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Archives from April 2003
Intelligence Fiascos
Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Intelligence Fiasco We write to express deep concern over the growing mistrust and cynicism with which many, including veteran intelligence profes...
About Cuba
DIANA JOHNSTONE
The so-called "Casey Letter" protesting repression in Cuba has received numerous signatures and aroused considerable controversy. I would like to explain here, with line by line comments, why I would not sign this letter. (Full text of the letter at the ...
Santorum: That’s Latin for Asshole
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
Rick Santorum had only been in the senate for a few weeks when Bob Kerrey, then Senator from Nebraska, pegged him. “Santorum, that’s Latin for asshole.” It was probably the funniest line the grim Kerrey ever uttered and it was on the mark, too. Su...
The Killings at Al Fallujah, City of Mosques
SAM HAMOD
Al Fallujah is known in Iraq as the "city of mosques." There is a reverence for the holiness of the city and Muslim leaders made clear to American troops that they did not want them in their city. The US troops responded by saying they had to be there fo...
A May Day Message to the FCC
IAIN BOAL
Text of remarks delivered at the Federal Communications Commission Hearing on Media Ownership Rules at the City Hall, San Francisco, Saturday April 27th, 2003. My name is IAIN BOAL. I am a historian of science and technics, with a...
Greed Air
LEE SUSTAR
Enron gone, but the great CEO looting spree is still going strong–and airline bosses are leading the way. Less than two years after top Enron executives shocked the world by cashing out stocks as their employees’ retirement funds evaporated, Ame...
May Day at Kut and Kenthal
PETER LINEBAUGH
Inasmuch as the historian’s craft depends on written records, then the answer to the question posed in the title of V. Gordon Childe’s classic book about the Tigris and Euphrates, What Happened in History? is well answered in the title of another clas...
Straight Shooters
STEW ALBERT
Thirteen Iraqis shot down dead protesting the US military occupation of a school. "A good occupation," that’s what the Israelis said their west bank rule would be. When the territory returned to the Arab world its citizens would be goo...
A History of Washington’s Occupations
ASHLEY SMITH
Early in the 20th century, the U.S. socialist journalist John Reed explained the drive for plunder, profit and geopolitical domination that lay behind U.S. military interventions. "Uncle Sam never gives something for nothing," Reed said in a speech....
Battling for the Soul of the American Republic
AHMAD FARUQUI
As the battle for Baghdad comes to a close in Iraq, a battle for the soul of the American republic has begun in Washington, D.C. This is a battle of ideas being waged by people with an imperial concept of American power, or "flag conservatives," wit...
The Four Horsemen of Propaganda
WAYNE MADSEN
History has all but forgotten Nazi Germany’s most feared judge, Roland Freisler, the President of the Volksgericht (People’s Court). Known as the "hanging judge," Freisler was known for yelling at and berating prisoners paraded before hi...
Shooting Schoolboys
GARY LEUPP
Tuesday afternoon, April 29, just checking out the news online. MSNBC. Very mainstream, trustworthy reportage. "US fires on Iraqi crowd, killing at least 13." In the town of Fallujah, MSNBC reports, U.S. soldiers opened fire on a crowd of de...
Fighting Alienation in the USA
ROBERT JENSEN
I have lived in the United States all my life, and for personal and political reasons I expect to live out my life here. It is my home. But after the U.S. attack on Iraq, I feel more alienated from my "homeland" than ever before. Judging from...
A Nobel Laureat’s Letter to Bush
ADOLFO PEREZ ESQUIVEL
I don’t know if you will read this letter, not because it will not reach you, but because you are incapable of reading it. Your heart is so hardened by hatred and fear, that you have neither capacity nor courage to open your mind and your spirit to comp...
Iraq, the US and the End of the European Coalition
GABRIEL KOLKO
The disintegration of the Soviet bloc permitted American unilateralism on a scale the modern world has never seen. But with its war against Iraq the United States for the first time openly massed its military power and then invaded another nation, justifying the ...
US Military Bases
KURT NIMMO
Donald Rumsfeld says the US does not want its troops in countries where they are not welcome. "You want to be someplace that people want us, you really do," he admitted in an interview. "We don’t want to be places that we’re not wanted. ...
