Asterisks Dot Washington Post Article on Asterisk-Dotted White House Iraq Argument

Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument
By Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, November 12, 2005; A01

President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.

Neither assertion is wholly accurate. [*in fact, both are lies]

The administration's overarching point is true: Intelligence agencies overwhelmingly believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and very few members of Congress from either party were skeptical about this belief before the war began in 2003. [*Bushit! Most nations' "intelligence" agencies rejected these claims, as did the U.N., as did the majority of the Democrats in Congress.]

San Francisco Says "No" to Military Recruiters

By Kristin Anderson

On November 8th the citizens of San Francisco joined the growing counter recruitment movement. 59% of voters expressed the opinion that military recruiters should not be allowed in public schools.

According to Todd Chretien, the author of the College Not Combat proposition known as Prop I, the reasons for initiating this campaign were simple. "After seeing CAN activists protest military recruiters at Seattle Central Community College, City College of New York and San Francisco State University, we knew that the tide was turning against the war. When each campus administration called the police on student activists, we decided that a good way to demonstrate the popular support for the students was to give the people of San Francisco the chance to tell the world what they thought of military recruiters by voting for Proposition I."

Littwin: The long road toward the elusive truth

By Mike Littwin, Rocky Mountain News

This was George W. Bush's I-am-not- a-liar speech.

It was actually his I-am-not-a-liar- but-believe-me-when-I-tell-you-that- the-Democrats-are speech.

He was at least partly right. When he says that many Democrats who are now changing their minds on the war in Iraq are hypocrites, who can argue?

You can argue with the timing. I mean, it was Veterans Day, after all, and you'd think the president's speech would be about honoring the dead - and not about trying to re-establish his own honor.

Howard Zinn: Don't Despair about the Supreme Court

It's Not up to the Court
By Howard Zinn
http://progressive.org

John Roberts sailed through his confirmation hearings as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with enthusiastic Republican support, and a few weak mutterings of opposition by the Democrats. Then, after the far right deemed Harriet Miers insufficiently doctrinaire, Bush nominated arch conservative Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. This has caused a certain consternation among people we affectionately term "the left."

I can understand that sinking feeling. Even listening to pieces of Roberts's confirmation hearings was enough to induce despair: the joking with the candidate, the obvious signs that, whether Democrats or Republicans, these are all members of the same exclusive club. Roberts's proper "credentials," his "nice guy" demeanor, his insistence to the Judiciary Committee that he is not an "ideologue" (can you imagine anyone, even Robert Bork or Dick Cheney, admitting that he is an "ideologue"?) were clearly more important than his views on equality, justice, the rights of defendants, the war powers of the President.

Radio Today

Catch Iraq war vet John Bruhns on the air at 12:35 p.m. EST on 90.3 FM in Boston and
Internet streams from http://www.wzbc.org/index.html and others at
http://zbconline.com/ today.

And catch After Downing Street Co-Founder David Swanson on KPFA with Kris Welch from 9:30 - 10 a.m. PT today in the Bay Area or at http://www.kpfa.org

Letter of Resignation

By Ken Sanders
http://www.opednews.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I hereby resign my position as a silent accomplice to your perpetration of and involvement in bullying, rape, and murder. I will no longer sit dumbly by while you, purporting to be my government, fabricate and manipulate evidence in order to engage in illegal wars of aggression. I refuse to any longer tacitly support your policies of torture, abuse, extraordinary rendition, and "disappearing." I resign from aiding and abetting your hypocritical regime that preaches democracy abroad while subverting it at home.

I've had enough. Enough of ignoring that intelligence was fixed around policy, rather than the other way around. Enough of your fifteen-year-old policy of regime change, justified by fabricated fears of weapons of mass destruction, weapons you knew were destroyed long ago. Enough of your deliberate smearing and denigration of individuals and international bodies who dared challenge the lies and disinformation tarted up as truth. Enough of your representatives who, not wanting to appear unpatriotic, and more concerned with job security than principles, authorized a dim-witted megalomaniac to use whatever means necessary to finish a job his daddy was unwilling to complete.

Sacramento Demonstrates Against War Profiteering Hotel

By Gary Zimmerman

Sacramento – Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, starting at 10:15 a.m. about 50
demonstrators picketed against war profiteering at The Radisson Hotel,
500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. Veterans for Peace and Military Families
Speak Out organized the event. The organizers announced that this is the
beginning of a campaign to publicize war profiteers -- businesses and
individuals who profit from the war in Iraq.

