear...

Pullout Not Likely Before Vote
In a question-and-answer session with hundreds of Marines assembled in a concrete-line aircraft hangar at this desert air base in western Iraq, Rumsfeld was asked what the future holds for the length and frequency of troop deployments in the country.

Air Force pursuing antimatter weapons Program
The U.S. Air Force is quietly spending millions of dollars investigating ways to use a radical power source -- antimatter in future weapons. The most powerful potential energy source presently thought to be available to humanity.

Army to Call Up 5,000 More Ex-Soldiers in 2005
The U.S. Army, now mobilizing 5,600 former soldiers from a rarely used personnel pool to go to Iraq and Afghanistan, plans to summon a similar number next year for duty in those war zones, a senior official said on Friday.

About War
Listen friend, war, is electric. It's a jangle of short-wired nerves; raw blue sparks that jump the gaps of politics and twist the ignition key of survival. War is living fast, hard, and furious, life between the teeth. You are never so alive as when you're about to die. War is a five-and-dime store of friction toys and cheap tin thrills. War, is all the power of heaven accessed through the front door of hell.

Marine Declares War on Bush
Iraq war veteran Steve Brozak is running hard for Congress. His opponent on the ticket is Republican incumbent Mike Ferguson. But as Brozak sees it, Ferguson is just a synecdoche for the Bush team. "The bottom line is I'm going to take him down," Brozak says of Ferguson. "They lied to us, they misled us about what was at stake in the war with Iraq, and they're misleading us about what is going to happen going forward."

More Troops To Iraq...After the Election
It's not an "if." It's a "when." Pentagon officials have indicated that they plan to send as many as 15,000 additional troops during the first four months of 2005, and the President George W. Bush continues to insist "we will stay the course" until Iraq is stabilized. (I do wish his advisers would provide a different vocabulary so that those of us steeped in the mistakes regarding Vietnam could be spared painful flashbacks.)

They're Burned, or Blinded, or Sparring with Death
Like his staff, who brim with frustration at what they see as the irresponsible disinclination of the American people to understand the costs of the war to thousands of American soldiers, the hospital's chief surgeon feels that most Americans have their minds on other things. "It is my impression that they're not thinking about it a whole lot at all," said Lt. Col. Ronald Place. As he spoke, the man who has probably seen more of America's war wounded than anyone since the Vietnam War sobbed as he sat at a table in his office.

Bush, Kerry & Vietnam
We will probably never discover whether it was arrogance or an assumption of the inherent niceness of the Kerry team that made the Bush campaign choose battle on the terrain of Vietnam, since, as we pointed out when Swift Boat ads ran, those veterans, despite their other confabulations, all testified that John Kerry was indeed in combat and in Vietnam. Pointing to Kerry's war record by implication highlights the absence of his contemporary George W. Bush, who, on his own admission, had joined the Texas Air National Guard to avoid the war. The offer from local veterans of $3,500 for anyone who says they saw Bush on a base remains unclaimed.

Veterans of Iraq War Join Forces to Protest U.S. Invasion
A year and a half ago, Robert Sarra was a Marine sergeant in Iraq, where, he says, he once fired his M-16 at a black-cloaked old woman who failed to stop when she was told. Instead of a suicide bomb, the bundle she carried to her death held only bread, tea, and a white flag. From that day in a tiny town called Ash Shatra, Sarra says, he journeyed through dark territory - heavy drinking, violent outbursts, therapy - and finally from his temporary job in Chicago to the Republican National Convention this week. It is in New York that he embraced his new role - peace activist. "I became opposed to the war when I saw we had no point in what was going on over there."

Real Stories from Real Americans: A Plea for Help
I am a soldier stationed in Iraq concerned about the role of private contractors in this war, and would like to ask for your help. How can you who are way over there help me way over here? Well, let me tell you how.

RNC Delegates mock wounded soldiers
Upon hearing of multiple news reports that GOP delegates are belittling the injuries soldiers sustained during service by wearing Band-Aids with purple hearts, DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe issued the following statement: "It is inexcusable for a Republican delegate to mock anyone who has ever put on a soldier's uniform. It is inexcusable to mock service and sacrifice. Our service men and women put their lives on the line every day. If they are wounded in the line of duty it is because they are fighting on the frontlines for freedom. Anything but complete respect for their service is unacceptable.

The Unseen Cost of War: American Minds
Soldiers can sustain psychological wounds for a lifetime. The soldier's eyes dart from ceiling to floor, window to door. The rough hands -- hands that poked dead animals and probed human body bags in search of enemy explosives -- wrap around a cup of high-octane buzz he doesn't need. He's wired, wound tight -- a buff, tough sergeant ready to explode inside a strip-mall Starbucks.

Depleted Uranium: Dirty Bombs, Dirty Missiles, Dirty Bullets
Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using depleted uranium weaponry, which, like Agent Orange, meets the U.S. government definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with radiation. This week the American Free Press dropped a “dirty bomb” on the Pentagon by reporting that eight out of 20 men who served in one unit in the 2003 U.S. military offensive in Iraq now have malignancies. That means that 40 percent of the soldiers in that unit have developed malignancies in just 16 months. Not only were soldiers exposed to DU on and off the battlefields, but they brought it home. DU in the semen of soldiers internally contaminated their wives, partners and girlfriends. Tragically, some women in their 20s and 30s who were sexual partners of exposed soldiers developed endometriosis and were forced to have hysterectomies because of health problems.

“Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” - Henry Kissinger, quoted in “Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POW’s in Vietnam”

Soldier Sues U.S. Military Over Extended Service
A California Army National Guard sergeant filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asserting that the government can not prevent reservists from leaving the military when their enlistment periods end. "This lawsuit seeks to stop the forced retention of men and women who have fulfilled their service obligations,'' said attorney Michael Sorgen. "When their period of enlistment ends, they should be entitled to return to their families."

The Ghosts of War
It haunts us still. Three-and-a-half decades later, America cannot stop picking the scab of Vietnam. The wound has never healed and has now grown infected and poisoned. Plato said: "Only the dead have seen the end of war." There are veterans of all conflicts, who fall in love with the terrible sweet beauty of war. Men who polish their armor long after the parades have faded. Their glory is not in duty, honor, and country; but in the carnival mirrors of their own warped reflections. These are veterans who march with swagger and blaring brass, like small boys struggling to be seen and heard. America, love it or leave it-is back with a vengeance. Body counts are once again the measurement of successful warfare. Restricted VA benefits for the wounded, bodies returned in the dead of night and shielded from American eyes, a false and misleading premise for war, that daily, kills America's youth; John Wayne-patriotism is glorified and peaceniks are vilified: all of the old ghosts are back.

The Republican War Against Vietnam Veterans
Shadowy Republican groups whispered he was mentally unfit to be President of the United States because he had been a POW in Vietnam. The rumor spread and spread. They said he had a Black baby and he was morally unfit to hold political office. The propaganda was sneaky and relentless, eventually undermining John McCain’s credibility and his bid to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

Citizens For Honest Fighter Pilots May Have Answer To AWOL Questions
Citizens for Honest Fighter Pilots has been monitoring the truth or falsity of statements made by John O'Neill, and members of his group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, as they swooped across the airwaves on countless cable news programs this past week.

Citizens For Honest Fighter Pilots Call On Bush To Explain His Military Record
Questions about Bush's military service would likely be history if not for the new attacks on Kerry's war record by the latest Republican hit squad of "Truthful Vets." But, by the way it looks now, we will be comparing the military records of the candidates right up to election day.

