By Robert Parry, http://www.consortiumnews.com
The U.S. news media is experiencing a cognitive meltdown as it tries to hold onto the traditional view of the United States as a beacon for human rights while facing the new reality in which George W. Bush has plunged the nation into the dark arts of torture, assassination and “disappearances
By Mike Ferner
Washington – Holding a banner that read, “GOD FORGIVE AMERICA,‿ seven peace activists were arrested yesterday in front of the White House, in a civil disobedience protest against the war in Iraq.
Arrested by U.S. Park Police were Brian Terrell, Ed Bloomer, and Elton Davis, all from Catholic Worker communities in the Des Moines, Iowa area, David Goodner, University of Iowa student, Eileen Hansen, a Catholic Worker from the Winona, Minnesota, Jeff Leys, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV), and Bernie Meyer, a retired social services worker from Olympia, Washington.
ALERT RADIO/TV: Audio Commentary from Pollster John Zogby is available for download and broadcast through this link
Le Moyne College/Zogby Poll shows just one in five troops want to heed Bush call to stay "as long as they are needed"
By Brooklyn Parents for Peace
A delegation of 8 members of Brooklyn Parents For Peace met today with Representative Gerald Nadler at his office on Varick Street in Manhattan.
The purpose of the meeting was to have a dialogue on the present situation in Iraq. Specifically, our group wanted to bring up the question of the $72.4 billion "emergency" supplemental appropriation that the Bush administration has requested. This would continue the financing of the war in Iraq and add to the already $320 billion spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The vote on this request is imminent and requires immediate action.
Insight Magazine reports: "Vice President Dick Cheney is expected to retire within a year. Senior GOP sources envision the retirement of Mr. Cheney in 2007, months after the congressional elections. The sources said Mr. Cheney would be persuaded to step down as he becomes an increasing political liability to President Bush. The sources reported a growing rift between the president and vice president as well as their staffs."
If this is right, good riddance, of course, but criminal prosecution of Cheney for his crimes does not end when he steps down -- it just gets easier.
One thing does change: People stop being afraid to impeach Bush because Cheney is VP.
Some, of course, would start being afraid to impeach Bush because Jeb or whoever else is VP. Which makes as much sense as the other insane fear. Every criminal president will have a VP. Remember Ford? How'd he do come election time?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's job rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, amid strong opposition to the Dubai Ports World deal and increasing pessimism over the war in Iraq, according to a CBS News poll released on Monday.
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, New York Times
When President Bush held a public meeting with troops by satellite last fall, they were miraculously upbeat. And all along, unrepentant hawks (most of whom have never been to Iraq) have insisted that journalists are misreporting Iraq and that most soldiers are gung-ho about their mission.
By Paul Craig Roberts
02/27/06 "ICH" -- -- America is headed for a soft dictatorship by the end of Bush’s second term. Whether any American has civil rights will be decided by the discretionary power of federal officials. The public in general will tolerate the soft dictatorship as its discretionary powers will mainly be felt by those few who challenge it.
Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by the Independent/UK
Everyone in the Middle East rewrites history, but never before have we had a US administration so wilfully, dishonestly and ruthlessly reinterpreting tragedy as success, defeat as victory, death as life - helped, I have to add, by the compliant American press
Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by the New York Times
By Michael Slackman
CAIRO - Shortly before the American-led invasion of Iraq, Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab League, warned that the attack would "open the gates of hell." Now, three years later, there is a sense in the Middle East that what was once viewed as quintessential regional hyperbole may instead have been darkly prescient.
Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by the New York Times
By Robert Pear
WASHINGTON - Governors of both parties said Sunday that Bush administration policies were stripping the National Guard of equipment and personnel needed to respond to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, forest fires and other emergencies.
ABC News Reporter Recounts Life in a Country on the Brink of Civil War
By HODA ABDEL-HAMID
Feb. 27, 2006 — Last Wednesday we woke to the news that the Al Askari shrine in Samarra had been bombed and its magnificent golden dome vanished. The 72,000 pieces of gold that made the dome had scattered to the ground.
People across the world overwhelmingly believe the war in Iraq has increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks worldwide, a poll for the BBC reveals.
Some 60% of people in 35 countries surveyed believe this is the case, against just 12% who think terrorist attacks have become less likely.
By Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Countercurrents.org
The official invitation to President George Bush to visit India is a slap in the face of India's history of struggle against imperialism and has therefore evoked strong opposition from a sizeable section of Indians. The United States Government has a long history of imperialist aggression and war crimes against developing countries. The ravaging of Latin America and South East Asia, and the attack on Yugoslavia, are fresh in public memory. The barbaric attack on Afghanistan and the occupation of Iraq are the bloodiest conflicts of our times. The cruel torture of Iraqi civilians by the US military in the prisons of Abu Ghraib has been beamed worldwide by the media. The recent call of the UN Human Rights Commission to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp confirms that torture and abuse are part of the US war machine, evoking memories of Nazi concentration camps. Resistance to this war and occupation is growing within the US and UK. The people of Iraq are still waging a heroic struggle for independence from occupation. The Bush Administration continues to use the September 11 incident to justify a global military onslaught to capture key resources, markets and strategic regions. The threat of military attack looms large over Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela and now Iran. Falsely painting the Iranian civilian nuclear energy programme as a weapons programme, President Bush, who presides over the largest nuclear weapon stockpile in the world, is preparing for a military attack on Iran.
Moazzam Begg was abducted and handed over to US forces. Here he tells of endless interrogations, of torture - and one bright moment
By The Guardian
Shackled and hooded, I arrived in Bagram from Kandahar in spring 2003, hoping I was prepared for the worst - whatever that might be. I knew what processing would mean, from Kandahar, and sure enough it included another humiliating strip-search in front of several guards and medics. I was taken, shackled but unhooded, to one of the interrogation rooms on the first floor, and made to sit down facing the door. Above it there was a bright security light glaring in my face. This first interrogation was short. I was faced with two civilian interrogators. They only asked me some basic personal details, but they told me to expect much longer and more intense interrogations in future.
Army to Pay Halliburton Unit Most Costs Disputed by Audit
By James Glanz, The New York Times
The Army has decided to reimburse a Halliburton subsidiary for nearly all of its disputed costs on a $2.41 billion no-bid contract to deliver fuel and repair oil equipment in Iraq, even though the Pentagon's own auditors had identified more than $250 million in charges as potentially excessive or unjustified.
By TED KOPPEL, New York Times Guest Columnist
The American people ... know the difference between honest critics who
question the way the war is being prosecuted and partisan critics who claim
that we acted in Iraq because of oil, or because of Israel, or because we
Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by The Nation
By Arundhati Roy
On his triumphalist tour of India and Pakistan, where he hopes to wave imperiously at people he considers potential subjects, President Bush has an itinerary that's getting curiouser and curiouser.
By Joshua Frank, http://www.pressaction.com
It happens all the time. If the antiwar movement takes on the Democrats for their bitter shortcomings a few liberals are bound to criticize us for not hounding Bush instead. It doesn’t even have to be an election year to get the progressives fired up. They just don’t seem to get it. “How can you attack the Democrats when we have such a bullet-proof administration ruling the roost in Washington,
By Katherine Shrader, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – The White House today rejected the call by several House Democrats for a special counsel to investigate the Bush administration's eavesdropping program.
Published on Monday, February 27, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
By Thom Hartmann
The Dubai Ports World deal is waking Americans up to a painful reality: So-called "conservatives" and "flat world" globalists have bankrupted our nation for their own bag of silver, and in the process are selling off America.
By Michael R. Gordon, New York Times
Washington - Two German intelligence agents in Baghdad obtained a copy of Saddam Hussein's plan to defend the Iraqi capital, which a German official passed on to American commanders a month before the invasion, according to a classified study by the United States military.
Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard on Tuesday Feb. 28th at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative (or one of your Senators). Give them this basic message in your own words: "I strongly oppose the war in Iraq. I want all our troops brought home safely, without delay. I urge Representative X to vote against the President's $72.4 billion 'emergency' supplemental request for the war." More Info:
The Republicans who run Congress will include small amounts of money for all sorts of good things in the supplemental or group of supplementals to be voted on. This will provide your Representative all sorts of noble excuses for voting for a lot more money for war. Tell them this position will only be credible if they cosponsor Rep. Jim McGovern's bill, which simply ends funding for the war:
To see how your Representative has voted on the war, download the UFPJ Congressional Scorecard (in Excel spreadsheet format) by clicking here:
By Michael Schwartz
A lot of people are wondering how to interpret the bombing of the Golden Dome, and whether this signals the beginning of the Iraqi civil war that so many people have been predicting for quite a while. The best commentaries I have seen are pasted in below, and both of them urge a very different analysis of the events in which the bombing and its aftermath was an attempt to forestall a growing Shia-Sunni movement to demand U.S. early and undoncditional US withdrawal form Iraq.
By DOUGLAS TURNER, http://www.buffalonews.com
WASHINGTON - The "I-word" got a little movement last week. A resolution to begin the process for "possible impeachment" sprouted as an exotic political weed just before Christmas.
By Phyllis Bennis and Erik Leaver
Institute for Policy Studies
24 February 2006
** It remains unclear who was responsible for the attack on the golden-domed Askariya Shi'a mosque in Samarra. In the two days following the bombing over 200 Iraqis were killed, and the country was put under a day-and-night curfew.