Iraq Casualty Numbers Doctored
Attacks Near Mosul, Khalis
Sadr Condemns Wall
Since the Bush administration doesn’t actually have any good news on Iraq, they are just making it up. It confirms your worst suspicions. They haven’t been counting victims of car bombings when they say that violence is down in Iraq! Bush administration spokesmen and officials are just saying that fewer bodies are found in the streets, victims of death squads. But the number of victims of car bombing has actually increased in this period.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi government is withholding statistics on Iraqi casualties from the United Nations.
It is official: The real parts of the Iraq War are being treated as imaginary, and the imaginary parts are being treated as though they are real.
Early Thursday morning in Iraq, guerrillas in Khalis attacked Iraqi troops, killing 9 and wounding 15, 10 of them soldiers.
In Zumar, west of Mosul, guerrillas attacked the local HQ of Massoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic National Party.
Police found 18 bodies in the streets of Baghdad on Wednesday.
Nationalist young Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday condemned the US plans to build a wall around the Adhamiya district of Baghdad, calling it “evil” and warning it would reinforce sectarianism. Al-Sadr has a pan-Islamic rhetoric, but at night his Mahdi Army goons murder Sunni Arabs in the street. It remains to be seen if he is capable of reining in his goons and actually put together an anti-Coalition alliance of both Shiites and Sunnis.
The House of Representative passed a budget supplemental containing a timetable for withdrawal of US troops, in defiance of Bush, who says he will veto it. The LAT points out that far from being unpopular with constituents back home, the Dems have gotten a lot of support from voters for trying to rescue our trapped troops from the quagmire.
The House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee has subpoened Condi Rice with regard to the alledged nuclear weapons program and purchase of yellowcake from Niger.
Speaking of accountability, Dennis Kucinich has introduced articles of impeachement against VP Richard Bruce Cheney.