barb-wiring entire Iraqi villages So far, the new approach
appears to be succeeding in diminishing the threat to American soldiers.
But it appears to be coming at the cost of alienating many of the
people the Americans are trying to win over.
blanches at being branded as un-American
San Antonio Express-News
CHRISTENSON IN IRAQ
BAGHDAD Taxi driver Mazin Yaswen's fuel gauge was flat on "E,"
the gas station a good half-mile away and his car one of hundreds
snaking more than a mile down busy Kerrada Kharij at dusk Sunday.
WEBLOG Weapons fire at all hours of the night, for starters.
It also looks like a scene from "Escape from New York."
It's dark, grim and crazy.
photographer Edward A. Ornelas in Iraq
An Iraqi taxi diver waits to get gasoline in Baghdad. The line
of cars stretched for more than a mile Sunday. Iraqis sometimes
wait overnight for a chance to fill their tanks.
Ed Ornelas, veteran of Afghanistan coverage, is with Sig in Iraq now.
Both will be on my program a time or two per week. They last reported
that they were headed for the Sunni Triangle.
no-bid, cost-plus contract $1B and climbing Halliburton, the
engineering group formerly run by US vice-president Dick Cheney, has
been given $1 billion worth of reconstruction work in Iraq by the
US government without having to compete for it, thanks to repeated
delays in opening up a key contract to competition.
Kerry uses F word 'When I voted for the war, I voted
for what I thought was best for the country. Did I expect Howard Dean
to go off to the left and say, "I'm against everything"?
Sure. Did I expect George Bush to fuck it up as badly as he did? I
don't think anybody did.' ... 'That's beneath John Kerry,' the president's
chief of staff, Andrew Card, said on CNN's Late Edition.
Bob Herbert commentary
The bill that President Bush will sign today is a giant windfall for
the drug companies, opening up a huge new market with virtually no
effort to restrain prices. It will give Medicare recipients a modest
drug benefit, but at a potentially dreadful cost. The bill starts
the process of undermining Medicare by turning parts of it over to
insurance companies, H.M.O.'s and other private contractors.
head, suitcased torso found bobbing in Galveston Bay
Court to take up Texas death penalty case
The Supreme Court today will be asked to rein in what defense attorneys,
and some prosecutors, contend is a rogue appeals court that ignores
the justices' rulings in order to rubber stamp Texas death sentences.