Remembering What Kucinich Said Years Ago

The Kucinich Plan to Bring Our Troops Home

"The war in Iraq is over and the occupation has turned into a quagmire. The United States troops have become the targets of criminals and terrorists who are flowing into Iraq for the chance to kill Americans. The cost of the occupation keeps rising: The President has already asked for more than $155 billion to pay for it, and there is no end in sight. The United Nations is now in an impossible situation, where most of the members view the war and occupation of Iraq as a U.S. folly. Under these circumstances, the UN is unlikely to help. And UN assistance with a U.S. occupation would not allow the establishment of an Iraqi government that was acceptable to the Iraqi people.

'Revenge will stop with me'

Michael Berg has taken to the streets of Wilmington
By RYAN CORMIER
The News Journal

Just after the sun dipped beyond the horizon on a busy Friday rush hour, two young men in a darkened car pulled to a stop on Wilmington’s Delaware Avenue.

Deadline passes; no word on hostages

Four U.S. soldiers, Iraqi election worker killed as election nears

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- International concern for four Western humanitarian workers heightened Saturday as the hours before their execution deadline turned into minutes, then passed with no word on their fate.

Cindy Sheehan Joins Peace Activists in Britain

Dec 10, 2005, 9:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) -- Hundreds of anti-war protesters, including American Cindy Sheehan, attended an international peace conference in London on Saturday to condemn the Iraq conflict.

BEREAVED MUMS CONVINCE ME WE CAN'T WIN IN IRAQ

By Elaine C.Smith, Sunday Mail (Scotland)

LIKE most people, I despair at the rising death toll and violence in Iraq.

I have been in two minds about whether troops should stay and at one point I did feel that leaving could only make things worse for the Iraqis.

US and UK peace protesters meet

By BBC

Two peace campaigners who have become the faces of the anti-war movement in the UK and the US have meet.

Cindy Sheehan, a Californian mother of a US soldier killed in Iraq, visited Brian Haw who has held a four-year anti-war vigil outside Parliament.

Anti-war cry of a peace mom

By Charlotte Higgins, arts correspondent, Guardian

There was no plush bar, no glitterati babble over bubbly. The audience gathered in a drab school foyer in central London. Like many theatre first nights, there was a guest list ("Katharine Hamnett plus 2, Jeremy Corbyn plus 5, military families plus 25"), but no lavish hospitality.

US "peace mom" Sheehan in new play by Nobel winner

By Reuters

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who won wide attention with a vigil outside President George W. Bush's ranch in the name of her soldier son killed in Iraq, is the subject of a new play by Nobel laureate Dario Fo.

Comfort Zones

By Cindy Sheehan

Today was bitterly cold as I walked from the Charing Cross Tube Station to Parliament Square in London. I was heading there with my traveling companion, Julie, to go and visit Brian Haw after several exhausting, but productive days in England and Scotland.

French Told CIA of Bogus Intelligence

ORIGINAL

The foreign spy service warned the U.S. various times before the war that there was no proof Iraq sought uranium from Niger, ex-officials say.

French Told CIA Niger Intelligence Was Bogus

ORIGINAL

By Tom Hamburger, Peter Wallsten and Bob Drogin
The Los Angeles Times

Sunday 11 December 2005

The foreign spy service warned the US various times before the war that there was no proof Iraq sought uranium from Niger, ex-officials say.

Paris - More than a year before President Bush declared in his 2003 State of the Union speech that Iraq had tried to buy nuclear weapons material in Africa, the French spy service began repeatedly warning the CIA in secret communications that there was no evidence to support the allegation.

Profound tensions and contradictions in Iraq's new constitution

From the NY Times Op-Ed section, by Kanan Makiya, professor at Brandeis University and author of "Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World":

WASHINGTON and Baghdad will be tempted, with the adoption of a new Constitution and the election on Thursday for a four-year government, to declare victory in Iraq. In one sense, they are right to do so. The emerging Iraqi polity undoubtedly represents a radical break not only with the country's past but also with the whole Arab state system established by Britain and France after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

But in the larger sense, such optimism is misguided, for none of the problems associated with Iraq's monumental change have been sorted out. Worse, profound tensions and contradictions have been enshrined in the Constitution of the new Iraq, and they threaten the very existence of the state.

Labour and Peace

London, Day 3: Workers of the World
By David Swanson

Tomorrow is the international peace conference in London, and today we spent some time at the Stop the War Coalition office, where they were preparing. The office space is in the building of, and is provided by, NATFHE, the University and College Lecturers' union.

Cindy Sheehan Goes to Downing Street

By David Swanson

Today Cindy Sheehan, Brian Haw, and a crowd of other peace activists paid a visit to #10 Downing Street, the home of British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- and birthplace of the Downing Street Minutes. Sheehan is known around the world as the mother whose campaign has demanded an explanation from George Bush for her son's death in Iraq. Haw is known to all of Britain as the man who has lived in Parliament Square for the past four years, demanding an end to the war, and even running for Parliament from an address of the sidewalk across from Parliament.

An Open Letter to Wealthy Patriots, from a Gold Star Mother

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/12/10/232831/45

George Bush will be speaking about the war at the World Affairs Council in Philadelphia on Monday. Tickets for the event are sold out, however, the luncheon tickets that are closest to Mr Bush were sold for $10,000. I would like to be at a table close enough to Mr Bush so that he could meet with me.

