Bush Tries to Gag Critics in Veterans Day Speech

By Matthew Rothschild, http://progressive.org

In his Veterans Day speech, Bush took the low road [1].

Responding to critics who charge him with manipulating intelligence and hoodwinking the American people into war, Bush said: “It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how the war began.

Anti-War Showing in Sacramento Veteran’s Day Parade

By Gary Zimmerman

Sacramento, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2005. Anti-war veterans, military families and
supporters demonstrated the courage of their convictions by marching in
the Sacramento Veteran’s Day Parade. About 30 people representing
Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Gold Star Families
for Peace, Military Families Speak Out, and their supporters
participated in the parade. The Veteran’s Day event organizers showed

Imagine if the White House Press Corps Took This Oath

Live Not By Lies
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
As printed in The Washington Post, p. A26
Monday, February 18, 1974

Following is the full text of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's essay ``Live Not By Lies.'' It is perhaps the last thing he wrote on his native soil [before the collapse of the Soviet Union] and circulated among Moscow's intellectuals [at that time]. The essay is dated Feb. 12, the day that secret police broke into his apartment and arrested him. The next day he was exiled to West Germany.

At one time we dared not even to whisper. Now we write and read samizdat, and sometimes when we gather in the smoking room at the Science Institute we complain frankly to one another: What kind of tricks are they playing on us, and where are they dragging us? gratuitous boasting of cosmic achievements while there is poverty and destruction at home. Propping up remote, uncivilized regimes. Fanning up civil war. And we recklessly fostered Mao Tse-tung at our expense-- and it will be we who are sent to war against him, and will have to go. Is there any way out? And they put on trial anybody they want and they put sane people in asylums--always they, and we are powerless.

Edwards Admits War Based on "Flawed" and "Manipulated" Info, But Directs Attention Away from That and Supports Ongoing War

The Right Way in Iraq
By John Edwards, Washington Post

I was wrong.

Almost three years ago we went into Iraq to remove what we were told -- and what many of us believed and argued -- was a threat to America. But in fact we now know that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction when our forces invaded Iraq in 2003. The intelligence was deeply flawed and, in some cases, manipulated to fit a political agenda.

It was a mistake to vote for this war in 2002. I take responsibility for that mistake. It has been hard to say these words because those who didn't make a mistake -- the men and women of our armed forces and their families -- have performed heroically and paid a dear price.

Backbone Campaign 'Thank and Spank' Actions on H. Res. 505

SPANK: 2 Democrats are "No Shows" on H. Res. 505

THANK: H. Res. 505 Spine Thank You Cards:

Draft: It's Not a Beer

Thursday, November, 17, 2005, Howard University in Washington, D.C., will host a forum on Student Military Recruitment and the Iraqi War featuring Damu Smith and Rev. Lennox Yearwood.

This event is free and open to the public.

Time: 12:30pm

Where: Howard University - Blackburn Center

Presented by the Students of Contemporary Issues: Faith and Spirituality in Mass Media

Confessions of a Repentant Republican

By William Frey, M. D.

“See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

Demand Impeachment Inquiry

Originally Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel
By Louis LaFortune and Sherry Conable

On September 9, 2003, the Santa Cruz City Council sent a letter to the
House Judiciary Committee (HJC) of the United States House of
Representatives. This action was taken in response to concerns brought
to them by thousands of citizens of Santa Cruz. They contacted the
Council not only by petition, letter, email, and phone, but also turned
out en masse at two separate Council meetings, requesting action!

In the letter, the Council asked the HJC to examine six areas in which
it seems that the Bush Administration has violated Article II of the

Newsweek poll: Just 36 percent of Americans support Bush

Newsweek poll: Just 36 percent of Americans support Bush
From a release issued to RAW STORY.


New York-A majority of Americans polled disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president-an all time low in the Newsweek Poll. After recent events, such as the withdrawal of the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination and the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's former Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, 58 percent of Americans disapprove of the president's handling of his job-a five-point decrease in approval since the September 29-30 Newsweek Poll. On the topic of how Bush is handling certain aspects of his job, 60 percent of those polled disapprove of the way he is handling the economy, 32 percent approve. Seventy-three percent disapprove of Bush's handling of oil prices, 20 percent approve.

