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Posted on May 27, 2007
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Anthony Martini of Chicago mourns his brother, Marine Lance Cpl. Philip Martini, at a Memorial Day weekend display in the city’s Grant Park, where 3,400 pairs of combat boots representing the U.S. military death toll in Iraq covered an area the size of two football fields.

Nearly 1,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines have died in Iraq since last Memorial Day, and President Bush has said he expects the surge in casualties to continue through the summer: “It could be a bloody—it could be a very difficult August.”


AP via Yahoo:

BAGHDAD—Americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury U.S. troops killed in Iraq since Memorial Day a year ago. The figure is telling—and expected to rise in coming months.

In the period from Memorial Day 2006 through Saturday, 980 soldiers and Marines died in Iraq, compared to 807 deaths in the previous year. And with the Baghdad security operation now 3 1/2 months old, even President Bush has predicted a difficult summer for U.S. forces.

“It could be a bloody—it could be a very difficult August,” he said last week.

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By ardee, May 29, 2007 at 6:45 pm Link to this comment

Mike Mid City:
What will it take to get the congress to act to save not only the Marines, Solders, Sailors and Airmen who serve in the trap called Iraq, but the ability of the armed forces not to win in Iraq but to defend this country and our honor our obligations around the world.

Support the troops and impeach the liar Bush.

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The sixty four dollar question, isnt it? In light of the ‘06 election results, which clearly showed the preference of the electorate that Democrats get us the hell out of Iraq, the capitulations and dithering of that newly made majority party is a betrayal, no doubt about it.

I have stated before that this naked exposure of a real lack of a difference between the two political parties opens the door for real and necesary change in our political climate. It should be rather apparent to most of us by now that Democrats differ from Republicans in only small ways, that there may be principled members of that party but they will never attain any meaningful power within it. As much as do the Republicans Democrats are obedient servants of the corporate class, groveling for the large campaign checks.

I believe that the liberal hopes lie with the growth of third party politics, a goal that certainly has the failing of not being immediately attainable to be certain. There has been slow and steady growth for Greens, especially in the last election wherein 65 such were elected to various offices nation wide. As that party is pledged to shun donations from corporations they will not fall sway to the attachment to that money and thus can govern for the people and not for the business interests.

Most Americans, sadly, need immediate gratification, many look upon the election process as a horse race wherein backing the winner is more important than supporting that candidate who speaks best for you, perhaps we can slowly change this…..

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By Dawn, May 29, 2007 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

Mike, we have to impeach Cheney first. HR333 is already on the table—Articles of Impeachment against Dick Cheney. Dennis Kucinich has put forward this bill but it only has three sponsors in the House so far. Call congress daily and demand impeachment. Encourage all your friends and family to call congress daily until they get it done.

State caucuses are starting to take matters in their own hands. California, Louisianna and Massachussetts have all passed resolutions to impeach Cheney and support HR333. 90 cities including Detroit have passed resolutions to impeach the bum. It has to be Cheney first, then Bush.

It was Agnew first, then Nixon. Only this is way worse than Watergate. They are murderers with blood dripping from their hands. This time there should be no pardons. It should serve as a civics lesson to our youth—hubris and war profiteering and the unending murder of thousands does not pay.

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By ardee, May 28, 2007 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Canning,
I agree that we see a different America than did Arnold Toynbee the economic historian who lived and died in the ninteenth century but not so different than the one seen by Arnold Joseph Toynbee who lived in America, was also an historian (universal historian as opposed to the senior) of note and died about 1975….

Your point does raise one thought however, namely; how really different is the USA from its origins through to today? Our second President ( and Bushs’ favorite by the by) John Adams brought us the Alien and Sedition act, a trumped up war with Mexico, threw journalists into jail (two year terms) for disagreeing with him. A couple had to be pardoned by Jefferson, including the grandson of Benjamin Franklin!

