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Ethan McCord

Iraq Vet

July 21st, 2010

Feces, Urine, Blood, Smoke, and Something Indescribable

The smell was unlike anything I've smelled before, a mixture of feces, urine, blood, smoke, and something else indescribable. That day started out much like many days in Iraq. We were woken up about 2:30 am to prepare for a mission, one of many that seemed pointless. Our Battalion commander ... continue reading

February 20th, 2009

Mesquite soldier killed in Afghanistan only ever wanted to serve

By Michael E. Young / Dallas Morning News Raymond Munden never talked about being a doctor or a lawyer. All he ever wanted to do was join the Army. Over 17 years, he completed five tours of duty overseas, including two in Iraq. On Monday, three weeks shy of completing ... continue reading

February 17th, 2009

Newest US troops in dangerous region near Kabul

By Jason Straziuso / Associated Press LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Close to 3,000 American soldiers who recently arrived in Afghanistan to secure two violent provinces near Kabul have begun operations in the field and already are seeing combat, the unit's spokesman said Monday. The new troops are the first wave ... continue reading

January 25th, 2009

Afghan president: US forces killed 16 civilians

By Jason Straziuso and Rahim Faiez KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. operation he said killed 16 Afghan civilians, while hundreds of villagers denounced the American military during an angry demonstration Sunday. Karzai said the killing of innocent Afghans during U.S. military operations "is strengthening the ... continue reading

February 27th, 2008

Funeral arrangements set for fallen Kansas soldier

NBC 3 WICHITA, Kansas, Feb. 26, 2008 – Funeral arrangements have been made for Kansas soldier killed in Iraq. Services with Military Honors will be held for SSG Bryant Wayne Mackey at 10 a.m. Friday, February 29 at Countryside Funeral Home at 420 S. 20th Street in Fredonia. Internment will ... continue reading

May 9th, 2007

ER in Iraq: `Awful lot' of casualties

By Thomas Wagner / Associated Press BAGHDAD - The nurse was surprised the two soldiers were still alive. The day before, the men were carried into the emergency room at Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad's fortress-like Green Zone. Both Americans had been badly injured when their Humvee was hit by ... continue reading

April 30th, 2007

Iraqi leader warns Iran of terror threat

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press BAGHDAD — Iran agreed Sunday to join the U.S. and other countries at a conference on Iraq this week, raising hopes the government in Tehran would help stabilize its violent neighbor and stem the flow of guns and bombs over the border. In an ... continue reading

April 30th, 2007

Iraqi leader warns Iran of terror threat

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press BAGHDAD - Iran agreed Sunday to join the U.S. and other countries at a conference on Iraq this week, raising hopes the government in Tehran would help stabilize its violent neighbor and stem the flow of guns and bombs over the border. In an ... continue reading

September 6th, 2006

Army shuns system to combat RPGs

Experts agree it might help save lives, so why isn’t it in the field? By Adam Ciralsky & Lisa Myers / NBC News WASHINGTON - Rocket-propelled grenades, or RPGs, are a favorite weapon of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are cheap, easy to use and deadly. RPGs have killed ... continue reading

April 10th, 2006

Shooting of Reuters soundman unlawful: report

By Michael Georgy / Reuters U.S. soldiers who shot dead a Reuters television soundman in Iraq last year breached their rules of engagement and the killing was "unlawful," an independent investigation commissioned by Reuters has found. Waleed Khaled died and cameraman Haider Kadhem was wounded on August 28 when the ... continue reading

October 9th, 2005

Military: Rebels shot down chopper in Afghanistan

RENO, Nevada (AP) -- Military investigators have determined that a helicopter crash that killed five Army National Guardsmen in Afghanistan last month was the result of hostile fire, not an accident. Militants claimed they shot down the aircraft on September 25, but Army investigators initially believed the crash was the ... continue reading

July 11th, 2005

Body of U.S. Commando Found in Afghanistan

By Daniel Cooney / Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan - The body of a missing U.S. commando has been located in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Monday, bringing an end to the desperate search for the last member of an ill-fated, four-man special forces unit that disappeared last month. One of ... continue reading

June 15th, 2005

From Iraq, a soldier/father's perspective on the war

By Joseph L. Galloway / Knight Ridder WASHINGTON - The Internet has brought us another remarkable soldier's story from Iraq worth reading and thinking about. The story below is told by Sgt. Zachary Scott-Singley, 24, who grew up in Washington state and is an Arabic language translator serving in Iraq ... continue reading

May 10th, 2005

Camilo Mejia’s Long Journey of Conscience From Nicaragua, to Iraq, to Military Prison

By Ron Smith / Narco News Today events are occurring around the United States as part of the National Day of Action for GI Resisters. On March 19 of this year, my wife, and associate producer, Cindy Sousa and I had the opportunity to travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina, home ... continue reading

March 21st, 2005

New wave of insurgent attacks strikes Iraq

An Iraqi police commandostands guard Monday overJordan's embassy in Baghdad. BAGHDAD (AP) — Insurgent attacks across Iraq on Monday left seven civilians and three Iraqi soldiers dead, a day after U.S. troops killed 26 militants in a clash — the highest, single-incident insurgent death toll reported in four months, the ... continue reading

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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

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Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
10:13 PM
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
5:41 PM
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
4:48 PM
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
5:56 PM
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
4:20 PM
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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