Afghanistan: Bloody carnage of occupation
A helicopter crash in Afghanistan has killed 38 Western troops—30 of them from the US.
This is the single largest loss of life for the US since it began the destruction and occupation of the country in 2001.
The Taliban claims it shot down the helicopter.
The Chinoock helicopter crashed in Wardak province on Saturday of last week.
The US government says it is investigating the incident.
This attack is another bleak chapter in the story of the long Afghan war.
Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed, more made homeless and countless lives have been destroyed.
This is the bleak reality of the West’s “humanitarian intervention”.
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In June, 15 US soldiers died in Iraq. This got Barack some criticism. And I think that may be why he attempted to hide the deaths above.
He gave some mealy mouthed remarks today about the crash but that came only after he suffered intense criticism for barring photographs of the remains arriving at Dover. Supposedly, it wasn't 'fair' to the families because there might not be enough remains to identify fully or some such nonsense. They don't take open caskets at Dover and they could note the caskets without the names and would have I'm sure. But Barack -- a la Bush -- said NO PHOTOS.
And he got criticized harshly for it as he should.
He really needs to be held accountable.
He's as dangerous as Bully Boy Bush if not more so. And he's gotten far too much praise. It's so weird. I was talking to an older man at work (Black, early 60s) and he was saying that they had plates, commemorative plates, before Barack was even sworn in, that they insisted Michelle can dress (she can't) and that she was pretty (she's not) and all these other lies that have been told to make him the greatest thing ever. He said he'd never seen anything like it in the US. And I agree. Even the Bush hysteria was not what this nonsense has been.
And I've been really nice, never bringing up that stupid, stupid woman who taught her students that stupid song that she 'wrote'. Do you remember that? "Red and yellow black and white, they are . . ." Do you know that song? Not the whore for Barack song, but the actual song?
The actual song is "Jesus Loves The Little Children." That woman stole from that song and equated Barack with Jesus. Forget fired, she should have been locked away in the nut house.
Being Black and a truth-teller means when others in the community start to wake up, you're the first one they come to tell. Barack's support among the Black community is not what it was. And all sorts of words (not "Black") are being used to describe him these days.
It's all the deaths he's responsible for (again, he is NOT Jesus). In Pakistan, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Libya, in the Congo, go down the list.
He was nothing but a very creative liar. People are waking up. Thank you, Jesus for that.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):
Meanwhile Al Mada reports that the State of Law's Ihsan al-Awadi is stating that the US military is attempting to create a crisis to sell their continued presence on Iraqi soil. What crisis? By saying they can repel Iranians on the border. (Iran is shelling northern Iraq and possibly entering into northern Iraq as they target Kurdish rebels.) In addition, the Ministry of the Interior has stated that weapons are coming across the border Iraq shares with Iran -- echoing claims by the US military and possibly echoing claims for the US military. Alsumaria TV adds, "Iraq Interior Minister former deputy Adnan Al Assadi told Alsumarianews that smuggling arms from Iran thru Missan Province is ongoing in large quantities in an official and unofficial way and it includes rockets and mortars. He also stressed that arms smugglers are being overlooked."
Negotiations with the US government to extend the US military presence in Iraq takes a back seat in the Iraqi press to Nouri's latest scandal. On Saturday, he sacked the Minister of Electricity (which may or may not require the approval of Parliament -- no approval has been granted thus far). His office has stated that false contracts were signed. But, as the story has continued, it's emerged that Nouri's signature may be on some of the contracts as well. The Great Iraqi Revolution reports, "Wasit province police stops a young man from burning himself protesting against the bogus electricity contracts that the Iraqi government is involved in." Dar Addustour reports Sabah al-Saadi, who serves on Parliament's Integrity Commission, states that the dummy contracts had the signatures of Nouri al-Maliki and his deputy Hussein al-Shahristani. The report also notes grumbles in Parliament about Nouri dismissing the Minister with an MP stressing that is the job of Parliament. Aswat al-Iraq also notes, "A Legislature of al-Iraqiya Coalition, led by Iyad Allawi, has charged Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his Deputy for Energy Affairs Hussein al-Shahristany and the sacked Electricity Minister, Raad Shallal, with having their signatures on the so-called 'illusionary' contracts made public recently." And noting real world consequences of the contracts, Ammar Karim (AFP) observes, "Mismanagement and bureaucratic deadlock in Iraq's electricity ministry have short-circuited a quick-fix plan for some 50 power plants to alleviate the country's severe power shortage, officials say."
Meanwhile Al Rafidayn reports that, according to the Deputy Minister of Electricity, Hussain al-Shahristani, the Minister of Electricity is still carrying out his job duties despite his 'dismissal.' The article also notes that there are MPs saying Nouri can't fire on his own (needs approval of Parliament) and that there are increasing grumbles that whatever the state of electricity in Iraq, it was Nouri's responsibility and therefore his fault. Had the story broken in the fall, it might have had less impact. But in the days of 100-degree-plus weather, the electricity issue is a daily issue for Iraqis.
What was life like for prisoners in 2010? UNAMI would love to tell you but can't. Why? From the report:
WHO: U.S. Senator Patty Murray
WHAT: Veterans listening session with Senator Murray
WHEN: Thursday, August 11th
9:00 AM PT
WHERE: VFW Post 239
190 S. Dora Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98312
WHO: U.S. Senator Patty Murray
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WHAT: Senator Murray will speak at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle to highlight her Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, a bill that will require job skills training for
service members, create new pathways to private sector and federal employment
WHEN: Wednesday, August 10th
10:30 AM PT
WHERE: Amazon Headquarters
440 Terry Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
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