We have an admirable history of ideas and ideals coming down to us from our founders but the realities have always been there, the threats to our freedoms are as real today as in the late eighteenth century and capitalism has always striven to amass all the wealth and make us all paupers , serfs even.

Mr. Anderson
Are you aware that, during our own Civil War, civilians picniced overlooking the battlefields as well? Not really indicative of anything other than how much war has changed.

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By G. Anderson, May 28, 2007 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment
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The European nobility used to picnic, while opposing army’s clashed. Today our nobility, ride their bicycles, and do their very best to look like real honest to goodness American’s. But their attitude remains the same.

Just as the European nobility, felt free from any consequences for wars fought, between ruling European families, our American plutocracy will not bear any of the wounds, shared by other Americans for their actions.

Undoubtedly, in August President Bush will be on vacation, while someone else - his war Tzar, shoulders the responsibility he’s too inept and too immature to handle.

He’ll have lots of time for cool drinks, and time for leisure, while our children, and the children of Iraq, are dying in a bloody struggle he created.

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By cann4ing, May 28, 2007 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment

Ardee:  I wonder what Toynbee’s reaction would have been to Americans soldiers holding the leashes of snarling dogs which were assaulting naked prisoners in Abu Ghraib.

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By Dawn, May 28, 2007 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

KenDen is so right about the dark side of humanity. We do want to honor the dead, but we don’t need to honor or continue the mindset that gets us into wars in the first place. Cheney’s PNAC calls for perpetual war.

It occurs to me that we tell children to “use your words” instead of taking a dispute to a physical level. Why can’t we insist that our political leaders do the same? Joseph Cirincione, Vice President of the Center for American Progress, wrote a book titled, Bomb Scare. He puts forth an argument for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament starting with the U.S. We have so many nuclear weapons collecting dust because it is unconscionable to actually use them. Even if you want to use them as a threat, it doesn’t take very many to decimate the planet. So, why do we need so many? They are dangerous to have around and their existence makes other countries feel pressured to have them too.

Cirincione is on a mission to eliminate the nuclear weapons threat and convert the enriched uranium already in existence into electricity. A worldwide conference discussing the benefits and inviting other counties to commit to disarmament would go a long way toward ending the cycle of wars that ends with more sad Memorial Days.

Dick Cheney believes in perpetual war. It is a profitable business for him and his international banker friends. That is why we need to impeach Cheney immediately. He won’t allow peace.

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By KenDen, May 28, 2007 at 11:05 am Link to this comment

Memorial Day is once again upon us and we are all urged to remember the brave men and women who risked their lives to fight the wars of the past.  Yes we are memorializing those who gave so much, but as we memorialize them, we also memorialize something deeper and darker that we would rather not think about.  We want to make their sacrifice about valor, bravery, democracy, and freedom.  Unfortunately those concepts are just the surface of a deep pool called war.  When we dive in deeper we discover that below the surface of the pool of war lies greed, arrogance, stupidity, hatred, stubbornness, revenge, and a lust for blood.  Yes, we should honor those who have fallen, but let us not forget that they were the pawns of the darker side of what makes us human.  And until we are willing to confront that darker side, bring it out into the light, we will continue to have the need for a Memorial Day.

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By ardee, May 28, 2007 at 7:56 am Link to this comment

That we post such protest and truth here should hearten all engaged in this struggle for justice, this effort to retore our nation to its proper path.

“America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.” Arnold Toynbee

Today I believe that Toynbee would see a quite different America than he saw back then, one which has been bought and paid for by the military industrial complex, one in which its ‘owners” see democracy as a very real threat to the bottom line.

We must never, it is our solemn duty in fact, ever give up the struggle to restore what the founders created here. It is a true marvel and contains the potential for real greatness.

“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and undernourishment.”
Robert Maynard Hutchins

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By ardee, May 28, 2007 at 7:55 am Link to this comment

That we post such protest and truth here should hearten all engaged in this struggle for justice, this effort to retore our nation to its proper path.

