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Bush’s Pakistan Paradox

The marker of what will go down in history as “Bush’s folly” is that this idiot of a president invaded a country that had absolutely nothing to do with terrorist attacks on the United States or WMD threats to America while coddling the military junta in Pakistan, which was guilty on both counts.

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Young Scholars Tell the President ‘No’ on Torture

Sometimes it takes a brave, idealistic young person (or nearly 50 of them) to break all the rules of pomp and circumstance, pass the president a note, and school him about human rights.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


Resolute on Iraq: To What End?

As the White House sound-bite machine presses to remain resolute to ensure “success in Iraq,” the author wonders whether “the Decider” has any concept of what we’re staying the course for at this point in the war.

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While Europeans Holiday, Americans Toil

It’s a fact: Americans enjoy less vacation time than their European counterparts.  But shorter vacations, longer work weeks and skimpy sick leaves add up—not to greater upward mobility for U.S. workers, but rather a burned-out workforce earning less than preceding generations. Saner government policies are clearly needed.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


Broken Promises From the Divider in Chief

Cooling the flames of his campaign, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has turned toward “fraternité” in his style of governance, striking a sharp contrast with the divisive politics of George W. Bush (aka The Uniter).

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Carnage From the Air

Civilian deaths as a result of ground operations (see Haditha) often evoke cries of barbarism from the media, but the killing of innocents in airstrikes is routinely characterized as “collateral damage” and a cold fact of modern warfare. Tom Engelhardt of Tomdispatch proposes that we start to speak honestly about the devastation American military operations have rained down on Afghanistan and Iraq and see “collateral damage” for what it really is: carnage.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week:  Gen. William Odom

Truthdig tips its hat this week to William Odom, a retired three-star general who has proved his patriotism and loyalty to U.S. troops serving in Iraq by truly keeping their best interests at heart and advocating for their mental and physical well-being—as well as for their speedy and safe withdrawal from Iraq.

Posted on Jul 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Mike Jones on Ted Haggard and Hypocrisy

The former escort who blew the whistle on Ted Haggard’s homosexuality explains why he felt morally compelled to come forward, what the fallout has been and what he feels is the real tragedy of the situation.

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


Satire: Cheney Hides in Plain Sight

In a bold new strategy to avoid a congressional subpoena, Vice President Dick Cheney today declared himself a national monument.

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Gore Vidal Sounds Off on Solar Power Caper

Note to public utility companies:  Do not cross Gore Vidal.  What began as a personal nuisance—the shutdown of his newly installed home solar power system by Los Angeles’ water and power provider—has become emblematic of a bigger issue (or two) for the venerable writer, who states his position in no uncertain terms in this interview.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


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