Clinton lambastes Bush

Clinton lambastes Bush
18/09/2005 16:26 - (SA)

Washington - Former US president Bill Clinton on Sunday sharply criticised George W Bush for the Iraq War and the handling of Hurricane Katrina and voiced alarm at the swelling US budget deficit.

Breaking with tradition under which US presidents mute criticisms of their successors, Clinton said the Bush administration had decided to invade Iraq "virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence there were weapons of mass destruction".

The Iraq war diverted US attention from the war on terrorism "and undermined the support that we might have had," Bush said in an interview with an ABC's "This Week" programme.

250 rally against war in Durham

BY JIM SHAMP : The Herald-Sun
jshamp@heraldsun.com
Sep 17, 2005 : 10:30 pm ET

DURHAM -- There was blistering heat and the diversion of college football to contend with, but some 250 people walked from Bright Leaf Square to Duke University's East Campus on Saturday afternoon to show their support for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq.

The crowd, overwhelmingly white and mostly middle-aged and older, included many people who thought they were going to be joined by Cindy Sheehan, the 48-year-old California woman sometimes referred to as the "Peace Mom." Sheehan's son, Army Spec. Casey Austin Sheehan, 24, was killed in action on April 4, 2004, just five days after his arrival in Sadr City, Iraq, during the U.S. occupation.

Philadelphia City Council Votes Resolution Against The War

On the urging of members and friends of the Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour, the Philadelphia City Council voted today 16 to 1 for a Resolution calling on the federal government to "rapidly withdraw US troops from Iraq expeditiously." Following a Thursday morning caucus session in which Gold Star Mom Celeste Zappala and other Bring Them Home Now Bus Tour members were introduced to Councilmembers, the Resolution was introduced by Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds-Brown and was co-sponsored by 12 other council persons, two of them Republicans. Councilwoman Reynolds-Brown will read the resolution at the Rally scheduled for Friday 9/16 from 5 to 7 PM at Indepenedence Mall, 5th & Market Sts.

Slow drums, empty boots mark protest against war

Bring Them Home Now Tour holds rally, memorial walk

by Danielle T. Furfaro, Albany Times-Union
September 15th, 2005

ALBANY -- In the gentle morning breeze, a half-dozen Buddhists dressed in flowing, white robes beat a meditative rhythm on small drums. Surrounding them on the lawn outside the Capitol were hundreds of white crosses and military boots, each symbolic of someone who died in the Iraq war.

Nearby, a couple of volunteers hung a banner that read "Camp David Fisher," named after a Watervliet soldier killed in Iraq in December.

The morning vigil began Wednesday's activities on the Bring Them Home Now Tour, which stopped in Albany and included a noon rally at the Capitol and an evening memorial walk and forum.

What Noble Cause

What Noble Cause
by CindySheehan [Subscribe]
Sat Sep 17th, 2005 at 05:05:14 PDT
It has been one month, one week, and 4 days since I sat in a ditch in Crawford, Tx. My request was very simple: I wanted to speak to the man who has sent over a million of our young people over to fight, kill, and die in a country that was absolutely no threat to the United States of America. I wanted to ask him: "What is the Noble Cause that you keep talking about?"

Well, we all know now that George Bush never came down the road to talk to me. Thank God! Many people have been saying that I am the "spark," "catalyst," "face of the anti-war movement" etc. I beg to differ. George Bush and his arrogant advisers are the spark that lit the prairie fire of peace activism that has swept over America and the entire world. If he had met with me that fateful day in August it would not have been good for him (because I knew he was going to lie and I would have advertised that fact) but it would have had less of an impact on the peace movement if he had.

Camp Casey to DC, With a Detour to New Orleans

by Cindy Sheehan
September 16, 2005

The Camp Casey to DC tour is going very well! We have the three RV's that are going from city to city and we are speaking in front of rallies that have hundreds, and sometimes thousands of people attending. We are receiving positive responses from all over America. We have had amazingly little opposition to what we are doing. Today in Raleigh, NC at the University, there were some Young Republicans who support the President and support the war. I tried to get one of the many recruiters who were on campus to go over and sign them up for the service, but they wouldn't even look at me. I think the recruiters missed a golden opportunity to swell the ranks. I have a feeling that the Young killing supporters wouldn't be willing to go over and put their money where their mouths are. One of the fine young American baby chicken hawks told one of the members of our tour whose brother was killed in Iraq that: "someone has to stay in school and employ people." Sounds like the "Dick Cheney" alternative to serving your country to me.

South Tour of Bring Them Home Now Visits Durham, NC Today

Bring Them Home Now!

