The Corporal Who Met Tony Blair. A Month Later, He Was Killed in Iraq

Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006 by the Independent / UK
by Paul Kelbie

Just over a month ago, Cpl Gordon Pritchard was pictured posing proudly alongside Tony Blair in Iraq. He was one of several servicemen and women captured by the media as they chatted to Mr Blair days before Christmas at Shaibahbase near Basra. Yesterday the 31-year-old married father of three was back on the front pages - this time as the 100th British soldier to die in the war.

'Marlboro Man' Turns Against War He Symbolised

Published on Thursday, February 2, 2006 by the Independent / UK
by Andrew Buncombe

A cigarette hung from his mouth in the manner of John Wayne or Humphrey Bogart, his grime-covered face showed the exhaustion of battle.

On the Necessity of Impeachment -- Part I

On the Necessity of Impeachment -- Part I
by Kagro X, Daily Kos
Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 08:56:19 AM PDT
Impeachment. The "I word." We've been over that ground more than once here. And there's been something of an evolution in my thinking on the subject, and probably yours, too.

Sheehan: I Felt 'Humiliated'

(CBS/AP) Capitol Police may have dropped charges against antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and apologized, but that apparently hasn't made her any less angry over her arrest, or how she was treated as it happened.


IRAQ: Can we ever get out if we don’t know why we got in?
— featuring —
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, author of “Sham Dunk: Cooking Intelligence for the President

Bush's war on T-shirts

By Capital Times, Madison, WI

Minutes before the U.S. president would tell Congress how much he appreciates "responsible criticism and counsel," the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq was dragged from a gallery overlooking the House chamber, handcuffed and arrested for the "crime" of wearing a T-shirt that read: "2,245 dead. How many more?"

Congressman Murtha Writes to Bush

Wednesday February 1, 2006

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,
This March will mark the beginning of the 4th year of the war in Iraq. In contrast, U.S. involvement in WWI came to an end after 19 months. Victory in Europe was declared in WWII after 3 years 5 months. In the Korean War, a cease-fire was signed after 3 years and 1 month. But after more than three and a half years into the war in Iraq, your administration finally produced what is called a "Plan for Victory" in Iraq.


For Information Contact: Susannah Cernojevich (202) 225-5187

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) today issued the following statement in response to the United States Capitol Police press statement announcing that they "will request that the U.S. Attorney's Office not pursue the charge against Cindy Lee Sheehan..." Mrs. Sheehan was Rep. Lynn Woolsey's guest at the President's State of the Union address.

Congressional Candidate Chris Owens Supports The Impeachment of President Bush

Brooklyn, NY -- Chris Owens, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Brooklyn's 11th Congressional District, today called for the impeachment of President George W. Bush as a result of the President's alleged abuse of his Executive powers.

The great T-shirt threat

By San Francisco Chronicle

BEFORE President Bush could unleash his grand oratory about our nation's fearless purveyance of democracy, the Capitol Police did their part. They swept the House gallery of any sign of political expression.

Iran: Confrontation in the Cards

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 by Inter Press Service
by Praful Bidwai

NEW DELHI - Now that the Western powers have reached a deal with Russia and China to refer Iran's nuclear activities to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), a serious escalation of tensions with Tehran is in the cards.

Bungled Peace-Building Opens Door to Terrorism

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 by Inter Press Service
by Stephen Leahy

BROOKLIN, Canada - Washington's attempts to bring security to Iraq and Afghanistan are not only making life harder for local people, they are breeding more terrorists, warn international security experts.

Capitol Police Had Been Told to Watch Cindy Closely

Two T-Shirts, Two Messages and Two Capitol Ejections

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 — Cindy Sheehan's shirt on Tuesday night listed the number of soldiers who have died in Iraq. Beverly Young's shirt said "Support the Troops."

Letter to State Legislators

This letter and list of Email addresses below were put together by

Below, you'll find the email addresses for almost all of the state legislators in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Smothering the King Legacy With Kind Words

By Norman Solomon

Hours after Coretta Scott King died, President Bush led off the State
of the Union address by praising her as "a beloved, graceful,
courageous woman who called America to its founding ideals and

Out of jail, into the Army

Facing an enlistment crisis, the Army is granting "waivers" to an increasingly high percentage of recruits with criminal records -- and trying to hide it.

