Monday, September 11, 2006

So, Mr. Lynch

What's your take on a new 911 commission? It appears that there are more questions than answers. Should we stay the course or ask why we are on this path? Did you watch the Press Club briefing on C-Span today? Or are you worried about keeping your job?

Saturday, September 09, 2006

It appears things are worse in Iraq than we are told

U.S. count of Baghdad deaths excludes car bombs, mortar attacks
By Mark Brunswick and Zaineb Obeid
McClatchy Newspapers

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. officials, seeking a way to measure the results of a program aimed at decreasing violence in Baghdad, aren't counting scores of dead killed in car bombings and mortar attacks as victims of the country's sectarian violence.

In a distinction previously undisclosed, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said Friday that the United States is including in its tabulations of sectarian violence only deaths of individuals killed in drive-by shootings or by torture and execution.

That has allowed U.S. officials to boast that the number of deaths from sectarian violence in Baghdad declined by more than 52 percent in August over July.

But it eliminates from tabulation huge numbers of people whose deaths are certainly part of the ongoing conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Not included, for example, are scores of people who died in a highly coordinated bombing that leveled an entire apartment building in eastern Baghdad, a stronghold of rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

more at link above

Now remind me again why we need to stay-the-course. . . .

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Lynch's misplaced entitlement

Lynch's misplaced entitlement
By Joan Vennochi, Globe Columnist | September 7, 2006

STEPHEN F. LYNCH is entitled to his evolving opinions regarding war with Iraq. But why is the congressman from South Boston entitled to duck an opponent who questions his role as the Joe Lieberman of Massachusetts?

This week, Lynch had time to endorse Tom Reilly in the Democratic primary race for governor -- but no time to debate Phil Dunkelbarger , his primary opponent for the Ninth Congressional District seat.

Dunkelbarger is trying to apply Ned Lamont's script in Connecticut to Massachusetts. Lacking Lamont's money, he isn't getting the media attention Lamont enjoyed, and he is further handicapped by an odd surname. Even so, he manages to pose a legitimate question to Joe Moakley's successor: Why did Lynch back President Bush's policies in Iraq as recently as June 16, by voting in favor of a so-called ``stay the course" resolution championed by Republicans in the House of Representatives?

Lynch was one of 42 Democrats -- and the only member of the Massachusetts delegation -- to join a virtually united Republican Party to declare that the United States must complete ``the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure and united Iraq" without setting ``an arbitrary date for the withdrawal or redeployment" of US troops.

A former ironworker, Lynch stresses his common man touch. But he's not anxious to display it in any debate setting. ``He has pretty much stonewalled any kind of opportunity to give the voters of the district a chance to see the two of us in the same room," said Dunkelbarger of Westwood.

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Oh, by the way. . . .

since June 15, 2006, 166 soldiers have died (Iraq)
since June 15, 2006, 793 soldiers have been wounded and returned to duty (Iraq)
since June 15, 2006, 490 soldiers have been wounded and NOT returned to duty (Iraq)

Thanks for all you do, Mr. Lynch.