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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Umm Qasr Recalcitrants

MSNBC now running live viddie of Cobra gunships over Umm Qasr, said to be shooting at something.

I guess the port isn't quite secure, yet.


  Posted by Billy Beck | Permalink |


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | A Guide to Australia's involvement and US Combat Engineers

Here's an e-mail dated over a year ago to a US Combat Engineer currently twiddling his thumbs with the 4th Division aboard a ship off Turkey. N.B. The banter is friendly and was taken in good heart by both parties.


> Well, considering that Australia's last moment of military glory was. . . contributing a batallion to the thing in RVN about 30 years ago, I'd have to say that the US Army has PAC clerks and finance weenies deployed to Afghanistan who can consider basically everyone in the Australian Army, including airborne infantry and everything else, as REMFs.

Actually John, you're correct. The Australian SAS currently in Afghanistan spends most of its time in the rear echelon - as did most Australian troops in Somalia and elsewhere.

It's just that it's usually the *Enemy's* rear echelon.
(insert BWAHAHAHA here)


> In regards to the question of who is closest to the enemy if everyone in question is performing their combat missions, I have to refer to the various breaching drills I'm familliar with. They mostly Involve the infantry and armor (we have that in the US Army, that's what we call those loud things with big guns, lots of armor, and tracks)

I thought that was your mobile icecream makers. Thanks.

> pulling security while we roll up to the wire and do what we have to do to get rid of the mines, thus placing us 1)Closest to the enemy, and 2)incapable of taking cover while doing our job, and 3)the main focus of the enemy's defensive fire.

A Mug's game. Too risky by far for anyone with any brain cells to speak of. Requires vast quantities of Cojones too. You're right in the middle of the FEBA[a]. People get to shoot back at you. Phineas T. Barnum was right[b]

Far to the enemy's rear is a much safer place, the Intelligence Clerks, Divisional Locating Batteries, Comms Centres and Supply weenies aren't expecting trouble so far behind the lines. Some of em have never fired a weapon, even on the range. Avoid the armed-to-the-teeth MPs (of which they never have enough) and you're in clover. Beer. Spirits. Ratpacks. POL.

And we get to call anyone who's tens or hundreds (or just very occasionally, thousands) of km to our rear at the FEBA REMFs. Especially Combat Wombats ( ie Combat Engineers ) Pleases us no end.

> Now, in Australia you can't afford combined arms[1],

You mean the synergistic combination of InfoWar, SpaceWar, Diplomacy, PsyOps, AgitProp and Conventional Warfare? Yes, we do all of the above.

> so you don't have this beautifully orchestrated ballet of farm implements, so you wouldn't know what in God's name I'm talking about.

Oh we do, we can watch you guys do this stuff all day.

You're good at it, it makes you happy, and against an enemy stupid enough to be where you're assaulting, is bloody terrifying and vastly effective. Would be even more so if you had some decent kit for the job, like the Poms or Germans have. Even the Russkis, for that matter. You have what, ACE and M-728? Good Grief.

> I'd suggest doing some research before running off at the mouth again.

Why? That would spoil all the fun, to get all confused by mere facts... besides which, when did that ever stop you? [ZING]

> [1]That would be where you have a variety of military personnel capable of doing different things in combat.

Chew gum AND walk at the same time? I can see that that might be a major accomplishment in the US Army. Do they give out medals for it? They seem to for everything else.
Let's see, there's the "I forgot to duck" medal, the "6 months without VD" medal, the.....


> It helps to be able to afford tanks, artillery pieces, air defense weapons, engineer vehicles, and combat aviation.

We've got some of them. Not much. Enough to train against, maybe. Actually no, you're right, not even enough for that.

That's OK, the US Army is a great OPFOR[d] when we want to boost our morale, and the USMC[e] when we want some serious opposition
.

> Oh, and have more than a brigade's worth of soldiers.

Oh, you need more than that? What Wusses!


[a] Forward Edge of the Battle Area. For the US Army, this means "the front line". For the Australian Army, it means "nearly home."

[b] Who uttered the immortal phrase, "There's a sucker born every minute."

[c] Charlie Brown. ACE = what, Armoured Combat Engineer (vehicle)? Not the best US design ever produced, but not as bad as the many critics have made it out to be. M-728 is an obsolete M-60 Tank with a cut-down version of a british demolition gun, a dozer blade, and a crane. as seen at Waco.

[d] Opposing Force - the "enemy" in an exercise.

[e] Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. OK, US Marine Corps. To Be Taken Seriously
.



  Posted by Zoe Brain | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Hmmmm, now on foxnews they're saying "Iraq will respect POW rights", which seems to fly in the face of the earlier reports that they were not going to do any such thing. Maybe they decided that the PR was more important than trying to put fear into coalition soldiers.

  Posted by Robin Goodfellow | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Wanted

CNN reports the FBI is looking for this man (four pics of the same person), and that he may be linked to the "dirty bomb" suspect. I know this is slightly off-topic, but this guy's the damn enemy, too.

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | One Soldier's View

Courtesy of the estimable if sometimes OTT Tim Blair, here is one soldier's view on Foreign Relations.

  Posted by Zoe Brain | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Crumbling From Within?

Fox News reports that "officials" are saying Iraqi security and military personnel have started "leaving Baghdad" and that "the erosion from Baghdad has begun." (That last quote is a quote of the "official.")

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Oil Fires Out

BBC World service reporter Andrew North "near the Southern Oil Fields" reported over 1 hour ago that all fires - all 7 oil wells and the fire trenches - are out. And as said wells were directly in the background, and were conspicuously not ablaze, this seems a credible report. There's no fire without smoke.

  Posted by Zoe Brain | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | More on Brit Helo Crash

CNN reporting that one of the (presumed) fatalities is a U.S. servicemember. The other six were the British pilots and crew (three each) of the helicopters.

  Posted by SunDevilDog | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Latest Chopper Accident

The Brits now confirm 7 fatalities in this accident (CNN).

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Seven Oil Wells On Fire

The Pentagon is reporting only seven oil wells in Rumaylah are ablaze.

  Posted by Patrick | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Info Minister Statement

At the beginning of his statement, he said something about the casualties in initial "decapitation" strike; did anyone catch exactly what he said?

  Posted by SunDevilDog | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Some Iraqi mouthpiece is saying that the US has not been capturing surrendering Iraqi soldiers but "kidnapping" civilians for PR purposes.

  Posted by Robin Goodfellow | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Iraqi Information Minister Is Giving A Statement

On CNN ... let's see how fast we can link to a transcript.

UPDATE: Saying we targeted non-military targets, etc. and 207 civilians hurt so far.

UPDATE: Saying the battle continues for Al-Faw peninsula, and that the British are lying about occupying that land. Accusing us of hijacking civilians ... we're cowards and mercenaries, blah, blah, blah. The best line: This shows how desperate we (the US & British) are.

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | News on Basra

MSNBC reporting that, although two division-sized units (11th and 51st Divisions) have surrendered to Marines now surrounding Basra, the Iraqi 3rd Brigade (of what I don't know) remains hostile and is inside Basra. Unless they surrender, it looks like we'll have to root them out.

  Posted by SunDevilDog | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

CBS news is also reporting heavy usage of human shields by the Iraqi forces during the battle for An Nasiriyah.

Update: now they're talking about reports that republican guard officers have been distributed around Iraq to act as enforces to keep the rank and file conscript forces from surrendering.

Update: per Toren's comment, there were apparently more than one report of such republican guard officers being shot by conscript troops under them.

  Posted by Robin Goodfellow | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | 3-7th Cav Is Engaged

It's not Walter's troop, but the Cav is engaged over the horizon with an "Iraqi detachment." (CNN)

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

CBS news is reporting a mid air collision between two UK royal navy sea king search and rescue helicopters in international waters in the gulf, 7 soldiers missing.

They are also reporting that US forces have taken the city of Al Nasiriyah on the Euphrates river a little over 1/3 of the way between the Kuwaiti border and Baghdad.

  Posted by Robin Goodfellow | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The Brits seem to be taking the brunt of the chopper casualties. Eight in the first one, and now this.

  Posted by Daily Pundit | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | 'Stay Calm on Iraq, France Warns Its Young Muslims'

PARIS, 22 March 2003 — France issued a stern warning to its rebellious Muslim youths yesterday not to take the Iraq war as a pretext to raise tensions with other religious groups...

  Posted by LonewackoDotCom | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | More British Air Casualties

MSNBC is now reporting that seven crew members are missing after an over-water mid-air collision between two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters.

This doesn't look good.

(Aside: I fear and loathe helicopters. When you need 'em, there is nothing else that does what they do, but, in the meantime, sensible people stay as far away from them as possible, at all times. I hope they find these people.)

(APPEND -- since I've turned it into a personal note after everybody else reported on it and Michele is probably going to beat me in the head, anyway: Ken Layne thinks helicopters are fun. [shiver] Here's my view, Googled up to make the point: "Essentially, heaps of shrapnel cleverly disguised for maximum guile until the moment when the dynamic snake-eyes roll up and shower the countryside with howling doom." This, after a fixed-winger remarked on his two hours' rotor time: "I've never flown anything that wanted to roll itself into a ball that bad." It's really true. They are evil machines, requiring either no brains or tremendous, uncanny, courage to operate. I presume the latter in the case of armed forces types.)


