Posts Tagged Iraq
Last week, I traveled to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, just outside of Armarillo, Texas to ride in a 100 kilometer mountain bike ride with former President George W. Bush and 20 severely wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.
Mano a mano, he was relaxed, witty and wise. After the first day’s ride, for example, he urged the other bikers on by joking, “I’m on Medicare, and you’re on one leg, so let’s get to bed after dinner and get some sleep.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/05/03/my-100-kilometer-mountain-bike-ride-with-president-bush-and-20-wounded-warriors/#ixzz1tvRLoCC3
Head of Al Qaeda calls on Muslims across world to help Syrian rebels, saying they can’t rely on West
When Skylar Johnson was asked to be in a spelling bee at her Boca Raton school, she wondered why since they had never had one before. She had no idea it was part of a plot.
Weapons supplies from Iran have ‘really hurt us’ in Iraq, says Defense’s Leon Panetta. The US may be pushing Iraqi leader Nouri Maliki to request that some US troops remain after the withdrawal deadline.
Hey Panetta, where’d you get the Groucho Marx nose and glasses?
Via Drudge Report
The airstrike makes Somalia at least the sixth country where the United States is using drone aircraft to conduct lethal attacks, joining Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. And it comes as the CIA is expected to begin flying armed drones over Yemen in its hunt for al-Qaeda operatives.
The White House declined Wednesday night to respond to questions about the attack.
Seventy-One Shots: The Death of Jose Guereña via Pajamas Media/Bob Owens
So when Dupnik’s teams attempted a complicated four-house raid of minority families looking for drugs, perhaps bigotry and prejudice really was in play.
Perhaps Dupnik’s officers assumed every Hispanic accused of being a drug dealer really was one, and perhaps they assumed that the tenant of a home protecting his loved ones must be a bloodthirsty cartel member waiting in ambush. Is that why they gunned down a tired, hard-working father sleeping off a night shift at the local copper mine? A Marine veteran of Iraq that had the discipline not to fire — a discipline that a trigger-happy SWAT team which has now killed three men in less than a year cannot itself exercise?
Not only has the Pima Sheriff’s Department tried to justify firing 71 shots at one man in a small hallway, hitting him (thankfully, just him) 60 times in a home where his wife and child were present. They’ve attempted to justify their refusal to let a team of paramedics treat Guereña, who was still miraculously alive after being sprayed mercilessly with bullets. It takes a competent SWAT team just a handful of minutes to “clear” a residential home during a raid. Dupnik’s SWAT team refused to declare the scene “clear” for an agonizing one hour and 14 minutes, and not until Jose Guereña had already died.
Not content to blame the victim for his own death, they attempted to insinuate he was a drug dealer, even though they were forced to admit under direct questioning that no drugs were found in his home, and that a clumsy cop falling down may have triggered the bloodbath.
OK, let’s review. Democrat Dupnik from what is known, ignored the nut case Loughner and lets HIS SWAT team shoot someone 60 TIMES. Tucson, think you have a problem..
A Tucson, Ariz., SWAT team defends shooting an Iraq War veteran 60 times during a drug raid, although it declines to say whether it found any drugs in the house and has had to retract its claim that the veteran shot first.
And the Pima County sheriff scolded the media for “questioning the legality” of the shooting.
A report by ABC News affiliate KGUN found that more than an hour had passed before the SWAT team let the paramedics work on Guerena. By then he was dead.