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June 2003: Quicksand in Iraq ... (updated)

The more you struggle, the deeper you sink. How could the administration not have forseen that the American occupying forces in Iraq would become a target of angry Iraqis and radical jihadists from all over the region? And be unable to leave so long as the situation worsens? It's a formula for the West Bank-isation of Iraq... was the administration in denial over this likelihood? Or are they in fact looking for this fight too? (..."Bring them on!")
This administration seems to think that the 'most powerful country on earth' need not bother with friends and allies, diplomacy, the United Nations, world court and other multinational frameworks, not to mention careful long term strategic thinking; all this is replaced with sheer attitude, backed with bombs. And at home, A.G. John "No Apologies" Ashcroft seems bent on turning America into a police state; and the rest of the Bush crew on delivering their wealthy backers and corporate sponsors a privileged position in a new society whose motto, suggested by a recent headline in Harper's, might be "Get Rich or Get Out!". Below we've posted excerpts and links to discussions of the big issues in play now which will likely continue to drive events throughout the summer.
Meanwhile:
7/19: Coalition Casualty Count Tracker
7/11: Pentagon ignored State Dept.'s post-war planning efforts (...article)
6/14: Saddam Hussein's message to Iraqis.

And if you haven't yet read our previous pieces re Iraq Occupation, they are still very pertinent: May 18: Bait Taken ... April 22: Hot Potato
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Iraq WMD- Tripwire for Impeachment?
How could Bush et al not have been informed that the Niger documents were known to be forgeries, before he used them in the State of the Union? Or been unaware of an internal report indicating no connections between Iraq and AlQuaeda? (...latest)

(Report) Powell: "I'm not reading this. This is bullshit!"

Bill Kristol (PNAC) -Softening the blow?... "the president and the secretary of state, [made statements] that will turn out to be erroneous."

Senator Robert Byrd: "Mr. President, the American people have questions that need to be answered about why we went to war with Iraq. To attempt to deny the relevance of these questions is to trivialize the people's trust." (This and other recent speeches of Senator Byrd...)

Rep. Henry Waxman To Condoleeza Rice: Did Bush know the Niger documents were forgeries when he presented them to Congress to get approval for the Iraq invasion?

John Dean: Liar in Chief : The Case For Inpeachment

William Pfaff, International Herald Tribune: "Presidential lies to Congress are ground for impeachment"

CIA in Revolt: "Fiasco" "We write to express deep concern over the growing mistrust and cynicism with which many, including veteran intelligence professionals inside and outside our movement, regard the intelligence cited by you and your chief advisers to justify the war against Iraq." (more... )

Cabal blames the CIA: "CIA Did Not Share Doubt on Iraq Data"

CIA Rejects Blame "...the spy agency put out the denials by Niger officials in a March 2002 intelligence report that was "widely disseminated throughout the U.S. government," a U.S. intelligence official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters..."(more...)

6/27. House GOP Blocks WMD Claims Investigation (story...)
7/19: GOP-controlled Senate Follows Suit (story)

Hans Blix: "...there are people in this administration who say they don't care if the UN sinks under the East river, and other crude things".

Update 7/17: Cheney did it- and should resign... A group of senior former intelligence officials accuse the VP of using false evidence to build the case for war; ask Bush to demand Mr Cheney's resignation... ( story)
7/19: Oil WAS the Reason- Documents just released under FOIA show the Cheney secret energy policy meetings included divying up Iraqi Oil.

Backgrounder: A Compendium of the Administrations Iraq WMD Claims.

"I don't believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons." -Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, at a hearing of the Senate's appropriations subcommittee on defense, May 14.
"We believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." -Vice President Dick Cheney on NBC's Meet the Press, March 16

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What kind of Empire?
Much discussion lately on "American Empire"... at this stage, if there is such a thing, it looks more like a crime-lord empire than, say, the British Empire. Basically, the Cabal gets to run the rackets, and boss every one around. And, as Paul Bremer recently said, "When you make an enemy of the United States, you'd better watch out. Sooner or later we will get you."

George Soros:
"The Bush vision of American supremacy is not only unsound and unsustainable, it is also in contradiction with American values. We are an open society. The principles of open society are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. And the institutions of our democracy are protected by our Constitution. The fact that we have a bunch of far-right ideologues in our executive branch does not turn us into a totalitarian dictatorship. There are checks and balances, and the president must obtain the support of the people. I put my faith in the people. But in the end, open society will not survive unless those who live in it believe in it." (more...)
May 22, Soros Dumping the Dollar... (article..)

