Disclosure: I worked for the Lamont campaign doing web design and production and some writing for the official blog (from 9/5/06 to 11/07/06).

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


One Day in Iraq

"The situation in Iraq is a lot better... than it was a year ago."

- Sen. Lieberman, debating Ned Lamont, 7/6/06

One question.

Does Sen. Lieberman still think things in Iraq are getting better?

Aug 1 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Tuesday as of 1230 GMT.
Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

* BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb on Monday south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

BASRA - A British soldier was killed when a mortar round landed on the British military base in Basra, 550 (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, the British military said.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed a student in the college of Islamic law and wounded another in Mosul, 390 km north of Baghdad, police said. Gunmen killed a man in a separate incident in Mosul, police added. The reason was unclear.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen attacked two minibuses carrying civil servants in the electricity department of Baghdad, killing four and wounding seven, police said.

NEAR KUT - A roadside bomb exploded beside a fuel truck wounding its driver in an area near Kut, 170 km southeast of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - A member of the Arab Consultative Assembly, a gathering for Arab tribes and political parties, was gunned down in northern Kirkuk, 250 km north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Seven people were wounded, including three police commandos, when a car bomb targeting a U.S. patrol exploded on Zayouna district, eastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Nine insurgents and 25 suspected insurgents have been detained by the Iraqi army forces in the past 24 hours in different areas of Baghdad, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol exploded on Palestine Street, northeastern Baghdad, wounding two civilians, a police source said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen shot at an Iraqi Army checkpoint in the northern outskirts of Baghdad, wounding five, including one civilian, an Interior Ministry source said.

NEAR TIKRIT - A roadside bomb went off near a bus carrying Iraqi soldiers, killing 20 of them and wounding 13 near Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad.

BAGHDAD - At least 10 people were killed and 22 wounded when a car driven by a suicide bomber exploded near an army patrol in the mainly Shi'ite Karrada district of Baghdad, a source in the Interior Ministry said.

MUQDADIYA - Seven people were killed and 15 wounded when a car bomb exploded beside a police patrol near a hospital in the town of Muqdadiya, 90 km northeast of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A civilian was killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in northeastern Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA - The bodies of three people were found in Baquba, 65 km north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK - Two policemen were killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, police said.

Terrorists would like you to believe there is or will be civil war in Iraq, which is why they are targeting innocent men, woman and children – to create sectarian strife, create fear and to try and derail democracy.

We would like to draw your attention to the widely unreported efforts of the coalition. Every day the Coalition kills, captures and detains more terrorists and seizes more weapons caches. For the most part these events go un-reported.

Please, visit the CENTCOM website at www.centcom.mil and look in the Newsroom for press releases covering these day to day events.

Spc. Patrick Ziegler
U.S. Central Command
Public Affairs
I kinda wish spc Patrick Ziegler was defending our country instead of cruising lamont websites and writng responses within 37 minutes of posting.
Wow. Fascinating. Our government pays military officers to read blogs and promote the idea that progress is being made in Iraq.

When I found out our government was paying millions for pro-NCLB propaganda, I couldn't help but wonder how that money could actually have been used to reduce class sizes, hire more teachers, buy books, etc. The same thought occurs to me here.

I respect this officer for posting under his own name, not trolling anonymously. Still, it freaks me out to think this is how his time is being spent! Big Brother really IS watching.
Well, they certainly have made a lot of "progress" over there in Iraq.

Question is, what do people like Lieberman and Bush think that "progress" means?
"Spc" is not an officer rank. It's an enlisted man's rank, a couple of steps up from private (Pvt).

Spc.Ziegler is going to have some explaining to do when this foray into politics becomes public.
Or not.

Centcom launched "Operation Keyboard Warrior" a few days ago, according to the General around July 26th.

Spc. Ziegler has been spamming political blogs for at least the past month:

Google: Spc. Patrick Ziegler
Dear Spc Ziegler,

If Americans are a cause of terror in Iraq, are they terrorists?
I know this is off topic but this issues of govt propaganda deserves wider circulation.
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