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Imagine Peace—A Ray of Light in Dark Times

John Lennon would have turned 67 years old last week had he not been murdered in 1980 by a mentally disturbed fan. On his birthday, Oct. 9, his widow, peace activist and artist Yoko Ono, realized a dream they shared.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Arrest in Iraq
AP photo / Hamza Hendawi

Dissent From the Front Lines

When will we listen to the troops?  I’m not talking about soldiers used as props for a George Bush photo op, telling reporters what Washington wants to hear. The Iraq war has produced brilliant messages of dissent from the ranks that should cause us to stop in our tracks and reconsider what we have wrought.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Huffington Probes Pelosi on the War

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explains to a persistent Arianna Huffington why the Democrats haven’t yet cut off funds for the war, why Mitt Romney isn’t going to be the next president and why she opposes a war tax: “This war has to end. I don’t want any accommodation made to pay for it or to prolong it.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2007 READ MORE


Running on Yesterday’s Ideas

One of the few things the Republican and Democratic presidential contests have in common is the relentlessness with which candidates on both sides are wrapping themselves in orthodoxy. Heretics need not apply.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


Sweeping Our Inhumanity Under the Rug

By simply deciding that something is a “state secret,” the Bush government has avoided answering for its brutal treatment of innocent victims in the war on terror.  This is a perversion of the principle of American justice.

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Jimmy Carter

Sunday Saber Rattling

The hawks have taken to the Sunday morning air to beat the war drums over Iran, while those who oppose them, including former President Jimmy Carter, try to prevent a disaster worse than Iraq. TPM TV has this roundup.

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‘The Good Germans Among Us’

Frank Rich of The New York Times argues that although there’s plenty to blame on the Bush administration, a timid Congress and a compliant press, it’s time for the American people to accept at least some responsibility for the Iraq war and its many disastrous episodes. From Abu Ghraib to contractor killing sprees, we the people have known far too much for far too long to feign surprise when things suddenly go sour.

Posted on Oct 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Former Top General Calls Bush ‘Incompetent’

Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the former top commander in Iraq, has issued a devastating critique of the “incompetent strategic leadership within our national leaders” in planning and executing the Iraq war, which he called a “catastrophic failure.”  Sanchez also warned that the president’s “surge” might “stave off defeat” but will not lead to victory.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore
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Draft Gore for President?

Al Gore and the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their crusade against global warming. Now, just imagine what would happen if the Nobel laureate applied himself with equal intensity to ending the war in Iraq.  That could be the beginning of a thrilling presidential campaign.

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 READ MORE


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U.S. Kills 9 Children in Airstrike

Fifteen Iraqi women and children found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time Thursday when the U.S. launched a series of airstrikes to back up ground operations targeting suspected insurgents.

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 READ MORE


The British Are Leaving!

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Inside the Military-Industrial Complex

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Philip Coyle knows a thing or two about the “staggering” amounts of money the U.S. funnels into the military-industrial complex, and why it is so difficult to stanch the profiteering.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Carter
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Carter Has Had Enough

Jimmy Carter was en fuego during a chat with Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, blasting the Bush administration for torturing people, the GOP candidates for racing to the fringe and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for refusing to commit to a full withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Clean Hands

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Bush’s Advisers

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Here We Go Again

A sprig of bougainvillea prompts Robert Fisk to recall the bad old days of the Cold War and, in light of our overblown global war on terror, the curious and often fruitless tendency of governments to create monsters.

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 READ MORE


Baby Cheney Makes a Proof

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Congress Tries to Close Blackwater Loophole

The House voted 389 to 30 to pass a bill that would make private contractors working for the U.S. government in Iraq subject to United States law. It’s the second time Congress has attempted to apply some sense to the legal vacuum created by the Bush administration and its Coalition Provisional Authority, which pushed through what amounts to blanket immunity for mercenaries.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
israellobbybook.com

Breaking the Taboo: Why We Took On the Israel Lobby

The editor of the provocative new bestseller by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt asks the authors (pictured above) whether their book is good for the Jews and good for America. 

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 READ MORE


Limbaugh’s ‘Phony Soldiers’ Slur

The controversy over what Rush Limbaugh meant when he uttered the phrase “phony soldiers” last week isn’t just another broadcast sideshow. As the political power of conservatism declines, the symbolic authority of figures such as Limbaugh is likewise shrinking.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Nihilistic War Chimps

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Blackwater’s New Gig

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Pakistan ‘Losing War’  With Insurgents

The Washington Post has it on good authority that Pakistan is losing its war against Taliban and al-Qaida forces operating within its borders, due in no small part to Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s tenuous hold on power.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


Our Little Monster

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Heavy Metal in Baghdad

Iron Maiden Meets IEDs in ‘Heavy Metal in Baghdad’

Well, this particular motion picture decidedly won’t be the feel-good family drama of the year—and that’s just one more excellent reason to go see “Heavy Metal in Baghdad,” an inside glimpse into the Baghdad metalhead scene, when it (hopefully) comes to a theater near you.  Meanwhile, check out the theatrical trailer here.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Republicans Warm to Biden’s Iraq Plan

Astonishingly, 26 Republican senators broke with President Bush’s Iraq policy last week. But you may not have noticed this, and it’s not your fault.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Good News and Bad News from Adm. Mullen

The freshly sworn-in chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, started his first day on the job with this revelation: “The fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan will one day end.” That’s a relief, coming from the newest member of Team Bush, but don’t get too excited, there’s more: “We must be ready for who and what comes after.” Oh dear.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Report Points to Blackwater’s Excessive Violence

According to a devastating new report from the House Oversight Committee, Blackwater USA employees engaged in at least 195 “escalation of force” incidents since 2005, with the private security firm firing 80 percent of the first shots (despite its purely defensive mandate). What’s worse, the State Department has provided little if any oversight, instead assisting the company as it carried out damage control.

