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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:02 PM
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84 Wisconsinites dead in First 5 years of Bush's War for Oil
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 12:19 PM by undeterred

-Uhl III, Eugene A. Specialist 15-Nov-2003

Bay City
-Jaenke, Jamie Petty Officer 2nd Class 05-Jun-2006

Beaver Dam
-Straseskie, Kirk Allen Sergeant 19-May-2003
-Cantafio, Ryan J. Private 1st Class 25-Nov-2004

Black Creek
-Eacho Donald W. Sergeant 1st Class 04-Mar-2005

-Schram, Matthew E. Major 26-May-2003

-Wyatt, Daniel R. Lance Corporal 12-Oct-2004

-Thiry, Jesse L. Corporal 05-Apr-2004

-Castner, Stephen W. Corporal 24-Jul-2006

-Matus, Andrew G. Lance Corporal 21-Jan-2007

-Kiser, Charles A. Staff Sergeant 24-Jun-2004

-Hansen, Warren S. Sergeant 15-Nov-2003

-Kurth, John F. "Hans" Captain 13-Mar-2004

-O'Donnell, Shane K. Lance Corporal 08-Nov-2004

Eagle River
-Kritz, Tyler J. Sergeant 03-Jun-2007

-Hoyer, Bert Edward Private 1st Class 10-Mar-2004

-Kaufman, Charles A. Specialist 26-Jun-2005

-Palmisano, Eric A. Lance Corporal 02-Apr-2006

Fond du Lac
-Tollefson, John O. Specialist 27-Jul-2005
-Dobogai, Derek A. Captain 22-Aug-2007

Fountain City
-Bossert, Andrew L. Sergeant 07-Mar-2005

-Halverson, Andrew Private 1st Class 09-Oct-2004

Green Bay
-Edinger, Benjamin C. Sergeant 23-Nov-2004

Hager City
-Albrecht, Jesse B. Sergeant 1st Class 17-May-2007

-Smith, Benjamin A. Specialist 02-Nov-2005

-Schneider, Sean M. Private 1st Class 29-Mar-2004
-Vacho, Nathan J. Sergeant 05-May-2006

-Basham, Robert J. Staff Sergeant 14-Apr-2007
-Hanson, Timothy R. Private 1st Class 07-Jan-2008

-Frye, Nichole M. Private 1st Class 16-Feb-2004

-Olson, Todd D. Staff Sergeant 27-Dec-2004

-Zimmerman, Luke J. Sergeant 27-Oct-2006

-Maida, Mark A. Sergeant 27-May-2005
-Kading, Matthew R. Sergeant 1st Class 31-Oct-2005
-Hugo, Rachael L. Specialist 05-Oct-2007

-Wendling, Michael J. Specialist 26-Sep-2005

-Wolfe, Jeremy L. 2nd Lieutenant 15-Nov-2003

-Dampier, Grant Allen Private 1st Class 15-May-2006
-Jopek, Ryan D. Sergeant 02-Aug-2006

-McGlothin, Michael A. Specialist 17-Apr-2004
-Soltau, Adrian V. Corporal 13-Sep-2004
-Lloyd, Keith E. Private 1st Class 12-Jan-2008

-Timberman, Harry H. Lance Corporal 17-Mar-2007

-Simon, Chad J. Staff Sergeant 04-Aug-2005

-St. John II, Jon B. Private 1st Class 27-Jan-2007

New Auburn
-Alger, Tracy Lynn 2nd Lieutenant 01-Nov-2007

New Berlin
-Witmer, Michelle M. Specialist 09-Apr-2004

-Jerabek, Ryan M. Private 1st Class 06-Apr-2004

-Vroman, Brent T. Private 1st Class 13-Dec-2004
-Jansky, Benjamin D. Captain 27-Jul-2005
-Wallace, Andrew P. Sergeant 26-Sep-2005

