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Neocon Mea Culpas

Francis Fukuyama, one of the leading neocon intellectuals who argued the case for the Iraq war, admits in a blockbuster N.Y. Times Magazine essay that it is “very hard to see how [the removal of Saddam Hussein, and a few spillover benefits] justify the blood and treasure that the United States has spent.”
Andrew Sullivan, another leading pro-war conservative, echoes Fukuyama’s comment and points out three areas where neocons were tragically wrong.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


Steamed Rice

The secretary of state gets a grilling when she requests $75 million from the Senate for democracy-building activities in Iran.
Most of the money would go toward round-the-clock TV programming in Farsi. And while that’s probably not a bad idea, it’s hard to imagine that any amount of TV would meaningfully distract attention from the spectacle of the American occupation of Iraq.

Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Prays Beside Cheney

President Jonah, Meet Oliver Cromwell!

Building on his “President Jonah” theme, Gore Vidal offers another angle on Bush’s presidency, illuminated by the recent spate of wildfires in Southern California.

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE



Wesam Saleh / MAANnews

Hamas Win Makes Mockery of Bush’s Fantasies


Update:

  • Jimmy Carter: The world should keep giving aid to the Palestinians, regardless of whether Hamas is a terrorist organization.
  • Juan Cole: “Bush pushes for elections, confusing them with democracy, but seems blind to the dangers of right-wing populism.”
  • Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections

With America sticking its guns in the eyes of so many Arabs, is it any wonder that Muslim hard-liners have gained so much popular support? Do we need any further proof of the neocon fallacy of Rumsfeld-style shake-n-bake democracy? | story
And with right-wing pretenders lingering over Sharon’s deathbed, have prospects for peace in the Mideast ever looked more distant?

Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


On Second Thought…

Bush now says he welcomes a hearing on domestic spying—while again warning Americans to watch what they say. | story

Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


Iranian Ex-Leader Slams the West

The former president lashes out at the int’l community over its stance on Iranian nuclear research. | story

Posted on Jan 10, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Funds Exotic Languages in Schools

Kindergartners to learn Arabic, Farsi, Chinese. | more

Posted on Jan 5, 2006 READ MORE


A Life, Wasted

The father of a soldier killed in Iraq calls his son’s death “wasted in a belief that democracy would grow simply by removing a dictator—a careless misunderstanding of what democracy requires.” Read the column

Posted on Jan 2, 2006 READ MORE


Booking Pinochet

The bloody Chilean dictator is a whisker away from trial. Marc Cooper weighs in on the significance of the recent booking of the 90-year-old General Augusto Pinochet.

Posted on Dec 30, 2005 READ MORE


Mr. Fish - Iraqi Voting

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Iraqi voting: theocracy, democracy, other
Posted on Dec 22, 2005 READ MORE    


Iran’s Victory in Iraq

For the Bush White House, the good news from Iraq just never stops. But the joy that President Bush has expressed over the country’s latest election, though more restrained than his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, will similarly come back to haunt him.

Posted on Dec 20, 2005 READ MORE


Hugo Chavez with Evo Morales

The Big Blowup Over Venezuela

Update:  Hugo Chavez and the Latin American left picked up an important new ally when, a few weeks ago, peasant leader Evo Morales (shown at right here) was elected as president of Bolivia.

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE


Propaganda? What Propaganda?

“There is no U.S. footprint” is the proud boast of one of the Pentagon’s propaganda contractors, and it prompts the questions: Why not? What are they ashamed of? One thing is that most of us in this democracy did not know we were paying for this vast official propaganda operation until we read it in Jeff Gerth’s excellent investigative piece in The New York Times. A truly free press is our most valuable export, and its reputation should not be undermined by the Bushies’ addiction to government propaganda.

Posted on Dec 12, 2005 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 3, 2005 READ MORE


Congress Should Probe U.S. Propaganda in Iraqi Press

Now that the Pentagon has admitted to subverting the fragile efforts to build democracy in Iraq, will Congress begin an investigation of how this happened? The first question should be who in the Pentagon decided that he or she had the right to put words in the mouth of the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


“The People of Fallujah Love Cindy Sheehan”

Sunni leaders who plan to participate in the Dec. 15 Iraq elections told Marines that they are encouraged by the actions of activist Cindy Sheehan and others who are calling for a U.S. withdrawal. Sheehan should be congratulated for showing the Iraqi people and the rest of the world what democracy is all about.

Posted on Nov 30, 2005 READ MORE


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