Wolfowitz's New Job Turning Him Into Iraq War's Invisible Man
By William McQuillen
Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Paul Wolfowitz's role as the architect of the Iraq war is shaping up to be one of the great disappearing acts in Washington.
Crooks and Liars
John Murtha responded to President Bush's speech today. I can't write much (ill) so discuss what he said in the thread.
QT convert is broken (it's about 20 minutes long so a small size vid file-11mgs)
Jesse has the entire transcript posted.
MURTHA: Let me start by going through a timeline and then get to what the president said....read on
Booman Tribune has more...
Think Progress: During his response to President Bush this afternoon, Murtha revealed, for the first time, that the Pentagon will ask for an additional $100 billion for operations in Iraq next year...
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Mayor of London Calls Bushies "A Gang of Thugs"
By David Swanson
Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, England, threw a bash for anti-war activists this evening and denounced the Bush Administration as "a gang of thugs." He praised the work of those present from the US and the UK who have worked to end the war, including offering high praise for Cindy Sheehan, who also spoke.
BREAKING: Military Will Request $100B For Iraq Next Year, Murtha Reveals
Judd, Think Progress
During his response to President Bush this afternoon, Murtha revealed, for the first time, that the Pentagon will ask for an additional $100 billion for operations in Iraq next year:
Time's Novak to Testify Tomorrow
Time reporter Viveca Novak is scheduled to give a sworn deposition to special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald tomorrow, a spokesperson for the magazine confirmed.
Speaking the Truth
The angry rhetoric on Fox News Monday night seemed all too familiar. John O'Neill, when questioned about the situation in Iraq, used the politics of personal destruction to attack a decorated veteran -- my brother John Kerry. O'Neill's arguments are a repeat of Republican politics during the last five years. We saw the same tactics used against John McCain in 2000, John Kerry last year with the Swift Boat ads, and most recently against John Murtha, one of the most respected Congressional voices on military affairs.
Dan Simpson: Honesty is not their policy
The Bush administration, in manifold ways, shows a consistent lack of acquaintance with truth
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
It is probably fair to say that one of the qualities that in-the-middle voters in 2000 and 2004 found appealing in both halves of the Bush-Cheney ticket was the apparent honesty of the two men.
Putting America Last
The 9/11 Commission report card: Feds fail
by Justin Raimondo
The 9/11 Commission, which still exists as a nonprofit foundation, recently graded the federal government's implementation of their recommendations, and it's a report card [.pdf] worthy of a juvenile delinquent: five Fs and those Fs don't mean "fine" or "fantastic." We're talking capital-F failure, as in "massive intelligence failure," when it comes to five key areas:
Desperate plan to stay the course
Published December 4, 2005
When President Bush went to the Naval Academy the other day, he spoke in front of a sign that could have been an answer on "Jeopardy." It had the words "Plan for Victory." The question: What did the Bush administration fail to do when it invaded Iraq?
Senator spurs hostility from antiwar left for occupying the middle ground on policy
By JERRY ZREMSKI
News Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is standing more clearly than ever in the middle ground on the Iraq War and taking some sharp fire from the antiwar left for doing so.
In the past two weeks, the New York senator and prospective Democratic presidential candidate who voted to authorize the war in October 2002 has made it clear that she won't join the rush to set a quick timetable for withdrawing American troops.
Their grand gesture to Hillary
December 6, 2005
The fighting grannies now have Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in their anti-war sights.
"Starting today, we are going to start bird dogging her wherever she goes," said Joan Wile, the 77-year-old who in 2003 founded Grandmothers Against the War.
"We are very angry with her for straddling the Iraq War fence," said Wile last week over breakfast on the Upper West Side. "We plan to hound her and get her to have some spunk and some ethics, and say what most New Yorkers say, which is let's get out of Iraq, and soon."
Doves could destroy Hillary's '08 hopes
James P. Pinkerton
December 6, 2005
Could Hillary Clinton's presumed presidential aspirations be derailed by dovish fellow Democrats? It's happened before to Democratic hawks.
In 1966, during the Vietnam War, a group of Democratic doves, including the economist John Kenneth Galbraith and the historian Arthur Schlesinger, gathered to oppose the hawkishness of their fellow Democrat, President Lyndon B. Johnson. Galbraith, Schlesinger and Co. were not street-protester types out to trash "the establishment." Instead, they sought to transform the establishment; one tool was the encouragement of new candidates to get into Democratic politics pushing an anti-war agenda.
Clinton greeted by anti-war protesters
By MARC HUMBERT
AP Political Writer
December 6, 2005, 4:19 PM EST
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was greeted Tuesday by anti-war protesters and a second Democratic challenger to her bid for re-election.
The former first lady arrived in Saratoga Springs for a local Democratic Party fundraiser, while outside more than a dozen Iraq war protesters waved signs and called on her to support an immediate withdrawal of troops.
"I'm disappointed she's not that far apart from the current administration," said Barbara Murphy of Clifton Park, a retired state worker.
THE SITUATION ROOM 4:00 PM EST
December 6, 2005 Tuesday
BLITZER: Many of Cindy Sheehan's supporters credit her with giving new life to the anti-war movement. Many of her critics accuse her of politicizing her son's death in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan has a new book that's just come out. It's entitled "Not One More Mother's Child." Cindy Sheehan is joining us now live from New York.
