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Even More Phonies?

The Washington Post has a report about how we did things, when we did them right: Fort Hunt’s Quiet Men Break Silence on WWII

For six decades, they held their silence.

The group of World War II veterans kept a military code and the decorum of their generation, telling virtually no one of their top-secret work interrogating Nazi prisoners of war at Fort Hunt.

When about two dozen veterans got together yesterday for the first time since the 1940s, many of the proud men lamented the chasm between the way they conducted interrogations during the war and the harsh measures used today in questioning terrorism suspects.

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October 6, 2007   14 Comments

Another Phony?

The New York Times reports: War-Crimes Prosecutor Quits in Pentagon Clash

In the latest disruption of the Bush administration’s plan to try detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for war crimes, the chief military prosecutor on the project stepped down yesterday after a dispute with a Pentagon official.

The prosecutor, Col. Morris D. Davis of the Air Force, was to leave his position immediately, a Defense Department spokeswoman said.

Colonel Davis, a career military lawyer, had been in a bitter dispute with Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Hartmann, who was appointed this summer to a top post in the Pentagon Office of Military Commissions, which supervises the war crimes trial system.

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October 6, 2007   11 Comments

Phony Soldiers?

McClatchy Newspapers has a report on the new line of generals in the Pentagon assembled by Secretary Gates and you know it isn’t good for the Hedgemony when the headline is: New military leaders question Iraq mission.

Via Candide’s Notebooks, Andrew J. Bacevich [Colonel, US Army retired], professor of history and international relations at Boston University, has written the title article about General Petraeus for Pat Buchanan’s The American Conservative magazine [October 8, 2007 issue]: Sycophant Savior. Interesting review of “political generals” and very telling main point – if the surge were working wouldn’t the recommendation be for more troops?

[Before he retired from the Army he would have said “ass-kissing chickenshit,” but as a university professor he chose “sycophant.”]

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Yesterday was the fifth blogiversary for the funny farmer at American Street and the third blogiversary for Melissa et al. at Shakesville.

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Just Say No To Frozen Beef Patties

E. coli strikes again: Sam’s Club recalls beef patties.

They are called “American Chef’s Selection Angus Beef Patties,” were produced by Cargill, and had an expiration date of February 12, 2008. They are coded UPC 0002874907056 Item 700141.  The first problems were reported on September 10, 2007.

This Cargill plant has to be a legacy operation, because they have moved into a lot of other other areas. Given the level of genetic manipulation they do, I wouldn’t knowingly eat anything they were involved with.

October 6, 2007   8 Comments