GIs in Iraq Are Asking: Why Are We Here?
"I don't think any of us even care what happens to this country," Goward said, as a half-dozen marines, all stationed here in the capital of the restive Anbar Province, nodded in agreement. "I'm here to make sure these guys get home safely. And they're here to make sure I do."

Soldiers Ordered to Just Walk Away
The national guardsman peering through the long-range scope of his rifle was startled by what he saw unfolding in the walled compound below. From his post several stories above ground level, he watched as men in plainclothes beat blindfolded and bound prisoners in the enclosed grounds of the Iraqi Interior Ministry. He immediately radioed for help. Soon after, a team of Oregon Army National Guard soldiers swept into the yard and found dozens of Iraqi detainees who said they had been beaten, starved and deprived of water for three days. In a nearby building, the soldiers counted dozens more prisoners and what appeared to be torture devices - metal rods, rubber hoses, electrical wires and bottles of chemicals. Many of the Iraqis, including one identified as a 14-year-old boy, had fresh welts and bruises across their back and legs.

U.S. medical center handles thousands of trauma cases from Iraq war.
It looks like that opening scene from the TV comedy M*A*S*H. But Hawkeye and Pierce, Radar, and Clinger don't exist here. These are real doctors and nurses at the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany, facing horrors seldom seen by the American public - already over 12,000 battlefield casualties from Iraq. Their patients speak with tension in their faces. Not even the pain killers can stop all of the throbbing of their injuries. I am amazed that they want to talk about what happened.

Back Home, Disabled Vets Fight Injuries, Red Tape
The yellow ribbons are faded and fraying outside the neatly appointed house where Jay Briseno lies tethered to a respirator, his nearly motionless, 21-year-old body a shrunken shadow of the young man who last year went marching off to war. But Briseno isn't a soldier anymore. He is a veteran, facing a lifetime of excruciating disability. The efficient war-fighting machine he was a part of has moved on. His care is left to his parents and sisters, who, bent over his bed day and night, are struggling to adjust.

Shame on the Swift Boat Veterans for Bush
I came to know Lt. John Kerry during the spring of 1969. He and his swift boat crew assisted in inserting our Special Forces team and our Chinese Nung soldiers into operational sites in the Cau Mau Peninsula of South Vietnam. I worked with him on many operations and saw firsthand his leadership, courage and decision-making ability under fire. On March 13, 1969, John Kerry's courage and leadership saved my life.

CFHFP: Quotes and Opinions From Vets Who Served With Bush
The latest smear on Kerry's war record comes from a group who call themselves, "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth." In response to their attacks my new group, Citizens For Honest Fighter Pilots, comes forth to tell voters what vets who served with Bush have to say about him.

Citizens for Honest Fighter Pilots Ask Bush To Get Honest
Citizens for Honest Fighter Pilots call on Bush to explain how he could fail to show up for his annual physical, get suspended as a fighter pilot, and escape any discipline whatsoever. First of all, let's put one theory to rest, any suggestion that he could simply decide to quit flying, with two years left on his commitment, after a quarter of a million dollars was invested in his training, is absurd. He needs to clear up this issue once and for all.

The Issues: Veterans' Benefits
Savage went to war at 17, a redheaded Navy radio operator. Now 77, he's frail and about to lose his health care coverage. Like Savage, millions of vets feel betrayed. "We earned this benefit, you know. We're not some whining special interest group. We're somebody who a promise was made to and now we expect you to deliver," said American Legion National Commander John Brieden. For service to his country, John Savage wants a commander-in-chief who will fight for him.

Vets Demand End to Occupation
As military veterans wrangle over whom to support for president, one veterans' organization has fired a shot across the bow of whoever will occupy the White House next year. Pull the Troops or Face an Impeachment Movement.

Wounded Soldiers Are Adapting to Altered Lives
Every war has its toll, measured in stark numbers representing those who are killed and wounded. But the numbers don't show the emotional toll of war, the impact each death has on families and the life changes forced on those who suddenly find themselves without a leg to walk on, a hand to button a shirt or lace a shoe, or a lung to catch a breath. Depression is common among recovering soldiers, and it often turns to frustration as they face the task of figuring out what they are going to do with the rest of their lives because plans changed in the time it took for a mortar round to explode.

Military Intelligence Ordered Captives Hidden, Court Told
Military intelligence officials at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq ordered military police soldiers to keep several detainees hidden from the International Committee of the Red Cross, leaving a coded message on cell doors to indicate which detainees the visitors were not allowed to see or interview, according to court testimony here Wednesday.

Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
A group of veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are committed to saving lives and ending the violence in Iraq by an immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces. We also believe that the governments that sponsored these wars are indebted to the men and women that were forced to fight them and must give their Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen the benefits that are owed to them upon their return home.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator
The Department of Veterans Affairs has put the burial records of 3.2 million veterans online buried in 120 national cemeteries and some state cemeteries. The records go back to the Civil War. In order to use the search a last name is required, however,if you have more information, there is an advanced search available.

Teaching Torture: Congress Quietly Keeps School of the Americas Alive
Remember how congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle deplored the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib as "un-American"? Last Thursday, however, the House quietly passed a renewed appropriation that keeps open the U.S.'s most infamous torture-teaching institution, known as the School of the Americas (SOA), where the illegal physical and psychological abuse of prisoners of the kind the world condemned at Abu Ghraib and worse has been routinely taught for years.

See What You Share
A new Web log is posting pictures, documents and letters from U.S. soldiers and military bases in Iraq and elsewhere -- all of which the site's operator claims to have downloaded from peer-to-peer networks such as Gnutella. The "See What You Share" site has been online for a week and has published photos ranging from a crashed military jet to a screenshot of a spreadsheet file that appears to include names, addresses and telephone numbers of marines.

Abu Ghraib, Whitewashed
A week ago, John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was satisfied that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was keeping his promise to leave no stone unturned to investigate the atrocities of Abu Ghraib prison. A newly released report by the Army's inspector general shows that Mr. Rumsfeld's team may be turning over stones, but it's not looking under them.

A Soldier Reports From Iraq
It was getting hot, and my squad leader, Staff Sgt. Sarla, had already come down with heat exhaustion. Specialist Patrick Ryan McCaffrey gave him an IV bag. McCaffrey, from Tracy, is a combat lifesaver, whose job is to help a victim until a medic arrives. Meanwhile, our medic, PFC Woodbury, treated another member of our group for a mild case of heat exhaustion. I talked with medics later and they said they should've ended the mission right there.

U.S. Admits 'Bounty Hunter' Contact
The US military has admitted it detained an Afghan man handed over by a US citizen accused of running a freelance counter-terrorism operation.

Officers' Unheroic Example
The sad truth is that since the beginning of the war on terrorism, top U.S. officers have responded to sometimes tragic mistakes or wrongdoing in Afghanistan and Iraq with defensive stonewalling - and gotten away with it.

'Enemy Contact. Kill 'em, Kill 'em
Soldiers are untrained, experts say, for the trauma of killing. Forty years after lessons learned about combat stress in Vietnam, experts charge that avoidable psychological damage goes unchecked because military officials don't include emotional preparation in basic training.

Coalition of the Willing increasingly Unwilling
The Bush administration faces growing challenges in holding together the 32-nation coalition deployed in Iraq, with four countries already gone, another four due to leave by September and others now making known their intention to wind down or depart before the political transition is complete next year, according to officials from 28 participating countries.

