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Archives from February 2004
Corporatism and Single Party Politics
CHARLES SULLIVAN
Like the threads of an intricate tapestry, a remarkable homogeneity runs through the course of American history, regardless of which political party has occupied the Whitehouse, or which controls Congress. Either there is powerful collusion involved, or American f...
Entry from a White House Diary
SAUL LANDAU
A young man claiming he worked in the White House gave me this report shortly after President George W. Bush told Tim Russert that "I expected there to be stockpiles of weapons [in Iraq]" ("Meet the Press," 2/8/04). At a White House staf...
The Bloody Price of US Primacy in Iraq
TARIQ ALI
The whole world knows that Bush and Blair lied to justify the war, but do they know the price being paid on the ground in Iraq? First, the blood price–paid by civilians and others this week as every week. More than 50 people died on Tuesday [2/12] when a car...
Iraq Hawks and Deceptive Intelligence
RAY McGOVERN
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. But when we’ve practiced for a while, we markedly improve our style. A time-honored aphorism. And the second-sentence Karl-Rove corollary has been applied with consummate skill —...
"I Hope They Kill Each Other"
MIKE WHITNEY
This is the war that President Bush said he wanted; the War on terrorism. Remember, "Bring it on!" Now that events in Iraq have brought that dream to full flower, we find our unelected leader headed for the exits. In a series of statements from to...
The Collapse of Dean’s Cyber-Bubble
NORMAN SOLOMON
The saga of Howard Dean is a cautionary tale about politics and the Internet. His campaign rode a big wave of cyberspace hype — and then sank. There are valid complaints to be made about Dean’s rough handling by major news outlets this winter. S...
The Mighty Helmsman (From Yale)
LEWIS CARROLL
Fit the Second THE BELLMAN’S SPEECH The Bellman himself they all praised to the skies– Such a carriage, such ease and such grace! Such solemnity, too! One could see he was wise, The moment one looked in his face! He had b...
Can Anyone Top Cheney & Halliburton?
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
I do plainly and ingenuously confess that I am guilty of corruption, and do renounce all defense. Francis Bacon, on being charged with corruption Let the foolishness begin. In what was one of the cutest op-ed pieces in the c...
Will Kerry Make a Stand?
WAYNE MADSEN
From my vantage point in the nation’s capital, I am increasingly becoming confident that the Democrats will oust the Bush-Cheney regime from power this coming November. However, just winning the election is only the first step for the Democrats. There must b...
A Personal Report
CECILIE SURASKY
It is my first morning at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India and I am at a workshop on Palestinian women and the occupation. In the audience is a woman who I first think might be Israeli–she could easily be one of my friends and I feel an immediate kins...
AFL-CIO’s Attack on Harry Kelber, the 90-Year Old Editor of The Labor Educator
MIKE GRIFFIN
As a rank and file trade unionist for more than 37 years, I have born witness to events perpetrated by our so-called leaders that range from amazingly corrupt to outlandishly stupid; but the attack on a ninety year old elder statesman is proof that no matter how l...
Whither The Nation?
RALPH NADER
The following letter is a response to "An Open Letter to RALPH NADER," which appeared in the February 16 issue of The Nation. As I reread slowly your open letter, which kindly started and closed with your demand "Don’t run," memor...
Kerry Tells Anti-War Movement to Move On
MARK HAND
Researchers and investigative reporters are fascinated with the neoconservatives, that group of American empire peddlers who turned George W. Bush into a junkie war criminal. A similar group, the New Democrats, has been pushing its own dangerous brand of U.S. hege...
Bush and Wen Joined at the Hip (Pocket)
DAVID LINDORFF
China’s Communist leaders and the Bush family have always been close. When daddy Bush, functioning as ambassador to China, was cavorting around Beijing with his secretary/mistress, China’s security apparatus was discrete about the rather brazen affair ...
Why is Kerry Getting a Pass?
GREG WEIHER
I was listening to excerpts from a debate on "Democracy Now" the other day. On one side was Mark Green, Michael Bloomberg’s opponent in the recent mayoral race, and John Kerry’s New York campaign chair. On the other were Robert Scheer, the Lo...
AWOL and Dereliction of Duty
WILLIAM WILGUS
Although I’m sure he didn’t realize he was doing so, White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett has apparently confirmed that Bush was indeed AWOL—Absent Without Leave—during part of the period he obligated himself to serve in the Air...
Mush-Minded Liberals
WILLIAM BLUM
The following is not simply a diatribe against humorist Al Franken. It’s a diatribe against all mushy-thinking liberals. Franken tells us he is against the war in Iraq. But he was part of a tour that went to Iraq to entertain the troops, truly a feat of inte...
Whatever Happened to General Khazraji?
GARY LEUPP
In December 2002 I wrote a piece for CounterPunch about General Nizar al-Khazraji, the Iraqi officer who had fled Iraq in 1999, and gone into Spanish, then Danish, exile. A top officer under Saddam Hussein, he is widely accused of resp...
A Victory for Free Speech
MARJORIE COHN
Apparently for the first time since the dark days of J. Edgar Hoover, the government has tried to use the grand jury to harass and intimidate anti-war protestors. Drake University and four peace activists were recently subpoenaed to produce records about the Natio...
A Review of "The Sorrows of Empire"
KURT NIMMO
If you listen to the Bush Ministry of Disinformation, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly — and millions of Americans do, every day — you get the impression people opposed to Bush’s plan for endless war are Marxist nutbars and shrill...
An Open Letter to The Nation
GREG BATES
In telling Ralph Nader not to run for president, your fretting over "tangible costs" that "may" be imposed on interest groups he champions is both your letter’s strongest point and no reason to write it. Arguing against the threat of too ...
"The Cause of Israel is the Cause of America"
SEN. JOHN KERRY
Editors’ Note: We offer this unfettered pledge of fealty to Israel by John Kerry as yet more evidence that there’s scarcely a dime’s worth of difference between the major political candidates of both parties on the life-and-death issues of our ti...
Corporation as Psychopath
RUSSELL MOKHIBER And ROBERT WEISSMAN
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A Bush Doctrine, of Sorts
XIMENA ORTIZ
There are many theories bandied about describing a "Bush doctrine." Some may argue such a term is oxymoronic, but to define the doctrine is not to suggest that it is coherent, strategic or that Bush is even in charge of it. Still, Bush is the man behind ...
The Countryside Murders
MIKE FERNER
AUTHORS’ NOTE: While writing the essay, "Terror by Another Name," I realized that we apply this most potent term in the American political vocabulary very unevenly. We define terrorism as tactics used against us, but deny that it applies to our own...