July 16th, 2003

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Some advice for Mr. Rumsfeld

"If Donald Rumsfeld were here, I'd ask him for his resignation." - US soldier, "Good Morning America"

While spokesmen in the Pentagon are parrotting the words "Morale is high!", U.S. servicemen are being incredibly outspoken about going home, and going home soon. This video from Reuters is a good example. They know that there is a two star general and a TV reporter nearby, and yet these soldiers are shouting "Ready to go home, sir!" and venting anger and extreme frustration over the situation. Their C.O. must be mortified.

E-mails and phone calls received from soldiers as well as their wives tell of whole units being put on suicide watch, and at least one US soldier in Iraq may have commited suicide recently.

"Our morale is not high or even low. Our morale is non existent ... The 3rd Infantry Division soldiers feel betrayed and forgotten." - email from an anonymous soldier
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Rumsfeld gets more bad news...

Donald Rumsfeld says that the current situation in Iraq isn't...

"anything like a guerrilla war or an organized resistance."

...but today, General John Abizaid, commander of US forces in Iraq, said:

"I think describing it as guerrilla tactics being employed against us is, you know, a proper thing to describe in strictly military terms."

Poor Rumsfeld can't even fire General Abizaid, either... he just got rid of Tommy Franks a few days ago.

The phrase "guerrilla war" is so ugly, isn't it? Wouldn't it be better to call it a "guerrilla police action" instead??! ;->

Besides, if it's not a "war", then there are no enemies who need to be given the rights of soldiers under the Geneva Convention... and you know where that leads, right?!