Category: War

  • Rumsfeld: 'My Half-Assed Job Here Is Done'

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    The Onion: WASHINGTON, DC—After nearly six years of much-publicized service as Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon, saying that he had “proudly accomplished everything [he’d] set out to bungle.” “Years ago, I decided to bog this great nation down in an extended, grueling foreign occupation, and I’m happy to say that’s…

  • Medic Tends a Fallen Marine, With Skill, Prayer and Fury

    Medic Tends a Fallen Marine, With Skill, Prayer and Fury

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    NYT: Once the helicopter lifted away, he ran back to his vehicle, ready to treat anyone else. He was thinking about the marine he had already treated. “If I had gone with him,” he said, and glanced to where the helicopter had flown away, over the line of date palms at the end of a…

  • Military Charts Movement of Conflict in Iraq Toward Chaos

    Military Charts Movement of Conflict in Iraq Toward Chaos

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    NYT: The slide includes a color-coded bar chart that is used to illustrate an “Index of Civil Conflict.” It shows a sharp escalation in sectarian violence since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra in February, and tracks a further worsening this month despite a concerted American push to tamp down the violence in…

  • Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on the Internet

    Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on the Internet

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    NYT: Among the scenes being viewed daily by thousands of users of the sites are sniper attacks in which Americans are felled by snipers as a camera records the action and of armored Humvees or other military vehicles being hit by roadside bombs. In some videos, the troops do not appear to have been seriously…

  • His Corps Value Was Bravery

    His Corps Value Was Bravery

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    LA Times: As they rushed the house, Navy corpsman Alonso Rogero was hit in the stomach and Lance Cpl. Ryan Sunnerville in the leg. Grainy, shaky film of the incident shows Sunnerville hopping on one leg, still firing his M-16. Marines and insurgents exchanged gunfire from no more than 20 feet. From inside the building,…

  • Failure to Root Out a Secret Front in the War on Terror

    Failure to Root Out a Secret Front in the War on Terror

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    NYT: According to the filmmakers, however, there is nothing soft and helpless about the way the Musharraf administration handles Pakistani reporters. The documentary points the finger at the government for the murder in Hayatullah Khan, a Pakistani journalist who worked with PBS and whose reporting on a 2005 missile attack on a Qaeda operative embarrassed…

  • Filkins, 'NYT' War Reporter: 'Anarchy' Curtails Reporting in Iraq

    Editor & Publisher: He estimated that there are probably 50 murders and 20 to 30 kidnappings in Baghdad every day, and said that it had gotten to the point where it was no longer just Sunni-Shiite clashes or insurgent mayhem. “Nobody trusts anybody anymore,” he said. “There’s no law, and the worst people with guns…

  • 2 SEALs Receive Navy Cross

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    Washington Post: Wounded and locked in a harrowing gunfight deep in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountains, Navy SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Axelson laid down covering fire so a teammate could escape — an act of heroism for which Axelson was yesterday posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the service’s second-highest medal. Fighting nearby, Petty…

  • In Haditha

    In Haditha

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    Lucian Read, from Digital Journalist: The battalion and company limped out of Fallujah heroes–a fistful of Bronze Stars, a Navy Cross. That Navy Cross was one of only eight since the war began. If the First Sergeant who earned it had died they probably would have given him The Medal. I took the photo that…

  • Press Politicizes, Instead of Examining, Death Toll in Iraq

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    From CJR Daily: What seemed to matter more than dead soldiers was the speculation about how the death toll would influence the president or his party’s political fortunes. Here’s how the AP story began: “The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that 2,500 U.S. troops have died in the Iraq war since it began more than three years…

  • Under a guise of fiction, realities of war

    Under a guise of fiction, realities of war

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    From The New York Times: In 2000 Mr. Junger went with Mr. Scott Anderson to Bosnia, where they accidentally almost captured one of the world’s most-wanted war criminals. “The idea was to head to the Croatian coast, drink beer and look at girls,” recalled Mr. Junger. “Instead we detoured into some hell hole on the…

  • Bound, Blindfolded, and Dead: The Face of Revenge in Baghdad

    Bound, Blindfolded, and Dead: The Face of Revenge in Baghdad

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    From the New York Times: “If the Americans leave, we are finished,” said Hassan al-Azawi, whose brother was taken from the pet shop. He thought for a moment more. “We may be finished already.” Here.

  • Iraq Violence Turns Inward

    Iraq Violence Turns Inward

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    From the New York Times: I recently met a Sunni man who used to be virulently anti-American. He showed me postmortem pictures of his younger brother, who had been kidnapped by death squads and had holes drilled in his face. “Even the Americans wouldn’t do this,” he said. Here.

  • Photo Books Show Two Different Iraqs

    Photo Books Show Two Different Iraqs

    From PDN: With the benefit of more time, two recent photo books have tried to show the war from new angles. They take fundamentally different approaches: one from the viewpoint of the American solider, the other from the viewpoint of the Iraqi citizens. Here. The books:

  • Iraq war correspondents discuss…

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    From UC Berkeley News: Jackie Spinner, Washington Post staff writer and author of “Tell Them I Didn’t Cry,” an account of a year spent in Baghdad starting in May 2004, disagreed that reporters in Iraq are prevented from telling both sides. “I think we’re getting 90 percent of the story,” she said. When disbelieving guffaws…

  • Dash to Baghdad Left Top U.S. Generals Divided

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    From the New York Times: The war was barely a week old when Gen. Tommy R. Franks threatened to fire the Army’s field commander. Here.

  • The Web This Morning

    The Web This Morning

    Photography – Pictures of the Year winners gallery Artist – Jude Buffum, does hilarious art with classic 8-bit videogame imagery Yahoo war reporter Kevin Sites is now in Chechnya Q&A with Kevin Sites WFMU – Compilation of the month: Shut up and Play (mp3’s of inane between-song banter). Featuring Slayer, Mercyful Fate, and the infamous…