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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Iraq Quickhits

The refugee numbers in Iraq are shooting up. 182,000 are reported, but those are only the individuals who registered with the Iraqi ministry. If you were forced out of your home by Sunni/Shia threats, do you think you would register your location with an Iraqi ministry?

The violence continues underreported.

(WaPo) Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, a central figure in the debate over the treatment of detainees in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, retired from the Army yesterday amid ongoing congressional concern about his role in policies that allegedly led to abuse by U.S. service members.

Was the Kurdish "Thank You" tour around the US, complete with TV ads in DC, a Republican stunt? The funding is very murky.

And, how are prominent Republican Senator Chuck Hagel's comments not on the front pages? He roundly criticized the policy on Israel saying it made the US less safe, and likened Iraq to Vietnam. This is a Republican power player, and it's not news?


  • Hagel is no nonsense. He has been against the war from the beginning so he is roundly shunned in the GOP, but people are noticing a bit finally.

    He beats the pants off any Democratic presidential candidate I can think of.

    Nice roundup.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 2:14 PM  

  • He hasn't gone this far before. All his previous criticism has mainly been on execution, not on the broader merits.

    And, he's good in a speech, but he also has some pretty right wing stuff in his belief set. So, I don't know. He's not moderate.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:41 PM  

  • Helluva point on the refugee number.

    The underreporting of Iraq is worrisome. I read a comment recently that the Mel Gibson brouhaha was getting more airtime on the news than Iraq.

    By Anonymous abi, at 9:34 PM  

  • He in anti-abortion for instance, I know. But he is honest and you know where you stand.

    It took me a while to get to the point where I would consider voting for him.

    It is a moot point anyway.

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 1:37 AM  

  • Abi, and all these numbers don't count the 500,000-1.2 million who have left the country. Just estimates.

    Praguetwin, I agree. He seems honest in his opinions which scores alot with me. Alot.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:13 AM  

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