“Barbara Bush has 17 grandchildren, and none of them are serving in Iraq...
(But some people still believe the war on Iraq has something to do with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.)
Some question Iraq war; others urge US to press on
By Kaitlin Bell and Susan Milligan, Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff | August 5, 2005
BROOK PARK, Ohio -- The chain fence surrounding the headquarters of the Third Battalion, 25th Marines, yesterday gave the people of northeastern Ohio something they desperately needed: a place to express their complicated feelings about a war that took the lives of 16 of the battalion's members in Iraq.
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches
As the blood of US soldiers continues to drain into the hot sands of Iraq over the last several days with at least 27 US soldiers killed and the approval rating for his handling of the debacle in Iraq dropping to an all-time low of 38%, Mr. Bush commented from the comforts of his ranch in Crawford, Texas today, “We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq.
Novak's fit on CNN may have been feigned anger that allowed him to leave the set before being questioned about the Plame affair, but in any event there was likely some real anger there. For one thing, Novak apparently has a history of resorting to violence when asked about Valerie Plame.
And I don't just mean his alleged comment to a man on the street that Joe Wilson was "an asshole." Rather, I have in mind an incident in January 2004.
The video on this page does not show the incident but purports to show the victim of it commenting immediately afterward. The man shown here, Brad Carr, says that he called Novak a traitor, and that Novak responded by pushing him and attempting to strike him. Shortly after this happened, fellow CNN pundit Tucker Carlson is shown on this video telling an angry crowd "You're going to call the cops because a 72-year-old guy pushed you? Get a life, dude!"
Dallas Morning News
By GRETEL C. KOVACH
IRVING – Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia spent nine months in a military prison for refusing to return to his National Guard unit at war in Iraq.
Sgt. Mejia, the first Iraq combat veteran to file for conscientious-objector status, was treated well at the Fort Sill prison in Oklahoma. Soldiers still ask to shake his hand.
"I felt like I had spoken for a lot of people," said Sgt. Mejia, 29, of Miami. "A lot of soldiers are against the war."
Sgt. Mejia will lead a workshop today on war resistance at the annual Veterans for Peace National Convention, held this year at the University of Dallas. The conference continues through Sunday and is open to the public.
Yarmouthport Register, MA
By Joe Burns/ email@example.com
Kathy Kelly huddled with an Iraqi family in a makeshift shelter the night American bombs rained down on Baghdad.
Cindy Sheehan's son Casey was one of 1,790 members of the military killed in action in Iraq.
Mimi Evans' son has just returned from a humanitarian mission to Iraq, and she will soon be sending a second son, a JAG Marine, to Fallujah.
Three women with three different experiences and one common cause - to end the Iraq war. They came together July 28 from as near as West Barnstable and from as far as California. They came to Cape Cod Community College to participate in a public forum "Families Stand for Peace: The Truth about Iraq." They came to tell their stories to the 250 or so gathered at the event sponsored by Cape Codders for Peace and Justice.
By Chuck Terzella
Well, it's summertime and an once again Washington watchers are gearing up for that age old pastime: that's right folks...it's Impeachment Season. The warm and balmy months in our nations capitol are traditionally a time for frolicking poolside and attempting to bring down our nations leaders.
It will be remembered by the half dozen Americans who actually pay attention to what their nations leaders are doing that Presidents Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan all faced impeachment, or at least the threat of it, during the summer months. Now, apparently, it's George W. Bush's turn.
By David Bauder, AP Television Writer
NEW YORK --CNN suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he swore and walked off the set Thursday during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville.
The exchange during CNN's "Inside Politics" came during a discussion of Florida's Senate campaign. CNN correspondent Ed Henry noted when it was through that he had been about to ask Novak about his role in the investigation of the leak of a CIA officer's identity.
A CNN spokeswoman, Edie Emery, called Novak's behavior "inexcusable and unacceptable." Novak had apologized to CNN, and CNN was apologizing to viewers, she said.
Says 'Bullshit' and Walks off the Air!
By BRAD BLOG
Is the pressure starting to get to Covert CIA Operative Outter Bob Novak?
For reasons we can't entirely explain, Novak just said "Bullshit" live on the air on CNN and then walked off the set.
The host for the segment said that Novak knew in advance he was going to be asked about the outting of covert CIA asset, Valerie Plame. Apparently, he never got the chance. Let's go to the video tape.
By Ray McGovern
Recent attempts by Vice President Dick Cheney and his “neo-conservative
By Karen Kilroy
I have been involved in producing a video in Kent, Ohio, for the Chris Chandler song, "There's Something In the Air/But It's Not on the Airwaves," which is a song that addresses the media blackout on the anti-war movement.
