By Beau Elliot - The Daily Iowan
Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2005
If nothing else, the events of recent weeks have demonstrated the growing doubts the American people have about the great adventure in Iraq, the pit-bull eagerness of many on the right wing to blithely smear anyone who speaks out against the great adventure or the Cowboy-in-Chief, and the utter vacuity of said Cowboy.
And to think it only took one grieving mother.
Well, all right - that's simplifying life to the point of absurdity, and life does just fine in the absurdity department all by itself; it doesn't need our help. Not overtly, anyway.
Public Opinion (Chambersburg, PA)
Recently as I watched George Bush launch his dog and pony show from Fort Bragg, I was not impressed, as most Americans were not. The script was same as usual, filled with lies and no answers as to how and when our young men and women will be getting out of this disaster which Bush created in Iraq.
On May 1, the London Times made public a confidential memo detailing a July 2002 meeting held at Downing Street between Tony Blair and military intelligence chiefs. The subject was support for the Bush administration's plans for war in Iraq.
According to the minutes, the head of British Intelligence Service, Richard Dearlove, had just returned from a meeting in Washington to announce that the decision to invade had already been made. The Bush administration was working on building an intelligence case, based on terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, to justify the upcoming war. Vice President Cheney had made several visits to the CIA to make sure the intelligence would fit policy lies.
Tuesday August 23, 2005
BUSH in Donnelly, ID: The White House has said Bush will be staying at
the exclusive Tamarack Resort while participating in activities that
could include fishing for wild rainbow trout or riding a mountain bike
on forest trails with Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, also a Republican.
[Washington Post, 8/20/05]
Wednesday August 24, 2005
BUSH in Nampa, ID: Bush plans to travel to Nampa for a speaking
engagement where he'll discuss the U.S. war on terror. The Idaho Center
has been reserved for that date, though White House officials declined
to confirm if the president would be speaking there. [Associated Press,
By Glenda at DU
Go here to see a collection of political cartoons covering current events.
From Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee:
Iraq: Where Do We Go From Here?
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will be holding a Town Hall meeting on Thursday August 25th, 2005, at 7 p.m. CT entitled Iraq: Where Do We Go From Here?
Almost 2,000 of our American soldiers are dead because of the War in Iraq. No plan exists from the Bush Administration for a successful exit strategy to end this war. Meanwhile mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, sons and daughters ones are mourning their loved ones who gave their lives in Iraq.
By Terry M. Neal
There was an eye-opening article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette a few days ago that explored the increasing difficulty the military is having recruiting young people to enlist. As has been well reported in many newspapers, including The Washington Post, the Army and Marines are having a particularly tough time meeting recruitment objectives, in part because of Americans' concern about the war in Iraq.
When you dig deeper into the reason for this phenomenon, it turns out that parents of potential soldiers and sailors are becoming one of the biggest obstacles facing military recruiters. Even top military officials acknowledge this and unveiled a new series of ads this spring targeted at "influencers" such as parents, teachers and coaches.
By Ari Berman
Monday 22 August 2005
There's a new batch of photos from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and these are reportedly far worse than the sickening originals. Naturally, the Pentagon is trying to block their release.
The ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in October 2003 to make public 87 photographs and four videos depicting prisoner abuse in Iraq. The Pentagon originally argued that releasing the images would violate the Geneva Convention rights of the detainees; a supreme irony considering that the US originally denied these very prisoners Geneva Convention protections. The ACLU agreed that the Pentagon could black out "identifying characteristics," but a federal judge in New York ruled last week that DoD must explain publicly why it's concealing the images. "By and large, I ruled for public disclosure," said US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein. A final ruling is expected on August 30.
By Karen Kilroy
The title of this article is what the notice read on the morning of May 4, 1970 – it sat largely unread in the mail boxes of Kent State University students. Later that day, four students were murdered when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a hillside filled with students – some protesting, some watching, others merely changing classes.
