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Weekly Video Roundup

Posted on Dec 16, 2006

This week’s installment of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a hawkish U.S. senator articulating his change-of-heart on the Iraq war; U.S. military officials abusing their rank and influence in an evangelical recruiting video; and Jon Stewart bidding goodbye—and good riddance—to the 109th Congress.

No. 1:  Gordon Smith Goes to Washington

Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) on “This Week” elaborated on remarks he made earlier on the Senate floor, where he called the Iraq war “absurd” and possibly even “criminal.”  Asked what had brought about his change of heart, Smith replied: “Waking up the other morning and turning on the news and hearing that yet another 10 of our soldiers died the same way that several thousand have ... and I went from steamed to boiled.”

Gordon Smith

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  • No. 2:  Truthdig Podcast: Russian Nukes, the Meaning of Christmas and More

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer sounds off on nuclear negligence, Kucinich’s candidacy, the Christmas blues and more.

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    No. 3:  Probe Sought Into Evangelical Military Video

    A military watchdog group is accusing senior officers of coercing soldiers and airmen into adopting evangelical Christianity—as demonstrated in a promotional video the senior officers appeared in. “We apparently have a radicalized, evangelical Christian Pentagon within the rest of the Pentagon,” says the head of the watchdog group.

    Air Force general


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  • No. 4:  ‘Daily Show’ On 109’s Last Session

    Jon Stewart says farewell to the 109th Congress, which used its final session to “pass last-minute tax cuts, expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, clear GOP leadership of wrongdoing in the Mark Foley scandal, and pardon Hitler ... .”

    Jon Stewart


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  • No. 5:  ‘What [Bush] Needs Is a Therapist’

    Appearing on “The Daily Show,” Fareed Zakaria, the editor of Newsweek International, said Bush still believes his policy is working in Iraq and suggested that the president may be the last neoconservative left in power.  When asked by Jon Stewart what role the president’s advisers might be able to play, Zakaria responded: “Without being flippant, I think maybe what [Bush] needs is a therapist.”

    Fareed Zakaria


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    By Jackie T. Gabel, December 17, 2006 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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    As for Robert Scheer’s remarks on the frightening “Vigilant Shield 07 Exercise Scenario” related in Sergei M. Plekhanov’s article, The Nightmare Scenario, this must be said: among the 15-odd military drills running Sept. 11, 2001, virtually all of STRATCOM was in an advanced DEFCON posture, and of course the Russians had to come up to meet them. So, let’s just nobody make any sudden moves here, OK? Bush spoke on the phone with Putin and laid out the coup plotters’ demands. Putin stepped back and allowed the US military to take up positions in the former Soviets around the Caspian Sea, right on the Russian boarder. Yet, the corporate mainstream media (MSM) found nothing remarkable in this — nothing remarkable?

    The really frightening part is this: we now know that what transpired on Sept. 11, 2001 was the result of small changes made by moles deep inside certain terrorist drills using Able Danger patises — drills virtually identical to what really happened. We also know that on that day top-secret codes had been compromised. The coup plotters’ moles were working at the heart of US security networks. If these moles are still in place, any of these nuclear exercises could be flipped live at any time — drills carried out on a regular basis. This is too frightening for almost anyone to face. Don’t expect an MSM discussion on this ever; maybe a limited hangout for levity, “Dr. Strange Love II” anyone?

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