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Repulsive but Protected

I don’t know if there’s a hell, but if it exists, the Rev. Fred Phelps and other members of the Westboro Baptist Church deserve a place. In this world, their repulsive actions are shielded by the Constitution.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Nuclear Armament Still Our Central Issue

Of all of the sources of strategic delusion and political illusion today, nuclear weapons undoubtedly make the most prodigious contribution to hypocrisy and useless expense.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

March to Nowhere

We can hold One Nation marches every week. It will not make any difference until we revolt against the formal structures of power.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Real Democratic Whiners

“Democrats, just congenitally, tend to [see] the glass as half empty,” President Obama said last month during a $30,000-a-plate fundraiser at the Connecticut home of a donor named (no joke) Rich Richman.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE


Who Really Thinks We’ll Win in Afghanistan?

Could somebody please remind me just what it is that we’re achieving in Afghanistan? Don’t all speak at once. No, I mean what good things we’re accomplishing. Anybody? Hello?

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Robert Gates Wants You ... and Your Children

The defense secretary warned Duke University, and anyone else who would listen, about a growing divide between the public and the military that has created a minority class of professional military workers and a detached, if vaguely supportive, civilian population.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE


Are Obama’s Hands Tied?

A splendid and courageous new book describes with lucidity the degree to which the power of the American presidency over war and peace has been weakened in our day, and, in important respects, superseded.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton Celebrates Kissinger While White House Repeats His Mistakes

Future historians will marvel at how U.S. leaders failed to learn from their horrific crimes in Indochina, and are instead repeating many of them today.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE



AP / May Alleruzzo

What Does ‘Combat’ Mean?

“Since President Barack Obama declared an end to combat operations in Iraq, U.S. troops have waged a gun battle with a suicide squad in Baghdad, dropped bombs on armed militants in Baquba and assisted Iraqi soldiers in a raid in Falluja.” Which leads us to ask, just what is a “combat operation,” anyway?

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 READ MORE



National Security Archive

Declassified: Bush’s Iraq Scheming Began in 2001

The National Security Archive has obtained documents confirming and expanding on what we already knew: The Bush administration was determined to invade and occupy Iraq whether there was justification or not. (continued)

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. Could Be Alone as Europe Turns Inward

The relationship between Western Europe and the colonies that became the United States was complicated from the beginning. The situation reversed, it is now Europe that tires of America’s imperial wars.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE


Torture in Iraq Continues, Unabated

Combat operations in Iraq are over, if you believe President Barack Obama’s rhetoric. But torture in Iraq’s prisons, first exposed during the Abu Ghraib scandal, is thriving, increasingly distant from any scrutiny or accountability.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

President Obama to the Whiny Left: ‘Wake Up’

President Obama apparently blames the enthusiasm gap—the lack of support from his dispirited base—on the unenthused. Speaking at a fundraiser, Obama said Democrats who are displeased with his watered down legislation need to “wake up.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



Waiter, There’s Porn in My Slideshow

Why you should always do a test run before a presentation, what America’s war dead say about the class divide, and how air travel in coach could get a whole lot worse.

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama and Iraq: ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’

The president and the American people will all too soon come to recognize that the quagmire in Iraq is far from over. In fact, one might say it has only just begun.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Tensions Between the West and the Muslim World

With Islamophobia sweeping the states in all its stupidity and ignorance, it’s refreshing to hear this assembly of thinkers, including Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, bring some intellect to bear on the subject.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Synthetic Novelty Is Not Reality

Historian Daniel J. Boorstin famously predicted that real news and serious discourse would eventually be replaced by a “new kind of synthetic novelty” called “pseudo-events”—synthetic for their media-manufactured artificiality, pseudo for their lack of authenticity.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Derec Pierson

A New Season in Military Fashions

“Transformation” is the new military buzzword, meaning reorienting the military institution for “the complex insurgencies” that “planners say will dominate the 21st century.” Robert Gates, the U.S. secretary of defense, was quoted as saying that Afghanistan provides the “laboratory” for this change.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elise Amendola

Do Not Pity the Democrats

Do not fear Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Fear the underlying corporate power structure, which no one, from Barack Obama to the right-wing nut cases who pollute the airwaves, can alter.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE



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U.K. Troops Suspected of Murdering Iraqi Civilians

British soldiers are suspected of murdering a number of Iraqi civilians in the wake of the 2003 invasion. But military prosecutors have resisted filing any charges, saying there is no realistic prospect of winning convictions.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Mike Strasser

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Is Struck Down

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is unconstitutional, a federal judge in California ruled late Thursday, striking down the military’s 17-year-old homophobic compromise that allows gay participation in the armed forces as long as they shut up about their orientation and do not “engage in homosexual acts.”

