It was an incident that aptly summed up the fog of war in Iraq -- relatives burying nine women and a child they said were victims of a bomb attack on a bus in which the U.S. military said no one died.
Iraqis bury 10 after blast U.S. says killed no one
Pentagon Report on Saddam's Iraq Censored?
The Bush Administration apparently does not want a U.S. military study that found no direct connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda to get any attention. This morning, the Pentagon cancelled plans to send out a press release announcing the report's release and will no longer make the report available online.
TVNL REMINDER: U.S. gives $43 million to Afghanistan
TVNL Comment: Way before most Americans heard of the Taliban the Bush administration had a nice cozy relationship with those barbaric violators of Human rights. It is quite possible that in the history of mankind there has not been a more offensive group of people when it comes to the treatment of women, yet the Bush administration decided to give those barbarians $43 million of your money! This happened at a time when the Taliban overthrew the government of Afghanistan and they were not recognized as the legitimate governing body by any nation on Earth other than Pakistan. These were Bush's oil buddies and the Bush administration was working with them so that Bush's pals at Unical could get their oil pipeline built.
And who led the PR campaign gifting those vermin your money? None other than the traitor Colin Powell. He sold out every woman, past and present, by doing this as he sold out the troops and his nation by helping the Bush administration lie this nation into murderous war.
Warning that Afghanistan is "on the verge of a widespread famine," Secretary of State Colin Powell Thursday announced a $43 million package in humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people.
Killing ourselves in Afghanistan
In a secret meeting with a Taliban commander, I learned how Bush administration aid to Pakistan helps fund insurgents who kill U.S. troops.
Interviews with Afghan and U.S. intelligence officials involved in covert U.S. operations along the border suggest that U.S. intelligence operatives have known since 2005 that the Pakistan army and the ISI have been training and arming insurgents in the Tribal Areas who cross into Afghanistan to kill Afghan, U.S. and coalition forces. "Our guys are getting killed because Pakistan has a double policy," said an American policy advisor who travels frequently to U.S military and CIA bases near the border. But the same advisor says intelligence officials have only recently gotten through to their superiors in Washington that Pakistan is part of the problem.
White House blocks inquiry into construction of $736m embassy in Iraq
The Bush administration is blocking an inquiry into the delay-plagued construction of the $736m US embassy in Baghdad, a senior Democrat in Congress said today.
Henry Waxman, who is chairman of the oversight committee in the House of Representatives, asked US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice today to explain why her department certified the embassy as "substantially completed" in December despite inspections that reveal continued deficiencies in the facility's water, fire alarm and kitchen systems.
But the project stalled amid ballooning cost estimates as well as charges of corruption and shoddy work by the private contracting company overseeing the project.
In addition, two US state department employees who worked on the embassy project are now under criminal investigation.
Fortunes of War: Death and Chaos No Problem for Profit-Seekers in Iraq
As the British government's top advisor revealed this week in a remarkably candid interview with the Observer, Western business leaders don't care how many Iraqis die -- or who kills them -- just as long as their own profits can be guaranteed. It is the oil law -- not civil war, sectarian strife, or the cynical U.S. "surge" policy of arming all sides to guarantee continuing conflict -- that is holding up Western investment.
Iraq, Israel and WMD dossier
It reveals that a senior government official or minister suggested at the time of the dossier (September 2002) that Israel had brazenly flouted the UN’s authority in pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. A reference to Israel in the margins of the Williams draft is linked to an assertion in the text that Iraq is unique in this respect. It is clear that the author of the reference thought that the same charge might be levelled against Israel.
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