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The Time of the Assassins: Bushists Stirring Iraq, Iran Into a Bloody Stew

This weekend, as an assassination campaign continued to kill off the leaders of Iran’s closest ally in Iraq, American officials ratcheted up their casus belli accusations against Tehran, now claiming that forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) — which the Bush Administration is preparing to designate as a “global terrorist group” — are actually on Iraqi soil, directly helping insurgents to kill American troops. The conjunction of these events — the assassinations and the accusations — reveals both the deadly murk surrounding the occupation

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Project Management: Bushists Through the Looking-Glass on Iran Charges

By indirection find direction out.” – Shakespeare

For several years I’ve been writing about facts that point to a disturbing but inescapable conclusion: that the Bush Administration has been fomenting sectarian and political violence in Iraq by arming – and in some cases, creating – militias, factions, terrorist groups, death squads and overt and covert “security forces.” [See Appendix below.] Based on reports taken from the publicly available sources, most often from Pentagon and White House officials, it is clear that over the course of the war, the groups thus

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Goodbye to All That: Silber’s Last Word on the War Against Iran

Arthur Silber has said his last word on the impending war with Iran — and a mighty blast it is too, summing up almost a year and a half of bell-clanging witness to America’s inexorable sleepwalk toward another monstrous conflict. (A sleepwalk that’s now breaking into a headlong gallop.) Arthur rightly despairs of finding any way to stop this war crime now — especially given the fact that the Democrats have “already approved the critical rationales for an attack.” As Arthur notes:

The Senate approved —
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Monsters Among Us: Living in a Torture State


Well, John the Baptist after torturing a thief
Looks up at his hero the Commander-in-Chief
Saying, “Tell me great hero, but please make it brief
Is there a hole for me to get sick in?”

The Commander-in-Chief answers him while chasing a fly
Saying, “Death to all those who would whimper

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Use Your Disillusion: Refuting the Apologists of Aggression

Understanding And Misunderstanding Iraq (A Tiny Revolution)

This important post by Jon Schwarz eviscerates – politely, calmly, with nothing but facts from the historical record – the main arguments advanced by the “liberal hawks” (and their defenders, such as Michael Cohen) for their support for the invasion of Iraq. It is a remarkable piece of myth-busting, fulfilling Henry Miller’s dictum to writers “to inoculate the world with disillusionment.”

Of course, one of the most

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Tool Time: Rove Goes But the Malevolent Machine Rolls On

Karl Rove has resigned, and for the moment that seems like good news — although given the history and M.O. of the Bush gang, it will probably lead to something worse in one way or another. For example, look how much better things are now that Don Rumsfeld has gone! We’ve progressed from his last-days, panicky memos about curtailing the war (while spinning it as a victory) to a full-bore, wide-open escalation of the conflict which the chief surger, Gen. David Petraeus, tells us could last for

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Panic Attack: Rove Packs Bags in Big-Time Bushist Bug-Out

From the Wall Street Journal:

Karl Rove, President Bush’s longtime political adviser, is resigning as White House deputy chief of staff effective Aug. 31, and returning to Texas, he said in an interview with Paul Gigot, editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page….”I just think it’s time,” Mr. Rove said in the interview. “There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve
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No Light, Just Tunnel: The Bipartisan Guarantee of Continuing War in Iraq

Our text for today is from the New York Times:

Even as they call for an end to the war and pledge to bring the troops home, the Democratic presidential candidates are setting out positions that could leave the United States engaged in Iraq for years. John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, would keep troops in the region to intervene in an Iraqi genocide and be prepared for military action if violence spills into other countries. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York would
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Goading Xerxes: A New Tactical Twist in the Coming War on Iran

An American strike on Iran is coming closer. It probably won’t take place in the next few weeks, because Bush is on vacation and will not want to be disturbed. And it probably won’t take the form that many have expected (including this writer). But Bush himself has raised the ante in recent days, warning of vague punishments for alleged Iranian misdeeds – and unleashing an outright lie that Iran has openly “proclaimed its desire for nuclear weapons,” when of course the very

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