The Pride of Valor
We train our soldiers to kill for us. Afterward, they’re on their own. Some of the most grievously wounded Iraq-war veterans seem more disturbed by the killing they did than they are by their own injuries.

US Marine en Route to US After Disappearing in Iraq
The US Marine who disappeared in Iraq and later resurfaced in Lebanon has left Germany en route to the United States.

Senate Rejects Health Care Motion
To assure that funding is provided for veterans health care each fiscal year to cover increases in population and inflation.

A Report on United States War Crimes Against Iraq to the Commission of Inquiry for the International War Crimes Tribunal
"It has never happened in history that a nation that has won a war has been held accountable for atrocities committed in preparing for and waging that war. We intend to make this one different. What took place was the use of technological material to destroy a defenseless country. From 125,000 to 300,000 people were killed... We recognize our role in history is to bring the transgressors to justice." Ramsey Clark [former Attorney General]

Between the Ooh's and the Aah's
A poem written by Dennis Serdel (Vietnam 1967-68 Infantry).

The Real Enemy Staring Us in the Face
Justin Hunt, a young man from Wildomar, Calif., about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, was determined to join the Marines. When recruiters pointed out that he was grossly overweight, he spent a year losing more than 150 pounds. Then he signed up and was promptly sent to Iraq, where he was killed last Tuesday in an explosion. He was 22. For what? Even as these brave troops were dying in the cruel and bloody environs of Iraq, the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington was unfurling its damning unanimous report about the incredibly incompetent intelligence that the Bush administration used to justify this awful war.

Bush Tries to Keep Half Million Vets In the Dark
President Bush celebrated the July 4th holiday by praising veterans, saying "we're proud of your service, we're grateful for the example you have set for America." But a new report shows that more than half a million veterans are going without health care benefits owed to them - and the Bush administration has tried to keep those veterans in the dark. VA officials were ordered by the Bush administration "to cease efforts to enroll new patients into its health care system." The directive said it was "inappropriate" for local VA workers to attend health fairs, open houses and community meetings to educate veterans about what their eligibility and to enroll them in health care programs.

More War! Senate Approves $416 Billion Bill for Pentagon
The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a $416 billion bill to fund the Pentagon, including several months of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Torture and abuse: A pattern and practice of the U.S. military
The official word from the Bush administration is that the torture and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison is not “systematic,” according to General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This type of torture of indigenous and Third World people, however, is well-documented as a pattern and practice of the U.S. military and the CIA.

Again, why George W. Bush must be tried as a war criminal
The new revelations in Bob Woodward’s book, Plan of Attack, provide further evidence to convict President George W. Bush of war crimes.

Rock & radiation, not Ronald Reagan, brought down the Kremlin
The GOP military's 1980s attempt to "spend the Soviets into oblivion" certainly feathered the nests of the defense contractors who contributed to Reagan's campaigns here, and who still fatten George W. Bush. Lockheed-Martin, Halliburton and an unholy host of GOP insiders have scored billions in profits from Iran-Contra to Star Wars to Desert Storm to Iraq. But these were not the people who brought down the Kremlin. If anything, they prolonged Soviet rule with the unifying threat of apocalyptic attack.

US drops war crimes immunity bid
Anger over the Iraqi prisoners abuse scandal has forced the United States to withdraw its UN resolution shielding American soldiers from prosecution abroad.

Most Guantanamo Detainees Pose No Threat
Bush administration and US military officials have repeatedly exaggerated the intelligence value of detainees at Guantanamo Bay as well as the danger they pose

US guards 'filmed beatings' at terror camp
Dozens of videotapes of American guards allegedly engaged in brutal attacks on Guantanamo Bay detainees have been stored and catalogued at the camp. They say that if the contents are shocking. They will provide final proof that brutality against detainees has become an institutionalised feature of America's war on terror.

The Unreported Cost of War
US military casualties from the occupation of Iraq have been more than twice the number most Americans have been led to believe because of an extraordinarily high number of accidents, suicides and other non-combat deaths in the ranks that have gone largely unreported in the media.

Stop the Stryker Brigade
The U.S. military is planning another invasion of Hawai'i. The largest land grab since World War II, the U.S. Army is proposing to take over 23,000 additional acres on Hawai'i Island and up to 2,000 acres on Oahu. The Army wants to locate 400 19-ton Stryker armored vehicles and hundreds of additional troops on the Islands of Oahu and Hawai'i.

Is Stryker prepared for the task in Iraq?
WASHINGTON — The Stryker, the Army's vanguard vehicle designed for a 21st-century force, remains scheduled for its combat debut in Iraq next month despite increasing concerns about its ability to survive the types of attacks now taking place there.

Retired Military, Diplomats Urge Bush Defeat
A group of retired diplomats and military officers said President George W. Bush's policies are endangering national security and they're urging Americans to vote him out of office.

A Soldier’s Mother Blasts Pro-War Conservatives
The mother of a soldier lashes out at conservatives who, while supporting the Iraq War, do not support our troops--and who then attack those opposed to the war, accusing them of not supporting the troops.

Trucks made to drive without cargo
Defense Department records show that Kellogg Brown and Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, has been paid $327 million for "theater transportation" (empty trucks) and is earmarked to be paid $230 million more.

Bush told of Red Cross reports
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Tuesday that he and other top officials kept the president “fully informed in general terms,” about complaints made by the Red Cross and others of ill-treatment of detainees in American custody.

How a secret Pentagon program came to Abu Ghraib.
According to interviews with several past and present American intelligence officials, the Pentagon’s operation, known inside the intelligence community by several code words, including Copper Green, encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in an effort to generate more intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq. A senior C.I.A. official, in confirming the details of this account last week, said that the operation stemmed from Rumsfeld’s long-standing desire to wrest control of America’s clandestine and paramilitary operations from the C.I.A.

Pending Draft Legislation Targeted for Spring 2005
There is pending legislation in the House and Senate (twin bills: S 89 and HR 163) which will time the program's initiation so the draft can begin at early as Spring 2005 -- just after the 2004 presidential election. The administration is quietly trying to get these bills passed now, while the public's attention is on the elections, so our action on this is needed immediately.

Soldier Who Spoke Out About Prisoner Abuse Disciplined
The Army sergeant who spilled the beans about goings on at Abu Ghraib prison is paying a price.

No Bunkerbusters
Last year, the budget funding the nuclear "bunker buster" bomb was cut in half. Now the Bush administration is trying to get it funded again, working to create a whole new generation of what they're now calling "useable" nukes. The "bunker buster" is the first in a long line of projects that would start up production of nuclear weapons.

The Military Vaccine Education Center
This web site is a resource directory for active-duty troops, veterans, and others who are concerned about the military's mandatory bioterrorism vaccines. Here you will find an overview of these vaccines, the latest news, support groups, medical and legal resources, and more - including Dept. of Defense links. We hope this information will assist you in making informed decisions.

Tell Bush the world says no to his agenda
The World says no to the Bush agenda! Throughout the world hundreds of thousands will once again take to the streets, this time to protest the gross misuse of power by the rogue regime in the US in its handling of world affairs. Join with us in this virtual march and send a message to the rogue regime that you do not support their stance on Iraq, the so called war on terrorism, environmental and defence issues.

Shooting Stars
For all of human history, people have looked at the stars with a sense of wonder. More recently, some U.S. military planners have looked skyward and seen something very different — the next battlefield.

The Things They Wrote - Soldiers Last Letters Home
Last fall the Op-Ed pages published excerpts from letters home of some of the men and women who died in Iraq. Since then, 176 more soldiers have been killed, according to the Pentagon, bringing the total number of military casualties to 570. Below are excerpts from among the last letters that some Army soldiers had sent home to their families.

