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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...
Dreams of Empire
JOHN GERSHMAN
With the war in Iraq just under a week old, the jockeying for what comes next has already begun, with implications that will shape the outlines of imperial governance in the post-9/11, post-invasion world. Two related but nevertheless distinct debates...
Random Thoughts
BRICE ABEL
On the tram to the C gates for my flight this afternoon, some woman said “They’ve started the ground war already.” There was a smile on her face and a gleam in her eye looking like ‘Oh goodie! Now the fun begins.’ It was ...
Dead People
KURT NIMMO
Naturally, most Americans dread the prospect of US soldiers coming home in body bags. It’s not something Americans do well, this coming to terms with engineered mass murder — and yet large numbers of Americans support Bush and his decision...
The War on Protesters
ANN HARRISON
One week after anti-war demonstrators brought San Francisco’s business district to a standstill, the city’s police force has been accused of attempting to repress dissent with widespread brutality, intimidation, and illegal mass arrests. While S...
The "Trashing" of the Troops Never Happened
CHRIS CLARKE
While I don’t like to criticize any expression of opposition to our current imperial designs in the Middle East, I’m a bit puzzled by what seems to be a new shibboleth among some opponents of Bush’s war. It’...
Madness Translated
RIAD Z. ABDELKARIM, M.D.
Many television viewers worldwide have been confused by the vast amount of military terminology, slogans, and acronyms being utilized in reporting on the ongoing war against Iraq being waged by the United States and Britain. As a service to these news...
When Bombs Replace Reason
SAUL LANDAU
We must make clear to the Germans that the wrong for which their fallen leaders are on trial is not that they lost the war, but that they started it. And we must not allow ourselves to be drawn into a trial of the causes of the w...
The Mother of All Bombs
CAROL NORRIS
Just before war broke out George Bush spoke to the world and said, "War has no certainty except the certainty of sacrifice." Coming from a man of extraordinary privilege who has never felt the ravages of war, these words rang hollow. The onl...
Bush’s Blueprint for a Remade Middle East Reeks of Colossal Hubris
PIERRE TRISTAM
In gothic novels the bombshell princess is typically shackled to the whims of nasty men and foul-mouthed step-mothers and suffers indignities by the bushel until she’s liberated by Prince Charming. The novels always cue The End before Princess d...
A Road Trip in Wartime
DANIEL WOLFF
[My thirteen year-old son and I drove from New York to Memphis and back during the first week of the war.] Thursday, March 20. We will see almost no TV, get most of our news from local pa...
Richard Perle Flies the Coop
JASON LEOPOLD
Richard Perle’s resignation Thursday as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a Pentagon advisory group, is long overdue. Perle quit the board because he was hired to help bankrupt telecommunications firm Global Crossing win approval from the De...
Don’t Look Back
ADAM ENGEL
Again I saw that goofy puss on enormous screens around Times Square and glossy magazines and color photo Gab-loids galore peddled alongside “Hustler” and “Chic” and other clean, honest, American porn at corner kiosks, and despi...
Bombing Saddam into Glory
DAVID LINDORFF
You’ve got to hand it to President and Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush. Only last month, virtually the entire world was in agreement that Saddam Hussein was one of the world’s great villains. Not only was there near universal condemnatio...
No Exit
WILLIAM S. LIND
In June of 1944, when Field Marshal von Rundstedt, the German commander in France, was told that the Allies were landing in Normandy, he knew exactly what to do. He went out into the garden and pruned his roses. Von Rundstedt knew that in war, early reports, regar...
A Letter from Uzbekistan
SIMON JONES
It’s fascinating these days flicking back and forth from BBC to DeutscheWelle: BBC features a polite interview with Richard Perle full of saber–rattling rhetoric, while DW talks with a child psychologist explaining how traumatic it is for children to s...
Somebody Blew Up Baghdad
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
And on the sixth day, the Lord gave us a double-digit body count. AP reports an Iraqi Defense official claim that 14 civilians were killed by 2 US cruise missiles that hit the Al-Shaab section of northern Baghdad. As the report puts it, "the a...
CounterPunch Diary
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Barely into its second week Operation Easy Sailing is in big trouble. One simple way of measuring just how big is by adding up all the time you hear the phrases “all according to Plan”, and the “Our strategy is sound”. ...
A Day of Reckoning
DIANE CHRISTIAN
Our leader promises ‘a day of reckoning’ for Saddam’s regime—by which he means not just the shootout at the OK Corral but a religious settling of accounts. The ancient Egyptians reckoned judgment with a scale. Your heart in a canopi...
Onward Embedded Soldiers
THE BLACK COMMENTATOR
The awesome maratelethon has invaded the nation’s households as Manifest Destiny on the march, a political spectacle in which the military are props and the civilian announcers are inspired by the most grotesque delusions of racial triumphalism. "...
Basra as Military Target
RAHUL MAHAJAN
Iraq’s desperate humanitarian situation has suddenly become a retroactive justification for the war, even for the attacking of civilian targets. The need to get aid into Basra has apparently prompted a British military spokesperson to designate it as a "...
A Naked Display of Imperial Power
TARIQ ALI
The historic significance of the protests against the war in Iraq is that they have been unprecedented in size, scope or scale. This is the first truly global response to a political event: millions have come out on the streets of Western Europe, North and South A...
The Problem of Empathy
RICHARD THIEME
It feels like that moment when Obi-Wan Kenobi suddenly lowered his head as if he had a bad headache and said he sensed a disturbance in the force. In that Star Wars episode, Obi-Wan was feeling the explosion of a planet and the dying of all its inhabitants....
Daniel Patrick Murderer
MICKEY Z
We have lost a great American, an extraordinary senator, an intellectual and a man of passion and understanding for what really makes the country work." Hilary Clinton was speaking of the man she replaced in the Senate, Daniel Patrick Murderer, um, Moynihan....
Rachel Corrie
IMAD JADAA
Rachel Corrie was never a terrorist. She never sympathized with Al Qaeda. Her blond hair and U.S. nationality and the fact than no Arab blood ran in her veins made her stand out among the other young women in the Gaza Strip. Neither was she a follower of Islam and...
"Perhaps They’re Not Invincible"
PATRICK COCKBURN
General Nasrudin Mustafa, commander of the Kurdish forces north of Kirkuk, was just finishing a sentence, saying: "There is nothing new happening on my front." But as he spoke the last word there a thunderous roar, his headquarters building shook and the...