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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:34 AM
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U.S. forces caught in crossfire on streets of 'capital of death'


U.S. forces caught in crossfire on streets of 'capital of death'
Updated 10/23/2006 9:22 AM ET

By Rick Jervis and Jim Michaels, USA TODAY

BAGHDAD Before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, it was one of the nightmare scenarios: a slugfest in Iraq's capital, a sprawl of narrow streets, markets and blind alleys that is home to 6 million people.

More than three years later, the close-quarters fight the United States wanted to avoid is a reality. Rather than fighting Saddam Hussein's army, however, U.S. troops are caught in the crossfire alongside Iraqi forces as both try to take back the city from religion-based militias and death squads, as well as insurgents.

"This is the toughest thing I hope I ever do: fighting a counterinsurgency atop a sectarian conflict," said Col. James Pasquarette, commander of the Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, positioned northwest of Baghdad.

The raging battle for Baghdad is looking more like a civil war, even if the U.S. and Iraqi governments avoid using the term. And it is prompting tough questions: Is the Iraqi government up to the job of restoring order? Does the U.S. military need to fundamentally change course to prevail?....

and:
IT is a stupid war with an arrogant WH at the wheels!



http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/iraq_diplomat

Envoy sorry for Iraq 'stupidity' comment

Sun Oct 22, 10:27 PM ET

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. diplomat apologized Sunday night for saying U.S. policy in
Iraq displayed "arrogance" and "stupidity."


A day after his remarks in an interview were broadcast by the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera, Alberto Fernandez issued a written apology through the State Department press office.

"Upon reading the transcript of my appearance on Al-Jazeera, I realized that I seriously misspoke by using the phrase 'there has been arrogance and stupidity' by the U.S. in Iraq," said Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

"This represents neither my views nor those of the State Department," Fernandez added. "I apologize."

U.S. officials had sought to play down Fernandez' assessment of the security situation in Iraq.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:35 AM
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1. Welcome to a war where the other side has the patience
and the will to make all the cruise missiles in the world seem trivial.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:40 AM
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2. The other side is home. Where are they to go?
What would it take to make us stop fighting invaders occupying America?
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 11:50 AM
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3. They were SUPPOSED to act grateful
when we killed their sons, plundered their resources, then patted them on the head.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 12:05 PM
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4. Yeah, funny how that didn't quite work out.
Everyone knows only white christian americans have real feelings & emotions and love their kids.

Everyone else are untermenschen. Not quite human.

Guess no one told the Iraqis.
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:12 PM
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5. freepers are fun
A humorous freeper thread on the "US has shown arrogance and stupidity" gaffe* here.

* "A 'gaffe' occurs not when a politician lies, but when he tells the truth." -- Michael Kinsley
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:18 PM
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6. "Stupidity" apology comes after confirmation. Major flippity-floppity
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 10:19 PM by krkaufman
See this news update posted on CNN.com (scroll down to "Diplomat: U.S. arrogant, stupid in Iraq" heading), where the diplomat, Alberto Fernandez tells CNN...
    "I know what the policy is and what the red lines are, and nothing I said hasn't been said before by senior officials."

So how much of the media is covering Fernandez's confirmation of his statement, and its contradiction to his later apology? Maybe 'The Daily Show'...??
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MisterP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 10:40 PM
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7. here's the USA Today article
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-24-06 03:38 AM
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8. "STAY THE COURSE" shouted the AWOL CHIMPANZEE
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