If you like Obama you'll love Trump

By William Blum

Oh what fun we have with the nonsense that flows out of the mouth of Donald J. Trump.  The man is suffocatingly banal, racist, dishonest, inarticulate, uninformed, uneducated, narcissistic, a bully, just plain stupid, and an asshole (or in the immortal words of my people -- a schmuck!).  I would guess that as the boss of his own enterprises for many years, with the power and the habit of firing people, he eventually became deeply accustomed to not having his thoughts seriously questioned or challenged, to the extent that he really believes the crap that comes out of his mouth and doesn't really understand what others actually think of him.
    But if we look at what comes out of the mouth of The Barack is there any reason to castigate The Donald for his supposedly outrageous or weird way of expressing himself?  Here's a sample:
 -- On numerous occasions, in reply to a question about why his administration has not prosecuted the Bush-Cheney gang for mass murder, torture and other war crimes, former law professor Obama has stated: "I prefer to look forward rather than backwards.”  Picture a defendant before a judge asking to be found innocent of any crime on such grounds.  On other occasions, Obama, without apparent embarrassment, has stated that "nobody is above the law".  (A public figure can be labeled stupid not just for saying or doing stupid things, but for not even realizing that the public will SEE his words or actions as stupid.)

VIPS Make Fresh Appeal for Sanity on Russia's Borders



Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence



Editor Note:  U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia.

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: NATO Summit in Warsaw

REFERENCE: Our Memorandum to You, August 30, 2014

The Activist as a Young Girl

Clare Hanrahan's memoir The Half Life of a Free Radical: Growing Up Irish Catholic in Jim Crow Memphis is a remarkable feat: part Jack Kerouac, part Dorothy Day, part Howard Zinn, and a bit of Forest Gump.

First and foremost this is an entertaining and irreverent tale of childhood and adolescence told with great humor, honesty, and empathy. But it's also told by someone who became a peace and justice and environmentalist activist in later life, someone able to look back on the poverty, racism, consumerism, militarism, sexism, and Catholicism of her youth with passion and perspective -- even appreciation for all the good that was mixed in with the bad. Hanrahan writes what in outline form would read like an endless tale of misfortune, and yet leaves you with the thought of how much riotous fun she and her eight siblings and other acquaintances had.

I know Clare, though I learned much more about her from this book, and I wouldn't risk changing her if I had a time machine and magical powers. But I still found myself wondering, as with most stories of most people in the United States and much of the world, how different Hanrahan's life would have been in a society with the decency to provide free college and free job training as needed, or a society that integrated civic activism into everyone's life, or a society in which peace activist careers were marketed on the level of military recruitment ads or even marketed at all so that they weren't so frequently found so late, or a society in which some of the best people didn't live below a taxable salary level so as not to pay taxes for wars.

Hanrahan gives us her family genealogy first, and by doing so teaches some U.S. history that echoes through the book and the years. So, she shows us the cruelty of Jim Crow, for example, through personal experiences as a white girl, but illuminates it with an understanding of its origins, and -- even more importantly -- an awareness of its latest incarnations today. She also contrasts what she knows of the history of Memphis with what she was taught in school in Memphis growing up.

Hanrahan tells her story largely in chronological order, with no lengthy flashbacks, but with numerous quick bits of foreshadowing. For example:

"Brother Tommy gouged his initials, TPH, with a pocket knife on that same bannister long before the American war in Viet Nam maimed his hand, stole his youth, poisoned him with Agent Orange, and eventually took his life and that of his twin brother Danny. The bannister was later knocked down by a speeding car that careened into the porch stopping just short of the front bedroom."

Tommy returned from Vietnam to a  hospital. "In my naiveté," Hanrahan writes,

"I rushed to my brother's bedside to embrace him. I may even have called him 'my hero' as I approached, expecting a hug. Lightning fast his good arm flailed out knocking me across the room and onto the floor. 'Wake up!' he said. 'Wake up you stupid bitch.' I can still hear those harsh words. Dazed and confused, I picked myself up and backed away. This was not the brother I had sent away with a patriotic poem, proudly recited before my senior class."

Hanrahan's two veteran brothers suffered in many ways, and failed to fit back into society in many ways, but it was the cruelty toward women that they came back from the war with that their sister Clare eventually found intolerable.