  Posted by Billy Beck | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Royal Marine Helo Crash

MSNBC reporting mid-air collision of two Royal Marine helicopters, apparently over the Persian Gulf.

  Posted by SunDevilDog | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Weapon of Choice

A good article about the overall effectiveness of the new Patriot missile systems, by Wired’s Noah Shachtman

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Site Update

I've modified our settings to show the latest 150 posts on the current page (as opposed to the entire current day). This seems enough for around 8 hours of posts, which is a pretty good period for an "update at a glance," while keeping the load time for dial-up folks a bit shorter. Thanks for the emails giving feedback about the load time; we'll continue to monitor this as the site gets more (and more) popular.

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Knowing is Half the Battle!

The Slate Magazine guide to extinguishing an oil well fire.


  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

PROTEST WARRIORS

An anti-protester site that actually gets involved in the action. Very funny. And great posters!

  Posted by John | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Baghdad recon

There have been several direct and indirect reports that the US had some high res. eyes on Baghdad during the "target of opportunity" attack. There are reports of specific persons killed in that attack, as well as specific activities occuring right after the attack (such as Saddam being dug out of a pile of rubble and then loaded into an ambulance). Satellites? Predator drones? Local ground "assets"? Misinformation? No way to tell for sure right now, but my money is on predators.

  Posted by Robin Goodfellow | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Well, he's right...

Victory is guaranteed.

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Always good for a laugh

For the Saudi point of view on what's happening, a story from the Arab News:

Hell Rains Down on Iraqis

Here's my favorite part:

Top Iraqi Cabinet ministers, one of them brandishing an assault rifle, denounced the United States as a “superpower of villains” and said that US-led invaders would be incinerated in Baghdad.

“Victory is guaranteed,” Interior Minister Mahmoud Diyab Al-Ahmed told a news conference, defiantly waving a shiny Kalashnikov and standing in front of a picture of President Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi flag.

Yup. Always good for a laugh, the Arab News.


  Posted by Hulkette | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Saddam's Former servant tells her story

This is from News.Com.Au: Climate of fear: Saddam's former servant.



I hope the rumors that Saddam is already dead are true.




  Posted by Greg | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Wave of Steel

Rather than suck our precious bandwidth, I'll just link to this image at the New York Times.

(After all, they're not doing anything with it)

UPDATE: Thanks for the link to the photo and bandwidth concern, Sean. You rock. Alan.

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | 3-7 Cav About To Engage?

The 3-7 Cav has temporarily halted its advance more than 100 miles inside. Walter Rodgers is reporting that recon "saw Iraqi troops." He also noted that while he can't say where they are about to go or what they are about to do, he did say that it was "fair to say" that it was going to get interesting.

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

I was going to go to bed now and do it tomorrow, but since Sean asked now, so here it is.

  Posted by Alisa InWonderland | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

My favorite war picture to date.



  Posted by John | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

THEY JUST DON'T GET IT

First it was "no Congressional approval" and "don't rush to war." Then it was "no blood for oil" (petrol, not olive). Then it was "the inspections are working" (just give them 12 more years). Then it was "unilateralism" and "failed diplomacy." Now, with all other anti-war ideas exhausted, we get Eleanor Clift. Can she really believe what she is writing?! This is pathetic.

  Posted by John | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Kuwait Blog

Click here to visit Qhate.com.

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Call to Arms

Does anyone, here or elsewhere in the war-blogosphere, speak or read arabic? I would think it would be really useful right now.

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The Russian online press - which tends toward the Michael Moore school of fact-checking (i.e., none) - really outdid themselves this time.

The City of 'One Thousand and One Nights' Is No More reports a headline on the current utro.ru home page, in a typical outing. BTW, could someone who knows more than I do take a look at this page and tell me what building is depicted on the right of the graphic that's up there now? (The left-hand graphic is from the attack; the right-hand one looks like a mosque or other important building... what I'm looking for is a confirm-or-deny that the left-hand pic has anything to do with the right-hand one.)

Elsewhere on the page are teaser graphics that (maybe) lead to other stories, such as "IRAQ: Events do not follow Washington's plans" (recalling Rums' remark at today's briefing, one likes to think the editors at this site don't have a copy of Washington's plans) and "War on the ground: generals shocked" (which may be turn out to be true if the C3 structure is as fubared on the Iraqi side as is beginning to be suspected).

Of course, what I find ironic is the graphic right below the 'Thousand and One Nights' pic that reads, "Iraq: Only confirmed facts," implying that there might be a link between "news" and 'truth" on the site.

Cheers...

P.S. Ignore Pravda.ru, or if you insist on reading it, keep in mind they're nothing more than old Party hacks.


  Posted by AlexPGP | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

IBA radio says that the US is flying forces to the H-2 and H-s airfields that have been captured eralier. Those are located in the Western part of Iraq, the area from which Scad missiles were launched at Israel in the last Gulf war.
They are also saying that large US forces will be flown into Northern Iraq, now that the Turkish airspace has been open.

  Posted by Alisa InWonderland | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Germany has reportedly sent 100 chemical weapons specialists to Kuwait.

  Posted by Steven | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

A Few uncomfirmed Rumors and thoughts I'm hearing off the radio show known for drama and talking about...you guessed it, uncomfirmed rumors.

1. As reported earlier, Three Senior Iraqi generals killed during that quick Decap attempt on Wednsday. 2 of them Vice Presidents (Taha Yasin Ramadan, Izzat Ibrahim al Douri), and the third known as "Chemical Ali" i.e. That sick bastard that hit the kurds with gas in '88. All are known as being Saddam Wannabes and Pretenders to the Dictatorship, so they would *not* be meeting together without Saddam, or at least without his sons. What happened to them?

2. Outside of that one story about the Taxi cab driver who got hit by a missile, I have yet to hear of a single civillian casualty. Even with Iraqi tv still going, you'd think they'd have something better to show outisde of showing the wreckage of Saddam's palace and soiled linen.

3. As of this writing, There has been NO ATTACKS, on Israel. Remember, Saddam claimed, and was expected to, shower as many Scuds as he could into Israel, and yet, there has been NO ATTACKS. Not one. You;d think one of the Head Bastards would have ordered something *anything* to occur before we took over Western Iraq.

4. 3rd Infantry may have to go around/fight through a Iraqi Division refusing to surrender today on the road to Baghdad.

5. As a indicator of good news, the Pentagon is supposedly pretty empty. As in, everyone was allowed to go home and see

  Posted by Nick ( http://arrogantrants.blogspot.com/ ) | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | The pacifists jump in

Just heard a seat-of-the-pants CNN analysis of Turkish public opinion re: the troop crossing that goes something like this: We give them their flyover rights, and they won't even allow us to go in "and do what we need to do." Ungrateful wretches!

If this what the Turkish guy-in-the-bar actually believes, then that goes a long way toward explaining the fatuousness of broader Arab/Muslim opposition to this war. Just think about it for a moment: the near unanimous consensus in Turkey against a U.S. military invasion is rooted not in deep principles of pacifism, but merely in the identity of the invading army -- which now conveniently happens to be Turkish. If the invading army were Saudi or Egyptian-led, would public opinion in those countries suddenly shift in similar fashion? An utterly implausible thought experiment, of course, but it might give us some sense of just how shallow and impermanent these feelings will prove once we have withdrawn, or our power is not so obvious anymore.

  Posted by Patrick | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Were They Smokin' Dope & Playin' The Doors?

[Iraqi] "Conscripts Shoot Their Own Officers Rather Than Fight"

(Times Online link by Arthur Silber -- cheersalot, Brother-Man)


  Posted by Billy Beck | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Antsy On The Peninsula

"North Korea vowed to repulse any attack, with the official news agency vowing that the army and people were 'fully ready to wipe out the aggressors to the last man at a single stroke.' "

(AFP, Seoul)


  Posted by Billy Beck | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Rush Hour in Baghdad

Man, there are a lot of cars out on the street considering all the "shock and awe" that's been going on. Who's going to work on a day like today in Baghdad?
(from both Fox and MSNBC feeds of the Iraqi "webcam")

  Posted by Murley | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | SADDAM MAIMED?

Fox reports that "senior Pentagon Administration officials are "confident" that Saddam was seen put on a stretcher and than an ambulance after the strikes Wednesday night. This following "panicked digging."

  Posted by James | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Some People Are Not Getting It

"The Palestinian radical group Islamic Jihad (Holy War) Friday called upon Arab and Islamic countries to declare a war against the United States that leads a war against Iraq."

(March 21 -- Xinhuanet)


  Posted by Billy Beck | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Top Iraqi leaders believed killed

Abcnews.com is reporting that three top Iraqi leaders have been killed, including Saddam's cousin, "Chemical Ali", who used chemical weapons to supress a kurdish rebellion in the late 1980s. The other two are long time senior Iraqi officials who were very close to Saddam, being "along with Saddam himself [...] the only surviving plotters who carried out the coup that brought the Baath Party to power in 1968."

Also, over a thousand Turkish commandos have reportedly entered northern Iraq, no news yet on an American response. Personally I think this might cause a speedup in the deployment of coalition ground troops to northern Iraq, look for more airbase captures in northern and western Iraq and major operations commencing at those airbases (ground troops and light vehicles, attack helicopters, and especially logistical support vehicles being brought in) within the next few days.


