Code of Military Justice

Gen. Stan McChrystal, United States Army, will leave active service with four stars instead of three because of a special waiver bestowed on him by President Barack Obama. One is supposed to hold four-star rank for three years before one can retire at that pay grade, something McChrystal obviously didn’t do, but Obama made nice … Continue reading “Code of Military Justice”

The Dark Legacy of Gen. McChrystal

Gen. Stanley McChrystal might have left town through the back door with his four stars barely intact, his 35-year career in the Army humiliatingly cut short by a lack of judgment with a counterculture magazine. But in reality, he got off easy. As a four-star popular with his peers, McChrystal will have professional options most … Continue reading “The Dark Legacy of Gen. McChrystal”

Wednesday: 8 Iraqis Killed, 5 Wounded

Memories of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib have resurfaced as a military appeals court reviews whether the judge in one case conducted the trial properly. Meanwhile, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani encouraged voters to participate in next month’s national elections. At least eight Iraqis were killed and five more were wounded in light violence. Also, there are rumors that the Mahdi Army may be resurfacing as sectarian violence appears to be re-igniting.

Friday: 10 Iraqis Killed, 54 Wounded

Updated at 5:35 p.m. EDT, Sept. 11, 2009 Riots broke out in Baghdad Central Prison where a number of people were killed or wounded. Overall, at least 10 Iraqis were killed and 54 more were wounded across the country, but most of the casualties were at the prison. No casualties were reported in Baghdad and no attack reports came out of Mosul. Meanwhile, Iraq is asking for help in restoring its archaeological sites. Some suffered massive damage during the wars. Its national art museum remains closed due to ongoing turmoil as well.

Lawmakers Try to Block New Abuse Photos

Civil libertarians are condemning a call by two influential U.S. senators for the White House to block the impending release of photographs showing detainees being abused by U.S. military personnel at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at other U.S. detention facilities in the Middle East and elsewhere. The plea to intervene to … Continue reading “Lawmakers Try to Block New Abuse Photos”