Whether or not you are old enough to remember the tragedy at Kent State (http://www.may41970.com), please pay attention to this history. As we head into the age of aggressive protests, the police response is becoming more violent, such as in Saturday’s actions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (http://pittsburgh.indymedia.org/) and Salt Lake City, Utah. (http://homepage.mac.com/apexgrin/FileSharing2.html) In Pittsburgh, protestors marched the wrong way up a one way street to close down an army recruiting office. Police used both tear gas and tasers to subdue the protestors, and one 68-year-old woman was even bitten by a police dog – she was also arrested. In Salt Lake City, a crowd of 1,500 was tear gassed from helicopters.
IS BLAIR OFF TO JOIN $30BN WORLD ELITE?
Aug 21 2005
Exclusive By Rupert Hamer
TONY Blair is expected to join one of the most exclusive groups of businessmen in the world after he leaves Downing Street.
The PM is being lined up for a highly lucrative position with the Carlyle Group - an American-based investment giant with strong links to the White House and the defence industry.
The firm has been nicknamed "The Ex-Presidents Club" because it has had a host of former world leaders on its books including George Bush Senior, his former secretary of state James Baker and former British PM John Major. There a also a large number of former US Army top brass.
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, AlterNet. Posted August 22, 2005.
With the exception of a march in Harlem, the faces of the antiwar protestors have looked like Sheehan's.
The moving sight of aggrieved mother Cindy Sheehan camped out in front of President Bush's ranch touched a national nerve. Sheehan is a white mom that lost a son. And who wouldn't be compassionate and sensitive to her loss? But there are plenty of black moms that have lost sons in Iraq, and few have followed Sheehan's example and publicly and dramatically raised their voices in protest.
Though polls show that more blacks than whites oppose the war, and black Congressperson Maxine Waters has hammered Bush on Iraq, there has been no mass move by blacks to publicly join the antiwar chorus. Few blacks showed up at the peace vigils that Sheehan's one-woman protest stirred nationally in August. With the arguable exception of an antiwar march in Harlem on the second anniversary of the Iraq invasion, the faces of the antiwar protestors have looked like Sheehan's.
President finds a friendly audience in Salt Lake City
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
By Ann McFeatters, Post-Gazette National Bureau
WASHINGTON -- President Bush for the first time yesterday referred to the exact number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan as he tried to hammer home his argument that staying in Iraq is vital to a "total victory over the terrorists and their hateful ideology."
Speaking to a friendly audience of military veterans in Salt Lake City, he referred to American "sacrifices" in war six times as he compared those who have died or been injured in Iraq to World War II casualties.
By Butler Shaffery Butler
In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.
~ Pastor Martin Niemoller
What has Cindy Sheehan done to warrant the unfocused rage and vicious name-calling to which she has been subjected? What is the nature of her "offense" that has led conservative war-whoopers to heap untold abuse upon her for daring to exercise what they pretend to "defend" – even as they work to destroy its expression – namely, individual liberty?
By Kelly Meyer
The Huffington Post
The other night I was listening to Sting's song "They Dance Alone," and I came to a new and profound understanding of Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford, Texas. As I heard Sting's stirring lyrics about Chilean women dancing in the streets with photographs of their sons and husbands who had gone missing under Pinochet's dictatorship, I came to see Cindy Sheehan as yet another woman mourning and grieving a loss she found meaningless and unnecessary.
Cindy Sheehan has become something of a folk hero to some and a crazy person to others.
Despite no realistic chance of coming face to face with the President, she continues to camp out as close to the President's house as the Secret Service will allow and to call for a meeting. In a sense, this behavior is as crazy and as symbolically profound as dancing in the streets with a photograph pinned to your blouse.
CRAWFORD, Texas - U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee visited the anti-war inspired "Camp Casey" near President Bush's ranch on Monday, lending support and words of encouragement to several families whose loved ones died in Iraq.
"It is time to bring our troops home," Lee said at the demonstration started by Cindy Sheehan, of Vacaville, Calif., on Aug. 6.
Sheehan, whose 24-year-old son Army Spc. Casey Sheehan died last year in Iraq, is currently in Los Angeles to be with her mother, who had a stroke. But about 60 other people were spread between two anti-war campsites near the ranch on Monday.
Live and Deep in the Heart of Texas!
Plus: Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee's Surprise Appearance, A THIRD Night of Baez to Come Tomorrow and Margot Kidder on Tomorrow's BRAD SHOW!
