Friday, April 21, 2006

This tells you so much

The following is from “Cobra II”. This is a meeting that took place during the march to Baghdad.

“The most striking moment of the meeting came when Franks said he did not want to hear about casualties, even though no one had mentioned any. At that point, he put his hand to his mouth and made a yawning motion, as if to suggest that some casualties were not of major consequence to the attack. Nobody argued openly with Franks’s (sic). The CENTCOM commander was unloading on them and they would ride out his behavior. McKiernan’s deputies who attended the meeting, however, were shocked. Albert Whitley, McKiernan’s top British deputy, was furious at Franks’ cavalier attitude about casualties – Royal Marines had been killed on the opening night of the war and an American Patriot unit has mistakenly shot down a British Tornado, killing its two-man crew.”

Enlightening, isn’t it?

Speaking of enlightening pieces, here’s something from another source that will make you want to toss something large and heavy right through your monitor. This is a long article so get comfy before you begin reading. Once you begin reading, you won’t want to stop for anything.

Halliburton’s War
By Jeffrey Steinberg,

16 Comments:

Blogger Granny said...

That means I should probably do a little housework first. I'll get back to it.

Have you ever heard And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda? I'm listening to music as I check out the blogs and this old song breaks my heart anew each time I listen to it.

It's as appropriate today as when it was first written about Gallopoli all those years ago.

Ramblin - sorry.

Ann

April 21, 2006 8:36 AM  
Blogger windspike said...

No surprises...we the people have been bent over getting screwed by the W, Rove and Co for over five years now. As to why some folks continue to ask for more is beyond me.

April 21, 2006 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT, but don't know where else to put it:

John Dean has written another column that's well worth the read. (Hat tip, RawStory.)

- oddjob

April 21, 2006 9:24 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I just read that piece by John Dean and it is indeed frightening. Everyone in the US should read Cobra II and that Dean piece. Then if they have any energy left, read the article I linked to in this post.

One must wonder if any of our elected officials read anything?

April 21, 2006 9:35 AM  
Anonymous rebellious renee said...

PoP, that article by John Dean is an eye-opener. And I agree...of course he's going to do something this fall. What is truly frightening is the thought that whatever he pulls it just might work.
I bought CobraII and Kevin Philips book yesterday. I can't wait to read them....but it will be a couple weeks before I get to them.

April 21, 2006 12:03 PM  
Blogger JM said...

An excellent, although frightening article. These guys sure stick to the neo-con game plan, despite the best advice of anybody.

April 21, 2006 1:35 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Yeah, that's the kind of commander you want, right? One who yawns at death? Well...other peoples' deaths, of course.

April 21, 2006 2:59 PM  
Blogger Human said...

Peace to you and yours Patricia.
As promised you are on my new friendly list.
Peace Your Fellow Human

April 21, 2006 3:09 PM  
Blogger C.S. said...

Hi Patricia:

You area a great resource.

How sad, just when you think...how can they be any dumber, they show you.

April 21, 2006 3:55 PM  
Blogger Human said...

Peace to yuo and yours Patricia.
What a great find on the Steinburg article.

This very well written reality based account should remove all doubt that the Bush Regime has National Security as a priority,that they "Support the Troops", and that it is "just about Oil".

I have maintained all along that there was a Military formula ratio of Force needed to secure any area from potential resistance. The single most striking fact that is knew to me is that the Bush Regime knew exactly who the "Baathists" were in the Iraq Military.

Death and Destruction have been very lucrative for the Bush Regime. Couple that with an Armegeddonist personality and we have the greatest threat to Humankind.

If anybody knows of an Military active duty individual buy them the book.I know I will. In the meantime let's post this link to the Steinburg article on every Mil blog we can find.
Peace. Your fellow Human.

April 21, 2006 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Franks is the guy who conducted the war from Florida, to my recollection.

-Hephaestos

April 21, 2006 4:59 PM  
Blogger Hellpig said...

sub-human said...The pressure from the Military against the Bush Regime is growing. We must encourage this whenever possible. Without a true represenative Government we the People need the Military to help reclaim it.

Now he wants our military to over throw our government

intersting probly a good read for the FBI

April 21, 2006 5:30 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

PoP I've started a game on Crawfordslist That could be lots of fun for both you and your readers.

April 21, 2006 9:26 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

There's a very pragmatic military reason for a commander to be up-to-date on his casualties at all times - if conditions on the ground change and you need to alter your attack, you need to know what your strengths and weaknesses are.

As Admiral "Amazing Grace" Hopper said: "You manage things; you lead people."

If you don't care about your people, they won't care about your plan.

April 21, 2006 9:51 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I ordered the book recently and can't wait to read it. I'm currently almost finished Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard Clarke, a former big wig from the Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II administrations. Positively infuriating in its details, but highly recommended.

April 22, 2006 1:01 AM  
Blogger Newsguy said...

Thanks for the link. I linked my blog to it, and back to you. This is a stunning piece of journalism.

April 22, 2006 10:03 PM  

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