BULLY BOY PRESS & CEDRIC'S BIX MIX -- DC.
STINGING FROM THE CRITICISM THAT HE VACATIONS WHILE IRAQ FALLS APART, THE WHITE HOUSE HAS ANNOUNCED THE BULLY BOY WILL MEET WITH ADVISORS THURSDAY TO DISCUSS IRAQ.
NOT TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO, JUST TO DISCUSS IT.
BECAUSE, AFTER ALL, WHY RUSH AFTER ALMOST 4 YEARS AND NEARLY 3,000 U.S. TROOPS DEAD AND 655,000 IRAQIS DEAD.
BULLY BOY WAS SAID TO BE FEELING SO GOOD ABOUT DOING NOTHING THAT HE INTENDS TO NEXT TAKE MEETINGS TO ADDRESS THE PROS AND THE CONS OF WEARING PEE JAYS TO BED VERSUS BOXERS OR SWEATS.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
As December has become the second deadliest month in 2006 it's easy to see who covers the fatalities (Washington Post -- usually Nancy Trejos) and who doesn't (New York Times). Today the US military announced: "A 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldier died as a result of non-combat related injuries on Logistics Support Area Anaconda Dec 23." And they also announced: "A second Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldier died of injuries received when a High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle rolled over along a dirt canal trail during a combat reconnaissance mission south of the Iraqi capital Dec. 26." And they announced: "One Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died today from wounds sustained due to enemy action while operating in Al Anbar Province." ICCC lists the total for the month of December thus far at 94. October is the month with the highest US fatalities in 2006 (thus far): 106. The total number of US troops who have died in Iraq since the start of the illegal war stands at 2983, 17 away from the 3,000 mark.
Meanwhile the US Defense Department reports that US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has approved John Abizaid's request and 3,500 troops of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team were informed today that at the start of next month they will deploy to Kuwait to replace the 15h MEU who moved to al-Anbar Province last month.
The call up means that 3,500 troops have had to head to Fort Bragg and cut short the holidays. In Iraq, the holiday reflected the illegal war.
Dahr Jamail and Ali Al-Fadhily (IPS) report that, for little girls, crying dolls were the most popular gift and, for little boys, tanks and guns because, as Ahmed Ghazi told the reporters, "Children try to imitate what they see out of their windows." Jamil and Al-Fadhily write:
Social researcher Nuha Khalil from the Iraqi Institute for Childhood Development in Baghdad told IPS that young girls are now expressingtheir repressed sadness often by playing the role of a mother who takes care of her small daughter. "Looking around, they only see gatherings of mourning ladies who lost their beloved ones," said Khalil. "Our job of comforting these little girls and remedying the damage within them is next to impossible."
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"The only things they have on their minds are guns, bullets, death and a fear of the U.S. occupation," Maruan Abdullah, spokesman for the Association of Psychologists of Iraq told reporters at the launch of a study in February this year.
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