See photo album.

The Radisson profits from housing young recruits during their processing
at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) located nearby. The

Libby Testimony Is Key To Rove Inquiry

Libby Testimony Is Key To Rove Inquiry
By Murray Waas, special to National Journal
© National Journal Group Inc.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005
LINK TO ORIGINAL

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald delayed a decision on whether to seek criminal charges against Karl Rove in large part because he wants to determine whether Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, can provide information on Rove's role in the CIA leak case, according to attorneys involved in the investigation.

Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument

Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument
By Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, November 12, 2005; Page A01
LINK TO ORIGINAL

President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.

Neither assertion is wholly accurate.

Poll: Most Americans Say Bush Not Honest

Poll: Most Americans Say Bush Not Honest
By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer, Yahoo News
20 minutes ago
LINK TO ORIGINAL

WASHINGTON - Two crucial pillars of President Bush's public support — perceptions of his honesty and faith in his ability to fight terrorism — have slipped to their lowest point in the AP-Ipsos poll.

While the CIA leak investigation, the mishandling of Hurricane Katrina and high energy costs have all taken their toll, the polling found the Iraq war at the core of Americans' displeasure with the president.

Investor's Business Daily Lies About Impeachment Polls

Here's their article, followed by a letter I'm sending to their editor

__________________________

Wishful Polling
By Investor's Business Daily
Posted 11/11/2005

Public Opinion: Polling, they say, is part science and part art. If so, the art part that some polling organizations are practicing is getting blacker by the day.

Take Zogby International. The last time we visited the "highly regarded, nonpartisan polling company," as its clients refer to it, was early July. While the rest of us were celebrating the nation's 229th birthday, Zogby was doing its patriotic part by releasing a poll on how many Americans think President Bush should be impeached.

BOOK ON IMPEACHMENT MORE RELEVANT THAN EVER

George W. Bush was returned to the US presidency by voters convinced of his moral and leadership qualities. But his moral failures were exposed through the Downing Street Memo's proof of systematic lying concerning Iraqi WMD and connection to al-Qaeda. And now, his leadership on the domestic front has been proved to be criminally negligent in response to the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.

Only impeachment offers Americans a swift and appropriate recourse.

George W. Bush must be impeached for lying in leading the nation to war in Iraq. And President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff must be impeached for denying Equal Protection of the Laws to the Katrina Victims because they are Poor and because they are Black, in violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Democratic leader fires back at Bush speech: We must change the course

RAW STORY

Statement of Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Bush's speech on Iraq and the war on terror.

"On this Veterans Day, the President had the opportunity to honor our troops, both those who have served and those who are currently serving, by laying out a clear strategy for success in the war in Iraq. Instead, the President resorted to his old playbook of discredited rhetoric about the war on terror and political attacks as his own political fortunes and credibility diminish.

"Attacking those patriotic Americans who have raised serious questions about the case the Bush Administration made to take our country to war does not provide us a plan for success that will bring our troops home. Americans seek the truth about how the nation committed our troops to war because the decision to go to war is too serious to be entered into under faulty pretenses. While the Bush administration continues to stonewall the Congress from finding the truth about the manipulation of prewar intelligence, Democrats will continue to press for a full airing of the facts. We stand with our troops when we ask the hard questions, and with their families when we fight to get them, their families and our veterans the benefits they deserve.

Bush Resurrects False Claim That Congress Had “Same Intelligence

http://thinkprogress.org

In his speech today, President Bush claimed that members of Congress who voted for the 2002 Iraq war resolution “had access to the same intelligence

Iraq Vet Group Critical of Bush's Veterans' Day Speech

Blogged by Brad on BradBlog.com

Iraq Vet Group Critical of Bush's Veterans' Day Speech, Demands Support for Troops from Commander-in-Chief and a 'Real Investigation Into Prewar Intelligence'

In a response just issued by OpTruth.org , "the nation's first and largest organization for Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," their Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff expressed disappointment...

In a response just issued by OpTruth.org, "the nation's first and largest organization for Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," their Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff expressed disappointment in George W. Bush's just-completed Veterans' Day speech to troops in Pennsylvania.

Iraq War Veterans' Thoughts on Veterans Day

By Paul Rieckhoff, http://www2.operationtruth.com

NEW YORK – The head of the nation’s first and largest organization for Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Operation Truth, released the following statement today, Veterans Day:

“The more than 600 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans that make up Operation Truth salute those who have fought alongside us, those that fought before us, and pray for the safety of those who are currently on the battlefield.

