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Bush's Iraq-Iran comparisons

Bush’s Disturbing Iraq-Iran Parallels

Olbermann put together a video package that compares Bush’s 2002 rhetoric about Iraq with his 2007 rhetoric about Iran. It’s not pretty.

  • Also, see this Vanity Fair article, which has more frightening news on the topic.

  • Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Three leaders
    Vanity Fair

    From the Folks Who Brought You Iraq…

    In the new issue of Vanity Fair, experts in and out of the government report that the groundwork for a war against Iran has already been set. “I’ve heard from sources at the Pentagon that their impression is that the White House has made a decision that war is going to happen,” a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist tells the mag.

  • Related: Check out a video of Bush’s disturbing Iraq-Iran parallels

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    Exxon Mobil Posts Record Profit

    The oil company notched an annual profit of $39.5 billion, the largest ever by a U.S. company. You can leave your Ph.D. at home when connecting the dots between this and the Iraq war.

    Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Joe Biden and Jon Stewart

    The Dude’s A-Biden

    Presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Biden took the hot seat at “The Daily Show” to discuss the explosive comments he made about Hillary, Obama and Edwards in a recent New York Observer interview.

    Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Even Barney Won’t Play

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    Bad News From Global Warming Experts

    The most authoritative climate change panel, with 2,500 scientists from 130 countries, is expected to project the biggest change in average temperatures in thousands of years. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believes that even if governments manage to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions, oceans will continue to rise for at least 1,000 years.

    Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Al Franken
    realcities.com

    Franken Decides to Run for Senate

    Al Franken, the comedian, actor, author and radio host, will seek another title to add to his résumé: United States senator. According to multiple sources, Franken has finally decided to challenge conservative Republican Norm Coleman after years of debating the possibility.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Joe Biden
    post-gazette.com

    Biden Enters the Race with a Gaffe

    Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., announced his presidential candidacy Wednesday, but he got more attention for a racially charged comment about competitor Barack Obama, calling him “the first mainstream African American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Iran: Bush’s Next Disaster?

    Although the president claims he has no intention of attacking Iran, his every action indicates otherwise.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Mitt Romney’s Hypocritical Turnarounds

    In his quest for the White House, the former Mass. governor has flip-flopped on so many positions that he makes John Kerry look good.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    The Slaughter Rules

    Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y, head of the House Rules Committee, is on a mission to restore some semblance of ethics and accountability to Congress.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Rape Victim Jailed and Denied Contraception

    A rape victim in Florida was thrown in jail for two days when police discovered a warrant accusing her of failing to pay restitution for a theft she committed as a juvenile. A jail worker, allegedly motivated by religious convictions, then refused to give her a crucial dose of the morning-after pill.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Cartoon Ads Spook Boston

    The Cartoon Network has apologized for causing the biggest security scare in Boston since 9/11. City police thought several battery-powered advertisements placed on behalf of the cable channel might be bombs, a misunderstanding that crippled Boston’s infrastructure after authorities placed the city on high alert.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Germany Issues Warrants for CIA Agents

    Germany has issued arrest warrants for 13 suspected CIA agents for their roles in the “extraordinary rendition” of Khaled al-Masri. Meanwhile, as public outrage in Europe over the abduction and torture of terror suspects grows more intense, court proceedings in Italy could lead to the indictment of 25 alleged CIA agents.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins
    AP / Henny Ray Abrams

    A Tribute to Molly

  • Robert Scheer remembers the irreplaceable voice and generous spirit of Truthdig’s most beloved columnist.
  • Anthony Zurcher, a longtime editor and friend, says goodbye and pays tribute to Ivins’ life, work and wisdom.
  • Plus: Molly Ivins’ last column—a stirring call to action against the war.

  • Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins
    csus.edu

    We’ll Miss You, Molly

    Molly Ivins died today at the age of 62. As a veteran journalist and columnist, Molly’s sharp tongue and stubborn determination to cut through the bull and fight for what’s right touched the lives of millions. America is poorer for her absence.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Family Guy with Robertson and Falwell

    Robertson and Falwell Get Left Behind

    This cute, quick clip from “The Family Guy” envisions your favorite “agents of intolerance,” Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, as the only two humans left on Earth after the Rapture.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Stephen Colbert and Barry Lando

    Colbert Jostles With Lando (Not Calrissian)

    Stephen Colbert interviews former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando, whose book “Web of Deceit” chronicles “the history of Western complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush.”

