Stories from the Bring Them Home Now Tour

Dear Bring Them Home Now Tour Participants and Supporters,

We are writing to share some of the stories and lessons from the Bring Them Home Now Tour. The tour was launched on the last day of Cindy Sheehan's vigil outside Bush's ranch and travelled three different routes to Washington, DC, building momentum for the United for Peace and Justice rally on September 24 th . The tour was a great success - with over 200 events, in 51 cities, in 28 states, in 21 days. From large events - like the 2,500 person rally in Austin - to small events - like the parking lot whistle stop in South Bend, Indiana - the tour brought the voices of those most directly affected by the war in Iraq to communities and elected officials across the country.

Talking Points: "A Speech to Stay the Course"

By Erik Leaver, Research Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies
http://www.ips-dc.org

http://www.fpif.org

President Bush’s speech, outlining a “Strategy for Victory in Iraq

Behind Bush's "National Strategy" on Iraq

Institute for Public Accuracy

CLOVIS MAKSOUD, glsouth@american.edu
Maksoud is just back from Cairo, where he met with Iraqis participating in the recent Arab League meeting. He is former ambassador of the Arab League to the United Nations and is currently director of the Center for the Global South at American University. Maksoud said today: "President Bush is clearly trying to defuse the growing opposition to the war; among other things, he is not facing the fact that war made Iraq a breeding ground for terrorism....

Dean's Progress

By David Swanson

Chair of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean has previously laid out plans for success that avoided acknowledging the existence of the war. This time he acknowledges it.

Pelosi "Leading" Finally?!

Well, let's give her credit. There are still a few Dems promoting the war. Thank Rep. Nancy Pelosi here.

House minority leader backs quick withdrawal

Somebody Should Tell Bush He Lost Iraq

The Cheerleader at Annapolis
By MIKE WHITNEY, www.CounterPunch.org

It's pathetic to see the world's most powerful man, shunted into prearranged venues so he can pitch his snake-oil to college aged boys. That said, Bush's appearance today at the Naval Academy has got to be a new low for the White House public relations team. Apparently the only people buying the huckster-in-chief's bedraggled vision of a democratic Iraq are rosy-cheeked young men who dream of battlefields instead of girlfriends.

CENSORSHIP WITH BOMBS

By Randolph T. Holhut
http://www.opednews.com

DUMMERSTON, Vt. — Given the intense hatred that the Bush administration has for journalists and independent reporting, the news that in April 2004, President Bush seriously contemplated bombing the Qatar headquarters of the Arab news channel al-Jazeera, isn't surprising.

Hospitals under Siege

By Dahr Jamail and Harb al-Mukhtar, Inter Press Service

Ramadi - Hospital personnel are reporting regular raids and interference by the US military as fighting continues in the volatile Al-Anbar province of Iraq.*

At Hussein's Hearings, US May Be on Trial

By Juan Cole, Truthdig.com

The ongoing trial of Saddam Hussein could prove increasingly uncomfortable for the Bush administration. The first crime of which the deposed dictator is accused, the secret execution of 143 Shiites arrested in 1982, seems an odd choice for the prosecution, and politics may be behind it. Hussein is accused of using poison gas against Iranian troops, of genocide against the Kurds and of massacring tens of thousands to end the 1991 uprising after his defeat in the Gulf War. The problem for the Bush administration with these other, far graver charges, is that the Americans are implicated in them either through acts of commission or omission.

Bush And Bomb Threats

By Danny Schechter, TomPaine.com

“News Dissector

Christian Peacemaker Teams Helped Expose Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal

By Democracy Now!

* Video Broadcast of Kidnapped Members of Christian Peacemaker Teams that
Helped Expose Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal *

The Christian Peacemaker Teams has confirmed that four peace activists

How Rummy Greenlighted Abu Ghraib

New Addition to NoQuarter.typepad.com
By Larry C. Johnson

Yesterday's press conference with Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and JCS Chief General Peter "Perfect" Pace gave us some insight into why Abu Ghraib could occur and how Rumsfeld's lack of leadership allowed such reprehensible behavior by U.S. troops.

Colin Powell: Still Craven After All These Years

By Norman Solomon

Newspapers across the United States and beyond told readers Wednesday
about sensational new statements by a former top assistant to Colin
Powell when he was secretary of state. After interviewing Lawrence

Talk Nation

By David Swanson

I just spoke for an hour with Dori Smith, host of Talk Nation, a terrific radio show. Audio of her shows can be found here, and transcripts here. Today's should be there by tomorrow.