But Veterans’ Day is more than just a day to give Veterans a parade and a thank you. Veterans Day is about honoring those who have fought in service to this nation. The best way to honor our sacrifice is to take care of our needs and answer the questions we have. To date, all we have gotten from most people in Washington is a bunch of lip service and requests to be window dressing for advantageous politicians.

An Evening with Ambassador Joseph Wilson

Please join the University of Maryland College Democrats for,
An Evening with Ambassador Joseph Wilson

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 8pm at the Memorial Chapel at the University
of Maryland College Park, Doors open at 7:30pm. Please come early.

For directions and parking at the Chapel, please visit:
http://www.chapel.umd.edu/

The event is free of charge. Everyone is welcome, you do not have to be
associated with the University in any way to come.

Wilson, whose wife's name -- Valerie Plame -- was allegedly leaked by White
House officials as a covert CIA operative, will be appearing at the

"PEACE MOM" CINDY SHEEHAN AND REP. JOHN CONYERS JOIN PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OFAMERICA BOARD

CONTACT: Kevin Spidel, (877) 368-9221
More information: http://www.pdamerica.org

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15, 4-6:30 PM

WHERE: The National Democratic Club - 30 Ivy St., SE - Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., November 11, 2005 - "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan and "Dharma's Mom" Mimi Kennedy will join several members of Congress and important activists on the Progressive Democrats of America's National Advisory Board at a Press Conference and Reception to celebrate the launch of the organization’s National Advisory Board, and meet with media and the public.

Each new opinion poll reveals deeper public disapproval of the Iraq War and Republican policies. Is the political pendulum swinging left? Progressive Democrats of America's rapid growth suggests this is the case. PDA unites tens of thousands of forward thinking, "Left of Liberal" activists to lead and lobby on key issues while building alliances with citizens and elected officials.

Chalabi and the Times: A Tale of Two Ahmads

By Arianna Huffington, HuffingtonPost.com

In one of those delicious coincidences, Day One of the post-Judy era at the Times has delivered a noticeable shift in the paper's coverage of Judy's old pal Ahmad Chalabi.

For months, the paper has insisted on identifying the discredited neocon darling by his latest official title -- "deputy prime minister" -- without a nod to the key role he played in providing the bogus intel the White House used to sell the war.

I've said before, this is like doing a story on Ken Lay and describing him as "a prominent Houston businessman."

As recently as this past Sunday, a story about Chalabi's visit to Iran opened with: "Ahmad Chalabi, the former Iraqi exile who has become a deputy prime minister, met with senior Iranian leaders here on Saturday..."

Protesters Try to Remove Maine Peace Flags

Protesters Try to Remove Maine Peace Flags Fri Nov 11,10:24 AM ET
Yahoo News
LINK TO ORIGINAL

WATERVILLE, Maine - Protesters led by a veterans post tried to remove a flag display placed by peace activists at a veterans cemetery, and five were charged with criminal trespass.

The display remained intact Friday, Veterans Day, despite a threat by at least one of the protesters to return later to finish yanking up the flags.

The display of 2,000 white flags, meant to remember U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, was set up at Veterans Memorial Park cemetery Oct. 30 under a permit issued to Waterville Area Bridges for Peace and Justice.

Hadley Lies About Bushie Lies

By Steve Cobble, HuffingtonPost.com

Maybe I should be charitable today. Maybe instead of the word "lies" in my headline, I should just say that Stephen Hadley was sent out by the Bushies to "mislead" us again, to "misdirect" the MSM away from the Bush Administration lies about Iraq.

But stay focused here, Mr. & Ms. MSM, especially now that you're supposedly ready to stand up to George & Dick & Karl at last.

Don't go Judy Miller on us again. Keep your eyes on the prize.

The question on the table is not whether Bill Clinton was wrong about WMDs in Iraq; nor is the question whether John Kerry or Harry Reid or other top Dems are hypocrites for supporting the war then and criticizing it now.

Arianna on Judith on Democracy Now!

Arianna Huffington on the Retirement of Judith Miller and Schwarzenegger’s Ballot Defeat
Friday, November 11th, 2005

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/11/157250

We speak with columnist and author Arianna Huffington about the resignation of New York Times reporter Judith Miller and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ballot defeat. Huffington says of Miller: “How can you be so cavalier as a journalist about reporting that is so fundamentally wrong, not about any matter, but matters of life and death, war and peace?

