Published on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 by the Boston Globe
Via Common Dreams
By Ross Gelbspan
The hurricane that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name is global warming.
When the year began with a two-foot snowfall in Los Angeles, the cause was global warming.
When 124-mile-an-hour winds shut down nuclear plants in Scandinavia and cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland and the United Kingdom, the driver was global warming.
When a severe drought in the Midwest dropped water levels in the Missouri River to their lowest on record earlier this summer, the reason was global warming.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
“61 Strong and Growing
By Dan Simpson
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday 31 August 2005
Will the Bush administration wise up and withdraw from the mess it created? Probably not.
In President Bush's recent, for the most part off-ranch, activities trying to shore up the levees intended to protect his administration from being washed away by the flood of American anti-war sentiment, he and other senior officials have managed to put forward two more ill-conceived arguments for what the United States is doing in Iraq.
One of them says that the United States has to stay in Iraq, losing more troops, to honor the 1,880 who have died and the 13,877 wounded there already. Put in the simplest of terms, that is to throw good money after bad, to throw more American lives down the rat hole that Iraq has become. That line of argument in 1975 would have kept US forces in Vietnam long after it was clear that the war was over and lost.
That makes 60 co-sponsors! Do I hear 61?
What about YOUR Congress Member?
From Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
Dear Frank (and Richard),
Thank you for responding to letters from Democrats about your refusal to poll on the impeachment of George W. Bush, even though a Zogby Poll in June found 42% support impeachment if Bush lied about Iraq.
You offer the following justification (copied in full below):
... the general procedure Gallup uses to determine what to ask about in our surveys is to measure the issues and concerns that are being discussed in the public domain. We will certainly ask Americans about their views on impeaching George W. Bush if, and when, there is some discussion of that possibility by congressional leaders, and/or if commentators begin discussing it in the news media. That has not happened to date.
Of course, your justification is completely dishonest. Is Bush's impeachment being "discussed in the public domain"? Unquestionably! Simply Google "impeach Bush" and you'll get 723,000 links.
PM Thursday, September 1, 2005
New Orleans Disaster: Where’s the National Guard?
NANCY LESSIN, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mfso.org
Lessin is a founder of Military Families Speak Out. She said today:
"The numbers we have are that there are 11,000 National Guard personnel
from Louisiana, of whom about 3,000 are in Iraq with most of the heavy
equipment. This included generators and high-water and other vehicles
Thursday, September 01, 2005
New Orleans Times Picayune
By Bill Walsh
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert dropped a bombshell on flood-ravaged New Orleans on Thursday by suggesting that it isn’t sensible to rebuild the city.
"It doesn't make sense to me," Hastert told the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago in editions published today. "And it's a question that certainly we should ask."
Hastert's comments came as Congress cut short its summer recess and raced back to Washington to take up an emergency aid package expected to be $10 billion or more. Details of the legislation are still emerging, but it is expected to target critical items such as buses to evacuate the city, reinforcing existing flood protection and providing food and shelter for a growing population of refugees.
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Friday 02 September 2005
All last night sat on the levee and moaned,
All last night sat on the levee and moaned,
Thinkin' about my baby and my happy home.
- Led Zeppelin, 'When the Levee Breaks'
This will come as no surprise, but columnist Molly Ivins has again nailed
it to the wall. "Government policies have real consequences in people's
lives," Ivins wrote in her Thursday column. "This is not 'just politics'
or blaming for political advantage. This is about the real consequences of
what governments do and do not do about their responsibilities. And about
From an article in the Chicago Sun-Times (9/1/05):
Four out of 10 Americans, given a few minutes to bend President Bush's ear on Iraq, would tell him to bring the soldiers home now.
Or, as more than one respondent told Gallup pollsters, "get the [swear word] out."
Paper: Tenet won't become fall guy for 9/11 intelligence
George Tenet will not let himself become the "fall guy" for 9/11 intelligence failures, according to a former intelligence officer and a source friendly to Mr. Tenet, the conservative Washington Times asserted Thursday.
The piece was written by John B. Roberts, who worked in the Reagan White House and often writes on terrorism and intelligence affairs. Tenet, the former CIA direction, was blamed for the sixteen words in President Bush's 2003 State of the Union address in which he boldly asserted that Iraq was seeking uranium for a weapons of mass destruction program. He resigned shortly thereafter.
EXCLUSIVE: Karl Rove Makes Surprise Visit to Camp Casey!
