Friday, March 31, 2006
Prayers and Patients
Do prayers by well-wishers help sick people? Some of us do not believe in the power of prayer while others do. A study,to be published in the April 4th issue of the American Heart Journal, based on 1800 heart by-pass patients, by the Harvard Medical School confirms "Praying for other people to recover from an illness is ineffective, ......" The study covered " "distant" or "intercessory" prayer". This is not going to deter the believers and rightly so. If they find solace in prayer more power to them.
- The study of more than 1,800 heart-bypass patients found that those who had people praying for them had as many complications as those who did not. In fact, one group of patients who knew they were the subject of prayers fared worse.
- The long-awaited results, the latest in a series of studies that have not found any benefit from "distant" or "intercessory" prayer, came as a blow to those hoping scientific research would validate the popular notion that people can influence others' health, even if the sick do not know that someone is praying for them.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Jill Carroll * The Lobbying Bill * Diebold,Inc.
The Lobbying Bill
After making a lot of noise the Senate produced a mouse---a toothless one at that. The legislation could be further watered down in the House. Democrats proved to be as unwilling as the Republicans to give up the rewards that lobbyists provide. They have become addicts. "On Tuesday, the Senate rejected a bipartisan plan to create an independent investigative office designed to help the Senate's ethics committee enforce lobbying and ethics laws. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), one of the authors of the Democrats' lobbying proposals, voted against the Senate bill in part because it did not contain the office of public integrity."
Remember Diebold,Inc. ?
Diebold, the voting machine manufacturer was mentioned in 2004 for being involved in voting fraud by rigging the machines. This is from Naperville Sun 3/15/06: "Shortly after North Canton Ohio-based Diebold Inc. bought the voting equipment company Global Election Systems Inc., past chairman and CEO Walden O'Dell allegedly told Republican fundraisers he would help Ohio deliver the electoral votes to President Bush in the 2004 election. O'Dell resigned from Diebold in December." Now the attorney general of Florida has subpoenaed Diebold and two other voting machine manufacturers for refusing "to sell equipment to let disabled voters cast ballots without help in Leon County."
The Arms Merchants - Nations that Profit from War and Deaths
One thing leads to another. Reading former President Jimmy Carter's comments about the nuclear deal with India and the dangers of nuclear proliferation made me think of the very lucrative trading in arms and ammunition in which all major nations take part. An Israeli friend,currently in graduate school in the USA, to whom I had forwarded the Washington Post article "Of Israel,Harvard and David Duke" (March 26,2006) commented:
- They forgot to add it that even Israelis in Israel argue that they wish US aid to Israel will stop since it is making the country more militant, and only contributing to the military industrial complex.
- I think these authors will be more honest if they will realize that the US does not give money to Israel because they care about Israel's security; the US only tries to maintain the economic profitability from selling weapons. The military industrial complex in the US accounts for as much as 25% of the US GDP.
- You ask yourself how? Well, for every weapon that Israel 'buys' form the US, rich oil producing countries in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, buy the same weapons from the US to equalize their military power with Israel. This is really where the US makes its most money from weapons.
The web site of Federation of American Scientists (FAS) contains a wealth of facts including the following:
- As reported by Richard Grimmett of the Congressional Research Service (in "Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 1994-2001"), U.S. weapons sales for 2001 accounted for 45.8% of all registered international arms deliveries. This was roughly than 2.5 times the value of exports by the second (United Kingdom) and third (Russia) largest exporters, 9.7 times the level of exports registered by France, and 19 times the level of exports registered by China.
Military Training: The U.S. government is training soldiers in upwards of 70 countries at any given time. The most transparent, and consequently well known of these training programs is the Pentagon's International Military Education and Training Program (IMET). Recent graduates as well as soldiers soon to be trained by this program come from countries at war or with horrific human rights records, including Indonesia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Congo, and Cote d'Ivoire.
