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Thursday, June 15, 2006

THE IRAQ WAR & CHART OF GENERALS' CRITICISMS

***Bush is always saying that it's important to listen to what the Generals have to say regarding the war. Let's go back and take a look at what some of these generals said:


* Major General John Batiste---[National Journal, 5/6/06]

"Rumsfeld and his team turned what should have been a deliberate victory in Iraq into a prolonged challenge."


* General Anthony Zinni, Commander, 1st Division in Iraq--- Chief Military Aide to Paul Wolfowitz--- Brigade Commander in Bosina---[Meet the Press, 4/2/06]

"We are paying the price for the lack of credible planning, or the lack of a plan. Ten years worth of planning were thrown away, troop levels dismissed out of hand...These were strategic mistakes, mistakes of policy made back here."


* Major General Charles H. Swannack, Jr.--- Commander, U.S. Central Command---Served in command capacity at all levels---Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal---[New York Times, 4/16/06]

"I do not believe Secretary Rumsfeld is the right person to fight that war, based on the absolute failures in managing the war against Saddam in Iraq."


* Lieutenant General Paul K. Van Riper---[The Washington Post, 4/15/06]---Commander, 82nd Sirborne Division in Iraq---30 years of Command Experience---Legion on Merit and Bonzae Star Medal

"If I was President I would have relieved him three years ago."


* Lieutenant General Greg Newbold---[Time Magazine, 4/17/06]---First President, Marine Corps University---Wounded in Vietnam---Silver Star Medal with Gold Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"

"What we are living with now is the consequences of successive policy failures."


* Major General Paul Eaton---[New York Times, 3/19/06]---Top Operations Officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Commanding General, First Marine Division--- Legion of Merit, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

"Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld is not competent to lead our armed forces...his failure to build coalitions with our allies...has imposed far greater demands and risks on our soldiers in Iraq than necessary...he has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically."


* Lieutenant General John Riggs---[National Public Radio, 4/13/06]---Led initial effort to create Iraqi Army, Commander, Coalition Military Assistance Training Team, Commanding General, Army Infantry School

"They only need the military advice when it satisfies their agnda."


* General Wesley Clark---[Fox News, 4/15/06]---Director, Objective Force Task Force, Commanding General of 1st U.S. Amry, Served 6 tours overseas, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO, Commander, US Southern Command---Presidential Medal of Freedom and US Army Distinguished Service Medal

"They pressed for open warfare before the diplomacy was finished. It was a tragic mistake. It's a strategic blunder."


BY THE NUMBERS: IRAQ WAR & THE WAR ON TERRORISM

***Here's some more statistics for you to review before you start thinking about who to vote for this election season: [Keep in mind that Bush didn't do this on his own----he needed that Republican Majority which has allowed Bush to radically change all of our lives!]


COST OF THE WAR

* Approximately 2,500 service members have been killed in Iraq. [we reached that today, June 15, 2006]

* More than 18,000 have been wounded with nearly 8,500 of those unable to return to duty.

* Amount appropriated for the Iraq War (including FY 2006 supplemental): $320B.


STRAIN ON THE MILITARY

* Number of U.S. troops currently in Iraq (approximate): 133,000

* Percent of the Army's available active duty combat brigades that have served
at least a 12-month tour in Iraq or Afghanastan: 100%

* Percent of those combat brigades are on or have completed their second tour in Iraq or Afghanastan: 50%

* More than 20% of those currently in Iraq are members of the Selected Reserves

* Over 39% of the Selected Reserves (485,740) has been mobilized since September 11th.

* In fact, 10,408 of the Selected Reserves have been deployed more than 3 times.

* 97% on the National Guard combat and special operations battalions have been mobilized since September 11th.

* The average tour of duty for National Guard members is 342 days.

* The National Guard only has about 34% of its equipment on hand, down from 75% of its requirement in 2001.

* The Army has lost over 100 tanks and armored vehicles and over 1,000 vehicles since the start of the war; the Army has generated a minimum $36B repair bill in Iraq.

* The Marine Corps equipment deployed to Iraq has suffered such significant damage and wear and tear that 80% of it will need to be replaced, along with 32% of ground vehicles.

* Number of months after U.S. invasion of Iraq that all American soldiers received body armor: 18


LACK OF OVERSIGHT

* Congressional leaders (Republicans) have "refused" to hold "public" hearings to examine the role of the White House in "manipulating" intelligence about Iraq's WMDs and ties to al-Qaeda.

