Thursday, September 18, 2003

US Army now firing on the press (again) 

From AP here via the Agonist:

The AP reporter was fired on by one of the tanks with three rounds from its 50-caliber machine gun. An AP photographer said his car was shot up by American troops, the windshield blown out and all the tires flattened. The photographer and his driver were not injured.

Hours later, soldiers pointed tank cannons at reporters every time they tried to approach to find out what had happen.

This story has a lot of other interesting detail about from ground-level; it repays reading. You can see why Rummy would want to loose off a little cannon fire at anybody who wrote this up.

Initially as U.S. forces took fire from unknown positions, the soldiers shot back with no obvious targets in an apparent effort to protect themselves until reinforcements arrived, a witness said.

Winning hearts and minds...

Wednesday night's shooting at the wedding in Fallujah came after American soldiers mistakenly killed eight U.S.-allied Iraqi police officers outside the town in a friendly fire incident.

Shooting the police we ourselvers are trying to train...

In Baghdad, police backed by U.S. soldiers and helicopters sealed a large part of the center of the city Thursday in a raid to capture car thieves.

Meaning there is no functioning Iraqi police force or army yet, since we have to do it ....

About 100 Iraqis danced in the streets and carried a large photo of Saddam dressed in military fatigues. There was celebratory gunfire and the people chanted: "With our blood, with our souls, we sacrifice ourselves for you, Saddam."

Well, just dead-enders, I suppose...

Maybe "Tomposity" Friedman has it right—we should declare victory in Iraq, and go after France instead.

After all, rule number one of the malAdministration is that nothing is ever their fault—it's the press, the French, the critics... All of those unfabulous people!

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