President's "Disgraceful" Treatment of Troops/Vets
Last year, while troops were at war, the president proposed slashing $1.5 billion from military family housing and tried to "roll back recent modest increases" in bonuses paid to soldiers serving in combat zones. Meanwhile, the president refused to extend the child tax credit to one million children living in military and veteran families.

A Veteran's View of Bush and War
The growing furor over President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service - or lack thereof - is fraught with consequence and should be of more than passing concern to all veterans. I'm reminded why by my experience at a veterans reunion two years ago.

Exposing Bush's talking-points war
The Office of Special Plans task was, ostensibly, to help the Pentagon develop policy around the Iraq crisis - a pet project of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld - was more akin to a nerve center for a "neoconservative coup, a hijacking of the Pentagon."

Report Says Military Distorts War Deaths
By refusing to make public its estimates of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has undercut international support for the US campaigns in those countries and has made the postwar stabilization of the two societies more difficult, according to an independent report to be released today that accuses the Pentagon of appearing indifferent to the civilian cost of war.

The Ultimate Betrayal
Jeremy Feldbusch, twenty-four years old, a sergeant in the Army Rangers, who was guarding a dam along the Euphrates River on April 3 when a shell exploded 100 feet away, and shrapnel tore into his face. When he came out of a coma in an Army Medical Center five weeks later, he could not see. Two weeks later, he was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, but he still could not see. His father, sitting at his bedside, said: "Maybe God thought you had seen enough killing."

On Guard -- or AWOL?
The question of Bush’s presence in 1972 at Dannelly Air National Guard base in Montgomery, Alabama – or the lack of it – has become an issue in the 2004 presidential campaign. And that issue, which picked up steam last week, continues to rage. Two members of the Air National Guard unit that President George W. Bush allegedly served with as a young Guard flyer in 1972 had been told to expect him late in that year and were on the lookout for him. He never showed, however; of that both Bob Mintz and Paul Bishop are certain.

Where's The Army's Suicide Report?
Military members and their families are asking the same question: Where is the Army’s so-called suicide report? It’s the work of the 12-member Mental Health Advisory Team, commissioned by the top generals in charge of the Iraq war after a string of battlefield suicides. It was initially due out last Thanksgiving. Then it was supposed to be released in early February. Now, there’s talk that it’s been shelved indefinitely.

Pentagon Prepares for War in Space
An Air Force report is giving what analysts call the most detailed picture since the end of the Cold War of the Pentagon's efforts to turn outer space into a battlefield.

"Vietnam Veterans Against the War Statement on John Kerry"
Since Vietnam Veterans Against the War's inception in 1967, tens of thousands of vets, GIs and supporters have participated in and supported the actions of VVAW. One of those members in the early 1970s was John Kerry

Soldiers, Families Oppose Bush
President Bush's war in Iraq faces growing opposition from those who are on the front lines: soldiers, their families and veterans, including high-ranking officers. As of mid-January, 500 U.S. soldiers have been killed--more than died in the first three years of the Vietnam War. Up to 22,000 more have been evacuated from Iraq for medical reasons. Twenty-one have committed suicide.

Iraq, Afghanistan funds not part of defense budget
President Bush is asking Congress for $401.7 billion in military spending for 2005, including huge outlays for new manned and unmanned aircraft, advanced ships, missile defense and precision weapons.

MLK talk given 1/19/04 at the United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit
My name is ARNY STIEBER. I was born in Detroit. I'm a small business person. I was in high school and college during the 1960s and I didn't pay much attention to what was going on in the world. I graduated from Michigan State in 1969 and was drafted that summer. I was trained in the infantry and arrived in Vietnam 34 years ago - almost to the day.

Three Minutes to Midnight: The Impending Threat of Nuclear War
Washington, DC, January, 25 , 09:00 am — Twelve years after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. and Russia each maintain 2500 nuclear bombs on tenuous hair trigger alert. This chilling reality and other critical nuclear issues will be examined in-depth at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute's groundbreaking symposium.

Cheney's Grim Vision: Decades of War
In a forceful preview of the Bush administration's expansionist military policies in this election year, Vice President Dick Cheney Wednesday painted a grim picture of what he said was the growing threat of a catastrophic terrorist attack in the United States and warned that the battle, like the Cold War, could last generations.

Pentagon: Suicides of U.S. Troops Rising in Iraq
At least 21 U.S. troops have committed suicide in Iraq, a growing toll that represents one in seven of American "non-hostile" deaths since the war began last March, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

The Five Hundred
It will be upon us soon. Sometime, likely before January is out, the 500th American soldier to die in Iraq will fall. He will be killed by a roadside bomb, or a mortar, or a rifle shot from afar, or a pistol to the back of the head in a crowd, or a rocket-propelled grenade into his convoy, or into his helicopter which will plunge, blazing, from the sky. He will fall in Baghdad, or Tikrit, or Mosul, or some unnamed town in between.

Army's Suicide Rate Has Outside Experts Alarmed
Suell's death comes as the military is investigating the growing number of suicides by American forces in the Persian Gulf region. Since the U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq last spring, 18 soldiers and two Marines have committed suicide

US death rate worsening
Twice as many US soldiers have been killed or wounded in action in the past four months as in the previous four, despite their commanders' claim to have made significant gains against the resistance.

Troop morale in Iraq is low and getting lower. The reasons are very easy to understand.
From emails I receive from people who have actually served in Iraq, it is clear that our kids know this war is about conquest, and about grabbing oil and wealth for the masters. This does not sit well with the majority of our kids who were raised by you, their parents, to be moral and just human beings.

Alleged Hijackers May Have Trained at U.S. Bases
U.S. military sources have given the FBI information that suggests five of the alleged hijackers of the planes that were used in Tuesday’s terror attacks received training at secure U.S. military installations in the 1990s.

Air Force Officer disciplined for saying Bush allowed September 11 attack (story revisited)
A US Air Force officer in California recently accused President Bush of deliberately allowing the September 11 terror attacks to take place. The officer has been relieved of his command and faces further discipline. The controversy surrounding Lt. Col. Steve Butler’s letter to the editor, in which he affirmed that Bush did nothing to warn the American people because he “needed this war on terrorism,” received scant coverage in the media.

War's Casualties Include the Children of Reservists
This is the largest call-up of reserve forces since the Korean War, and unlike their active-duty counterparts, thousands of so-called citizen soldiers have left behind children caught between two worlds. Neither military nor civilian, they live outside the vast support network available at virtually every base and fort. Yet they represent an almost invisible minority in a public school system only recently aware that they exist.

Despite Claims to the Contrary, Bush Not Doing Everything He Can to Protect Troops
In an exclusive prime-time interview, President Bush told ABC News that, "We're doing everything we can to protect the troops, and it's important for their loved ones to understand that." But according to recent reports, as many as 30,000 soldiers in Iraq are without body armor and are being forced to use '"Vietnam-era flak jackets" that provide insufficient protection from shrapnel and bullets.

National Guard 'Finished'
I'm a soldier in the National Guard. I'm stationed in Baghdad, Iraq. Had I known five years ago that the National Guard would be part of the occupying force here in Iraq and the rest of the world, I would have told them to stick the contract in their ear.