“America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.” Arnold Toynbee

Today I believe that Toynbee would see a quite different America than he saw back then, one which has been bought and paid for by the military industrial complex, one in which its ‘owners” see democracy as a very real threat to the bottom line.

We must never, it is our solemn duty in fact, ever give up the struggle to restore what the founders created here. It is a true marvel and contains the potential for real greatness.

“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and undersnourishment.”
Robert Maynard Hutchins

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By catoutofthebag, May 27, 2007 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment
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Rae:
“Steve, what I don’t understand is WHY so many Americans do not seem to learn “from their mistakes.” Is the urge - the addiction - to hold power and control over others and generate money so strong as to override intelligence and experience?”

It’s not that so many Americans have not learned “from their mistakes”—it’s an adiministration with ulterior motives who could care less about mistakes. The thirst for power lies with PNAC, the Neocons and Bush Co. There are still some Americans who buys what Bush is selling hook-line-and-sinker, but the vast MAJORITY of Americans do not.

Since the implementation of the Patriot Act, democracy in America is under siege. I don’t know what it will take to recover, but we must all be vigilant, calling our representatives, writing the newspapers and if need be, attend every demonstration against the Iraq Occupation, and for the impeachment of Bush, Cheney and Gonzales.

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By Jim Houghton, May 27, 2007 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment
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A suggested Constitutional Amendment: any president with service-age offspring must enlist them in the fighting forces immediately upon engaging our military in hostilities on foreign soil.

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By Forkboy, May 27, 2007 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment

RAE,

Regarding “Just imagine the impact if a couple hundred thousand GIs hit the administration with that one simultaneously.”

Perhaps not hundreds of thousands, but thousands of brave men and women who serve in uniform and who happen to be gay SHOULD announce their sexual preference and ask for immediate dismissal.  Why should these poor saps serve the very nation whose White House administration works overtime to deny them the same basic rights as heterosexuals.

And Dawn…yes.  You are right.  Something is better than nothing.

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By GrammaConcept, May 27, 2007 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

Dear Fellow Humans,

God Is Love, war is hell…........Strive On.

It is our longing for Peace which leads us…......Strive On.

God Is (still) Love, (all) war is (still) hell….......Strive On.


                      PRAYER

May we all soon know more
of our one common source
so that no more
will we be blind…
May our angles of vision
become as varied and clear
as the crystals which grow
in the caves…
lovingly
firmly
eternally
confronting the darkness…


Love And Courage For All,
GrammaConcept

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By RAE, May 27, 2007 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

“You think it’s easy for an 18 year old kid to wake up at 4:30 every morning wondering if this will be his day to die, knowing he has 10 to 12 hours of dodging bullets to look forward to?”

Thank you for your posting, Trigger Finger. The images resonate vividly in the theatre of my mind.

Do you think the American “boys” will ever wake up one day to realize how grossly they’re being used and abused by their own government and simply refuse to become cannon fodder for those fools, or do you think the “American Way” that’s conditioned into each one of them since birth is just too engrained, too complete for them to ever escape to real freedom?

If I was a young American man I would state to my elected representatives in government that I would FOLLOW THEM into any war - any harm’s way - they saw fit to declare, but that I would not GO FIRST even if it meant life in prison.

Just imagine the impact if a couple hundred thousand GIs hit the administration with that one simultaneously!

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By moni, May 27, 2007 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment
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Dawn and Mike, I’m with you . . .  I M P E A C H the mercenary war mongers.  They are unconscienable creatures.  There are innumerable problems that our ever-more fragile Planet is facing and rather than finding solutions for the survival of the human race, the morons who are shamelessly “running this country” are gleefully predicting MORE death and destruction (in August?).

The general population of Iraq is suffering inconsolable hardships.  The American people are to blame for not having the guts to put AN END TO THIS FIASCO of a War of the Power Elite. GREED is the operative word.  It is Evil disguised as Democracy and it will end in our own self-destruction.