- In Fiscal Year 1999, the United States delivered roughly $6.8 billion in armaments to nations which violate the basic standards of human rights (figure is conservative and based only on countries with major human rights problems).
- Of the active conflicts in 1999, the United States supplied arms or military technology to parties in more than 92% of them --39 out of 42. In over one-third of these conflicts - 18 out of 42 - the United States provided from 10% to 90% of the arms imported by one side of the dispute.
- Between 1986 and 1995 the United States delivered $42 billion worth of armaments to parties in 45 ongoing conflicts.
- U.S. arms or U.S. military technology were used by adversaries confronting U.S. soldiers in Panama, Iraq, Somalia, and Haiti. A significant portion of the $6 billion in covert U.S. arms and training sent to Afghan rebel groups in the 1980s was funneled to right-wing Islamic fundamentalist forces that now use these resources to attack U.S. allies and citizens.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Iraq - Bush, Blair and the Mess they have Wrought
"Iraq bombing kills 40, U.S. raid denounced" AP
At least 40 people have been killed by a suicide bomb inside a military base housing US and Iraqi forces near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
"Bush-Blair War Memo Revealed" BBC
- The New York Times says it has seen a memo which shows that the US president was firmly set on the path to war two months before the 2003 Iraq invasion.
- From private talks between George Bush and UK PM Tony Blair, the memo makes it clear the US was determined to go to war whether or not he had UN backing.
- He is quoted discussing ways to provoke Saddam Hussein into a confrontation.
"The US military in Iraq is facing growing political pressure over a raid on a Baghdad mosque complex that left about 20 people dead on Sunday evening."
A Bribe by any Other Name Still Stinks
Something happens when an elected member of Congress goes to Washington, and I am not talking about the fabled Jefferson Smith in Frank Capra's classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Mr. Smith (played by the late James Stewart) encountered corruption and fought it. Our present day legislators readily embrace the lobbyists and lap up the rewards. It happens in State houses across the nation too but it is Washington where the action is. So, the news that "Lawmakers may be forced to Detail Contacts, Cash Received", is encouraging. It is a very small step toward cleaning what has been described as legalized bribery that takes place in Washington but we should welcome it.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Looking Out of the Window
Back when I belonged to the world of business my employers sent me to a full-day seminar conducted by the time management guru, Alan Lakein. Cannot honestly say that I did not benefit from it. In those days I was a corporate man, and it so happened that my work (in ocean transportation industry) gave me pleasure. Among other topics, Mr. Lakein covered positive procrastination. That was then.
The late Emily Dickinson wrote about "A bobolink for a chorister". There is no bobolink around but cannot think of a better substitute than Janet Baker singing Bach arias.
A star looks down at me
What do you mean to do--
Wait,and let Time go by
Till my change come."--"Just so,"
So mean I."
---Thomas Hardy "Waiting Both"
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Impeachment - Rumbles in New England
- Thirty miles north, residents in four Vermont villages voted earlier this month at annual town meetings to buy more rock salt, approve school budgets, and impeach the president for lying about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and for sanctioning torture.
- Window cleaner Ira Clemons put down his squeegee in the lobby of a city mall and stroked his goatee as he considered the question: Would you support your congressman's call to impeach Bush? His smile grew until it looked like a three-quarters moon.
- "Why not? The man's been lying from Jump Street on the war in Iraq," Clemons said. "Bush says there were weapons of mass destruction, but there wasn't. Says we had enough soldiers, but we didn't. Says it's not a civil war -- but it is." He added: "I was really upset about 9/11 -- so don't lie to me."
Friday, March 24, 2006
Fools and the President
"Is Anyone Listening?"
We are seeing a new Bush. Scratch the suface and you'll find the old Bush. Richard Wolffe and Holly Baily in Newsweek: " The banner hanging over President George W. Bush read united to victory. But as Republicans listened to Bush slog through his familiar pep talk at a $2,500-a-head fund-raiser last Thursday night, the party faithful knew they were anything but united."
