Cost of Iraq war between one and two *trillion* dollars

From an article in The Guardian:

The real cost to America of the Iraq war is likely to be between $1 trillion and $2 trillion, up to 10 times more than previously thought, according to a report written by Nobel prize-winning economist and a Harvard budget expert Joseph Stiglitz.

The study, which expands on traditional estimates by including such costs as lifetime disability and healthcare for troops injured in the conflict as well as the impact on the American economy, concludes that the U.S. Government is continuing to underestimate the cost of the war....

Belafonte Calls Bush 'Greatest Terrorist'

By IAN JAMES, Associated Press Writer

The American singer and activist Harry Belafonte called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world" on Sunday and said millions of Americans support the socialist revolution of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

Attack on Iraq Interior Ministry Kills 21

By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents exploded a suicide car bomb and launched two mortar shells at Iraq's Interior Ministry during National Police Day celebrations Monday, killing 21 people and injuring 24, police said.

Troops suffer deadly weekend

By Dogen Hannah
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in northern Iraq, killing all 12 people aboard, and five Marines were killed in western Iraq, the U.S. military announced Sunday.

Madison Group Wants To Impeach President George W. Bush

Urging Citizens To Rise Up And Take Action

MADISON, Wis. -- A group of Madison citizens wants to impeach President George W. Bush.

More than 300 people packed the Labor Temple Saturday afternoon to discuss weapons of mass destruction, wiretapping and the war in Iraq.

'Out of Iraq' Forum with Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Confirmed Speakers:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters,
Tom Hayden,
Jeff Key (Iraq Veterans Against the War),
Erin Sikorsky-Stewart (State Political Director, California Peace Action)
More speakers TBA

Photos from Anaheim Town Hall Forum

Submitted by Ruth

Sacramento Out of Iraq Event Photos

Includes Cindy Sheehan, Sean Penn, Norman Solomon:

Military Families

From a friend of Cindy Sheehan's

**WARNING** FYI.....This is pretty graphic.....

I was thrilled yesterday to wake to an email from Micah. The last
correspondence I had from him was the email on Dec. 26. Then 2 guys in his

Sens. Kennedy, Feingold Keep Bush Impeachment on Table

By Matthew Cardinale, Atlanta Progressive News

US Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), US Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), and US Rep. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), did not preclude the possibility of Bush’s impeachment, when asked about the topic in interviews this weekend.


From: International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration



Mfume: War in Iraq Teaches Key Lesson at Home – We Need to Get Out

Date: Sunday, January 08, 2006
By: Kweisi Mfume, Special to

The war in Iraq remains a grave political tragedy that has little if anything to do with finding the perpetrators of the 9-11 attacks on this nation. Thousands of troops and billions of dollars have been committed to fight a war that was based at best on questionable premises and misleading statements. Twice in the last six months, I stood with other concerned Americans in protest of the ongoing war in Iraq and in support of families whose sons and daughters have been killed and severely wounded there and in Afghanistan.

Report from tidewater Virginia Out of Iraq Event

Our event was a wonderful success. Of coures, no mainstream corporate press covered it, but our indymedia were there in force. Forty folks attended, and we all went over to our local activists' hangout, the Five Points Farm Market, for a reception with Congressman Bobby Scott, and that lasted almost another 2 hours.

Report from Colorado Out of Iraq Event

On January 7 The Central Colorado Coaltion on the Iraq War, based in Salida, CO, sponsored a Town Hall Meeting and Debate on the Iraq War along with 163 other town hall forums across the country. The meeting was held at the Senior Citizens Center with a capacity of 155 and filled to the walls.

Anti-war activists keep up the fight

Dissent of military action in Iraq encouraged at forum

MORRIS TWP. -- A panel of five peace activists who oppose the war in Iraq urged fellow anti-war activists to stay unwavering and vocal in their dissent during a forum held Saturday at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.