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By cann4ing, May 27, 2007 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment

re comment #78131 by Steve Hammonds.  Actually, Iraq today is closer to the Vietnam war in 1967 than 1970.  America’s military footprint in Vietnam peaked in 1968 (while I was there) at 525,000 troops.  In 1967 our nation’s streets were in turmoil and the levels of opposition to the war were finally achieving majority status.  President Johnson, whose prevarications led to a major escalation thanks to the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, was fast approaching the point where he would become a lame duck by announcing that he would not seek the nomination of the Democratic Party. 

Iraq appears to still be in the escalation (surge) stage, with increasing levels of American troops (and mercenaries) being committed in order to perpetuate an imperial occupation.  While we may not have a present-day General Westmoreland telling us “there is a light at the end of the tunnel,”  we still have a President claiming that we can “win” this thing.  Of course, setting aside the reality that winning is an illusion, no one asks what the grand prize working class America is to receive for “winning.”

Two things could move us to Vietnam 1968—an Iraqi replica of the Tet offensive and someone like Hillary or Obama stepping forward to repeat the Nixon canard about a “secret plan to end the war.”

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By catoutofthebag, May 27, 2007 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment
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I hate to be blunt, but it’s too bad none of the blood being spilled is his.

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By Dawn, May 27, 2007 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

For Forkboy and anyone interested in doing something about the present state of affairs, don’t give up:  call your congressman everyday and demand impeachment of Cheney. Tell them to support HR333 - Articles of Impeachment against Dick Cheney.

It’s all about getting rid of Cheney. He planned to invade Iraq before Bush was even elected. In 2001, Cheney held secret energy meetings with big oil assuring them of getting 30 year binding contracts signed for the grab of Iraqi oil. It’s all becoming so clear now even to the die hard Republican supporters.

Cheney is a sociopath. He has no heart. He doesn’t care how many Americans or Iraqi women and children are dying in this oil for profit war funded by American taxpayers for generations to come.

Cheney is itching to bomb Iran right now. He needs to be removed from office. He is unfit for public office. He has so much blood on his hands. He belongs in jail - not the White House.

If you have had enough death and destruction—impeach the man responsible. Don’t just give up. Call everyone you know and start a calling campaign to lobby congress for two things. One, to cut off funding for the war immediately. Two, to support HR333 Articles of Impeachment. Nothing good can happen in this governement until Cheney is removed. He is a thug who goes around bullying people to get his way. Throw the bum out.

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By DennisD, May 27, 2007 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment
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“Difficult” is that all. No Bu$hes or Cheneys will be found where the blood will flow. Just like Vietnam all over again isn’t it. Mission Accomplished Redux.

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By Forkboy, May 27, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment

RAE,

I wish I had an answer for you as to why moderate America appears so docile.  I’m middle America and while I vote and read and take part in conversations such as these, I do not take action that is more direct.  Then again, I have no idea what action to take.  What could I do that would make a difference.  I have a voice, but I have no audience.

Perhaps the reason is far more unfortunate than we are willing to admit:  America is filled with much in the way of unthinking sheep; easily swayed by the voice of Power, which in this case comes from the White House.  Thinking, rational thought and discourse seem to be deeply discouraged in today’s society; hence the political ‘debates’ that are nothing more than talking points.

As long as far more Americans prefer to watch and enjoy things like So You Think You Can Dance over political discourse concerned with matters that REALLY have effect upon their lives, America is doomed.

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By Carl Baydala, May 27, 2007 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” Abe Lincoln

So, with all the great sayings found in American history, why do we have to endure the nonsense and propaganda related to the Iraq conflict?
An American public figure recently said that Americans are just as smart as anybody else in the world, but the problem is of course is that they are ignorant. Ignorant meaning not in possession of the truth, I suppose.

So, here we have once again the grim statistics emmanating from a war that is of no benefit to anyone, unless of course you are in the business of making money and adhere to the well-founded statement that: War is a racket. That would be a good rationale for a war in Iraq, in my opinion. The problem, of course, is that some people have to die to make this happen.

