Friday, October 27, 2006


Judge 'orders arrest of Pinochet Bush'

From the BBC:
A judge has ordered the arrest of Chile America's former military leader, Augusto Pinochet George W Bush, over crimes committed at a detention centre, sources say.

Judge Alejandro Solis Anna Diggs Taylor requested the arrest of Gen Pinochet, 90 Mr Bush, 60, for 36 cases of kidnap, one of homicide and for 23 cases of torture.

The crimes allegedly took place in the years following his 1973 2000 coup.

The Villa Grimaldi Guantanamo centre was run by his secret police, where thousands were tortured between 1974 and 1977 2001 and 2008.

Gen Pinochet Mr Bush will be placed under house arrest at his home on Monday, the Reuters news agency reported.

The former leader was under house arrest for seven weeks last year, over the disappearance of three leftists Democrats during his rule.

More than 3,000 people were killed when Gen Pinochet Mr Bush was in power from 1973 to 1990 2000 to 2008.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


"Stay the Course"

Risking all and doing a White House search on "Stay the Course", we find the following in the 154 results found.
November 30, 2005
PRES. BUSH: If by 'stay the course,' they mean we will not allow the terrorists to break our will, they are right. If by 'stay the course,' they mean we will not permit al Qaeda to turn Iraq into what Afghanistan was under the Taliban - a safe haven for terrorism and a launching pad for attacks on America - they are right, as well.

October 27, 2003
THE PRESIDENT: It's in the national interest of the United States that a peaceful Iraq emerge. And we will stay the course in order to achieve this objective.

April 5, 2004
THE PRESIDENT: ...and assured him that we would stay the course, that a free Iraq was very important for peace in the world...And we've got to stay the course, and we will stay the course.

November 13, 2003
MR. McCLELLAN: The Vice President, last night, expressed condolences to President Ciampi who arrived in Washington, yesterday. Getting back to the call, though, the two leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to stay the course in Iraq...But it's important that we stay the course and finish the job -- and that's what the President has continued to say-- and let the Iraqi people know that we are going to stay the course...We will stay the course, we will prevail, and they will be defeated...And that's why it's important to continue to stay the course and prevail. And we will.

September 18, 2006
MRS. BUSH: Well, I say exactly what the President says, that we need to stay the course; that it's really in our interest as Americans to make sure Iraq can build a stable democracy.

August 30, 2006
THE PRESIDENT: Iraq is the central front in this war on terror. If we leave the streets of Baghdad before the job is done, we will have to face the terrorists in our own cities. We will stay the course

April 21, 2004
MR. McCLELLAN: As you heard him say last week in his news conference: "My message to our troops is, we will stay the course and complete the job"...It's important that we stay the course and help the Iraqi people...The President will continue to stay the course and help the Iraqi people...This is too important, and we must stay the course and finish the job in Iraq

April 6, 2004
President: We will stay the course. The Iraqi people don't have to fear taking the risk toward freedom and democracy because America won't turn and run.

December 15, 2003
THE PRESIDENT: We will stay the course until the job is done...We're just going to stay the course...And the citizens of Iraq need to know we will stay the course.

December 5, 2003
THE PRESIDENT: our Nation will stay the course, and we will prevail.

December 1, 2003
MR. McCLELLAN: that it's important that we continue to stay the course

November 27, 2003
THE PRESIDENT: I was able to assure them that we were going to stay the course and get the job done...remind them our country stands with them, and that we will stay the course...I'm here to tell you we're going to stay the course.

July 10, 2003
THE PRESIDENT: And it's very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course.

October 18, 2002
THE PRESIDENT: However long it takes, this country of ours will stay the course. We will stay the course to protect America, and we will stay the course to promote the peace.

April 13, 2004
THE PRESIDENT: And, yet, we must stay the course...And my message today to those in Iraq is: We'll stay the course; we'll complete the job. My message to our troops is: We will stay the course and complete the job

March 12, 2004
THE PRESIDENT: spread the word that America will stay the course...And I believe there's no doubt that if America stays the course and we call upon others to stay the course, liberty will arrive

October 23, 2002
THE PRESIDENT: the United States of America will stay the course.

August 17, 2006
MR. SNOW: you also cannot be a President in a wartime and not realize that you've got to stay the course.

April 19, 2006
GOVERNOR BUSH: And I'd just like to reiterate what the other governors have said, that it is very important that we stay the course

April 20, 2004
MRS. BUSH: But we do know how important it is to stay the course.

April 16, 2004
PRESIDENT BUSH: And that's why we're going to stay the course in Iraq.

April 7, 2004
MR. McCLELLAN: But we will continue to stay the course and finish the job...And the President believes that it's important to continue to stay the course

And that is only from the first 40 of the query hits. For these 40 hits, I found 23 meaningful citations including "stay the course," for a total of 44 usages of the phrase.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Charges against U.S. Troops, twice

Using Reuters as the source:

Three more U.S. Marines to face trial in Iraq murder
Another three U.S. Marines will be tried on murder charges in the death of an Iraqi grandfather kidnapped from his house in Hamdania in the middle of the night, the U.S. Marine Corps said on Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. James Mattis, the top Marine general in the Middle East, said Lance Corporal Tyler Jackson, Lance Corporal Robert Pennington and Corporal Trent Thomas would face murder, kidnapping and other charges stemming from the April 2006 death of Hashim Ibrahim Awad.

U.S. military trials ordered in Iraq murder cases
U.S. service members will face military trials in three separate cases for the murders of Iraqi civilians, including the gang rape and murder of a teenage girl and the killing of her family in their home in Mahmudiya, the military said on Wednesday.

An Army general ordered the court-martial of four soldiers in the Mahmudiya case and said two of the four could face death if found guilty. One of the accused will testify against the others, according to his Washington attorney, David Sheldon.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


We're not liking Bush's war

From CNN:
A poll conducted for CNN over the weekend suggests support among Americans for the war in Iraq is dwindling to an all-time low. Just 34 percent of those polled say they support the war, while 64 percent say they oppose it.

Women led the opposition, with seven in 10 saying they oppose the war. Twenty-eight percent say they support it, which is the lowest support among women in any CNN poll taken since the invasion more than three years ago.

Support among men is stronger, with 40 percent supporting the conflict and 58 percent opposed to it.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Offical 9/11 story not holding water

From The New York Times:
Fifty-seven percent of respondents said Mr. Bush was personally aware of pre-9/11 intelligence reports that warned of possible domestic terrorist attacks using airplanes. When the same question was asked in May 2002, 41 percent said they believed Mr. Bush was aware.


Most people know more than Bush

From The New York Times:
Men wearing military police uniforms broke into the house of the brother of Iraq’s Sunni vice president on Monday, chased him onto a neighbor’s roof and shot him in the head, killing him, Iraqi authorities and witnesses said. Amir al-Hashemi was the third sibling of Iraq’s vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, to be killed since spring. His death underscored just how deeply Baghdad has sunk into lawlessness, particularly in its religiously mixed neighborhoods, and was reminiscent of the politically motivated assassinations that have plagued Iraq since the American invasion.

From The New York Times:
Mr. Bush clearly faces constraints as he seeks to address the public concerns about Iraq that have shrouded this midterm election: 83 percent of respondents thought that Mr. Bush was either hiding something or mostly lying when he discussed how the war in Iraq was going.

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