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Hagel and Lieberman

Sen. Hagel Dismantles Lieberman

You have to hand it to Joe Lieberman. Rattling off one stale lie and misdirection after another, as he did this Sunday on “Meet the Press,” while maintaining a straight face could not have been easy. Luckily Chuck Hagel was on hand to refute Lieberman’s tired propaganda.

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Maliki
latimes.com

Maliki Pick Angers Iraqis and Americans Alike

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s choice of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar, a relatively unknown figure, to head the military in Baghdad has upset Iraqi military commanders and politicians. American commanders have also expressed dissatisfaction with Qanbar, due to the key role he will play in Bush’s planned escalation of the war and fears that his promotion might be motivated by a sectarian agenda.

Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer

Podcast: Escalating the War, Schwarzenegger and More

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer joins James Harris for a conversation on the Vietnamization of Iraq, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the plight of Oakland and more.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and James Harris on Escalating the War, Schwarzenegger and More

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer joins James Harris for a conversation on the Vietnamization of Iraq, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the plight of Oakland and more.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Ted Kennedy
boston.com

Classic: Truthdigger of the Week: Ted Kennedy

In honor of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s passing, we’re re-posting one of his classic moral stands. This 2007 speech against the escalation of the Iraq war was so good we had to give him the Truthdigger of the Week award back then.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Tony Blankley: Pelosian Honesty

The new House speaker’s minions want to placate their antiwar supporters, but not actually end the war. Meanwhile, Republicans need to call the “surge” by its real name: an escalation.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Video collage

Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes GOP senators grilling Condi on Bush’s troop escalation plan; a brutally ironic film reminding us that Saddam Hussein was a 40-year CIA asset; and “The Simpsons” on global warming.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Military Sacrifices Soldiers for Escalation

The Pentagon will no longer limit the time a soldier can spend fighting on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military can now cycle the same troops indefinitely in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan, where soldiers previously could not serve more than 24 cumulative months.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Condoleezza Rice
news.bbc.co.uk

Congress Holds Hearing on ‘Craziest, Dumbest Plan’

Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates and Gen. Peter Pace all testified before Congress on Thursday, defending the president’s plan to escalate the war. But many lawmakers, particularly Democrats, weren’t impressed. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, told Gen. Pace, “This is the craziest, dumbest plan I’ve ever seen or heard of in my life.”

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Teddy Roosevelt
Wikipedia.org

Beware the Great White Fleet

The Democrats may hold the power of the purse, but that hasn’t stopped presidents in the past from defying Congress. Teddy Roosevelt succeeded in sending his Great White Fleet around the globe to demonstrate American naval power despite objections from the legislative branch.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Durbin
news.yahoo.com

Democrats Respond to Bush’s Speech

Needless to say, the Democrats hated Bush’s plan for escalating the war in Iraq, although they differed on how to defeat the action. Ted Kennedy continues to push for a direct confrontation, while the leadership wants to start off with a symbolic vote. Hillary Clinton was surprisingly feisty in her comments, calling Bush’s policy “marred by incompetence and arrogance.”

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Conason: A Time to Say No to Bush

Following his latest attempt to rally the dispirited and angry nation in support of the prolonged conflict in Iraq, the question before Congress is starkly simple: What are the people’s representatives obliged to do about the bad judgment and bad faith of this president?

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
from msnbc.com

Bush Admits Mistakes, Promises to Make More

The president began his address to the nation Wednesday evening by accepting responsibility for mistakes made in Iraq. But as he outlined his commitment to escalate the war, complete with abundant references to 9/11 and the specter of al-Qaida, George W. Bush demonstrated the same insulation from reason and reality that created this nightmare in the first place.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Harry Reid
nytimes.com

Dems to Force Escalation Vote

House and Senate Democrats are planning a symbolic vote on Bush’s escalation of the Iraq war, partially to force Republicans to take a stand on the issue. While they haven’t ruled out more aggressive—and meaningful—measures, the Dems agreed that demonstrating their opposition was the least they could do.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Bush holding a skull
Mr. Fish

Robert Scheer: Brooding Prince’s Soliloquy

To surge or not to surge, that is the question. As our prince proposes, once again, to take arms against a sea of troubles, he responds not to the disaster that he has visited upon Iraq, but rather embraces a desperate strategy for salvaging what remains of his reign.

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Bipartisan Blunt

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An Appropriate Venue for Bush’s Speech

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George W. Bush
AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Bush’s New Iraq Policy Taking Shape

Senior aides said Sunday that the president will finally apply benchmarks to Iraq—only not for the withdrawal of troops. Bush will offer the guidelines to Iraq’s political leadership in an attempt to ease sectarian tension. Meanwhile, the military’s new Iraq commander is preparing for an influx of troops, expected to accompany the White House’s policy revision.

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: No Money for Escalation Without Justification

Nancy Pelosi, appearing on “Face the Nation,” said the Congress will not fund a troop escalation without justification. Pelosi maintained that the Dems have no intention of cutting off funds for the war in general, although she insisted a “new direction” is necessary.

Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


Cafferty

CNN’s Cafferty Deflates Bush Rhetoric

Transcripts never do justice to Jack Cafferty’s sardonic, punchy oratory, as is the case with this assault on Bush’s latest propaganda campaign: “So next week, when the president talks about sending more of your sons and daughters to die in Iraq, don’t think ‘surge.’ Recognize it for what it is.”

Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann to Bush: ‘You Do Not Own This Country’

During another of his notable special comments, Keith Olbermann took Bush to the woodshed over reports that the president plans to sell a troop escalation in Iraq as a “sacrifice.”

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Gates
AP Photo / Ron Edmonds

Robert Scheer: Bush Can’t Kick the Habit

Here we go again: A new secretary of defense and yet another call for ending the war in Iraq by escalating it. What are they smoking in the Bush White House?

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


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