Greets, Thanks Bush Supporters Opposing Cindy Sheehan
Snubs, Ignores Combat Vets, Gold Star Families Who Made Ultimate Sacrifice for Bush's War
CRAWFORD, TX - Driving his own pickup, with two trucks blockading both sides of the street, Bush Administration Senior Political Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove made a surprise sunset visit/photo-op Tuesday night to the half dozen or so Bush supporters camped across the street from "Camp Casey" in Crawford, Texas where Cindy Sheehan -- whose son, Casey, was killed in Iraq -- originally made her stand requesting a meeting and an explanation from George W. Bush, The BRAD BLOG has learned from eye-witnesses.
Bush compares, contrasts Katrina and Nine-Eleven
WHITE HOUSE President Bush says while Nine-Eleven was a man-made attack and Hurricane Katrina natural, their aftermath is "just as serious."
Bush tells A-B-C "New Orleans is more devastated than New York was." But, he promises the city will rise again.
He says seeing the destruction from Air Force One was emotional. Bush plans to tour devastated areas tomorrow.
The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
The Hurricane Exit Strategy:
At some point here, some wise, ambitious, and none-too-cynical member of Congress, perhaps Chuck Hagel, perhaps Russ Feingold, needs to say the obvious: Hurricane Katrina offers the ultimate exit strategy from Iraq. What other excuse need there be to pull vast numbers of troops and billions of dollars out of our overseas failure?
The patently absurd waste of billions of dollars will be brought to light by the suffering along the Gulf Coast. A couple of months from now, whenever some worthless, stupid right-wing fuck puppet declares that the U.S. has built schools in Basra, it'll simply be a reminder of how much faster things could have been done in Biloxi if all those funds and all that personnel were readily available.
© 2005 Mike Ferner
In the “old days
By Will Bunch, Attytood
Posted on September 1, 2005,
Even though Hurricane Katrina has moved well north of the city, the waters continued to rise in New Orleans on Wednesday. That's because Lake Pontchartrain continues to pour through a two-block-long break in the main levee, near the city's 17th Street Canal. With much of the Crescent City some 10 feet below sea level, the rising tide may not stop until until it's level with the massive lake.
There have been numerous reports of bodies floating in the poorest neighborhoods of this poverty-plagued city, but the truth is that the death toll may not be known for days, because the conditions continue to frustrate rescue efforts.
t r u t h o u t | One Mother's Stand
By Scott Galindez
Wednesday 31 August 2005
Austin stands with Cindy. Austin welcomed the Bring Them Home Now Tour in grand style. Thousands greeted the buses at the State Capital, and marched to City Hall.
A powerful rally was led by Austin Against the War. Cindy, Iraq War Vet Jeff Key, Ann Wright, other Gold Star Families brought the spirit of Camp Casey.
Jim Hightower and others from Austin added their voices. The tour is heading to Houston. The vets are heading to Louisiana to roll up their sleeves and aid the victims of Katrina.
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Media analysis, critiques and activism
ABC's Antiwar "Reality Check"
World News Tonight minimizes support for withdrawal
September 1, 2005
Cindy Sheehan's protest outside George W. Bush's Texas ranch has recently focused media attention on the antiwar movement. But some mainstream media outlets seem determined to marginalize such activism.
On August 25, ABC World News Tonight anchor Charles Gibson asked, "People may tell pollsters they oppose the war, but are they part of any real antiwar movement? We asked ABC's Dan Harris to take a reality check on the depth of sentiment against the war."
By Dave Lindorff
There is a pattern starting to develop here in the way the Bush administration deals with urban crises.
Look at New Orleans and at Baghdad.
In both cases, you had a city that was facing imminent destruction--from a record-breaking hurricane in one case, and a well-planned mass bombing attack and invasion in the other.
In both cases, it was clear, and experts were warning, that there would be total destruction of the infrastructure and a need for a well-organized recovery program or the cities would descend into chaos and anarchy, with massive loss of life.
By Terry M. Neal
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Thursday, September 1, 2005; 10:18 AM
The ongoing saga of the Cindy Sheehan show has raised the specter of service and sacrifice and what it means to give to a "noble cause."
"We have lost 1,864 members of our armed forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom and 223 in Operation Enduring Freedom," President Bush told a group of veterans in Salt Lake City earlier this month, referring to the fallen troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Each of these men and women left grieving families and loved ones back home.
"We owe them something.... We will finish the task that they gave their lives for. We will honor their sacrifice by staying on the offensive against the terrorists, and building strong allies in Afghanistan and Iraq that will help us ... fight and win the war on terror."
Attend Pacifica Fundraiser to Watch Cindy Receive Her Award on Sept. 23 in D.C., the night before the march!
Flyer here on how to attend: PDF.