  Posted by Robin Goodfellow | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | U.S. in talks for peaceful surrender

CNN: "Iraqi expatriates have been facilitating negotiations among CIA operatives, U.S. military officials and senior members of the Iraq Republican Guard inside Iraq aimed at achieving a peaceful surrender of Iraq, CNN has learned... "They are negotiating a countrywide pacification that allows the U.S. to enter Iraq peacefully to achieve the purpose of disarmament," the official said... The administration official said one of the reasons a deal had not been reached was the United States was trying to ascertain the authority with which the Iraqi Republican Guard senior leaders were speaking. "It is unclear whether these guys represent themselves or a coalition of military commanders who want a brighter future for Iraq," he said."


  Posted by LonewackoDotCom | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Stretching Saddam

Fox is reporting that their Pentagon sources say that Saddam was spotted being carried from the wreckage of his bunker on a stretcher this morning.

  Posted by Daily Pundit | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | How You Can Help

DefenseLINK at the DoD has a page with multiple links to ways you can help support the troops, from "thank you" cards to military relief associations. Not on their list is one of my favorites, TroopTRAX by our own Michele, but you can go there from here.

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Crawling From The Wreckage?

Fox News now reporting that DoD has images of "panicked digging" at the site of the command bunker where Saddam seems to have disappeared.


  Posted by Billy Beck | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

This Could be Problematic:Turkey to Send Troops Into Iraq

  Posted by Steven Taylor | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Peace, Love And Understanding

"Peace" protesters make their mark in Athens.

  Posted by Dodd | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

It's being reported that American forces have established a bridgehead across the Euphrates opening the route to Baghdad.

  Posted by Steven | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | We have the southern oil fields

Because the Aussies say so:

Coalition forces have secured Iraq's southern oil fields while Australian forces have destroyed a hidden command center for Saddam Hussein's troops, Australia's defense chief said Saturday.

"It is important to note that the southern oil fields have been secured and that the damage has been assessed as minimal," Gen. Peter Cosgrove told reporters after briefing the Cabinet's National Security Committee. "This is a significant success as it has enabled all of us to avoid potential ecological disaster."
.

  Posted by Christopher Johnson | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Adios to Command and Control

Fox News is reporting that by tomorrow the Iraqi military's command and control will essentially be gone.

  Posted by Steven Taylor | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Iraq/Al-Qaeda link

From FoxNews:

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq — U.S. forces fired five missiles Friday at the base of an Islamic militant group in northern Iraq allegedly linked to the Al Qaeda terror network, Kurdish officials said Washington has claimed that the group, Ansar al-Islam, connects Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to Al Qaeda. The Kurds also say Ansar could be an obstacle in any U.S.-led offensive on Saddam through the north.





  Posted by Dima | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Administrative Update

Hello, all. Alan here. The blog looks great, and everyone's watchdog efforts are producing not only the most current briefing out there, but also something that will ultimately be an amazing compendium of the war.

If you're posting and we've missed adding you to the roll, send me an email. Also, watch the posting of large images ... post/link anything that might cause our dial-up friends loading problems on your home blogs. Finally, please try to keep rants or off-topic discussions to the comments or your home blogs, and the main body to links and news. Remember ... we want to keep the focus on news.

Thanks again for everything you're doing to "Man the Post!!"

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Demoralizing the Iraqis

Link via Washington Post

  Posted by Dima | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Chalk and Awl

MSNBC has a report on "Shock and Awe" (shock and awe, shock and awe, echo...)

"It looked for 30 minutes like the end of the world."

Who's going to be the first dance hall dj to loop together a mix using "Shock and Awe" as the theme? (recall "Pure Energy" from the mid-80s or the "New World Order" song that used the quote from Bush I from Ministry[?])? Surely we've got someone here who can put one together.

  Posted by Murley | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Blathering Talking Heads

I've had Fox News Network on in the background all night. They're saying the same thing over and over. And the non-experts are repeating what the experts told them, making it sound is if they know what they're talking about.

  Posted by James | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Art of War: Leaflets

  Posted by michele | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Humanitarian Crisis

Still no massive refugee exodus, but the UN is sure it’s coming.

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Ansar Struck by US

Those al Qeda types in Kurdistan were hit by about 6 US missles today, according to Fox News. Perhaps the missle into Iran wasn't so accidental. They've been serving as a refuge for those folks for years. The Kurds make it hot in Iraq and Ansar ducks across the border into Iran.



  Posted by Chuck | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Chat Room

I can set up a chat room real quick on my blog that won't require registration, if required.

  Posted by Shanti Mangala | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | So you know

This appears to be the best, non-classified guide to what military units are located where. It hasn’t been updated since the war started, but it at least tells you what’s placed at every major base.

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Someone Help the Idiots

Give us a clue how to get into Mike's new chat room. I just installed AIM, and all it does is crash my computer. I looked at Cold Fury, and I didn't see no chat room.

  Posted by Steve H. | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Regional Weather

Click here to see weather and satellite for the region courtesy the Kuwait International Airport (thanks to Jim for the inspiration)

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Check It Out

Say what you will about the Beeb, but this: Reporters' Log: War in Iraq is one of the very best Iraq warblogs out there.

  Posted by Daily Pundit | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Heart and Soul.......

Fox reported that the Iraqi Minister of Defense had said that President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld should be, and they quoted, "Hit with a shoe". Thus the story on the origins of this custom. I have to say, that where I come from in Texas having someone say that you should be "hit with a shoe" is grounds for war!

  Posted by Pancho | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Air Raid Sirens sounding in Baghdad... again

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Yahoo! News - African press vilifies Bush over Iraq war

We should remember this the next time they come to us begging bowl in hand......

Yahoo! News - African press vilifies Bush over Iraq war

NAIROBI (AFP) - Newspapers across Africa poured scorn on US President George Bush on over the war in Iraq.

In the South Africa, the weekly Mail and Guardian called Bush a "whore, who, more than any of his 42 predecessors, has prostituted himself to his country's industrial interests."
"What a senseless war!" Kenya's Daily Nation lamented on its leader page.


  Posted by Shanti Mangala | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Yahoo! News - Two Iraqis Arrested on Wire Transfers

Yahoo! News - Two Iraqis Arrested on Wire Transfers

DENVER - Two Iraqis have been arrested for investigation of operating an unlicensed money transferring business that allegedly sent more than $7 million to Iraq (news - web sites), authorities confirmed Friday.

Maitham Abdulla Jaber Al Samar, 39, and his brother, Qassim Abdulla Jaber Al Samar, 38, both of Denver, made initial appearances in federal court Friday, one day after they were arrested


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

We'll take the links when we get them Bryan. As long as we make it clear where the story is coming from, no links are ok in my book.

Politica - I predict that in a few years time, those statues of Saddam will be sold on eBay to trendy bars and nightclubs in New York. Ba'ath chic.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Yahoo! News - Iraq Kurds Say Launch Attack on Militant Islamists

Yahoo! News - Iraq Kurds Say Launch Attack on Militant Islamists

SULAIMANIYA (Reuters) - An Iraqi Kurdish faction controlling part of northern Iraq (news - web sites) said on Saturday it had launched an offensive to crush an Islamist group that both it and Washington have accused of having links to al Qaeda.

A senior official of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), which runs part of the Kurdish enclave it helped wrest from Baghdad in 1991, said PUK forces were determined to wipe out Ansar al-Islam during the U.S.-led war to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites).


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Let’s hear from the Russians

Pravda's lead story:

MURDERERS!!

Rumsfeld gloats while Baghdad is subjected to living hell

Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, gloated tonight while Baghdad was subjected to a terrifying 3 hours of massive bombardment by aircraft and cruise missiles.”
Points for showmenship.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Epitaph, written December 9, 2002:

"Above all, monumental architecture expresses the dictator's belief in his regime's immortality and in his own longevity. But more likely than not it will be regarded, long after its creator's passing, as simply another monument to bad taste and worse government." --St. Louis Tribune Editorial 12/9/02

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Do we have to have links?

I'm blogging about what I'm watching on Fox (although I might click over to MSNBC or CNN soon), and most of this stuff isn't up on their web sites yet. Am I violating some semi-written rule because I don't have a link to this stuff?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

In Saudi Arabia, Arab News is wishing goodbye to CNN.

Stranger still, I agree with them.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Slapping Saddam with shoes

Fox News is reporting on the origins of the Iraqi insult of being slapped with the bottom of a shoe, and they show video of a local slapping a large poster of saddam repeatedly with a shoe. This is weird to me. Anyone have more info?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Welcome to My Home...Kaaablaaam!





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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Enlightening

Just in case you were wondering what to get Chirac next Christmas
Heh. One should never watch politics, sausage, or blogs being made.

  Posted by Daily Pundit | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | SAS KO's HQ

For the first time in living memory, some details about SAS operations have been released within days of the event. It must have been a very important HQ indeed, and the SAS must have decamped quickly.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | A Tour of the Ex-Palace:

A sweeping driveway, lined with palm trees, led up to a marble staircase and an imposing four-storey palace. The mansion, built in the style of an elegant mosque, boasted a row of slender arches and a turquoise dome.

Four golden lanterns flanked the heavy wooden door at the entrance.

Saddam's jagged presidential crest, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the Star of David, was displayed on the shiny brass door-knobs.

Inside the palace's marble foyer, a domed roof looked down on three ornate storeys, each comprising a perfect ring of delicate white arches.

Four gleaming corridors threaded away in different directions, but all the heavy, wooden doors along them were locked. One window overlooked an inner courtyard. An alcove hid the golden doors of two lifts.

