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Ugly GOP Smear Stunt Fails Its Objective

By Armando, dailykos.com

The latest incarnation of the New McCarthyism, the ugly Duncan Hunter stunt - the so-called "Murtha" resolution - blew up in their face.

The NYTimes reported that:
"House Republicans are attempting to split the ranks of the Democrats tonight by offering a resolution to withdraw American troops from Iraq immediately."

The vote on the rule to bring the Fake Hunter Resolution to the floor for a vote passed 210-202, but every every Democratic representative who voted, voted against the rule and 5 Republicans joined the Democrats.

Obviously, the Republican attempt failed.

WaPo Misses Point Again

By David Swanson

A Washington Post editorial today completely misses the distinction that much of the public understands and cares passionately about, the distinction between someone telling reporters information to expose crimes and doing so at risk to their own careers (even if they have other motives like petty rivalries or dislike of the criminals), and - on the other hand - telling reporters information in order to punish whistleblowers for exposing the rationales for crimes as a pack of lies. You cannot use the same "principle" to protect whistleblowers AND to protect the criminals and their acts of retribution against whistleblowers...unless you're the Washington Post, which wrote:

Protesters Call Again for Closing of School of the Americas

By Elliott Minor, The Associated Press

Columbus, Ga. - Carlos Mauricio, a torture survivor from El Salvador, will be among the thousands who gather at Fort Benning's main gate this weekend to call for the closing of a military school they blame for human rights abuses in Latin America.

"I was blindfolded. I was badly, badly beaten," he said. "I was tortured for nine days. I was forced to listen to the screaming of all the people being given electroshock and women being raped."

Mauricio, a high school science teacher, traveled by minivan from his home in San Francisco to join the annual protest organized by School of the Americas Watch, a group that has waged a 15-year campaign to close Fort Benning's School of the Americas, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

Everything would hinge on the meaning of the word "deploy"/deployment

Posted by: NonnyO at November 19, 2005 03:32 PM
Democracy Cell Project

(Editor's note: NonnyO simplified the vote and it's misinterpretation from yesterday's Republican ploy.)

The Republican alternative simply said: "It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately."

Everything would hinge on the meaning of the word "deploy"/deployment (American Heritage Dictionary): Deploy: "To distribute (persons or forces) systematically or strategically." "To put into use or action." Knowing the meaning of the word deployment makes all the difference, because the Repub/NeoCon wording only means the US would cease sending more military personnel to Iraq. It doesn't say a bloody thing about bringing the ones who are already there home, or withdrawing from Iraq immediately or in the future; the way it's worded it only means we would cease sending more troops. The ones already there could be stationed there indefinitely, even if no more troops are sent (and it would mean no rotation of troops).

Did Plame out WH plans for finding WMD in Iraq?

By Hornet, http://houseoflabor.tpmcafe.com

Did the White House plan to 'find' WMD in Iraq until Brewster-Jennings intercepted their shipment? Was that why Plame was in their crosshairs long before Wilson's editorial?

Buried in a TPM Nov 18 blog about what the WH was really thinking when it invaded Iraq, Joshua Micah Marshall writes "This even leads to a sort of inverted conspiracy theorizing when people ask, 'If he knew there was no WMD, why didn't they at least try to plant some to avoid the catastrophic embarrassment which ensued after the war....The real answer, I think, is as banal as it is devastating: I don't think they ever gave it much thought -- not in the sense of trying to get to the heart of the matter."

Halliburton Case Is Referred to Justice Department, Senator Says

By Erik Eckholm, The New York Times

Pentagon investigators have referred allegations of abuse in how the Halliburton Company was awarded a contract for work in Iraq to the Justice Department for possible criminal investigation, a Democratic senator who has been holding unofficial hearings on contract abuses in Iraq said yesterday in Washington.

The allegations mainly involve the Army's secret, noncompetitive awarding in 2003 of a multibillion dollar contract for oil field repairs in Iraq to Halliburton, a Texas-based company. The objections were raised publicly last year by Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, then the chief contracts monitor at the Army Corps of Engineers, the government agency that handled the contract and several others in Iraq.

Vandenberg Space Command charged with war crimes during celebration of Keep Space for Peace Week.