Pentagon warned Halliburton-KBR on "dirty" food service: report
The Pentagon repeatedly warned contractor Halliburton-KBR that the food it served to US troops in Iraq was "dirty," as were as the kitchens it was served in. The Pentagon reported finding "blood all over the floor," "dirty pans," "dirty grills," "dirty salad bars" and "rotting meats ... and vegetables" in four of the military messes the company operates in Iraq.

Space Wars: Apocalypse Soon?
Military experts say the next major wars will be fought in space -- with China and Europe emerging as players in the final frontier.

A Plague of Bioweapons
Welcome to the confounding, illogical and sometimes deadly space where public health and raw science meet national security and military secrecy.

Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths (a series in the Toledo Blade)
Tiger Force, an elite fighting force in Vietnam, left a trail of atrocities in a country that have been concealed from the public for three decades.

Bush Ignores Soldiers' Burials
President Bush has not attended the funeral of a single U.S. soldier killed in Iraq. And veterans are starting to notice.

Gas Pump Guide
The fast-growing trend to replace full-serve gas stations with self-serve ones has made it very difficult – if not impossible – for travelers with disabilities to refuel their vehicles. To address this issue, Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America has teamed up with the Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan to create an online “pump guide” for the state of Michigan. The guide lists gas stations throughout Michigan that offer refueling assistance to disabled drivers at the posted self-serve price.

Bush to veterans: Drop Dead
As another Veteran's Day passes by, George W. Bush has sent a clear and present message to the men and women of America's armed forces: Drop Dead. In an astonishing series of cynical attacks on veterans rights, benefits and sanctity, the administration has shortchanged our military personnel on their medical care, pensions, compensation for having been tortured, access to vital information about health dangers suffered in service, and even their body armor.

War Wounds
Who really supports the troops? I don't consider condemning the current carnage to be "politicizing" the deaths of American troops. To ignore it or to pretend that our civilian war-making leaders are right -- when they are so clearly, demonstrably, damnably wrong -- is to relinquish any responsibility as citizens in a democracy and to lose some irretrievable part of one's humanity in the process. It really is a slippery slope after that, straight and swiftly downhill to mass hysteria and fear-driven despotism.

Guantánamo's Limbo is Too Convenient
The Supreme Court's decision to hear the case of the prisoners at Guantánamo hinges not only on who they are or what they have done, but also on where they are being held. We can't fully understand the status of the prisoners, who have no rights under the Geneva Convention or the U.S. Constitution, without knowing the history of the U.S. presence at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.

Depleted Uranium
This 1 hour 18 minute audio is an excellent presentation on depleted uranium, and the lies and corruption going on in our political / military/industrial complex. Set your schedule, and LISTEN to this. If you want to "support the troops", listen to this. If you want to help the USA and defend our Constitution - LISTEN TO THIS. Doug is a 35 year military guy and a Vietnam vet.

New Michigan Veterans for Peace Website
Washtenaw County Chapter — Veterans For Peace Seeks to increasing public awareness of the costs of war, restrain our government from intervening in the affairs of other nations, works to reduce the arms race as well as eliminating nuclear weapons and works to abolish war as an instrument of international policy.

$28 Million to get DRAFT READY BY JUNE 15, 2005
They are coming for your children, and only you can stop them.

Jessica Lynch's story is turning 'into a monster' for the Bush administration
A pretty, blonde soldier ambushed by the Iraqis, courageously firing until her ammo runs out, shot and stabbed and carried off by the enemy who, after taking time out to rape her, deposit her unconscious body in a hospital, where she is slapped around by evil medical staff, then, nine days later, is rescued in a daring, nighttime raid that is videotaped and can be shown repeatedly around the world and who, as soon as she recovers, will tell what it's like to be an all-American hero. It was a gift from the propaganda gods. Just two problems: It didn't happen that way, and the designated hero, Pte. Jessica Lynch, refuses to say it did.

The Pentagon's Achilles Heel
This past weekend, United Press International's Mark Benjamin—assisted by Steven Robinson of the National Gulf War Resource Center, a veteran's advocacy group—broke the story that hundreds of injured Iraq War veterans were stranded in dismal barracks at Ft. Stewart, Ga., while they were awaiting medical care. "They're being treated like dogs." The situation described by this officer and by UPI was one where injured National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers were languishing while waiting for military doctors to fully diagnose their injuries and do the paperwork for future medical benefits. The veterans—some with injuries that will become lifelong disabilities—were living in large barracks with double bunk beds and no indoor plumbing.

Sick, wounded U.S. troops held in squalor
Hundreds of sick and wounded U.S. soldiers including many who served in the Iraq war are languishing in hot cement barracks here while they wait -- sometimes for months -- to see doctors.

Soldiers Miss Flights Back to Iraq
Soldiers failing to return from leave on schedule is an old story for the military, but nonetheless potentially a significant problem for commanders. Soldiers could face demotion or jail time for the offense. "We had the same problem in Vietnam," said retired Marine officer Gary Solis, who commanded a company in Vietnam and later wrote a history on military law during that war.

With U. S. Troops Still in the Mideast, Private Firms Must Guard Military Bases at Home
One of George Bush Jr.'s campaign promises was to "rebuild the military power of the United States," which Dick Cheney, his vice-presidential candidate, claimed had lapsed because of "multiplying missions and unclear goals." However, Bush's multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have overtaxed the military even more and now have led to hiring more civilian contractors for such basic duties as guarding U.S. military bases.

Bush abandons troop-protection plan
A decision by the White House and a GOP-dominated Congress would leave troop-transport jets vulnerable to missile attack.

President's Spending for Ex-Soldiers Falls Short of Promise to Give Them "Priority" Treatment
Two years ago, President Bush said, "Veterans are a priority for this administration... and that priority is reflected in my budget."1 But, a year ago, when he had a chance to approve an emergency funding bill that included $275 million for medical care of veterans, he said, "We'll spend none of it."

Rank and bile
G.I.'s speaking out, angry vets signing petitions, generals attacking him. George Bush's once-rosy relationship with the military is turning sour.

War is peace!
How the Bush administration's propaganda machine -- with the help of Roger Ailes' Fox News -- distorts the truth in the Middle East and at home.

Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan: A Photo Gallery
Most Americans haven't seen the growing legion of wounded troops returning from Iraq who are cared for at military facilities sealed off from the public. The media, in turn, have focused on the hit-and-run guerrilla attacks that claim one or two GIs in Iraq almost daily. Little attention has been paid to the long, difficult and very personal struggles that ensue in wards at BAMC and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

US Soldiers to America: Bring Us Home Now
I was shocked and angered when I found out how many of the service men hate being in Iraq and want nothing to do with rebuilding and policing the devastated nation. From the conversations I had, many soldiers never wanted to go over to Iraq and fight, and the ones who had were now convinced of the awful crime that had been committed against Iraq and our own troops. I was told very few soldiers now believe in staying in Iraq, or want to stay in the country and serve any more days.

Would Somebody Tell the Bush Administration to Support Our Troops
Hundreds of sick and wounded U.S. soldiers including many who served in the Iraq war are languishing in hot cement barracks here while they wait -- sometimes for months -- to see doctors. The National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers' living conditions are so substandard, and the medical care so poor, that many of them believe the Army is trying push them out with reduced benefits for their ailments. One document shown to UPI states that no more doctor appointments are available from Oct. 14 through Nov. 11 -- Veterans Day. "I have loved the Army. I have served the Army faithfully and I have done everything the Army has asked me to do," said Sgt. 1st Class Willie Buckels, a truck master with the 296th Transportation Company. Buckels served in the Army Reserves for 27 years, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first Gulf War. "Now my whole idea about the U.S. Army has changed. I am treated like a third-class citizen."