Wow...What a day...A radio miracle, indeed. The BRAD SHOW via RAW RADIO's "Operation Noble Cause" seems to now be up and running from Crawford Texas!
More news from Crawford...
LIVE LISTEN LINKS:
A Call to Support the Camp Casey Project
Ann Wright, the coordinator of Camp Casey sends an urgent request to all supporters of Cindy Sheehan.
Next weekend, on both Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 Camp Casey is planning to hold large afternoon rallies. Readers who can make it to Crawford, Texas are urged to come themselves and organize others to join them. Any trained medics, nurses or physicians would be especially appreciated to staff the medical emergency tent.
If you can't make it to Texas, Ann urges you to organize your own local "Camp Casey" in solidarity with the Crawford project. Put up some tents on an obvious corner in your local community, make some signs, plan a vigil or find some other creative way to express your opposition to the war and your support for Cindy Sheehan, the men and women serving in Iraq and all Gold Star family members. And please make sure to invite the media!
By Larry C. Johnson
There are some things that George Bush should know about Casey Sheehan should he choose to sit down and talk with his mom. One thing he could discuss is the fact that a distant relative of his was wounded at Casey's side. That boy, Brian Emmett, also is my second cousin. But more about that later.
Perhaps the conversation ought to start about the other seven men who died on April 4, 2004 in Sadr City.
From the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas were:
Sgt. Yihjyh L. Chen, 31, of Saipan, Marianas Protectorate.
Spc. Robert R. Arsiaga, 25, of San Antonio, Texas.
By Amy Branham
Note: On Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, in a radio interview on WFLA in Tampa Bay, Fla., Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld made the following statement:
"[I]n my mind, I think of the number of people who are lost to traffic accidents in the United States in a given year. I think of any one of our major cities, where two or three hundred people are killed by homicides. And you ask how long will we tolerate it? Now, if there were a daily report about the number of traffic deaths, and if the television and the press were reporting these things and photographing them and the homicides, I don't know if – Washington, D.C., had something like 230 homicides last year – and if that were reported daily every single day, one would think that the effect might be that it would reduce the number of homicides or reduce the number of traffic deaths. But what's being reported is the fact – not the fact that the schools are open, not the fact that the hospitals and clinics are open, not the fact that Iraq's got a stock exchange and that their oil and energy circumstances are proceeding apace, not the fact that tens of thousands of people are lined up to join the Iraqi security forces, not the fact that there's hundreds and hundreds of people running for public office and that there were something like 8 million people who voted in the last election on Jan. 30th. Those kinds of things get relatively modest attention, and what gets the attention is the death of Iraqis and the death of coalition forces."
KUTV Salt Lake City, UTAH
With the message that people can protest a war while supporting troops and veterans, a handful of speakers -including a Gold Star mom - addressed an anti-war rally in Salt Lake City Monday, the same day President Bush was in town.
Bush spoke to more than 6,000 people at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, while three blocks away about 2,000 people gathered to protest Bush administration policies and the war in Iraq.
Barbara Wright, 56, drove five hours from her home in St. George to attend the rally at Pioneer Park.
``There's a lot of reasons I'm unhappy. Predominantly due to the war, but also about the economy, Social Security,'' Wright said.
By Amanda Marcotte, Alternet
Posted August 22, 2005
Cindy Sheehan's rapidly-growing contingent of moms in floppy hats and comfortable shoes throws the cowardice of the opposition into sharp relief.
Making the decision to go to Crawford, Texas and visit Camp Casey was easy -- it's just a two hour drive from my house in Austin, and the stubborn righteousness of Cindy Sheehan puts to shame any weak excuses I could make. I made the decision about a week ahead of time, assuming that protest conditions would remain more or less static.
I was wrong.
During the course of that week, Sheehan was suddenly pulled from her vigil by her mother's stroke, taking most of the media with her. But strangely enough, Cindy's departure didn't slow the momentum of the demonstration, which was, after all, about more than a single woman's question -- it was about Bush's refusal to take responsibility for this war that is being paid for, one way or another, by all of us.
SALT LAKE CITY Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson spoke at Monday's anti-Bush protest at Pioneer Park.
Anderson took to the podium following President Bush's speech at the Salt Palace. Anderson spoke in front of more than 500 people gathered at the park in protest of President Bush's visit to Utah.