Compiled by Aenet Rowa, Yokwe Online, August 23, 2005

On October 8 over 100 peace demonstrators met at the main gate of Vandenberg Air Force Base/ 3oth Space Wing Command in Santa Barbara county California to demand compliance with international law. As part of the Keep Space for Peace week the demonstrators joined other actions around the globe protesting the militarization of space and the deployment of Star Wars missile defense. Special guest speaker from No Nukes North Alaska, Stacey Fritz, explained how the deployment of Star Wars interceptors not only violates international treaties but is against a US law which requires that the system not be deployed until we have the consent of our allies and until it has been successfully tested. These criteria have not been met for interceptors at either Vandenberg or Fort Greely in Alaska.

Carly's Poem

This short video shows my daughter, Carly, reading her poem "A Nation Rocked to Sleep" at Casey's memorial at Arlington West, Santa Barbara, on April 03. 2005. The memorial was also for Sgt. Mike Mitchell who was killed in the same ambush Casey was killed in. His family has become close with our family.
http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

My three children, Carly, Andy, and Janey are all featured.

It is a brilliant short piece by my good friends Peter Dudar and Sally Marr who made the movie Arlington West.

Love the proud mama,
Cindy

The Green Table

November 19, 2005
The Green Table
Karen, Democracy Cell Project

In 1932, the ballet choreographer Kurt Jooss created a piece called “The Green Table.

Bush slaps down top general after he calls for troops to be pulled out of Iraq

By Philip Sherwell in Washington, Telegraph News
(Filed: 14/08/2005)

The top American commander in Iraq has been privately rebuked by the Bush administration for openly discussing plans to reduce troop levels there next year, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

President George W Bush personally intervened last week to play down as "speculation" all talk of troop pull-outs because he fears that even discussing options for an "exit strategy" implies weakening resolve.

John Kerry on ABC says to bring the troops home!

John Kerry on ABC says to bring the troops home!
Sussel, After Downing Street.org

Watch Video of John Kerry .

Former Presidential nominee John Kerry spoke with Dianne Saywer on abc news. During this interview, he defended Congressman Murtha and defended the peace movement. He demanded that a minimum of 20, 000 to 50,000 troops be sent home immediately.

Furthermore, he held the President accountable for sending the troops to war unprotected and still not protecting the troops to this current day. Yes...he even called the President's actions, "Incompetent!"

Uproar in House as Parties Clash on Iraq Pullout

By Eric Schmitt, The New York Times

Washington - Republicans and Democrats shouted, howled and slung insults on the House floor on Friday as a debate over whether to withdraw American troops from Iraq descended into a fury over President Bush's handling of the war and a leading Democrat's call to bring the troops home.

The battle boiled over when Representative Jean Schmidt, an Ohio Republican who is the most junior member of the House, told of a phone call she had just received from a Marine colonel back home.

"He asked me to send Congress a message: stay the course," Ms. Schmidt said. "He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message: that cowards cut and run, Marines never do."

Lawmakers Reject Immediate Iraq Withdrawal

By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press

The Republican-controlled House spurned calls for an immediate pullout of troops from Iraq in a vote hastily arranged by the GOP that Democrats vociferously denounced as politically motivated…

Republicans hoped to place Democrats in an unappealing position — either supporting a withdrawal that critics said would be precipitous or opposing it and angering voters who want an end to the conflict. They also hoped the vote could restore GOP momentum on an issue — the war — that has seen plummeting public support in recent weeks.

Democrats said it was a sham and quickly decided to vote against the resolution in an attempt to drain it of significance.

Bush Avoids Questions About CIA Leak and Secret Prisons

President refuses to support torture ban
Guest blogged by David Edwards, BradBlog.com

President Bush took a few questions while speaking today in Panama.

While campaigning in October of 2000, Bush said "We will ask not only what is legal but what is right. Not what the lawyers allow but what the public deserves." Today Bush was asked if he had upheld this promise to the American people. Instead of offering a straightforward answer, the president stonewalled with the familiar "We are cooperating with the investigation..." deflection.

