The (almost) Final Throes

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The (almost) Final Throes
Fri, 06-23-2006 - 12:15pm

Cheney did say that we were in the final throes (again). Yes he did...just recently...declare that we are still in the final throes:(

I am sure that comforts the people of Baghdad:

<<< State of emergency declared in Baghdad

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press Writer 47 minutes ago

The Iraqi government declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Friday after insurgents set up roadblocks in central Baghdad and opened fire on U.S. and Iraqi troops outside the heavily fortified Green Zone.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered everyone off the streets of the capital from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

U.S. and Iraqi forces also fought gunmen in the volatile Dora neighborhood in south Baghdad.

Two U.S. soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle southeast of the capital, the U.S. military said.

The military also said two U.S. Marines died in combat in volatile Anbar province in separate attacks on Wednesday and Thursday, and a soldier died elsewhere in a non-combat incident on Wednesday.

At least 2,517 members of the U.S. military have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

A car bomb ripped through a market and nearby gas station in the increasingly violent southern city of Basra, killing at least five people and wounding 18, including two policemen, police said.

A bomb also struck a Sunni mosque in Hibhib, northeast of Baghdad, killing 10 worshippers and wounding 15 in the town where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was slain this month, police said.

At least 19 other deaths were reported in Baghdad.

Throughout the morning, Iraqi and U.S. military forces clashed with attackers armed with rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and rifles in busy Haifa Street, which runs into the Green Zone, site of the U.S. and British embassies and the Iraqi government.

Four Iraqi soldiers and three policemen were wounded in the fighting, police Lt. Maitham Abdul Razzaq said.

The region was sealed and Iraqi and U.S. forces conducted house-to-house searches.

The prime minister's office said the curfew would last from 2 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday but later shortened to end at 5 p.m. Friday.

The state of emergency includes a ban on carrying weapons and gives Iraqi security forces broader arrest powers, Defense Ministry official Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Mohamed Jassim said.

"The state of emergency and curfew came in the wake of today's clashes to let the army work freely to chase militants and to avoid casualties among civilians," he said. "They will punish all those who have weapons with them and they can shoot them if they feel that they are danger."

Gunmen also attacked a group of worshippers marching from Sadr City, the Shiite slum in eastern Baghdad, to the Buratha mosque on the other side of the city to protest a suicide attack a week ago on the revered Shiite shrine. At least one marcher was killed and four were wounded, Lt. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said.

Al-Maliki has been trying to rein in unrelenting insurgent and sectarian violence. He launched a massive security operation in Baghdad 10 days ago, deploying tens of thousands of troops who flooded the city, snarling traffic with hundreds of checkpoints.

Police said they found the bodies of five men who apparently were victims of a mass kidnapping from a factory on Wednesday. The bodies, which showed signs of torture and had their hands and legs bound, were floating in a canal in northern Baghdad, police Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razzaq said.

A police raid on a farm Thursday freed 17 of the captives

Meanwhile, the U.S. military said it killed four foreign insurgents in a raid north of Fallujah. Two of the dead men had 15-pound bombs strapped to their bodies. The military said an insurgent thought to be an Iraqi also was killed in the raid, which was launched on the basis of information from a suspected arrested in the region in previous days.

Separately, the military said, it detained a senior leader of al-Qaida in Iraq and three other suspected insurgents Monday during raids northeast of Baghdad, near where al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. air raid earlier this month.>>>

Final throes are THE WORST THROES. The beginning and middle throes were mild compared to these final throes.

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Registered: 03-15-2006
Fri, 06-23-2006 - 1:18pm
What continues to shock me is the audacity with which Cheney lies!!! He boldly goes where no politician has gone before. And the public is too stunned to believe that a bold lie is not true.
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Registered: 09-24-2004
Fri, 06-23-2006 - 2:58pm
He'll continue to lie as long as nobody challenges him. He goes on t.v. , tells his lies, and not a single interviewer questions him about it in a critical way. It gets shown/published as authoritative and correct...until somebody in the blogosphere or opposing politicians call him on it. With Cheney and just about everybody in the administration it is all about controlling and framing the message - not about the substance of the message. It is almost as if the media was on Cheney's payroll.
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Registered: 03-18-2000
Sat, 06-24-2006 - 9:26am

>"still in the final throes"<

This statement has been made so many times it has totally lost any credibility.

At least 25 people have been executed in Mosul.



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Registered: 03-18-2000
Sat, 06-24-2006 - 9:31am
Sunnis: U.S. Troops Detained Top Leader

U.S. troops detained a top Sunni religious leader for several hours Saturday in Tikrit, an influential Sunni group said.

The Sunni Association of Muslim Scholars said Jamal al-Din Abdul Karim al-Dabban was taken into custody along with three of his sons at about 5 a.m. in Tikrit, the hometown of deposed President Saddam Hussein.

The cleric, who is a mufti, or a religious authority for Iraq's Sunni Arab minority, was released about seven hours later after protests, Tikrit's Gov. Hamad Humoud al-Qaisi said.

The U.S. military said it was looking into the incident.

Hundreds of people responded to calls over mosque loudspeakers to gather in front of the governor's office to protest the detention, said Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim al-Atwani, deputy head of the association in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad.

The Iraqi Islamic party, the country's largest Sunni political group, also condemned the arrest of the "Mufti of Iraq" and demanded his immediate release.

"The Sheik represents an Islamic and National symbolic and these violations could cause the security situation to deteriorate," the statement added.

Disaffected Sunni Arabs, who were dominant under Saddam but lost power to majority Shiites after his ouster, are the driving force behind Iraq's unrelenting insurgency.




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Tue, 06-27-2006 - 8:17pm

I have just been reading a blog that describes a situation in Iraq that is chilling. How much time to we spend on trivalities while we learn nothing about the real world.

Tomgram: Running with the Barbarians
Green Zoning It All the Way

It is extremely long, and well worth reading. Here is just the closing paragraphs:

Running with the Barbarians: So let's return to those ridiculous Europeans who think that the Bush administration is a greater destabilizing force than Iran or North Korea in our world. Despite the President's outrage, here's the odd thing: If you stop to think about it for a moment, the Bush administration's Iraqi argument and the recent full-scale charge of the Republicans in Congress is now implicitly based on little but the destabilizing qualities of the President's war-on-terror policies; on the thought that, if those policies are not pursued to their unimaginable endpoint, the destabilizing happening elsewhere, the turning of Iraq into a lawless, devolving Red Zone, of Afghanistan into a lawless, rebellious narco-state, the potential unsettling of the whole "arc of instability," will arrive on our shores.
The globally disastrous results of Bush administration policy are now the explanation for continuing that policy. We must stay in Iraq because otherwise the Zarqawis will come to us. Who even remembers when, before the invasion of Iraq, Zarqawi was a nonentity, a small-time thug and crude jihadist, a would-be whatever -- with little hope of becoming that "whatever." Now, he's in the pantheon of whatevers and he and his successors are being transformed in the White House Rose Garden from the dismal results of what this administration has done into the justification for everything they still plan to do.
In the meantime, we have now passed the Nth tidal shift, the umpteenth turning point -- moments which invariably allow the Bush administration to retell the same inane Green-Zone stories that the media always takes up with a strange kind of hope as if some slate had just been wiped clean until, soon after, they are drowned in new waves of blood and chaos.
How many more Green Zone stories are Americans capable of taking? For how long will Americans mistake safety for hunkering down in the ruins of occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, with the embassy lights on and the water running and that fabulous little club in full swing, and everything else going to hell? As long as we do, matters will only worsen. And sooner or later, whether the jihadis arrive on our shores or not, our empire will come home. It already has. Don't for a second think that you can keep the torturers, their methods, and their mentalities -- those classic "dirty hands" -- off in the shadows, beyond the walls forever. Indeed, the barbarians are already inside the gates. Soon enough, they may be impossible to tell from us.