Get the US Out of Iraq
RON JACOBS
So, the US is occupying Iraq. What does that mean? Does it mean that US marines are shooting into crowds of Iraqis protesting the US presence and killing some members of the crowd? Does it mean the reappearance of death by cholera and typhoid in the ...
On the Results of the Iraq War
GARY LEUPP
It is hard to be entirely dispassionate and objective in evaluating the results of the attack on Iraq, on the basis of what many perceive to be fabricated charges, and the consequent imposition of (call it whatever you will) a military occupation regime. But let m...
Playing Catch with Cracked Globes
ELIOT KATZ
The first thing to remember is bend at the knees & keep yr back relatively straight. It could be a long day filled with leapfrogging pitfalls– easy to throw out spinal discs or lose a wig in the wind. Most important is learning the ...
Pilgrimage or Demolition Derby?
WALLACE GAGNE
We’re rolling. Can’t stop. Flattened Iraq. Sights on Syria. Weapons of mass destruction. Almost certain. We won’t stop. Probably hiding terrorists. Shouldn’t stop. It’s George’s show. It’s Rummy’s show. We don’...
On Oakland Police Violence Against Anti-War Demonstrators and Longshoremen
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Dear Mayor Brown: The police actions that occurred in the port of Oakland on April 7th, brutally suppressing a peaceful anti-war demonstration by shooting protesters and longshore workers without warning, is an affront to all those who cherish civil liberties....
Medical Marijuana Patients Sue the Feds
ANN HARRISON
California medical marijuana patients blocked a country road in Santa Cruz county last September, trapping DEA agents who had just chainsawed 167 marijuana plants grown by the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM). Agents driving U-Hauls stuffed wit...
POWs Then and Now
MICKEY Z.
On Jan. 17, 1991, Navy Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, 32, was piloting a F/A-18 fighter jet at the start of the first Gulf War. Hit by an air-to-air missile fired by an Iraqi warplane, Speicher, known as a "top gun among fliers," was later given up for de...
Lack of WMD Kills the Case for War
ROBERT JENSEN
How blatantly can an administration lie to promote a war and get away with it? We’ll find out in the coming weeks, as U.S. forces in Iraq search for evidence of banned weapons and U.S. officials shape postwar Iraq. Ironically, the conduct of the war p...
The Pentagon Solution to a Baseball Stadium Dilemma
MARK HAND
Baseball boosters in the Washington, D.C., area are conducting an agonizing search for the perfect location to build a new baseball stadium. The metropolitan area doesn’t have a major league baseball team yet, but some local officials are betting that leader...
How to Spin Israeli Policy on the Hill
COUNTERPUNCH WIRE
The Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee got its hands on this document, entitled Wexner Analysis: Israeli Communications Pri...
About Those Iraqi Intelligence Documents
WAYNE MADSEN
After the United States and Britain were shown to be providing bogus and plagiarized "intelligence" documents to the UN Security Council that supposedly "proved" Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction program, the world’s medi...
Bush Telegraphs His Punches on Syria
CHRIS FLOYD
Some cynics claim that George W. Bush and his closest advisors — whom cynics cynically refer to as "bloodthirsty corporate pimps" — are just a bunch of vicious, shifty liars. But this writer takes enormous umbrage at the heaping of such unsup...
Did the US Murder Journalists?
ROBERT FISK
What is a journalist’s life worth? I ask this question for a number of reasons, some of them–frankly–quite revolting. Two days ago, I went to visit one of my colleagues wounded in the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. Samia Nakhoul is a Reuters co...
Iraq is Weapons Free
LINDA S. HEARD
Now that the Bush administration has realised that unless Iraq is certified as having no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) the UN sanctions cannot be permanently lifted and the Oil for Food Program will remain in force, the US President is changing his tune. ...
Total Information Control
PETER PHILLIPS
Freedom of information in American society is in danger because corporate media needs to maintain access to official sources of news. Consolidation of media has brought the total news sources for most Americans to less than a handful and these news groups have an ...
Don’t Envy Abu-Mazen
URI AVNERY
My first impression of Abu-Mazen was of a serious, methodical, somewhat aloof introvert. He reminded me of a high-school principal, very different from Arafat, the impulsive extrovert, prone to personal gestures, exuding warmth to all around him. I met Abu-...
