Iraq in US politics

By Helen Cobban

I'm just back from a lunch here in Charlottesville with George Packer, the thoughtful and well-informed author of a new book on the US engagement in Iraq called The Assassins' Gate. (He's spent quite a bit of time in Iraq since the invasion, publishing several good pieces of reportage in the New Yorker along the way.)

Find Your Favorite Lie

Iraq on the Record: A searchable collection of 237 specific misleading statements made by Bush Administration officials about the threat posed by Iraq.

U.S. ex-general calls for Iraq pull out

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. general who used to head the National Security Agency says the only way to stabilize the Middle East is to leave Iraq.

Retired three star Lt. Gen. William Odom, writing for, wrote that while President George W. Bush wants to bring democracy and stability to the Middle East, the only way to achieve that goal is for the U.S. armed forces to get out of Iraq now.

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?


Reverend Lennox Yearwood On "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" - Dr. MLK Jr.

When: Monday, December 5th, 5:30 p.m. Pacific / 8:30 p.m. Eastern

How to Participate? Three ways:

Rep. Waxman Calls for an Investigation of U.S. Military Efforts to Influence Iraqi Media Coverage

By Congressman Henry Waxman

Wednesday, November 30, 2005 -- In a letter to Chairman Davis, Rep. Waxman asks 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.

New Questions about Payments to Halliburton

By Congressman Waxman

Friday, December 02, 2005 -- In a letter to Chairman Tom Davis, Rep. Waxman discloses that the Army Corps of Engineers has paid Hallilburton $130 million in cost reimbursements, profits, and bonuses for billings related to fuel imports and oilfield repairs in Iraq that Defense Department auditors determined to be unreasonable and unsupported.

An Urgent Appeal: Please Release Our Friends in Iraq

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Four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams were taken this past Saturday, November 26, in Baghdad, Iraq. They are not spies, nor do they work in the service of any government. They are people who have dedicated their lives to fighting against war and have clearly and publicly opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq. They are people of faith, but they are not missionaries. They have deep respect for the Islamic faith and for the right of Iraqis to self-determination.

Someone Tell the Marines Fallujah is Pacified

Latest on NoQuarter
By Larry C. Johnson

Horribly sad news out of Iraq overnight. Ten brave Marines died in a bomb blast while clearing a factory in Fallujah. At least another eleven of their brothers were wounded during the same operation. I guess the insurgents in Fallujah did not get the memo from Condi Rice and other Bush Administration hawks that things are fine and the insurgency is, as Dick Cheney said, in "its last throes".

Senate Intelligence Committee stalling pre-war intelligence report

By Larisa Alexandrovna,

Phase II, the follow-up to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into pre-war intelligence on Iraq, is still facing opposition from administration officials and has seen little action from the committee’s chairman, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), RAW STORY has learned.

Cabal of Criminality

By Manuel Valenzuela

The Cabal of Criminality and Iraq

The disaster in Iraq has continued to regress with the same velocity and intensity as when it first started, raging onwards in a classical resistance, guerilla-style form of urban warfare that usually befalls occupying invaders of alien lands, yet as 2005 ends and 2006 gets set to begin, in the minds of millions of Americans finally out of the hypnotic, denial-laced clouds of 9/11, the time has finally arrived to show ever-increasing animosity to a war that was lost the moment the first American boots entered Iraq. Nobody, after all, likes a loser, and nobody jumps on the bandwagon of a so-called superpower nation being bled, of both blood and treasure, by a resistance with one-billionth the financial resources and military might – though possessing much more intelligence and patience – of the nation it is slowly and calculatingly hemorrhaging.

Roadside Bomb Kills 10 US Marines in Fallujah

The Associated Press

Baghdad - A roadside bomb killed 10 Marines and wounded 11 while they were on a foot patrol near Fallujah, the Marine Corps said Friday, in the deadliest attack on American troops in nearly four months.

Iraq: A Sudden Rush for the Exits

By Dave Lindorff,

The growing opposition to the war in Iraq here in the US, and the growing strength and success of the various resistance groups fighting against the US occupation in Iraq, have put the Bush Administration in a serious bind, not just at home but in Iraq itself.

The Insurgencies Are Winning

By Robert Dreyfuss,

Robert Dreyfuss is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2005). Dreyfuss is a freelance writer based in Alexandria, Va., who specializes in politics and national security issues. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, and a frequent contributor to Rolling Stone.He can be reached at his website:

Hampton Univ. Students Face Disciplinary Action for Anti-Bush Walkout

Democracy Now!

Seven students at Hampton University in Virginia face disciplinary action
for staging a walkout during the World Can't Wait day of action against the
Bush administration one month ago. Shortly before they appear before a

Is the U.S. Training Iraqi Death Squads to Fight the Insurgency?


