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Robert Scheer: A War on Intelligence

All 16 U.S. intelligence services have concluded that Bush’s war in Iraq “has become the ‘cause celebre’ for jihadists” worldwide, but that won’t deter a president who puts no stock in intelligence.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Murder and Torture in Afghanistan

The L.A. Times debuts a multi-part special on alleged atrocities and abuses of Afghans at the hands of U.S. Special Forces.

  • Andrew Sullivan, commenting on this, writes: “In the future, when history is written, just remember: It’s not that we weren’t told what was going on. It’s that we looked the other way.”

  • Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Grim New Milestones

    U.S. combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan now equal the 2,973 lives lost during the Sept. 11 attacks. Also, the number of civilians slain in Iraq in the last month reached an unprecedented level: 6,599 dead.

  • And, oh yeah: Not only are U.S. troop levels in Iraq unlikely to decrease any time soon, but U.S. commanders say even more troops are needed.

  • Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore Vidal: Reflections on 9/11

    The legendary man of letters sees echoes of Rome’s devolution from republic to empire in America’s imperial misadventures since the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush at the U.N.
    From CNN

    First Reaction to Bush’s Speech

    Speaking to the people of Afghanistan during his speech at the U.N. this afternoon, President Bush lauded his administration for toppling the Taliban and erecting a free government in their place. He then proceeded to paper over the small inconvenient truth that the Taliban are resurgent in Afghanistan and operating with impunity.

    Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


    9/11

    Robert Scheer: Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer puts the 9/11 conspiracy theories in perspective.

    Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer— Afghanistan: High on Opium, Not Democracy

    While Bush was distracted with Iraq, the patrons of terrorism were very much in business back where the 9/11 attack was hatched, turning Afghanistan into a narco-state that provides a lucrative source of cash for the “evildoers” Bush forgot about.

    Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


    More Than 200 Taliban Fighters Die in Afghan Clash

    Two thousand NATO and Afghan soldiers are involved in the largest military operation to occur in southern Afghanistan since NATO took over the area in early July. The explosion of violence in the area has taken the lives of over 200 Taliban fighters and of four Canadian soldiers. A UK reconnaissance plane also crashed, killing 14 people.

    Posted on Sep 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Interview MSNBC

    Bush Talks Nonsense With Brian Williams

    Watch with amazement as our commander in chief mangles the English language,  and speaks nonsensically about the war in Iraq, America’s standing in the world, his relationship with his father, and Albert Camus. (Via crooksandliars) A must-see!

    Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Ann Coulter
    From Fox News

    Faced With Reality, Coulter Walks

    When conservative hate mistress Ann Coulter told two Democratic strategists on Fox News that Afghanistan was “going swimmingly,” they went to town on her, and Coulter cut her interview short. Watch it.

    Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Prepping New ‘Pentagon Papers’

    The Pentagon has ordered up a series of studies to examine the military’s failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports the Boston Globe. According to one of the authors, the findings (scheduled for this fall) “won’t be pretty.”

    Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Brutally Spanks Rumsfeld Over Iraq

    Hillary Clinton raked Donald Rumsfeld over the coals on Thursday over his “failed” prosecution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She closed with a knockout punch: “Given your track record, Secretary Rumsfeld, why should we believe your assurances now?” (video and transcript) Rumsfeld was left sputtering.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Tillman memorial service
    AP /Gene Lower

    Playing the Atheism Card Against Pat Tillman’s Family

    The family of slain NFL-player-turned-Army-Ranger Pat Tillman may have been irreligious, but does that mean they’re not entitled to the truth about the fratricide that killed their son? New Truthdig contributor Stan Goff, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who has written extensively on the topic, probes for the truth.

    Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Child brides of Afghanistan
    From Stephanie Sinclair / The New York Times

    The Child Brides of Afghanistan

    The N.Y. Times presents a photo essay on girls as young as 11 being married off to men three or four times their age, sometimes to settle gambling debts. The last line of the accompanying textual essay is as heartbreaking as anything you’ll ever read.

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Army Equipment Costs for Two Wars Will Triple

    The annual cost of replacing, repairing and upgrading Army equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan is expected to more than triple next year to more than $17 billion, according to Army documents obtained by the Associated Press.
    And we still can’t find the money for schools, healthcare, environmental-technology research ... oh, never mind.

    Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Afghanistan Spiraling Ever Downward

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai is proving unable to control the insurgency that is terrorizing large swaths of the country.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Gitmo
    From AndrewSullivan.com

    Gitmo and Afghanistan Interrogation Tactics Exposed

    In a new book, a medical ethicist has compiled a list of interrogation techniques documented at U.S. detention centers in Guantanamo and Afghanistan. They include: external electric shocks; beating; punching with fists; use of truncheons; stretching or suspension (to tear ligaments or muscles to cause asphyxia) ...
    UPDATE: An L.A. Times reporter writes that the barring of U.S. reporters from Gitmo “make[s] us all the more determined to question, probe and illuminate the actions of our government being waged in the country’s name.”