So, Americans have a choice. They can keep on believing that what is happening is inevitable and righteous, and justfifiable, etc. Or, they can come to grips with the reality of the situation: they are being fooled once again. The only problem they have to solve is identifying what kind of fool they are for allowing this war to continue.

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By Trigger finger, May 27, 2007 at 11:15 am Link to this comment
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What a waste of human life.
What a waste of time.
What a hangover I woke up with.

Brave American Soldiers? I wonder? I was one, but I sure as hell wasn’t brave. I was scared S#!tless.  It’s either go in and be killed by the some crazed terrorist, or turn and be shot in the back by your own.  What a choice for a 18 year old kid. For me though, I just bolted.

Why Iraq?  What the hell are we doing in Iraq?
How long was I passed out?

Did we aim for Saudi Arabia, who attacked us on that September morning, and miss?.......No, Dick’s a typical bully, we pick on someone half our size who we think we can beat up and the hell with fighting the guy who actually punched us in the nose.

Have we told the world the real reasons we chose Iraq?  I hope not.
No, just leave them with the obvious lies? No way they will ever figure it out. Did Iraq look at us funny or what? There must have been a reason? Better check with Dick! Hope it wasn’t to spike the price of oil, there’s lots of other ways to do that.

You think it’s easy for an 18 year old kid to wake up at 4:30 every morning wondering if this will be his day to die, knowing he has 10 to 12 hours of dodging bullets to look forward to? Who cares, that’ll make a man out of him.  Man I’ve got a head ache.  You dodge the bullets kid, I’m going on a long bike ride. No, we don’t care if you’re sick or you have a or a tooth ache, get your ass out there and be happy to die for our lost cause. And for what and for who you ask? Hey, thats for me to know and you to figure out. Maybe so next memorial day, we’ll all stand at attention for 5 minutes and honor you. I’ll even give a short incoherent speech to keep all these ignorant republicans happy.  That should make it all worth while.  Kid, you go and die for us and in the meantime, we’ll try to kill every other person on this earth who hates us. Who cares the reason they hate us, that’s their problem, and no one here wants to figure it out. But I know, I think its our freedom!

Lets make a deal kid, you die for us today in Iraq and we promise, you won’t have to fight again in Iran. That’s for your brother to look forward to. You don’t have a brother you say? well Ok, he sure was the lucky one to avoid birth.   

Gees, I was just thinking he-he, I wonder if today you’ll take a bullet in the temple at the exact moment I go crashing off my bike? I’ll be thinking about that when security is pulling the cockleburs out of my cheeks.
Reminder to myself: Have security pack a tweezer and some painkillers.

Well, my bike is ready. Take care over there and look me up in Heaven, ok? And, sorry I won’t be able to make it to your funeral, but you won’t make it to mine either he-he. You understand!

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By namvet67, May 27, 2007 at 10:02 am Link to this comment
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It’s sickening when your country forces you to fight a war that is not winnable. Just like in Vietnam, no matter what we tried the locals found a way to subvert it. Surprise! That’s what they are supposed to do. And sometimes they become ‘brother enemies’ in their fight against us and it really gets horrible. These were some of the lessons available to be learned after the Vietnam War. At least for those who took an honest look. If we continue to attempt to lock down Baghdad then we will learn for the second time that we are not fighting an enemy, but manufacturing one. The real enemy America faces in Iraq is cultural. We are asking a country to turn their back on their culture and follow the wishes of the United States of Everything. Just like in Vietnam, the Iraqi people will continue to fight. And I’m sad to say that this summer Baghdad and the “Green Zone” will Vietnam on speed. I wouldn’t want to be there.
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By RAE, May 27, 2007 at 10:01 am Link to this comment

Steve, what I don’t understand is WHY so many Americans do not seem to learn “from their mistakes.” Is the urge - the addiction - to hold power and control over others and generate money so strong as to override intelligence and experience?

