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Wow: Flagstaff soldier killed self in protest.

According to KNAU, an Army investigation found that Peterson had objected to interrogation techniques that were being used on prisoners.

“She refused to participate after only two nights working in the unit known as the cage,” stated the KNAU report.

She was subsequently assigned to monitoring Iraqi guards at the base gate and was sent to suicide prevention training, stated the KNAU report. And on Sept. 15, Army investigators concluded she shot and killed herself with her service rifle, according to KNAU.

The KNAU report also stated that Army spokespeople for Peterson’s unit refused to describe the interrogation techniques and that all records of the techniques have been destroyed.

Update: More on this from Editor and Publisher.

Late update: The local radio station that broadcast the story just issued an apology, noting that there is no evidence tying Peterson’s suicide to her objections to interrogation techniques.

Symbolic sovereignty

“Thanks for having me,” the President says on his surprise arrival in Baghdad.

“Not like we had any choice in the matter,” says Prime Minister Maliki.

You really have to wonder, how sovereign can a place possibly be when the presidents of other nations can secretly fly into the capital city (after misleadingly setting up an alibi teleconference) and demand a face-to-face on five minutes’ notice?

Onion: U.S. Troops Draw Up Own Exit Strategy

This is funny stuff.

Citing the Bush Administration’s ongoing refusal to provide a timetable for withdrawal, the U.S. troops stationed in Iraq have devised their own exit strategy.

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In a striking rebuke of the assertions of the Pentagon and the White House that a swift exit is neither practical nor possible, soldiers of varying rank have outlined a straightforward plan of immediate disengagement, dubbed “Operation Screw This.”

Fortress of solitude

Can this possibly be for real?

Some of the money might be designated for a new embassy in Baghdad, which has been projected to cost as much as $1.5 billion, the AP reported.

I’m trying to imagine how to spend that much money: Operating costs over some period of time? Untold amounts of high-tech gear? Stealth technology?


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