On the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad and the toppling of Saddam’s statue, up to one million Iraqi Shias summoned by Moqtada al-Sadr “have gathered in the holy city of Najaf for a mass demonstration calling for US-led troops to leave Iraq.”
The Washington Post interviews a man who helped sledgehammer Saddam’s statue: “We got rid of a tyrant and tyranny. But we were surprised that after one thief had left, another 40 replaced him. Now, we regret that Saddam Hussein is gone, no matter how much we hated him.”
President Bush heads to the Arizona border today for a speech debuting his new, more hard-line conservative approach to immigration “devised after weeks of closed-door meetings with Republican senators.”
Salon.com has uncovered further evidence that the military, in a desperate effort to fill its ranks for President Bush’s escalation, “sent soldiers with acute post-traumatic stress disorder, severe back injuries and other serious war wounds back to Iraq.”“After weeks of arguing over when the military will run out of money, House and Senate Republicans hope to up the rhetorical ante this week by formally calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to bring the House back from a two-week spring recess to finish drafting the controversial $120 billion-plus Iraq War spending bill.”
From Randi Rhodes:
On top of Bush’s BS surge, we now learn that an additional 12,000 National Guard troops will be shipped off to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why did the Ft. Irwin troops give Chimpy such an icy reception on Wednesday? Maybe they are sick of badly injured troops being denied rehab and getting sent to their base to falsely bolster manpower readiness stats. Criminal.
AUDIO: Cheney keeps lying about Iraq/al-Qaeda links then never existed. On Limbaugh yesterday, Cheney used Zarqawi as his proof.
FACT: Saddam and Osama hated each other, and Hussein tried to get Zarqawi himself but Zarqawi was protected inside the US controlled no-fly zone.
FACT: There were zero credible links between Iraq and al-Qaeda and the White House knew that BEFORE the war.
FACT: What did the bin Laden’s and Hussein (and Bush’s) actually have in common? Their bank.
Meanwhile, chlorine gas shows up again as a suicide car bomber kills at least 27 in Iraq.
From hometown hero to being happy to be tucked away in a state psych ward, Bush’s throw away soldiers find themselves lost and suicidal once they get home.
Even the new Army uniforms are all f’d up.
On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney tap dances over lying about being a lifelong hunter. He’s hunted twice in life…once at age 15, once last year, when he first joined the NRA.
John Edwards takes some heat over soliciting donations from those who sent well wishes to Elizabeth via their campaign’s website.
Minnesota’s aborting pigpens in the name of the RNC.
Giuliani vs Rapture Right…can a pro-choice Republican make it through a presidential primary nowadays?
And a Purge of the Prosecutors update: People are demoting themselves in protest of the Bible quoting, 33 year old US Attorney in Minneapolis. Moreover, Rachel Paulose is best friends with Monica “5th Amendment” Goodling.
Karl Rove crony Tim Griffin claimed to have prosecuted 40 cases. In fact, he only served as an assistant on 3 cases, all settled in plea bargains.
And one of the excuses offered for the purge of David Iglesias was his attendance record. Turns out he’s a Navy Reserve officer. Whoops.