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Situation In Iraq
American Enterprise Institute
Ahmed Chalabi , Iraq
From Capitol Hill Blue
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
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.
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
By Alexander Bolton, The Hill News
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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.
WSJ poll: 69% hold Cheney responsible for Plame leak;
60% want public hearings
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According to Friday's Wall Street Journal: "Six in 10, including 43% of Republicans, say there should be a public investigation and hearings into exposure of operative Valerie Plame's identity." The statistic is published in the paper's Washington Wire.
"Fully 69% of Americans hold Cheney personally responsible for the matter; 54% hold Bush responsible.
"Republican congressional leaders don't plan to go along. Among conservatives, 60% say other administration officials aside from Libby may have acted illegally.
By David Swanson
While it would of course be good for the world for Bush and Cheney to be impeached, convicted, and sent packing, would it be politically advantageous for a Congress Member to introduce articles of impeachment? And would it benefit the Democratic Party for some or all of the Democrats to push for impeachment at this time? Or should they do it later? Or is there another way?
The facts that would seem to argue in favor of pushing impeachment include an NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll released November 10th showing 57 percent of Americans believe Bush deliberately misled them in making his case for war, while 35 percent think he provided accurate information. And a Zogby International poll released November 4th found that 53 percent of Americans want Congress to consider impeaching Bush if he did not tell the truth about the reasons for war.
VR PROTESTS THE U.S. VISIT OF CRIMINAL PREVARICATOR AHMED CHALABI WHOSE LIES HELPED FORM THE BASIS FOR THE DISCREDITED WAR IN IRAQ
VR, in a letter signed by dozens of activists, including many VR affiliates, formally protested the visit by Ahmed Chalabi to the United States because of his criminal activities, lies to intelligence services and the media, and theft of taxpayers money. See letter here.
VR IS BANNED FROM TAKING VIDEO OF THE IRAQ FUNERALS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY BECAUSE WE OPPOSE THE WAR WHILE FOX IS ALLOWED TO BECAUSE THEY SUPPORT THE WAR
VR is working with its affiliate Justice Through Music on some music videos about the war in Iraq, and a few weeks ago we asked to shoot some footage at Arlington National Cemetery. We got permission to video some actual funerals and did so in the press area with the other national media. However, when we left the press area to shoot footage of the thousands of graves throughout the massive cemetery, we were told that we could not do so without specific permission and we were escorted off the grounds.
Congressman Weighs in on Iraq's Chalabi
By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
The chairman of the House subcommittee on national security said Thursday he would not be surprised if Ahmad Chalabi, a deputy Iraqi prime minister, gave Iran information that the U.S. would prefer to be withheld.
After an hourlong private meeting with Chalabi and other Iraqi officials, Rep. Christopher Shays said in an interview, "My take on it is he works overtime to have a relationship with whoever he can."
As a result, Shays, R-Conn., said, "I wouldn't be surprised if he told Iranians facts, issues, whatever, we did not want them to know in order to develop a relationship."
By Congresswoman Barbara Lee
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) issued the following statement today after 25 Republican Members of the House International Relations Committee denied a bipartisan effort to obtain documents and communications from the White House Iraq Group (WHIG):
“Yet again the Republican majority in the House has thwarted the will of the majority of Americans who are demanding answers about the war in Iraq. And yet again, the American people have been denied a fair and open debate around the extent to which the Bush administration misled the nation and the world in making its case for war against Iraq.
NBC's senior diplomatic correspondent Andrea Mitchell is claiming that her comments have been deliberately distorted in reports covering a 2003 interview where she said Valerie Plame's identity had been "widely known" before her name appeared in a Robert Novak column.
"The fact is that I did not know [Plame's identity] before the Novak column," she told radio host Don Imus on Thursday.
"I said it was widely known that an envoy had gone [to Niger]," she insisted. "I said we did not know who the envoy was until the Novak column."
But the actual exchange in question shows that Mitchell was questioned specifically about Plame's CIA employment, not her envoy husband.
By Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) led 61 bipartisan Congressional Colleagues in sending a letter to President Bush today calling for U.S. policy in Iraq to change course by engaging in greater multilateral cooperation with our allies; pursuing diplomatic/non-military initiatives; preparing for a robust post-conflict reconciliation process; and withdrawing the U.S. Armed Forces.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey was the first Member of Congress to call for U.S. troops to return from Iraq and has led a series of important activities aimed at ending the war:
Senate Asks Pentagon to Probe Feith Role on Iraq
Washington - The Pentagon's inspector general has been asked to investigate the prewar intelligence role of a planning office headed by former US defense policy chief Douglas Feith, a main architect of the Iraq war, officials said on Tuesday.
The request was made by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in a letter sent in August.
It said the Defense Department should determine whether Feith and his Office of Special Plans wielded excessive influence over intelligence that claimed Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
By ANTHONY VIOLANTI, The Buffalo News
Veterans Day will be filled with bittersweet emotion for Jonathan Powers. He went to Iraq to fight a war and came back home trying to help that country's children.
Four soldiers Powers served with, including Sgt. David McKeever of South Buffalo, were killed in the war.
"We lost four guys," said Powers, 27. "I got to come home. They didn't. That's part of the reason I'm trying to help the kids. To make sure the sacrifices of those guys has value."
Powers spent 14 months in Iraq with the Army's 1st Armored Division, and was prominently featured in the nationally acclaimed documentary film, "Gunner Palace," released earlier this year. On Thursday, he will officially be announced as program manager of the War Kids Relief program, partially sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Catch David Swanson of After Downing Street this Saturday morning from 9:30 10 a.m. PT on KPFA talking about Chalabi, about impeachpac, about Libby, etc. etc., with host Kris Welch:
By Phil Stewart, Reuters
ROME (Reuters) - The U.S. military in Iraq denied a report shown on Italian state television on Tuesday saying U.S. forces used incendiary white phosphorus against civilians in a November 2004 offensive on the Iraqi town of Falluja.
It confirmed, however, that U.S. forces had dropped MK 77 firebombs -- which a documentary on Italian state-run broadcaster RAI compared to napalm -- against military targets in Iraq in March and April 2003.
The documentary showed images of bodies recovered after a November 2004 offensive by U.S. troops on the town of Falluja, which it said proved the use of white phosphorus against men, women and children who were burnt to the bone.
RAW STORY http://www.rawstory.com
The March edition of Field Artillery magazine, a U.S. Army publication, reveals that the U.S. military did in fact use the incendiary weapon white phosphorous in Fallujah, Iraq, a Daily Kos diarist has found.
"WP [i.e., white phosphorus rounds] proved to be an effective and versatile munition," the article's author wrote. "We used it for screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE. We fired 'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."
THE CHARLES GOYETTE SHOW http://www.charlesgoyette.com
Swanson is co-founder of the After Downing Street.org coalition, comprised of a number of veteran and peace groups seeking key facts about the buildup to the war in Iraq. Swanson said today: "Wednesday the House International Relations Committee is scheduled to debate and vote on a resolution of inquiry into the White House Iraq Group. This will be the first vote Congress takes related to the war since Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Lewis Libby was indicted. The WHIG produced bogus information about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction program."
* Listen to the MP3 Audio - Segment 1 (9.97 MB)
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The Hingham Journal (Mass.)
The Hingham Democratic Town Committee in co-sponsorship with The Young Democrats Club at Hingham High School, will present a forum, Intelligence Information and the War in Iraq, on Tuesday evening, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Old Ship Parish House, 107 Main St., Hingham. The forum will feature New York Times best-selling author William Rivers Pitt as guest speaker. Admission is free. A reception with refreshments will follow, along with a baked goods sale.
Editorial director of Progressive Democrats of America, Pitt is best known for his work, "The War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You To Know," that he co-authored with former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter.
Ann Wright is a Career US Diplomat who resigned in protest of the war. But she's known to thousands as the commander in charge at Camp Casey in Crawford. She sent me this note:
David: Did I tell you that the person who interrupted the President's speech in Norfolk, VA, two Saturdays ago was Tom Palambo, a friend in Veterans for Peace who lives in Norfolk.
He called me right after he got kicked out of the Norfolk event and said that he had heard that I had interrupted Condi Rice in her Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony and decided he should do the same to the President.
I think it is important for people to know that the "protesters" are veterans with lots of experience with the horrors of war.