On the edge of the foyer was evidence of the purpose that the room's splendour had come to serve. Behind a pillar, an overflowing ashtray had emptied much of its contents on to a once spotless floor, beside a large television screen and a video player.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | another lighter note

Just in case you were wondering what to get Chirac next Christmas:

Saddam has a little secret. He is anatomically correct both in his fly-zone and no-fly-zone. The "interactive" Patriot Missile fits quite snugly up his "no-fly-zone" (if you catch our drift) and if you ram it up there hard enough, he will play "God Bless America".


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | A luxurious ba'ath party headquarters

On a lighter note, the fox reporter is going on and on from Jordan, and he mentions a "luxurious ba'ath party headquarters" sadaam was building a few weeks ago. Luxurious Bath Party Headquarters? Spring Break Girls Caught on Tape in Baghdad?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | You Won't Being Seeing This Again.


The caption: "Journalists gather inside the foyer of the Sijood presidential palace in Baghdad after the site was inspected by U.N. weapons experts, who were allowed to enter the compound after a brief wait."


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Media Blackout

CNN, who no longer have their own correspondents in Baghdad, are telling their staff in Iraq not to blog on their personal sites? What kind of journalism are they doing?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | A "Before" Picture of the now Ex-Palace:

The JPEG is huge so I had to link. It is the building in the lower left of the picture on the river.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Where is the Command?

It's now been fully two days since there was a clear sign that Iraq possessed any military command to speak of. Saddam’s status is emphatically unknown. And there are even rumors circulating about Uday suffering some kind of brain damage, and a call for a brain surgeon.

It’s become a cliché, but welcome to the fog of war.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The Lights

In response to the posted question from Bryan, according to the crawl at the bottom of Fox News about 20 minutes ago, the lights are a sign from the Pentagon to the Iraqi people that the war isn't targeting them, but rather the regime.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Defections starting...

No, not Iraqis. Al Guardian.

US marines took Safwan at about 8am yesterday. There was no rose-petal welcome, no cheering crowd, no stars and stripes.

Ah yes, that's the Gruaniad all right. But wait...
It did not mean there was not heartfelt gladness at the marines' arrival. Ajami Saadoun Khlis, whose son and brother were executed under the Saddam regime, sobbed like a child on the shoulder of the Guardian's Egyptian translator. He mopped the tears but they kept coming.

"You just arrived," he said. "You're late. What took you so long? God help you become victorious. I want to say hello to Bush, to shake his hand. We came out of the grave."

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Saddam Wounded?

Pentagon: Saddam wounded; Iraq denies

The Pentagon on Friday evening announced that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was wounded in the American air attack two days earlier. The Iraqi leader was the target of the air strike at the start of the war, which was carried out after intelligence information was received on his location.
This is al-Bawaba. Do they have their head up their burnoose? I haven't heard this anywhere else yet.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | N.Korean "nuclear standoff"?

Just as N.Korea has ratcheted up its war of words, so has CNN, apparently:

"Pyongyang and Washington have been engaged in a nuclear standoff since October last year, when the United States said North Korea had admitted to a covert nuclear program."
N. Korea: U.S. wants world control

"Nuclear Standoff"?? I thought the Cuban Missile Crisis was a nuclear standoff. Would you characterize this as a nuclear standoff?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Amazing that lights are still on

It was mentioned somewhere last night, but I still think it's a HUGE deal that the street lights are still on in Baghdad. Does anyone have any info on other essential facilities like water in Baghdad?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Keep U.N. out of the post-war Iraq

Krauthammer, Barnes and Kondracke just finished chewing on the U.N. on Fox.
Best line: "The U.N. has never shown interest in establishing democracy in dictatorships, especially Iraq, and why should we put this in their hands?" (Paraphrase) - Fred Barnes.

Signing on for my couple of hour shift...

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Question

Should Frog be capitalized? I want my scurrilous smears to be properly formatted.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Eleanor Clift - Clueless!

"Bush has personalized this war to such an extreme that even if American forces take over all of Iraq and find weapons of mass destruction, the war will not be judged a success unless Saddam is captured or his body is found."

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | NBC Says US Ready To Take Basra



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Anybody Who's Interested

Mike Hendrix at Cold Fury has set up a chat room for warbloggers. I signed up. It's AIM. Mike's screen name is speedfreek1369.

Hi, Sean. I think the Germans are gonna hate everything about this for quite a while yet. But not as bad as the Frogs.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Must Be The War

House overwhelmingly passes war resolution

One senator, Zell Miller, R-Ga., was absent because of an illness in his family.
How did I miss it when Zell switched parties?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Hey Bill - glad to have you with us

Think the Germans will be glad we destroyed the evidence for them?



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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Another round after we've examined the preliminary damage?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Air raid sirens in Baghdad. Massive explosions heard.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Testing To See If I'm Here

Apparently the "command post" where they got Chemical Ali and probably a Husseini or two was the one the Germans built. I love the picture of Saddam getting slammed while on one of those golden commodes.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Does anyone have the definitive word regarding the Turkish incursion? The last report that I had heard was that some of our aircraft en route to Iraq were turned back prior to entering Turkish airspace because the Turks were demanding permission from the U.S. to move troops into Northern Iraq, which the U.S. refused. Peter Jennings has just said, however, that we have agreed to allow them to move their troops in, and that the Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. has stated that the Turkish troops will be under a Turkish commander, NOT a U.S. commander. If true, this is incredibly troubling and problematic. The Turks have been disgustingly opportunistic throughout this process, despite the fact that we have given them repeated assurances that we would maintain the territorial integrity of Iraq (read: no separate Kurdish state). Can anyone shed more light on this?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Do You Believe Him?.....Naaaahhhhh!

Iraq says its armed forces are resisting US and British troops in the strategic Fao Peninsula and southern port of Umm Qasr, whose capture were earlier announced in London.

"The enemy landed his forces and armor in Fao ... [but his] bad luck brought him under our brave artillery fire," a military spokesman said in a statement here.

"Enemy troops continue to be dealt devastating blows by our brave forces," the spokesman said. ....Iraqi Defence Minister Sultan Hashem Ahmad, while conceding that coalition forces had landed at Umm Qasr port, denied that the city had fallen into their hands and said fighting was continuing.

Umm Qasr remains under the control of the 45th Iraqi Brigade, he has told reporters.

Ahmad said "heavy losses" had been inflicted on US troops, but he gave no figures.

"Until this minute, the brigade is holding on to its positions," he said.

Ahmad also said that the "invaders" had not managed to approach the main southern city of Basra.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Oh, BTW...

There are now officially no such things as Northern and Southern No-Fly Zones in Iraq.

So, all you MiG drivers: be careful out there, ya hear?


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | watch this

These Boots Are Made For Walking:

Operation Iraqi Freedom - The Video.

This gets the Small Victory Seal of Approval.

via Chris Pirillo

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Chemical Ali R.I.P

Three top Iraqi leaders — including Saddam Hussein's cousin, the infamous "Chemical Ali" — are believed to have been killed in what would be a major blow to the regime's defense against the U.S.-led onslaught, CIA officials told ABCNEWS.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Peace Palace and Flower Palace?

Have we hit the "cuty fuzzy kitten" palace yet?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Satan's Head?

exp3.jpg


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Just for the record...

There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Amish Tech Support has received a request for asylum from Saddam Hussein and an offer to become "Saddamish Tech Support." If anything, it's Amish Tech Support that ought to be put into an asylum.

Thank you.

  Posted by Laurence | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Use the logo, damn it!



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | rummy gets all the best lines

From gigglechick, via Dr. Frank:

a reporter asked why "we strayed from the warplan"

Rumsfeld responded "the last I checked, YOU don't have the warplan... and I find comfort in that."


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Exile

Here's a report that France is actively trying to get Hussein and his family to accept exile in Mauritania. Of course, the official Mauritanian response appears to be, "Huh? Us? What makes you think we want him?"

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Turkish Commandos

Fox also reporting Turkish commandos entering Iraq, precursor to much larger movement of Turkish troops.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

NO WMD'S FOUND YET

Australia's Chief of Defence Staff, General Peter Cosgrove, has emphatically denied a US CBS network report that Australian special forces have discovered weapons of mass destruction inside Iraq.

"No, I can tell you that's a furphy" he stated at a briefing earlier this morning, Australia time.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Republican Guard Surrendering?

Fox News: 51st Mechanized and 11th Divisions have surrendered. From Pentagon, report the Guard units are trying to surrender around Baghdad. Can't you see some Green Beret 2nd Lt. taking the surrender of a Guard division?



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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The IHT is reporting that Turkey has flip-flopped again. They now say they will let us have use of their air space. However they still want us to endorse their invasion of Iraq from the north.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | warning #2

News. Links. Pertinent commentary. That's all.

Don't make me send you to the corner again.

You know what I'm talking about.

I reserve the right to remove posts that 1) do not fit in with the goal of this blog and 2) take up too much bandwidth with huge pictures.

Email me if you have a problem with that. Be warned that I am "in a mood" as my husband puts it.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | It's confirmed - Turks move into Iraq over US Objections

Reuters says 1,500 Turkish commandos crossed the border. That really scares me – the last thing we need is a Turk-Kurd skirmish or worse taking place. Hope the war ends soon and the Turks have even less of a reason for being there. The Turks plan on moving heavier forces into Iraq, but fortunately they haven't prepared for this. They certainly are not going to get any NATO help moving their forces into Iraq.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Mass Surrender of the entire 51st division (8000 soldiers) reported on CNN. They're speculating that there are more to come.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Web down in Iraq





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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan has been closed due to violent demonstrations against the war and the U.S.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Skepticism

This might get scored off-topic, but I'm really starting to smell a small rat.

