from Undernews - the online report of the Progressive Review, April 14, 2006
CORRESPONDENT SUZAN MAZUR reports that retired US Army Colonel James A. Adkins, currently deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, has called not only for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation but for George Bush's as well. He suggested Rumsfeld's departure in a letter to Chris Matthews last December that adds to the rising tide of military discontent led by six generals who agree Rumsfeld should go. But in a subsequent note to Mazur, Adkins now says, "I am no longer a Republican. Now I think the president needs to go. His failure to hold subordinates accountable now places the blame for his administration's incompetence squarely on his shoulders."
by Mary MacElveen
Baltimore Service Center and Administrative Offices:
Federal Building, Room 110
31 Hopkins Plaza
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-333-4428 / 800-446-4926
To Colonel James A. Adkins US Army Retired, April 15, 2006
I want to commend you as I read your comments concerning Pres. Bush: "I am no longer a Republican. Now I think the president needs to go. His failure to hold subordinates accountable now places the blame for his administration's incompetence squarely on his shoulders."
By David Swanson
An AP article on Tuesday begins: "President Bush bats away talk of bombing Iran's disputed nuclear sites as 'wild speculation.' But plodding diplomacy hasn't borne fruit so far, and the administration is facing a hard truth: There may be no way to stop Iran from getting the bomb."
Here we have encapsulated the most warmongering position to be found in the U.S. media. The reporter who wrote this, Anne Gearan, believes that Bush is lying when he says that talk of attacking Iran is wild speculation, because in reality, she tells us, his administration is considering just that. But the fact that Bush is lying is not worth mentioning. Rather, it is important to praise him for "facing" the possibility of war.
By Mike Whitney, http://www.opednews.com
Here we go again.
It’s easy to get confused about developments in Iran because the media does everything in its power to obfuscate the facts and then spin the details in way that advances American policy objectives. But, let’s be clear; the Security Council did NOT order Iran to stop enriching uranium. It may not even be in their power to do so since enrichment is guaranteed under the NPT (Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty). For the Security Council to forbid Iran to continue with enrichment activities would be tantamount to repealing the treaty itself. They didn’t do that.
UFPJ and PDA Training and Lobby Days in Washington
Here's a chance to organize, train, and lobby against war and for impeachment. United for Peace and Justice, and Progressive Democrats of America have teamed up and organized a series of activities in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 21, and 22. That's a weekend full of training both to lobby Congress and to organize back home, and a Monday of lobbying Congress face-to-face.
This is the third installment of my interview with Larisa Alexandrovna, Managing Editor of Raw Story.
In the first installment, All Roads Lead to Iran, we discussed the criminal & corporate power factions - both inside and outside of governments that led to the Iraq invasion, and are angling toward Iran, amongst other things.
In the second installment, All Roads Lead to Iran, Again, we discussed Brewster Jennings and Valerie Plame, Brewster Jennings and Sibel Edmonds, the 911 cover-up, and the corruption of Dennis Hastert.
By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | www.truthout.org
Eleven days before President Bush's January 28, 2003, State of the Union address in which he said that the US learned from British intelligence that Iraq had attempted to acquire uranium from Africa - an explosive claim that helped pave the way to war - the State Department told the CIA that the intelligence the uranium claims were based upon were forgeries, according to a newly declassified State Department memo.
The Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party Presents:
Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate & Action
WHAT: “As California goes, so goes the nation.” With growing numbers of Americans calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, our state is presented with an historic opportunity to lead the charge. Recognizing the importance of this discussion, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party and its co-sponsors are pleased to host the forum: “Impeachment: Dialogue, Debate, and Action.”
On the road from Baghdad Airport one year ago yesterday, Marla Ruzicka and her colleague Faiz Ali Salim were killed by a suicide bomber while advocating on behalf of victims of war. Today we reflect on their powerful voices for compassion and remember all civilians killed or injured in conflict.
To mark this anniversary, we are launching a new website as well as a week-long advocacy campaign to raise awareness about the human cost of war.