When Hanrahan left Memphis she saw a lot of the country and a bit of the world, including living off the grid on land and water, joining intentional communities and finding her way to a job writing for peace. She also protested for peace and spent six months behind bars. During the course of her ramblings, Hanrahan managed to be present at or part of an extraordinary number of crucial events and developments in recent U.S. history. Hanrahan became editor of Rural Southern Voice for Peace just in time for the first Gulf War and the awful wars that have followed.

Hanrahan found her way back to Memphis on numerous occasions, sometimes for funerals, but also to be part of activist efforts such as the successful campaign to preserve the band shell in Overton Park launched by one of her brothers. Hanrahan intersperses her memories with her dreams and poetry, adding emotional depth to an account of an extraordinary family in a struggling city that I've enjoyed visiting but would like to visit again with this book as a guide.

Focus: FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton emails - July 6, 2016

FBI says Clinton's handling of email 'extremely careless,' but no charges recommended - Chicago Tribune

VIDEO: FBI director James Comey full statement on Hillary Clinton email investigation - C-SPAN

TRANSCRIPT: Statement by FBI director James Comey on the investigation of secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system - FBI

Clinton fact check: Key assertions by Hillary in defense of her email practices have collapsed under FBI scrutiny - AP

FBI boss James Comey's 7 most damning lines questioning Hillary Clinton’s judgement, competence - CNNPolitics.com

F.B.I.’s critique of Hillary Clinton is a ready-made attack ad, James B. Comey all but indicted her judgment and competence - The New York Times

Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought - The Washington Post

FBI says Hillary Clinton claim on reading emails was false - TIME

Despite FBI findings, experts say Clinton's email likely hacked - POLITICO

Former official: FBI agents likely to be ‘way beyond disappointed' on Clinton - The Daily Caller

The Internet is furious over what James Comey said about Hillary Clinton’s emails - The Daily Caller

Opinion: Nine big questions for FBI Director Comey about Hillary's emails - Fox News

Opinion: FBI rewrites federal law to let Hillary off the hook - National Review



FBI investigation: Donald J. Trump statement on Hillary Clinton's bad judgment and the rigged system - Donald J Trump for President

Donald Trump: FBI decision on Clinton emails a 'total miscarriage in justice' - CBS News

VIDEO: Donald Trump interviewed on the FBI investigation: 'No choice but to convict, or to go to some form of very harsh punishment' - Fox News

VIDEO: Donald Trump: ’Bernie, my poor Bernie lost the FBI primary' when the decision on Hillary Clinton was announced - CNN

Paul Ryan, GOP officials blast Clinton over FBI email findings - usatoday.com

RNC chief: 'FBI’s findings are a glaring indictment of Hillary Clinton’s complete lack of judgement, honesty, and preparedness to be our next commander-in-chief' - Breibart


Sen. Judiciary to the FBI: Release all information on Hillary email case to the public - Breibart

VIDEO: Rudy Giuliani: Hillary broke the law; ‘gross negligence equals extreme carelessness' - RealClearPolitics

Anti-Hillary video quickly seizes on ‘Clinton’s lie’ after FBI director reveals findings of email investigation (VIDEO) - TheBlaze.com

Judicial Watch blasts Comey for 'weak recommendation' on Clinton emails - POLITICO

Now Judicial Watch points investigators at Attorney General Lynch, Clandestine meeting with Bill Clinton raises questions about investigation of Hillary - WND

Sanders stays quiet on FBI announcement about Clinton, says he is not altering his plan to remain a presidential candidate - The Washington Post

Bernie Sanders supporters melt down over FBI's Hillary Clinton decision - CNNPolitics.com

Celebrity Bernie supporters on FBI Clinton investigation: System rigged - Breitbart

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Talk Nation Radio: Mel Duncan on why unarmed civilian protection is better than war


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Russians Ask “Why Do You Demonize Us When We Are So Much Like You?”

By Ann Wright


Photo of Russian kids attending a youth camp called Artek in Crimea.  Photo by Ann Wright

New poem by TCBH resident poet Gary Lindorff -- 'A poem about this'

I’m looking at a box of tissues.

It is my supermarket’s brand.

The photo on it is very beautiful and understated.

It shows a swan gliding from the left.

Some Reflections from our Recent Trip to Russia

By David and Jan Hartsough

We have recently returned from a two week citizen’s diplomacy peace delegation to six cities in Russia under the auspices of the Center for Citizen Initiatives.