* Iraqi-American Member of Muslim Peacemaker Team Speaks Out for Four
Kidnapped Colleagues *

As a group of influential Sunni scholars in Iraq calls for the release of
four kidnapped aid workers of the Christian Peacemakers Team, we go to Najaf

Audit Me!

By Cindy Sheehan

Dear Friends,

The above link is a petition to have the IRS audit me.

I have publicly said for months that I am not paying my 2004 income taxes.

The Niger Forgeries

Treasongate: The Niger Forgeries v. the CIA Intel Reports - Preliminary Conclusion: An Italian Job

Treasongate: The Niger Forgeries v. the CIA Intel Reports - Post Script 2: The 6/20/03 IAEA Letter to Rep. Henry Waxman

What U.S. Media Will Report in 2045 Re Iraq

Analysis Casts Doubt on Vietnam War Claims By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer

Another war, another set of faulty intelligence findings behind it.

Forty years before the United States invaded Iraq believing Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, it widened a war in Vietnam apparently convinced the enemy had launched an unprovoked attack on two U.S. Navy destroyers.

Bush's 'Great Leap Forward'

Our Great Helmsman is steering us toward disaster
by Justin Raimondo,

There is no real need for a line-by-line analysis of the speech delivered yesterday by the Trotskyite-in-chief: a succinct summary will suffice. The president's response to the polls, which show overwhelming opposition to the Iraq war, is: screw you. To those Republican members of Congress who rightly fear for their seats as election day approaches, a similar message of disdain has been delivered. It's "victory or death" – the death of the GOP, that is, which is likely to lose control of the Senate, or the House of Representatives, and quite possibly both. In this, our president resembles those suicide bombers who are wreaking havoc in Iraq: he is willing to go down in flames, supremely indifferent that innocents are consumed in the resulting conflagration.

On Power - Open letter to the US Congress

By Stan Goff,

(Disclaiming in advance for the rare exceptions in Congress)

If there is one thing we can always count on, it’s politicians who walk over human corpses to show fear only in the face of something as formless and abstract as an opinion poll. The veterans and military families antiwar movement are well-versed on so-called realism – and that deference we are supposed to exercise when we approach elected officials, hat in hand, for a few crumbs of your attention and support.

Coalition of the Departing

Allies pulling more troops from Iraq: Ukrainians, Bulgarians plan to leave this month
By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press

Ukrainians soon may see many scenes like this - a soldier hugging his wife

In C.I.A. Leak, More Talks With Journalists


WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 - A conversation between Karl Rove's lawyer and a journalist for Time magazine led Mr. Rove to change his testimony last year to the grand jury in the C.I.A. leak case, people knowledgeable about the sequence of events said Thursday.

Bush's Mama Ain't Happy

Bush Gossip & Tonight's Ten Minutes on Air America' Majority Report

Barbara Bush is allegedly TICKED off at Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Andy Card, nearly all of them -- except Karen Hughes -- for how her boy is faring in the hearts and minds of Americans.

The Prairie Chapel Road 12

VIDEO SPECIAL | The Prairie Chapel Road 12
A Film by Rebecca MacNeice

In September, a new county ordinance was passed to ban parking and camping on the roads around Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Bullet Points over Baghdad

By Paul Krugman, The New York Times

The National Security Council document released this week under the grandiose title "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq" is neither an analytical report nor a policy statement. It's simply the same old talking points - "victory in Iraq is a vital U.S. interest"; "failure is not an option" - repackaged in the style of a slide presentation for a business meeting.

Embedded TIME Reporter: Bush Lied In Speech Yesterday About Iraqi Security Forces

Embedded TIME Reporter: Bush Lied In Speech Yesterday About Iraqi Security Forces

Yesterday, President Bush claimed that Iraqi security forces “primarily led

Bush takes Cheney out of the loop on national security

Bush takes Cheney out of the loop on national security

Vice President Dick Cheney on Nov. 11 at a Veteran's Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

In C.I.A. Leak, More Talks With Journalists

In C.I.A. Leak, More Talks With Journalists
New York Times
Published: December 2, 2005

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 - A conversation between Karl Rove's lawyer and a journalist for Time magazine led Mr. Rove to change his testimony last year to the grand jury in the C.I.A. leak case, people knowledgeable about the sequence of events said Thursday.

Ex-Rep. Paul Findley on Ending the Iraqi War

Published, Dec. 1, 2005, Baltimore's Indy Media Center

The Niger Documents--How They Did It

by emptywheel, The Next Hurrah

eRiposte at the Left Coaster has been doing incredible work piecing together the Niger forgeries. For those who haven't been following along, I'd like to offer a quick summary of what he has shown, including:

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