We had cast a role for an actress as a modern war bride. On Monday, August 1, we reviewed with her the scene we were planning, in which she places a triangular folded U.S. flag on a headstone and mourns. When the actress showed up Tuesday to shoot the scene, she told us that her very good friend, U.S. Marine reservist Nate Deyarmin of Tallmadge, Ohio, had been killed in Iraq the day before. So when we shot the mourning scenes, they were real. The actress has asked us to dedicate the video to her friend, which we plan to do.
By Steve Cobble
Ms. Heinz, let me be blunt. It's time for justice.
I'm going to suggest an idea that Bush/Cheney/Rove will hate. That alone should make this post worth reading, shouldn't it?
One year ago tomorrow, August 5th, the sleazy Swift Boat crowd ran their first attack ad on your husband.
Without benefit of fact or first-hand knowledge, and despite the protests of the men who actually served on John Kerry's boat, these sleazeballs took one of the proudest moments of your husband's life and turned it into a smear, a negative, a lie.
That, of course, was their goal. They were running point for the White House, the lead blockers, the mudslingers hoping that if they threw enough pond scum around, something would stick. It worked.
By JoAnn Wypijewski
And now for some bits of good news. Historic news. On Tuesday, July 26, the AFL-CIO convention did something organized labor had never done before: it opposed a war during wartime, and called for the withdrawal of American troops. The resolution opposing the war in Iraq was not the best or the most fluent. Cobbled from 18 resolutions that had been offered for consideration, it read as if it were written by at least as many hands. The remarkable thing about those resolutions? Not one that had been submitted for the convention's consideration supported the war. Not one was solely a simple statement supporting the troops. All called for withdrawal, the only difference being over timing. All came from Central Labor Councils.
By Carmen Yarrusso
To understand the war on terror, it helps to compare it to the war on drugs. Both “wars
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Now thou art come unto a feast of death.
- William Shakespeare, Henry VI
On Tuesday, some took solemn note of the fact that the total number of "Coalition" fatalities from the invasion and occupation of Iraq had reached 2,000. On Wednesday afternoon, that number blurred upwards again to 2,015 dead soldiers. 1,821 of those served under the American flag. Fourteen US Marines died on Wednesday when their vehicle was shattered by a large bomb. Six other Marines were killed together on Monday, and a seventh is reportedly being held hostage. Two more Marines also died Monday, both from car bombings in separate locations.
By E. L. Doctorow
I fault this president (George W. Bush) for not knowing what death is. He does not suffer the death of our twenty-one year olds who wanted to be what they could be.
On the eve of D-day in 1944 General Eisenhower prayed to God for the lives of the young soldiers he knew were going to die. He knew what death was. Even in a justifiable war, a war not of choice but of necessity, a war of survival, the cost was almost more than Eisenhower could bear.
But this president does not know what death is. He hasn't the mind for it. You see him joking with the press, peering under the table for the WMDs he can't seem to find, you see him at rallies strutting up to the stage in shirt sleeves to the roar of the carefully screened crowd, smiling and waving, triumphal, a he-man. He does not mourn. He doesn't understand why he should mourn. He is satisfied during the course of a speech written for him to look solemn for a moment and speak of the brave young Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
George Bush said speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in August: (08/03/05): "We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission." "The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."
In reaction to these two assinine and hurtful statements, members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) are going to George's vacation home in Crawford, Tx this Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am to confront him on these two statements.
1) We want our loved ones sacrifices to be honored by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq IMMEDIATELY, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are.
Ben's chili is hot, and so was the weather tonight. But about 40 people gathered to think about the various issues facing DC citizens.
For more on the issue of DC voting rights, go here.
But the lesson I want to share here is the one Ven Neralla, from Rep. Barbara Lee's office, shared with the group.
This group, by the way, is a Democracy for America group, one of many meetups discussing the Lee Resolution of Inquiry tonight.
It was hot. People were a little uncomfortable. Someone asked how we could get Congressmembers to respond to our requests. After all, we have no vote in Congress.
In this photo, Ven Neralla, Legislative Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, explains the Resolution of Inquiry to a MeetUp in Washington, D.C.
Neralla also announced that there are now 42 supporters of the Resolution, Lee plus 41 co-sponsors. The latest addition, thanks to the lobbying of our coalition members out in Washington state, is Congressman Adam Smith.
DFA activists in Washington, D.C., who HAVE NO VOTING REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS, will be setting up a meeting with non-voting representative Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton, to ask her to co-sponsor.
By Norman Solomon
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
On Tuesday, big alarm bells went off in the national media echo chamber, and major US news outlets showed that they knew the drill. Iran's nuclear activities were pernicious, most of all, because people in high places in Washington said so.
It didn't seem to matter much that just that morning the Washington Post reported: "A major US intelligence review has projected that Iran is about a decade away from manufacturing the key ingredient for a nuclear weapon, roughly doubling the previous estimate of five years, according to government sources with firsthand knowledge of the new analysis. The carefully hedged assessments, which represent consensus among US intelligence agencies, contrast with forceful public statements by the White House."
