We speak with Antonia Juhasz about her new book, "The Bush Agenda: Invading
the World, One Economy at a Time." The book tracks the radical neo-liberal
economic program the Bush administration has tried to impose on Iraq, which
threatens to leave Iraq's economy and oil reserves largely in the hands of
From the Progressive Caucus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Lynn Woolsey (D-California), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Maurice Hinchey (D-New York), and Maxine Waters will be co-chairing a second forum on ending U.S. military operations in Iraq and bringing U.S. troops home, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.
What: Bipartisan Congressional Forum on How to Bring the Troops Home
from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2006, Issue No. 50
April 25, 2006
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By Justin Raimondo, www.antiwar.com
What about this and this is the same? What is different?
These sorts of questions sound like some you might encounter on one of those annoying tests they made you take in school, which are supposed to gauge intelligence but probably wind up measuring only one's aptitude for test-taking. The exercise, at any rate, may prove valuable in helping us understand what the War Party is up to these days.
By Bill Gallagher, http://www.niagarafallsreporter.com
"I'm the decider and I decide what's best." -- President George Bush.
DETROIT -- God save us! This troubled soul must be stopped. President George W. Bush is more frightening every day. Defusing his madness is imperative to save the world from unthinkable suffering, well beyond the misery he has already wrought. The president is bonkers.
By Kevin Zeese, http://democracyrising.us
Unless the Iraqis Force the United States Out, The Evidence Shows the U.S. Isn't Leaving
The message is clear. Indeed, it's gigantic for all Iraqi's, for the entire world to see. A 100 acre compound - ten times the size of the typical U.S. embassy, the size of 80 football fields, six times larger than the UN, the size of Vatican City. The U.S. Embassy Compound, in the middle of Baghdad - the center for U.S. domination of the Middle East and its resources.
ROBERT PARRY, Robrtparry@aol.com,
Parry, a former reporter for The Associated Press and Newsweek, has
written a number of books about Washington politics including, most
recently, "Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to
Iraq." He said today: "The Bush administration is cracking down on leaks
By Paul Rogat Loeb
"I didn't want to die for Nixon," said a man I met recently in a Seattle
park. He'd served on military bases in a half dozen states, then had a car
accident just before being shipped to Vietnam. "The accident was lucky," he
said. "It was a worthless war and I didn't want to go."
I agreed. I admired those who fought in World War II, I said. We owe them
the debt of our freedom. But to die for Nixon's love of power, his fear of
By David Isenberg, www.tompaine.com
David Isenberg is a senior research analyst at the British American Security Information Council, a member of the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, and an adviser to the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center for Defense Information. The views expressed are his own.
Is Iran’s nuclear program really an immediate threat? There is reason to be doubtful. In fact, the entire debate over the prospect of Iran getting nuclear weapons has been unduly alarmist, if not outright hysterical. Recent media reports indicate that the Bush administration has gone beyond mere saber-rattling and is now deep into contingency planning for military strikes against Iran.
If You Don't Shape Up, We're Going to Stop Occupying Your Country, Killing Your People, and Stealing Your Oil
U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D-Mi), Susan Collins (R-Me) And Jack Reed (D-Ri) Hold A News Conference On The Next Steps In Iraq
April 25, 2006
SPEAKERS: U.S. SENATOR CARL LEVIN (D-MI)
U.S. SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME)
U.S. SENATOR JACK REED (D-RI)
LEVIN: Good morning, everybody.
Senator Collins and Senator Reed and I are introducing an amendment today to the pending supplemental appropriations bill which
By Brian Bennett, Time
As criminal gangs run amuck in Iraq, hundreds of girls have gone missing. Are they being sold for sex?
Baghdad - The man on the phone with the 14-year-old Iraqi girl called himself Sa'ad. He was calling long distance from Dubai and telling her wonderful things about the place. He was also about to buy her. Safah, the teenager, was well aware of the impending transaction. In the weeks after she was kidnapped and imprisoned in a dark house in Baghdad's middle-class Karada district, Safah heard her captors haggling with Sa'ad over her price. It was finally settled at $10,000. Staring at a floor strewn with empty whiskey bottles, the orphan listened as Sa'ad described the life awaiting her: a beautiful home, expensive clothes, parties with pop stars. Why, she'd be joining two other very happy teenage Iraqi girls living with Sa'ad in his harem. Safah knew that she was running out of time. A fake passport with her photo and assumed name had already been forged for her. But even if she escaped, she had no family who would take her in. She was even likely to end up in prison. What was she to do?
By Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff, Newsweek
A former colleague says the fired Mary McCarthy 'categorically denies' being the source of the leak on agency renditions.
A former CIA officer who was sacked last week after allegedly confessing to leaking secrets has denied she was the source of a controversial Washington Post story about alleged CIA secret detention operations in Eastern Europe, a friend of the operative told NEWSWEEK.
By Paul Street, http://www.zmag.org
Making historical analogies is often like eating a thin bowl of soup with a fork: you might catch something nutritious if you're lucky but much of the substance gets lost.
The strong analogy that many commentators and authorities routinely make between the American war on Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s and the current United States (U.S.) war on Iraq (March 19, 2003 to ?) is a case in point.
By Jackie Cabasso
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.' "
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.
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.
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.
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):
From georgia10 @ DailyKos.com:
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?
From the Carpetbagger Report:
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.
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,
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
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.