Our trip included visits with journalists, political leaders, teachers and students, doctors and medical clinics, veterans of past wars, representatives of small businesses and nongovernmental organizations, youth camps, and home visits.

Since David’s earlier visits to Russia over the past fifty-five years, much has changed. He was struck by how much new building and construction has taken place, and the “westernization” of clothing, styles, advertising, automobiles and traffic, as well as global corporations and private companies and stores.

Some of our reflections include:

  1. Danger of US and NATO military exercises on Russian border, like a game of nuclear chicken. This could very easily escalate into nuclear war. We must wake up the American people about the danger and encourage our government to move away from this dangerous posturing.
  1. We need to put ourselves in the Russians’ shoes. What if Russia had military troops, tanks and bomber planes and missiles on the US border in Canada and Mexico. Wouldn’t we feel threatened?
  1. Russian people don’t want war and want to live in peace. The Soviet Union lost 27 million people in World War II because they were not prepared militarily. They will not let that happen again.   If attacked, they will fight for their Motherland. Most families lost family members in WWII, so war is very immediate and personal. In the siege of Leningrad between two and three million people perished.
  1. US and NATO must take the initiative and show a commitment to living in peace with the Russians and treat them with respect.

Focus: Donald Trump and Trade - July 1, 2016


Trump amps up trade war with Clinton in Manchester, NH - Bloomberg Politics

Trump highlights N.H. factories closed thanks to Hillary Clinton trade agenda - breitbart.com

Donald Trump on TPP: We should seek a guarantee from Hillary Clinton that she won't sign it in any form - Breitbart

VIDEO: Trump: There is no way to fix Trans-Pacific Partnership - YouTube

VIDEO: Trump: TPP greatest danger yet to U.S. manufacturing - News Planet

Donald Trump: Americans should 'pay a little bit more' for U.S.-made products to save jobs - LA Times

VIDEO: Full Speech: Donald Trump delivers remarks on trade in Manchester, NH - YouTube

Trump attacks Hillary’s support for NAFTA and other trade agreements in Monessen, PA - Reclaim Our Republic


Trump vows to scrap NAFTA if Mexico and Canada don’t renegotiate - The Yucatan Times


TRANSCRIPT: Donald Trump's trade and jobs speech in Monessen, PA - POLITICO


Trump: Sanders and I know the trade deals are terrible - Washington Examiner


VIDEO: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders sound alike on trade - CNN


Chamber of Commerce, business groups blast Trump over trade - CBS News


Trump’s trade policies would make America recession-bound again - U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Donald Trump slams Chamber of Commerce ‘sinister' trade agenda: They ‘don’t care’ about working Americans - breitbart.com


VIDEO: Trump: Chamber of Commerce controlled by special interests that don't care about you - RealClearPolitics


Bush's top NAFTA negotiator bashes Trump, says she will vote for Clinton - Forbes


Top GOP donor and hedge fund executive warns Trump trade policies would cause global depression - theaustralian.com


Here’s the growing list of big-name Republicans supporting Hillary Clinton - The Washington Post


POLL: Polls find Republicans voters shifting into the anti-trade party - providencejournal.com



Bernie Sanders pushes Democratic Party to oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal - masslive.com

Backers of Sanders mobilize to overthrow DNC platform's pro-TPP stance - Common Dreams

Democrats and Republicans poised to clash on trade at Conventions - newsweek.com

Environmental groups deliver more than 500,000 anti-TPP petitions to congress - InsideTrade.com


Wealthiest U.S. senator backs Clinton, supports TPP - courthousenews.com


In Canada, Obama rebukes Trump on trade - TheHill


White House to Trump: We already overhauled NAFTA during the talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership - Washington Examiner


Keystone Pipeline company demands $15B to US governemnt under NAFTA deal - Common Dreams


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Guess Who Wants Authority to Murder by Drone

If you haven't been hiding under a partisan rock for the past several years, you're aware that President Barack Obama has given himself the sort-of legalish right to murder anyone anywhere with missiles from drones.

He's not the only one who wants that power.

Yes, President Obama has claimed to have put restrictions on whom he'll murder, but in no known case has he followed any of his self-imposed non-legal restrictions. Nowhere has someone been arrested instead of killed, while in many known cases people have been killed who could have easily been arrested. In no known case has someone been killed who was an "imminent and continuing threat to the United States," or for that matter just plain imminent or just plain continuing. It's not even clear how someone could be both an imminent and a continuing threat until you study up on how the Obama administration has redefined imminent to mean theoretically imaginable someday. And, of course, in numerous cases civilians have been killed in large numbers and people have been targeted without identifying who they are. Lying dead from U.S. drone strikes are men, women, children, non-Americans, and Americans, not a single one of them charged with a crime or their extradition sought.

