Disgruntled Troops Complain to Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld

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Yahoo! News – Disgruntled Troops Complain to Rumsfeld

Disgruntled U.S. soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Wednesday about the lack of armor for their vehicles and long deployments, drawing a blunt retort from the Pentagon chief.

And Rummy’s response?

“You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want.”

All they want is armor…..Is that too much to ask?

The First Lie

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TomPaine.com – Archives – The First Lie

The invasion was not just reckless. It was unconstitutional.

It is time to set the record straight. The United States Congress never voted for the Iraq war. Rather, Congress voted for a resolution in October 2002 which unlawfully transferred to the president the decision-making power of whether to launch a first-strike invasion of Iraq. The United States Constitution vests the awesome power of deciding whether to send the nation into war solely in the United States Congress.

My brother’s recent comments spurred me to find the article linke above about the unconstitutionality of the Iraq war. It’s an interesting read.

CARE Hostage Faces Transfer to Al-Zarqawi


Yahoo! News – CARE Hostage Faces Transfer to Al-Zarqawi

The kidnappers of aid worker Margaret Hassan threatened to turn her over to al-Qaida-linked militants notorious for beheading hostages unless Britain agreed within 48 hours to pull its troops from Iraq (news – web sites), Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday.

I was wondering what was going on with Margaret Hassan, and it looks like things are not going well. This is horrible. I hope they release her, but these are stubborn people. What a horrible, horrible, depressing mess.

Who’s minding the store?

John Edwards official Senate photo portrait.

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Edwards asks, “who’s minding the store?”

Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards accused the Bush administration on Thursday of ignoring problems ranging from scarce flu vaccine to the war in Iraq while officials campaign in battleground states and asked, “Who’s minding the store?”

Well, that’s a good question…The article says that people such as Condi Rice (national security advisor) and the head of the Health and Human Services are campaigning for Bush right now. Why? Shouldn’t someone be doing something in Washington? I understand that our political system really is mostly to blame for this. I mean, it sucks that we put our candidates though absolute hell and force them to spend millions of dollars, and more importantly, hours and hours of time, to campaign for office. There is something inherently wrong with that system. Granted, I certainly don’t have a solution to it. But I really don’t think Condi Rice needs to be campaigning right now. There is lots of work to be done and somebody needs to be doing it.