A Public Relations Pitch Masquerading As A Strategy

By American Progress Action Fund

After two-and-a-half years and 2,110 U.S. troop fatalities, the Bush administration released what it calls a "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq" (NSVI). The problem is, it's not a new strategy for success in Iraq; it's a public relations document. The strategy describes what has transpired in Iraq to date as a resounding success and refuses to establish any standards for accountability. It dismisses serious problems such as the dramatic increase in bombings as "metrics that the terrorists and insurgents want the world to use." Americans understand it's time for a new course in Iraq. Unfortunately, this document is little more than an extended justification for a President "determined to stay his course." (For a bold new approach, check out American Progress's plan, Strategic Redeployment)

U.S. to Respond to Inquiries Over Detentions in Europe

By STEVEN R. WEISMAN and IAN FISHER, New York Times

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 - The Bush administration, responding to European alarm over allegations of secret detention camps and the transport of terror suspects on European soil, insisted Tuesday that American actions complied with international law but promised to respond to formal inquiries from European nations.

Contractors Linked to Bribery Case Worked Together

By Charles R. Babcock, Washington Post

The two defense contractors who allegedly made many of the illicit payments to convicted Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) worked together for several years as relatively small players in the Pentagon's multibillion-dollar procurement system.

Dubya's "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq"

Open the PDF.

Note that the two reasons Bush gave for the war are totally absent from his list of reasons for continuing it.

A Letter from Hillary Rodham Clinton: So Many Words, So Little Content

November 30, 2005

Professor Carolyn Eisenberg

Dear Professor Eisenberg:

The war in Iraq is on the minds of many of you who have written or who have called my office asking questions and expressing frustration. When the President addresses the nation tomorrow on the war, the American people want and deserve to know how we got there, why we are still there, how we have executed the war and what we should do now. In short, the President must explain his plan for the war in Iraq.

The War on Our Children

By Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), In These Times

We must stop accepting that low-wage, low-benefit, part-time jobs are the best our children can do. We need to ensure a livable wage for all.

Funding a war in Iraq and providing tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans does more damage than Republicans in Congress care to admit. As they clamor on about patriotism, their funding priorities are costing America its future.

Special Election: Steve Young for Congress

From Tim Carpenter, PDA National Director

I am writing personally to urge you to join me and the entire PDA team in helping get out the vote for Steve Young, PDA's first Congressional endorsement, in a special election to be held this coming Tuesday, December 6, 2005 in Orange County California. Steve is running against two conservatives, Republican State Senator John Campbell and American Independent, Jim Gilchrist, founder of the border vigilante group, the Minute Man Project. If they split the Republican vote, and PDA helps turn out at least 100,000 voting Democrats in the district, Steve and PDA will make history. A victory for Steve is a victory for all Progressives!

U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press

By Mark Mazzetti and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times

Troops write articles presented as news reports. Some officers object to the practice.

WASHINGTON — As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.

Deborah Davis

Wings of Justice

Deborah Davis may be the civil liberties, anti-big brother Rosa Parks of our times.

She's an unlikely candidate, a 50-year-old mother of four, with one of her sons serving in Iraq. And she was just reading a book on a public bus in Denver, minding her own business, when, suddenly, she stood up for the Constitution.

HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT

U.S. Tour of Duty presents

HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT
Featuring in person: SCOTT RITTER

(Former UN Weapons Inspector, Author of "Iraq Confidential")

Monday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 PM at Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Avenue, Venice, CA (1 block north of Venice Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd.)

Hampton U Peace Activists in Trouble

Here we have another egregious case of campus repression of peaceful
student protest, this time at the historically black Hampton
University in Virginia. I am asking for a statement in support of

Tough Call - or Not

Courtesy of Ward Sutton / The Village Voice

Rummy's Flat Earth Society

Latest on No Quarter
By Larry C. Johnson

As a diehard Redskins fan, I am well versed in denial. And the same can be said for our erstwhile Secretary of Defense and most of the media who cover him. Consider today's spectacle at the Pentagon as Rumsfeld insisted repeatedly that things are going well in Iraq and only getting better. Best of all, according to Rummy, Iraqi military and police forces are growning stronger each day. He said it so it must be so.

New PAC sets its sights on impeaching Bush, Cheney

The Hill Newspaper

ImpeachPAC, a political action committee, launched earlier this month. But there is a serious catch: It only supports candidates who favor the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for what it says are their “Iraq war lies.

The Growing Problem of Defense Industry Profiteering

By David Sirota

If you thought it impossible to top the image of Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-CA) driving around a Rolls Royce and living on a yacht thanks to defense industry cash, just stop and take a look Lloyd Grove's story today in the New York Daily News. Yes, you are reading it right – a defense contractor has gotten so rich off taxpayer cash he actually held a $10 million bat mitzvah for his daughter, featuring 50 Cent, Tom Petty and Aerosmith, among others. That's right - a $10 million bat mitzvah.

Meet Japanese Peace Activists

Meet, greet and support Japanese peace activists and Members of the Diet (Parliament) in DC in their quest to stop the deployment of a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Yokosuka Harbor

When: Next, Wednesday, December 7, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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