Thursday, March 23, 2006
I recently did what many other booklovers do. In the absence of something new to read we go back to old favorites. I pulled out a book from my meager collection and re-read it. A work of fiction, but fiction with Holocaust in the background contains historical facts.
"Yes, at times one's heart could break in sorrow. But often too,preferably in the evening,I can't help thinking that Ernie Levy,dead six million times,is still alive somewhere. I don't know where.....Yesterday,as I stood in the street trembling in despair, rooted to the spot,a drop of pity fell from above upon my face. But there was no breeze in the air,no cloud in the sky.....There was only a presence."
Great writing. The copy I have is a somewhat battered Bantam paperback, published October 1961.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Condoms, No. Abstinence, Prayers and Cold Showers
Thomas Edsall writes in Washington Post that "Millions of dollars in taxpayer funds have flowed to groups that support President Bush's agenda on abortion and other social issues." The president and his administration make no secret of their support of "faith-based" organizations, so the news that funding for them has taken a quantum leap should cause no surprise. It is part of a pattern. The goal is to politicize religious organizations. It paid dividends for the Republicans during the election of 2004 when pulpits were used to sermonize against candidates who supported women's right to choose. They are continuing to pursue the theme, empowered by money pouring in from our taxes.
Payola or Patronage by Federal Government ?
- Under the auspices of its religion-based initiatives and other federal programs, the administration has funneled at least $157 million in grants to organizations run by political and ideological allies, according to federal grant documents and interviews.
An example is Heritage Community Services in Charleston, S.C. A decade ago, Heritage was a tiny organization with deeply conservative social philosophy but not much muscle to promote it. An offshoot of an antiabortion pregnancy crisis center, Heritage promoted abstinence education at the county fair, local schools and the local Navy base. The budget was $51,288.
- By 2004, Heritage Community Services had become a major player in the booming business of abstinence education. Its budget passed $3 million -- much of it in federal grants distributed by Bush's Department of Health and Human Services -- supporting programs for students in middle school and high school in South Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Put the Aviator's Suit on, Mr. President
Just get the flight suit ready for another appearance. That should have more impact than dark suits. Continue to speak the truth---as you see it. The real truth? Who gives a damn. What the nation needs are more "Bring 'em on" and "Smoke 'em out" speeches. The polls? You don't pay any attention to them anyway. Perhaps Karl Rove does. Three years of upbeat White House assessments about Iraq that turned out to be premature, incomplete or plain wrong are complicating President Bush's efforts to restore public faith in the military operation and his presidency, according to pollsters and Republican lawmakers and strategists. The last two weeks have provided a snapshot of White House optimism that skeptics contend is at odds with the facts on the ground in Iraq.
How to turn peaceful Iraqis into bomb throwing Insurgents
One way is to kill 15 innocent civilians to avenge the death of one marine. BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Residents gave new details Monday about the shootings of civilians in a western Iraqi town, where the U.S. military is investigating allegations of potential misconduct by American troops last November. The residents said troops entered homes and shot and killed 15 members of two families, including a 3-year-old girl, after a roadside bomb killed a U.S. Marine.
"Collateral damage" is a term that has been grossly abused to describe deaths of civilians. But this was not death from the sky. The civilians were shot at close range.
Monday, March 20, 2006
First Day of Spring 2006
Cold and overcast morning. The weather man said "chances of showers". Could happen. The signs of spring,however, are everywhere. The days will turn brighter and warmer, and then the heat of the sun will turn the lush green meadows brown. The seasons, they are wonderful.
For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
---Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
Atalanta in Calydon (1865)
Have Bible, Will Vote
- Their message to Congress, controlled by Republicans, is "must do better".
- Support from about a quarter of Americans who describe themselves as evangelicals was a factor in President George W Bush's two election victories.
- The Republicans will need to keep them onboard if they are to retain control of Congress in November.
