Sonic Puke
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I thought the liberation of Iraq was "all about the oil"...

I wonder no I don't how much play this will get in the media...

Will the left stop claiming that this was all about oil now? Don't hold your breath...

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi officials declared Tuesday that the interim government has assumed full control of the country's oil industry ahead of the June 30 handover of sovereignty from the U.S.-led occupation administration.

"Today the most important natural resource has been returned to Iraqis to serve all Iraqis," Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said. "I'm pleased to announce that full sovereignty and full control on oil industry has been handed over to the oil ministry today and to the new Iraqi government as of today."

The announcement came as Allawi and Oil Minister Thamir Ghadbhan toured the al-Doura oil refinery in southern Baghdad.

After meeting and shaking hands with the refinery workers, the two ministers thanked oil sector workers.

"We are totally now in control, there are no more advisers," Ghadbhan said. "We are running the show, the oil policies will be implemented 100 percent by Iraqis."

Things seem to be going more smoothly in Iraq lately...

The mission of our military patriots in Iraq is changing as the new sovereign Iraqi government takes charge of their own future...

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The U.S. military will consult Iraq's interim leaders before engaging in future offensives and is shifting its priorities from fighting guerrillas to training Iraqi troops and protecting Iraq's fragile new government, the U.S. general who heads military operations said Thursday.

"Combat becomes a lower priority than it has been for much of the insurgent fight to date," said Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, who took command of the new Multinational Corps Iraq headquarters last month.

Let's hope this will also mean a lower cost in our greatest treasure... The blood of our patriots...

But will this mean a lessening of the quagmirian gloom and doom of the liberal media? Don't hold your breath... It is far more important to defeat the evil Pres Bush than win any war to them...

Metz said American forces "certainly have the right" under a U.N. Security Council resolution approved Tuesday "to conduct operations as we would like to."

But decisions on U.S. operations will be made in concert with Iraq's incoming leaders, through liaisons sprinkled through coalition and Iraqi military units, Metz added.

Well thank goodness and Pres Bush for this, I have to assume that a Pres Kerry/Gore would have in the name of multilateral-ism ceded this ability to guide the future of Iraq to the French for nothing...

One of the first tasks Metz identified was to declare which militias and rebel forces are "the enemy."

"I don't think we're going to conduct a lot of operations where we disagree with the Iraqi government on who is hostile or not," Metz told The Associated Press in an interview on the sprawling coalition base on the edge of Baghdad International Airport. "It's only to our benefit ... To get the support of the interim Iraqi government."

Iraq's incoming prime minister, Iyad Allawi, has said the U.S. military will not be permitted to repeat heavy offensives like the April siege of Fallujah, which involved helicopter gunships and Air Force bombings that killed hundreds of Iraqis, many of them civilians.
The aborted assault on Fallujah is widely seen as a mistake that cost the United States support among Iraqis and left Fallujah a rebel safe-haven.

The U.N. resolution gives Iraqi leaders a say on "sensitive offensive operations" by the U.S.-led multinational force, but stops short of granting the Iraqis a veto over major U.S.-led military operations as France and Germany had wanted.

Nice how the AP has it both ways here... Heavy operations which killed civilians, but a "mistake" to abort the assault...

I also have to wonder about the phrase "many of them were civilians"... How many is many? .1% 1% 10% 50%? Who knows...

Now, the U.S.-led command is focusing intensely on rebuilding the Iraqi military and police, appointing a three-star U.S. general to oversee the task and giving it a higher priority than defeating anti-American guerrillas.

"Combat becomes a lower priority than it has been for much of the insurgent fight to date," Metz said.
Metz said another top job is guarding Iraq's economic infrastructure - pipelines, electric pylons, roads - needed to resuscitate the economy, while protecting the fragile, fledgling government selected to run the country until January's elections.

"There are very professional terrorists that would like to kill any number of those people," he said.