Durham, NC
Sat, Sep. 17th

Event Description:

12:00 PM Rally and March in Durham
Brightleaf Square
905 West Main St, Durham

Local Event Contact:

Andrew Pearson - 919-360-2028
NC Coalition for Peace & Justice kangaroo@email.unc.edu

Ann, 808-741-1141
Lisa, 213-840-1972
fithianl@igc.org

Local Press Contact:

Katya - 703-304-5075

Rationale for war based on a mistake

Posted on Thu, Sep. 15, 2005
IRAQ

Rationale for war based on a mistake

BY DENNIS JETT

Some people get it.

Others don't, or refuse to.

Take Chuck Hagel and John McCain. Both were heroes during the Vietnam War who went into politics and are now Republican senators -- of Nebraska and Arizona, respectively. What they don't have in common is their view of the war in Iraq.

Hagel said recently in an interview: ''We are locked into a bogged-down problem not unsimilar, dissimilar to where we were in Vietnam. The longer we stay, the more problems we are going to have.'' McCain, on the other hand, wrote in The New Republic that it was the right war and that he would do it again today. Despite the absence of any weapons of mass destruction, he argued that it was worth the high price we are paying. He noted in the article, published in June 2004, that the price was more than 800 dead Americans and more than $100 billion. Now there are more than 1,800 dead Americans and the monetary cost, too, has more than doubled.

A Bright Spot in Bush World Amid the Miserable Failures on the Same Planet

A Bright Spot in Bush World
by CindySheehan [Subscribe]
Thu Sep 15th, 2005 at 20:58:21 PDT
A Bright Spot in Bush World
Amid the Miserable Failures on the Same Planet
Cindy Sheehan

It has been one month and one week since I sat in a ditch in Crawford, Tx. I can hardly believe it when I think of it myself. So much has happened in that time, and really, so little.

I got to Camp Casey III in Covington, La today, after getting up at 3am to head for the airport. Now it is 3am the next day and we are driving in a car to try and find a hotel to sleep anywhere around Jackson, Miss. I was prepared to be shocked by what I saw in Louisiana, but I guess one can never really fully prepare for such devastation and tragedy. After living in a country your entire life it is so difficult to see such callous indifference on an immense scale. When I reflect on how the mother of the imbecile who is running our country said that the people who are in the Astrodome are happy to be there, it angers me beyond comparison. The people in LA who were displaced have nice, if modest homes that are perfectly fine. I wonder why the government made them leave at great expense and uproot families who have been living in their communities for generations.

Going After the Little Guys

Sept. 16
Going After the Little Guys

The U.S. Defense Department is taking another run at law schools that have refused to let military recruiters visit their campuses because of the Pentagon’s stance on gay servicemen and women. But so far, the only institutions the department has singled out for possible loss of federal funds are three independent law schools. One other law school that has barred military recruiters — Yale’s — is shielded from Pentagon retribution by a court’s injunction, while Harvard’s law school, which last fall declared its intention to bar military recruiters, seems to have been left alone so far.

'Bring Them Home Now Tour' Travels Through Pittsburgh

'Bring Them Home Now Tour' Travels Through Pittsburgh
Tour To Reach Washington Sept. 21
Hena Daniels

POSTED: 3:41 pm EDT September 13, 2005
UPDATED: 5:08 pm EDT September 13, 2005

PITTSBURGH -- The "Bring Them Home Now Tour" rode through downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday.

The tour was started by Cindy Sheehan, the woman who camped outside President George W. Bush's Crawford Texas ranch in August.

The group is made up of not only war protesters, but veterans and families who lost loved ones in Iraq.

"We're not just people out there exposing a philosophical belief, we have been touched by this war and we want to get our message to America," said Bill Mitchell, of Atascadero, Calif.

Protesters want emphasis on peace

News : Page Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2005 1:41 PM PDT
Protesters want emphasis on peace
 www.theworldlink.com

Peace rally organizer Brandi Weatherston prepares to read her opening comments Sunday at Sunset Beach near Charleston. World Photo by David Courtland

By David Courtland, Staff Writer

CHARLESTON -- About 40 opponents of the war in Iraq, some coming from as far as Redmond and Eugene, held a peace rally at Sunset Beach on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“Bring them home now

“Bring them home now

CIA leak investigator warns against document release

CIA leak investigator warns against document release
Thu Sep 15, 8:14 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department and the special counsel investigating the leak of a CIA operative's identity pressed Congress to block legislation that would compel the administration to turn over documents related to the case, the department said in a letter released on Thursday.

The Justice Department, in a letter dated September 14, said special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald had advised that producing documents and holding hearings would interfere with his investigation. The letter was sent to the House Intelligence Committee's Republican chairman, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (news, bio, voting record) of Michigan.

Scandals, Corruption, & Lies. Oh My!

