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U.S. Troops Support Politicians Who Want To End Iraq Occupation

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Federal Election Commission reports for the most recent quarter of 2007 show that the vast majority of active-duty American troops apparently "hate America" and "hate themselves" because they overwhelmingly donated money to the political campaigns of those running on an anti-war platform.

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At Least OUR Combatants Can Still Use The Courts- To Sue US

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The Army Reserves--an institution where, according to their advertisements on tv, you can wear a cool beret while flying in a helicopter and learning about computers. Signing up, however, means your "part-time" service commitment to our armed forces can get full-time in a hurry. Enter Sgt. Erik Botta, who is about to get his fifth all-expense-paid vacation in the Middle East.

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Walter Reed Lauches "Surge" Of Mail Carriers

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Turns out the trouble at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the focus of a firestorm of criticism over poor treatment of wounded war veterans, reached into the mailroom.

The Army said Friday that it has opened an investigation into the recent discovery of 4,500 letters and parcels — some dating to May 2006 — at Walter Reed that were never delivered to soldiers.

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US Government Now Arming Iraqi Insurgency

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Some days you ask yourself if you're living in bizzaro land... Today's news is that to help stabilize Iraq, the military has now begun giving weapons to the insurgent militia -- the Sunnis who have been blowing up U.S. troops, on the premise they will use these weapons to fight Al-Qaeda and not blow up Americans. Ok, that sounds like a good idea... right?

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Fox News: Pay No Attention To That War

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[News Media]
On a winter day when bomb blasts at an Iraqi university killed dozens and the United Nations estimated that 34,000 civilians in Iraq had died in 2006, MSNBC spent nearly nine minutes on the stories during the 1 p.m. hour. A Cable News Network correspondent in Iraq did a three-minute report about the bombings.

Neither story merited a mention on Fox News Channel that hour.

That wasn't unusual. Fox spent half as much time covering the Iraq war than MSNBC during the first three months of the year, and considerably less than CNN, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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Retired General George Washington Criticizes Iraq War

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[Humor]
Breaking a 211-year media silence, retired Army Gen. George Washington appeared on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday to speak out against many aspects of the way the Iraq war has been waged.

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U.S. Government "Super-Sizes" Soldiers' Funerals

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Two years ago today, Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Larry King live to tell the American people that the Iraqi insurgency is "in its last throes" and that military activity in Iraq will decline.

So it's pretty sad and ironic that in light of the ever-increasing number of American servicemen getting killed by these "last throes" of militants, Fort Lewis has announced it will no longer hold individual memorial ceremonies for soldiers, instead holding larger, "super-sized" monthly memorials for all the dead servicemen each month.

But hey, good thing this Iraq issue is winding down...

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Cindy Sheehan Retires From Activism Amid Disgust & Dem. Betrayal

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[Activists]
In 2005 she made the invisible visible. The bereaved mom of a US soldier killed in Iraq, Sheehan cried in public, cursed in public and gave public voice to what for many was until then a private question. Why did my son die, she asked the president: "What is the noble cause?"

Two years later, activist Cindy Sheehan pushed another question into the public glare. Quitting the Democratic Party and resigning from the front ranks of the US anti-war movement, Sheehan said out loud what hundreds of Democratic voters have been muttering: Democrats in Congress -who do you think you're working for?

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Bush Administration Nixes Army Pay Raises

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[Employment]
Troops don’t need bigger pay raises, White House budget officials said Wednesday in a statement of administration policy laying out objections to the House version of the 2008 defense authorization bill.

Bush also threatened to veto the bill because of provisions in it which required the military to buy American products, citing such a process as "arduous".

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Veterans Turn On Commander-In-Chief

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If you're the President and your generals are so upset with you that they're quitting service so they can go public with how badly you've screwed up the military, Mr. George W. Bush, you might be having a bad day...

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1. Join Army 2. Get STD 3. Profit! ...wait... what?

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[Sex]
Scores of veterans across the country are getting lifetime checks from the government for gonorrhea, genital herpes and other venereal diseases they caught while in the ranks.

The disability payments are made under a little-known provision from three decades ago that entitles vets to monthly benefits for sexually transmitted diseases they contracted, or simply aggravated, while in the service -- even if they became infected on their own time years ago.

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Pelosi Responds To Presidential Veto Of Troop Funding Bill

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After Congress had the audacity to suggest to the President that he didn't have a blank check in Iraq and must "support the troops" by something other than making them targets, Bush vetoes the spending/withdrawal bill. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks before Congress and gives quite a poignant outline of what's going on.. check out the video.

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Army Bans Soldiers From Posting/Talking Online

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The U.S. Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages, without first clearing the content with a superior officer. The directive, issued April 19, is the sharpest restriction on troops' online activities since the start of the Iraq war. And it could mean the end of military blogs, observers say.

The administration is fond of saying everything is going great in Iraq and it's just the media who is distorting the truth. Well, I guess not letting the people who are over there report to the rest of the world would also be distorting the truth?

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Bush Administration Fakes Iraqi Violence Stats

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[Dubious Research]
U.S. officials who say there has been a dramatic drop in sectarian violence in Iraq since President Bush began sending more American troops into Baghdad aren't counting one of the main killers of Iraqi civilians: Car bombs.

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Letter From An Angry Veteran Toward War Supporters

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[Activists]
The letter, originally posted on Craigslist, says, "I'm having the worst damn week of my whole damn life so I'm going to write this while I'm pissed off enough to do it right."

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Bill Maher's New Rules: Treasonable Doubt

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Friday, Bill Maher had an interesting commentary on who is and isn't a patriot. Who supports the troops and what that really means. Check it out.

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Bill Maher Says Americans Have Made Sacrifices

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In exploring reasons why the "War in Iraq" isn't going so well, some liberals say it's because Americans have not been asked to make sacrifices for the war. Bill Maher, in his "New Rules" segment on HBO's Real Time, has a different take.

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Administration Ordering Wounded Troops Into Service

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"This is not right," said Master Sgt. Ronald Jenkins, who has been ordered to Iraq even though he has a spine problem that doctors say would be damaged further by heavy Army protective gear. "This whole thing is about taking care of soldiers," he said angrily. "If you are fit to fight you are fit to fight. If you are not fit to fight, then you are not fit to fight."

As the military scrambles to pour more soldiers into Iraq, a unit of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga., is deploying troops with serious injuries and other medical problems, including GIs who doctors have said are medically unfit for battle. Some are too injured to wear their body armor, according to medical records.

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Rudy Guiliani's Interesting Past

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As he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, Rudolph Giuliani will have to contend with political and personal baggage unknown to prospective supporters whose knowledge of the former New York mayor is limited to his post-September 11 exploits. So, in a bid to educate the electorate, The Smoking Gun is offering excerpts from a remarkable "vulnerability study" that was commissioned by Giuliani's campaign prior to his successful 1993 City Hall run.

From marrying his second cousin to dodging the draft, Republican Rudy Guiliani has some controversial qualifications for the highest office in the land.

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U.S. Army Now Recruiting Dead Soldiers

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[Terroir-ism]
In a recent desperate attempt to gain more troops, the Army sent out a form letter to soldiers and their families urging them to "re-enlist".

This also apparently included letters to the families of 75 soldiers who died in Iraq already, as well as hundreds more who were maimed.

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