* On November 3, 2005, House Republicans defeated on a party line vote a priviledged resolution introduced by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi "demanding an investigation" of Iraq intelligence and other issues by the Republican leadership and committees of jurisdiction. (*Hastert's got a lot to hide!)

* "Republicans" in Congress have refused to "investigate" the Vice Prsident's involvement in the "award of Iraq reconstruction contracts to Halliburton."

* Among the oversight requests that have been "rejected": *a subpeona seeking all reconstruction contract communications between Cheney's office and Halliburton; *an independent commision to investigate the mismanagement of the war; *an independent commission to investigte allegations of prisoner abuse in U.S. facilities abroad; *and amendments prohibiting monopoly contracts are requiring congressional notification for Department of Defense contracts more than $1M.


RECONSTRUCTION PROBLEMS AND LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY

* The U.S. has spent about $2.5B on electricity and sanitation reconstruction, and yet 54% of Iraqi households lack access to clen wter, 85% of households lack reliable electricity.

* Oil production is at 2.2M barrels per day down---from 2.6M barrels a day prior to the War.

* Unemployment estimates for Iraq range from 18%-40%.

* The United States has allocated $50B to private contractors for reconstruction and rebuilding efforts in Iraq since the beginning of the war.

* $9B in reconstruction funds have been unaccounted for.

* Amount of taxpayer money spent by Halliburton that the Defense Contract Audit Agency has deemed either "excessive" or "insufficiently documented": $1.47B

* Vice President Cheney's office helped facilitate a no-bid Iraq reconstruction contract worth $7B to Halliburton, which the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined was not awarded "in accordance with legal requirements" and should have been open to other competitors' bids. [GAO, June 2004].

* Halliburton has received more than $17B in no-bid, "cost-plus" contracts for Iraq reconstruction---rewarding the company for every taxpayer dollar spent, not saved. [House Government Reform Committee, Minority Staff]


SECURITY IN IRAQ

* Estimated numbers of insurgents in Iraq had quadrupled from 5,000 to 20,000 from Novermber 2003 to April 2006.

* Number of civilian casualties in Iraq since the U.S. led invasion: estimates range from 18,961 to 33,334 [Iraq Index, Brookings Institution]

* The number of monthly multi-fatality bombings has exploded from 9 to 56, from May 2004 to May 2006.

* Average number of dailt attacks by insurgents has climbed from 53 to 75, from May 2004 to May 2006.


TERRORISM AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

* Rank of Iraq among all nations as a training ground for terrorists: 1

* Percent increase in Taliban and anti-government attacks in Afghanastan in 2005: 20%

* Number of worldwide global terrorist attacks grew from 3,194 in 2004 to 11,111 in 2005.

* Rank of the danger of terrorists gaining access to WMD as a threat to U.S. national security according to the Bush Administration: 1

* Estimated minimum number of nuclear weapons likely produced by North Korea during the Bush Administration: 4-6

* Percent decrease in funding for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program to contain loose nukes under the Presdient's fiscal Year 2007 budget: 10.4

* Number of years before Iran will be able to produce a nuclear weapon, according to media reports on the August 2005 National Intelligence estimate: 10


BUSH ADMINISTRATION FAILS TO TREAT VETERANS' BENEFITS AS COST OF WAR

* More than 168,000 veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanastan have sought VA health care [VA, March 2006]

* Total funding shortfall for FY 2005 and FY 2006 now identified by the Bush Administration: $3B

* Increase of new veterans waiting for VA health care appointment over last 2 years: 400%


HOMELAND SECURITY

* Over the last four years, Republicans have slashed First Responder Grants in the Homeland Security Department by 59%-from $2.3B in FY 2003 to $941M in FY 2006.

* Only 5% of containers entering U.S. ports are screened.

* There are 800 fewer additional Border Patrol Agents than were promised in the 9/11 Act.

* Four and a half years after 9/11, most air cargo carried on passenger aircraft is still not screened for explosives.

* AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO IMPLEMENT THE 9/11 COMMISSION'S RECOMMENDATION TO QUICKLY COMPLETE THE INSTALLATION OF IN-LINE EXPLOSIVE DETECTION SYSTEMS AT AIRPORTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

***Now, you tell me what it is about this Administration and their Republican puppets, that would make you want to vote them back into office. Hey, if it's about the tax cuts to the rich, what is the rich going to do if we get hit again because the Bush administration isn't taking care of national security at all? When the Bush Administration does anything, it only a front! Nothing is really happening behind the scenes. It's only where you can "see" it, on the outside!





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