THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING PRESIDENCY

By Mel Goodman
U.S. Tour of Duty
September 10, 2005
www.ustourofduty.org

Mel Goodman, co-author of "Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives Are Putting the World at Risk," is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy.

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Over the past three years, we have been watching the gradual unraveling of the integrity and credibility of President Bush and his entire administration. In the winter of 2002-2003, there was the calculated misuse of intelligence collection and analysis to justify the invasion of Iraq, the first preemptive war in the history of the United State. Then, there was the war itself with President Bush donning a flight suit on the USS Abraham Lincoln to make a premature declaration of ³mission accomplished.² The post-war period revealed the absence of any coherent plan, let alone strategy, for U.S. forces in Iraq. Finally, we have the tragic events of the past two weeks on America¹s Gulf Coast, marked by the loss of a great American city and thousands of lives in the poorest and most powerless reaches of New Orleans. The president actually defended the government¹s response to Hurricane Katrina, and his mother declared it a success for the evacuees who ³were underprivileged anyway, so this is working well for them.²

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Blackwater Mercenaries Deploy in New Orleans

By Jeremy Scahill and Daniela Crespo
t r u t h o u t | Report
Saturday 10 September 2005

New Orleans - Heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for their work in Iraq, are openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans. Some of the mercenaries say they have been "deputized" by the Louisiana governor; indeed some are wearing gold Louisiana state law enforcement badges on their chests and Blackwater photo identification cards on their arms. They say they are on contract with the Department of Homeland Security and have been given the authority to use lethal force. Several mercenaries we spoke with said they had served in Iraq on the personal security details of the former head of the US occupation, L. Paul Bremer and the former US ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte.

BUSH PHOTO NEEDED

One of our coalition's organizational members is planning an advertising campaign and needs a high-resolution photo of Bush with no copy right problems. Do you have a photo you've taken? Do you know a photographer or a good source of such a photo? Or is there perhaps a photo from Bush's AWOL days that's public? Please post here.

Commemoration, Compassion & Community

Commemoration, Compassion & Community:
A Day-long Fundraiser for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Poetry, Music, Film, Theatre, Food

Sunday, September 11, 2005, 9 AM to 11 PM
Busboys & Poets
(www.busboysandpoets.com)
14th & V, NW, Washington DC
U Street/Cardozo Green line Metro

To benefit the People's Hurricane Fund/Young People's Project and the Southern Relief Fund of the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, organizations led by and working directly with low-income communities of color in the effected areas.

All are invited to bring a poem to read - one of your own or any poem that speaks to you in these difficult times. The organizers will also have poems available to choose from, if you like.

The Man who ate his fingers

The Man who ate his fingers :: A Fictional Story About the Stupidity of War and the Idiots Who Glorify It ::
by William John Cox
(Sunday August 28 2005)

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"The future remains unsettled. With Sam’s notoriety and disability, he can no longer live on the street. A number of substantial offers have come in for him to sell his television, movie and book rights. He’s a survivor; I’m sure he will figure it out."

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I can’t recall the first time I met Sam. I had seen him around the Times building for the past 15 years or so, and from time to time when he would see me on the street, he’d tell me one of my columns “was a good one.

Toons o' the Day

Bill Maher: 'America Must Recall George Bush Now'

Guest blogged by David Edwards

Here are a few video highlights from the latest edition of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.

In particular, Maher's weekly rant made the case for the removal of George W. Bush from the Office of President. Instead of calling for impeachment directly, Maher suggests a "California-style" recall election...

URL (Both Windows Media & Real video links):
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001824.htm

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Brad Friedman
THE BRAD BLOG - The uprising continues...
http://www.BradBlog.com
VELVET REVOLUTION - The revolution begins...
http://www.VelvetRevolution.us

Magnetic Ribbons

Send This Letter to Your Friends

Dear Friends,

Vote in Congress Wednesday on Inquiry into Bush War Lies

A Resolution of Inquiry into Bush's war lies (H Res 375) now has 70 co-sponsors. It will come to a vote in the House International Relations Commitee on September 14th, where it has the co-sponsorship of most of the Democrats and one Republican. To pass, it needs all the Democrats and three Republicans. The more Congress Members not on the committee who co-sponsor, the more likely some committee members are to vote yes. A substantial debate on the issue is expected. The committee meets in Room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building, at 10:30 a.m. this Wednesday.

The War on Errorism

Published on Saturday, September 10, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
By Blair Bobier

The Errorists have struck again. This time it was New Orleans; next time it could be your city.