-Splinter, Christopher J. Major 24-Dec-2003

Pleasant Prairie
-Clark, Eric D. Private 1st Class 11-May-2006

Plum City
-Diesing, Trevor J. Sergeant 1st Class 25-Aug-2005

-Poelman, Eric J. Specialist 05-Jun-2005
-Bixler, Evan A. Private 24-Dec-2006

Rice Lake
-Sturino, Paul J. Specialist 22-Sep-2003

-Prening, Brian P. Corporal 12-Nov-2004

-Riehl, Nicholas E. Private 1st Class 27-Apr-2007

-Gaunky, Anthony Alexander "Alex" Private 1st Class 18-Nov-2005

-Schmitz, Joshua M. Corporal 26-Dec-2006

-Gabrielson, Dan H. Sergeant 1st Class 09-Jul-2003

Stevens Point
-Mattek Jr., John J. Lance Corporal 13-Jun-2005

Sturgeon Bay
-Griese, Louis A. Sergeant 31-Oct-2007

Suamico (Green Bay)
-Hunt, Isaiah R. Private 1st Class 15-Nov-2004

Sun Prairie
-Scott, Joshua Michael Chief Warrant Officer (CW2) 27-May-2005

-VanAlstine, Adam J. Lance Corporal 25-Feb-2006
-Cross, Kenneth Corporal 27-Aug-2006
-Pionk, Matthew I. Sergeant 1st Class 09-Jan-2008

-Stevens, Andy A. Sergeant 01-Dec-2005

Two Rivers
-Novak, Shaun A. Specialist 27-Aug-2006

-Tillery, Jesse D. Lance Corporal 02-Dec-2006

-Schiller, Rhett W. Captain 16-Nov-2006

-Zindars, Matthew R. Corporal 24-Jul-2007

-Warner, Richard D. Lance Corporal 13-Dec-2004
-Warns II, Robert P. Corporal 08-Nov-2004
-Frost, Christopher S. Staff Sergeant 04-Mar-2008

-Bosveld, Rachel K. Private 1st Class 26-Oct-2003

-Martin, Stephen G. Staff Sergeant 02-Jul-2004

West Allis
-Lemke, Jason F. Private 1st Class 05-Jan-2008

West Bend
-Cornell, Todd R. Staff Sergeant 09-Nov-2004
-Wichlacz, Travis M. Lance Corporal 05-Feb-2005
-Kryst, Kevin M. Captain 18-Dec-2006

Wisconsin Rapids
-Grimm, Matthew T. Corporal 15-Jan-2007
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:08 PM
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1. Two bombs kill more than 50 in Baghdad
BAGHDAD A homemade bomb followed by a suicide bomber ripped through a middle-class Baghdad neighborhood Thursday evening, killing at least 54 people, police said. It was the second worst bombing this year in the Iraqi capital and the second significant attack this week.

The first bomb exploded about 6:45 p.m. on Al Attar Street in Karada, a neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. Police officers and Iraqi soldiers responded to the blast, and a suicide bomber detonated in the gathered crowd. Many people were on the commercial street shopping on the warm evening before heading home for the weekend.


Also Thursday, the U.S. military disclosed details about a U.S. service member killed in the crash of an Iraqi helicopter Monday.

Officials identified the man as Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Frost, 24, from Waukesha, Wis. Officials said he was a military journalist covering the Iraqi troops, not a pilot as Iraqi officials originally reported.

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dragonlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 03:29 PM
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2. A sobering reminder
This is why we must choose the right president in November by an overwhelming margin so that the election can't be stolen or perverted by the Supreme Court. Too many Americans and too many Iraqis and too many from elsewhere have died and suffered injuries because that didn't happen in 2000.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-18-08 09:33 PM
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3. U.S. Sen. Feingold: Statement on the 5th anniversary of the War in Iraq
Edited on Tue Mar-18-08 09:34 PM by undeterred
U.S. Sen. Feingold: Statement on the 5th anniversary of the War in Iraq
3/18/2008 Zach Lowe 202 224 8657

Tomorrow marks the five year anniversary of the war in Iraq. Although Saddam Hussein's brutal authoritarian regime no longer exists, the war has been nothing less than a disaster for that country, for others in the region, and unquestionably for our own, as well.

Four million Iraqis are displaced from their homes and Iraq's profoundly weak central government cannot provide its citizens with sufficient basic services like food, water, and electricity or protect them from savage violence, disappearances, or kidnappings. Tensions continue to rise throughout the Middle East and, as the war triggers internal unrest in many countries, it has caused our own credibility to decrease significantly.