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Kabul Riot
    AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

    Anti-U.S. Riots in Kabul Show Mission Unaccomplished

    A traffic incident in the Afghan capital led to rumors of an American-on-Afghan massacre. Massive riots ensued. Bitter resentment of occupying U.S. forces has been laid bare. “Today has set us back 10 years,” said a NATO-employed Afghani security worker.

    Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Hasn’t Curbed Torture: Report

    Amnesty International’s report says the U.S. has failed to eradicate “widespread” torture in its jails in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. Also, no senior U.S. officials have been held accountable for the practices.

    Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Cleveland
    AP/Mark Duncan

    Bush Bombs in Cleveland

    On the third anniversary of the beginning of his Iraq catastrophe, President Bush yet again dealt in denial, but this time the carefully screened audience at the Cleveland City Club wasn’t buying it.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Condeleezza Rice
    From pravda.ru

    The Making of the Boogeyman, 2006

    As part of Bush & Co.‘s campaign to turn Iran into the next imminent threat, Condoleezza Rice calls Tehran a “central banker for terrorism.”
    So, just to get this straight: Iran is the new Iraq, which was the new Afghanistan, which was the new Russia?

    Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush the Internationalist

    “It’s hard to keep up with George W. Bush’s shuttles between internationalism and isolationism. You may recall ... he couldn’t even be bothered to learn the names of the Grecians and Kosovians.”

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    pat_tillman_fratricide

    ‘They tried to attach themselves to his virtue; then they wiped their feet with him.’—Mary Tillman

    With the Pentagon’s inspector general suggesting criminal negligence in the killing of former NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, it is time to demand congressional hearings into the way the Bush administration cynically spun the story to serve its political purposes at the expense of the truth.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    House Moves Toward Scuttling Ports Deal

    Breaking with Bush, House Republicans will allow a vote that could prevent a UAE company from gaining control over six major U.S. ports.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    pat_tillman
    From the U.S. Army

    Army Plans Criminal Investigation into Tillman’s Death

    The military originally said the former NFL player was killed by enemy fire, but it turned out he was shot by his fellow Rangers. Now a lawmaker is alleging a possible coverup by the Army.

    Posted on Mar 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Taliban in Afghanistan Stronger Than Ever

    A New York Times reporter writes: “Four years after the Taliban were ousted from power by the American military, their presence is bigger and more menacing than ever, say police and government officials, village elders, farmers and aid workers across southern Afghanistan.”

    Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


    The Prison Death Tally

    Almost 100 prisoners have died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2000, with homicide suspected or confirmed in 34 deaths, concludes a report fom Human Rights First.

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Budget Terror
    Illustration by Karen Spector

    Take From the Poor, Give to the Military

    Where would the Bush administration be without terrorism?  The sweeping rationale for irrational governance has wrought yet another outrage: the $2.77-trillion budget the president proposed to Congress on Monday.

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Feeding the Cartoon Furor in Afghanistan

    Look past the cartoons, writes Christian Parenti of The Nation. The violence in Afghanistan stems from grievances over four years of occupation by U.S. and NATO troops and ineffectual foreign aid schemes. | story

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Requests Billions More for War

    Remember when that genius Paul Wolfowitz told Congress that Iraqi oil would more than cover the cost of the occupation? Oops, we need $120 billion more just to get through this year. And Bush made this guy the head of the World Bank? | story

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Gore Vidal’s State of the Union

    The famed novelist, playwright and social activist continues his 30-year-old tradition of delivering his own State of the Union address. | streaming media and transcript at Democracy Now!

    Posted on Feb 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Army troops from Fort Riley, Kan., listen to President Bush deliver a speech about the war on terror
    Charlie Riedel / AP

    Army Stretched to the Breaking Point, Study Finds

    Whoa, whoa, whoa, dock those Swift Boats! It’s not a liberal Democratic senator making the charge. It’s a retired Army officer working for the Pentagon. | story

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Meanwhile, Back in Afghanistan

    With Al Qaeda and the Taliban on the rise in a country we supposedly “liberated,” Bush is cynically hoping Afghanistan will once again recede from the global stage into unseen anarchy.

    Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Al Qaeda, Taliban on Rise in Afghanistan: Report

    Remember the “other” country we liberated? The Independent reports that it’s going back to hell in a handbasket. | story

    Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Pakistanis: “Death to U.S.”

    Thousands take to the streets of Karachi to protest a deadly air attack that killed at least 17. | story
    The airstrike’s target, Al Qaeda’s top deputy,  Ayman al-Zawahiri, reportedly had been invited to dinner at the raid site but decided not to go.

    Posted on Jan 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Pakistani tribal villagers view damage caused by airstrikes in the northwestern village of Damadola, near the  Afghan border in Pakistan, where 17 people were killed Jan. 14.
    Mohammad Zubair / AP

    Pakistan Condemns ‘Zawahiri’ Strike

    A purported CIA airstrike aimed at the top Al Qaeda deputy turns out to be another screw-up; 17 reported dead. | story

    Posted on Jan 14, 2006 READ MORE


    High School Teacher Beheaded in Afghanistan

    Suspected Taliban insurgents targeting educated community leaders | more

    Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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