Bush Administration PR Campaign Undermined by Reports of Low Morale Among Troops
When military journalists for Stars and Stripes interviewed soldiers on the ground, however, they reported that American dignitaries touring Iraq are given a false picture because of the tight controls placed on the visits. "The phrase 'Dog and Pony Show' is usually used," the military newspaper reported. "Some troops even go so far as to say they've been ordered not to talk to VIPs because [military] leaders are afraid of what they might say."

US Soldiers to America: ''Bring us home now; we’re dying for oil and corporate greed!''
I was shocked and angered when I found out how many of the service men hate being in Iraq and want nothing to do with rebuilding and policing the devastated nation. From the conversations I had, many soldiers never wanted to go over to Iraq and fight, and the ones who had were now convinced of the awful crime that had been committed against Iraq and our own troops. I was told very few soldiers now believe in staying in Iraq, or want to stay in the country and serve any more days.

Keep VA Hospitals Open!
The Veterans Administration is proposing closure of the Canandaigua, NY VA Medical Hospital along with 18 (Eighteen) others in the US. This hospital and the other 18 are vital to our veterans and our hospital has been rated the best in the country.

Army probes soldier suicides
Alarmed by the number of suicides among soldiers in Iraq, the Army has asked a team of doctors to determine whether the stress of combat and long deployments is contributing to the deaths.

Home, for Better or Worse
Two weeks into the most ambitious home leave program since the Vietnam War, thousands of military families are struggling with how to cope when Johnny comes marching home again — then marches back the way he came. At the Pentagon, officials say they expect some soldiers not to show up for their flights back to Iraq, and they expect others to be so deeply torn at leaving their families again that they will have trouble coping when they return to the war.

Alaska Libertarians qualify Selective Service question
On September 11, the state Libertarian Party submitted 9,900 signatures to the Anchorage city clerk to qualify an anti-Selective Service initiative. City law requires only 6,352 valid signatures. If approved by voters, the initiative will direct the Anchorage city government to create a volunteer task force to study and report on the process of exempting Anchorage residents from Selective Service.

Bush Tried to Take Funds from Military School Kids to Pay for Iraqi-Afghan Policies
At the same time the President lauded the "great courage"of the soldiers he sent to Iraq he requested major cuts in the Impact Aid program that provides funds for the schooling of the 900,0004 children of military families. Bush tried to take $172 million from Impact Aid and shortchange by $583 million full funding for the No Child Left Behind Act. The cutbacks would have directly affected children of troops currently deployed in Iraq.

A Veteran Applauds KB Toys
Wow! You’ve made a life-long fan out of me! This may even be a love letter. Because of cutting my baby teeth in retailing via a family-owned gift shop in San Jose, California, I sit up and notice when exciting gift products hit the market. I’m also a military veteran. Perhaps you’ve already guessed I’m writing about your retailing Blue Box Toys 12” plastic Action Figure “Elite Force Aviator: George W. Bush U.S. President & Naval Aviator.”

Many soldiers, same letter
Newspapers around U.S. get identical missives from Iraq. Letters from hometown soldiers describing their successes rebuilding Iraq have been appearing in newspapers across the country as U.S. public opinion on the mission sours.
And all the letters are the same.

Lethal Virus from 1918 Genetically Reconstructed
US Army scientists create "Spanish Flu" virus in laboratory - medical benefit questionable. The 'Spanish Flu' influenza virus that killed 20-40 million people in 1918 is currently under reconstruction. Several genes of the extraordinarily lethal 1918 flu virus have been isolated and introduced into contemporary flu strains. These proved to be lethal for mice, while virus constructs with genes from a current flu virus types had hardly any effect. These experiments may easily be abused for military purposes, but provide little benefit from a medical or public health point of view.

US Army Patents Biological Weapons Delivery System, Violates Bioweapons Convention
The United States Army has developed and patented a new grenade that it says can be used to wage biowarfare. This is in violation of the Biological Weapons Convention, which explicitly prohibits development of bioweapons delivery devices.

Steppingstones to world war
In the last two years, the United States has made vengeance part of its foreign policy. We certainly didn't bomb Afghanistan out of any altruistic motivations, and anyone who believes we went to Iraq to liberate anything but petroleum is a dangerous fool.

Letter from a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
I just returned from combat in Iraq 2 months ago. Even before the military buildup began for the war in Iraq, coupled with a virtual assault of misguided and unconfirmed intelligence claims (aka: lies) by the Bush administration, I was against an unprovoked invasion of any nation, despite our hostile past with Saddam's former regime.

DoD Asks Congress To Cut Some US Troop Pay
The Department of Defense has asked Congress to roll back on Jan. 1 increases in Family Separation Allowance (FSA) and Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) enacted last April for deployed forces and, instead, to raise Hardship Duty Pay (HDP) only for military personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq war's human toll could be felt for decades
With no end in sight to a substantial US presence in Iraq, the number of nonfatal casualties (now averaging more than eight per day) is likely to keep increasing, experts say. And beyond the human dimension, the costs of such casualties, which tend to be overlooked as part of the cost of national security and foreign policy, will continue for decades as well. Among those costs: rehabilitation, retraining, postcombat counseling, long-term medical treatment, and assisted-living care.

FOIA Document shows Navy has been aware problems associated with DU since 14 May 1984
This MSDS sheet (shown with 3 photos of documents) was released from the Department of the Navy, Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana, on 22 May 03 in response to a 2 April 03 Freedom of Information Act request by Glen Milner. The Material Safety Data Sheet, dated 14 May 1984, shows the Navy has been aware of many of the problems associated with depleted uranium since that time.

Depleted Uranium
During the war, US and British forces shot ammo made from Depleted Uranium (DU), a radioactive and toxic waste that is suspected as a cause of some illnesses affecting veterans of the 1991 Gulf War. Scientists believe respiratory irritation caused by sand storms, oil fires, and concentrated vehicle fumes during Operation Desert Storm weakened the blood/brain barrier and allowed DU to enter the central nervous system of soldiers in the field resulting in slowly developing neurotoxic responses. Their brains, in effect, were slowly poisoned.

Bush has misled U.S. and failed American military
Many are realizing, as did the international community, that President Bush misled us about the necessity for war against Iraq. He led us to believe that Saddam Hussein was connected to 9/11, that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, that we knew their location, that Saddam had links with al-Qaida, and that Saddam would pass WMD to terrorists. Can anyone forget the president's assertion that, with Saddam Hussein in power, the next terrorist attack could result in a mushroom cloud over one of our cities? It was a campaign of disinformation and fear.

Newest injustice to disabled vets: Robbing Sgt. Peter to pay Sgt. Paul
Robbing Peter to pay Paul is an old, old game in Congress, but seldom has it been played so blatantly as in the slow, grudging retreat of the Bush administration and Republican legislators on the issue of the Disabled Veterans Tax.

Deserting Our Troops
Statistics confirm what veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War and members of Congress have been saying for months: the Pentagon has been ignoring a law whose primary intention was avoiding a repeat of the military's mistakes surrounding its handling of veteran illnesses that have become known as Gulf War Syndrome.

The Secrets Clark Kept
Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general who is one of 10 candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, has written a new book that is just arriving on bookstore shelves. Called Winning Modern Wars, it’s mostly about the Iraq war and terrorism—and it is laced with powerful new information that he held back from the public when he was a CNN military commentator during the Bush administration’s preparations for the war.