The NSA Spy Engine: Echelon

By Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t |

A clandestine National Security Agency spy program code-named Echelon was likely responsible for tapping into the emails, telephone calls and facsimiles of thousands of average American citizens over the past four years in its effort to identify people suspected of communicating with al-Qaeda terrorists, according to half-a-dozen current and former intelligence officials from the NSA and FBI.

Impeach Blair over Iraq: UK general

Impeach Blair over Iraq: UK general
From correspondents in London
The Australian
January 08, 2006

A LEADING British Army officer believes Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for his role in the war in Iraq, the Mail on Sunday reported.

New Book "State of War" by NY Times' James Risen Gives Vital Background to Downing Street Memo

By Jonathan Schwarz

The relevant excerpts from State of War appear at the bottom of this post

After the Downing Street Memo was leaked last May, the U.S. and U.K. governments were eventually forced to admit it was genuine. However, they never revealed any background to the memo—most importantly, who did Richard Dearlove, head of British intelligence, meet with in Washington just before the July 23, 2002 high-level U.K. government meeting the memo memorialized? This would go a long way to answering why Dearlove believed "Military action was now seen as inevitable" and "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."

State of War, the just-released book by New York Times reporter James Risen, sheds important new light on these issues.

Scandal of Force-Fed Prisoners

Published on Sunday, January 8, 2006 by the Observer/UK
Hunger Strikers are Tied Down and Fed Through Nasal Tubes, Admits Guantánamo Bay Doctor
By David Rose

New details have emerged of how the growing number of prisoners on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay are being tied down and force-fed through tubes pushed down their nasal passages into their stomachs to keep them alive.

Tacoma Talks Impeachment

By Jeff Richardson, Education Director, America in Solidarity

Our event in Tacoma, Washington, was totally awesome!

We had over three hundred people in this beautiful church, First United
Methodist on MLK Jr Way, great sound system, lots of enthusiasm, folks

Santa Barbara Event Makes the News

Peace activists hit the street

About 40 opponents of the war in Iraq rallied Saturday afternoon on State Street as part of a national "Out of Iraq" day of events.

Blair Should Be Impeached Over Iraq War: UK General

LONDON, January 8, 2006 ( & News Agencies) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for his role in the Iraq war, a leading British Army officer was quoted as saying by Britain's the Mail on Sunday.

How Blair was Bush-ed into Iraq war

By Deccan Herald, India

A documentary drama produced by a British TV channel, to be screened on Monday, has apparently revealed how British Prime Minister Tony Blair had yielded to US President George Bush’s wish that the UK should join its “war on terror

PDA's Report on Jan 7th Events

Working together, PDA organized over 150 “Out of Iraq

Sacramento's Out Of Iraq Forum Rocks The Capital City

By Nancy Tronaas, California PDA Activist

Author and media critic Norman Solomon, mother/activist Cindy Sheehan, and actor Sean Penn.
Photo by Bill Lackemacher IV


The Westerly Sun, RI
By Emily Dupuis - The Sun Staff

WESTERLY - On her son's birthday, Stephany Kern liked to tell him how she went into labor during a snowstorm and how, in the rush to get to the hospital, his father put both legs into one pant leg.

US Military Helicopter Crashes in Iraq

By VOA News

A U.S. military helicopter believed to be carrying 12 Americans has crashed in northern Iraq, killing everyone on board.

The U.S. military says the Blackhawk helicopter crashed east of Tal Afar in a sparsely populated area. It says the crash is under investigation. Military personnel found the crash site Sunday - about 12 hours after losing communication with the helicopter.

Domestic spying issue likely to dominate politics in 2006

BY DICK POLMAN, Knight Ridder Newspapers

PHILADELPHIA - One week into the new year, we are already mired in an acrimonious debate over whether George W. Bush - who vows to continue his warrantless domestic spying program - is crafting an imperial presidency unfettered by constitutional checks and balances or is restoring broad powers that he sees in the plain language in the Constitution.

Antiwar rally reflects changing attitudes

BY Hilary Kindschuh, Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska

People driving by an anti-war protest in Lincoln Saturday showed both support and disagreement by sticking their fingers out the window.

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