By Mark Benjamin, Salon

We're transforming our military. The things I look for are the following: morale, retention, and recruitment. And retention is high, recruitment is meeting goals, and people are feeling strong about the mission. -- George W. Bush, in a Jan. 26 press conference

No End in Sight: Bush on Iraq

Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 by
By Frida Berrigan

Nothing highlights the chasm between the rosy picture President George W. Bush tried to paint in the State of the Union last night and the sober reality of ongoing war in Iraq than these two quotes: "2,245 Dead. How many more?" "My fellow citizens, we are in this fight to win, and we are winning."

Police apologize, drop charge against Sheehan

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police dropped a charge of unlawful conduct against anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan Wednesday and offered apologies to her as well as a congressman's wife after they were ejected from President Bush's State of the Union address for wearing T-shirts with war messages.


Boycott EXXON and Join Global Exchange in Protesting Exorbitant Oil Company Profits!

They’ve got to be kidding! Gas prices are soaring, home heating costs are skyrocketing, former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay is about to go on trial for one of the biggest energy industry scandals in history, and now comes the news that EXXON EARNED A WHOPPING $36 BILLION IN 2005, breaking all records for net income by any US company!

Congresswoman Waters Responds to the President's Comments on Iraq During the State of the Union Address

Contact: Mikael Moore (202) 225-2201

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) responded to the statements the President made on Iraq during his 2006 State of the Union address.


By Robert C. Koehler, Tribune Media Services

For those impervious to the suffering of others, a dollar figure sometimes helps bring it home. Two honest economists have recently put one on the Iraq war, and in so doing shown a spotlight on the black hole in the center of our future.

14 US House Reps Want Bush Impeach Probe: 17 Total Call for Bush to Resign or Be Impeached

By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News

The number of US House Representatives who have signed on to H. Res 635–supporting a probe looking into the grounds for impeaching Bush–has jumped to fourteen (14), including US Rep. John Conyers who initially sponsored the bill, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

Cheney Deletes Plame-Leak Emails

By Josh Marshall,

One of our readers found this in a brief New York Daily News update on the status of the Scooter Libby prosecution. The meat of the article is about Libby's effort to get prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald to fork over White House documents he got copies of during the investigation.

The ‘I’ word

By San Diego City Beat

In last week’s San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Bay Area’s venerable, rabblerousing alternative weekly, Steven T. Jones reported that “in the wake of the revelation that federal officials have been illegally eavesdropping on American citizens without required warrants—which President George W. Bush not only admitted approving, but promised to continue under his expansive view of executive power—has propelled talk of impeachment into the political mainstream.


By Lee Zaslofsky


To our knowledge, neither Stephen Harper, the new Canadian Prime
Minister, nor any other prominent Conservatives have commented directly

Annexing Khuzestan; battle-plans for Iran

By Mike Whitney

02/01/06 "ich" -- -- In less than 24 hours the Bush administration has won impressive victories on both domestic and foreign policy fronts. At home, the far-right Federalist Society alum, Sam Alito, has overcome the feeble resistance from Democratic senators; ensuring his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Equally astonishing, the administration has coerced both Russia and China into bringing Iran before the United Nations Security Council although (as Mohamed ElBaradei says) “There’s no evidence of a nuclear weapons program.

More Bad News for the Brits

Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches,

Doha, Qatar – Interesting to be writing this while attending the
2ndAl-Jazeera Forum, which is focusing on “Defending Freedom, Defining

The impeachment issue

By San Francisco Bay Guardian

Our article last week on the case for impeachment struck a nerve. It's been picked up all over the blogosphere, cited on some of the key anti-Bush sites like and, and, based on the responses we've been getting, circulated widely by e-mail. That should come as no surprise: Although elected leaders in Washington are still afraid of the I word, out in the rest of the country it's very much in the political vernacular.

W Places Apple On Head, Dares Nation To Shoot it Off

By Tom Gilroy,

If you missed the President's address to the nation last night, here's all you really need to know: he dared us to impeach him.

W basically got up there and said, 'I'm the same incompetent buffoon I was 6 years ago, and I'm staying the course. What're you gonna do about it?' He stared the country down and dared us to acknowledge the miles-long list of crimes and failures trailing behind him like a swatch of toilet paper stuck to the heel of an Alzheimer's patient shuffling out of a public restroom.

Speaking Events


May 8 New Jersey

May 30 NYC here and here

August 27, Chicago


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