Cindy Sheehan, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, is continuing to press with passion the cause of holding accountable the man who sent her son to die in Iraq for a lie. Cindy sent a note to friends this evening saying "We can relax now. From the war zone of Crawford, Texas, George said that we families of loved ones that have been killed in Iraq can: 'rest assured that your loved ones died for a noble cause.'"
Cindy went on to say that she plans to be in Dallas this coming weekend for the Veterans For Peace convention, and that she is going to go to the Crawford ranch, "and I don't care how far Crawford is from Dallas....I will not leave until he explains to me exactly what the noble cause is....It has to stop. The time is now. I mean it."
President Continues To Do As He Pleases
Helen Thomas, Hearst White House columnist
President George W. Bush is not letting his lame duck status stop him from displaying an arrogance of power.
When a Texas newspaper reporter told him, "Power is perception," Bush corrected him, saying, "Power is being president."
In fact, Bush is proving that a lame duck has a lot of power to do what he wants to do since he doesn't have to be re-elected and, therefore, is answerable to no one.
Furthermore, he indicates he could care less whether he goes up or down in public opinion polls. With more than three years left in his presidency, the president's only political constraints may come from members of his own party.
IRAQ WAR: WHEN WILL THE KILLING STOP?
By Congressman Charles Rangel
With the deaths of 21 Marines in two days this week, the body count of U.S. troops killed in Iraq rose dramatically to 1,815 and counting. Even as newspapers and TV stations broadcast the death toll, we were still counting on the churches, synagogues and mosques to show that they recognize the inhumanity of this immoral war.
Aren't there passages in the Bible, the Koran and the Torah which command that killing for a fraudulent cause has to stop? Why is no one speaking out?
At least 23,000 civilians have also died in the Iraqi killing field and the U.S. is stuck in a quagmire. With conflict surging, last May 30th Defense Secretary Rumsfeld boasted that the insurgency was "in the last throes." In the days after that insurgents killed well over 100 U.S. troops and more than 600 Iraqis.
Lone Star Iconoclast
By Nathan Diebenow, Associate Editor
AUSTIN — The former ambassador to Afghanistan, Ann Wright, called on U.S. federal employees to leak more secret memos on the lead-up to the war in Iraq like Downing Street memos uncovered by the British press this last May.
“It seems like the British government is leaking like a sieve. We need to get our own U.S. government colleagues to be leaking like a sieve,
"Authorized by a presidential finding signed by President Bush in February or March 2002, the Scorpions were part of a policy of "regime change" in Iraq. The covert members, many of whom were exiles recruited by the Kurds, were trained in target identification, explosives and small arms at two secret bases in Jordan, according to one U.S. government official."
Why does this line up with Blair's visit to the ranch and agreement to help attack Iraq?
Why does this line up with Cheney's beginning to lie about nuclear weapons programs in Iraq?
...with the military telling Sen. Graham that troops were being moved to Iraq for a war?
By James Moore
Source: The Huffington Post
Okay. I couldn't stand it any longer. When I saw the quote today from a New York Times spokesperson about Judy Miller, I blew coffee through my nose. "Judy is an intrepid, principled, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has provided our readers with thorough and comprehensive reporting throughout her career." I am submitting the lengthy piece below to prove precisely otherwise. I don't care how many awards Judy Miller has, she is a miserable failure who has irreparably harmed her country with bad journalism and by allowing her own personal beliefs to infect her reportage. Below is but one example. This is an edited excerpt from a book I wrote, which no one ever read, called "Bush's War for Re-election." And I am not trying to sell a damn book. I don't care if anyone ever buys it. But I do want people to know what this woman did:
WASHINGTON -- A fired CIA agent, whom a newspaper says told superiors in 2001 that Iraq had abandoned part of its nuclear program, is asking the FBI to investigate allegations that the spy agency dismissed him for refusing to falsify intelligence.
A July 11 letter to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III from the former agent's lawyer suggests that CIA officials may be guilty of criminal violations involving intelligence he produced on weapons of mass destruction in 2000 that contradicted an official agency position.
The lawyer, Roy Krieger, said his client initially asked the CIA's inspector general to investigate allegations that CIA officials had pressured him to alter the intelligence and retaliated when he refused. But the inspector general rebuffed his request.
The Capital Times
By Dave Zweifel
"Osama bin Laden doesn't have to win; he will just bleed us to death."
That was the prediction last week of Michael Scheuer, a former counterterrorism official at the CIA who was in charge of the pursuit of bin Laden before retiring last year.
Scheuer's remarks were made to a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who last week added up what the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the American taxpayers so far.
The total now stands at $314 billion and if things continue, costs will amount to another $450 billion over the next 10 years. That would make what the Bush administration calls the "war on terror" the most expensive U.S. military effort in the last 60 years, according to the Chronicle's report.