Who else would like to be able to do this?

One answer is most nations on earth. We now read news stories from Syria of people dying from a drone strike, with the reporter unable to determine if the missile came from a U.S., U.K., Russian, or Iranian drone. Just wait. The skies will be filled if the trend is not reversed.

Another answer is Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders, but not Jill Stein. Yes, those first three candidates have said they want this power.

Another answer, however, should be just as disturbing as those already mentioned. Military commanders around the world want the authority to murder people with drones without bothering to get approval from civilian officials back home. Here's a fun quiz:

How many zones has the United States divided the globe into for purposes of complete military domination, and what are their names?

Answer: Six. They are Northcom, Southcom, Eucom, Pacom, Centcom, and Africom. (Jack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack were already taken.) In normal English they are: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Western Asia, and Africa.

Now here comes the hard question. Which of those zones has a new would-be commander who was just encouraged by a prominent Senator in an open Congressional hearing to acquire the authority to murder people in his zone without getting approval from the U.S. president?

Clue #1. It's a zone with the empire's headquarters not even located in the zone, so that this new commander speaks of killing people there as playing "an away game."

Clue #2. It's a poor zone that does not manufacture weapons but it saturated with weapons made in the United States plus France, Germany, the U.K., Russia, and China.

Clue #3. Many of the people in this zone have skin resembling people who are disproportionately targets of U.S. police department killings.

Did you get it right? That's correct: Africom is being encouraged by Senator Lindsay Graham, who a short time back wanted to be president, to blow people up with missiles from flying robots without presidential approval.

Now here's where the morality of war can wreak havoc with humanitarian imperialism. If a drone killing is not part of a war, then it looks like murder. And handing out licenses to murder to additional people looks like a worsening of the state of affairs in which just one person claims to hold such a license. But if drone killing is part of a war, and Captain Africom claims to be at war with Somalia, or with a group in Somalia, for example, well then, he wouldn't need special permission to blow up a bunch of people with manned aircraft; so why should he need it when using robotic unmanned bombers?

The trouble is that saying the word "war" doesn't have the moral or legal powers often imagined. No current U.S. war is legal under either the U.N. Charter or the Kellogg-Briand Pact. And the intuition that murdering people with a drone is wrong can't be a useful one if murdering people with a piloted plane is right, and vice versa. We actually have to choose. We actually have to set aside the scale of the killing, the type of technology, the role of robots, and all other extraneous factors, and choose whether it's acceptable, moral, legal, smart, or strategic to murder people or not.

If that seems too much of a mental strain, here's an easier guide. Just imagine what your response would be if the ruler of Europe Command asked for the authority to murder at will people of his choosing along with anybody too close to them at the time.

Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection

Deeply affected by the death of my two uncles in World War II, on 1 July 1966, the 24th anniversary of the USS Sturgeon sinking of the Japanese prisoner-of-war ship Montevideo Maru which killed the man after whom I am named, I decided that I would devote my life to working out why human beings are violent and then developing a strategy to end it.

The good news about this commitment was that it was made when I was nearly 14 so, it seemed, anything was possible. Now I am not so sure.

Documents: Fracked Gas Exports Central to Panama Canal Expansion

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

After nearly a decade of engineering work on the project, the Panama Canal's expansion opened for business on June 26. 

Tomgram: Thomas Frank, Worshipping Money in D.C.

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Trashing Clinton in the Times: Is Sanders’ End Game to Sell Out His ‘Political Revolution’ or to Take It to November?

By Dave Lindorff


            What is Bernie Sanders up to?


            I sure don’t know, and I’m sure that Hillary Clinton and her campaign managers are wondering too.