Bush was also asked if the Red Cross would be allowed to inspect the "secret prisons" which have been recently reported in the Washington Post and other publications. While the president didn't answer this question directly, he took the opportunity to strongly imply that he supported torture as long as it was conducted via legal methods and loopholes. He seemed to give the impression that torture was necessary tool when used to protect the American people.

Pelosi to Republican Colleagues: 'You Can't Handle the Truth'

Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both of the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Web: http://democraticleader.house.gov/

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today spoke late this evening in strong opposition to a sham Republican proposal to smear Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania, who has proposed immediate redeployment of troops from Iraq. Below are Pelosi's remarks on the House floor and a video link:

"Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise as the proud representative of the city of San Francisco in the Congress of the United States. In Northern California, we treat our veterans with respect. But Mr. Murtha is not being treated as a distinguished veteran with respect here.

House on Fire

By Mike Hersh, Progressive Democrats of America
http://blog.pdamerica.org/?p=423

I’m still trying to get my mind around what happened on the House Floor today. The very short version is this: Members of Congress debated Iraq policy in the Peoples’ House for the first time since Bush took us into war. That doesn’t begin to describe the bizarre and frenzied circumstances under which this too-short and long overdue debate unfolded.

Consider the proximate cause of this impromptu debate: the poignant and courageous statements of Rep. John P. Murtha (D - 12 Pennsylvania). When Congressman Murtha spoke the same words as PDA and other anti-war leaders, the Republican spin machine kicked into overdrive. It’s rare to see such a colossal political miscalculation. The GOP attacks on Murtha quickly spun out of control, because of who he is. From his website: “U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha has dedicated his life to serving his country both in the military and in the halls of Congress. He had a long and distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990….

VIDEO: Schmidt’s Shame

VIDEO: Schmidt’s Shame
Think Progress.org
LINK TO ORIGINAL

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) today on the House floor, speaking about Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), a decorated former Marine:

Yesterday I stood at Arlington National Cemetery attending the funeral of a young marine in my district. He believed in what we were doing is the right thing and had the courage to lay his life on the line to do it. A few minutes ago I received a call from Colonel Danny Bubp, Ohio Representative from the 88th district in the House of Representatives. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message, that cowards cut and run, Marines never do. Danny and the rest of America and the world want the assurance from this body – that we will see this through.

Withdrawal Is Not Retreat

By William M. Arkin
The Washington Post

How to get out of Iraq.

Congressman John Murtha's speech on Iraq yesterday is another turning point in the Iraq debate. The President and Vice President may argue that politicians are playing politics and their feelings may be hurt that their competence and motives are called into question, but when one of the Pentagon's best friends speaks out against continuing the Iraq enterprise, the voices at the White House seem ever more puny and defensive.

So it isn't surprising that all White House spokesman Scott McClellan could say yesterday was that Murtha was "endorsing the policy positions of ... the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic Party."

GOP HOUSE STUNT: Leadership Revises 'Murtha Resolution' to Call for Immediate Iraq Pullout!

By BradBlog

To Force Vote Tonight on Combat Vet, House War Hawk's Gutted Resolution!
BRAD BLOG Obtains Complete Versions of Both Resolutions...

In what can only be described as a cynical and partisan last minute stunt by the Republican-controlled House of Representative, GOP leaders have announced a sudden vote this evening on the "Murtha Resolution" which had called for the immediate phasing out of troops in Iraq and a deployment of a "quick-reaction U.S. force" of Marines in the region should trouble arise.

The GOP-modified version of Murtha's resolution, which had given numerous reasons for his call for a pull-out has starkly changed both the language and meaning of the original resolution in hopes that Republicans can force Democrats onto the record voting in favor of, or against, "immediate termination" of forces in Iraq.

House GOP Seeks Quick Vote on Iraq Pullout

By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer

House Republicans, sensing an opportunity for political advantage,
maneuvered for a quick vote and swift rejection Friday of a Democratic
lawmaker's call for an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq.

"We want to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq
and Afghanistan," said Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. "We will not
retreat."

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi had no immediate reaction to the
planned vote.