The more I look at that B-52's Over Baghdad image, the more I think it's a fraud. I wasn't real comfortable with it at first, and in spite of my other remarks, I'm still not. It really doesn't make sense. The very first thing I thought when I saw that was, "What the hell are they doing there?" I would have expected them to stand-off and toss Air-Launched Cruise Missiles into the fight. I really wouldn't expect this sort of thing.

I've been turning Baghdad every which way in the Keyhole Earthviewer, and I have not yet been able to identify that hook in the river. I'll keep looking. I've bounced this past some experienced people who were instantly skeptical. Unfortunately, the only B-52 commander I know is currently indisposed. Believe me: I'll be asking about this as soon as he surfaces.

I don't like it, and I'm telling you: I would not put it past CBS to paste-up that thing just for the jeebies it would give to the peaceniks.

ADDENDUM:

Guess what. It's gone, now. They took it down.

I'm so happy that I captured an image of that window with CBS' name all over it.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Stray Rounds

Iran is making a minor fuss over a missile that landed in Iran, near the border, injuring 2 people. Could have been a US Cruise gone astray, could have been an Iraqi SAM. "I shot a GUIDELINE in the Air, it fell to earth, I know not where."

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | They've crossed the line

Turkish troops have entered northern Iraq, according to, of course, CNN.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | What about Basra?

It's also part of shock-and-awe, according to this report from the Islamic Republic News Agency. US/UK steadily advancing.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | I look really good on tv though...

Our favorite hunky CNN war correspondent Kevin Sites has been mysteriously asked by CNN to stop his warblog.

If you're looking for weblogs and diaries authored by embedded journalists, there is a comprehensive list at CyberJournalist.net.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | you can always count on rangel

From Best of the Web:

See which house members voted against the non-binding resolution to support the troops.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

I enjoyed the fireworks show in Baghdad today. I also think Saddam is a dead rat.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | message from your friendly admin.

Command Center contributors: Raise your hand if you are not on the blogroll yet.

Thank you.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Go here. It's an MSNBC video. Wait for the part that comes at 1:25 and then smile.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Turkey on the move


CNN is reporting that Turkish troops are moving into northern Iraq. This could get ugly.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | A tale of two newspapers



This photo just dominates the Washington Post front. Go, before they take it down. The caption also notes, accurately, that this is Saddam's main presidential compound on fire. But the New York Times featured a very similar image earlier, saying, more ominously for the collateral damage agonists, that it was simply a building.

Now, which is supposed to be the newspaper of record?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Smart Bombs vs. Dumb Ass

ARAB NEWS: Baghdad’s Night of Terror
by Robert Fisk

Police cars drove at speed through the streets, their loudspeakers ordering pedestrians to take shelter or hide under cover of tall buildings. Much good did it do. Crouching next to a block of shops on the opposite side of the river, I narrowly missed the shower of glass that came cascading down from the upper windows as the shock waves slammed into them.
Robert Fisk then went on to blame himself for being British for nearly being showered by deadly glass because Isaac Newton was British and formulated the Law of Gravity.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Tornados In Hot

RAF Tornados have logged combat time downtown, now, according to BBC.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Air raid sirens going off in Baghdad again.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Attention To Detail

Troops told not to toss candy to children or raise American flags.

The first rule is for safety reasons - i.e., to keep kids from flocking around possible targets of enemy fire. The second is just one of any number of indications of how fastidious the Administration is being about this campaign. I admit, even though I've never had any trouble trusting the Administration and its motives, they've surprised even me with the importance they've given to such details.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

I hope Uday's "hemorrhage" was incredibly painful. What a monster.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Survivor Benefits

The UK Military will make same-sex partners of killed soldiers eligible for pension benefits.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Brit reaction

An MSNBC reporter in London just said that British support for the war is now at 53%, and said that the fact that 2,000 American troops are under British command in the war - the first time since WWII - has really made an impression on the Brits. Apparently those 2,000 Marines are assigned to a section of the invasion headed up by the Brits.

I'm sure it's logistically appropriate, but I'm also sure that the PR advantages of trusting our men to Brit command was not off the radar. Smart.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Delusion On Parade

Some Russian waterhead was evidently aiming for the Comedy Central slushpile with his impersonation of "intelligence", but missed by a mile.

He dropped this into rec.aviation.military, where it's getting terrible reviews.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | why we are doing this



An Iraqi woman welcomes U.S. Marines, as soldiers enter the southern border city of Safwan, Friday, March 21, 2003. The white flag on the car for safety reasons. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)



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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

I've been uploading the pictures to my own site and posting them here, instead of using the blogspot bandwidth. If anyone needs somewhere to host pictures they want to put up here, let me know.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Suggestion for Photos

I just read someone's response on this site that said it was getting difficult to load for those with POTS connections because of all the pictures. So I'm not going to post the pictures I collected today here. Instead they are at Solport. If you have the bandwidth, you might be interested. My favorite one is the night vision shot of B52s over Baghdad.

I also suggest that others post most of their pictures at their own sites and provided links at the Command Post. This will help our friends with lower bandwidth.

  Posted by Admiral Quixote (www.solport.com) | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Human Shields Wake Up Sober

A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip "had shocked me back to reality." Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera "told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head."
Found here via {gasp of horror} Little Green Footballs



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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The Five S's of Surrendering (Do They Have The Letter 'S' in Arabic):
"The five S's --
search
silence
segregate
speed
safeguard
-- are extremely important, because if you don't go through those steps, you can get yourself in trouble."

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | "Go Ugly Early"

Fox News just ran viddie of A-10 Warthogs of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Group saddling up for launch.

I'd say that this would not bode well for enemy armor. These airplanes serve as Forward Air Controllers, but they excel at gunning tanks.

(Post headline taken from the 174th Fighter Wing's patch.)


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

BBC Notebook:
Baghdad :: Paul Wood :: 2103GMT

Just a few minutes ago I heard another air raid siren going off but I have to say I haven't heard any anti-aircraft fire.

It may be that the Iraqis have been pummelled into submission.

By the time of tonight's second bombing wave that anti-aircraft fire had dropped off quite significantly.

The offices of the deputy prime minister Tarik Aziz has been hit again tonight.

It looks as if the foreign minister's office has been hit, as well and a presidential palace.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

BBC Notebook:
Damascus :: Kim Ghattas :: 2024GMT

Riot police stood guard on Friday in front of the Jordanian, Egyptian and American embassies in Damascus, but there were no demonstrators.

The streets of the Syrian capital were quiet and traffic was slow.

Syria may be one of Iraq's neighbours but it certainly doesn't feel like it.

Since the war started, there has been almost no reaction from the Syrian government.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | War for Oil?

Jonah Goldberg makes a good point: Haliburton Oil is down.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Ari, You Wise Guy:
Rumors abound as to the whereabouts and condition of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, with US officials examining uncorroborated reports that he has been wounded, and BBC in London reporting he may have been killed.

The BBC, quoting senior British government officials, reported Friday afternoon that "there is a very real possibility that Saddam Hussein was killed instantly in a "decapitation strike" on his and his daughters' home in Baghdad.

Chief of Defense Staff General Sir Michael Boyce reacted cautiously to the report.

Asked about the report, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer responded ambiguously that he did not know "how Saddam Hussein is feeling today." -- Jerusalem Post

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

From ITAR-TASS (via gazeta.ru, in Russian), my translation with names transliterated:

Iraqi troops have begun a counterattack on the Fao peninsula in south Iraq, announced the Arab satellite channel Al-Alyam. According to the report, Iraqi troops had earlier been withdrawn from the peninsula and from the port of Umm-Khasr for tactical reasons. The report also said that furious fighting is going on in the Fao area. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Minister of Defense denied that the port of Umm-Khasr had been captured in south Iraq, that British troops were advancing along the peninsula, or that the Rumeila oil fields had been taken. However, Sultan Khashem did confirm that American troops had landed in the Ar-Rutba region not far from the Jordanian border. The minister declared that "enemy troops had suffered significant losses." Sultan Khashem's press conference took place on Friday evening in Baghdad and was not interrupted by the start of bombing (ITAR-TASS).

FWIW. At least, this stuff is a break from the tedious "color commentary" I've been seeing on FOX and CNN.

Cheers...

  Posted by AlexPGP | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | More on the Iraqi Agents

I forgot to mention that they material requires temperature control. The news reports this as likely meaning either biological or radiological materials. My guess would be biological.

This is a very scary report if those are biologicals.

Note: radiologicals can be economically damaging but are not likely to hurt any or many people. Biologicals could be devastating.

  Posted by John (Useful Fools) | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Touring the Rubble

The Iraqi Information Ministers are complaining about the destruction of a historic building. He promises to show reporters the site tomorrow. Yawn.