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart and John Hodgman

    Stewart and Hodgman Probe the Primaries

    Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show’s” “resident expert” John Hodgman explore the implications of several big states’ mobilization to hold earlier primaries.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Politicos on YouTube

    2008 Hopefuls Find New Media a Mixed Blessing

    This great N.Y. Times story highlights the ways in which White House contenders are having to contend with game-changing technologies like YouTube. (Videos mentioned: Hillary’s national anthem; John Edwards’ primping, etc.)

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Nancy Pelosi
    npr.org

    Nancy Pelosi Returns from ‘Chaotic’ Iraq

    Nancy Pelosi, who just returned from Iraq, told NPR that “what is happening in Iraq is chaos,” adding that after all this time, “We just have to end it.” The speaker of the House also visited Afghanistan and said she supports sending more troops there to fight a resurgent Taliban.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    reconstruction
    dw-world.de

    Tens of Millions Wasted in Iraq

    The latest report from the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction says tens of millions of dollars have been wasted because of failure and fraud. Among other abuses, the report cites a never-used $48.3-million housing facility, complete with an Olympic-size swimming pool. If Willie Sutton were alive today, he’d head straight to Baghdad.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Barack Obama
    AP Photo / Seth Wenig

    Obama Proposes Iraq Deadline

    Presidential contender Barack Obama has gotten serious about Iraq after months of public speculation on where he stands. The senator offered legislation Tuesday night that would set a deadline of March 31, 2008, for the withdrawal of all combat brigades from Iraq.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Molly Ivins
    berkeley.edu

    Get Well Soon, Molly

    Fans of Molly Ivins have probably noticed that her work has been absent from this page and others in recent weeks. Unfortunately, Molly’s battle with cancer has forced her to take a break from her crusade against the war. Our thoughts and hearts are with her at this difficult time.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Tenet and Bush
    AP Photo / Lawrence Jackson

    A Case for Impeachment

    Revelations in the perjury trial of Lewis “Scooter” Libby re-emphasize the need for an impeachment trial to establish the true story behind President Bush’s erroneous claim about Saddam Hussein’s supposed nuclear weapons program.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Scooter Libby
    beachblogger.net

    Does Scooter Stand a Chance?

    Conflicted journalist Judith Miller added her damning testimony to a mounting heap on Tuesday, saying “Scooter” Libby did in fact reveal to her that Joseph Wilson’s wife worked at the CIA. With more and more witnesses contradicting Libby’s account of events, his trial is starting to feel like a technicality on the way to a pardon.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Judge Preska
    law.fordham.edu

    Judge Says Doctor Can’t Treat Terrorists

    A judge has ruled that a Florida doctor can be prosecuted under federal law for vowing to treat members of al-Qaida. Dr. Rafiq Abdus Sabir argued unsuccessfully that the Constitution protects a doctor’s right to perform medical services.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Signing ceremony
    Wikipedia

    Leaving Children Behind

    The No Child Left Behind Act’s relentless focus on testing blinds us to the egregious funding shortages that plague our nation’s public schools.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Cheney’s Alter Ego

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    Ted Haggard

    Sex Talk With Rev. Ted

    In this clip from the new HBO documentary “Friends of God,” the Rev. Ted Haggard engages in some loose sex talk with parishioners. (Haggard is, of course, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals who famously frequented a gay male sex worker.)

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Arlen Specter
    msnbc.com

    Senate Prepares for Constitutional Showdown

    A parade of experts before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed the power of Congress to “validly limit the presidential use of force.” Tuesday’s hearing came as legislators prepared to square off against Bush’s war escalation and amid the concern, shared by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that a constitutional battle is “imminent.”

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Stonehenge excavation
    nationalgeographic.com

    From the People Who Brought You Stonehenge

    Archeologists have discovered a huge ancient settlement that was used by the people who made Stonehenge. The complex, near the iconic rock pile, may have once contained as many as 100 houses.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart on Fox News

    Stewart on Fox’s Obama Smear

    Jon Stewart is at his ironic best in this riff on Fox News’ egregiously irresponsible story on Barack Obama’s background.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Sean Penn

    O’Reilly vs. Fonda, Penn, Sarandon and Robbins (Updated)

    Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and WorldCantWait organizer Sunsara Taylor each spoke to a Fox News reporter at this weekend’s antiwar protest in Washington. Watch Bill O’Reilly attempt to counter their arguments.
    UPDATE: Check out WorldCantWait’s refutations of O’Reilly’s talking points.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Hillary Clinton
    nytimes.com

