what i read, and what i don’t… tue, 6 march 2007: NOT ONE Member of the Bush Extended Family Has Served in Iraq
On Sunday, 25 February 2007, I read that NOT ONE Member of the Bush Extended Family Has Served in Iraq! Not One! The same is told about the Cheney‘s family.
That same Sunday 25 February 2007, I read that Mike McConnell, the new director of national intelligence, during his inaugural appearance before Congress last week, said that there are funds coming from Saudi Arabia, an ostensible U.S. ally, to help Sunni insurgents in Iraq, while Iran is supporting the Shiite militias there. The U.S. has a close oil-diplomatic relationship with Saudi Arabia and a long history of shielding the kingdom. As such I read that McConnell’s was reluctant to identify the Saudis as a source for support for the Sunni insurgents, and that his statement was elicited through persistent questioning by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former assistant attorney general in Michigan.
Friday, March 2, I read that a top Iranian cleric accused Pakistan on Friday of becoming a “terrorist sanctuary,” following an upsurge of violence on the two nations’ border area that Tehran blames on plots by arch foe the United States and on Pakistan’s inability to control its border. “Though Pakistan is our neighbour, little by little it is losing its neighbourly manners. Pakistan has become a sanctuary of terrorists who kill people in Zahedan,” hardline cleric Hojatoleslam Ahmad Khatami told Friday worshippers in Tehran.
Sunday, 4 March 2007,I read that local people in Afghanistan accused the US soldiers of targeting civilians. An incident described by US forces in Afghanistan as a “complex ambush” has left at least eight civilians dead. The incident occurred on the road from the eastern city of Jalalabad to Pakistan when a suicide bomber targeted a convoy, sparking a fire fight. US officials initially said 16 people had been killed. They did not explain the lower, revised death toll. Thousands of local people took to the streets, accusing the Americans of deliberately firing on the civilians.I read US military spokesman Maj William Mitchell saying: “We certainly believe it’s possible that the incoming fire from the ambush was wholly or partly responsible for the civilian casualties.”However, Mohammad Khan Katawazi, chief of Shinwar district, said the US troops treated everyone as a potential attacker even if they had no evidence.