The GOP leadership decided to act little more than 24 hours after Rep.
Jack Murtha, a hawkish Democrat with close ties to the military, said the

Carly Sheehan: A Nation Rocked to Sleep

VIDEO SPECIAL | Carly Sheehan: A Nation Rocked to Sleep
A film by Peter Dudar and Sally Marr
http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

Cindy Sheehan's daughter Carly reads a poem she wrote about her family's reaction to her brother Casey's death in Iraq.

Bombers Kill at Least 70 inside Two Shiite Mosques in Iraq

By Edward Wong
The New York Times

Baghdad - A pair of suicide bombers detonated explosive belts today inside two Shiite mosques in the northern Kurdish town of Khanaqin, collapsing the buildings, killing at least 70 people and wounding scores more. The attack came as worshipers were gathering for Friday prayers.

It was the deadliest coordinated bombing in Iraq in nearly three months, and came hours after two suicide truck bombs exploded outside a hotel in downtown Baghdad that houses many foreign journalists. The blasts, which killed at least six Iraqis and injured at least 60, completely reduced a neighboring apartment building to rubble.

"Three days that transformed America"

UPI
By MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- On Thursday, a Democratic national politician for the first time managed to do what former Vice President Al Gore, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, their running mates and more than $150 million of Democratic consulting and campaign resources signally failed to do in more than five years and two national elections: He mauled President George W. Bush.

"The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It's a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of the members of Congress," said Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania as he called for an immediate U.S. withdrawal from that country.

Sources who identified Hadley as Woodward's source dismiss denials

Filed by Jason Leopold and Larisa Alexandrovna, http://www.RAWSTORY.com

Despite news reports Thursday asserting National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley was not the source who told Washington Post Assistant Managing Editor Bob Woodward that Valerie Plame Wilson was a CIA agent, sources with direct knowledge of the case still maintain that Hadley was the “senior administration official

Our Monsters In Iraq

By Robert Dreyfuss, TomPaine.com

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: www.robertdreyfuss.com.

It is time to start waving the bloody shirt. There is no longer any doubt that the men that the United States has installed in power in Iraq are monsters. Not only that, but they are monsters armed, trained and supported by George W. Bush's administration. The very same Bush administration that defends torture of captives in the so-called War on Terrorism is using 150,000 U.S. troops to support a regime in Baghdad for which torture, assassination and other war crimes are routine.

CONG. JACK MURTHA BRINGS THE COURAGE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING TO THE DEBATE OVER IRAQ

By CONGRESSMAN CHARLES RANGEL
Contact: Emile Milne 202 225-4365

At a time when President Bush and Vice President Cheney have been attacking elected leaders who have criticized their decision to go to war in Iraq;

At a time when Members of Congress have been politically intimidated by charges that any criticism of the war was unpatriotic or harmful to our troops;

At a time when the majority of Americans are ahead of the Congress in their loss of faith in the President and his decision to go to war;

Along comes a person whose courage and leadership as relates to this war is comparable to that exhibited by Martin Luther King in the great civil rights struggles of the 1960's.

Baker and Cheney: A tale of two Republicans...

By Don Williams, Knoxville News-Sentinel
http://www.mach2.com/williams
OR http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/opinion

Howard Baker and his old pal Dick Cheney—their bodies worn yet ample from years of dining high on the
political hog--soaked up attention in all their faded glory at Tuesday’s groundbreaking for the Baker Center for
Public Policy. It clearly had been a while since either wielded a shovel, as they awkwardly grasped handles to
turn loose soil in a bin set up for the purpose at a University of Tennessee auditorium. Watching replays on TV
news, I was sorry Baker had sullied the day by bringing in Cheney, who predictably drew heckles, and I couldn’t

Rahm, Please Tell Us: How Many More Must Die for It to Be "The Right Time?"

By David Sirota, Huffington Post

When I worked on the House Appropriations Committee, I worked around Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) a lot. He's a really intimidating, no-nonsense kind of guy (he was the guy that I always worried would scream at me a la Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann in Full Metal Jacket if I screwed anything up).

And when it comes to defense-related issues, there literally is no member of Congress more informed and more pro-military than Murtha. That's why his announcement yesterday demanding an immediate withdrawal from Iraq was so important: because if someone like Murtha says its time for a withdrawal, then any Democrat in America should be able to say its time for a withdrawal.

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