Shuster's Shtick
Scandals, Corruption, & Lies. Oh My!
By Scott Shuster
September 16, 2005

It must’ve been a long hot summer for George W. Bush, plagued with so many detrimental events that made his approval ratings plummet. Now that the summer is over, I thought it would be a good time to review and ‘summer-ize’ what happened in the name of neo-conservative governance.

What I found particularly ironic was that each time a scandal broke out and made George & Co. look bad; they got bailed out… by another scandal! No really – when was the last time you heard about the Downing Street Memos? Not since the Valerie Plame/Karl Rove scandal dominated the headlines. And when was the last time you heard about Val & Karl?

Bring Them Home Now Tour: Central Tour Rolls Through Pittsburgh

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Central Tour: Pittsburgh
September 13th, 2005

By Chris Snively

Today was the last full day for the tour in Pittsburgh. Everyone on the Central Bus has been extremely impressed with this wonderful city. It's rolling hills, beautiful bridges, and its 19th century architecture are some of America's best kept secrets. Much thanks to the David Meieran of Pittsburgh End the War, the Thomas Merton Center, the Friends Meeting House on Ellsworth, and the Sisters and caretakers of the Mt. Nazareth Center in Bellevue for making our stay in Pittsburgh wonderful and loving.

Camp Casey Memorial Stolen

Camp Casey Memorial Stolen
By Deborah Mathews
Lone Star Iconoclast

Thursday 15 September 2005

Camp Casey Memorial, Crawford, Texas
(Photo: The White Rose Society)

Crawford - The Camp Casey Memorial on Prairie Chapel Road was removed by thieves earlier today. Not a single item is left at the memorial site.

Crew members working for McLennan County said they witnessed items being removed by an unidentified individual and contacted their office to inform commissioners.

Upon arrival at Camp Casey, honor guard members who had been at the Crawford Peace House immediately called McLennan County Sheriff's Deputy R. Polansky to report the theft.

Peggy Logue Speaks Out on the Bring Them Home Now Tour

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Bring Them Home Now Tour Asks Military Mom to Speak Out
September 15th, 2005

I am a mother of a 19 year old 3/25 Lima Co. Marine serving in Iraq. One third of his Unit has been kia or injured. In early August after losing 22 Marines in less than a week, fearing for my son’s life and driven by conviction, I began my journey to change the direction our country has been going.

I have been waiting for my son’s safe return before speaking out publicly. There is such confusion in our country about patriotism and supporting our troops while being against the war.

You Can't Steal the Camp Casey Movement

You Can't Steal the Camp Casey Movement
By Scott Galindez
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Friday 16 September 2005

There was a song written about Camp Casey by a minister from Dallas, called "Prairie Chapel Road." Eric Folkerth was his name, and one of his verses goes like this: "You can mow down the crosses but you can't mow down our hope because the truth will always see the light of the day."

Larry Northern thought he would kill Camp Casey's spirit when he mowed down the crosses with his pickup truck. Well, he was mistaken. The Spirit of Camp Casey was too strong, and the movement that was launched there cannot be stolen by another jerk who stole the memorial that remained there until yesterday.

Local TV Covers Cindy Sheehan in Raleigh, North Carolina

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War protester brings peace tour to N.C.
9/16/2005
By: Shelvia Dancy & Web Staff

(RALEIGH) -- A woman who camped out in front of President Bush's ranch in Texas after her son died in Iraq visited Raleigh on Thursday.

Cindy Sheehan is on an anti-war bus tour from Crawford, Texas, to Washington, DC. Her son, Casey, died in Iraq in 2004.

"I'm a mother, and my heart and my soul were ripped out of me on April 4th," anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan told the crowd.

Sheehan has traveled across the country sharing her story. "When those three army officers came to my house dressed in their uniforms, I knew they weren't there to tell me my son had received a medal," she continued.

Hinchey Leads Broad Congressional Coalition Calling For Expansion Of Plame Name Leak Investigation

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For Immediate Release
September 15, 2005

Hinchey Leads Broad Congressional Coalition
Calling For Expansion Of Plame Name Leak Investigation

Forty-One Members Of Congress Ask Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald To Examine
Bush Administration's False Uranium Claims That Led To Disclosure Of CIA Operative's Identity To Determine If Additional Federal Laws Were Broken

Washington, D.C. - Troubled by what they see as violations of federal law that prohibit making false and fraudulent statements to Congress, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and 40 of his House colleagues today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald asking that he expand his investigation of who in the Bush Administration revealed to the news media that Valerie Plame, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was a covert agent for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Hinchey and his colleagues urged Fitzgerald, who was designated as special prosecutor for the case, to examine the causes behind the exposure of Plame's identity -- specifically, the Bush Administration's false and fraudulent claims in January 2003 that Iraq had sought uranium for a nuclear weapon, which the Administration used as one of the key grounds to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Camp Casey Memorial Stolen; Casey Sheehan's Boots Are Gone

Camp Casey Memorial Stolen
Casey Sheehan's Boots Are Gone

By Deborah Mathews
Staff Writer

September 15, 2005 3:23 PM

CRAWFORD — The Camp Casey Memorial on Prairie Chapel Road was removed by thieves earlier today. Not a single item is left at the memorial site.

