Bushism as Greek Drama: "Hubris" and "Tragic Flaws"

By Bernard Weiner, Co-Editor
The Crisis Papers, http://www.crisispapers.org

The world of theatre that I've swum in for decades as a drama critic provides a useful prism through which to view today's political events and players.

This is especially true when thinking about drama from ancient Greece and Europe's Renaissance. Those periods remind us how often human tragedy repeats itself over the centuries. (Which is why many modern directors return so often to the wisdom of these ancient plays, often staging them with contemporary conceits so as to make the connections overt for their audiences.)

Final Resolution of the Madrid International Seminar on the Assassination of Iraqi Academics and Health Professionals


22-23 April 2006

This weekend participants from 8 countries — including Iraq — met in Madrid, along with active committees working within the framework of the conclusions of the World Tribunal on Iraq and participants from Spanish universities, to discuss and hear firsthand the plight of Iraqi academics and medical professionals who struggle to live amid constant threats, physical violence, kidnappings and the operation of death squads.

US illegality in Iraq: Where is the limit?


The United States-led occupation continues to demolish humanitarian law with impunity in Iraq

Occupying powers have bred a culture of insecurity that destroys the lives of ordinary Iraqis

International institutions, monitoring bodies and parliaments must act or risk irrelevance

Three years have passed since the United States launched an illegal war of aggression on the sovereign Republic of Iraq. Neither were weapons of mass destruction found nor democracy or human rights advanced. Within one month, Iraqis will enter their fourth year as a people under occupation, ruled by a puppet regime that sanctions death squads and torture.

VIDEO - 60 Minutes Exposes Bush's Pre-War WMD Lies

Better late than never, CBS News' 60 Minutes details how the Bush inner-circle misused dubious intelligence to convince the American people to back a preemptive war on Iraq.

Ed Bradley interviews Tyler Drumheller, a retired CIA official who saw first-hand evidence of how the Bush team used selective (and discredited) intelligence to support war plans which had already been set.

This 13 minute video is the complete broadcast from Sunday night's addition of 60 minutes...

7 Car Bombs Explode in Baghdad, Killing 6

By Thomas Wagner, Associated Press

Baghdad, Iraq - Seven car bombs exploded across the capital Monday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens, as politicians met to try to finalize a new Cabinet. Police discovered the bodies of 20 Iraqis - apparent victims of sectarian killings the United States hopes the new government can end.

Three roadside bombs, five drive-by shootings and a mortar round killed 12 Iraqis in Baghdad and elsewhere, police said.

Bush's Thousand Days

By Arthur Schlesinger Jr., The Washington Post

The Hundred Days is indelibly associated with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the Thousand Days with John F. Kennedy. But as of this week, a thousand days remain of President Bush's last term - days filled with ominous preparations for and dark rumors of a preventive war against Iran.

The issue of preventive war as a presidential prerogative is hardly new. In February 1848 Rep. Abraham Lincoln explained his opposition to the Mexican War: "Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure [emphasis added]. . . . If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us'; but he will say to you, 'Be silent; I see it, if you don't.' "

New Plans Foresee Fighting Terrorism Beyond War Zones

By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post

Pentagon to rely on special operations.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has approved the military's most ambitious plan yet to fight terrorism around the world and retaliate more rapidly and decisively in the case of another major terrorist attack on the United States, according to defense officials.

The long-awaited campaign plan for the global war on terrorism, as well as two subordinate plans also approved within the past month by Rumsfeld, are considered the Pentagon's highest priority, according to officials familiar with the three documents who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about them publicly.

Inspectors Find More Torture at Iraqi Jails

By Ellen Knickmeyer, The Washington Post

US pledge to protect prisoners 'not being followed.'

Baghdad - Last Nov. 13, U.S. soldiers found 173 incarcerated men, some of them emaciated and showing signs of torture, in a secret bunker in an Interior Ministry compound in central Baghdad. The soldiers immediately transferred the men to a separate detention facility to protect them from further abuse, the U.S. military reported.

Mary McCarthy's Choice

By Ray McGovern, www.tompaine.com

Ray McGovern writes for Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC. A 27-year veteran of the CIA, he is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

As a 27-year-veteran of the CIA, I have one overwhelming reaction to the news that senior intelligence analyst Mary McCarthy has been fired for leaking information to the press on CIA’s network of secret prisons abroad: She must have seen no alternative to stop the abuses.

Karpinski on Radio

From James Morris

General Janis Karpinski (of Abu Ghraib) had an excellent program on the Republic Broadcasting Network (via the live link at http://www.rbnlive.com and the following archive URL - click on the link shown for the second hour of the April 22nd, 2006 show as she discussed how we went to war for Israel and how the MEK terrorist group is being used for the coming attack on Iran):

Phase II Intelligence "Investigation" Manipulated, Again

From georgia10 @ DailyKos.com:

Phase II Intelligence "Investigation" Manipulated, Again

Republican Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Cover-Up Committee Roberts has been so diligent and successful in covering up the administration's lies for political gain, I see a Medal of Freedom for him in the future, don't you?