Focus: The Benghazi Report - June 29, 2016

Benghazi report: Troops didn't get orders to deploy until five hours after terror attack that killed four Americans - TheHill

Where was the military during Benghazi? Report shows that as the battle raged, no help ever arrived — or was ever dispatched - LifeZette

Marines responding to Benghazi held up by officials debating on weapons and uniforms, commander says - marinecorpstimes.com

Pentagon respond to harsh criticism that it failed to act in Benghazi, says faster response wouldn't have mattered - Washington Examiner

Pentagon officials: Anti-aircraft weapons prevented possibility of Air Force aid in Benghazi - breitbart.com

ARCHIVE: Squadron member stationed in Italy speaks out on stalled Benghazi response: We could have been there, we were waiting for the order which never came - Fox News

ARCHIVE: U.S. military ordered a rescue team in Tripoli not to go to Benghazi - The Weekly Standard

CIA chief in Benghazi confirmed that he told his team to wait and not to deploy yet while he tried to obtain reinforcements from local Libyan 'security forces' - Breitbart

Gowdy: CIA didn't want us talking to witness who said he had to work phone to get Gaddafi loyalists to come save them in Benghazi - Breitbart

Benghazi officer warned U.S. months before attack: 'Everybody' will die because of lack of security - Breitbart

The 7 must-read passages in the Benghazi report - POLITICO

House Select committee on Benghazi releases proposed report (Full text) - Select Committee on Benghazi

Democratic report on the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi (Full Text) - Democrats



Clinton claims House Benghazi report ‘found nothing,’ says time to ‘move on’ - Fox News

VIDEO: Clinton responds to Benghazi report - NYTimes.com

Rep. Pompeo: Hillary ‘failed to lead' on Benghazi - newsmax.com


Addendum by Jim Jordan and Mike Pompeo to the House Select Committee report on Benghazi (Full text) - POLITICO

White House spokesman: Claim that the military was slow to respond to the Benghazi attacks 'has been thoroughly debunked’ - POLITICO

The 15 questions by Gowdy about Benghazi that Barack Obama declined to answer - Breitbart

VIDEO: State Department spokesman says the clothing issue did not affect the speed or timeliness of any possible military response - YouTube

State Department employees react in shock to Susan Rice’s Benghazi comments - Business Insider

Democratic Benghazi report shows payout to Blumenthal from pro-Clinton groups: $200,000 a year - freebeacon.com

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Obama Approved Over 1,500 Offshore Frack Jobs in Gulf of Mexico: Corporate Media Ignored It

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On June 24, the independent news website TruthOut broke a doozy of a story: the Obama Administration has secretly approved over 1,500 instances of offshore hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Gulf of Mexico, including during the Deepwater Horizon offshore spill disaster. 

Mayors Tell President to Take Money Out of Nukes

U.S. Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Resolution “Calling on the Next U.S. President to Pursue Diplomacy with Other Nuclear-Armed States; Participate in Negotiations for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons; Cut Nuclear Weapons Spending and Redirect Funds to Meet the Needs of Cities”

Sponsors include NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser,

Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola

Talk Nation Radio: Harvey Wasserman on Environmental and Antiwar Activism


Harvey Wasserman is a life-long activist who speaks, writes and organizes widely on energy, the environment, history, the drug war, election protection, and grassroots politics. He teaches (since 2004) history and cultural & ethnic diversity at two central Ohio colleges. He works for the permanent shutdown of the nuclear power industry and the birth of Solartopia, a democratic and socially just green-powered Earth free of all fossil and nuclear fuels. He writes for Ecowatch, solartopia.org, freepress.org and nukefree.org, which he edits. He helped found the anti-war Liberation News Service. In 1972 his History of the U.S., introduced by Howard Zinn, helped pave the way for a new generation of people’s histories. In 1973 Harvey coined the phrase “No Nukes” and helped found the global grassroots movement against atomic energy. In 1990 he became Senior Advisor to Greenpeace USA. Harvey’s America at the Brink of Rebirth: The Organic Spiral of U.S. History, which dissects our national story in terms of six cycles, will be published soon at www.solartopia.org

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Focus: Donald Trump vs. the Republican Establishment - June 28, 2016

Dump Trump movement planning for convention floor fight - NBC News

Trump foes make new push to unbind GOP convention delegates - POLITICO

Text of letter by GOP delegate Kendal Unruh including a new party rule that would permit any delegate to shrug off pledged support - POLITICO

Virginia GOP delegate Beau Correll sues for freedom to vote against Trump - CBS News

VIDEO: Interview with Beau Correll: Lawsuit could give 'Never Trump' movement legal standing - YouTube

Anti-Trump group launches TV ads (VIDEO) - NBC News

POLITICO delegate survey: Dump Trump lacks the votes - POLITICO

Donald Trump & Republican convention revolt: How far can it go? - National Review