Veterans angry over VA health care plans
Thousands of veterans across the country are rising up in anger over the biggest overhaul of their vast medical care network since the end of World War II -- including downsizing at VA hospitals in American Lake and Walla Walla.

General Clark says he'd relieve Rumsfeld of his command
Gen. Wesley Clark, told a New Hampshire audience Friday night he had only fired one person in his life. On Saturday he said he wanted to fire a second person: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Military stashes covert millions
The U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base inflated budget proposals at the Pentagon's request last year to hide $20-million from Congress, according to documents obtained by the St. Petersburg Times. Special Operations officials divided the money among six projects so the money would not attract attention. They also instructed their own budget analysts not to mention it during briefings with congressional aides, the documents show.

U.S. Corporation and the Nazi's
A large volume of documentary evidence exists that reveals that many of the richest, most powerful men in the United States, and the giant corporations they controlled, were secretly allied with the Nazis, both before and during World War II, even after war was declared between Germany and America. This alliance began with U.S. corporate investment during the reconstruction of post-World War I Germany in the 1920s and, years later, included financial, industrial and military aid to the Nazis.

With No Plan Apparent, GIs in Iraq Slowly Becoming Frantic
If retention for the Army National Guard is of any importance, current members need to have faith in our government and our leaders. Right now, where we are, we can't see anyone taking a stand for the soldiers (as it isn't just us being treated this way but many, many soldiers).

Soft Economy Aids Army Recruiting Effort
All the armed services say they will meet or exceed their recruiting goals for the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30.

Revenge of the ex-generals
" Windbags of war," quipped a television critic back in April as cable news airwaves normally filled with slick broadcasters were invaded by graying former generals. With American troops thrusting into Iraq, television networks put these retired officers on retainer to ride shotgun with their anchors. When several of them dared warn that the American war plan spread U.S. forces dangerously thin, the Pentagon quickly launched a broadside that all but accused them of undermining the war effort. Five months later, however, American troops are dying in a guerrilla war, more National Guard and reservists are being mobilized and the Bush team has few allies abroad willing to send their own sons into harm's way. The "winds of war" appear to have shifted.

Military's message a tough sell for parents
As the war on terrorism stretches into its third year, and the violence in Iraq drags on with no end in sight, military recruiters across the United States are starting to get nervous.

'You lied, they died,' US parents tell Bush
The father of a soldier killed in Iraq accused President George Bush yesterday of being responsible for his son's death.

They Lied and Many Soldiers Died
George Bush won't mention the names below in today's speech, nor will your gullible news and television people - the Pekinese of the Press. Therefore we print promptly and thus prominently the names of American soldiers killed in Iraq and reported from Sept. 9 to Sept. 19:

Bush Administration Poised to Break Promise to U. S. Reservists
Six weeks after insisting the U. S. had "sufficient force to do what is required" in Iraq, the Bush Administration admitted yesterday more American reservists likely will be sent to the frontlines.

Another Potential Threat to Reservists: Unemployment
Having been jerked around willy-nilly by the Pentagon and their own service branches for the past two years, many reservists and Guardsmen may be about to take it on the chin from a different source – their civilian employers.

Congress Declares War Against Disabled Veterans
The House majority leadership has shown callous contempt for the sacrifices of America's defenders by attempting to impose overly restrictive conditions that would limit benefits for disabilities from military service, said the Disabled American Veterans.

We are facing death in Iraq for no reason
A serving US soldier calls for the end of an occupation based on lies.

A Report from the 18th Annual Veterans for Peace Convention
The annual Veterans For Peace convention in San Francisco was a first-time experience for many who had recently discovered us and were there to find out more. They were not disappointed by the workshops that addressed, with depth and authority, the manifold issues deriving from America's increasing militarism and an administration bent on governance by fear.

America's hidden battlefield toll
The true scale of American casualties in Iraq is revealed today by new figures obtained by The Observer, which show that more than 6,000 American servicemen have been evacuated for medical reasons since the beginning of the war, including more than 1,500 American soldiers who have been wounded, many seriously. The figures will shock many Americans, who believe that casualties in the war in Iraq have been relatively light. Recent polls show that support for President George Bush and his administration's policy in Iraq has been slipping.

Wounded Soldiers Billed for Hospital Food
After a grenade exploded inside his Humvee in Iraq, Marine Staff Sgt. Bill Murwin was treated at a military hospital where part his left foot was amputated. Just three days after he received his first bill for the hospital food, he got a stern letter saying the bill was overdue. It warned that his account would be referred to a collection agency.

The Iraq War & Kipling
As a new generation of veterans begins to come home from our latest war -- Iraq, 2003; as more becomes known of "Gulf War Syndrome", and as the Bush administration continues to cut veterans' benefits, it is useful to recall Rudyard Kipling's response to Alfred Lord Tenneyson's"Charge of the Light Brigade" (scroll down at the Peter's Reflections website)

The war clique
While working from May 2002 through February 2003 in the Pentagon office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Near East South Asia and Special Plans (USDP/NESA and SP), Karen Kwiatkowski observed the environment in which decisions about postwar Iraq were made. Those observations changed everything.

Thousands of U.S. Troops Evacuated from Iraq for Unexplained Medical Reasons
Citing the US military Central Command as its source, the Washington Post reported on September 2 that “more than 6,000 service members” had been medically evacuated from Iraq since the launch of the war. At the time, the number of combat wounded stood at 1,124. A further 301 personnel had been injured in non-combat incidents such as vehicle accidents. The figure of “more than 6,000” implies that over 4,500 US troops have required evacuation from Iraq for medical reasons other than combat or non-combat injuries.

Walk in my boots, then tell me I'm complaining
I'm tired of reading letters telling soldiers to quit whining and do their job. People who are writing these letters have no clue as to what is going on over here.

Gulf War Class Action Lawsuit
Welcome to Pitts & Associates’ and Maloney, Martin & Mitchell, L.L.P.’s website regarding the lawsuit by the 1991 Gulf War veterans against the companies that built Saddam Hussein’s nerve gas and mustard gas factories, supplied chemical agent production equipment for him, and sold him the chemical precursors for nerve gas and mustard gas.

Families want troops home
Jimmie Atchison sits in his wheelchair, disabled by war injuries, worrying about his 39-year-old daughter Georgina, who's been in Iraq since November. A member of Army intelligence, she flies in Cobra helicopters, equipped with missiles and cameras that send photographs back to command headquarters.

Local Soldier E-mails From Iraq, Asking For Help
I'm very happy serving my country, but not when the government fails to take care of you. We volunteered our lives to be out here and we get treated worse that people in prison. There is no real reason for us to be out here!!!!, We're protecting the oil is all, and as far as the supposed war ending, it hasn't. Not when everyday soldiers are still getting mines placed in front of convoys. Rocket propelled grenades thrown at us."

Warriors For Peace
Veterans who'd served from World War II through the Persian Gulf War gathered from every corner of the country for two full days of workshops, plenaries and informal conversations, focused largely on ways to express and amplify opposition to the current war with Iraq and to the new patterns of domestic repression that mark the past two years.

Help Wanted: Dear Sir or Madam
We, at the Brazilian Section of the BBC World Service, in London, would like to ask you whether you know any one from the movement "Bring the Home" who can speak Portuguese...

Dear Mr. President: What Have You Got Against Veterans?
"Dear Mr. President" from a military man with 10 years of active duty and 11 in the reserves to his Commander-in-Chief. Five pages on his grave concerns for those in service now, on the viability of the Iraqi operation, on America's role in global politics, on the difficulties faced by veterans in getting benefits due them, and on a half-dozen other salient points. Five pages exerted on a government that develops its own selective hearing loss on any number of issues, and particularly to the voices of America's veterans.

