Ten Years After

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Tom Degan: On Saturday, December 30, 2006, Saddam Hussein was hanged for his crimes against humanity. On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, George Walker Bush, Richard Bruce Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld live in comfortable retirement. Isn’t life strange?

Leaving the Dumb War in Iraq

Vijay Prashad: Having Iraq exercise its sovereignty is not sufficient to justify the war in the first place. Eight years after the war, no justifications remain. It was a dumb war, and it remains so.

After bin Laden, a Reflection

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Lydia Howell: Now is the time for Americans to re-set our moral compass and demand an end to and accountability for torture of prisoners in the “war on terrorism” — at Guantanamo or at the remaining “black sites” in allied countries.

“So This Is America?”

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Tom Degan: Please, if you’re looking for an authentic American hero, you need search no further than Ray McGovern. He is holding up a mirror for all to see.

Report from an Unclear Front

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Bob Letcher: In the face of last year’s healthcare reform efforts, opponents screamed the inherently violent and hardly constructive “Kill the bill”; now, it’s opponents of reducing collective bargaining rights for public employees who are screaming the still inherently violent and hardly constructive “Kill the bill”.

Afghanistan Again

Joseph Palermo: After nine years of war the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan lacks support at home and is widely recognized as a drain on the domestic economy in a time of severe economic contraction. The billions of dollars in U.S. economic assistance to the Hamid Karzai government has created an unsustainable class of Afghans who are dependent upon the American largesse and military presence that would be impossible to sustain by local taxes. It is a puppet government that wouldn’t last a day without American arms and money.

Will the GOP Find a New Reagan?

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The question is whether today’s conservative Republicans understand that they cannot save their party by destroying it. Too many on the right have tried to conciliate a base that craves ideological purity. But ideological purity does not lead to victory. It leads to irrelevance.

Pentagon Taking Over U.S. Foreign Policy

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Some idea of Pentagon dominance over diplomatic approaches may be gleaned from the Pentagon’s $664 billion annual budget compared with State’s $52 billion. “Washington employs more military band members than it does foreign service officers.”

Bush Tortured

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It seems almost trivial to accuse someone who launched an illegal war that has killed over a million people of torture. But if we are going to prosecute the lowest ranked torturers, it makes sense to look up the chain of command.

Was Rummy Really Wrong?

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If the U.S. gives up fighting such ill-advised wars of choice and concomitant occupations, Rumsfeld’s concept of fewer ground forces and a heavier reliance on airpower can be viable. The concept is not the problem, but it’s not going to work if the United States continues such drawn-out imperial quagmires.

Newt Gingrich Declares: “I Am Not A Citizen Of The World!”

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Earlier this week, at a Washington DC fundraiser, in a statement that can best be described as regressive American exceptionalism, former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich said of himself: “I am not a citizen of the world. I think the entire concept is intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous!” Witness the video below of Mr. Gingrich’s pronouncement [...]

Torture? What About the Crime of Waging Aggressive War?

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Right after the climactic finish of World War Two, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, while picking through the aftermath of the world’s biggest bloodbath to date, famously called the waging of aggressive war “essentially an evil thing.” “[T]o initiate war of aggression,” the tribunal concluded, “is not only an international crime; it is the [...]

The Obamas’ Farewell Tour to Eight Years of Neo-Con Foreign Policy

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The mainstream commentariat can nitpick all it wants about what President Barack Obama achieved or didn’t achieve from the G-20 summit and NATO meetings in Europe last week but the far bigger story is how the First Couple’s visit marked the total repudiation of the neo-conservative foreign policy project. It wasn’t long ago when Donald [...]

The Spanish Fly In Obama’s Ointment

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When Barack Obama meets Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in London this week at the G20 summit, it will be perversely interesting to see if Zapatero is greeted with the famous Obama smile or a less-often-seen, steely-eyed glare. Spanish investigating magistrate Baltazar Garzon – the man who arrested former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [...]

Canada To Bush: Y’all Don’t Come Back Soon!

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A few weeks ago, George W. Bush slunk into Calgary, Alberta where he was paid a reported $50,000 to address a gathering of oil men; in Alberta, there’s no such thing as oil women because, even in the 21st century, the province still revels in its rough-n’-ready, real cowboys are men, way of thinking. It [...]

Hypocrisy in Government

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Recent statements by President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, admitting that they were going to use the economic crisis to get other things done, is at least surprisingly honest. But it is also hypocritical. Remember when some of these same people criticized George W. Bush [...]

A Big ‘Hoorah!’ to the New York Times’ Dexter Filkins

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In a devastatingly critical examination of the narco-state formerly known as Afghanistan, the New York Times’ Dexter Filkins today documents case after case of widespread corruption on a massive scale in the Afghan government, including officials ranging from low-level, local bureaucrats right up to the brother of President Hamid Karzai. Filkins shows the difficult situation [...]

Bush Ducks Flying Shoes — Any Footwear for Donald Rumsfeld?

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by Joseph A. Palermo – George W. Bush apparently thought it would be a good idea before he leaves office to go to Iraq and take a final victory lap, a sort of “farewell tour.” But he ended up giving the world a set of lasting images that are fitting testimonials to the bloodiest failure [...]

Bush’s Blanket Pardon for War and Torture?

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As if we don’t have enough to worry about the shenanigans Bush & Co. might try pulling in their last 60-plus days in office, now comes whispered reports from Washington that Dubya is considering issuing a “blanket pardon” for everyone involved in anything illegal in the Iraq and Afghanistan invasions and – more critically – [...]

The Oil Splattered Banner (with apologies to Francis Scott Key)

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O! say can you see by the Dow’s early plight What so weakly we railed at the Big Oil’s last gleaning Whose Bush/Cheney dark lies led us into a perilous fight, O’er the fear ramp ups we watched were so constantly screaming And the Republican’s red glare, with bombs bursting on airs, Gave proof to [...]

Fiction Is No Stranger to What They Call Truth at Bush & Company

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Bush and Company lives for and thrives on lies and disaster. They have proven their fiction is a stranger to the truth. The greater the disaster, the greater the potential for Republican profit, greed, and corruption. Herr Rove learned from Joe Goebbels, that by using fiction to become GOP truth, he could find ways to [...]

The Rise of the Republican One Percenters: Corporatism/Corruption/Coup

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In January, 1998, a group of Neocons (New old cons, some of them pardoned convicted felons) struck their final draft of their neo constitution, a ninety-one page white paper, The Project for the New American Century. The plan calls for the United States to dominate the world. The single most troublesome problem the Neocons felt [...]

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