Wednesday, June 21, 2006
3 Soldiers charged w/Murder & Armitage takes off BushCo rose colored glasses
TheAustralian-News: The mutilated bodies of 2 MIA soldiers (Pvt Thomas Tucker, 25, from OR & Pvt Kristian Menchaca, 23, from TX) were found. The discovery of the bodies came as 3 US soldiers were charged w/ premeditated murder after being accused of shooting three detainees north of Baghdad on May 9 and then threatening to kill a fellow soldier if he told the truth about the incident. In an exclusive interview w/ The Australian, former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage has given a gloomy assessment of the Iraq situation: He said he believed the Iraqis would soon ask the US to leave their country. The most optimistic scenario following a US withdrawal would be that Iraq would become a loose federation -- although the term federation would not be used because it upsets neighboring Turkey -- w/ a weak central govt. Armitage was equally gloomy about Afghanistan, especially in the south, where violence was worsening, and he said several factors were driving the renewed violence in Afghanistan including drugs which provided money for numerous warlords, the fierce return of the Taliban, and this: "Five yrs after the overthrow of the Taliban, the ordinary people don't see much change in their lives." As depressing as this assessment is, at least 1 Republican isn't trying to blow sunshine up our asses and can see the forrest thru the trees. Unfortunately, he no longer works in the WH, so Bush and his cabal could care less.