Crew members working for McLennan County said they witnessed items being removed by an unidentified individual and contacted their office to inform commissioners.

Upon arrival at Camp Casey, honor guard members who had been at the Crawford Peace House immediately called McLennan County Sheriff’s Deputy R. Polansky to report the theft.

Clark criticizes Bush on Security

Clark criticizes Bush on Security
By AMY REININK
Sun staff writer
September 15. 2005 6:01AM
MICHAEL C. WEIMAR/The Gainesville Sun

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme allied commander, spoke Wednesday night to students and the public at the University of Florida's Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
etired Gen. Wesley Clark lambasted President Bush's administration on Wednesday for its handling of homeland security in the four years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and its response to Hurricane Katrina, calling that response "fumbling, inefficient and dangerous."

Speaking to a crowd of a few hundred people on Wednesday at the O'Connell Center, Clark drew on his 34 years of military experience to outline a new strategy for American security that focused mostly on waging a war of ideas.

Bush Support Eroding as Christians Condemn Iraq Involvement

Bush Support Eroding as Christians Condemn Iraq Involvement
September 12, 2005
the San Bernardino County Sun (California)

by Jano Gibson

With increasing frequency, Christians are condemning U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

And the growing unrest among Christians threatens to erode President Bush's most loyal base.

"We had no plan for making the peace. We continue as a superpower to be arrogant. . . . And we have acted as though all is well, when, in fact, daily we have reports of suicide bombings and more disruptions in Iraq," said the Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, a coalition of mainline Protestant and Orthodox denominations.

Watchdog slams US forces for media deaths in Iraq

Watchdog slams US forces for media deaths in Iraq
1 hour, 2 minutes ago

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A media watchdog criticized the U.S. military on Wednesday for consistently failing to investigate the killing of journalists in Iraq by its forces, and said the Pentagon was losing credibility as a result.

The report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, said U.S. troops had killed 13 journalists since the U.S.-led war started in March 2003, and at least 40 other reporters had been killed in the conflict.

"Several of the 13 deaths suggest indifference by U.S. soldiers to the presence of civilians, including members of the press," the CPJ said in a statement.

AfterAfterDowning Street

LINK TO ORIGINAL

by Bob Fertik

On Wednesday, Republicans had their chance to save George Bush from impeachment.

And, as Steve Cobble describes, they threw it away.

Since the Downing Street Minutes were published on May, progressives have demanded to know whether the central allegation of those Minutes was true: that the pre-war intelligence and facts were being fixed around Bush's policy of invading Iraq, whether or not Iraq had any WMD's or any connection to 9/11.

Mourning in America

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Lynn Bradach lost her son in Iraq—a son she believes died for a lie. Now, she’s headed to Washington, D.C., to join Cindy Sheehan and others for what is being billed as a huge, war-stopping march on September 24.

BY ELI SANDERS
The Stranger

Like the young man in the new Army recruiting commercial, Travis Bradach-Nall had issues with his father. His parents had divorced just before he turned 13, and he barely saw his dad again after that. Instead he lived with his mother, Lynn Bradach, in the close quarters of her brown cottage-style home in Portland, Oregon. Like many teenagers, Travis was furious at his dad and in love with loud noise. He liked explosions. He liked to play the drums. He liked to yell.

Newsview: 3 crises define Bush presidency

Posted on Wed, Sep. 14, 2005
Newsview: 3 crises define Bush presidency
RON FOURNIER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - It's August in Crawford, Texas, and President Bush is on vacation. His poll ratings are slumping. He hears warnings of a looming crisis that will soon change the course of his presidency.

Is this August 2001? Or August 2005?

The answer is both. Historians will ultimately judge Bush's presidency based on his leadership through two tragedies - the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, plus a conflict of his own design: The war in Iraq.

Katrina's lethal aftermath revealed that the Bush administration didn't learn valuable lessons from the 2001 attacks about responding to disasters. As for the president himself, since the Sept. 11 terror strikes, Bush seems to have lost his touch for connecting with an anxious public.

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Give it to everyone you know.

Just call and ask to be connected to your rep's office. Be nice to the people answering the phone. They're just doing their job.

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