Friday, July 28, 2006
Midnight Round Up (July 27th, 2006)
• Another day, of Iraqis by American troops.

For more than a month after the killings, Sgt. Lemuel Lemus stuck to his story.

“Proper escalation of force was used,” he told an investigator, describing how members of his unit shot and killed three Iraqi prisoners who had lashed out at their captors and tried to escape after a raid northwest of Baghdad on May 9.

Then, on June 15, Sergeant Lemus offered a new and much darker account.

In a lengthy sworn statement, he said he had witnessed a deliberate plot by his fellow soldiers to kill the three handcuffed Iraqis and a cover-up in which one soldier cut another to bolster their story. The squad leader threatened to kill anyone who talked. Later, one guilt-stricken soldier complained of nightmares and “couldn’t stop talking” about what happened, Sergeant Lemus said.

What the hell is going on over there? I guess it makes sense that some unhinged people would be drawn to war - the whole killing while, like, stroking your nips, thing - but… this is getting ridiculous. If all these incidents turn out to be true, what is our military going to do to combat it?

• Moderate House Republicans are forcing the fringies for a vote .

There will most likely, of course, be some random poison pills added to it, for good measure -
Others suggested that the legislation could also be tied to a Republican proposal to create small-business health plans, which they say could decrease the costs of health insurance for small employers.

“It is not reasonable to increase the payroll of a small business without finding a way to decrease the expenses of small business,” said Representative Steven C. LaTourette of Ohio, another Republican behind the push for a minimum wage vote. He noted that more than 40 Democrats backed the health proposal when it was last considered, and said the Republican leadership did not intend to make the wage bill unacceptable to Democrats.


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