Pat Roberts' Coverup Continues

From the Carpetbagger Report:

Pat Roberts' perfect timing

Less than 48 hours ago, Tyler Drumheller, the former highest ranking CIA officer in Europe, explained that intelligence officials told the White House that Iraq had no WMD and had the kind of blockbuster, inside-source imaginable to confirm this. The Bush gang blew him off and went to war.

Where to Protest Peacefully

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS participates in a briefing on the
War of Terror at 11:30 AM. [White House Press Release]

NEW* BUSH in Washington, DC: POTUS meets with members of the Senate at
3:25 PM. [White House Press Release]

NEW* GIULIANI in McLean, VA: Rudy Giuliani addresses the Washington,
D.C.-area legal community in McLean, VA at 12:45 PM. [The Note,
ABCNews.com, 04/25/06]


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) is calling on Members of Congress and the President to work together to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.

What: Congressional Forum on How to Bring the Troops Home

When: Thursday, April 27, 2006
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET

Where: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Question from Republican Poll to the 32 Percent of Americans Who Believe in George Bush and Flying Saucers

3.) If the Democrats win control of the Congress in 2006, what is the one thing you would be most worried would happen?
Democrats will try to censure or impeach President Bush
Democrat would raise your taxes
Democrats would cut and run from the central front in the War on Terror
Democrats would sell out American values to Hollywood liberals
Democrats would impose government-run health care

US Troops Will Stay in Iraq for at Least 10 Years

US forces planning for the long haul in Iraq

The US armed forces are planning to stay in Iraq for at least a decade, a media report claimed on Monday, quoting military strategists.

A report in Newsweek said that the 38 square kilometres mini-city and airport Balad was the evidence that American forces were preparing for the long haul.

Kevin Zeese: “Hawkish Israeli Lobby Wants War with Iran!”

Baltimore's Indy Media Center
by William Hughes


“So likewise ‘a passionate attachment’ of one nation for another produces a variety of evils...” - George Washington’s “Farewell Address,” September 19, 1796

Washington, D.C. - Kevin Zeese was the first speaker at a public forum held on Monday evening, April 24, 2006, at the West End Neighborhood Library, near the community of Georgetown. The topic for the event was, “Is the Israel Lobby Promoting War on Iran?” He said the question of whether the hawkish, hard-right, pro-Israeli Lobby in America wants to see war with Iran “gets answered in an ad which was in the New York Times, the Financial Times, and other newspapers. It’s a full page ad by the American Jewish Committee, put out on April 4th. The center of the bull’s eye is Iran and the headline is: ‘Can Anyone Within Range of Iran’s Missiles Feel Safe?’ I think that’s a pretty inflammatory ad. It’s signed by more than a hundred people...I think it’s a pretty strong indication of where the Lobby stands. That isn’t the only proof we have that the hawkish Israeli Lobby wants to go to war.”

In Defence of Unnamed Sources

By Michael Smith

The sacking of a veteran CIA officer for having links with the press has added yet more worrying heat to an issue that I blogged on earlier this year. I was tempted to write on this at the weekend when the sacking was first reported but was concerned that there was insufficient evidence linking the sacked officer to the alleged offence. Mary McCarthy was alleged to have been the source for a story written by Dana Priest of the Washington Post on CIA secret prisons across Europe, an allegation she has now denied. READ MORE

States Start Impeachment

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2006

State Legislators in 2 States Introduce Impeachment Resolutions - More States Expected Soon

State legislators in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Illinois and California have introduced resolutions (details below) to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

The Jefferson Manual of rules for the U.S. House of Representatives allows state legislatures to initiate impeachment proceedings by submitting charges to Congress.

Vermont Legislators to Introduce '603' Impeachment Resolution This Week


by: odum

Following the action of legislators in California and Illinois - which in turn followed the grassroots activism of Vermonters - legislation calling for the impeachment of George Bush under Section 603 of the Jefferson Manual will be introduced to the Vermont State Legislature Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.

As first reported in this diary and this one at Green Mountain Daily, and subsequently picked up by The Nation and others, Rep. David Zuckerman (P-Burlington) has retrofitted his previous call for impeachment with the language of the "Rutland Resolution." Current co-sponsors include Represenetatives Steve Green, George Cross, Daryl Pillsbury, Kathy Pellett, Dexter Randall, Michael Fisher, Jim McCullough, Winston Dowland, Ann Seibert and Chris Pearson, making it a true bipartisan (Progressive and Democrat) action. It is no small step for these Dems to buck the wishes of leadership to avoid the issue, and reportedly is at least in some way a reflection of frustration at the quiet abandonment of some progressive legislation such as Instant Runoff Voting and the study on the Iraq debacle's effect on the VT National Guard.

