From Iraqi officers, three tales of shock and defeat | csmonitor.com

April 18, 2003 § Leave a comment

Note. The last will be the last post to the Iraq blog. fom now on most stories are really analytical and future scenario pertinent, so i will continue the analysis in the regular blog. this has been a great expeience in a most difficult time. I appreciate the many comments of encouragment and suggestions, and learned from the ones that were critical.

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Half-Brother, Where Art Thou? By EmilyBiuso

April 18, 2003 § Leave a comment

Half-Brother, Where Art Thou? By EmilyBiuso from slate

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But Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told Defense Department employees at a Pentagon town-hall meeting that American and British forces probably won’t find weapons because Iraqi leaders have become so skilled at hiding them. “It’s not like a treasure hunt, where you just run around looking everywhere. … The inspectors didn’t find anything, and I doubt that we will.”

dc: that is thin for sure. With key iraqis in custody i should go better than this.

12 Green beets take on running a village

April 17, 2003 § Leave a comment

US Green berets runs a town

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IWANIYA, Iraq, April 17 They were trained in the art of war and came to Iraq to fight. But now that the regime has been toppled, Army Special Forces soldiers in Diwaniya have found themselves on an entirely different and, in many ways, more difficult mission.
They are trying to rebuild the city.
It is a battle against chaos instead of bullets. The Green Berets have had to wade into angry crowds. They have mediated between rival tribes locked in blood feuds. They have tried to hold together the city’s thin threads of social order, not always with success.
Today, a man was killed when the bodyguards of a sheik from another city fired into a crowd of 200 men who were protesting the sheik’s presence at a community meeting. Soldiers arrested 16 of the bodyguards and detained the sheik, drawing loud applause from the crowd. But it was a setback for the team, which had worked closely with the sheik, a leader of the Jabour tribe.
“Just when things looked like they were going good, we have a power struggle in town,” said the Special Forces team leader, a 32-year-old captain. Rules imposed by the military bar identification of the leader, or any members of his team.
There is a crisis like this almost every day. The team has become the de facto center of Diwaniya’s government, which has all but ceased to function. It is a role the Green Berets have played before, in villages and towns in Vietnam and elsewhere.

dc: this is a very good real american story.

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April 17, 2003 § Leave a comment

Mary Dejevsky in the Independent on Bkair losing.

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In fact, public opinion across Europe (old members and new) was united in opposing the war. Those governments which sided with the US and Britain are now in political trouble.

Many of the “new” Europeans have let it be known that they signed up to solidarity with the US out of a mixture of naivety and gratitude for the protection afforded by their US-sponsored admission to Nato. They have no intention of repeating what they now see as an error. With Nato in terminal decline, they see their future unambiguously in the EU. Unlike Britain, they will cheerfully embrace the euro, and willingness to join a common foreign and security policy will surely follow. The only question is whether the signatories to that common policy will include Britain.

It may yet do so. For what we are really hearing, through the din of all those victory chants and claims of French isolation, is the soft murmur of Britain suing for peace with the rest of Europe.

dc: another must read by from the Independent. The crispness, the logical flow.

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Confusion over Baghdad ‘vote’

April 17, 2003 § Leave a comment

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Confusion over Baghdad ‘vote’

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Zubaidi says he has been elected interim governor of Baghdad
A US marine spokesman in Baghdad has downplayed reports that an Iraqi has been elected to govern the city.
The officer was responding to news that Mohammed Mohsen Zubaidi had announced his “election” by local people and was liaising with the US military.

dc; this is the wrold’s greatest opera. There willb e more characters…

unfortunately, the world press is turning away from the “story” of Iraq.

Reuters AlertNet – U.S. digs, searches in vain for Iraqi chemical weapons

April 17, 2003 § Leave a comment

dc: things are moving so fast they are slow. Diplomatic, commercail, everyone reassessing who they are and what they satand for and what their options are.

In the bacjground, no WMD.
US political scene
Arab nudge towards modernity – maybe
Europe ??
Blair??
How many killed in Iraq?
Cuba
Pakistan

US tels Russia if UN, no oil

April 17, 2003 § Leave a comment

from The Agonist–by Sean Paul Kelley

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via Moscow Times: A senior U.S. official advised Russia on Wednesday to drop its calls for the United Nations to take a leading role in reconstructing Iraq if it wanted to do well in a carve-up of the oil-rich country.
The senior U.S. official, speaking in an interview on condition of anonymity, said Russia’s role in rebuilding Iraq would be determined by “how they play their cards.”
( ed. The ‘Senior US Official’ is almost certainly the US ambassador to Russia. )

dc: hard to believe this will make friends.

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