JUSTICE THROUGH MUSIC LAUNCHES 'HARMONY VIDS!' - A CAMPAIGN AND CONTEST FOR THE BEST PROTEST MUSIC VIDEOS
On April 17, 2006, Justice Through Music, www.jtmp.org, a non-profit that works with famous bands to inspire people to support civil rights, will launch a new campaign to called 'Harmony Vids!' to motivate artists, bands, filmmakers, and others to create a whole series of new protest videos. JTM is looking for videos that make a cultural statement, have staying power, and will result in a change in consciousness.
IPS & Foreign Policy In Focus are pleased to invite you to a book talk:
The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time
with Antonia Juhasz
Thursday April 27
at IPS, 1112 16th St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC
"Antonia Juhasz deftly explains the cutthroat, no holds barred pro-corporate machinations of the Bush regime in this excellent book. She breaks down complex issues, exposes back room deals, and gives readers the information they need to speak truth to power."
Can the "Harvard Paper" Stop a War?
Monday April 24th
6:30-6:45 Meet and Greet 6:45-8:30 Forum (will start on time)
West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th Street, at L Street near Foggy
Bottom Metro, in the large second floor meeting room (steps at left back
A new academic working paper, THE ISRAEL LOBBY AND US FOREIGN POLICY,
has caused quite a stir not only in academia, but in
"The Issue is Not Whether the Military Option Would Be Used But Who Approved the Start of Operations Already"
Retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner says a military operation has already begun inside Iran. Gardiner says, "It's a very serious question about the constitutional framework under which we are now conducting military operations in Iran." We also speak with Gardiner about what he calls the "unprecedented" revolt against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld within the military. [includes rush transcript]
Barbara Cummings, an activist currently in Crawford, Texas, reports that one of the friendlier local police officers there has been offered $180,000 by the Department of Defense to go to Afghanistan for a year (though presumably there won't be anything in writing that will prevent sending him to Iraq).
Times Argus, VT, http://www.timesargus.com
On Saturday, April 8, I attended the special State Democratic Committee Meeting that was called to decide on the resolution to impeach President George W. Bush. I had the opportunity to speak before the state delegates and a number of onlookers and reporters in the packed room at the Randolph Elementary School.
Like the Caledonia County Democratic Meeting two days earlier, there was much thoughtful debate and a similar conclusion was reached.
For those who think that Iraq is the worst that can happen in the region, wait till Iran retaliates against possible air strikes by Israel or the U.S. Wait till the Jewish state and America decide in return to launch an unprecedented retaliatory attack, inflicting an unexpected extent of damage upon the entire Middle East.
However, some experts expect that the current U.S.-Iran standoff over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program to end with a diplomatic settlement, given the struggle the U.S. Army is facing in post- Iraq war.
Beaver County Times & Allegheny Times, PA
Top-ranking, retired officers come to the aid of troops in Iraq
Reinforcements are arriving to rescue America's fighting men and women from the destructive policies of the Bush administration.
In recent days, several high-ranking retired generals have called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld because of the way in which he has mishandled the occupation of Iraq.
From Cindy Sheehan:
Just got off the phone with a person.
Got some intel from a person that does contracting at Travis, AFB near Vacaville.
They have some special stuff going on there because George is flying into there Friday.
This contractor says that he heard that all the Charlie companies will be deployed to Kuwait in September to go into Iran.
Just before the elections.
That's all I know, but we are working on getting more info.
By Sue Ruggles
Milwaukee turned out in great numbers for the March 18 March and Rally against the war. The main slogan was "U.S. Out of Iraq Now -- Three Years of War is Enough!" The media estimated 850 people -- but organizers put it closer to 1000. We had almost 50 in the labor contingent, led by David Newby, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. SEIU Local 1 and AFT Local 212 were well represented, along with AFSCME, Steelworkers, and others. More union people joined us at the rally site -- nearly 100 altogether -- wearing union jackets and buttons, and holding signs. The Local 212 banner was right up in front, along with another one that said Milwaukee Labor Against the War.