That's Vietnam, Jake
Vets come home and the wars come with them, lying doggo sometimes for years, then popping up at the most inconvenient of times. Nonetheless, Vietnam veterans, in at least one particular of our postwar readjustment saga, are indeed "quite different from veterans of earlier wars" ...

Protesters Near Bush Ranch Demand Withdrawal of Troops from Iraq
Among those gathering at the local football stadium to denounce both Mr. Bush and the war, four days after a terrorist bombing at the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, were relatives of troops.

Gulf War II “Mystery Illness”
The American Gulf War Veterans Association has long searched for answers to explain why nearly half of the 697,000 Gulf War I Veterans are now ill and why over 200,000 of those servicemen/women have requested disability, but have received no adequate diagnosis or treatment, from either the Department of Defense (DOD), or Veteran’s Affairs.

Widow fears Pentagon 'lying' on pneumonia
Joining a growing chorus of families, the widow of a soldier in Iraq who died of a mysterious pneumonia-like illness said Thursday she fears the military may be lying about her husband's death.

Gulf War veterans sue corporations
Blaming corporations for fueling former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons program, veterans of the first Gulf War filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking compensation for illnesses affecting more than 100,000 soldiers.

Bring Them On? Bring Them Home!
Bring 'em on. George W. Bush's use of this indelicate phrase--which he tossed out when asked in July about the armed resistance in Iraq that was killing US troops--prompted critics to blast him for displaying a cavalier attitude concerning the dangers faced by US military personnel. It also spurred an anti-occupation effort waged by relatives of the people Bush has placed in the line of fire.

Bombing is wake-up call to Bush
The blast that toppled the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad ought to smash the Bush team's la-la-land illusions about Iraq. Time is running out to salvage a decent result from the Iraq war. The window could shut in a few months.

"Rumsfeld and Bush care about the troops the same way that Tyson Foods cares about chickens." ~Stan Goff, a Special Forces veteran who has a son in Iraq

'Bring Them Home Now' speakers rip U.S. policy on Iraq
It’s possible to support the troops and not support the war they’re fighting. Several family members of U.S. troops in Iraq spoke out Wednesday against what they see as shortsighted policy on the part of the Bush administration.

How America Nukes Its Own Troops: What 'Support Our Troops' Really Means
Support for our troops will extend well beyond the war in Iraq. Americans will be supporting Gulf War II veterans for years as they slowly and painfully succumb to radiation poisoning. U.S and British troops deployed to the area are the walking dead. Humans and animals, friends and foes in the fallout zone are destined to a long downhill spiral of chronic illness and disability. Kidney dysfunction, lung damage, bloody stools, extreme fatigue, joint pain, unsteady gait, memory loss and rashes and, ultimately, cancer and premature death await those exposed to DU.

Stinginess now extends to American troops on active duty
Well, the chiseling has begun to spread in Washington, only now the targets of the numbers crunchers are active duty military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq. Add that group to retirees seeking to receive disability and retirement benefits, and veterans seeking medical care at the VA hospitals. For an administration that professes to love the military and to support a strong defense, this one seems totally insensitive to those who are fighting, and those who have fought.

Save the Veterans Hospital
We, the veterans, and patients, and concerned citizens of the United States, hear by demand, that the seven VA Hospitals slated for closure by Mr. Anthony Principi, (Secretary of Veterans Affairs) be kept open and that his Department increase funding and staff to each hospital.

Bring Them Home Now
The truth is coming out. The American public was deceived by the Bush administration about the motivation for and intent of the invasion of Iraq. It is equally apparent that the administration is stubbornly and incompetently adhering to a destructive course. Many Americans do not want our troops there. Many military families do not want our troops there. Many troops themselves do not want to be there. The overwhelming majority of Iraqis do not want US troops there.

We Stand Our Ground
I must begin by saying that standing here before you is, simply, one of the greatest honors of my life. I have never served in the armed forces in any capacity. My father, however, did. He volunteered for service in Vietnam in 1969. The changes that war wrought upon him have affected, for both good and ill, every single day of my life. Vietnam did not only affect the generation that served there. It affected the children of those who served there, and the families of those who served there. That war is an American heirloom, great and terrible simultaneously, handed down from father to son and from mother to daughter, from father to daughter and from mother to son. The lessons learned there speak to us today, almost thirty years hence.

Veterans Organize To Bring Troops Home!
“Veterans For Peace” is gearing up to become a major national force to oppose the Bush Administration both at home and overseas.

Blue Box Toys Creates AWOL Bush Doll
BBI introduces George W. Bush in naval aviator flight uniform. Exacting in detail and fully equipped with authentic gear, this limited-edition action figure is a meticulous recreation of the Commander-in-Chief's appearance during his historic Aircraft Carrier landing. In reality President George W Bush went AWOL from the National Guard for at least one year and was later taken off flying status for reasons that have not been made public. Such an action figure doll is an embarrassment to the men and women who actually risked their lives for this country. Write to Blue Box Toys

August 8 - 9 - San Francisco

"Defeating Militarism and the Politics of Fear." Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration has increased militarism at home and abroad, and manipulated a politics of fear to stifle dissent and shred civil liberties. The 2003 Veterans for Peace Convention is an ambitious program to address the threats to freedom, democracy and human rights facing the United States and the rest of the world.

Patriot Act Community Forum
I intend to address this Act in an historic perspective. The Patriot Act and the attendant Presidential Executive Orders resulting from 9-eleven are not the first nor will they be the last Acts of our elected representatives in response to either very real threats or those threats that are simply politically perceived or politically exploited.

Peaceful Warrior
As the U.S. occupation of Iraq extends with no end in sight, and the death toll for both U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians continues to mount, more voices of dissent from military personnel and families are audible every day.

'I'm Hurting Right Now, Mom'
Spc. Shaun Cunningham always prided himself on his mental toughness. As a chemical operations specialist with an Army field hospital near Baghdad, Cunningham saw the horrific realities of the war, helping retrieve bodies of fallen comrades from the field, shooting several enemy fighters in gunbattles, trying his best not to be shocked at the level of violence he witnessed. But this was too much to bear.

So, while the news networks have sat on this explosive story for months, it's well documented that George W. Bush never showed up for National Guard duty for a period of approximately one year, possibly more, in 1972-1973. Despite all the talk about "honor and dignity," Bush seems to have a problem meeting his commitments.

Tour of Duty or Deplorable Deployment?
This week, the Pentagon informed the 3rd Infantry Division troops in Iraq that they would not be going home on the dates previously promised. In fact they will be extended in their duty "indefinitely."

U.S. Troops Shocked by Move to Keep Them in Iraq
Under fire and unwanted by Iraqis, soldiers in the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division in the volatile town of Falluja were bitterly disappointed on Tuesday by a decision to keep them in Iraq indefinitely.

A Chorus Against War
To the demand "Support Our GIs," the movement will be able to reply: "Yes, we support our GIs, we want them to live, we want them to be brought home. The government is not supporting them. It is sending them to die, or to be wounded, or to be poisoned by our own depleted uranium shells."

All War All The Time
I'll concede that having a permanent war might seem an odd thing to want, but let's put aside the "why" question for the time being, accepting that you wouldn't want it unless you stood to gain something important from it. If, however, for reasons you found adequate, you did want to have a permanent war, what would you need in order to make such a policy viable in a democratic society such as the United States?

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