The 'Unvarnished Truth' awards are designed to recognize and honor the paths and works of individuals who demonstrate exceptional courage and committment to speaking their truth on political and/or social issues of the day. Individuals who despite the controversy or adversity their opinion might render, they nonetheless dared to tread. This is the 'First Annual Unvarnished Truth Awards' so these individuals are setting the standard for those to come...and they've set the bar pretty high.
THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT - DRIVE OUT THE BUSH REGIME
NATIONAL ORGANIZING CONFERENCE
NEW YORK CITY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, SEPT. 3-4
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, NYC.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
PUBLIC Program: "Why the Bush Regime Must be Driven Out -- and How we
can build a movement to do that," including Larry Everest, author of
Oil, Power & Empire: Iraq and the U.S. Global Agenda (Common Courage
Friends: The question on everyone's minds is: With the political life in
Nearly 2,000 demonstrators led by Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif. marched Wednesday from the Texas Capitol to Austin City Hall changing and holding anti-war signs.
About two dozen Bush supporters held a counter rally nearby.
Sheehan and dozens of other war opponents left their makeshift camp near President Bush's ranch in Central Texas on Wednesday.
They plan to be in the Houston area Thursday as part of the “Bring Them Home Tour,
Wed Aug 31, 4:35 PM ET
By any measure, Cindy Sheehan's Crawford vigil has been a triumph, capturing the attention of the nation and finally making Iraq the focus of a much-needed national debate. Not bad for a plain-spoken mom in a floppy hat.
Now she is taking her protest to the next level, helping to organize a bus tour of key congressional districts and sending letters to every member of Congress, asking them to meet with her and her fellow grieving parents -- and to hold the president accountable for his disastrous policies in Iraq. As she puts it in her letter: "The President has not been willing to meet with me, but he must meet and listen to you."
ZNet | Iraq
By Daniel Borgström; August 31, 2005
The Marine Corps didn't send me to Vietnam, so I came home in one piece, un-killed and un-maimed. I went on to trek around the world for a few years. Eventually I settled down to participate in the antiwar movement of that era.
But it could have been otherwise. After all, people who volunteer to fight those wars do sometimes get what they ask for. I've come to think a lot about that since this May when I attended a forum where Cindy Sheehan spoke. Cindy Sheehan is the mother of a GI who died in Iraq. “To make sense of his death I have to try to stop the war," she said. Her son, Casey, chose to go to Iraq, presumably believing that he was part of a liberation force, bringing freedom to Arabs and defending our country from terrorists.
By Sidney Blumenthal
In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war.
Biblical in its uncontrolled rage and scope, Hurricane Katrina has left millions of Americans to scavenge for food and shelter and hundreds to thousands reportedly dead. With its main levee broken, the evacuated city of New Orleans has become part of the Gulf of Mexico. But the damage wrought by the hurricane may not entirely be the result of an act of nature.
By Paul Craig Roberts
Chalk up the city of New Orleans as a cost of Bush's Iraq war.
There were not enough helicopters to repair the breached levees and rescue people trapped by rising water. Nor are there enough Louisiana National Guardsmen available to help with rescue efforts and to patrol against looting.
The situation is the same in Mississippi.
The National Guard and helicopters are off on a fool's mission in Iraq.
The National Guard is in Iraq because fanatical neoconservatives in the Bush administration were determined to invade the Middle East and because incompetent Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld refused to listen to the generals, who told him there were not enough regular troops available to do the job.
By ROBERT BURNS, AP
WASHINGTON (Aug. 31) - American combat deaths in Iraq rose in August to the highest monthly total since November.
At least 74 were killed in action in August, including one unidentified soldier hit Wednesday by a roadside bomb near Samarra, north of Baghdad. There also were nine noncombat deaths in the month, according to Pentagon figures.
By either measure - combat deaths or total deaths - August was one of the worst months for U.S. troops since the invasion in March 2003. Only two months had more combat deaths: November 2004, with 125, and April 2004, with 126.
By Doug Ireland
A stunning new report from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) shows that the war in Iraq has so far cost every person in the U.S. $727, making the Iraq War the most expensive military effort in the last 60 years. Moreover, the costs of the war and the continuing American occupation of Iraq have exceeded those of the Vietnam war during eight years. Operations costs in Iraq are estimated at $5.6 billion per month in 2005. By comparison, the average cost of U.S. operations in Vietnam over the eight-year war was $5.1 billion per month, adjusting for inflation.
The IPS report, The Iraq Quagmire: The Mounting Costs of War and the Case for Bringing Home the Troops, was written by Phyllis Bennis, Erik Leaver and the IPS Iraq Task Force. Among the report's other findings: