By E&P Staff, Editor and Publisher
NEW YORK So what, exactly, is this Lincoln Group that helped plant pro-American propaganda in the Iraqi press, a phenomenon that has made front-page news this week and has now been denounced by everyone from top military leaders to journalism ethicists? And what about its sub-contractor, BKSH & Associates?
The Backbone Campaign met with Senator Harry Reid. Here's a report.
By American Progress Action Fund
President Bush regularly heralds himself as a champion of democratic principles; yesterday, he declared one of his prime goals in Iraq to be "providing an inspiring example to reformers in the region." Yet hours earlier, it was revealed that his administration has spent tens of millions of dollars on a coordinated campaign to spread misleading covert propaganda through Iraqi media outlets. As numerous analysts, including White House ally and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA), have acknowledged, these ham-handed efforts not only undermine the development of Iraq's civil society, but dangerously risk the credibility of our nation's military at home and abroad.
The Dogs of War
RiverRat, Democracy Cell Project
White phosphorus (WP) is a fearsome military weapon. WP burns fiercely until it is deprived of oxygen; a small piece of WP on the skin will continue burning all the way down to the bone as long as its air supply is not cut off.
“What is worse than soldiers dying in vain
is even more soldiers dying in vain.
By Martin van Creveld, FORWARD
The number of American casualties in Iraq is now well more than 2,000, and there is no end in sight. Some two-thirds of Americans, according to the polls, believe the war to have been a mistake. And congressional elections are just around the corner.
Political Islam vs. Democracy, The Bush Administration's Deadly Waltz with Shiite Theocrats in Iraq and Muslim Brotherhood Fanat
From Tomdispatch today: Robert Dreyfuss, "Political Islam vs. Democracy, The Bush Administration's Deadly Waltz with Shiite Theocrats in Iraq and Muslim Brotherhood Fanatics in Syria, Egypt, and Elsewhere" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=39971
By Martin Bright, New Statesman
Exclusive - For three months, behind the scenes, senior civil servants have been trying to stem an outbreak of leaks on the Iraq war which are proving highly damaging to Tony Blair. Martin Bright, who has had a ringside seat, reports on a government in disarray
Bush had 90 percent job-approval rating in days following 9/11 attacks, now has rating in the 30s.
By Caitlin Pike, Press Gazette
Al Jazeera's managing director has vowed to "spare no effort" in finding out the truth about US President George W Bush's alleged desire to bomb the television station's Qatar headquarters. He added that if he was in possession of the Downing Street memo he would air its contents.
By VOA News
01 December 2005
Residents in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi say insurgents have attacked a U.S. base and several government buildings.
Witnesses say scores of masked gunmen believed to be members of the terrorist group al-Qaida in Iraq ran into the city's streets Thursday, and launched mortar rounds and rockets.
Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush yesterday laid out an Iraq war strategy that, while outlining conditions for an eventual U.S. exit, is likely to keep the U.S. engaged there for years to come, both critics and supporters said.
By Robert Parry, Consortium News
Despite pretty words about democracy and freedom, George W. Bush’s “victory
Left I on the News
I wrote below that I'd be taking a look at the "opposition" response to George Bush's speech and plan today. There is a transcript online, but you have to be a Federal News Service subscriber to see it, and, for a 30-minute news conference by two major Senators, the news coverage has been minimal to say the least (more on right-wing blogs and news sites than in the mainstream media). So I had to make my own transcript from the C-SPAN video (not a direct link, must scroll down). What follows is a partial transcript, containing the most "interesting" (i.e., repugnant) parts, with my comments interspersed in italics. I'm putting a lot into this post, since this isn't online elsewhere, but I've highlighted in bold the most important material:
By Glen Ford and Peter Gamble, the Black Commentator
U.S. Senator Barack Obama has planted his feet deeply inside the Iraq war-prolongation camp of the Democratic Party, the great swamp that, if not drained, will swallow up any hope of victory over the GOP in next year's congressional elections. In a masterpiece of double-speak before the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, November 22, the Black Illinois lawmaker managed to out-mush-mouth Sen. John Kerry - a prodigious feat, indeed.
For media elite, why U.S. went to war is a meaningless debate
With polls showing growing opposition to the Iraq War and an increasing distrust for the White House, one might think that the press corps would be willing to re-examine how the threat from Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction was used to lead the country into war. But for many pundits, the origins of the Iraq War are old news.