Make no mistake about it: these insidious Errorists are deadly and determined to destroy the American way of life. They are the greatest threat to our nation’s survival.

Do not give the Errorists aid and comfort. Do not buy their lies and excuses. By no means should you vote for them.

George Bush is an Errorist. Dick Cheney and Karl Rove are, too.

International Terrorists have been blamed for the destruction of the World Trade Center where two thousand people died. But it was the Errorists who ignored the warnings of the impending attack, who failed to protect thousands of people in the Twin Towers and who let Osama Bin Laden slip away despite launching two wars and spending billions of dollars in pursuit of the “mastermind

2005 = 1/1965?

By Steve Cobble
Huffington Post

It was the worst of times, for right-wingers. Pundits were wondering if their political influence had faded completely, gone for good.

Their golden boy had just been trounced, extending a liberal reign that had begun with JFK's close, disputed presidential election.

The Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, and the Warren Court was in full stride.

LBJ & Dr. King & the liberals had pushed through the Civil Rights Act the year before, and in one short stretch in the summer of '65 also passed the Voting Rights Act and Medicare.

Liberal power was at its peak.

Republicans despise Cindy Sheenan because she undermines one of their dirtiest rhetorical tricks.

From the article Martial Flaw by Jonathan Cohn for The New Republic 09/02/05

(tnr.com, subscription required):

From
the day Cindy Sheehan, mother of a fallen American soldier, began her
vigil in Crawford, Texas, President Bush left the job of attacking her
to his henchmen in the Republican Party and his sycophants in the
press. Instead, Bush has largely confined himself to one modest,
respectful response: that Sheehan's opposition to the war in Iraq is a
relatively lonely one within the military community. "I met with a lot
of families," Bush explained at a late August press conference. "She
doesn't represent the view of a lot of the families I have met with." 

Bush may be right about that. Sheehan's appearance on the national
scene doesn't prove that most military families oppose the war any more
than it proves that immediately withdrawing soldiers, the policy she
has advocated, is the one the United States should now pursue. But
Sheehan's value isn't as a barometer of public opinion or as a source
of foreign policy wisdom. It's as proof of one very simple point: that
a person can criticize the war and still support the troops. 

Judge supports CNN request to cover Katrina's toll

Judge supports CNN request to cover Katrina's toll

Saturday, September 10, 2005 Posted: 0533 GMT (1333 HKT)

At the request of CNN, a federal judge in Texas Friday night blocked emergency officials in New Orleans from preventing the media from covering the recovery of bodies from Hurricane Katrina.

Attorneys for the network argued that the ban was an unconstitutional prior restraint on news gathering.

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison issued a temporary restraining order against a "zero access" policy announced earlier Friday by Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who is overseeing the federal relief effort in the city, and Terry Ebbert, the city's homeland security director.

Hiding Bodies Won't Hide the Truth

Hiding Bodies Won't Hide the Truth
By Terry M. Neal
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Thursday, September 8, 2005; 9:46 AM

Cadavers have a way of raising questions.

When people see them, they wonder, how did they get dead?

When a lot of people see a lot of dead bodies, politicians begin thinking of damage control.

Echoing a Defense Department policy banning the photographing of flag-draped coffins of American troops, representatives from the much-maligned Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Tuesday that it didn't want journalists to accompany rescue boats as they went out to search for storm victims, because "the recovery of the victims is being treated with dignity and the utmost respect." An agency spokeswoman told Reuters, "We have requested that no photographs of the deceased be made by the media."

Sheehan's a hero

Letter: Sheehan's a hero
Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY)

Cindy Sheehan is my hero. She has suffered a great loss and has found the strength to not only get on with her life, but also ignite this country and take the antiwar movement out of the back seat.

The troops in Iraq do not need yellow ribbons; rather, they need us to take an active interest. We need to question the politicians when the rhetoric doesn't match the reality of the death and destruction we continually see on the news.

How can Bush and Cheney say this war is making the United States and the Middle East safer, when Iraq has become a training ground for terrorists? There needs to be an investigation into the Downing Street memo. It may be old history, but now that we all know there were no weapons of mass destruction, and no tie between bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, it is important to know what Bush was thinking.

End the war

The Daily Mining Gazette
To the editor:

I am responding to a letter in last Saturday's Gazette from Jaime Spigarelli. The letter objects to protesting the Iraq war because it dishonors our men and women who have fallen in the war: It says

"Protesters such as Eunice (Carlson) and Cindy Sheedan are forgetting that these soldiers have lost their lives because of choices they have made themselves. They are doing it for honor, respect and the country they love. For people such as yourselves to hold signs and protest what they found to be so important (as to die for) is completely dishonoring everything they fought for. They joined because they believed in the cause."

