Steve Gilliard

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

By: Sunday January 21, 2007 6:15 pm

Photo by Nicole Bengiveno for the New York Times (Note from Pach:  Please go read the whole NYT story before they bury it under the toll booth in two weeks.  Read it before someone sells the movie rights and they pretty the story up for general audiences.  You won't believe what these kids have been [...]

The Battle For Sadr City

By: Saturday January 20, 2007 6:00 pm

(Photo found via Needlenose.) The US has quietly moved to take on the Mahdi Army as a preperation for the surge. Thinking in CENTCOM has been for some time that Sadr is a factor which can be isolated and dealt with. This is the kind of mistaken thinking which will result in a MASH-like stream [...]

David’s Problem

By: Friday January 19, 2007 6:00 pm

David Sirota, author and journalist, wants press access to the Capitol. Not so simple. He sent a letter to Lorraine Woeller at Businessweek, who controls the access why he wasn't given a pass: From: Woellert, Lorraine [mailto:Lorraine_Woellert@businessweek.com] Sent: Friday, January 19, 2007 9:05 AM To: David Sirota Subject: for the record Question: "So, let me [...]

Disaster in the Making

By: Wednesday December 13, 2006 9:20 am

Couldn't sleep, checked my e-mail and was astonished: Pentagon's plan: More U.S. troops in Iraq — Boosting presence and aid, and an anti-Sadr offensive, carry risks but offer the best path to victory, military officials say. By Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer 10:25 PM PST, December 12, 2006    WASHINGTON — As President Bush [...]

We’re Now in Stupid Land

By: Tuesday December 12, 2006 7:40 am

From the New York Times: Iraqis Consider Ways to Reduce Power of Cleric  By EDWARD WONG BAGHDAD, Dec. 11 – After discussions with the Bush administration, several of Iraq's major political parties are in talks to form a coalition whose aim is to break the powerful influence of the radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr within [...]

Echoes of Diallo

By: Friday December 8, 2006 4:00 pm

Recently, there was a shooting in New York, the kind of thing which exposes the racial divide in large cities. Sean Bell, 23, was leaving a strip club around 4 AM, with two friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman.  They were confronted by undercover cops on a side street, and the three men were shot [...]

A Fighting Retreat

By: Sunday December 3, 2006 6:00 pm

  Historical analogies are imprecise thing, at best. This isn't 1842 or 1940, 1944 or 1950. Every battle, every war, is different, and they end differently. So by looking back at Dien Bieh Phu or Mang Yang Pass or Chosin, we are not saying this is what will happen. But history also repeats, and those [...]

Giving Thanks

By: Sunday November 19, 2006 6:00 pm

Every family is different. My sister loves Christmas, it is her day. She stays up all night wrapping toys for her kids, happy as could be. Me, I love Thanksgiving. It is my holiday. While I love the turkey and the food, and if you need recipe help, you can find it at the News [...]

Your Iraqi Army

By: Friday November 17, 2006 6:12 pm

Earlier this week, a large group of Iraqi police commandos emptied out the higher education ministry. This raid took 50 brand new pick up trucks. The regular police watched this happen. Then, yesterday, Iraqi police hijacked and ambushed a mercenary protected convoy. When you read about this in the MSM, they will use weasel words [...]


By: Saturday November 11, 2006 1:00 pm

  Today is Veteran's Day, the day we remember the living. Or go shopping. The Commonwealth combine their Memorial and Veteran's Day into Rememberance Day. So if you see people walking around with red flowers in their lapel, they're probably British or Canadian. Americans like soldiers, but love to ignore veterans. I learned this as [...]

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