Saturday, February 2, 2008


It was bound to happen.

It was just a matter of time.

You can't sustain a war for over five years without differences of opinion arising with the top military commanders in Iraq.

The question now becomes will the top military commanders in Iraq iron out their differences on troop strength in Iraq before the next President is seated in the Oval Office?

Probably not and the next person to become Commander in Chief is going to have his hands full from day one with the ongoing problems of the war in Iraq.

Commentary by Bill Corcoran, editor of CORKSPHERE a blog which tells the truth about what is happening with the war in Iraq.


Sun, 03 Feb 2008 06:33:41

Tension between the Pentagon and generals in Iraq is heightening ahead of new representations to the White House and Congress.

Their conflicting views are due to be aired next month. Senior Bush administration officials privately acknowledge tension between the Joint Chiefs and generals in Iraq, particularly between Army Chief of Staff Gen. Casey Jr. and officers such as Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, says the Los Angeles Times.

Many military leaders in Washington are eager to continue withdrawal of troops in Iraq to ease strains caused by repeated deployments.

However, some generals in Iraq have said publicly that continuing withdrawals after July would put security gains at risk.

According to officials, during a high-level meeting of four-star commanders in the Pentagon this week, Casey urged Pentagon decision makers to quickly return to 12-month overseas deployments for the army.

Meanwhile, in a televised interview this week, Petraeus said that after extra troops sent last year return home in July, he would need "some time to let things settle down a bit" before deciding on further reductions.

But Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, the Joint Chiefs chairman, emphasized Friday that Petraeus had made no formal recommendation to halt the withdrawal.

Observers say despite the efforts that are being made to keep the division down, divergent views among top US Defense Department officials have become increasingly apparent.

Under previously announced plans, troop levels in Iraq are expected to drop from a peak of nearly 170,000 last year to about 135,000 in July, when the last of five extra combat brigades return home.


You would never know it by watching FOX NEWS, MSNBC or CNN or by reading the mainstream media newspapers but there is still a war going on in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The chest-beating by President Bush and FOX NEWS about the success of the "surge" is overshadowed by events on the ground in Baghdad amd elsewhere around Iraq.

Incidents of violence are also increasing in Afghanistan.

And the casualty reports of Americans killed or wounded in the wars continues to rise as the U.S. military now has been in Iraq for over five years and Afghanistan for an equal amount of time.

Commentary by Bill Corcoran, host of this blog devoted to bringing Americans what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan where we have a combined total of nearly 200,000 troops deployed.


Baghdad:#1: Update--The death toll from two Baghdad market bombs allegedly carried by mentally disabled women and set off remotely has risen to nearly 100, say officials. The blasts on Friday at two animal markets in Baghdad left 99 people dead and up to 200 wounded, officials said.
#2: A roadside bomb aimed at a police patrol in western Baghdad wounded five people including three policemen, police said.Five people (3 policemen and 2 civilians) were injured in an IED explosion that targeted a police patrol in Khadhraa neighborhood west Baghdad around 10:30 am.Iskandariya:

#1: Two decomposed bodies with gunshot wounds were found Friday in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.Basra:

#1: A MILITARY plane about to bring home East Lancashire soldiers from Iraq was almost bombed out of the sky by insurgents. A hundred troops from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment left the war-torn country on Wednesday. But as the soldiers, including men and women from across East Lancashire, were waiting to fly from Basra airfield, Iraqi insurgents attacked the British Army contingency operating base with mortars, narrowly missing the Hercules plane flying in to transport them out. The Army confirmed that the base - where thousands of British soldiers are - was attacked on Wednesday, but said attacks on the base are "not unusual.

"Samarra:#1: Near Samarra, Iraqi police killed four men and captured a senior aide to an al-Qaida in Iraq leader, police said.#2: Six gunmen were killed and two policemen were wounded in clashes on Friday in central Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Shirqat:#1: Four fighters affiliated to Awakening Council groups, who fight al-Qaida militants in Iraq, were killed and nine others injured in a bomb attack in Salahudin province on Saturday, a source from U.S. and Iraqi liaison office said. The attack occurred in the morning when a roadside bomb detonated near the fighters' vehicle while patrolling in Tal-Muhammad village in the al-Shirqat town, 70 km north of the capital city of Tikrit, the source from the Joint Coordination Center in the province, told Xinhua.Hawija:#1: U.S. forces killed one gunman and arrested another after they had opened fire on a U.S. patrol near Hawija, 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said. Kirkuk is 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad.

Tal Afar:#1: And near Tal Afar, Iraqi commandos killed three wanted men and arrested three others, said Brig. Gen. Ibrahim al-Jibouri, commander of Tal Afar police. Among those captured was a top al-Qaida in Iraq figure, accused of organizing militant operations in the western area of Mosul, al-Jibouri said.Afghanistan:#1: Afghan police backed by NATO's air power have cleared several villages from Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan province besides eliminating three rebels, a statement of Afghanistan Interior Ministry said Saturday. "In the operation launched 10 days ago and supported by NATO aircraft in Deh Rawad district, three militants have been killed and several villages have been cleaned up of militants," the statement added.

#2: A seven-hour gun battle between suspected Islamic militants and police in northwest Pakistan Saturday left three extremists and two policemen dead, officials said. Rebels hurled grenades and fired rockets at police after officers surrounded a house following intelligence reports that extremists with ties to local Taliban were hiding there. North West Frontier Province police chief Sharif Virk told AFP: "Three militants and two policemen were killed in the prolonged firefight." He said fighting was over now but did not give any further details other than that two policemen were also wounded in the operation.

Casualty Reports

:Christopher Braley, 22, a Navy Corps-man, was severely injured last September in an ambush while on patrol in Iraq. A piece of shrapnel from an improvised explosive device shot through the left side of his face and lodged in his brain. After being flown to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, he endured seven brain and eye operations before transferring to the Veteran Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto at the end of December. He's been resting at a relative's home in Manteca since mid-January.

Army Spc. Michael Hayes lost his left leg and suffered burns and other injuries and has spent the last year and a half recuperating at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He was injured while on patrol in the Iraqi insurgent stronghold city of Ramadi when the roadside bomb destroyed the Humvee in which he was riding. Two other soldiers and an Iraqi translator were killed. Hayes’ progress at Brooke, which specializes in treating amputees and other severely wounded veterans, has been followed by The Courier-Journal. While there, he suffered setbacks as burns and his broken right heel took longer than expected to improve. But after months of surgeries and physical therapy, he was fitted with a prosthetic leg, then spent more months learning to walk.

Sergeant First Class Matt Tolle is recovering after being wounded during a road-side bombing in Iraq. He suffered serious injuries when his convoy hit an improvised explosive device. Family members say Tolle is scheduled to see a neurologist to determine if he suffered brain damage.


Fox News blowhard Bill O'Reilly, host of "The Factor," has been screaming his head off that there are no homeless Iraq war veterans in the United States.

To prove O'Reilly was wrong, a group of Iraq veterans and supporters obtained 17,000 signatures on a petition they wanted to present to Bill O'Reilly and Fox News indicating there are indeed homeless Iraq war veterans.

Watch the video and you will see what happens to the people who bring the petition with 17,000 signatures to the Fox News studio.

What is ironic is on the very same day the representatives of 17,000 homeless Iraq war veterans were trying to get their message to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News station was airing reports all day about how the Berkeley, California City Council this week voted to tell the Marines their downtown recruiting station is not welcome and "if recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome guests," according to The Associated Press.

The council also voted to explore whether a city anti-discrimination law applies to the Marines, with a focus on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prevents open homosexuality in the military.

The council also voted to give the antiwar group Code Pink a parking space in front of the recruiting office once a week for six months, as well as a protest permit.

The Marine recruiting office in Berkeley has been open for about one year, but has been the subject of recent protests by Code Pink members.

Let's see if we got this straight.

Fox News won't allow Iraq war veterans and their supporters to submit a petition with 17,000 signatures indicating there are homeless Iraq veterans to Fox News to give to Bill O'Reilly who says the homeless veterans story is a fake, but Fox News is all up in arms because the City of Berkley, California doesn't want a Marine Recruiting office on their grounds.

Which story do you think received the most coverage on Fox News? Do pigs fly?

Commentary by Bill Corcoran, editor of CORKSPERE,, a blog which presents the latest news on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and sidebar stories re elements of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fox Denies Entrance to Veterans Demanding an Apology from O’Reilly [VIDEO]

Posted by Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films on February 1, 2008 at 12:12 PM. (watch the video)

Bill O'Reilly said there aren't any homeless veterans, and if there are, there aren't enough to matter and/or they're all mentally ill addicts. So we sent a group of homeless veterans to the FOX News building to show O'Reilly they do indeed exist. The vets brought a petition with 17,000 signatures demanding that O'Reilly apologize to all of America's homeless vets. Documentary filmmaker Dan Lohaus ( and field producer Robin W. captured the action.