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Footing the Bill

The money for the Tomahawks is being taken out of the tax cut:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The initial air assault on Iraq calls for launching nearly 700 long-range Tomahawk cruise missiles at a cost of almost $1 million apiece, representing a small chunk of a war budget expected to top $75 billion.
While President Bush's administration is expected to send its massive war budget to Congress for swift approval as early as next week, the Senate acted preemptively on Friday by voting to trim $100 billion from Bush's tax-cut plan to cover war-related costs.
I, for one, am glad to spend my share on these weapons.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

More Surrenders:


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

From FOX:

Six Iraqis at large in Mexico and/or southern United States, carrying toxic chemicals.

Eh, nevermind. I guess I should look at the site before I post. You beat me by 20 seconds, John.

  Posted by michele | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | 6 Iraqi's sought in Mexico, Texas with "highly toxic and dangerous material" - NBC

Meanwhile, sources in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas told NBC News that agents of the national security agency were seeking six Iraqi nationals with German passports believed to be carrying “highly toxic and dangerous material” and apparently trying to enter the United States.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said police in the municipality of Valle Hermoso, about 60 miles southwest of Brownsville, Texas, were told of the search for the men by agents of Mexico’s national security agency on Monday.

Source - partway into this.

Fox just picked up the report.

  Posted by John (Useful Fools) | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Up 12% in Two Weeks


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | It’s Official:

The commander of Iraq's 51st division and his top deputy surrendered to United States Marine forces today, according to American military officials.


  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Anti-war protests continue

As the bombs continue to drop, so do the anti-war protestors. Massive protests are continuing in San Francisco, as peaceniks vowed to shut down the city again today. Elsewhere, protesters are gathering in droves.

Vowing to shut down the city for the second day in a row, anti-war protesters descended upon the streets of San Francisco's financial district Friday morning. Some 80 to 100 were arrested. In East Lansing, Mich., about 100 protesters, including some who were chained together, blocked a main road near Michigan State University. Police arrested 14.

A block from the White House, about 100 demonstrators gathered, many smeared with fake blood on their bodies and stuffed animals and dolls they carried. About two dozen were arrested for blocking traffic.

About 70 protesters dropped to the ground Friday outside a federal courthouse in Baltimore; 30 were arrested. One protester held a sign saying "This is what war looks like." Three hundred people rallied, and 15 were arrested, in Chicago's Federal Plaza. In Minneapolis, 200 people, some carrying a giant coffin, staged a "die-in" at the federal courthouse.
Don't these people have jobs? Or a life?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

320 Missiles "currently in the air" 25 minutes ago. Is that what we saw just now, or are some of them still in the air?

UPDATE: Yup, outdated. It's only just midnight in Baghdad, I think we're just getting started.

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | BBC Reporter's Blog

Damascus :: Kim Ghattas :: 2024GMT

Riot police stood guard on Friday in front of the Jordanian, Egyptian and American embassies in Damascus, but there were no demonstrators.

The streets of the Syrian capital were quiet and traffic was slow.

Syria may be one of Iraq's neighbours but it certainly doesn't feel like it.

Since the war started, there has been almost no reaction from the Syrian government.
Do you suppose they feel hot breath on their necks? They're Baathists, too, after all.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

France, Belgium and Germany Seek To Merge Militaries:
European Union divisions over Iraq widened on Friday when three anti-war states agreed to hold a summit on defense integration without Britain, while London stood by charges that France had wrecked diplomacy in the crisis.

As EU leaders wrapped up a second day of tense talks, Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt announced plans for France, Germany and Belgium to meet next month to discuss integrating their armed forces more closely.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Shock And Awe

... and if you want to see "shock and awe," look at the faces of the leisure travelers as they see the size of the security lines at the airports today and yesterday! The TSA is certainly being even more diligent. Oh ... and boarding now ...

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

(via BRIDGE Information Services)

BRIDGE Information Systems Story .LGXYZ

Updated at: 21 MAR 2003 20:49:24


NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--U.S. Marines in southern Iraq are encountering so many
surrendering Iraqi soldiers that they are being allowed to go home after
surrendering their weapons, New York Times reporter Dexter Filkins told NBC News
Friday.
A U.S. Marine told Filkins that there are so many surrendering soldiers that
there is nothing more that can easily be done to process them, he said.
Filkins told the network that a British general told him that the Iraqi
resistance is melting.

-By Robert S. Johnson, Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-4378;
hbsglobaldesk@dowjones.com



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | You Bloggers Rule

Just checking in from the Minneapolis / St. Paul airport ... 10,600 hits?!?! And great posts ... those snaps are amazing ... just the kind of updated I wanted to see. I'll try to add those who sent me blogroll addition requests before I board ... if I can't, I'll do it first thing tonight.

Thanks again, and keep up the great work!!

  Posted by Alan | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The Palace and Other Buildings:


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

From Fox


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Opening rounds of 'A' day

Were fairly impressive. And that is only the beginning. Gen. Meyers was accurate when he mentioned that there are literally hundreds more targets available.

We can keep this up for quite a while. Keep in mind that what we saw on the network feeds was again, only a very, very small fraction of what is going on elsewhere. At the same time that was happening in Baghdad, it was happening at numerous other Iraqi military sites, and other Iraqi cities.

And it was significant to note...during the entire time, the lights stayed on. This isn't a wholesale assault on the city or the people. This is a precision thrust at the bastards that have wracked that country in pain, and been a pimple on the ass of humanity for so very long.

Time to pop that zit.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Poetic Justice

French businessmen are really getting worried.


Claude Valluy, a senior manager with French electrical equipment firm Sicamex, said the best that non-American and non-British firms could expect from the reconstruction effort was "occasional crusts", in the form of low value-added operations in sectors already operating to European norms.

Sicamex remained relatively confident it would win electrical contracts, because Iraq's entire low-voltage grid has been designed and maintained according to French standards for the last 20 years, thanks to earlier contracts with state-owned power giant Electricite de France.

"They're not going to change the whole grid, so it will be difficult to cut out French companies," Valluy said.

However, he believes it to be inevitable that British and US companies will take the lion's share of contracts in the cash-cow oil sector.

Existing Iraqi oil contracts painstakingly negotiated by French companies over the years "are likely to be dropped", he said.

Sounds good to me.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

A few battle deaths coming in, 2 marines killed in firefights so far.

Also, quick speculation: If any "wizard weapons" are going to be used in the first stages of "Shock and Awe" those B-52s from Britain are probably the best candidates for them to be on.

  Posted by Robin Goodfellow | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | stop.

As administrator of this site, I am sending you all to the corner for a time out.

Post this stuff on your own blog. Stick to news and links here.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Aussie Forces In Action

Some details are emerging about a number of firefights deep inside Iraq in which Australian special forces managed to kill or wound several Iraqis, for no losses

Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) soldiers are deep inside Iraq and have engaged in firefights with Iraqi troops, shooting and killing some, the commander of the Australian contingent revealed today. Brigadier Maurie McNarn said the SASR soldiers had also stopped to treat other Iraqi soldiers wounded in contacts. No Australians had been injured or killed.



Also, HMAS ANZAC provided naval gunfire support to the Royal Marine Commandos landing on the Al-Faw Peninsula, Australian navy personnel have captured an Iraqi tug containing sea mines, and the RAAF F-18 Hornets continue to provide fighter escort for the air tankers and AWACS planes.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Last Post about Salam

The comments are going to take me off topic, and only one time, but...

Iraq may have a large middle class, hooray, but how many have Internet access? Salam is in that top whatever percent, 10 percent, five percent? Along with the Tikrit Thugs and the Baathists. BTW, I won't tar all Baathists with the same brush, because to get ahead in Iraq, you were a Baathist, just like to get ahead in the Soviet Union you were a Communist. De-Nazification didn't remove all the Nazis, just the top ones. Do we scrap the postmaster in East Podunk, Iraq because he became a Baathist and got his job that way? Or the water commissioner?

All men are created equal means that Americans dying is just as OK as Iraqis? I'd rather none did, but if any have to, I'd rather they did. That makes Americans more valuable to me than Iraqis. That's chauvanistic, jingoistic, and a bunch of other istics but I don't care. We started this war so that no more of us would die, to end the threat that the Tikrit Thugocracy represented to the United States.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Mickey Mouse Operation

ABC is working hard to miss this war with the Mother Of All Blunders... word is that their West Coast Feed bailed back to Regis right before the bombing started.

I wonder who Eisner will swing his sword at this time.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Link NBC Says Senior Iraqi Commanders Consider Surrender.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Iraqis Talking Surrender as Nation?

Consistent With "Dead Hussein" Theory

I can't find this on Google, but I saw it shoot by on the CNN ticker. There is a rumor that senior Iraqi officials are talking to a third party about surrender. Maybe it's France. Might as well go to the experts.

It's encouraging, and it's consistent with my pet theory that Saddam is dead or flat on his back. Generally, the Iraqis have a lot to gain from surrender. I don't think the same can be said of Hussein.

LINK

Still can't find a really on-point link, but this is one of the many articles mentioning ongoing surrender talks.

  Posted by Steve H. | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Powdery substance found at Laguardia Airport

I do not like the sound of this.

The substance was discovered about 1 p.m. during the search of a handbag at an American Airlines section of the terminal, said a police spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the city's airports.

Results of an on-site test were inconclusive, and a hazardous materials team was called to the scene to investigate, police said.


What a random and diplomatic description, too: "the search of a handbag" ... Who the hell was carrying the handbag? The handbag wasn't trying to go through security of its own accord.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | TAGS! TAGS! TAGS!

Hey folks, remember to do a quick check to make sure you've closed your HTML tags pefore you hit that post and publish button...