Anderson told the crowd that people were afraid of what they had to say and they're "not going to take it anymore.''
The mayor ended his speech by saying "it's up to the people to keep speaking up and this is a turning point for our nation here today in Salt Lake City.''
There goes the neighborhood: Donnelly greets Bush with trepidation
By CHRISTOPHER SMITH / Associated Press
The helicopter carrying George Bush touched down Monday on a brand-new, bright green golf course at Tamarack Resort as the president began his two-day Idaho vacation. A small crowd waved flags and cheered, but the town's local dignitary was not among the welcoming committee.
"We've got people that are actually planning to move because of what's happening here," said Donnelly Mayor George Dorris. "The president coming here, now the guy who works as a burger flipper in Denver and who never had any desire to come up here is going to want to see what brought the president here."
Q Is the White House concerned about the protests that are planned in Salt Lake City today?
MR. DUFFY: The President addressed that directly. He can understand that people don't share his view that we must win the war on terror, and we cannot retreat and cut and run from terrorists, but he just has a different view. He believes it would be a fundamental mistake right now for us to cut and run in the face of terrorism, because if we've learned anything, especially from the 9/11 Commission Report, it is that to continue to retreat after the Cole, after Beirut and Somalia is to only empower terrorists and to give them more recruiting tools as they try to identify ways to harm Americans.
Christian Science Monitor
By Dante Chinni
WASHINGTON - By the strictest terms and in the most fundamental way, President Bush is right not to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who created the encamped protest down in Crawford, Texas.
There are thousands of parents and relatives who, like her, have lost loved ones in Iraq and many of them would also like to talk to the president. If he opens the door to her, why not open the door to all of them? In fact, meeting with Ms. Sheehan would open the door to meetings with anyone who feels passionately about any topic and wants to talk to the president.
Here's an audio link to the beginning of the protest today in Salt Lake City. Though the commentator says there are 600-700 people in attendance, our sources on the ground say there are closer to 2,000. Oh, the media...
By Sandra Jurgensen
A Resolution of Inquiry: Citizens of Florida's 10th District
Urging Congressman C.W. Bill Young to Co-Sponsor H. Res. 375
WHEREAS we are concerned regarding the rationale which precipitated the extensive and ongoing injury and loss of life suffered by over eighteen hundred of our nation’s military personnel and countless thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, and
WHEREAS the information in the Downing Street Documents strongly suggests that President Bush intentionally deceived Congress about the reasons for war, and
By Cynthia Bogard
George Bush flew the coop this morning in his red presidential helicopter, off to deliver a speech to 15,000 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Utah, the reddest of red states.[He received 71% of the votes in Utah in 2004.] We were having our morning volunteer meeting at Camp Casey II just then and we raised our arms in unison to salute him with the peace sign as he flew across the prairie.
But a funny thing happened on the way to Bush's carefully scripted photo-op to hype the war, motivated, according to ABC's George Stephanopolos, by "the Cindy Sheehan effect." That's us, the 50 to over 1,000 people on site at any one time here in Crawford and the many thousands of supporters who have besieged the Crawford Peace house with gifts, words of support and donations. "Oddly," noted the New York Times, war protesters showed up in Salt Lake City. And more oddly still, the 1,000 person peaceful protest was organized by none other than Ross C. Anderson, the mayor * yes, the mayor, of Salt Lake. Well, okay, he is a Democrat. But still, that's what's happening today in Utah.
For Immediate Release: August 19th, 2005
Cindy Sheehan Leaves Crawford Temporarily To Be With Ailing Mother;
Gold Star and Military Families Continue Vigil With Same Questions for Bush
More Families Arrive Daily to Join ‘Camp Casey’
CRAWFORD, TX - As Cindy Sheehan leaves Crawford to help care for her mother who entered the hospital yesterday, members of Gold Star Families for Peace and Military Families Speak Out - those whose loved ones were killed in Iraq, and those who have loved ones are needlessly in harm’s way - vow to remain in Crawford and to carry on the vigil at ‘Camp Casey’ in Cindy Sheehan’s absence. Families from across the country continue to come to Crawford to uphold the call for a meeting with President Bush, and an end to the war in Iraq.