Rock Out Bush: Nonprofit Launches Music Video Contest to Ignite Anti-War Sentiment

By John Byrne, www.rawstory.com

An alternative rock band is joining with a music-oriented nonprofit in an attempt to rally anti-war sentiment through music videos, RAW STORY has learned.

Justice Through Music, a national group that uses music to catalyze youth interest in U.S. politics, has announced a contest in which entrants are asked to submit music videos to accompany an anti-war song written by the indy rock band Op-Critical. The group hopes to stir up anti-war sentiment using music.

Resolution to push Bush impeachment

Chicago Sun-Times

BY TRACY SWARTZ Sun-Times Springfield Bureau

SPRINGFIELD -- Leave it to the Democratic-controlled state Legislature to find an obscure way to attempt to oust President Bush.

State Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood) has sponsored a resolution calling on the General Assembly to submit charges to the U.S. House so its lawmakers could begin impeachment proceedings.

Pacifica Radio to Air Congressional Iraq Forum Live

By David Swanson

I'll be co-hosting with Verna Avery-Brown of Pacifica Radio a live broadcast on Pacifica from 8:30-11 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 27, of a forum on Capitol Hill hosted by Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee.

The forum will take place in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (with an overflow room planned for anyone wanting to attend who can't fit in). The two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are continuing to do what the "leadership" of both parties does not, respond to the demands of the majority of Americans, who disapprove of current policy.

Bush's approval ratings slide to new low

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush's approval ratings have sunk to a personal low, with only a third of Americans saying they approve of the way he is handling his job, a national poll released Monday said.

In the telephone poll of 1,012 adult Americans carried out Friday through Sunday by Opinion Research Corporation for CNN, 32 percent of respondents said they approve of Bush's performance, 60 percent said they disapprove and 8 percent said they do not know.

State Legislators in 2 States Introduce Impeachment Resolutions - More States Expected Soon

State legislators in Illinois and California have introduced resolutions (details below) to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

The Jefferson Manual of rules for the U.S. House of Representatives allows state legislatures to initiate impeachment proceedings by submitting charges to Congress.

In Vermont, Representative David Zuckerman plans to introduce a similar resolution this week. In Pennsylvania, State Senator Jim Ferlo is collecting signatures on petitions calling for Congress to launch an impeachment inquiry.

You Choose

You Choose

posted on dailykos.com by Dood Abides

My Dinner with Feingold

By Brad Freidman

(Okay, it was lunch, but the title didn't scan as well that way)

I Get a Chance to Talk to the Senator about [CENSURE and] Democrats in FOXholes and about our Electoral System Mess...

URL: http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002724.htm

UK Foreign Office Lawyers Warn: Support for Bush Military Action Would Be Illegal

Published on Sunday, April 23, 2006 by the Sunday Herald (Scotland)
Iran Split
UK Foreign Office Lawyers Warn: Support for Bush Military Action Would Be Illegal
Army Warns: We're Too Stretched to Cope With Any More Military Action

by Westminster Editor James Cusick and Neil Mackay

Foreign Office lawyers have formally advised Jack Straw that it would be illegal under international law for Britain to support any US-led military action against Iran.

Peace Activists Acquitted in Federal Court of Protesting Against Iraq War

Contact: Paul Kawika Martin of Peace Action Education Fund, 301-565-4050 ext. 316, 951-217-7285 (cell), pmartin@peace-action.org

WASHINGTON, April 23 /U.S. Newswire/ -- On April 19, four defendants, arrested at the White House while protesting the Iraq war by engaging in a die-in on Oct. 26, 2005, had their charges dismissed in federal court in Washington, D.C. Judge Deborah Robinson ruled in favor of the defense motion for a judgment of acquittal and stated that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against Gary Ashbeck and Lynn Robinson, from Baltimore, and Paul Kawika Martin and Eve Tetaz, from Washington, D.C.

If Past Is Prologue, George Bush Is Becoming An Increasingly Dangerous President


President George W. Bush's presidency is a disaster - one that's still unfolding. In a mid-2004 column, I argued that, at that point, Bush had already demonstrated that he possessed the least attractive and most troubling traits among those that political scientist James Dave Barber has cataloged in his study of Presidents' personality types.

Now, in early 2006, Bush has continued to sink lower in his public approval ratings, as the result of a series of events that have sapped the public of confidence in its President, and for which he is directly responsible. This Administration goes through scandals like a compulsive eater does candy bars; the wrapper is barely off one before we've moved on to another.

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.




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