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

A rocket has hit an oil refinery near the Iraq border... No word whence it came..


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

BBC Notebook:
Southern Iraq :: David Willis :: 1901GMT

I'm with US Marines who have been sent in here, along with British Marines, to secure oil wells. They are close to completing that mission.

This is the region which produces more than a half of Iraq's oil.

I've seen quite a few prisoners of war. I've seen several dozen being looked after by American soldiers and given food to eat.

A lot of people here are very pleased that Saddam Hussein has been attacked in this way.

One group of Iraqis waved at the American soldiers I was with and said "down with Saddam Hussein".


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | On-Scene Reporting

The Sky News reporter is continually commenting on the casualties to civilians that MUST be occurring. He claims to have seem numerous wounded in the hospital earlier today, cuts and such. Remember that all that ack ack and SAM fire is falling back to earth and causing its own damage. The reporter talks about children out playing and getting injured.

We put three bombs, one after the other, from low flying jets, right in front of him. Easily heard on the radio. He was quite startled.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Diane E. has news from Salam that seems to confirm brain damage (no jokes, please) to Uday.

By the way, Chuck, she's been emailing Salam for months and is convinced of his authenticity. But that wasn't the point of my post below. I just wanted to put a check on the celebrations of the nifty explosions we were seeing. Those aren't fireworks exploding. They're bombs. It isn't a movie. It's real.

That's all I wanted people to remember.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Scenes from the Arab Street



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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

According to the teevee, coalition troops have secured the Faw peninsula of Iraq, its ports, and several cities, as well as several oil fields. Reportedly, only 7 oil fields are on fire as yet. As everyone else has been saying, "Shock and Awe" is underway, and B-52s are now en route to Iraq. Ground forces are pushing deep into Iraq from Kuwait and are about 2 days away from Baghdad. Turkey has opened up airspace "corridors" for bombing runs (my bet is that the B-52s are coming in from Britain on those). I think the big "sleeper" story are the airbases in western and northern Iraq which have been and are being secured, look for those to play a key role in the next few days as additional ground fronts open up. Also look for friendly forces within Iraq (Kurdish forces probably) to get in the mix, maybe, in the next few days. We're not just bombing the heck out of Mosul because we have nothing better to do.

Ari Fleischer is just now talking about the possibility that Saddam's speech was canned, if there aren't any new speeches by Saddam in the next few days expect increasing skepticism about whether he's actually still alive.

Update: He also said that there has been no evidence in the last few days of the top Iraqi command giving any orders.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Arrogance, thy name is media

Someone, I didn't get the name, asked in the press conference if the president was watching the attack on television. Ari said the president didn't watch it at the beginning, he couldn't vouch for later. The questioner said, how could the president not watch to see what was happening? And Ari said, the president doesn't need to watch television to understand what it means to authorize force.

It was a beautiful moment. And how arrogant of that journalist to assume the president needs pictures to understand concepts.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Helen Thomas, Suicide Journalist

Ari just spiked another one of her questions right back in her face.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Recent Leaflet.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Salam Pax and Lives Lost

I guess I'm one of a very small minority who still have doubts about this individual. On the face of it, since he has Internet access, and so few Iraqis do, it puts him into the upper crust if not the ruling elite. He may not be a Tikrit Thug, but he's an enabler. I probably don't feel as sorry for him as I should.

Are the women and children scared? Sure they are. And they're supposed to be. We want to scare the Iraqis into surrendering. Most of the buildings we're bombing are empty. No Iraqi government official in their right mind is in a palace or government office. They're not volunteering to be human shields.

I mourn every life lost, because one man could have prevented it all. Every life lost goes on Saddam's ledger with God. But I also know that what we are doing is a demonstration as well as an attack. I can applaud an effective demonstration without demeaning the lives lost. And, until the war is over, we can't know how many, if any are dying in Baghdad. We know that six Americans have died, all volunteers for this mission, and I do mourn for them. It's on Saddam's ledger.

To paraphrase George Patton. The purpose of war is not to die gloriously for your country. The purpose of war is to make some other poor son of a bitch die for his. There is no equivalence here. American lives are move valuable than Iraqi lives when push come to shove. If I didn't believe that, I'd be out in front of the Federal Building right now with some silly sign, vomiting on the steps or something.



  Posted by Chuck | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Pentagon: Oil fields of southern Iraq "should be secured sometime later today." Details soon.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Idiot of the Day Award

It's Tony Banks, MP from West Ham, displaying PETA-like priorities:

REUTERS: Don't Hurt Zoo Animals in Iraq War, Pleads UK MP

A British Member of Parliament has asked military leaders in Iraq to think about some of the forgotten casualties of war -- animals.

Tony Banks, a former minister in Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour government, welcomed promises from London and Washington that troops would do their best to avoid hitting ordinary Iraqis in bombing raids, but said they also needed to think about the creatures in Baghdad's El-Zawra Zoo.

"In war, countless numbers of animals are killed and injured," the former sports minister, who voted against war on Iraq, said in an statement put before parliament on Friday.
Yup. He's the former Sports Minister. Imagine all the Top Secret material he knows about wickets and rugby shirts. I bet he was even cleared for experimental Quidditch brooms before he lost his portfolio.

He appealed to military leaders "to ensure that Baghdad's El-Zawra zoo is safeguarded and that when hostilities are over military vets will provide urgent assistance to the zoo and other organizations involved with animal welfare in Iraq."

The zoo, which is reported to be shut and under renovation, escaped bomb damage during the 1991 allied blitz on Baghdad but keepers said the animals had been disturbed by the noise of bombs hitting nearby targets.
Oh, right. We'll just put this whole shock and awe thing on the shelf so the lemurs and walruses don't get disturbed.

Go soak your head in gorilla snot, Tony.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | So much for the Geneva Convention...

Another item from REGNUM (Russian-language link), my translation:

Iraq will not observe international standards with regard to military prisoners of the US-British coalition, announced Iraqi Minister of Information Muhammed Said as-Sakhkhaf on Friday. "These are not soliders," said the minister at a press conference in Baghdad, "these are mercenaries, to whom international law does not apply."

It is more than likely that "they will be treated as mercenaries, hired killers, and criminals," added the minister. According to him, Iraqi authorities are currently reviewing whether prisoners will be handed over to military tribunals. "However, international law will not be applied to them," said Muhammed Said as-Sakhkhaf.

Cheers...


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Powell to Meet Israeli Official on Peace Plan:
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom will meet with US Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington in about 10 days to discuss a Mideast peace plan known as the 'road map,' a television report says.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Incredible Precision

I was listening to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's briefing and some clueless reporter asked him if the US military could have picked less targets and been more precise. Rumsfeld stated that

Every weapon was individually and specifically picked for its target. The direction that each weapon travels before it hits the target was carefully selected. Even the time of day was calculated to absolutely minimize the number of civilian casualties. This is the most precise military campaign ever waged.

Warfare in the information age, indeed.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

BBC Notebook:
Baghdad :: Paul Wood :: 1829GMT

Looking across the skyline of Baghdad now about half of what's on the skyline is in flames or covered in a dark cloud of smoke.

It was about a 30 minute bombardment.

There was an attempt by the Iraqis to knock down the missiles with anti-aircraft fire.

It didn't do any good. We are in a brief lull. But the new phase of the war has begun.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | From Russia...

The Russian REGNUM Information Agency reports that CNN has been ordered to leave Baghdad for lying and disseminating propaganda (Russian language link). The translation of the item is pretty much this::

CNN has been ordered to leave Baghdad, confirmed an official representative of the Iraqi Ministry of Information in a Reuters interview. According to the represenative, CNN had become an instrument of propaganda and was broadcasting lies and rumors. In turn, CNN representatives announced in their broadcast that they had learned, with regret, that the Iraqi government had expelled the company's correspondents.


I've been away from The Tube, so I can neither confirm nor deny. Considering the source, I'd give this a 33% chance of being on the money.

Cheers...



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Something to remember

Somewhere in the United States and Great Britain, families are being notified that their sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers are dead. In Iraq, when "Shock and Awe" is over, there will be deaths on the ground. There are Iraqi soldiers already dead.

Something to remember when thinking how cool the explosions look on television: Think of Salam Pax and his family listening to those explosions in their homes, and wondering if they're going to land on them.

I understand patriotism and support. But there are boundaries.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

"The regime is history"

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | rumsfeld: the goals

Rumsfeld:

(parpaphrased moslty)
The goals of the coalition forces are thus:

End regime of Hussein
Identify, isolate and eliminate WoMD
Search for, capture and drive out terrorists in Iraq
Collect intelligence related to the global network in regards to WoMDs
End sanctions immediately and deliver humanitarian aid, food and medicines
Secure Iraqi oil fields, which belong to the Iraqi people
Help the Iraqi people create a representative republic government

  Posted by michele | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Ditz DeLuxe

How stoopid is Helen Thomas' question going to be?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | The Welcome Wagon arrives...


As my First post on this collective Blog, Here is a good Story found on Drudge about the liberation of Iraq that started:

Iraqis celebrate as Marine rip down Saddam


A few men and boys ventured out, putting makeshift white flags on their pickup trucks or waving white T-shirts out truck windows.

"Americans very good," Ali Khemy said. "Iraq wants to be free."

Some chanted, "Ameriki! Ameriki!"

.....

"No Saddam Hussein!" one young man in headscarf told Gurfein. "Bush!"