Wise and learned Americans plead publicly with their elected representatives and administration about these issues. They shout their warnings from the rooftops; their calls for sanity fall on apparently deaf ears. They seem impotent to actually DO anything about it.

Is the American myopic arrogance inborn or learned? Are young Americans’ minds subjected to such an overwhelming and consistent avalanche of jingoism at home, school, church and military so that by adulthood they actually BELIEVE they have some fundamental superiority, some God-given right to rule the world as they see fit, to invade where real or imagined “terrorists” are deemed to exist?

Why are decent, fair-minded, moderate Americans so ineffective in controlling their leaders actions and use of national finances and other resources?

Is it true what I heard “President Bartlett” say on a repeat of the “West Wing” the other night? America is NOT A REAL DEMOCRACY - the people do NOT get to vote on issues. The people only get to periodically select those who vote on issues, who make the decisions.

If true, then it seems clear that a crucial change to the Constitution is needed to ensure that even after being elected, congressional, senatorial and administrative “decisions” can be sensibly and effectively reviewed and/or overruled BY THE PEOPLE without having to wait four years! In this day and age, four years on the wrong path can lead to permanent disaster!

It’s such a damned shame. America was such a NICE country. I don’t think the Founders ever envisioned that those elected to American government would get so far beyond control of the people.

The government in America, Of the people, For the people, By the people is such a great concept! Somehow, it seems, a few cunning crooks have found the loopholes which have enabled them to co-opt and corrupt it with impunity.

Last thought for a Sunday morning… I assume that there are laws prohibiting those in government from lying to the people. And by “lying” I mean all the shades of lying from omission to obfuscation to spinning to innuendo to outright lies.

If I was King for a Day, I’d pass a law that would impose, ON FIRST OFFENCE, a sentence of 10 full years in prison, and forfeiture of any and all government pensions, to any elected representative found to have been less than honest regarding any issue of public business. (The Clinton-Lewinsky issue was NOT public business - it was a PRIVATE affair made public. Big difference. On the other hand, the Bush “weapons of mass destruction” lie WAS public business and should be prosecuted as such).

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By Carl Baydala, May 27, 2007 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” Abe Lincoln

So, with all the great sayings found in American history, why do we have to endure the nonsense and propaganda related to the Iraq conflict?

An American public figure recently said that Americans are just as smart as anybody else in the world, but they problem is of course is that they are ignorant.  Ignorant meaning not in possession of the truth, I suppose.

So, here we have once again the grim statistics emmanating from a war that is of no benefit to anyone, unless of course you are in the business of making money and adhere to the well-founded statement that: War is a racket.  That would be a good rationale for a war in Iraq, in my opinion. The problem, of course, is that some people have to die to make this happen.

So, Americans have a choice. They can keep on denying that what is happening is inevitable and righteous, and justfifiable, etc.  Or, they can come to grips with the reality of the situation:  they are being fooled once again.  The only probem they have to solve is identifying what kind of fool they are for allowing this war to continue.

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By QuyTran, May 27, 2007 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

More war funding means more troops killed ! Just bring all troops home immediately then give $120 Billion to Bush/Cheney for free, without any compromises ! That means we’re going to buy safety for our young men in Iraq.

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By Hammo, May 27, 2007 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

We seem to be at the phase of the Iraq occupation that resembles the Vietnam War in around 1970.

Most people, including our military personnel and their families, saw, and can see now, the writing on the wall: The administrations running the war are corrupt, the military effort is somewhat of a bloody lost cause and we will eventually redeploy out of the situation.

In 1970, around 50,000 US troops had died before most Americans came to these realizations. In the invasion and occupation of Iraq, over 3,000 (and counting).

Those who do not learn from their mistakes are destined to repeat them. Take a look at:

“Revisiting the Vietnam War era: The draft, casualties and the Kent State shootings”

http://www.populistamerica.com/revisiting_the_vietnam_war_era

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“‘Nam War, ‘Raq War: Similarities, Differences”

http://www.populistamerica.com/nam_war_raq_war

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