White House fires back at Rush Limbaugh

I was reading a story from The Hill where in the President's Spokesman Robert Gibbs made the following statement regarding how terrible it is that Rush Limbaugh says he wants President Obama (and his policies) to Fail, said Gibbs:

"I can only imagine what might have been said a few years ago if somebody might have said that on the other side relating to what was going on in this country or our
endeavors overseas,"

Army fears surge

in mental health problems among soldiers when they return from deployment. Fifteen thousand are returning from the combat zone in a few months and many of them have been out there as many as four times. The army is worried it might be overwhelmed by the mental problems of the returnees. My question: didn't they have these problems in Iraq and why weren't they diagnosed there where the damage occurred?

No victory in Iraq, says Petraeus

The outgoing commander of US troops in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, has said that he will never declare victory there.

In a BBC interview, Gen Petraeus said that recent security gains were "not irreversible" and that the US still faced a "long struggle".

When asked if US troops could withdraw from Iraqi cities by the middle of next year, he said that would be "doable".

Iraq expects to gross $55 bln in China oil deal

BAGHDAD, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Iraq expects to gross $55 billion in a new 20-year oil deal it recently renegotiated with China, the government said on Wednesday.
"Iraqi gross revenues obtained in the contract will be $55 billion, equal to 87 percent of total revenues of $63 billion," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

Maliki endorses Obama’s plan for withdrawal from Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a German magazine he supported prospective U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal that U.S. troops should leave Iraq within 16 months.

In an interview with Der Spiegel released on Saturday, Maliki said he wanted U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible.

Iraq warns US on withdrawal date

Iraq will not accept any security deal with the US which does not include a date for the pullout of foreign troops, a senior Iraqi official has said.

National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie was speaking in Najaf.

The prospect of setting such a timetable was raised by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki on Monday.

Lost Iraq billions

A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.

For the first time, the extent to which some private contractors have profited from the conflict and rebuilding has been researched by the BBC's Panorama using US and Iraqi government sources.

The Military's Showdown Over PTSD

(CBS) Twenty-two year old combat medic Jonathan Norrell volunteered for every mission during his year in Iraq.

He was bombed, ambushed, treating wounded under fire - and the memories still haunt him, CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier reports.

Bob Latta supports Bush's failed Iraq policy (Stay the Course)

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker delivered testimony to Congress this week.

Iraq: Who won the war?

Not the 90,000 Iraqi civilians or the 4,200 US and UK troops killed since 2003. Some big winners are the money men who have made billions. The fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq comes up next Thursday. Who are the winners and who are the losers? Follow the money and politics.

UK arms sales to 'respectable' Iraq

In light of the subsequent history of Iraq, it seems
almost unthinkable that 30 years ago Britain sold millions of pounds of
military equipment to the country's Baathist government.

"Foreign Office papers, just released by the National
Archives in London, show that defence sales to Iraq in 1976 amounted to

New Iraq policy prompts angry words at the State Department

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Calling it "a potential death sentence," several hundred diplomats expressed their resentment Wednesday over a new State Department policy that could force them to serve in Iraq or risk losing their jobs.

Some diplomats may be forced to serve in the new U.S. embassy complex under construction in Baghdad, Iraq.

Bush Asks for $46 Billion More for Wars

Monday October 22, 2007 7:16 PM


Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush asked Congress on Monday for another $46 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and finance other national security needs. ``We must provide our troops with the help and support they need to get the job done,'' Bush said.

Ex-general: 'No end in sight' in Iraq

ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. mission in Iraq is a "nightmare with no end in sight" because of political misjudgments after the fall of Saddam Hussein that continue today, a former chief of U.S.-led forces said Friday.

The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq

"The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11, and that's why what happens in Iraq matters to security here at home."

Toledoans to Protest Troop "Surge"

From 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Thursday evening (1-11-07), Toledoans will gather at the corner of Central and Secor to protest President Bush's decision to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.

More about the protest on my blog.

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