Of course, as U.S. officers like to say, the enemy gets a vote. If rebels launch an offensive, perhaps timed to coincide with the June 30 transfer of some sovereignty to an Iraqi regime, Metz said the Army will shift back into counterinsurgency mode. Many have predicted a guerrilla attempt to disrupt the handover.

But Metz said recent events have undercut the importance of June 30 as an insurgent target. The naming of an interim government headed by Allawi was one. And the resignation of the widely mistrusted Governing Council, hand-picked by the United States, was another.

"It's turned out to be a pretty smart strategic move," Metz said. "It has given us time to educate those new leaders to the threat that we have and that the Iraqis have."

Sound like some things are going quite well.. Funny my evening news doesn't seem to stress this.. One would almost think they don't want people to know that anything IS going right...

Insurgent attacks in June have dropped to levels not seen since the relative calm of March, when 33 U.S. troops died in attacks, along with almost 200 Iraqis killed in a series of bombings. By contrast, 122 American troops and hundreds of Iraqis were killed in April, the bloodiest month for U.S. troops since the war started.

Hmm, I didn't know this either... Maybe it's the nonstop Reagan thing... (No disrespect to a man I highly admire and am grateful to... But am I the only one who thinks that Reagan could just be the top #1 most covered story of this week and not the ONLY story of the week?)

Credit to the AP reporter for pointing this out... I didn't realize that attacks are down so far this month... Let's hope the tide is turning, the tipping point reached so to speak... Particularly for the sake of the Iraqis, and of course our success in the War on Terror largely depends on theirs...

Metz said he and other commanders are studying intelligence to gird for the next rebel onslaught.

"It may be more likely that the insurgents will challenge us after the handover, to challenge the young government that's trying to figure out how it's going to operate, how it's going to have a relationship with us," Metz said. "Some predict July will be like April - there will be a hell of a lot of fighting. Others predict that no, the enemy will wait closer to election time" in January.

I hope they are right, seems to me that this will only give all concerned time to be prepared... (UN, US, Iraqi government.)

I just hope the anti-American forces don't slaughter masses of Iraqi citizens for daring to vote for their own leaders... I have a feeling this would/will turn the majority of Iraqi people against them, but it would still be terrible and I hope (but don't expect) that they are smart enough to realize this and not attack Iraqis...

In another deviation from plans, Iraqi forces will not be brought into the 35-nation coalition. National troops will fall under their own command, which will operate separately while reporting to the U.S.-led coalition.

Military officials have said the April uprising - and the collapse of U.S.-led Iraqi security forces, half of whom refused to fight - persuaded them to place Iraqi forces under an indigenous command. The move gives the Iraqi military more freedom of action than other coalition partners.

"If their government wants to do an operation, they're a sovereign nation and they can go do that operation," Metz said. "We will certainly offer all the advice we can if we think it's not a smart operation or they don't have the right intelligence brief."

U.S. officials are already meeting with the new Iraqi government and its Ministry of Defense to draft common goals on the post-handover direction of the guerrilla war. The two sides need to decide exactly who the "enemy" is, and what types of actions the coalition can mount against them.

Analysts have said the U.S. military will have to assume a lower profile to keep Iraqis from turning on their new government - or to prevent the government from kicking foreign troops out.

"What we'll want to do with our partners is establish who is anti-Iraqi," Metz said. "If our partners agree that someone is a hostile force then they are a hostile force."

Sounds like the Iraqis will have a lot of sovereignty right off the bat... Why does the media keep trying to convince me that the Iraqi people will never accept this government at "legitimate"... If they exert and have control from now to January I think most Iraqis will accept this as being as legitimate as interim unelected leaders can be... And when followed by elections things should quickly become fully legit... Let's hope...

With about 130,000 U.S. troops and some 24,000 British and other coalition soldiers in Iraq, Metz said U.S.-led troops will keep up their intelligence-based raids on rebel targets. The top focus will be capturing international terrorists believed to be behind the deadliest car bombings here, Metz said.

