Posted by: quiscus | October 9, 2010

October 9, 2010

1.  What an evil, stuffed-shirt killer:

NATO Commander: New Europe Threat Justifies Afghan War

Nine Years In, NATO Finally Settles on a Reason for War

US Admiral James G. Stavridis, the current head of EUCOM who also holds the needlessly pompous title of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe discussed the largely nebulous terror threat against Europe, insisting it justifies the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Perhaps more troubling however is that a top NATO official is just now looking for a justification for the war over nine years after it began. This is particularly problematic when the war has been as destructive and destabilizing as this one has, and as NATO officials have been insisting for months before this “threat” arose that the war must continue virtually ad infinitum. The only conclusion then would be that the war could’ve continued forever without a justification, and that having come up with something of an excuse was simply a happy coincidence.”

http://news.antiwar.com/2010/10/08/nato-commander-new-europe-threat-justifies-afghan-war/

2.  “Docs detail murder case against GOP House hopeful

An ex-Marine running for Congress was charged with murder for killing two Iraqi prisoners; case was later dropped

In Iraq in 2004 Pantano shot two unarmed Iraqi prisoners, unloading up to 60 rounds, and then placed a sign next to their bodies with a Marine slogan, “No better friend, no worse enemy.”

Officials also opted not to subject Pantano to nonjudicial punishment for desecrating the bodies of the two men (by reloading his rifle and emptying another magazine into the men after they were already dead).”

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/war_room/2010/10/07/ilario_patano_article_32_transcript

3.  Good:

“Slots for soldiers go unfilled at West Point”

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2010/10/army-west-point-campaign-to-attract-cadets-100710w/

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