Note: Catch Ray McGovern on C-Span on Monday morning, and read this book:
U.S. Tour of Duty Back on the Road
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern and Gold Star Mom Nadia McCaffrey, whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq, will be speaking at eight presentations from November 9 to 13 in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Virginia with Jeff Norman of U.S. Tour of Duty. Ray and Nadia appeared together at a series of events in Austin and Dallas last month, and established themselves as a powerful and inspiring combination.
Here is the itinerary:
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7:00 PM
Here's a shot of Barbara Cummings at a rally in San Diego with Cindy Sheehan on Tuesday. Barbara's been a hero in the anti-war movement at least since she served as parking master in Crawford.
By Larry C. Johnson
There they go again. Rightwing hacks making up facts. The latest comes from retired Generals and Fox News Contributors Paul Vallely and Tom McInerney who went on John Batchelor's radio show and claimed:
that Joe Wilson more than once in 2002 in the green room at Fox New Channel in Washington D.C. boasted about his wife the "CIA desk officer." McInerney has the same memory and more, since both he and Vallely were on FNC between 150 and 200 times in 2002 each...
Well boys and girls, I too was a Fox News Contributor in 2002 and spent a lot of time in the Green Room with both Vallely and McInerney. I saw them but never saw Joe Wilson. What is really curious is that I know I spent more time with Vallely and McInerney than Joe Wilson ever did and the subject of my wife (or their wives) never came up.
By DEMOCRACY NOW!
* Italian Writer Loretta Napoleoni on the Amman Triple Bombing, How the U.S.
Helped Create Zarqawi and the Terror Financing Network *
Jordanian militant Abu Musab al Zarqawi is the prime suspect in a triple
bomb attack that killed at least 67 people in Amman. We speak with Italian
writer Loretta Napoleoni, author of "Insurgent Iraq: Al Zarqawi and the New
* Germ Boys and Yes Men: How White House Cronyism and the Push to Invade
Iraq Hampers the Country's Ability to Handle a Bioterror Attack *
A photo from yesterday's Chalabi protest, courtesy of VelvetRevolution.
By David Bacon
BASRA, IRAQ (11/4/05) - The cracking towers and gas flares of the
al-Daura oil refinery rise above the neighborhood on Baghdad's
outskirts that bears its name. On February 18, Ali Hassan Abd (Abu
Fahad), a leader of the refinery's union, was walking home from work
with his young children, when gunmen ran up and shot him. Abu Fahad
had been one of 400 union activists who emerged from the underground
or returned from exile in May 2003, and at a Baghdad conference
formed the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions. Afterwards, he went back
to the refinery and urged his fellow workers to elect department and
An Incomplete Chronology
The Niger Uranium Deception and the "Plame Affair"
By GARY LEUPP, CounterPunch
I've been working on this timeline obsessively, the way historians do with chronologies. The more detailed they get, the more they clarify the problem. Imperfect though it is let me post it now, with these observations about its meaning.
(1) Officials in the Bush administration intent upon going to war with Iraq made it clear to their own intelligence services and those of close allies that it would welcome any information linking al-Qaeda and Iraq and indicating the Iraq sought to acquire WMD. They made it clear that any material, however questionable, would be of interest to them.
Rove aide called back to testify as inquiry into Rove's role wraps up, lawyers say
By Jason Leopold and Larisa Alexandrovna, RAW STORY
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will soon conclude his investigation into whether President Bush’s deputy chief of staff Karl Rove gave false statements to a grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA agent, attorneys close to the case say.
According to lawyers familiar with the case, Fitzgerald is trying to convince the grand jury that Rove made false statements during the three times he testified under oath and misleading statements to Justice Department and FBI investigators when he was first interviewed about his role in the leak in October 2003.
By John Prados, TomPaine.com
John Prados is a senior fellow of the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, and author of Hoodwinked: The Documents that Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War (The New Press).
As the Senate panel investigating the administration’s use of intelligence begins work, their mandate must be to probe into the heart of the cabal.
Last week a bipartisan panel of six senators launched the investigation into whether the Bush administration manipulated the findings of the intelligence community in order to wage war in Iraq. The composition of the panel, with three Democrats and three Republicans, reduces the possibility of a White House whitewash. However, it is essential that the panel tackle the central questions about the White House’s use of intelligence and not be distracted by structural roadblocks or rhetorical red herrings.