America's Imperial Delusion Eric Hobsbawm, Le Monde Diplomatique 6/03; reprinted in English by The Guardian (article...)

How To Stop America
George Monbiot: "Now is the time to turn our campaigns against the war-mongering, wealth-concentrating, planet-consuming world order into a concerted campaign for global democracy... Our task is not to overthrow globalisation, but to capture it, and to use it as a vehicle for humanity's first global democratic revolution." The New Statesman; June 07, 2003 (article...)

Malaysia's Mahathir:
"Today we see how the big powers attack and take over weak countries. The United Nations is clearly unable to protect anyone. There is no other power prepared to protect us if we become the object of attack." (Non-Aligned Nations Conf speech...more)

Fidel Castro: "Voice of the Dark Corners"
"After the last global carnage in the 1940s, we were promised a world of peace, a reduction of the gap between the rich and poor and the assistance of the highly developed to the less developed countries. It was all a huge lie. We had imposed on us an unsustainable and unbearable world order."
(speech to Non-aligned Nations Conf...more)

World Likes US Less and Less - New Pew Global Survey

Blind, Deaf, Dumb and Deluded- White America Unfit for Global Role" -(...article, Black Commentator)

What is Happening To America? A view from Germany
"the most frightening American administration in modern times" (...article)

Bungling Bully The View From Europe ... Richard Reeves, July 4 (...report)

Africa view: Lusaka Post editorial
"The power and prerogatives of that country's President are so extensive, and the economic, technological and military power network in that nation is so pervasive, that due to circumstances that fully escape the will of the American people, the world is coming under the rule of Nazi concepts and methods." ( full text...)

US Demands Immunity from War Crimes Prosecution (article...)

'With us or against us'... US anounces aid cutoff to 35 nations not supporting US demands. (story...)

Next, please... US backs street protests in Iran... and threatens North Korea with strike

Families of 911 Victims Angry over "Smothering" of Investigation
""We've been fighting for nearly 21 months -- fighting the administration, the White House," says Monica Gabrielle. Her husband, Richard, an insurance broker who worked for Aon Corp. on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center's Tower 2, died during the attacks. "As soon as we started looking for answers we were blocked, put off and ignored at every stop of the way. We were shocked. The White House is just blocking everything." " (article..).

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What Kind of Capitalism?
It's often said in the media that Enron was a management 'failure'. What happened at Enron wasn't due to failure; it was due to success- a vastly successful conspiracy to loot californians, shareholders, employees, pension funds, and state and federal governments, among others. A failure of 'oversight'? Oversight was well... unpatriotic, wasn't it? Both at Enron then, and in our post 911 'debates'. The only failure at Enron was the failure of the looters to reign in their limitless greed before utterly destroying the corporation whose management they were entrusted with. Could this happen with the country as a whole?

BusinessWeek: Enronization
"...more evidence of reckless Enron-style hubris."

John Kenneth Galbraith: Drowning, First-Class Style
"The fact is, we are acquiring an empire. But the men in charge do not want to pay for it. They have no serious interest in providing security, infrastructure or civil administration to the territories they have conquered." (more...)

Sen. Robert Byrd:"an administration of the wealthy, by the wealthy, for the wealthy." (This and other recent speeches of Senator Byrd...)

Arthur Miller Interview: What I have Learned "We have never, in my opinion, met up with this kind of an administration, which is extremely intelligent and has terrific control over the political life of the country. They are representing the rich people in a way that I didn't think was so blatantly possible. It's almost sociopathic. As though, Okay, if you can make it, you're one of us; if you can't make it, too bad, Jack. Some of the monkeys fall off the tree." (Article...)

Bill Moyers: A Call to Arms "... a hundred years from now some historian will be wondering how it was that ... they waged war almost unopposed on the infrastructure of social justice, on the arrangements that make life fair, on the mutual rights and responsibilities that offer opportunity, civil liberties, and a decent standard of living to the least among us." (Article...)

Westar GOP Bribery Scandal
"Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean urged an investigation of the four members of Congress, saying that if DeLay and other lawmakers did agree to sell political access "they should be prosecuted for violating bribery laws..." (Wash. Post Report)

All Hail The Pods
"Well, it's happened. The pods came, the day shift nodded off and the rest of us survivors are stuffed." (more...)

An Airline Security Expert Speaks Out Against CAPPS II
"No American citizen, under any circumstances, should be treated, automatically and by default, like they are a terrorist." (Article...)

Why is the Bush administration targeting Martha Stewart?
While ENRON's Ken Lay runs free after impoverishing thousands, the SEC and the justice Department chose to focus like a laser beam on prosecuting Martha Stewart. The answer is clear cut, Martha Stewart is a major donor to the Democratic Party and Democratic causes. (article...)

"A Dark Storm Cloud Over the Future of American Media"
-Dissenting Statements by FCC Commissioners Adelstein and Copps
BBC Director Warns UK Against Media Takeover
Ted Turner on FCC decision: "Monopoly or Democracy?"

Governor Terminator
Wealthy right-wing Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is bankrolling a recall-and-replace referendum to bring an early end to Governor Gray Davis' term in California. Rep. Issa, twice charged with car theft, later made millions on car alarms in San Diego, and now wants to be Governor. So does Arnold Schwarzenegger, who sees the Total Recall as "a wonderful opportunity". According to George Gorton, Schwarzenegger's political adviser, the actor will decide whether to run after the July 2 opening of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines".
July 4- Schwarzenegger in Baghdad, premieres "Terminator 3" for US Troops. (friends in high places?)
July 16- Maybe Arianna Huffington will run. We'd like that. (story...)

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2004 Elections

Digital Danger- Demand Paper Voting Receipts!
Congressman Rush Holt has introduced a bill requiring, by fall 2004, voting machines to provide a paper vote receipt, to be confirmed by the voter, and locked away in case of dispute or recount. This is important because the new voting machines being introduced nationwide provide no means of checking the accuracy of the tally, the software is a corporate secret, the company is a republican donor, and the networks have stopped doing exit polls.
(Holt Bill... also: BlackBoxVoting.com, and the Senator Hagel connection)

Howard Dean
Charlie Rose asked Dean what he had that would make him the best democratic candidate to face Bush. Dean smiled and replied, "Nerve." Howard Dean has the strongest early surge, especially via the internet, and won the MoveOn.org primary.
Howard Dean biography and profile, Meryl Gordon, New York Magazine.
MoveOn Q&A
Charlie Rose RA Interview
Dean "Blog for America"
Dean for America
Dean TV -streaming and downloadable videos of interviews and talks
Alternet Interview / The Nation Interview / NPR Interview (streaming video)
TruthOut Interview with William Pitt
Dean Media Archive

Dennis Kucinich
Kucinich is an inspired, and inspiring man, the early progressive favorite: "We live in a world in which dichotomous thinking has led to war. I try to look at the world holistically, to emphasize the ways that we are interconnected and interdependent, as an integrated whole."
MoveOn Q&A
Main Site
NPR Interview
Peace Rally NYC Speech
Tikkun Interview
TruthOut Interview
Sarah Van Gelder Interview (download PDF)

General Wesley Clark
Super-telegenic liberal intellectual, Rhodes Scholar, 4-star general, NATO Supreme Allied Commander, awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Knight of the British Empire, Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur, graduated first in his class at West Point, Masters degree in philosophy, politics, and economics; seeks to be of service to his country.... (Clark Resume... compare Bush Resume)
Candidate in 2004?: "I'm going to have to consider it." ( more...)
Joe Conason on Wesley Clark
Bill Clinton: "He would make a good president. .. He's always exceeded at every endeavor." (... article)

MoveOn.org Democratic Primary
** Results ** Dean and Kucinich come in tops with 44% and 30%...Wesley Clark top write-in candidate. see full results at MoveOn.org

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Choice Summer Reading

Sidney Blumenthal: The Clinton Wars.
"The most depressing thing about Blumenthal's book is that it keeps reminding you that these nasty little ideological zealots set out from Day One to commit the Politics of Personal Destruction. They had no honor, and they had no shame. They were just out to get him any way they could, and when sex proved a convenient route, they used it -- hypocrisy, be damned." -Molly Ivins.
The Clinton Warrior- What Sidney Blumenthal got right. Excellent essay on Blumenthal, the book, the culture war, by David Greenberg, Washington Monthly, June 2003.

Georges Monbiot: The Age of Consent
-A manifesto for a new world order

"Now is the time to turn our campaigns against the war-mongering, wealth-concentrating, planet-consuming world order into a concerted campaign for global democracy. ... Our task is not to overthrow globalisation, but to capture it, and to use it as a vehicle for humanity's first global democratic revolution."

Sir Martin Rees: Our Final Hour
"A Scientist's Warning: How Terror, Error, And Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future In This Century - On Earth And Beyond". Rees gives us a 50-50 chance, and expects an apocalypse from human actions. (also, an MSNBC review)

Olivia Judson: Dr.Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
Dr. Judson manages to convey a lot of modern evolutionary biology while being very amusing at the same time. A typical passage: "Among primates as among insects, it is a rule of thumb that in species where females consort with one male at a time, penises are small and uninteresting... A male mountain gorilla can weigh 460 pounds, but his penis is a measly two inches long and entirely devoid of knobs and spikes. The Argentine lake duck puts him to shame..."

Cat De Rham and Michelle Gil: The Spirit of Yoga
The beautiful and captivating Cat De Rham has given us one of the best yoga books ever; structured on Patanjali's sutras. "amazing and magical".

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"Interview With The Assassin" This movie is a real surprise, definitely recommended (now in video). And btw, the movie's website has an excellent selection of JFK assassination links.

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Update: Republicans spent 47 milion investigating Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinski. The 911 Commission budget has been capped at 3 million.
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Media Check (Jun 25)   
A Google News Search for "impeach Bush" turns up 7 articles. A Google Web Search for the same term yields 16,000 articles.
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"There is only one reason that I am in the Oval Office and not in a bar. I found faith. I found God." -George W. Bush
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"God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them." -Abbas quotes Bush (story)
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One-Party Rule?   
Republicans are moving on all fronts to consolidate one-party rule in America. (article...)
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Police State Threat Looms
"My friends, this is how tyranny begins," said Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, a Ways and Means Committee member. "It is our responsibility to stand against a police state" (article...)
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Update: Enron Exec charged in manipulation of California energy market (article...)
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American Gulag population reached 2 million; 12 percent of African-American men ages 20 to 34 are in jail or prison. (article...) (more info: Sentencing Project)
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The Goering Quote
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What's Going On Here? Is it Fascism? Is It Feudalism?
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B-ALL-U-CAN-B
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Anthrax:Suspect Hatfill worked on secret Iraq bioweapons project...(NYT story)
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Update: Defense Dept Can't Account for 2.3 Trillion dollars.
2.3 trillion equals 100 million times 23,000, or approximately 100 million annual salaries for teachers!
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Update: Dollars Save Lives: The US Bribed Iraqi Generals to Stand Down...(article...)
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Update: As of June 8, The Baghdad airport grounds were said to be still littered with bodies of dead Iraqis. (more)
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Iraq's most popular SUV:
"The Monica" (more...)
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In Big Brother's Lap-
Scientists are developing "smart" airline seats that will detect potential terrorists by measuring airline passengers' anxiety levels. (more..)
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BurmaGoons Run Amok  
The criminals running Burma have again imprisoned the national heroine Aung San Suu Kyi (latest...)
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Fela- Black President!
Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life and work celebrated at the New Museum in SoHo. NYTimes multimedia story
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SARS Virus Model
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Senator Joe Biden
(aka 'Pander-man') sneaks the infamous RAVE Act into the Amber Alert kidnapping bill. Party's over! (article... and another...)
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Flatulence Tax   
Cattle flatulence produces more than half of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions. The government has imposed a flatulence tax on cattle and sheep. ( article...)
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Apes Fight Back   
Outraged baboons blocked traffic and harassed drivers following a second vehicular killing on Ugandan highway (more..)
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  • A country where health insurance is too expensive for more than half the population, and where hospital errors cause a million serious casualties a year, is not an advanced country.
  • A country where 2/3 of death row inmates in Illinois whose guilt or innocence could be proved by DNA testing turned out to be innocent. Where men who proclaimed their innocence are more likely to end up on death row than those who 'confessed' and 'showed remorse', and where a state establishment can refuse to review condemnations even when exculpatory evidence is on record.
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