Business as Usual. The much ballyhooed reform in Congress has succumbed to the power of the lobbyists. Lawmakers have retreated from their position. Some of Washington's top lobbyists say that they expect to find ways around congressional efforts to impose new restrictions on lobbyists' dealings with lawmakers in the wake of the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal, and that any limits will barely put a dent in the billions of dollars spent to influence legislation.
Neanderthals on the March
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Three Years After the Bombs Fell
"A War Through A Father's Eyes"
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Looking For A War - Preemption Redux
March 17, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Bach and Bergman, Not Bush and Bombs
A grey and wet St. Patrick's Day morning. The weather pundits were right; rain and more rain. Two days before spring solstice, it is unusual weather for us in the San Francisco Bay area. Couldn't escape reading about the president but decided to stay away from him in my blog. He is mentioned but just in passing....in an item about Jessica Simpson, that she dodged an appearance at The White House. I am not familiar with her music but she looked pretty and wholesome in Washington Post. My favorite music: Bach, jazz, and blues. Recently, I watched a movie (Swedish, with sub-titles) that is not only named Saraband, Bach's cello suite is a part of the story and could be heard in the background. Made for Swedish TV, 86-year old Ingmar Bergman returned as director (he was also the author) for this 2005 sequel to his acclaimed 1973 production Scenes From A Marriage. While I wished that the story ended differently, it was a feast. Bergman announced that Saraband was his last appearance as a director. Magnificent.
Ingmar Bergman © Sony Pictures Classics
|Erland Josephson||Johan--Professor Emeritus|
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Bush, the Warrior Who Has Lost His Audience
What a difference three years make. The bluster has not completely disappeared but cracks have begun to appear in the facade of our warrior president.
- A CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll, taken just as Bush began this latest oratorical push, found 57 percent of those surveyed said it was a mistake to start the war and 60 percent believe the struggle for democracy and order in that country is going badly. Only 1 voter in 3 believes Bush has a clear plan for winning or ending the war.
"Yes, Mr Bush in his second term is the nice guy! The rank and file of his own party are now the nasties. Last week's row over the Dubai ports deal was a case in point."
Operation Swarmer: Air Strikes Near Samarra, Iraq
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Russ Feingold's Call for Censure of President Bush
Excerpts from the speech by Senator Feingold (D-Wis):
- "The President authorized an illegal program to spy on American citizens on American soil, and then misled Congress and the public about the existence and legality of that program. It is up to this body to reaffirm the rule of law by condemning the President's actions."
- All of us in this body took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and bear true allegiance to the same. Fulfilling that oath requires us to speak clearly and forcefully when the President violates the law. This resolution allows us to send a clear message that the President's conduct was wrong.
Mad Mullahs ....and Reverends
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Bush Juggernaut Caught In Quagmire
---President Bush on NBC's 'Meet the Press' - Sunday, February 8, 2004; 12:03 PM
Nominated by late President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor became the 102nd justice and first female member of the Supreme Court.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Iraqi 'Dead Poets' Society' - Shattered Dreams
'My mission was to try and rehumanise our society'
Abdullah al-Baghdadi, 41, a poet, lives in the Karrada district of Baghdad
- On 9 April 2003, when I saw the statue of Saddam being hauled to the ground in Baghdad's al-Fardous square, I had such hopes for the future. Seeing the tyrant lolling on his back with a rope around his neck was the ultimate in poetic justice. It opened up all sorts of possibilities for artists and intellectuals in Iraq. Previously half-formed thoughts and ambitions began to solidify in our minds.
- Inspired by the name of the movie, I decided to form an Iraqi Dead Poets' Society - so named because all of us had spent the past 35 years like dead men walking. I contacted all the poets I knew. It wasn't easy; all the phone lines were down. I sent letters and taxis and messengers across Baghdad, hunting down the pens that I knew could help beat the sword. And the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.
- I would find a suitable venue, a 'Poetry HQ', and we would meet weekly for readings of our work. All the poems and poets banned or suppressed under Saddam would have a chance to live and breathe again. We would issue a monthly magazine in both Arabic and English. We would invite poets from the West to come and share their inspirations with us, to bypass the artificially imposed barriers that had been in place for far too long.
- We would also form a poetry club for the youth of Iraq, who had been starved of all beauty under the Baathist regime. I remember how three years ago I had this passion - I felt it almost as a mission - to rehumanise our thoroughly brutalised society.
- I also wanted to override the images of concrete blast barriers, barbed wire, suicide bombs and mortar shells that were threatening to take hold of our imaginations after the first few months of liberation. I believed all that had been destroyed could be recreated again, in verse, by us poets. Any destruction of any thing means the death of part of a poet's soul.
- It took six months to find a building by the Tigris, where the society would meet and enjoy the intoxicating air of freedom. In 2003 we could write and read whatever we wanted. But then, like a slow trickle of acid on to our foreheads, the same intolerance we had seen under Saddam began to reappear. One poet was threatened; one was kidnapped; one was killed; one fled abroad. History repeated itself. We had begun once more to create a policeman inside our heads, bigger and more frightening than the policeman who stands on the street. Our pens were cuffed and our hearts imprisoned.
- And then on 31 December 2005, our building, Baghdad's nerve centre of verse, was wrecked by a bomb. Al-Qaeda nihilists? Angry Saddamists? Irate Iranians? Hopeless Americans? I neither knew nor cared. Was our society the intended target? Again I did not know or care.
- But of this I was certain. There I stood, just me, alone again, squinting through the dust and debris at the total eclipse of my dreams.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Death of Tom Fox, A Man of Peace
- As I survey the landscape here in Iraq, dehumanization seems to be the operative means of relating to each other. U.S. forces in their quest to hunt down and kill "terrorists" are, as a result of this dehumanizing word,not only killing "terrorists," but also killing innocent Iraqis: men, women and children in the various towns and villages.
- It seems as if the first step down the road to violence is taken when I dehumanize a person. That violence might stay within my thoughts or find its way into the outer world and become expressed verbally, psychologically, structurally or physically. As soon as I rob a fellow human being of his or her humanity by sticking a dehumanizing label on them, I begin the process that can have, as an end result, torture, injury and death.
- "Why are we here?" We are here to root out all aspects of dehumanization that exist within us. We are here to stand with those being dehumanized by oppressors and stand firm against that dehumanization. We are here to stop people, including ourselves, from dehumanizing any of God's children, no matter how much they dehumanize their own souls.
Friday, March 10, 2006
Gale Norton Departs Under Taint of Abramoff Scandal
"The Emperor Has No Clothes"
How sweet it is! It took a while but finally there are unmistakable signs that more and more Americans are beginning to see through the haze created by President Bush and his cohorts. The hollow man is no longer able to talk his way out. The Republicans are running scared. It is not time to break out the champagne.....not yet. The Democrats still paying for their abject surrender to fear of being branded unpatriotic and support of the president's war and the Patriot Act. They lack a message and a strong voice to be heard above the clamor. The Bush administration is not going to roll over. Expect to hear more about the danger from Iran, from Venezuela, from Cuba, and the ever-present terrorists lurking around corner. The American people can no longer be exhorted to respond to the call to back the president on Iraq. The president and his Strangelovian Veep desperately need a red herring...a bogey. They will try hard to create one.
- When President Bush and senior adviser Karl Rove mapped out plans for a political comeback in 2006, this was nowhere on the script. Suddenly, the collapse of a port-management deal neither even knew about a month ago has devastated the White House and raised questions about its ability to lead even fellow Republicans.
- "He has no political capital," said Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster. "Slowly but surely it's been unraveling. There's been a direct correlation between the trajectory of his approval numbers and the -- I don't want to call it disloyalty -- the independence on the part of the Republicans in Congress."
- More and more people, particularly Republicans, disapprove of President Bush's performance, question his character and no longer consider him a strong leader against terrorism, according to an AP-Ipsos poll documenting one of the bleakest points of his presidency.