(Update: Not a good way to start out on a new blog, as this already been posted by Sheila

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The fact that the power is still on in Baghdad speaks volumes about the way this war is being waged. If you could ever call a war humanitarian, this is would be the case.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Fun Facts about Iraq

Gertrude Bell was one of those stalwart dotty English adventurers whose fascination with Arab culture shaped the Middle East (including Iraq) into what it is today.

. . . her life was governed by a love of the Arab peoples, inspired, it seems, by a visit to friends in Jerusalem in 1899-1900. She learned their language, investigated their archaeological sites, and travelled deep into the desert, accompanied only by male guides. Her knowledge of the country and its tribes thereby gained made her a prime target for recruitment by British Intelligence during the First World War, later, as a Political Officer, and then as Oriental Secretary to the High Commissioner in Baghdad, she became a king-maker in the new state of Iraq, which she had helped to create. Her first love, however, was always for archaeology, and, as Honorary Director of Antiquities in Iraq, she established in Baghdad the Iraq Museum.
(via Amygdala)

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

And that was only Shock and Awe, Lite. You should see the pure undiluted version!

Best comment on TeeVee by Peter Arnett. "Whoa...there goes Saddam's main palace. That was his pride and joy. Well, no more".

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | (I'm getting tired of thinking of titles)

Pentagon briefing expected very soon.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Well, no wonder why...

Well, no wonder why the Iraqis kicked CNN out of Baghdad:

AP: Iraqi troops surrender, even to journalists

They were worried that they'd instinctively surrender to them.

  Posted by Laurence | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The Iraqi presidential complex is on fire.

  Posted by michele | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

FoxNews says Saddam's main palace is the flaming mess you see on teevee. Yay!

  Posted by Marm | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | bombs over baghdad





Click for larger images



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | I Believe It

Sonofabitch... The CNN feed from Baghdad looks like a big-budget Hollywood film now.

Loud jets, lots of AAA, and strings of bombs that look like B-52 strikes. ("B-52: someone over thirty you can trust.")

I can hear breaking glass now & then in this look. The audio is superb, and I'm looking at a city that's just getting the livin' jeezis beaten out of it.


  Posted by Billy Beck | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Great shots on CNN . . . I am not in shock, but certainly in awe . . .

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Ladies and Gentlemen....

What everyone has been waiting for.....

SHOCK AND AWE!!!!

yippee kaiyaaa.....go watch the TV now...

  Posted by Wind Rider | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

So far...

It's just been Schlock and Yawn on all the news networks hyping this thing up.

  Posted by Laurence | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Ok, get ready

yeah, its comin, its comin

  Posted by Wind Rider | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Wall Street Up Again


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Yeah yeah

Still working on the shock and awe...hang on a second

  Posted by Wind Rider | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | AUSSIE SAS IN ACTION

From Silent Running:

Australia's Channel Nine news is reporting Defence spokesman Brigadier Mike Hannan as saying SAS troops deep inside Iraq have engaged in a firefight with Iraqi troops. Several Iraqi dead and wounded, and SAS medics have treated the wounded. No Australian casulties.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 | BBC War Diary

Outside Nassiriyah, southern Iraq :: Gavin Hewitt :: 1707GMT

We are in total darkness but I can see the lights of Nassiriyah.
There's been quite a lot of fighting, quite a few rockets. Artillery has landed in and around the city.
We see the very visible the ligths of this city on the horizon.
And if we do go in there tonight it'll be the first major Iraqi city to fall to American forces.


  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Serious Resistance?

Debka carrying the following headline:

Battle flares at Nassariyah outskirts where coalition’s northward advance Friday afternoon faces first serious Iraqi armed resistance. Main allied force presses on leaving unit behind to engage Iraqi force.


  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Fox still has Baghdad feeds

Fox still has Baghdad feeds - 7 cameras - via Sky News (both owned by Murdoch)

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | On Fox

Quoting a marine: "Surrenders are coming in faster than we can handle them right now."

Fox is also confirming the Blogs of War story that a second marine has died.




  Posted by michele | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | Basra

Also from Sky News, unconfirmermed reports that Basra has been taken.

  Posted by Sean | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Iraqi's Jubilant.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Test Pattern

I was watching [on internet] the MSNBC live feed from Baghdad when suddenly all I got was the old test pattern. I wonder if the Iraqi's finally pulled the plug on live coverage of their demise?

Random thought. I miss the old Indian Chief test pattern. Those colored lines just don't do it for me.

  Posted by Pancho | Permalink |



 
Friday, March 21, 2003 | CNN Ordered Out of Baghdad

"BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq (news - web sites) ordered Cable News Network (CNN), the U.S. television news channel, to leave Iraq on Friday and accused it of being a propaganda machine.

CNN, on air, said it was "sad to learn" that its four-strong team in Baghdad was being expelled.

"CNN has been ordered out of Iraq...because they have become a propaganda tool to spread lies and rumors," said an information ministry official who declined to be identified. CNN, based in Atlanta, Georgia, said its staff would probably have to travel overland to Jordan.

Overnight, CNN ran extensive live pictures of U.S. military units racing across the southern Iraq desert after they invaded the country and headed toward Baghdad, with little resistance. Iraqi government officials, at a news conference, said such pictures being shown on Western TV networks were fabrications."

CNN propaganda? Shocking!!

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Sky News

...is reporting that B-52s will be blitzing the city promptly.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Thats just the warmup....

Stand by for actual 'shock and awe'....



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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Andrea Mitchell: Saddam Has Given NO Orders Since First Night of Bombing.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Marine Death

Blogs of War is quoting CNN as stating that a second Marine has been killed in combat and another injured. Can't find it on-line at this second.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Shock and Awe has started

FOX News confirms (Pentagon briefing) that "Shock and Awe" has started. Much AA fire was visible on Fox, and a nearby explosion was reported.

(Blogger seems to be slowing down considerably)

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | It's begun

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Check this Out.

From The Sun:


Chirac and Hussein Talk Business

Here's the story.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | CNN:



Pentagon says "This is 'A' Day"

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Captured town of Safwan

The Marines arrived in Safwan, just over the Kuwaiti border, and began tearing down posters of Saddam Hussein (which are everywhere, seeing as dictators cannot survive without personality cults of absurdist proportions). The Marines assured the Iraqi people: "Saddam is done! Saddam is done!"

We wanted to send a message that Saddam is done," said Gurfein, a New York native in the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. "People are scared to show a lot of emotion. That's why we wanted to show them this time we're here, and Saddam is done."

Also:

A few men and boys ventured out, putting makeshift white flags on their pickup trucks or waving white T-shirts out truck windows.

"Americans very good," Ali Khemy said. "Iraq wants to be free."

Some chanted, "Ameriki! Ameriki!"

Many others in the starving town just patted their stomachs and raised their hands, begging for food.

A man identifying himself only as Abdullah welcomed the arrival of the U.S. troops: "Saddam Hussein is no good. Saddam Hussein a butcher."

An old woman shrouded in black -- one of the very few women outside -- knelt toward the feet of Americans, embracing an American woman. A younger man with her pulled her away, giving her a warning sign by sliding his finger across his throat.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

The Flying Chickens Return

Foreign carriers that had cancelled flights to Israel out of a fear of war (or other reasons) are starting to resume flights.

Do the Israelis have to let Air France return?

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Prediction

If there's shock-and-awe, it'll be on the Republican Guard positions around Baghdad rather than in Baghdad proper.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Lots of Triple A.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

MSNBC Baghdad Feed Has Sound.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Air-Raid Sirens In Baghdad Now

CNN

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Good editorial cartoons

Cox and Forkum are on a roll.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Lots of flashing lights over Baghdad right now.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

I'm working on some banners and buttons for Command Post.

Here's the first. I urge all Command Post members (and readers as well) to put it up on their blog in a visible place with a link back here. (Please save to your own server)



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Toughest Marines in the World

According to the Fox News Ticker, our marines can even destroy Iraqi tanks with just machine guns.



Talk about propaganda! Now that has to really make any watching Iraqi soldiers quake.

Update - having the two pictures in a row was messing up those with smaller screen resolutions, so they now appear on top of each other. You can see them side by side here.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Our Friends the French:
Jacques Chirac said Friday that France would not go along with a new United Nations resolution allowing the United States and Britain to administer postwar Iraq.

The French president said at a European Union summit he would "not accept" a resolution that "would legitimize the military intervention (and) would give the belligerents the powers to administer Iraq."

"That would justify the war after the event," Chirac told reporters.


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

CNN says: A U.S. Marine amphibious vehicle opens fire while moving across an oil field in southern Iraq


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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

CNN reporting their team has been asked to leave Baghdad immediately.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 | moving along

Coalition forces have seized the airfields known as H2 and H3.



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Friday, March 21, 2003 | Another Way To Show Our Gratitude

"The Center for Individual Freedom has launched a new online interactive bulletin board where messages can be posted to our brave men and women in uniform letting them know how much we appreciate their commitment to our great country and to the ideals for which it stands."

www.thankourtroops.org will be live shortly. In the meantime, the bulletin board is accessible via CIF.

UPDATE: The DoD has a Thank Our Troops site , also.

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Friday, March 21, 2003 |

Off Topic:
Does anybody have information regarding live online feeds of newscasts? It appears that Sky News' online feed is dead and gone. Anyone have info? Please use comment link directly below if you have any ideas.

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