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Death Total At 4,000-US Troops Still Lack Equipment

Five years ago, the Rumsfeld/Cheney/Bush steamroller insisted American soldiers had to be rushed into action to prevent Saddam Hussein from unleashing his famous weapons of mass destruction. General Shinseki, chief of staff, urged caution and more troops, but his voice was muted by forced retirement. Today, five years later, the Defense Department complains insurgents are operating freely in Iraq because the Pentagon simply has not been able to fulfill urgent requests by field commandeers for unmanned drone aircraft. Retired military historian, General Robert Scales, notes: “The demand is huge because commanders no l oner want pictures taken last week; theywant streaming video with enough clarity and fidelity to anticipate the actions of the enemy. Thus, we are not evenw ith 5 % of what’s really needed.”

An internal Marine report in January said insurgents , free from drone observation, have “prepared and executd attcks with relative impunity.” There is something almost criminal in failure by the Bush administration to ensure those fighting in Iraq have the best available equipment today, not yesterday. In World War II, President Roosevelt closed down car manufacture in order to build thousands of tanks and airplanes. No one is suggesting closing down car manufacture, but ending tax cuts for the wealthy might provide the money to expedite construction of what must be built. Perhaps, if the Bush/Cheney focus was 100% on needs of the military waging the war in Iraq, the figure of 4,000 would not today be in the headlnes.

Secret Draft Of British Iraq Document Revealed

The secet first draft of the nortorious Iraq dossier that helped take Britain to war against Iraq is expected to be released today. It is a victory for freedom of information campaigners. This early version, written by John Williams, the director of communications for the Foreign Office has long been the subject of controversy because ant-Iraq war advocates believe it will reveal the honst analysis of what was thinking of experts, not the final version that was presented to the public. Williams has been arguing for years for the release of the document.

Inquiries into the wording of the original document has been frustrated becaue officials continue insisting it became redundant by subsequent events. It is believed the original document makes no mention of “weapons of mass destruction” nor of any claim Saddam Hussein could launch missiles. The people of Great Britain and those of other nations have a right to know the thinking and distortion of key players such as Tony Blair and George Bush. Did they deliberately lie? Did they distort information? Did they send troops to their deaths on the basis of incorrect information?