Brush with the Law
ANTHONY GANCARSKI
Gonzaga University’s Law School, in Spokane, Washington, fell to the bottom [4th] tier in US News and World Report’s annual ranking of law schools, released this month. Despite the local SPOKESMAN-REVIEW featuring quotes from students and administrator...
Passover Warning: “Get Out”
CounterPunch Wire
Tzahal (Israeli Military Radio) Transcript of an excerpt from the program ”Open line with the Chief of Staff” On Passover Eve, April 16, 2003 at 08:00, the program "Open Line with the Chief of Staff" was broad...
Do You Regret Being an American?
ANNIE C. HIGGINS
Cairo, Egypt "Do you regret being American?" I was asked. I cannot remember who asked me, or even if it was in Palestine or here in Egypt. It could have been anyone, anywhere, anytime. There has been a continuing stream of reasons for regret, from...
Our Ba’athists
MICKEY Z.
"When the Second World War/came to an end/We forgave the Germans/And we were friends/Though they murdered six million/In the ovens they fried/The Germans now too/Have God on their side." –Bob Dylan In his inexhausti...
About Those Kids in Camp X-Ray
DAVE LINDORFF
Word that the Bush Administration’s goons down in Guantanamo Bay have been detaining children under the age of 16 among the "enemy combatants" that they spirited out of Afghanistan following the rout of the Taliban suggests a new strategy for deali...
Evelyn Waugh’s Ear Trumpet
CLAUD COCKBURN
When the London Observer started to publish extracts from the Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, a te...
Weapons of Mass Destruction
DAVID MacMICHAEL And RAY McGOVERN
The Bush administration’s refusal to allow UN inspectors to join the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in US-occupied Iraq has elicited high interest in foreign news media. The most widely accepted interpretation is that the US is well aware that evidence...
Who’s Looting Whom?
DAVID VEST
As the privatization of Iraq’s treasures, both cultural and hydrocarbon, gathers momentum, you can almost hear the faint sound of a circle being closed. After all, it was predatory looting, following upon slaughter, that filled most of the world’s grea...
Now the Real War Starts
WILLIAM S. LIND
War, by its nature, is full of surprises. Like most observers, I did not expect the Iraqis in the south to fight us, and they did. Also like most observers, I expected the Republican Guard around Baghdad to fight us, and they did not. The question of why they did ...
The Other War
ELAINE CASSEL
Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated. –President George W. Bush, September 20, 2001...
Our Man in Baghdad
SAM HAMOD
General Jay Garner is "our man in Baghdad." It almost makes me think of that fine, sardonic novel by Graham Greene, OUR MAN IN HAVANA. The way it’s beginning to play out, with Garner in his Dockers, sunglasses and his, "Hi, I’m Jay Garne...
It’s Not the Oil, It’s the Art!
DAVID VEST
"What the hell! As long as U.S. laws aren’t broken, it’s all right. After all, these things are not appreciated in those countries. They’re brought here and given a home. Now cultured people can see them." –...
Sharon Recruits US as Mercenary Force Against Syria
WILLIAM A. COOK
Even before the "victory" in Iraq had been declared, Administration officials began leveling accusations at Syria that sounded strangely familiar, something like a regurgitation of the lies that had propelled our forces into the "war that wasn’...
All About Tucker Carlson
STEVEN HIGGS
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when Tucker Carlson approached the podium on the IU Auditorium stage last Tuesday evening. I knew that he was one of the shouting heads on CNN’s Crossfire. But since I have come to view post-9/11 cable news as an insi...
A Review of David Lindorff’s Investigation into the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal
SCOTT HANDLEMAN
Mumia Abu-Jamal is a famous prisoner of the left, in the tradition of Sacco and Vanzetti and the Rosenbergs. Now...
Monster.com
DOKHI FASSIHIAN
On April 24, Monster.com, the world’s largest online job search and career management company, will delete the word "Iran," along with the names of six other countries–Burma/Myanmar, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria–from its s...
Iraq War
SAUL LANDAU
"Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows." – Martin Luther King Jr. Congratulations to George W. Bush, winner and still champion after defeating a highly ranked heavyweight contender! Indeed,...
The Shock and Awe of American Ignorance
WALT BRASCH
More than half of all Americans believe that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to an Associated Press poll conducted shortly after the conclusion of the successful invasion of Iraq, 53 percent of the nation pin the 9/1...