Carter Criticizes Bush Administration for Direction It Is Taking America

Carter Criticizes Bush Administration for Direction It Is Taking America
The Associated Press
Published: Nov 12, 2005

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter, on a tour to promote his latest book, is sharply questioning the direction the Bush administration has taken the country.

"Everywhere you go, you hear, 'What has happened to the United States of America? We thought you used to be the champion of human rights. We thought you used to protect the environment. We thought you used to believe in the separation of church and state,'" Carter said Friday at Unity Temple.

Get the Truth Out on Veterans' Day

FOCUS | Scott Galindez: Honoring Veterans Includes Telling the Truth

Scott Galindez argues the only way the Bush Administration can appropriately honor US Troops is to admit false intelligence and bring the troops home.

VIDEO SPECIAL: Veterans Day at Arlington West, Santa Monica

Asterisks Dot Washington Post Article on Asterisk-Dotted White House Iraq Argument

Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument
By Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, November 12, 2005; A01

President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.

Neither assertion is wholly accurate. [*in fact, both are lies]

The administration's overarching point is true: Intelligence agencies overwhelmingly believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and very few members of Congress from either party were skeptical about this belief before the war began in 2003. [*Bushit! Most nations' "intelligence" agencies rejected these claims, as did the U.N., as did the majority of the Democrats in Congress.]

San Francisco Says "No" to Military Recruiters

By Kristin Anderson

On November 8th the citizens of San Francisco joined the growing counter recruitment movement. 59% of voters expressed the opinion that military recruiters should not be allowed in public schools.

According to Todd Chretien, the author of the College Not Combat proposition known as Prop I, the reasons for initiating this campaign were simple. "After seeing CAN activists protest military recruiters at Seattle Central Community College, City College of New York and San Francisco State University, we knew that the tide was turning against the war. When each campus administration called the police on student activists, we decided that a good way to demonstrate the popular support for the students was to give the people of San Francisco the chance to tell the world what they thought of military recruiters by voting for Proposition I."

Littwin: The long road toward the elusive truth

By Mike Littwin, Rocky Mountain News

This was George W. Bush's I-am-not- a-liar speech.

It was actually his I-am-not-a-liar- but-believe-me-when-I-tell-you-that- the-Democrats-are speech.

He was at least partly right. When he says that many Democrats who are now changing their minds on the war in Iraq are hypocrites, who can argue?

You can argue with the timing. I mean, it was Veterans Day, after all, and you'd think the president's speech would be about honoring the dead - and not about trying to re-establish his own honor.

Howard Zinn: Don't Despair about the Supreme Court

It's Not up to the Court
By Howard Zinn

John Roberts sailed through his confirmation hearings as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with enthusiastic Republican support, and a few weak mutterings of opposition by the Democrats. Then, after the far right deemed Harriet Miers insufficiently doctrinaire, Bush nominated arch conservative Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. This has caused a certain consternation among people we affectionately term "the left."

I can understand that sinking feeling. Even listening to pieces of Roberts's confirmation hearings was enough to induce despair: the joking with the candidate, the obvious signs that, whether Democrats or Republicans, these are all members of the same exclusive club. Roberts's proper "credentials," his "nice guy" demeanor, his insistence to the Judiciary Committee that he is not an "ideologue" (can you imagine anyone, even Robert Bork or Dick Cheney, admitting that he is an "ideologue"?) were clearly more important than his views on equality, justice, the rights of defendants, the war powers of the President.

Radio Today

Catch Iraq war vet John Bruhns on the air at 12:35 p.m. EST on 90.3 FM in Boston and
Internet streams from http://www.wzbc.org/index.html and others at
http://zbconline.com/ today.