"If we find the intelligence tells us there's a lucrative target, we'll go to our (Iraqi) partners and share that with them, and we'll agree that is a target we'll need to take down," Metz said.


I'm voting for John Kerry

before I vote against him...

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Silly isn't it...

Problem is that Nominee Kerry resembles this remark.

The Orwellian, almost surrealistic state of affairs in American "politics" has gone from the sublime to well, you know... Howard Dean, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosie, The 9/11 grandstand (grandstand) be bop she bang bang (grandstand)...

And now the robotic talking points machines Kerry likes to call his surrogates are trying to convince the American people that there is some evil "Republican Attack Machine" out there attacking all their patriotism...

People who are not mindless zombies do not believe this for one second.

Ask any question of any of his surrogates (Or him) and the answer is always

A) Well Pres Bush has done X Y and Z

B) Don't attack my patriotism

C) Kerry fought in Vietnam and that's really good...

I have however finally notice a flippyflop in a distinctly starboard direction... (The infamous predictable move to the "center"..)

Thing is, if he's really telling the truth (and not just waiting to be elected to flip back.) then there is no difference between him and Pres Bush...

Except for Kerry claiming he would have our allies and the UN involved more...

You know our Allies and the UN who were making billions of dollars from the corrupt Saddam Hussein regime? But of course they would have given up the BILLIONS they were stuffing into their own pockets to do the right thing for the Iraqi people...

I mean just because people were starving in Iraq while they were getting rich off the money meant to feed those people is no reason to think they wouldn't have authorized force to end their meal ticket...

A recent report by the General Accounting Office in Washington accused Saddam Hussein's government of having pocketed more than $10 billion from the six-year oil-for-food program, which used Iraqi oil sales to pay for food, medicine and other goods between 1997 and 2002. In February, a document from Iraqi ministries reportedly cited Mr. Sevan as having received oil allotments himself. Mr. Sevan denied the charges in a written statement, but declined to discuss the issue publicly.

The e-mail message to what one United Nations official called Mr. Sevan's "inner circle" is his first comment on the allegations of corruption and cover-up that have damaged the United Nations at a time when it is grappling to shape an interim government in Iraq scheduled to take power on June 30, and to assist the country in planning elections and drawing up a constitution.

In his e-mail message, Mr. Sevan said he was the victim of an "intense smear campaign." He defended the oil-for-food program as having made "a real difference in the daily lives of the average Iraqi people." As long as economic sanctions were in place, he added, "there was no alternative to the program." But, he continued, "it could have been better administered had we been allowed by the member states to do so."

Mr. Sevan did not explain in his e-mail message how the Security Council had hampered him from effectively administering the sprawling program. But diplomats and United Nations officials said it was what one called "common knowledge" that member states were ignoring the widespread complaints about kickbacks and payoffs by Saddam Hussein's government so that their companies could continue being part of the lucrative program.

Fred Eckhard, the spokesman for Secretary General Kofi Annan, said that because the e-mail message was a private communication, the United Nations would not comment on its contents.


(This is a big and)

the UN Is once again not only ignoring buy COMPLICIT in genocide...

I don't use this word lightly...

As you are reading this people are likely being raped and dumped into mass graves in Sudan by an Arab government against a black population...

Many refugees fleeing the violence allege the militias are carrying out serious widespread abuses that amount to crimes against humanity, rape, arbitrary and racial killings as well as the destruction of homes and civilian areas.

Earlier this month, Sudan's government and two main rebel groups signed a temporary cease-fire agreement to allow humanitarian aid into the war-ravaged western region of the country.

SONIC:But this aid has not been allowed in and the starvation has only gotten worse. And of course it's getting worse. That is the whole point of Genocide... This article is a little old (Not Melanie style 3 years old but a month old) but I thought you would like this information from the Axis of Quagmire so you might believe it... If you CARE look it up, look up what has happened since this article, the starvation is only worse... (And yes I have promoted CNN to full membership in the Axis of Quagmire.)