Peace and Justice Needs Citizen Input

Berkeley Daily Planet
Edition Date: Friday, September 9, 2005
By ALAN MOORE

Musicians and Fine Artists for World Peace has been working since 2001 to establish a U.S. Department of Peace. In partnership with the Peace Alliance we were successful in getting the cities of Berkeley and Oakland to endorse resolutions in support of that initiative.

After the resolution passed in Berkeley it was attacked by Jonathan Wornick, Gordon Wozniak’s appointee to the Peace and Justice Commission. In a series of letters published in the Daily Planet, he not only criticized the Department of Peace legislation, but the very mission of the commission itself.

Bring the Guard Home

From Magic City Morning Star
Letters
Bring the Guard Home
By G. Scott
Sep 9, 2005, 09:50

Before and after Hurricane Katrina I was concerned about the fact that our Maine National Guard troops were serving prolonged deployments overseas instead of for the protection of the citizens of Maine from natural disasters or threats of violence, etc. I grant you that part of the charter of the National Guard is also to protect the sovereignty of US borders. I doubt that Iraq is now or ever was a threat to our borders, but let's say they were. Would it not be smarter to use these troops as local security forces, much the same way as forces were used in World War 2 to patrol the coast line for saboteurs, etc? What about local strategic targets? who is protecting them? I fear they are not well protected.

BRAD SHOW Saturday and Sunday, Day and Night...

BLOG ALONG DURING THE SHOW: http://www.bradblog.com
LIVE LISTEN LINKS: http://www.BradShow.com

BRAD SHOW Saturday and Sunday, Day and Night...
Listen Up at www.BradShow.com all weekend long!

Another fine selection from amongst our 50+ hours of LIVE broadcasting recently on the ground in Crawford, Texas will be reBRADCast on both Saturday and Sunday. The IBC Radio Network tells us they will be looping the program all day and night on both days, so you should be able to jump in any time! It'll certainly be up and rolling by our usual 7pm ET starting time.

Amongst the folks to be featured: Truthout.org's ace Cindy Sheehan blogger SCOTT GALINDEZ, organizer of the upcoming massive Sep. 24-26 rallies in D.C., LESLIE CAGEN of United for Peace and Justice, Iraq Vet PATRICK RESTA with an important message for George W. Bush and a live ceremony and interview with DENNIS BANKS, co-founder of the American Indian Movement. Plus one kick-ass -- and windy -- song from Camp Casey's default soundboard operator, JESSE DYEN. All that and much more from our Monday, 8/28 "Operation Noble Cause" broadcast from Camp Casey II.

George Bush’s ‘Moral Truth’

George Bush’s ‘Moral Truth’
By Lisa Finnegan

09/08/05 "ICH" -- -- Prior to the war in Iraq President Bush said he was a “compassionate conservative

We the People

By Amy Branham
Houston, TX
Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith
Gold Star Families for Peace

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Powell regrets UN speech on Iraq WMDs

From ABC News Online (Australia)
 www.abc.net.au Former US secretary of state Colin Powell says his United Nations speech making the case for the US-led war on Iraq was "a blot" on his record.

Mr Powell has also said that he had "never seen evidence to suggest" a connection between the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States and the Saddam regime.

In the February 2003 presentation to the UN Security Council, Mr Powell forcefully made the case for war on the regime of Saddam Hussein, offering "proof" that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Money runs out on U.S. projects in Iraq

By T. Christian Miller
Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The United States will halt construction work on some water and power plants in Iraq because it is running out of money for projects, officials said yesterday.

Security costs have cut into the funds available to complete some major infrastructure projects that were started under the $18.4 billion U.S. plan to rebuild Iraq. As a result, the United States has had to pare back some projects to only those deemed essential by the Iraqi government.

While no overall figures are yet available, one contractor has stopped work on six of eight water-treatment plants it was assigned.

Powell Criticizes Response to Katrina

Powell Criticizes Response to Katrina
By Associated Press

September 9, 2005, 9:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell criticized the response to Hurricane Katrina, saying "a lot of failures" occurred at all levels of government.

Powell, the highest ranking black official in President Bush's first term, also said he does not believe race was a factor in the slow delivery of relief to the hurricane victims.

"I think there have been a lot of failures at a lot of levels -- local, state and federal. There was more than enough warning over time about the dangers to New Orleans. Not enough was done," Powell told ABC News' Barbara Walters in an interview to be aired Friday night.

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