Iraq, religious conservatives, and the "crusade theory of warfare"

By pastor Anthony B. Robinson in SeattlePi.com:

You might not expect a West Point graduate, Vietnam vet and career soldier to come out with a book titled "The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Addicted to War." But that's what Andrew Bacevich, who now directs the program in International Relations at Boston University, has done.

Bird Dogging Hillary Clinton: The Antiwar Movement Steps Up

ORIGINAL

by Joshua Frank
www.dissidentvoice.org
December 10, 2005

One has to be pleased that the antiwar movement is taking shape. Finally the target isn’t just George. W. Bush and gang. Last Monday night at a chic Manhattan fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, antiwar activists staked out the Senator and vowed to do so until she changes her position on the war.

BBC: BBC: Tony Benn opens peace conference

ORIGINAL

Mr Benn said this peace movement was the biggest in his lifetime

Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn has shared the stage with east London Respect MP George Galloway at an international peace conference.

Scotland Sunday Herald: Cindy's War

ORIGINAL

Sunday Herald - 11 December 2005

CINDY’S WAR

Many voices have opposed the war in Iraq, but few cries have been louder than that of grieving mother Cindy Sheehan. Her campaign against George Bush brought her to Scotland last week. Neil Mackay joined her on the road

Pentagon Covering Up Tens of Thousands of U.S. Casualties In Official Reports

ORIGINAL

Seven Members of Congress issued a letter this week charging that the Pentagon is systematically “under-reporting casualties in Iraq by only reporting non-fatal casualties incurred in combat.” They asked for a full accounting of the accurate numbers.

Media continues to ignore impeachment polling

http://mediamatters.org/items/200512100004

On November 7, Dan Froomkin wrote in a column for The Washington Post's website:

Back in June, Zogby asked Americans if they agreed or disagreed with the following question:

The Torture Administration

ORIGINAL

By Anthony Lewis
The Nation

26 December 2005 Issue

When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933 and proceeded to carry out their savagery, many in the outside world asked how this could have happened in the land of Goethe and Beethoven. Would the people of other societies as readily accept tyranny? Sinclair Lewis, in 1935, imagined Americans turning to dictatorship under the pressures of economic distress in the Depression. He called his novel, ironically, It Can't Happen Here.

Probe into Iraq coverage widens

ORIGINAL

By Rick Jervis and Zaid Sabah, USA TODAY
BAGHDAD — A U.S. investigation into allegations that the American military is buying positive coverage in the Iraqi media has expanded to examine a press club founded and financed by the U.S. Army.

An American Nightmare

Pseudofiction by Amy Branham of Gold Star Families for Peace

PART I – THE WOMAN

George climbed into bed beside Laura, tired from the long day of work. Running a nation isn’t easy. It’s really hard work. The war in Iraq wasn’t going well and disapproval by the American people was growing by the day. His economic policies were awash. You have to make hard decisions when you are President of a country, he told himself. I’m the President and I can do what I want. The people elected me, and that gave me the freedom to do what needs to be done.

Al-Qa'ida operative 'lied about links with Iraq to avoid torture'

ORIGINAL

By Rupert Cornwell in Washington
Published: 10 December 2005

The rationale behind Washington's "rendition" of terror suspects has been called into question by a senior al-Qa'ida operative, who says he made false claims to Egyptian interrogators about the group's links with Iraq in order to escape being tortured.

Helping the Romans to Oppose the Empire

Remarks for International Peace Conference in London, England, December 10
By David Swanson

When the Downing Street Minutes (which documented Bush and Blair's plans to lie about the reasons for war) were made into a major news story in England in early May, a bunch of us got together and formed a large coalition in the United States (and with key partners in the UK, including the Stop the War Coalition and Military Families Against the War). Our goal was to pressure both the media corporations operating in the US and the congress members who usually obey them to report on and investigate the story. After all, if Tony Blair was going to feel heat for having caved in to the plans of the gangsters who occupy the White House, then – we thought – the gang leaders should bear a little responsibility as well. We called our coalition and our website After Downing Street. I want to talk a little about the media right now, and save Congress for another time.

More Evidence David Broder is Right! Right! Right!

ORIGINAL

Last week I wrote a letter to David Broder about this exchange between him and Tim Russert on Meet the Press:

MR. RUSSERT: David Broder, is it possible for official Washington--the president, Democratic leaders, Republican leaders--to arrive at common ground, a consensus position on Iraq?

MR. DAVID BRODER: It's possible, Tim, but they won't get there by arguing about who did what three years ago. And this whole debate about whether there was just a mistake or misrepresentation or so on is, I think, from the public point of view largely irrelevant. The public's moved past that.

In my letter I inquired what the evidence was for Mr. Broder's assertion. Mr. Broder hasn't seen fit to respond, but I think that's only fair, since it was such a stupid question. Every passing day brings more evidence no one cares about this dumb issue—for instance, this NY Times/CBS poll released yesterday (pdf):

Peace Action Calls for International Support of Peace Movement

Proposal for International Groups to Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

Unfortunately the Bush administration is driving horrible U.S. foreign policy including the occupation of Iraq. For those working on peace issues—especially on ending the occupation of Iraq—a change of U.S. policy is the top priority.

Unknown to many in the U.S. and my guess to our colleagues internationally is that the peace movement in the U.S. is woefully under-funded and under-resourced. Peace Action—the largest U.S. grassroots peace organization—has a combined budget of it’s various entities (100 Affiliates and Chapters across the country) of less than $5 million USD annually.
There are many reasons for this:

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