The war continues to undermine our top national security priority - the fight against al Qaeda, which has strengthened itself in Pakistan and reached out to new affiliates around the world. According to the Congressional Research Service, the war costs us over $10 billion a month in direct costs. The war saps our military, which is stretched too thin to keep us safe here at home. In short, the war is making us weaker, not stronger, and that trend is not likely to change.

America continues to be mired in a conflict that has no end in sight. As of the beginning of this week a total of 3,978 American soldiers had been killed and 29,395 wounded. While the administration touts a recent decline in violence as an indication that the surge is working, there is little political progress that might indicate the decrease in violence will result in genuine national reconciliation. As the region remains particularly fragile and our international credibility profoundly damaged, Americans ask each other just how many more billions of dollars will be spent and how many more of our brave troops will die or be injured while we wait for national reconciliation in Iraq--which is the only way to end the violence.

Recently, many of my Republican colleagues stood on the Senate floor to sing their praises of the surge, but now we may be witnessing a reemergence of the brutal violence that was said to have dissipated. Earlier this month, two car bombs exploded, killing 24 people and wounding 56, while later in the week two bombs exploded in downtown Baghdad, killing nearly 70 people and wounding over 120. On March 10th a suicide bomber approached five American soldiers in Baghdad and detonated a bomb killing all five soldiers and injuring three more. This attack was labeled the worst attack on U.S. forces in months and it comes only days after a female suicide bomber blew herself up in the home of a Sunni leader who was reported to have been working in collaboration with U.S. forces.

Similarly, another political impasse in Parliament may result in little tangible results from recently passed and supposedly key legislation. Yes, a de-baathification law has passed but it may usher in renewed sectarian tensions as former officials from Hussein's regime try to reclaim their old jobs. A provincial powers election law was sent back to the Parliament by the President's Council--requiring another round of drafting before it is able to move forward. As we well know, working on a law and even passing it is one thing--seeing it successfully implemented is another.

National reconciliation still looks far off. The passage of what the administration is calling ``benchmark'' laws does not ensure society-wide sectarian reconciliation; in fact, there are significant concerns about how the local efforts we have supported to bring about this decline in violence will be integrated into the national framework. The Sunni Awakening has taken tens of thousands of former-insurgent Sunni militia fighters and it is unclear to what extent we can rely on their loyalties. It is not hard to see, however, that this policy risks increasing distrust between the local Sunnis and national government, which is led predominately by Shi'ites.

Without a legitimate political settlement at the national level, any decline in violence in Iraq is likely to be tenuous. Recent news from Iraq seems to indicate that any gains in security are already slipping and without a strategy for safe redeployment, it is inevitably our brave men and women who will pay the price.

The war in Iraq drags on while al-Qaida has reconstituted and strengthened itself. The Director of National Intelligence, DNI, recently testified before Congress that al-Qaida's central leadership based in the border area of Pakistan is its most dangerous component. And just a few months ago, the DNI again repeated the Intelligence Community's assessment that, over the last two years, al Qaeda's central leadership has been able to regenerate the core operational capabilities needed to conduct attacks in the Homeland.

It was from Afghanistan, not Iraq, that the 9/11 attacks were planned and it was under the Taliban regime, which is once again gaining ground, that al-Qaida was able to flourish so freely. With a recent report warning that we are not winning in Afghanistan, we need to rethink our current Iraq-based strategy so we can counter the threat posed by al Qaida around the world.

On the 5th anniversary of the US-led invasion in Iraq, it is clear that continuing the current open-ended military policy doesn't make sense. The American people certainly know that this war doesn't make sense and they expect us to do everything in our power to end it. We in Congress cannot in good conscience put Iraq on the backburner, and we cannot turn a blind eye or feign helplessness as the administration keeps pursuing its misguided policies.

This Congress has no greater priority than making right the mistake it made over five years ago when it authorized the war in Iraq. I do not want the American people to lose faith in their elected leaders for pursuing a war that they rightly oppose. I do not want to watch a failed strategy perpetuate regional turmoil any longer and I do not want any more American troops to die or get injured for a war that is not in our national security interest.
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sybylla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 10:04 AM
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4. Thanks for sharing this, undeterred. n/t
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 10:42 AM
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5. Feingold gives me hope.
He saw this clearly from day one, and he has never stopped listening, never stopped trying to do the right thing, and he never will.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-20-08 10:11 AM
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6. Just Bring them Home....
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