Where's the Media?

Progressive Caucus Media Reform Committee
Linda Milazzo reporting ...

This week on MSNBC, in an interview with the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, Keith Olberman presented a series of Bush Administration poll results... none favorable to Bush. After reporting that a majority of Americans believe Bush purposely mislead us to war, Keith asked if it was now IMPEACHMENT time? This was the first and only time I've heard the word IMPEACHMENT mentioned anywhere on television. Kudos (as usual) to Keith Olberman. Dana Milbank erroneously responded that after the Clinton debacle, Americans have had their fill of impeachment. Oh really????

Miller Defends Libby ID and WMD Reporting on NPR Today

By E&P Staff, Editor and Publisher

NEW YORK Appearing on NPR's "Morning Edition" Friday, former New York Times reporter Judith Miller got into a couple of heated exchanges with interviewer Renee Montagne, mainly over Scooter Libby's request that he be identified as a "former Hill staffer" rather than as an administration official.

Miller denied it, making the distinction that "I agreed to listen to the information in that way, and that's all," and might have asked him to change his ID later. She said this was "very common in Washington."

Clearly surprised, the interviewer asked if she does this frequently. Miller then replied, "No, I did not say I do it. I said it is often done in Washington, especially in the National Security area."

Chalabi Pushes Iran Card in Last Ditch Self-Promotion Offensive

The Insitute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution knew 48 hours before anyone else that Chalabi was meeting with Cheney. Here's what else they know:

"Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi has been playing hard ball with Bush administration officials during his eight day trip to Washington D.C.

"According to senior associates of the Iraqi official, who have accompanied him to meetings with Bush administration officials, Mr. Chalabi has been threatening his friends in the Bush administration that if they do not support his candidacy to become the next prime minister of Iraq that there will be no way to contain Iran. He has told them in no uncertain terms that he is the only one who can make the Iranians behave."

Watch Chalabi from Wednesday at AEI Today on C-Span

C-SPAN 2

05:07 PM EST
1:15 (est.)
Speech
Situation In Iraq
American Enterprise Institute
Ahmed Chalabi , Iraq

GOP memo touts new terror attack as way to reverse party's decline

From Capitol Hill Blue
FUBAR
By DOUG THOMPSON
Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue

A confidential memo circulating among senior Republican leaders suggests that a new attack by terrorists on U.S. soil could reverse the sagging fortunes of President George W. Bush as well as the GOP and "restore his image as a leader of the American people."

The closely-guarded memo lays out a list of scenarios to bring the Republican party back from the political brink, including a devastating attack by terrorists that could “validate

TomDispatch Interviews Ann Wright

A new Tomdispatch Interview today:

Former diplomat Ann Wright, who publicly resigned in protest before the invasion of Iraq and became one of our most out-of-the-ordinary antiwar activists describes her life and thoughts in a wide-ranging interview: "A Felon for Peace" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=35448

Wright, who spent 29 years in the Army and 16 years as a State Department diplomat in some of the toughest assignments on Earth, discusses her resignation, service to country, the nature of opposition to Bush administration policies within the government, why government officials generally don't speak out, her own arrests, and many other matters. Her life has been remarkable; her present actions striking; and she describes it all vividly indeed. Don't miss this interview.

Poll: Most Americans Doubt Bush's Honesty

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer

Most Americans say they aren't impressed by the ethics and honesty of the Bush administration, already under scrutiny for its justifications for an unpopular war in Iraq and its role in the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity.

Almost six in 10 — 57 percent — said they do not think the Bush administration has high ethical standards and the same portion says President Bush is not honest, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Just over four in 10 say the administration has high ethical standards and that Bush is honest. Whites, Southerners and white evangelicals were most likely to believe Bush is honest.

Bungling meant leak letter leaked

Bungling meant leak letter leaked
By Alexander Bolton, The Hill News
LINK TO ORIGINAL

A leak suspected to have come from the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) complicated, confused and nearly derailed a joint effort by Senate and House Republican leaders to seek an investigation of the unauthorized release of classified information.

Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) both eventually signed a letter Tuesday calling for the Senate and House intelligence committees to conduct a joint investigation of how The Washington Post discovered of the existence of CIA-run detention and interrogation facilities in eight foreign countries.

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