Springfield, MA, March 10, 2006--Rev. Lennox Yearwood, a Washington, DC-based social and anti-war activist, will be the keynote speaker at a Town Hall Meeting here on Saturday, March 18, that is part of a series of events to mark the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.
Rev. Yearwood is the head of the Hip-Hop Caucus, a coalition of national groups doing youth outreach, and has received national recognition for his efforts on behalf of those left homeless by the Gulf Coast disaster. On Feb. 6, he presented testimony outside the Capitol in Washington from still-homeless victims who were being evicted from hotels in the New Orleans area. The event, dubbed "The Katrina Summit," led to a postponement of some evictions.
By Danny Schechter, http://www.opednews.com
"Violence is as American as Cherry Pie." -- H.Rap Brown
NEW YORK, March 13, 2006 — As the "Sopranos" return to the airwaves for a new season, the likeable Lorraine Bracco, who plays show shrink Dr.
Melfi, was on the Colbert report suggesting that the HBO drama has one social value, it shows violence as it really functions in our culture.
Odd, isn't it, that we have to turn to fiction to be confronted with reality. What does that say about how well the news we consume on TV every day serves us?
Join U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Dr. Joseph Lowery, and U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney at the SOUTHERN REGIONAL MARCH for PEACE IN IRAQ and JUSTICE AT HOME
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2006
a date linking the 3rd anniversary of the war, March 20, with the 38th anniversary of Dr. King’s death, April 4
Gather at the King Center on Auburn Avenue at 12 noon
March step-off at 1 pm; Rally at Piedmont Park 2 – 4 pm
NYTimes Op-Ed By TANYA BIANK, Alexandria, Va.
HERE'S a message from the military home front: Our volunteers are tired and need hired help. While husbands (the United States military is 85 percent male) crisscross the ocean for second, third and even fourth tours in Iraq, military wives (the overwhelming majority of volunteers are wives) are burdened not only with running households, caring for children and holding down jobs, but also with assisting families of deployed soldiers.
Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by TomPaine.com
by Tom Porteous
Make no mistake. The current posture and policy of the United States are leading inexorably towards a military showdown with Iran that could have profoundly negative consequences for Iran, for the region and for the United States.
For all the studied vagueness and ambiguity of senior United States and European officials, for all the talk of a long diplomatic process, of economic sanctions and political isolation, at the end of this road lies the opening of another front in America's "Long War."
Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by The Nation
by John Nichols
U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will ask the Senate today to officially censure President Bush for breaking the law by authorizing an illegal wiretapping program, and for misleading Congress and the American people about the existence and legality of that program.
If the Wisconsin Democrat's move were to succeed, Bush would be the first president in 172 years to be so condemned by Congress.
Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by Knight Ridder
By Matthew Schofield
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Senior Iraqi officials Sunday confirmed for the first time that death squads composed of government employees had operated illegally from inside two government ministries.
"The deaths squads that we have captured are in the defense and interior ministries," Minister of Interior Bayan Jabr said during a joint news conference with the Minister of Defense. "There are people who have infiltrated the army and the interior."
Published on Monday, March 13, 2006 by the Independent / UK
By Robert Verkaik
British businesses have profited by at least £1.1bn since coalition forces toppled Saddam Hussein three years ago, the first comprehensive investigation into UK corporate investment in Iraq has found.
The company roll-call of post-war profiteers includes some of the best known names in Britain's boardrooms as well many who would prefer to remain anonymous. They come from private security services, banks, PR consultancies, urban planning consortiums, oil companies, architects offices and energy advisory bodies.
By Larry C. Johnson
Is there a civil war in Iraq? Let's imagine that the events, which happened on Sunday, March 12, 2006 in and around Baghdad, occur tomorrow in and around New York City. The only thing I've changed are the place names. The events are real. Would we put up for a minute with President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld idly dismissing this events as mere sectarian strife?