PMMJ (cheetahmaster) wrote,

[OK, I have about a zillion news articles left over from the weekend, so I'll be making a couple posts today.]

Post special report: what are all those contractors doing in Iraq? Also, the BBC notes how the use of contractors is blurring the rules of war.

Analysis points out how often Bush and Kerry agree on issues.

* Senior officers beginning to voice the opinion that the US may be winning battles but losing the war.
* Maureen Dowd on Rumsfeld's world of hurt.
* History lesson: how Bush Sr.'s nemesis became Bush Jr.'s trusted aide.
* The abuse charges unveil an overwhelmed, poorly-trained and supported military, with little or no oversight.
* A big ol' NYTimes timeline on Abu Ghraib.
* The UK confirms that the Red Cross warned them about their own prisoner abuse back in February.
* BBC asks if the abuse was anomaly or policy.
* Conservatives want fresh ideas from Bush.
* Karl Rove gives commencement address at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.
* Also, how conservatives are using the courts to stop same-sex marriages, *and* using tricks at the ballot box to get Bush re-elected.
* Want a book on the Bush administration? NYTimes has you covered.

"During the first Gulf War, U.S. forces employed one civilian contractor in Iraq for every 60 active-duty personnel. At the start of the current Iraq war, that figure was about one in 10."

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