Recently there have been not one, not two or three, but MANY inquiries about soldiers in Iraq killed by "friendly fire". The army LIES TO THE SOLDIERS' FAMILIES, but then the families find out some other way, such as from other soldiers, or from demanding documents and autopsy reports thru the Freedom of Information Act, about how their family member died.
There were some families featured on the PBS program "NOW", with David Brancaccio. But, THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF A VERY LARGE ICEBERG.
"Friendly fire" could come from "the fog of war", from National Guard troops being POORLY TRAINED and COMPLETELY UNPREPARED for this sort of warfare; and from their being EXCESSIVELY FATIGUED AND STRESSED AND THEREFORE TRIGGER-HAPPY.
However, NOW it is coming out, that SOME OF THESE SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN SHOT IN THE BACK, BY THE SAME IRAQI TROOPS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE "TRAINING" and "HELPING".
Iraqi troops have, according to an AP article, MUTINIED when asked to go to Baghdad and chase insurgents.
There are 800 ATTACKS PER DAY, ON U.S. AND BRITISH FORCES IN IRAQ.
Now it appears to me, at least, very much like the situation in Viet Nam; where TROOPS WHO DID NOT WISH TO FIGHT, WOULD "FRAG" THEIR OFFICERS; i.e., would ASSASSINATE their own officers. IT HAS BEEN STATED, THAT 600 AMERICAN OFFICERS IN VIET NAM LOST THEIR LIVES THAT WAY. Killed by their OWN troops. It was SO common, that A NEW WORD WAS ADDED TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
The Repugs are reluctantly making noises about leaving Iraq "in 6 months or in 3 months", because IT HAS BECOME IMPOSSIBLE PHYSICALLY TO SUSTAIN THE WAR EFFORT THERE. General Abizaid spoke, in passing, of "Maintenance and Logistical problems". But, THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT.
Halliburton is RAKING IN HUGE, HUGE, HUGE WAR PROFITS; but, Halliburton is NOT ACTUALLY SUPPLYING THE TROOPS WITH WHAT IT HAS CONTRACTED WITH THE U.S. GOVT TO SUPPLY THEM WITH. The U.S. troops are BRUSHING THEIR TEETH WITH SEWAGE WATER. Their armor is not much better than cardboard and plywood, and even THAT they have to scrounge for themselves off of junkyards! Their vehicles are BREAKING DOWN UNDER THE STRAIN OF DESERT CONDITIONS AND SAND IN THEIR ENGINES; conditions they were never built for. Fewer and fewer and fewer vehicles are in even any condition to move; and there are NO REPLACEMENT VEHICLES OR EVEN REPLACEMENT PARTS SUPPLIED BY HALLIBURTON and its subcontractors. New Orleans all over again! but in Iraq. SAME DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE; AT THE EXPENSE OF PROFITS OFF OF TAX DOLLARS THAT GO STRAIGHT TO LINING HALLIBURTON'S POCKETS, AND NOT TOWARDS PROTECTING THE TROOPS.
They CAN'T send MORE troops to Iraq; not only are those troops nowhere to be found; but, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO MEANS AVAILABLE FOR EQUIPPING AND SUPPLYING THOSE TROOPS WITH WHAT THEY WOULD NEED. NO MEANS AVAILABLE! Thanks to Halliburton being the NO-BID CONTRACTOR at the beginning of the war.
THE TROOPS ARE RUNNING OUT OF EVERYTHING; AND IT IS NOT GOING TO BE REPLACED. IT IS TOO LATE TO CHANGE THIS! The destruction of the Falcon Ammunitions Depot in Baghdad, a SPECTACULAR light show that lasted many hours and that I viewed that evening on the BBC, was said to have DESTROYED ONE BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLES. You DON'T hear much at all about this in the AMERICAN press -- you have to go to the FOREIGN press or websites to find any facts on this. Besides the Falcon ammo dump, OTHER AMMUNITION DEPOTS ALSO WENT UP IN SMOKE DURING THE SAME WEEK. And, the foreign press said that this was an INSIDE JOB -- by Iraqi "friends". !!!!!!!!!
I don't see how the troops can last even 6 months at this rate; if there are more ammo dump fires, they certainly couldn't! IN THE HEART OF BAGHDAD; RIGHT IN THE GREEN ZONE. NOWHERE is it "safe" for the troops; and, THEY HAVE NO FRIENDS THEY CAN TRUST.
The Repugs HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO WITHDRAW. We can't have our troops fighting naked and eating sewage; and THAT IS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE. Great job, Halliburton! Yessssssss!!!!!!!!!