Dear Vice President McMorris, Dean Hopewell, and Dean Long:
Progressive Democrats of America,PDAmerica.org, with associates in fifty states and over 70 active chapters nationwide, hereby expresses it'sunconditional support for all students at Hampton University facingexpulsion or disciplinary action for peaceful protest. In times such asthese, when the conscience, soul, and fundamental morality of all Americancitizens is being strained by our government's actions (or inaction), thenotion that students will be sanctioned by a reputable university forexpressing their opinions in non-violent acts of civil disobedience runscounter to the values of free expression all Americans revere andhonor. Pressing social issues such as the HIV crisis, genocide in Darfur,Sudan, a racist response to Hurricane Katrina and the pre-hurricanecommunity, and the immoral illegal War in Iraq, must be addressed. And whobetter to demand accountability than the generation that will inherit theseproblems?
By David Swanson
Tonight the Democratic National Committee sent me a note that began thus:
"This is it -- your last chance to help place billboards in Jean Schmidt's district sending her a clear message: 'Shame on You, Jean Schmidt: Stop Attacking Veterans. Keep Your Eye on the Ball -- We Need a Real Plan for Iraq.'"
But that's a stellar example of an unclear message. She's supposed to keep her eye on a ball - what ball? "A Real Plan for Iraq." What plan? Can you imagine walking up to a murderer as he's stabbing a victim over and over and advising him in the sternest voice that he NEEDS to get a REAL plan? No, he needs to stop it, damn it.
By Rob Capriccioso, Inside Higher Ed
Left-leaning students at Hampton University have felt for some time that campus administrators favor conservative groups and limit the free speech of liberal ones. Their argument has gained steam - and faculty members' support - over the past month, as seven students who helped organize a gathering opposing the Bush administration face a hearing Friday that could lead to their expulsion.
“Our movement won’t back down
By Tom Chelston, http://www.tomsongs.org
Greetings from Texas,
I'm a Veteran (Infantry Hospital Corpsman, USMC/USN) and a songwriter opposed to Bush's war. I wrote "BushWhacked" in support and I have received an incredible response from Soldiers, Families and a few angry co-conspirators. Feel free add this to your site in our mutual mission.
Join the Catholic Workers on Friday, Dec. 2, to welcome Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia.
Iraq war veteran, Camilo Mejia, refused to return to Iraq after a U.S. furlough. His war experiences had turned him against all wars, and he applied for conscientious objector status. He was sentenced to one year in prison.
National Call-In Day on Iraq War – Tuesday, Dec. 6
By Sue Udry, Legislative Action Coordinator, United for Peace and Justice
On Tuesday, December 6, Congress will reconvene in Washington, D.C. -- and United for Peace and Justice, in conjunction with Win Without War, is calling for a massive national grassroots call-in day against the war.
Bill Mitchell of Atascadero is still grieving the death of his only son, Sgt. Mike Mitchell who was killed in Iraq in April of last year.
The army says Sgt. Mitchell died along with seven other soldiers in an ambush.
By Robert Scheer, Truthdig.com
So, it is mission impossible that Bush has accomplished: A terminally inept US occupation of Iraq now threatens to make the despot we overthrew look good by comparison. But don't take my word for it; hear it from the United States' No. 1 ally in that increasingly nightmarish land.
"What the White House released today is more a list of goals than it is a workable plan. Concerns continue to mount that the Administration either will not or cannot recognize the clear facts on the ground that threaten our troops and our true objectives in combating terrorism worldwide.
"While today's speech by the President was billed as yet another attempt to lay out a plan for finishing the military mission in Iraq, the only new thing the administration gave the American people was a glossy 35-page pamphlet filled with the same rhetoric we've all heard before. Today's action by the White House isn't a step forward, it's a step back. In fact the booklet the administration released to accompany the President's speech is described as a "...document [that] articulates the broad strategy the President set forth in 2003..." That alone makes it clear that the President seems more dug in than ever to the same old "stay the course" way of thinking. This is not a strategy, and it certainly is not a plan to complete the military mission in Iraq.
Statement from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer:
The President fails to see and confront the truth about the war in Iraq.
News from Rep. Waxman's offices:
Below is a letter Rep. Waxman sent today to Chairman Davis asking that the Committee investigate reports that the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to present positive images of the military and the U.S. mission in Iraq. The text of the letter follows: