Iraq slides deeper into disaster

Bush claims that Iraqis are leading “better lives,

Kerry Says Case for Impeachment Solid, then Flip-Flops and Wriggles

Impeachment is in the news! The Washington Post's Dan Froomkin reports on the latest impeachment poll here.

And the Hotline reports on comments by John Kerry:

The Big Lie that is skewing the Iraq debate

By David Sirota, http://www.workingforchange.com/blog/

Throughout the political coverage and chatter about Iraq, it seems there is a virulent assumption that has jumped from theory into fact, without even a shred of factual support. I'm not talking about there only being a small amount of proof - I'm talking about an assumption that is being made by "experts," "operatives" and the media analysts with literally absolutely no evidence at all. It is so egregious that to call it an assumption is to be dishonest - what it is is a lie.

Hear Military Families speak at the International Peace Conference

London, December 10th.

The Military Families Campaigns section was one of 4 sections to the
International Peace Conference. Traprock will post audio and photos
from each section. Andrew Murray introduced Andrew Burgin of Military

Columnist Says Bush Knows Who Leaked Name

By Carol D. Leonnig, Washington Post Staff Writer

Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak, who has repeatedly declined to discuss his role in disclosing the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, said in a speech this week that he is certain President Bush knows who his mystery administration source is.

Iraq, the Congress, and the Truth

By Rep. John Murtha

America wants and deserves real answers on Iraq: What is the clear definition of success? Is there a plan? How much longer and how many more lives? In short, what is the end game?

Pentagon Caught Spying on U.S. Anti-War and Anti-Nuclear Activists

DEMOCRACY NOW!

* Pentagon Caught Spying on U.S. Anti-War and Anti-Nuclear Activists *

Newly leaked Pentagon documents have confirmed the military has been
monitoring and collecting intelligence on anti-war groups across the

Talking points on the Iraqi elections

Council for Livable World - December 15, 2005

Key point: The Iraqi elections on Thursday provide an opportunity for the United States to change course in Iraq and begin bringing U.S. forces home. As we pass the 1,000th day of the war in Iraq, we must begin the transition to putting the Iraqis in charge.

San Diego Demands the Truth

By Barbara Cummings

A group of San Diegan's continued our activism by taking petitions local offices of our congressmen. We read the names of all Ca residents killed in Iraq and Afganistan. Many members of the SANDIEGOAFTERDOWNINGSTREET Coalition attended and participated, including Barbara Cummings, Kelly King, Katie, Dave, Linda and others. Kelly spoke about the upcoming OUTOFIRAQ events being planned for 1-7-06 and Barbara spoke about the recent international peace ocnference in London.

122 for Torture

On December 14, 2005, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) moved on the House floor for conferees on the Defense Appropriations Bill to accept the McCain amendment relating to prohibition on cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of persons under custody or control of the United States government.

Democracy and Delusion in Iraq

Latest on NoQuarter
By Larry C. Johnson

With voting already underway in Iraq we should harbor no illusion about the ultimate outcome--the Iraqi shias with the closest ties to Iran will secure the largest share of the votes. George Bush is right about one thing; this vote is likely to remake the face of the Middle East. Unfortunately, his vision that Iraq will become a launching pad for a new era of peace and understanding among the nations in the region is not only farfetched, but ignores what is actually taking place on the ground.

Meet the New Boss

By William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

There is an election taking place in Iraq on Friday. According to those who still maintain some kind of hope that the wretched situation over there can be salvaged at the ballot box, this election will be a turning point. "If the result is seen to be fair and the government elected for the next four years is accepted as broadly representative of the interests of most Iraqis," writes Liz Sly in the Chicago Tribune, "there is a real chance that the insurgent violence and the sectarian rivalries that are pushing the country close to civil war will abate."

Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq from Iran

By Dexter Filkinks, The New York Times

Baghdad - Less than two days before nationwide elections, the Iraqi border police seized a tanker on Tuesday that had just crossed from Iran filled with thousands of forged ballots, an official at the Interior Ministry said.

The Silence of the Doctors

By Jonathan H. Marks, The Nation

It was called the "water cure." But it was dosed out liberally to those who weren't sick. Unfortunate recipients were held by the neck beneath a water tank. The tap was turned on, and they were forced to swallow the gushing stream - or to choke within an inch of death while trying. Another variation used tubing to siphon water from a kerosene can into a detainee's nostril. Sworn testimony records the use of this tactic in the presence of a doctor. It was, after all, a "cure." When the detainee still refused to talk, the doctor would ratchet up the treatment, ordering a second tube to be placed in the detainee's other nostril and a handful of salt to be thrown into the water. Anyone who's ever had sea water up his or her nose will know just how pleasant that would have been.

VIDEO - 'Good Morning, Mr. Rove'

Blogged by David Edwards on 12/14/2005 @ 11:48am PT...
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002157.htm

Robert Novak is Back: 'President Knows Who the Source Is'
Guest blogged by David Edwards If reporters and cameras greet you as you leave for work in the morning then you are probably in the media's spotlight. Karl Rove found...

Murtha Responds to Bush's speech.

Murtha Responds to Bush's speech.

VIDEO LINK

Bush can settle CIA leak riddle, Novak says

Bush can settle CIA leak riddle, Novak says
Rob Christensen, Barbara Barrett, Jane Stancill and Dan Kane, Staff Writers
Newsobserver.com

Newspaper columnist Robert Novak is still not naming his source in the Valerie Plame affair, but he says he is pretty sure the name is no mystery to President Bush.

Plamegate and the Press: When Will Somebody Get Fired?

Plamegate and the Press: When Will Somebody Get Fired?
Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

READ MORE: New York Times, Patrick Fitzgerald, Judith Miller, Bob Woodward, Valerie Plame, Investigations, Karl Rove

Jury scheduled to meet canceled, MSNBC reports

Jury scheduled to meet canceled, MSNBC reports
Jason Leopold
Raw Story

Late Tuesday evening, RAW STORY received word from two attorneys close to the CIA leak case that Patrick Fitzgerald intended to meet with the grand jury Wednesday morning to present the recently obtained sworn testimony from Robert Luskin, Karl Rove’s attorney, and Time magazine reporter Viveca Novak.

Will Rove be Indicted?

December 14, 2005, 8:29 a.m.
Will Rove be Indicted?
By Byron York, National Review Online
As rumors fly, here’s what’s known at this point.

There have been rumors flying around Washington in the last few days that Karl Rove, the president's top political adviser, might soon be indicted in the CIA leak investigation. At least for now, the rumors appear to be based on someone hearing that someone else had heard something, or that someone had gotten a sense that something was about to happen and told someone else. Are there any facts to back up such gossip and guessing? No one seems to know.

Support for Impeaching and Removing Bush Higher than for Clinton

Rasmussen Reports, whose polls consistently place George Bush's approval rating higher than other polls, published the first poll on impeaching Bush and removing him from office. Rasmussen found that 32% of Americans want President Bush impeached and removed, while 35% want Vice President Dick Cheney impeached and removed.

Iraqi National Resistance and other Iraqi Political Forces Terms for Ceasefire and End of Occupation

By Kevin Zeese, Democracy Rising
http://democracyrising.us/content/view/387/164/

Mounzer Sleiman, Ph.D. is a vice president and founding member of the National Council of Arab Americans. He is an independent political-military analyst with expertise in U.S. national security affairs, the subject of his doctorate dissertation. In addition, he is an independent media consultant with more than twenty five years of experience in Middle East diplomacy and media relations. He is a frequent commentator and guest analyst on radio and television broadcasts, including the BBC, Voice of America, MBC, Monte Carlo, and major Arab TV networks, such as Abu Dhabi TV, Al-Jazeera, Alarabia, LBC, Kuwait TV, Dubai TV , and Al Nile, Alalam, as well as networks in Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Lebanon. He has been quoted in several military and defense related publications.

2006 USLAW Political, Electoral & Legislative Plan

By US Labor Against the War

1. At December 3 meeting USLAW approves the resolution on support for antiwar legislation (see below).

2. USLAW calls on all its affiliates to pass a similar resolution and to inform and educate their members about such legislative initiatives, encouraging them to communicate their support to their members of Congress.

PDA Report on International Peace Conference in London

By David Swanson

London, England, December 10, 2005--Fellow PDA National Board Member Steve Cobble and I participated in an historic international peace conference in London on December 10 and in various related events the same week. We met with several Members of Parliament and will be working to facilitate teamwork and future events with them and members of the US Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Iraqi Elections: "To Be Free and Fair."

UFPJ Talking Points #36
By Phyllis Bennis and Erik Leaver, Institute for Policy Studies
http://www.ips-dc.org/comment/Bennis/tp36elections.htm

President Bush had one thing right when he said in March 2005: "All [foreign] military forces and intelligence personnel must withdraw before the elections for those elections to be free and fair." He was talking about Syrian troops in Lebanon; the same claim should be made about U.S. troops in Iraq. Elections are often important indices and instruments of democracy, but elections held under conditions of military occupation are not legitimate.

Pentagon Plans to Purchase Pro-US News Around the World

Pentagon Rolls Out Stealth PR
By Matt Kelley, USA Today

Washington - A $300 million Pentagon psychological warfare operation includes plans for placing pro-American messages in foreign media outlets without disclosing the US government as the source, one of the military officials in charge of the program says.

Bush Still Claims Iraq Was a Threat to the U.S.

Bush: we went to war on faulty intelligence
By Times Online and agencies

President Bush has admitted for the first time that his decision to go to war in Iraq was based on faulty intelligence. But he still said that the decision to remove Saddam Hussein had been "the right one".

Secret Government is the Problem

By Dave Lindorff, http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

The common problem not confronted but lying behind many of the biggest crises plagueing America these days is secret government, yet instead of addressing this fundamental issue, Congress and the media are just nibbling around the edges.

The Anti-War Movement in Turkey

One of the great things about the recent International Peace Conference in London was meeting activists from around the world. How many in the US knew, for example, of the anti-war movement in Turkey, the Global Peace and Justice Coalition?

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