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WWII Papers

  • They died for you
  • 10 things Americans should know about World War II

    The first thing to know about World War II is that it was a big war, a war that lasted 2,174 days and claimed an average of 27,600 lives every day, or 1,150 an hour, or 19 a minute, or one death every three seconds. One, two, three, snap. One, two, three, snap.

  • Crying Shame
  • Soldier’s Fiancee Left in Limbo

    Woman who was engaged to Army soldier killed in Iraq learns she has no rights to his effects or name

    Families Affected by Suicide Feel Sting on Memorial Day

    “Because my son was a suicide home on leave, his name was not on the memorial wall at Fort Campbell, and that’s just not right,” said Lindberg, who said her son was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from his experiences in Iraq.

  • “War On Terror”
  • At Least 22 Killed in Iraq Attacks

    On the same day that military spokesmen gave a rare briefing in Baghdad to announce a continued drop in overall violence, insurgents killed at least 22 people in eight attacks in Mosul and Falluja on Sunday, using roadside bombs, drive-by shootings, suicide bombers and execution-style killings, police officials said.

    Iraqi Army: almost one-quarter lacks minimum qualifications

    Fate of Iraqis Gone Missing Haunts Those Left Behind

    Gender issues worsen Iraq’s medical woes

    This part of Iraq, says Dr. Ayad al-Hadithy, is so conservative that a man would rather have his pregnant wife die in labor than be touched by a male nurse or doctor.

    Why does America-hating, Left-Wing Pacifist, weak-on-national security Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff wants terrorists in our bedrooms?
    Top U.S. military officer pushes Guantanamo closing

    “Well, the concern I’ve had about Guantanamo in these wars is it has been a symbol — and one which has been a recruiting symbol for those extremists and jihadists who would fight us. … That’s at the heart of the concern for Guantanamo’s continued existence”

    U.S. Captain Hears Pleas for Afghan Detainee

    Capt. Kirk Black, who trains the Afghan police in this impoverished province, developed a practiced skepticism about claims of innocence during a decade as a Baltimore police officer.
    But last January, when relatives of an Afghan imprisoned at the Bagram military detention center begged him to look into the case, he agreed to listen. Eventually he became convinced that the detention was a case of mistaken identity and put the family in touch with a lawyer.

    Fate of Iraqis Gone Missing Haunts Those Left Behind

  • More Headaches
  • North Korea conducts nuclear test

    North Korea said it successfully conducted a nuclear test on Monday, a move certain to further isolate the prickly state, which argues it has no choice but to build an atomic arsenal to protect itself in a hostile world.

    N.Korea pushes US, risks economic hit for test

    North Korea’s apparent nuclear test on Monday could push the reclusive state deeper into isolation, while giving leader Kim Jong-il a boost at home and forcing the United States to make Pyongyang one of its top policy priorities.

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  • The CIA’s Silent War in Pakistan

    Pakistani troops retake part of Mingora after battle with Taleban

    US: 4 al-Qaida members detained in Afghanistan

    The U.S.-led troops captured the four in the city of Khost, close to the border with Pakistan, the coalition said in a statement.

    “The suspects are believed to be associated with an al-Qaida leader who has been responsible for recruiting Kuwaiti and Pakistani extremists for fighting in Afghanistan, threatening to strengthen al-Qaida’s presence, namely in the eastern provinces,” the statement said.

  • (The Obligatory) GOP Quo Vadis
  • Conservatives itching for SCOTUS fight

    While conservatives know that they can’t defeat Obama’s nominee without massive Democratic defections, they nevertheless want to see their senators come out with their guns blazing.

    Powell Jousts With Cheney on Path of Republican Party

    Colin L. Powell challenged Dick Cheney on the legacy of the Bush administration and the future of the Republican Party on Sunday, declaring that Republicans should not bow to “diktats that come from the right wing.”

    Ridge takes aim at Limbaugh

    Pennsylvania Republican Tom Ridge is taking direct aim at Rush Limbaugh, telling CNN’s John King the conservative talk radio host can be “shrill” and uses language in a way “that offend very many.”

    I would take issue with the word “shrill”. Other than that…

  • Enough With The “Nuance”!
  • When will Barack Obama stop fudging it?

    Barack Obama’s reluctance to begin confronting difficult decisions is creating the impression that his administration is simply hoping for the best, says Simon Heffer.

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  • Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 to receive honorary degree

    34 Responses

    1. Happy Memorial Day to all Conflucians! Whatever your views about America’s wars, past or present, I think we can all agree that the people who fought them deserve tribute and our hearll-felt thanks and gratitude.

    2. Gender issues worsen Iraq’s medical woes
      This part of Iraq, says Dr. Ayad al-Hadithy, is so conservative that a man would rather have his pregnant wife die in labor than be touched by a male nurse or doctor.

      How many hops is it from “she should consult with her husband and pastor” to that?

      • Excellent point.

        • By the way, MABLUE, thank you for this excellent service you provide every morning.

      • That is a good excuse to educate more women doctors.

      • If he could only be saved by a doctor and the doctor was female would he say he would rather die? It always seems so easy to let the woman die and save the honor, and some times they kill the woman for the honor (shaking head)… 😦

        • Sometimes the woman might rather have a female doctor than a male doctor and it has nothing to do with the husband.

    3. I love waking up to the smell of breakfast read in the morning. Great collection as always.

    4. Colin L. Powell challenged Dick Cheney on the legacy of the Bush administration and the future of the Republican Party on Sunday, declaring that Republicans should not bow to “diktats that come from the right wing.”

      This is hilarious coming the from the guy who worked so hard to sell Cheney’s war to the UN. Do you know the night before , the Powell/ Bush people had the huge tapestry of Guernica that graces the walls of the UN, covered over for that speech? Powell is a tool who is looking for a new gig. He has a good chance. Barry Inc. loves Powell’s military creds for hire

      And oh yes! Thanks mablue2, for the moring list!

      • paper doll, that’s why I felt kind of sorrowful seeing him hosting the Memorial Day concert in DC. How much blood is on his hands?

        • In Washington, when the GOP are in power, Powell passes for a dove .When the Dems are in power, he’s the renaissance warrior….either way he’s been Mr. stepandfetchit for the upper crust for nearly 40 years.
          It gives one an idea of what a sewer DC is if he’s considered Mr. Clean good guy . IMO

      • Agreed, PD. Slippery character that he is, Powell has been enshrined in the public consciousness as a Good Black, and that is not to be challenged. I took a crack at enlightening the members of my classmates. com group a while back with links to information about Powell, and got well roasted for my efforts. Powell will probably attain mythical status, thanks to the lying MSM and a lazy public.

        • One shouldn’t touch his record with gloves and a stick. The Me lie cover up ,( where he first attracted the attention of the powers that be nearly 40 years ago ) up to his neck in Iran Contra …. the UN speech….that’s just the low, highlights .

    5. Love this find, mablue, “………his administration is simply hoping for the best……”
      ******
      “Yes we can”, but, no, he won’t.

      It’s up to us – how about Fair Elections Now?

      http://www.fairelectionsnow.org/

    6. “This is hilarious coming the from the guy who worked so hard to sell Cheney’s war to the UN.”
      ***********
      During the (Nuremberg) trial, the chief American prosecutor, Robert H. Jackson, stated:
      “To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

      Powell, with his UN performance, is a war criminal…he “sold a war of aggression” based on lies.

    7. NEW YORK — Investigators are looking into similarities between an early morning explosion at a Starbucks coffee shop in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and others throughout the city in the past four years.
      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,521659,00.html

      Mablue2,

      I just saw this on the news and wasn’t aware of any past incidents. Anyone know of others in the ‘past’?

      • I haven’t either

      • Weren’t there some small explosions at recruiting offices? I found this Fox news story about explosions they first tried to make seem as if they were limited to recruiting offices, then tried to tie them to similar attacks at the Mexican and British consulates, going back to 2005. Maybe that’s what the cited news story is referring to.

        http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,335435,00.html

    8. I saw this comment on a UK blog and just had to share it:

      “The term “Obama-boarding” has sprung up here in the colonies, describing the act of tying one up and subjecting one to the interminably vacuous telepromptered speeches of our Dear Leader until one cries out in anguish. “

    9. Let’s see. Waterboarding or Obamaboarding? That’s not an easy choice.

    10. waterboarding PLEEEEEEEEEASE….

    11. Then why isn’t Pelosi forgiven? Is forgiveness only for men? If she has to answer for what she knew, then so does he!
      *********
      Boehner, Goss, et al went after Pelosi because she was talking War Crimes investigations and they knew of her hypocrisy. They were telling the Dems. that if they wanted to investigate Repub. war crimes, they would take the Dems down with them. Seems to have worked, flip on picture release and Obama back to his “looking” forward meme.

      • While I agree with why the GOP went after Pelosi to some extent, it appears that Obama was always going to cover it up. He was probably glad the GOP could tamp down some in the Congress, like Pelosi.

    12. Great news. As a Yale Law grad, I am honored to have her as a predecessor.

    13. Ma Blue: Your morning read is quickly becoming a welcome edition for my morning routine. Excellent choices. Thank you.

    14. I am a little disappointed that Ridge decided not to pursue the senate seat in PA. I think he would have beaten Specter and I don’t think the other guy will. Does he have presidential ambitions? The Republican party needs to have a good knock down drag out fight within the party. If they would go back to their roots as the party of Lincoln and Roosevelt—both progressive thinkers in their time and true thinkers—they could emerge from the slug fest as a party that could regain the national stage. I think most Americans have had it with the culture wars and religion in politics. They want a government that works effectively, uses their tax dollars for things that improve our opportunities to achieve our god-given potential and they want politicians who are not in bed with the lobbyists, bankers and billionaires.

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