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 READ MORE


Begging for Peace

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Iran to U.S.: I’m Rubber, You’re Glue

The Iranian parliament has taken the I’m rubber, you’re glue approach to dealing with the U.S., labeling the United States Army and the CIA terrorist organizations, just days after Congress suggested the same designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Posted on Sep 30, 2007 READ MORE


Rahm Emanuel

Bill Maher vs. Rep. Rahm Emanuel

The “Real Time” host asks one of the Democratic Party’s shining stars the question that seems to be on everyone’s mind: If you hate the war so much, why are you paying for it?

Posted on Sep 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Dr. Bush

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Aznar and Bush
voltairenet.org

Bush Before the War

Joe Conason tells the story revealed by recently released transcripts of a meeting held between Spain’s then-prime minister and President Bush prior to the war. As one might expect, Bush was arrogant and determined to invade, diplomacy be damned.

Posted on Sep 28, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney and fighter jet
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Iraq Will Have to Wait

If you think the Iraq war is a disaster, just wait until we start bombing Iran. The countdown to another war is both real and terrifying, Ritter argues, and, distasteful though it may seem, it won’t be stopped so long as Iraq holds on to the spotlight.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Gen. Pace on Gays and ‘God’s Law’

While attempting to clarify his previous remarks on the immorality of homosexuality, outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace on Wednesday managed to put his foot even deeper into his mouth, saying that, while he’s willing to keep an open mind, our nation should not “condone activity [read: gay sex] that, in my upbringing, is counter to God’s law.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


How to Deal With Iran

The loud, angry and sterile debate over the Iranian president’s visit to Columbia University raises a more serious problem that has long confounded American policymakers: How to cope with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s real masters, the corrupt regime of mullahs who determine both foreign and domestic policy in Iran.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Ellsberg Warns of Possible ‘Police State’ in U.S.

Just to put current world events in perspective, here’s a transcript of a recent speech by Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who released the Pentagon Papers to the press during the Vietnam War, about some potential developments that could severely harm our country in the not-so-distant future.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


Child Insurance Gains, but a Veto Won’t Be Overridden

The House has passed an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program but failed to win enough votes to override President Bush’s promised veto. Still, SCHIP has overwhelming public support, and Democrats welcomed the opportunity to force Bush and his congressional allies to take a stand against poor children.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Global Consensus, Not Global Conquest

As world leaders gather this week to address the United Nations General Assembly, President Bush’s refusal to negotiate on the two key issues of our day—war and global warming—has been stunning. And the media haven’t helped.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Biden
AP photo / Charlie Niebergall

Biden One-Ups Bush

It’s not just Bushie loyalists and Republicans who are gunning for more money to be poured (out of taxpayers’ pockets) into the Iraq war chest.  Take Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), who is aiming to double Bush’s proposed $12 billion in funding for the rapid production of mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles—a proposition which, Scheer argues, is about much more than the security of U.S. troops.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Jet fighter
AP photo / LM Otero

Inside the Military-Industrial Complex

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Philip Coyle knows a thing or two about the “staggering” amounts of money the U.S. funnels into the military-industrial complex, and why it is so difficult to stanch the profiteering.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Russert and Clinton

Clinton: Not One More Penny for the War

Hillary Clinton shored up her left flank during an interview with Tim Russert, promising to vote against continued funding for the war in Iraq. Still, one must be wary of caveats such as “at the level we’ve seen.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
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Ahmadinejad Pooh-Poohs Nukes and War

Before leaving for New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told “60 Minutes” that his nation was not going to war with the U.S. and that the nuclear bomb had outlived its usefulness: “If it was useful, it would have prevented the downfall of the Soviet Union; if it was useful, it would resolved the problem the Americans have in Iraq. ... The time of the bomb is passed.”

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


Ass Spanking

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The Iraqi Flag

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AFSC Dissects the Astronomical Cost of War

How could the $720 million the U.S. is currently spending on the Iraq war each day be put to better use?  Well, how about paying for the health care costs of 423,529 children?  Or giving 34,904 college students four-year scholarships, or providing 6,482 families with homes?

Posted on Sep 22, 2007 READ MORE


Privatizing Murder

There is no set piece more emblematic of the tragic farce that is the American involvement in Iraq than the grotesque episode of Blackwater USA and the killing of civilians in Baghdad—at least nine and as many as 28—on Sunday.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


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warnewsradio.org

Supporting the Troops, GOP-Style

Senate Republicans have successfully blocked a three-month expansion of troop leave, which the Democrats hoped would provide pressure to withdraw without cutting off funds. John McCain called the effort to give our fighting men and women 15 months off between combat deployments “dangerous.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


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jfkclub.com

U.S. Diplomats Confined to the Green Zone

The State Department has restricted all U.S. diplomats to the Green Zone in Baghdad while it conducts a security review, presumably inspired by the suspension of its preferred mercenary bodyguards.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE


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