- Nearly four out of five Americans, including 70 percent of Republicans, believe civil war will break out in Iraq--- the bloody hot spot upon which Bush has staked his presidency. Nearly 70 percent of people say the U.S. is on the wrong track, a 6-point jump since February.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
All We Need Is Additional $91 Billion
- An opinion poll published by the Washington Post and ABC News yesterday suggested that most Americans agreed with Mr Khalilzad - with 80% saying civil war in Iraq was likely, and more than a third that it was very likely. More than half thought the US should start withdrawing its troops, although only one in six wanted all troops to be withdrawn immediately.
Iran Next on the List to be Democratized?
Drum beat getting louder for attacking Iran.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Conservatives Bash Bush At Cato
A few excerpts:
- Bartlett certainly thought so. He began by predicting a big tax increase "to finance the inevitable growth of government that is in the pipeline that President Bush is largely responsible for." He also said many fellow conservatives don't know about the "quite dreadful" traits of the administration, such as the absence of "anybody who does any serious analysis" on policy issues.
- Instead, Sullivan was on hand to second the critique. "This is a big-government agenda," he said. "It is fueled by a new ideology, the ideology of Christian fundamentalism."
The question period gave the two a chance to come up with new insults.
"If Bush were running today against Bill Clinton, I'd vote for Clinton," Bartlett served.
"You have to understand the people in this administration have no principles," Sullivan volleyed. "Any principles that get in the way of the electoral map have to be dispensed with."
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Looking For A Theme - "Bring on the noise, bring on da funk"
Monday, March 06, 2006
Seasons: Spring Rains
the Pacific Ocean
will be my sitting mat
Sound of mountain
sound of ocean
everywhere spring rain
Sitting quietly, doing nothing
Spring Comes, and the grass grows by itself
I Always think of Konan in March
Partridges chirp among the scented blossoms.
The long night,
The sound of the water
Says what I think
Source: The World of Zen by Nancy Wilson Ross
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Bobbsey Twins for God - Tony Blair and G.W. Bush
The toll in human terms as of March 3rd
UK Soldiers 103
Iraqi civilians - Minimum : 28636 Maximum 32270.
Source: Iraq Coalition Casualties and Iraq Body Count
Faith-based Foreign Policy
George Bush is the darling of the so called Christian right, the evangelicals who consider themselves to be the chosen ones, waiting for the second coming when they will ascend to heaven. In President Bush,a BAC, they have a champion who is mindful of their clout and does everything he can to please them. From anti-abortion measures, sex education, to school prayers, and public display of Ten Commandments, the president is a zealous advocate. Now our foreign policy is being influenced by evangelical Christians. The world has reason to worry about this modern day crusader. He has almost four more years. Howard LaFranchi writes in The Christian Science Monitor: When President Bush recently used a public forum to announce his support for a more robust international intervention in Sudan's Darfur region - catching even some of his senior aides off guard - it was yet another milestone for the rising interest of Christian evangelicals in US foreign policy. In just a few years, conservative Christian churches and organizations have broadened their political activism from a near-exclusive domestic focus to an emphasis on foreign issues.
Enquiry Begins About Coverup of Pat Tillman's Death
The army has announced that a criminal investigation will be conducted about the death of one-time NFL player Pat Tillman in Afghanistan in a friendly fire incident. Originally, the army had reported that Tillman died in enemy action. Tillman's family had reasons to question that and pushed for facts.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
The Seasons, Oscar Awards And all that Jazz
"In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurge of nature."
"Spring too, very soon!
They are setting the scene for it--plum tree and moon
(Haru mo ya keshiki totonou tsuki ume)"
---Basho (1643-1694), translated by Harold Henderson
Friday, March 03, 2006
Ghost of Katrina Resurfaces
---Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, ch. II, Macmillan (1865).
Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Real Iraq and The President's Iraq
- Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reports that Shiite militias "have broken up coed picnics, executed barbers [for the sin of shaving beards] and liquor store owners, instituted their own courts, and posted religious guards in front of girls' schools to ensure Iranian-style dress." Iraq's other indispensable man, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, says that unless the government can protect religious sites, "the believers will."
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Dirge of February - The Killing Fields in Iraq
Garrison C. Avery, 23, Army 1st Lieutenant, Feb 01, 2006
Marlon A. Bustamante, 25, Army Specialist, Feb 01, 2006
Anthony Chad Owens, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 01, 2006
Caesar S. Viglienzone, 21, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 01, 2006
Sean T. Cardelli, 20, Marine Private 1st Class, Feb 01, 2006
Simon T. Cox Jr., 30, Army 1st Lieutenant, Feb 02, 2006
Walter B. Howard II, 35, Army Specialist, Feb 02, 2006
Scott A. Messer, 26, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 02, 2006
Lance S. Cornett, 33, Army Sergeant 1st Class, Feb 03, 2006
Jesse M. Zamora, 22, Army Specialist, Feb 03, 2006
Roberto L. Martinez Salazar, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 04, 2006
Jeremiah J. Boehmer, 22, Army Sergeant, Feb 05, 2006
William S. Hayes III, 23, Army Specialist, Feb 05, 2006
Sergio A. Mercedes Saez, 23, Army Specialist, Feb 05, 2006
Christopher R. Morningstar, 27, Army Staff Sergeant, Feb 05, 2006
Patrick W. Herried, 29, Army Specialist, Feb 06, 2006
Orville Gerena, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 06, 2006
David S. Parr, 22, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 06, 2006
Brandon S. Schuck, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 06, 2006
Jacob D. "Jake" Spann, 21, Marine Private 1st Class, Feb 06, 2006
Allen D. Kokesh Jr., 21, Army National Guard Specialist, Feb 07, 2006
Steven L. Phillips, 27, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 07, 2006
Javier Chavez Jr., 19, Marine Private 1st Class, Feb 09, 2006
Ross A. Smith, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 09, 2006
Felipe J. Garcia Villareal, 26, Army Specialist, Feb 12, 2006
Andrew J. Kemple, 23, Army Corporal, Feb 12, 2006
Nicholas Wilson, 25, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, Feb 12, 2006
Matthew Ron Barnes, 20, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 14, 2006
Michael S. Probst, 26, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 14, 2006
Rusty L. Washam, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 14, 2006
Anthony R. Garcia, 48, Army Captain, Feb 17, 2006
Amos C. Edwards Jr., 41, Army National Guard Sergeant 1st Class, Feb 17, 2006
Charles E. Matheny IV, 23, Army Sergeant, Feb 18, 2006
Matthew D. Conley, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 18, 2006
Jessie Davila, 29, Army National Guard Sergeant, Feb 20, 2006
Daniel J. Kuhlmeier, 30, Dept. of the Air Force Civilian, Feb 20, 2006
Jay T. Collado, 31, Marine Staff Sergeant, Feb 20, 2006
Almar L. Fitzgerald, 23, Marine 2nd Lieutenant, Feb 21, 2006
Gregson G. Gourley, 38, Army Staff Sergeant, Feb 22, 2006
Curtis T. Howard II, 32, Army Staff Sergeant, Feb 22, 2006
Rickey E. Jones, 21, Army Sergeant, Feb 22, 2006
Christopher L. Marion, 20, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 22, 2006
Gordon F. Misner II, 23, Army Sergeant, Feb 22, 2006
Allan A. Morr, 21, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 22, 2006
Thomas J. Wilwerth, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 22, 2006
Dimitri Muscat, 21, Army Not reported yet, Feb 24, 2006
Joshua Francis Powers, 0, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 25, 2006
Adam J. VanAlstine, 21, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 25, 2006
Clay Farr, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 26, 2006
Joshua Pearce, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 26, 2006
According to an AP report in the Post, she is being held by Islamic Army, the same insurgent group that released two French hostages in 2004 after keeping them captive for four months.