    Hillary Jokes About Bill’s Bad Behavior

    While speaking at a rally in Iowa, Hillary Clinton tried out a tactic she may come to rely on during the campaign—humor. Responding to a question about the bad men of the world, Clinton made a veiled reference to her notorious marital difficulties, and sent the crowd into an uproar.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Lebanon crisis
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Washington Is Conflicted Over Unexpected Alliance

    Saudi Arabia and Iran have joined forces to mediate tensions in Lebanon in an odd turn of events that is sure to addle the Bush administration. While the U.S. strongly opposes Iran’s regional influence, Saudi Arabia is but the latest American ally to cozy up to Tehran in the interest of stability.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Businesses Fight Over Minimum-Wage Law

    The business community is divided over minimum-wage legislation making its way through the Senate. While small businesses are celebrating the tax incentives included in the bill, major corporations are frustrated by the Democrats’ requirement that every new tax break be matched by either a tax increase or a closed loophole.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    Yes, I’m Listening to Kerry

    Regardless of his shortcomings as a presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry has a plan for extricating America from Iraq that is worth paying attention to.

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    Will the Big States Please Stand Up?

    California, Illinois, Florida and New Jersey should be applauded for mobilizing to hold earlier presidential primaries.

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    MySpace to Share Sex Offender Data With U.S. Center

    Internet social network MySpace has developed a sophisticated national database of sex offenders it uses to police memberships and protect users, many of them minors. On Monday, the company announced it would share the information with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in an effort to aid law enforcement.
    (h/t: Sex Drive Daily)

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    F-14 Tomcat
    globalsecurity.org

    Senators Seek to Deny U.S. Jet Parts to Iran

    Although the United States and Iran have a testy relationship at best, weaknesses in security protocol currently allow buyers for Tehran to procure valuable aircraft parts from the U.S. military. At least two Democrats in the Senate want to cut off the supply, which would make the Iranian air force effectively irreparable.

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    State of the Union satire

    State of the Union Satire

    James Adomian returns with another dead-on sendup of Bush’s address. Watch it. Don’t miss the Democratic response at the end. (Also, watch Adomian’s 2006 version)

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    Ari Fleischer
    nytimes.com

    More Bad News for Libby

    Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer (above, center) testified Monday that “Scooter” Libby revealed Valerie Plame’s CIA status three days before he claims to have learned the information. Fleischer also said Libby mentioned that the matter was “hush-hush.”

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    One Voice Movement

    One Voice in Israel/Palestine

    This unusually powerful video highlights the efforts of the OneVoice Movement, a grass-roots organization that brings Israeli and Palestinian youths together to advocate for a peaceful resolution of the struggle between their peoples.

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    'Stop the Escalation'

    ‘Stop the Escalation’ Ad

    This brief ad features Iraq war vets opposed to Bush’s troop escalation plan. Learn more here

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    John McCain

    The Real McCain.com

    Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald (“Outfoxed” “Iraq for Sale”) produced this video (and accompanying website) to expose the blatant contradictions John McCain has made on issues like Iraq, gay marriage and the Confederate flag.

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    cluster bombs
    hrw.org

    Israeli Bombing ‘Broke U.S. Arms Deal Terms’

    A preliminary investigation by the State Department has found that Israel’s cluster bombing of civilian areas of Lebanon violated terms of an arms agreement with the United States.  Israel receives roughly $2 billion annually in military assistance from the U.S., but Washington places classified conditions on how American munitions can be used.

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    Kneeling before the 10 Commandments monument
    AP / Dave Martin

    Christianists on the March

    The Harvard seminary graduate, veteran foreign correspondent and author of “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America”, warns that the Christian Right is the most dangerous mass movement in American history.

    Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


    Willie Nelson
    AP Photo / Denis Poroy

    Annie Nelson on the ‘Fuel That Doesn’t Kill Us’

    Annie Nelson, wife of Willie Nelson and co-chairperson of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, speaks to Truthdig about stomaching the State of the Union and the myth that alternative fuels are years away.

    Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


    Pentagon Understates War’s Human Cost Among Soldiers

    The Pentagon lists the number of soldiers wounded in combat in Iraq at more than 23,000, a tally often quoted by news agencies. But if one considers troops injured in “noncombat action,” a separate category that includes noncombat helicopter crash victims, the critically ill and others, the number doubles to about 50,000, leading critics to charge that the military is attempting to conceal the true human cost of the war.

    Posted on Jan 28, 2007 READ MORE


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