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Podcast: the Democratic Spine, MLK Day, Oakland and More

Posted on Jan 19, 2007
Robert Scheer
Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

Is Pelosi too soft on Bush? Is there more to Martin Luther King Day than shopping? How do you save Oakland? Plus: crossing party lines to oppose the war and more, all on this week’s podcast with Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer and James Harris.


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    By Robert B. Livingston, January 25, 2007 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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    James Harris made good points and should not give Scheer any slack. 

    Why would “impeachment be off the table” for no other reason than Pelosi knows how she and her colleagues helped Bush deceive the American People about the War on Terror and that they too should stand trial?

    Harris should not cut slack for Scheer and is right to suggest (because he knows) that many innocent lives will continue to be lost lost while Sheer humors Pelosi’s “good intentions.“keeping up such an illusion ensures its access—

    Believing Pelosi has any more intention than to keep her gravy train flowing is an example of why the quisling media has itself enabled the war—

    it’s about access isn’t it?

    I would dearly love to hear George Soros’ thoughts about how Pelosi treated Cynthia McKinney while clinking glasses with him.

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    By John Winkel, January 22, 2007 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment
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    I don’t think there’s a chance that Hillary or Obama will win this election.  Consider this: there has never been a president that was anything other than white male.  Even though we are in such a mixed up situation in Iraq, there’s no way the voting public will shoe in these Democratic front-runners.

    This election is the Democrats’ to lose and by the looks of it, they’re poised to do just that.

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    By Jackie T. Gabel, January 21, 2007 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment
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    Please, gentlemen, please get serious. Accepting ANYTHING from the 911 Omissions Report and literally any forgiveness for this war of imperial enterprise is a pathetically weak position. You know the 911 coup was an inside job to set the pretext and force the POTUS to invade the Middle East and you know that al Queda is a decades-long CIA/MI-6 black-ops/psy-ops operation to promote the Myth of Islamofascism. So, please show the guts to get past this BS and really dig for the truth. It’s the only way to end this madness.

    Support 911Truth - End War of Terror

    PS: As for a real anti-war candidate, Ron Paul is way better than Chuck Hagel — read about him here:

    Read what he said before the US House of Representatives, January 11, 2007

    Mr. Speaker, A military victory in Iraq is unattainable, just as it was in the Vietnam war.

    At the close of the Vietnam war in 1975, a telling conversation took place between an NVA Colonel named Tu and an American Colonel named Harry Summers. Colonel Summers reportedly said, “You never beat us on the battlefield.” Tu replied, “That may be so, but it is also irrelevant.” It is likewise irrelevant to seek military victory in Iraq.

    As conditions deteriorate in Iraq, the American people are told more blood must be spilled to achieve just such a military victory. 20,000 additional troops and another $100 billion are needed for a “surge.” Yet the people remain rightfully skeptical.

    Though we’ve been in Iraq nearly four years, the meager goal today simply is to secure Baghdad. This hardly shows that the mission is even partly accomplished.

    Astonishingly, American taxpayers now will be forced to finance a multi-billion dollar jobs program in Iraq. Suddenly the war is about jobs! We export our manufacturing jobs to Asia, and now we plan to export our welfare jobs to Iraq – all at the expense of the poor and middle class here at home.

    Plans are being made to become more ruthless in achieving stability in Iraq. It appears Muqtada al Sadr will be on the receiving end of our military efforts, despite his overwhelming support among large segments of the Iraqi people.

    It’s interesting to note that one excuse given for our failure is leveled at the Iraqis themselves. They have not done enough, we’re told, and are difficult to train.

    Yet no one complains that Mahdi or Kurdish militias or the Badr Brigade (the real Iraq government, not our appointed government) are not well trained. Our problems obviously have nothing to do with training Iraqis to fight, but instead with loyalties and motivations.

    We claim to be spreading democracy in Iraq, but al Sadr has far more democratic support with the majority Shiites than our troops enjoy. The problem is not a lack of democratic consensus; it is the antipathy toward our presence among most Iraqis.

    more here

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    By Skruff, January 21, 2007 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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    How do you save Oakland?

    and Lawrence Massachusetts, Patterson New Jersey, Gary Indiana, Miami (not the beach, Chrome Avenue) Compton, and hundreds of other cities of size in these United States.

    Shame on us!

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