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New book on war and Cheney’s hunt

As we approach the first anniversary of Bush’s precious Iraq attack, I present the following pre-release excerpts from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino’s new book, “Thunder Run,” his eyewitness account as an embedded journalist of the initial invasion of Baghdad:

“The lead tank rumbled past the final American checkpoint, and a voice came over the radio net, ‘You are now entering Indian country.’. . .

“A dozen Iraqi soldiers in green uniforms were leaning against a building, chatting, drinking tea, their weapons propped against a wall.” . . .



“Sir, can I shoot at these guys? The (tank) gunner asked.” . . .

“Uh, yeah, they’re the enemy, (First Lieutenant Robert) Ball replied.” . . .




“The gunner mowed them down methodically, left to right, and as each man fell, Ball could see a puzzled expression cross the face of the next man before he, too, pitched to the ground in a pink spray.”

For some reason, I can’t help but to think of Cheney and a few friends sitting in a comfortable duckblind and shooting down the hundreds of farm-raised pheasants recently in the guise of “hunting.”

Cowboys and Indians. Genocide to take land and resources. Thrill killing. Does your chest swell with pride?

Four more years?

Terry Lamphier

Grass Valley


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