From Tomdispatch today, Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith, "War Crimes Made Easy, How the Bush Administration Legalized Intelligence Deceptions, Assassinations, and Aggressive War" http://www.tomdispatch.com/index.mhtml?pid=41419
By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY
A question before the U.S. Supreme Court today is whether colleges' free-speech rights are violated by a law that could allow the government to withhold money from schools that limit military recruiters' access to campus.
By Louise Arbour, International Herald Tribune
GENEVA The absolute ban on torture, a cornerstone of the international human rights edifice, is under attack. The principle we once believed to be unassailable - the inherent right to physical integrity and dignity of the person - is becoming a casualty of the so-called war on terror.
By Robert F. Worth, The New York Times
Baghdad, Iraq - Two bombers wearing explosive belts blew themselves up in a crowded courtyard in the Baghdad police academy this morning, killing at least 36 people and wounding 72, Interior Ministry officials said.
By Amy Branham
Last night's protest in Houston outside the Cheney/DeLay fundraiser was enthusiastic and invigorating. Initially organizers expected around 150-200 participants, but there were actually close to 300 protesters coming and going throughout the evening. It was an evening of nonviolent, peaceful protests against the war in Iraq, corporate greed and just about any other unethical issue you can think of that Vice President Cheney and Tom DeLay stand for.
We equaled the number of participants at the fundraiser, with estimates of the attendees there being around 300.
Diane Wilson of Code Pink was also there, inside the fundraising event, along with another Code Pinker, Katie Helms. While Cheney was at the podium giving his speech, Diane stood up and interrupted him, taking off her cape to display her own protest for all to see.
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman
The first lady today announced the theme for the 2005 holiday season at
the White House.
It is this:
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers, www.democraticunderground.com
We all know this from our schooldays and our workplaces: the thing about bullies, especially the really cocky ones, is that they're often very insecure. They swagger and strut their stuff, and get in your face aggressively, but once you organize opposition and indicate you're not afraid of them anymore, thus stripping them of their essential power over you, they're lost in the world of ordinary mortals.
The Lies of John Edwards
By JOHN WALSH, www.counterpunch.org
The apology of John Edwards, former Senator and 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate, for voting for the Iraq war in 2002, has been widely praised. But his apology is based on a lie, one that other Democrats are likely to embrace and one which will serve their ambitions but hide the truth. We should have no illusions about this, for to believe otherwise is to set ourselves up for the continuation of Bush's war by a Democrat.
By Dr. Mohammed Abu-Nimer
The November 27th kidnapping of four members of Christian Peacemaker Teams
(CPT)-Tom Fox (54), of the United States, Norman Kember (74) of Great
Britain, and James Lonely (41) and Hameet Singh Sooden (32) of Canada-who
By World Can't Wait
We are aiming to blast out with the next phase of the battle to drive out the Bush regime by placing a full page ad in the NY Times within the next week.
Attached you will find a PDF file of the ad. This is a draft. Signatories are continuing to arrive so the list is not final. This ad needs to run now, before the colleges go on break. Please, donate all you can: $hundreds, $thousands, $ten thousand +. We need to raise $45,000 by Wednesday, December 7. So let us know as soon as possible what you can donate.
By, Tim Goodrich, Co-founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War / Western Region
So often in our quest to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home, we work from the bottom up. This happens when we have people in the streets protesting, people calling their elected officials and Iraq war vets and other credible sources speaking at public forums. While this is all great and our efforts are working, we frequently forget another valuable method for effecting change. I believe that it is equally important to work from the top down.
Published on Monday, December 5, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Maya Schenwar
When the Solomon Amendment, the law that requires universities to allow military recruiters on campus, first passed in 1995, the bill's co-sponsor Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) declared an intention to "send a message over the wall of the ivory tower of higher education." On December 6, the "ivory tower" will send a message back. In court, the oral argument will be presented for FAIR v. Rumsfeld, the Supreme Court case which will decide the fate of the Solomon Amendment. On the street, thousands of students, teachers and peace activists will participate in the National Day of Counter-Recruitment, holding rallies and educational events in almost every major city. The day of protest, organized by Campus Anti-War Network (CAN) and endorsed by Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn and Kathy Kelly, is expected to be the largest student counter-recruitment action organized around the Iraq War to date. [See CAN's website at http://www.campusantiwar.net for detailed information and a full list of endorsers.]
By Norman Solomon, t r u t h o u t | Perspective
The US government is waging an air war in Iraq. "In recent months, the tempo of American bombing seems to have increased," Seymour Hersh reported in the December 5 edition of The New Yorker. "Most of the targets appear to be in the hostile, predominantly Sunni provinces that surround Baghdad and along the Syrian border."
Operation Ceasefire was honored to recieve this award from one of Washington DC's oldest and well respected peace organizations at their annual awards dinner. For more information on The Washington Peace Center visit http://www.washingtonpeacecenter.org/
By Ivan Eland
Published by The Modern Tribune
After condemning the suggestion of many Democrats that the U.S. should create a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq, the Bush administration’s Pentagon is tentatively constructing just that. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, returning from a visit to Iraq, seemed to support that plan by insisting that the training of Iraqi troops was going so swimmingly that the current level of U.S. forces in Iraq would not need to remain much longer. What gives?