POLITICO reached out to more than 50 prominent Republicans. Few said they plan to attend the convention in Cleveland, let alone speak - POLITICO

Here’s a list of the top 11 Republicans who won’t speak at the Trump convention - Daily Wire

GRAPHIC (at the bottom of the page): GOP politicians not attending Republican national convention: Senators, governors, executives - US News

Is Trump qualified to be president? Mitch McConnell won't say. - CSMonitor.com

Conservative columnist George Will leaves Republican Party over Trump, says ’make sure he loses' - NBC News

VIDEO: George Will: I joined the GOP in 1964 when I voted for Barry Goldwater, I joined it because I was a conservative. But I leave for the same reason, that I'm a conservative - YouTube

President Bush Treasury chief Paulson slams Trump, to vote for Clinton - NBC

Paulson op-ed: A Donald Trump presidency is unthinkable. So I'm voting for Hillary Clinton. - Chicago Tribune

Bush White House adviser backs Clinton over Trump - POLITICO

GOP 'savior' George W. Bush headlines fundraisers for senator McCain and others, last spring said he will never endorse Donald Trump - Cincinnati.com

Huffington calls for GOP to dump Trump with 'Trexit' - TheHill

Analysis: Thousands of Republican donors avoid Donald Trump - usatoday.com

The list of prominent hedge-funders who say they won't vote for Trump is growing - theweek.com

Silicon valley snubs Donald Trump - US News



Donald Trump and R.N.C. crack down on rebelling delegates - The New York Times

Trump: Cruz, Kasich shouldn't speak at convention without endorsement - TheHill

Trump camp scrambles to shape up before GOP convention - Fox News

Trump campaign chairman Manafort promises 'major' personnel announcements - Washington Examiner

VIDEO: Paul Manafort on Donald Trump's campaign (Full Interview) - NBC News

Trump co-chair Sam Clovis on GOP opposition: 'They'll get over it' - POLITICO

Is Donald Trump softening his tone? - CNNPolitics.com

Iowa GOP chair: Delegation to go for Trump at convention despite Cruz winning Iowa - RedState

Michigan conservative coalition warns against denying Donald Trump presidential nomination - MLive.com

Pro and anti-Trump groups will be able to protest safely at the Cleveland convention - The Daily Caller

Huckabee: 'I'd be honored' to speak for Trump at RNC - POLITICO

Sarah Palin blasts GOP establishment, stumps for Donald Trump - dailynews.com

Dick Morris says he's been advising Donald Trump - POLITICO

Pete Coors, Mike Shanahan to host Donald Trump fundraiser in Colorado - Denver Post

Donald Trump's son spearheads his presidential fundraising campaign - The Independent

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Have a Chilcot Fourth of July

This Fourth of July, U.S. war makers will be drinking fermented grain, grilling dead flesh, traumatizing veterans with colorful explosions, and thanking their lucky stars and campaign contributors that they don't live in rotten old England. And I don't mean because of King George III. I'm talking about the Chilcot Inquiry.

According to a British newspaper: "The long-awaited Chilcot report into the Iraq war is reportedly set to savage Tony Blair and other former government officials in an 'absolutely brutal' verdict on the failings of the occupation."

Let's be clear, the "brutal" "savaging" is metaphorical, not of the sort actually done to Iraq. By the most scientifically respected measures available, the war killed 1.4 million Iraqis, saw 4.2 million injured, and 4.5 million people become refugees. The 1.4 million dead was 5% of the population. The invasion included 29,200 air strikes, followed by 3,900 over the next eight years. The U.S. military targeted civilians, journalists, hospitals, and ambulances. It used cluster bombs, white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new kind of napalm in urban areas. Birth defects, cancer rates, and infant mortality have soared. Water supplies, sewage treatment plants, hospitals, bridges, and electricity supplies were devastated, and not repaired.

For years, the occupying forces encouraged ethnic and sectarian division and violence, resulting in a segregated country and the repression of rights that Iraqis had enjoyed even under Saddam Hussein's brutal police state. Terrorist groups, including one that took the name ISIS, arose and flourished.

This enormous crime was not a well-intended project that experienced a few "failings of the occupation." It was not something that could have been done properly, or legally, or morally. The only decent thing that could have been done with this war, as with any war, was not to start it.

There was no need for yet another investigation. The crime has been out in the open from the start. All the obvious lies about weapons and ties to terrorists could have been true and still wouldn't have justified or legalized the war. What's needed is accountability, which is why Tony Blair may now find himself impeached.

Holding UK accomplices to the crime accountable is not a step toward getting them to squeal on their U.S. bosses, because the secrets are all in the open. But perhaps it can set an example. Perhaps even a UK-free European Union will someday take steps to hold U.S. criminals to account.

It's too late, of course, to dissuade President Obama from expanding on Bush's abuses by holding Bush accountable. But there is the problem of the next president (with both major parties nominating people who supported the 2003 invasion), and the problem of a subservient Congress. There is also the screaming need, ever more urgent, for massive reparations to the people of Iraq. That step, required by justice and humanity, would of course cost less financially than continuing the never-ending wars in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. It would also make the United States safer.

These articles of impeachment were introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Dennis Kucinich on June 9, 2008, as H. Res. 1258

Article I
Creating a Secret Propaganda Campaign to Manufacture a False Case for War Against Iraq.

Article II
Falsely, Systematically, and with Criminal Intent Conflating the Attacks of September 11, 2001, With Misrepresentation of Iraq as a Security Threat as Part of Fraudulent Justification for a War of Aggression.

Article III
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, to Manufacture a False Case for War.

Article IV
Misleading the American People and Members of Congress to Believe Iraq Posed an Imminent Threat to the United States.

Article V
Illegally Misspending Funds to Secretly Begin a War of Aggression.

Article VI
Invading Iraq in Violation of the Requirements of HJRes114.

Article VII
Invading Iraq Absent a Declaration of War.

Article VIII
Invading Iraq, A Sovereign Nation, in Violation of the UN Charter.

Article IX
Failing to Provide Troops With Body Armor and Vehicle Armor.

Article X
Falsifying Accounts of US Troop Deaths and Injuries for Political Purposes.

Article XI
Establishment of Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq.

Article XII
Initiating a War Against Iraq for Control of That Nation's Natural Resources.

Article XIIII
Creating a Secret Task Force to Develop Energy and Military Policies With Respect to Iraq and Other Countries.

Article XIV
Misprision of a Felony, Misuse and Exposure of Classified Information And Obstruction of Justice in the Matter of Valerie Plame Wilson, Clandestine Agent of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Article XV
Providing Immunity from Prosecution for Criminal Contractors in Iraq.

Article XVI
Reckless Misspending and Waste of U.S. Tax Dollars in Connection With Iraq and US Contractors.

Article XVII
Illegal Detention: Detaining Indefinitely And Without Charge Persons Both U.S. Citizens and Foreign Captives.

Article XVIII
Torture: Secretly Authorizing, and Encouraging the Use of Torture Against Captives in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Other Places, as a Matter of Official Policy.

Article XIX
Rendition: Kidnapping People and Taking Them Against Their Will to "Black Sites" Located in Other Nations, Including Nations Known to Practice Torture.

Article XX
Imprisoning Children.

Article XXI
Misleading Congress and the American People About Threats from Iran, and Supporting Terrorist Organizations Within Iran, With the Goal of Overthrowing the Iranian Government.

Article XXII
Creating Secret Laws.

Article XXIII
Violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.

Article XXIV
Spying on American Citizens, Without a Court-Ordered Warrant, in Violation of the Law and the Fourth Amendment.

Article XXV
Directing Telecommunications Companies to Create an Illegal and Unconstitutional Database of the Private Telephone Numbers and Emails of American Citizens.

Article XXVI
Announcing the Intent to Violate Laws with Signing Statements.

Article XXVII
Failing to Comply with Congressional Subpoenas and Instructing Former Employees Not to Comply.

Article XXVIII
Tampering with Free and Fair Elections, Corruption of the Administration of Justice.

Article XXIX
Conspiracy to Violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Article XXX
Misleading Congress and the American People in an Attempt to Destroy Medicare.

Article XXXI
Katrina: Failure to Plan for the Predicted Disaster of Hurricane Katrina, Failure to Respond to a Civil Emergency.

Article XXXII
Misleading Congress and the American People, Systematically Undermining Efforts to Address Global Climate Change.

Article XXXIII
Repeatedly Ignored and Failed to Respond to High Level Intelligence Warnings of Planned Terrorist Attacks in the US, Prior to 911.

Article XXXIV
Obstruction of the Investigation into the Attacks of September 11, 2001.

Article XXXV
Endangering the Health of 911 First Responders.

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