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McClellan Still Ducking Queries on Weapons Trailers

The presidential spokesman won’t say at what point the president learned of a Pentagon report which concluded that Iraqi weapons trailers discovered after the invasion were not—as Bush later claimed—WMD factories.
No wonder McClellan won’t answer. This could amount to proof positive that Bush outright lied about WMD.

Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


Pigs Tested


From stopanimaltesting.com

PETA Exposes Taser Tests on Pigs

The animal rights organization has obtained video footage of pigs being stunned with Taser guns as part of a Pentagon nonlethal weapons testing program. (This video is not for the queasy.)

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste
From washingtonpost.com

Fourth Top General Calls on Rumsfeld to Resign

The retired commander, who was leading key forces in Iraq just a year ago, told CNN: “It speaks volumes that guys like me are speaking out from retirement about the leadership climate in the Department of Defense.”

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


The White House That Cried Wolf

The more that administration leaders play games with definitions of democracy and weasel wording about torture, the less they can be believed about anything. So if they someday tell the truth, no one will believe them.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


Sign Me Up for the Pentagon Democracy Plan

I do like the idea of supporting democracy ... and think we should try it—especially here in the U.S. of A.

Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


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From Crooks and Liars

Colbert Gives Us the Word on the War

Stephen Colbert continues to gain ground on Jon Stewart with his blistering satires of U.S. policy. This time he riffs on a new name that the Pentagon is using for the war on terror.

Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


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‘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


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From indybay.org

Supreme Court Upholds Campus Military Recruiting

Colleges and universities that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, even in the face of the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gay people. John Roberts wrote the 8-0 opinion.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


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CBS via ThinkProgress

Murtha Ain’t Buying What the Pentagon’s Selling

Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a decorated Marine and critic of the Iraq war, says Bush’s military leaders have no credibility when it comes to their pronouncements about progress in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


No Iraq Trip for Rep. Who Opposed Bush on Ports

The prominent opposition of Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) to Bush’s Dubai Ports deal may have earned him some punishment from the White House: The Pentagon isn’t providing him a plane for his planned delegation to Iraq.

Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


Army Pays Nearly All Disputed Halliburton Charges

The military contractor will get reimbursed for nearly all its disputed costs in connection with a $2.41-billion no-bid contract to deliver supplies to Iraq, despite the Pentagon’s findings that more than $250 million of that was “potentially excessive or unjustified.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Not ‘Standing Up’ Anytime Soon

The Iraqi army now has ZERO battalions capable of fighting the insurgency without U.S. support. (The one battle-worthy battalion that the White House was so proud of has been downgraded.)

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


Navy Warned Pentagon on Torture

Two years before the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, the Navy’s general counsel warned the Pentagon that its wink-and-nod policies on torture would invite abuse, reports The New Yorker.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


editorial cartoon by Tom Toles.
From Tom Toles / Washington Post

Joint Chiefs Protest a Cartoon

All six Joint Chiefs of Staff write a very rare letter to the editor of the Washington Post, protesting an editorial cartoon by Tom Toles, which they say demeans wounded American soldiers. | story (Broken by AMERICAblog)
Well, despite the fact that Toles has a valid satirical point to make about the Pentagon’s overextension of troops in the field, we have to wonder: With the insurgency gaining strength every day, and reconstruction efforts crippled by high-level incompetency, this cartoon is what’s upsetting our nation’s military leadership?

Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


Information Operations roadmap
From gwu.edu

Pentagon Propaganda Finding Its Way Back to U.S.

A Georgetown think tank secures the release of a secret 2003 Rumsfeld-approved “road map” for psychological warfare abroad. | post
According to the document, our government takes no responsibility for propaganda that boomerangs and returns home—as long as the U.S. public isn’t “targeted.”

Posted on Jan 27, 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


Gov’t Agency Paints Dire Picture of ‘Out-of-Control’ Iraq

This official U.S. assessment is much darker than what the Pentagon is peddling to the public. It was drawn up for contractors bidding on rehab projects.  | story
Call us cynical, but why exactly are they getting different intel than the rest of us?

Posted on Jan 18, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda

The same Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print pro-U.S. stories written by American soldiers masquerading as indepenent journalists has also been “compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work,” according to the New York Times.

Posted on Jan 2, 2006 READ MORE


Chalabi Zeros Out

The slate headed by Ahmed Chalabi, a man the Pentagon once packaged as the George Washington of Iraq, may not get a single seat in the new Iraqi legislature.

Posted on Dec 26, 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


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


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