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Archives from March 2003
Rumsfeld vs. the Generals
JASON LEOPOLD
Last October, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ordered the military’s regional commanders to rewrite all of their war plans to capitalize on precision weapons, better intelligence and speedier deployment in the event the United States decided to inv...
A Report on New York City Protests
LADAWN HAGLUND
Photos by JOANNE MARINER Because the corporate media is not doing its job explaining why we in New York and elsewhere oppose this sick war in Iraq, I want to describe some of what happened at the action on March 27th and explain my choice to participat...
Rumsfeld vs. the Generals
JASON LEOPOLD
Last October, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ordered the military’s regional commanders to rewrite all of their war plans to capitalize on precision weapons, better intelligence and speedier deployment in the event the United States decided to inv...
Contradictions and Absurdities
JOHN CHUCKMAN
The title could be the name of a television quiz show, although I doubt the subject matter would attract a large audience, especially in that key market of the United States. Even on progressive and liberal Internet sites in the United States, one finds ri...
Arrogant Propaganda
PAUL De ROOIJ
“Your BS detector must be on at full blast.” – Michael Moore, March 28, 2003 In the good old days, the US used to tell a lie — crass propaganda — and it would stick for a long time...
Blood and Bandages for the Innocent
ROBERT FISK
Shu’ale, a suburb of Baghdad The piece of metal is only a foot high, but the numbers on it hold the clue to the latest atrocity in Baghdad. At least 62 civilians had died by yesterday afternoon, and the coding on that hunk of metal contains th...
Bernie Sanders Hedging His Bets
RON JACOBS
The US House of Representatives recently voted to endorse Bush and Rumsfeld’s war on Iraq. They did this under the guise of a bill nominally supporting the troops that, in reality, endorses Bush’s decision to invade and occupy Iraq. Only 11 congresspe...
Bring Our Soldiers Home
ROBIN COOK
This was meant to be a quick, easy war. Shortly before I resigned a Cabinet colleague told me not to worry about the political fall-out. The war would be finished long before polling day for the May local elections. I just hope those who expected a ...
Has Perle Committed Treason?
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Article III, Section 3 of the US Constitution defines treason as giving aid and comfort, or “adhering” to our enemies. I believe “adhering” sums up Richard Perle’s job description pretty well. The controversy surrounding Perle which ...
Liberating Iraqis from Their Homes
DAVID LINDORFF
As the U.S. Army’s Seventh Combat Support Group, a unit of the Third Infantry Division, moved northward in the Arabian desert west of the Euphrates River towards the town of Najaf on March 26, the commander, realizing his exhausted men faced shortages of fo...
A Different Kind of Despair
NEVE GORDON
“Come to dinner when the war against Iraq ends,” Jamil said, as I opened the car door. He had just parked the sedan, a short distance from the Bethlehem military checkpoint, the one closest to Jerusalem. “Is that what you call hospitality?...
The Devil’s Dictionary
URI AVNERY
Yet some more thoughts about the war. The Coalition. No name could be more appropriate to the cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom against Iraq. In "The Devil’s Dictionary" of the American humorist Amb...
Slaughter at the Bridge of Death
MARK FRANCHETTI
Nasiriya, Iraq. The light was a strange yellowy grey and the wind was coming up, the beginnings of a sandstorm. The silence felt almost eerie after a night of shooting so intense it hurt the eardrums and shattered the nerves. My footsteps felt heavy on the...
The Siege of Washington
WAYNE MADSEN
March 25, 2003 may serve as a crucial turning point in American history. On that day, George W. Bush displayed his increasingly erratic and irresponsible behavior before America’s top military leadership. The friction between Bush and Defense Secretary Dona...
Circumventing the Globe
BEN TRIPP
It has come to my attention that some Americans are concerned Iraq might bodily invade the United States unless all of Iraq’s women and children are killed. This seems about as likely as the Anaheim Angels winning the World Championship, but str...
US Insiders Gloomy: War “Not Going According to Plan;” Allah 1, Jahweh, 0; Rumseld Visits Geneva: Is He an Iraqi Asset?; British Revert to Barbarism (As Usual); Will Bush Open National Hot Air Reserve?; US Navy Dolphin AWOL
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The situation of the US/UK invading force can be assessed as difficult. The US 3rd Infantry Division, the Marines, Division, the 101st Airborne continue to be plagued by stretched supply lines which yesterday saw one Marine unit entirely immobilized ...
Israelis
ANN PETTIFER
Iris Murdoch, the Oxford moral philosopher and novelist, thought suffering was not necessarily redemptive; it did not always improve us either morally or spiritually. Taking her cue from Plato, she argued that while suffering might well be a c...
Horror Chamber
RAMZY BAROUD
A few years ago, I stepped into the horror of the Gulf War. It was April 1999, and the place was Baghdad’s al-Amiriya bomb shelter. Living most of my life in a refugee camp in Gaza, where the murder of innocent people at the...
Bombing the Phone System
ROBERT FISK
It’s difficult to weep about a telephone exchange. True, the destruction of the local phone system in Baghdad is a miserable experience for tens of thousands of Iraqi families who want to keep in contact with their relatives during the long dark...
Chickenhawk Circle of Hell
TOM STEPHENS
We’ve entered a new era of history. The troops and tanks rumbling toward Baghdad take with them the ashes and dust of international law, diplomacy, human rights, civil liberties, democratic self-governance, and much else. But, as Arlo Guthrie fa...
Bushist Party Feeds on Fear and War
CHRIS FLOYD
Before the first cruise missile crushed the first skull of the first child killed in the first installment of George W. Bush’s crusade for world dominion, the unelected plutocrats occupying the White House were already plying their corporate ...
Al-Jazeera’s Harrowing Footage
ROBERT FISK
Two British soldiers lie dead on a Basra roadway, a small Iraqi girl–victim of an Anglo American air strike–is brought to hospital with her intestines spilling out of her stomach, a terribly wounded woman screams in agony as doctors try to...
Bombs in the Marketplace
JO WILDING
Baghdad. This morning the sky had cleared: a mixed blessing. It was good to be able to see through the daylight again, although the view of smoke plumes across the city wasn’t the most soul-fulfilling sight. At the same t...
"Like Being Autistic With Power"
KATHLEEN And BILL CHRISTISON
East Jerusalem. “We’re just pissed off [at the Palestinians], the way whites were with blacks in the southern United States. They just don’t know their place.” ...
Perle Resigns, But the Looting Continues
DAVID KRIEGER
Richard Perle has resigned as chairman of the Pentagon Defense Policy Board, a group of influential advisors of Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. Perle has been embroiled in a controversy over accepting money from a US corporation, Global Crossing, which...