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE


A Special Message for George W. Bush From Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden popped in on Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night for a special troop-boosting edition of “The Colbert Report,” where Biden gave a shout-out to a certain president who made a plan to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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Airport X-Ray Scanners Hit the Road

While debate continues in the United States over whole-body imagers, manufacturers of the technology are opening deeper opportunities for themselves elsewhere that could make the controversial machines an even bigger part of everyday life.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE


‘Candid Camera’ Meets Abu Ghraib

Iraq’s take on the hidden-camera show is just terrifying. “Put Him in Camp Bucca” stops celebrities at checkpoints, tells them they are smuggling bombs and hauls them off (in jest) to what the victims think is indefinite detention and possibly worse.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


The Tax-Cut Hand Grenade

The president’s position that the tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year should be extended permanently is fiscally reckless.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE


Sept. 11: A Day Without War

The ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States should serve as a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



Bollywood Jesus

Today on the list: How human beings could have made the universe, the movement to move Tony Blair’s memoirs to the crime section, the Social Security con and the Bollywood movie ... about Jesus.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Our ‘Dumb Wars’ Will Go On

“It is time to turn the page,” President Barack Obama said as he announced the “end” of combat operations in Iraq. Meanwhile, those who brought us that unnecessary war remain committed to such policies and, if returned to power, are likely to carry them out.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE



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‘They Kill Alex’

Crazed and distraught with grief, the father went into his garage and took out five gallons of gasoline and a propane torch. He walked past the three Marines in their dress blues and began to smash the windows of the government van with a hammer.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Maya Alleruzzo

U.S. Gets a Call for Help in Iraq Attack

American soldiers reportedly were called in to help Iraqi forces repel an attack by insurgents on an army base in Baghdad, just five days after the much-ballyhooed official end of U.S. combat operations in the country.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC1 Eileen Kelly Fors

Despite Celebration, the Iraq War Continues

After we were told seven years ago that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” you might think the press would question the government’s martial stagecraft.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Fox News: Home for Wayward Analysts

To all pundits, politicians and journalists who got everything wrong about the Iraq War, fear not. You may have no credibility, but Fox News is your refuge and your benefactor. As Media Matters documents, the propaganda network has only added to its collection of mendacious war boosters since helping to launch the Iraq disaster.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Paul Morse

Tony Blair Stands by Bush, Iraq War

The former British prime minister’s fall from boy wonder to lapdog caricature has a lot to do with George W. Bush and their shared Iraq adventure. In his new autobiography, normally the place for reflection and re-evaluation, Blair defends both his relationship with the American president and the mess in Mesopotamia.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

What’s on Obama’s Next Page?

By insisting Tuesday evening that “it’s time to turn the page,” President Obama was talking about more than the Iraq War, and doing much more than reviving one of his most effective slogans from the 2008 campaign.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Two Wars Don’t Make a Right

The carnage is not yet complete, and President Barack Obama’s attempt to put the best face on the ignominious U.S. occupation of Iraq will not hide what he and the rest of the world well know.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Our Enabling Media Is Worse Than Ever

Once he tasted the realities of political life, Thomas Jefferson had harsh words for the free press. What would he have made of the irresponsible, shoddy, pernicious zeal that passes for news today?

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



White House

Obama: ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom Is Over’ (Full Video and Text)

The president began his address to the nation on the end of combat operations in Iraq by acknowledging that “this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Maliki: Iraq Is Now ‘Independent’

Iraq is now “sovereign and independent,” according to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who made this optimistic pronouncement on Tuesday, the official end day of the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from his war-ravaged country.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


WMD









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U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Perry Aston

The Ambiguity of War’s End

Now that the Iraq war is over—for U.S. combat troops, at least—only one thing is clear about the outcome: We didn’t win.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE


‘Rebranding’ U.S. Combat Troops in Iraq

Much fanfare was made about the so-called withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq this month, but as this Al-Jazeera report explores, we might want to read the fine print on this one.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



White House / Pete Souza

Obama and the Virtues of ‘Politicking’

President Obama’s address to the nation on Iraq this week underscores the agony of his presidency, and its core political problem. In a democracy, separating governing from “politicking” is impossible.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

At Least 50 Killed in Iraq Bomb Attacks

American combat forces might be exiting Iraq, but a wave of deadly violence around the country Wednesday served as a grim reminder that war is likely to be a daily reality for Iraqis for a long time to come.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail

Why Gen. Petraeus’ Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All

Greatly expanded U.S. military Special Ops teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins create a threat to our security.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Petraeus Claims Cautious Progress in Afghanistan

Having assumed the position of the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus offers his guarded assessment of the status of the war in Afghanistan in this BBC interview, and he apparently believes ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Ted Green

U.S. Leaves Iraq Much Worse Off

Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq.

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE



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Ron Paul Condemns ‘Hate and Islamaphobia’

The former presidential candidate says opposition to building a mosque near Ground Zero “is all about hate and Islamaphobia” and that the “justification to ban the mosque is no more rational than banning a soccer field in the same place because all the suicide bombers loved to play soccer.” (Full statement after the jump).

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


Forget the ‘Party of No,’ Dems Need to Run Against Extremism

In an election, a solid “no” usually beats an uneasy “yes, but.” That’s the heart of the problem Democrats and President Obama face this fall.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


U.S. troops in Iraq
AP / Sgt. Armando Monroig, U.S. Army

U.S. Would Resume Iraq Combat Role if Necessary

The U.S. military is moving to trim its troop count in Iraq to 50,000 by Sept. 1, at which point the remaining personnel will assume an “advise-train-assist” role. But the American commander there says that if Iraqi security forces fall down on the job, U.S. troops could be thrust back into a combat role.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


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