Friday, February 09, 2007
Iraq; Refugees and Bombing
David Smith-Ferri, just back from visiting with Iraqi refugees in Jordan, analyzes President Bush's primary justifications for sending more US troops to Iraq.
"To anIraqi person in Amman who is fleeing a death threat and whose extended family remains exposed to the swirling chaos in Baghdad, talk of danger to American lives must surely seem cruel and laughable. Many of the Iraqis I met in Amman told me 'Life in Baghdad is impossible.' How willpeople still living in Baghdad, faced with a daily threat of violence and the impossibility of protecting and providing for their families, react to President Bush's urgent concern to protect the American people? How will they react to the notion that the American occupation is advancing liberty across a troubled region?" http://electroniciraq.net/news/2893.shtml
Bombs over Baghdad: The Pentagon's Secret Air War in Iraq
A secret air war is being waged in Iraq -- often in and around that country's population centers -- about which we can find out little. The U.S. military keeps information on the munitions expended in its air efforts under tight wraps, refusing to offer details on the scale of use and so minimizing the importance of air power in Iraq. But expert opinion holds that the forms of aerial assault being employed in that country, though hardly covered in our media, may account for most of the U.S. and coalition-attributed Iraqi civilian deaths there since the 2003 invasion. While some aspects of the air war remain a total mystery, Air Force officials do acknowledge that U.S. military and coalition aircraft dropped at least 111,000 pounds of bombs on targets in Iraq in 2006.http://electroniciraq.net/news/2894.shtml