U.S. President George Bush has demanded Sudan's government end mass fighting with rebels, calling the nation's civil war "one of the worst humanitarian tragedies of our time."

U.N. human rights investigators have spent days trying to get into Darfur but Sudan had initially refused access.

However, permission has now been granted and the five-member team left Geneva Tuesday, arriving in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, on Wednesday.

Dunt-Dut-Dut-Daaaaaaaaa A five member team... Yawn... [sarcasm]I'm sure this will quell the genocide in nothing flat....[/sarcasm]

The team has already interviewed Darfur refugees in Chad, who have raised "serious allegations of a troubling nature," according to a statement from the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Oh yes tut-tut and tsk-tsk... Troubling... (How about GENOCIDE you self imprtant bastards... People are K*cking DYING!!!!!!!!!!!)

Earlier this month, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland reported an organized, "scorched-earth" policy of ethnic cleansing in Darfur.

Egeland said there were credible and frequent reports that Janjaweed militias, which are Arab and allied to the Sudanese Government, had committed atrocities -- including murders, rapes and acts of looting and destruction -- against local black Africans, especially members of the Fur, Zaghawas and Massalit ethnic communities.

A British journalist who managed to cross the border into Darfur by wearing a disguise, told CNN earlier this month that he witnessed evidence of genocide in the region, including "hastily dug graves and a pile of bodies" in the village of Tadera.

"What I saw was village after village which has been burnt down," Phil Cox said on CNN's International Correspondents program.

"Usually there are bodies around the villages. There are mass graves outside. When I say mass graves, I mean large pits in the earth, maybe 10 to 20 bodies in them, and these pits, 20 to 30 pits around the villages."

Cox said he uncovered recordings of Sudanese bomber pilots ordering attacks on civilian villages.

"I have interviewed Sudanese government soldiers, who were told to attack villages and when they got there they only found civilians." Cox said.

"I have interviewed the refugees and civilians from these villages who testified to this."

After extensive reporting in the region, Cox said he has "come to the conclusion that the Sudanese government have a systematic intention of removing many black Africans from Darfur by violent means."

On the heels of the 10th anniversary since the Rwanda genocide left nearly a million people dead in 100 days, Cox said not much has changed.

"The world is not dealing with this. We know it is happening. Ignorance is not an excuse now. And in the light of these commemorations and talk about Rwanda, it comes as increasingly double standards again by the international community," he said.

Sadly it's not a double standard... It's the standard standard... Ignore all Genocide... Perhaps pass a resolution against America for not preventing.. (Or if they do prevent it pass a resolution condemning them for preventing it...)

And what's really funny (If you consider 30,000 dead black people so far "funny") is that Sudan is on the UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION WHICH OVERSEES THIS SORT OF THING!!!

The United Nations and Red Cross have been providing cover for terrorists – literally. And American taxpayers are footing some of the bill.

Last week, an Israeli television station aired footage of armed Arab terrorists in southern Gaza using an ambulance owned and operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. Palestinian gunmen used the UNRWA emergency vehicle as getaway transportation after murdering six Israeli soldiers in Gaza City on May 11. The footage shows two ambulances with flashing lights pull onto a street. Shots and shouts ring out during the nighttime raid. A gang of militants piles into one of the supposedly neutral ambulances, clearly marked "U.N." with the agency's blue flag flying from the roof, which then speeds away from the scene., a nonprofit global news monitoring service, posted the video (shot by a Reuters TV cameraman) on its website last week. To date, Access Middle East Managing Director Richard Bardenstein in Israel informs me, not a single U.S. television news station has expressed interest in showing the footage to American viewers.

Nope no bias there. American TV is just as patriotic as everybody else... They wouldn't protect the UN...

Abu Ghraib for almost 4 weeks straight now...

Not a peep about the quagmire in the UN.... (And believe me, if this had ANYTHING to do with Pres Bush it would be 24/7 and a quagmire.)

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