And catch After Downing Street Co-Founder David Swanson on KPFA with Kris Welch from 9:30 - 10 a.m. PT today in the Bay Area or at http://www.kpfa.org

Letter of Resignation

By Ken Sanders

To Whom It May Concern:

I hereby resign my position as a silent accomplice to your perpetration of and involvement in bullying, rape, and murder. I will no longer sit dumbly by while you, purporting to be my government, fabricate and manipulate evidence in order to engage in illegal wars of aggression. I refuse to any longer tacitly support your policies of torture, abuse, extraordinary rendition, and "disappearing." I resign from aiding and abetting your hypocritical regime that preaches democracy abroad while subverting it at home.

I've had enough. Enough of ignoring that intelligence was fixed around policy, rather than the other way around. Enough of your fifteen-year-old policy of regime change, justified by fabricated fears of weapons of mass destruction, weapons you knew were destroyed long ago. Enough of your deliberate smearing and denigration of individuals and international bodies who dared challenge the lies and disinformation tarted up as truth. Enough of your representatives who, not wanting to appear unpatriotic, and more concerned with job security than principles, authorized a dim-witted megalomaniac to use whatever means necessary to finish a job his daddy was unwilling to complete.

Sacramento Demonstrates Against War Profiteering Hotel

By Gary Zimmerman

Sacramento – Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, starting at 10:15 a.m. about 50
demonstrators picketed against war profiteering at The Radisson Hotel,
500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. Veterans for Peace and Military Families
Speak Out organized the event. The organizers announced that this is the
beginning of a campaign to publicize war profiteers -- businesses and
individuals who profit from the war in Iraq.

See photo album.

The Radisson profits from housing young recruits during their processing
at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) located nearby. The

Libby Testimony Is Key To Rove Inquiry

Libby Testimony Is Key To Rove Inquiry
By Murray Waas, special to National Journal
© National Journal Group Inc.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald delayed a decision on whether to seek criminal charges against Karl Rove in large part because he wants to determine whether Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, can provide information on Rove's role in the CIA leak case, according to attorneys involved in the investigation.

Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument

Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument
By Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, November 12, 2005; Page A01

President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.

Neither assertion is wholly accurate.

Poll: Most Americans Say Bush Not Honest

Poll: Most Americans Say Bush Not Honest
By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer, Yahoo News
20 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Two crucial pillars of President Bush's public support — perceptions of his honesty and faith in his ability to fight terrorism — have slipped to their lowest point in the AP-Ipsos poll.

While the CIA leak investigation, the mishandling of Hurricane Katrina and high energy costs have all taken their toll, the polling found the Iraq war at the core of Americans' displeasure with the president.

Investor's Business Daily Lies About Impeachment Polls

Here's their article, followed by a letter I'm sending to their editor


Wishful Polling
By Investor's Business Daily
Posted 11/11/2005

Public Opinion: Polling, they say, is part science and part art. If so, the art part that some polling organizations are practicing is getting blacker by the day.

Take Zogby International. The last time we visited the "highly regarded, nonpartisan polling company," as its clients refer to it, was early July. While the rest of us were celebrating the nation's 229th birthday, Zogby was doing its patriotic part by releasing a poll on how many Americans think President Bush should be impeached.


George W. Bush was returned to the US presidency by voters convinced of his moral and leadership qualities. But his moral failures were exposed through the Downing Street Memo's proof of systematic lying concerning Iraqi WMD and connection to al-Qaeda. And now, his leadership on the domestic front has been proved to be criminally negligent in response to the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.

Only impeachment offers Americans a swift and appropriate recourse.

George W. Bush must be impeached for lying in leading the nation to war in Iraq. And President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff must be impeached for denying Equal Protection of the Laws to the Katrina Victims because they are Poor and because they are Black, in violation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Democratic leader fires back at Bush speech: We must change the course


Statement of Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Bush's speech on Iraq and the war on terror.

"On this Veterans Day, the President had the opportunity to honor our troops, both those who have served and those who are currently serving, by laying out a clear strategy for success in the war in Iraq. Instead, the President resorted to his old playbook of discredited rhetoric about the war on terror and political attacks as his own political fortunes and credibility diminish.

