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The Betrayed Mothers of America

We were remiss in not putting up this testimony, gathered by Robert Fisk in New York City during the recent Veteran’s Day remembrances. Remember these good people whenever you see the hideous smirking rictus of Cheney or Bush defending the monstrous crime they have wrought.

From the Independent (via Information Clearing House). Excerpts:

…Sue’s voice rises in indignation above the noise of the New York diner, angry and brave and drowning out the joshing of two vets at the other end of the table. “I remember very

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We Give Thanks for our Freedom

This AP picture shows Hiram Myers, 74, of Edmond, Oklahoma, being hauled off by armed officials for the heinous crime of sitting in a county-owned ditch in Crawford, Texas, to protest the war in Iraq. It is of course simply intolerable to think that President Bush’s holiday repose might be disturbed in the slightest by the presence of such miscreants in the proximity of his own sacred person.

This is freedom in America today. This is what our forefathers fought and died for. This is why generations

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Why We Fight

Why do we fight in Iraq? To defend an Iranian-allied government that wants us to leave and says it’s perfectly legitimate to kill American soldiers. That’s why. And if that doesn’t make any sense to you, we’re sure Dick Cheney can explain it.

From Bloomberg: [Excerpt] Iraqi leaders,
meeting at a reconciliation conference in Cairo, urged an end to
violence in the country and demanded a timetable for the withdrawal of
coalition troops from Iraq.

“The Iraqi people look forward to the day when the
foreign forces leave Iraq, when it’s armed and security forces will

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The Madness of King George

This week, the UK’s Daily Mirror ran a story about a leaked UK government document that apparently detailed an astounding episode from 2004: George W. Bush planning to bomb the Al-Jazeera headquaters in Qatar – a U.S. ally – and Tony Blair managing to talk him out of it. Downing Street refused to comment on the memo, and British officialdom tried to laugh it off, literally – an anonymous Blair spokesman said Bush had just been joking.

But there is obviously some fire beneath all that

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The Gates of Hell

Behind the Phosphorus Clouds are War Crimes Within War Crimes (Guardian)

Although George Monbiot gives perhaps undeserved short shrift here to the Italian documentary that reignited the controversy over the American use of incendiary weapons in Fallujah, he has unearthed – along with blogger Gabriele Zamparini – smoking gun evidence of even more barbarity in the Bush-ordered destruction of the city: the use of thermobaric weapons, whose effects are even more horrendous and uncontrollable than white phosphorus.

Of course, the Pentagon has now admitted the use

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Annals of Liberation

From the NYT, via AP: “U.S. forces mistakenly fired on a civilian vehicle outside an American base in a city north of Baghdad on Monday, killing three people, including a child, the military said…‘It was one of these regrettable, tragic incidents,’ Army spokesman Maj. Steven Warren said.”

Yeah, just one of those things; you know: same old, same old.

And how about that nice softening headline from the NYT: “U.S. Mistakenly Fire on Vehicle.” Uh, they didn’t just fire
on it: they hit that sucker and killed three civilians. Granted, this
is not exactly news

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Body Politics:The Senate’s Sham Rebellion Against Tyranny and Torture

Below is an expanded version of my column in the Nov. 18 edition of The Moscow Times.

Four years ago, George W. Bush quietly assumed dictatorial powers with a secret executive order granting himself the right to imprison anyone on earth indefinitely, without charges or trial or indictment or evidence, simply by declaring them an “enemy combatant,” on his say-so alone. This week, the assemblage of bootlickers and bagmen that now befoul the U.S. Senate voted to codify the core of this global autocracy under the pretense of curtailing it.

With great self-fluffing fanfare, the Senate passed

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Mogadishu on the Tigris: The Reality of Bush’s Iraq

The Independent provides more depth and perspective to the breaking story about the Iraqi torture chamber uncovered yesterday: Raid on torture dungeon exposes Iraq’s secret war .

This story has the potential of becoming a “Katrina”
moment: a revelatory episode that exposes long-suppressed truths about
the reality of Bush’s “leadership” and its agonizing consequences. Just
as the hurricane finally brought Bush’s incompetence, cronyism and
callousness to mainstream attention, the torture chamber revelations
could lead to a broader awareness of the murderous chaos that Bush’s
“liberation” has unleashed upon Iraq, with sectarian

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