"Attacking those patriotic Americans who have raised serious questions about the case the Bush Administration made to take our country to war does not provide us a plan for success that will bring our troops home. Americans seek the truth about how the nation committed our troops to war because the decision to go to war is too serious to be entered into under faulty pretenses. While the Bush administration continues to stonewall the Congress from finding the truth about the manipulation of prewar intelligence, Democrats will continue to press for a full airing of the facts. We stand with our troops when we ask the hard questions, and with their families when we fight to get them, their families and our veterans the benefits they deserve.

Bush Resurrects False Claim That Congress Had “Same Intelligence


In his speech today, President Bush claimed that members of Congress who voted for the 2002 Iraq war resolution “had access to the same intelligence

Iraq Vet Group Critical of Bush's Veterans' Day Speech

Blogged by Brad on BradBlog.com

Iraq Vet Group Critical of Bush's Veterans' Day Speech, Demands Support for Troops from Commander-in-Chief and a 'Real Investigation Into Prewar Intelligence'

In a response just issued by OpTruth.org , "the nation's first and largest organization for Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," their Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff expressed disappointment...

In a response just issued by OpTruth.org, "the nation's first and largest organization for Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," their Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff expressed disappointment in George W. Bush's just-completed Veterans' Day speech to troops in Pennsylvania.

Iraq War Veterans' Thoughts on Veterans Day

By Paul Rieckhoff, http://www2.operationtruth.com

NEW YORK – The head of the nation’s first and largest organization for Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Operation Truth, released the following statement today, Veterans Day:

“The more than 600 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans that make up Operation Truth salute those who have fought alongside us, those that fought before us, and pray for the safety of those who are currently on the battlefield.

But Veterans’ Day is more than just a day to give Veterans a parade and a thank you. Veterans Day is about honoring those who have fought in service to this nation. The best way to honor our sacrifice is to take care of our needs and answer the questions we have. To date, all we have gotten from most people in Washington is a bunch of lip service and requests to be window dressing for advantageous politicians.

An Evening with Ambassador Joseph Wilson

Please join the University of Maryland College Democrats for,
An Evening with Ambassador Joseph Wilson

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 8pm at the Memorial Chapel at the University
of Maryland College Park, Doors open at 7:30pm. Please come early.

For directions and parking at the Chapel, please visit:

The event is free of charge. Everyone is welcome, you do not have to be
associated with the University in any way to come.

Wilson, whose wife's name -- Valerie Plame -- was allegedly leaked by White
House officials as a covert CIA operative, will be appearing at the


CONTACT: Kevin Spidel, (877) 368-9221
More information: http://www.pdamerica.org

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15, 4-6:30 PM

WHERE: The National Democratic Club - 30 Ivy St., SE - Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., November 11, 2005 - "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan and "Dharma's Mom" Mimi Kennedy will join several members of Congress and important activists on the Progressive Democrats of America's National Advisory Board at a Press Conference and Reception to celebrate the launch of the organization’s National Advisory Board, and meet with media and the public.

Each new opinion poll reveals deeper public disapproval of the Iraq War and Republican policies. Is the political pendulum swinging left? Progressive Democrats of America's rapid growth suggests this is the case. PDA unites tens of thousands of forward thinking, "Left of Liberal" activists to lead and lobby on key issues while building alliances with citizens and elected officials.

Chalabi and the Times: A Tale of Two Ahmads

By Arianna Huffington, HuffingtonPost.com

In one of those delicious coincidences, Day One of the post-Judy era at the Times has delivered a noticeable shift in the paper's coverage of Judy's old pal Ahmad Chalabi.

For months, the paper has insisted on identifying the discredited neocon darling by his latest official title -- "deputy prime minister" -- without a nod to the key role he played in providing the bogus intel the White House used to sell the war.

I've said before, this is like doing a story on Ken Lay and describing him as "a prominent Houston businessman."

As recently as this past Sunday, a story about Chalabi's visit to Iran opened with: "Ahmad Chalabi, the former Iraqi exile who has become a deputy prime minister, met with senior Iranian leaders here on Saturday..."

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