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Archives from April 2004
The Democrats and Iraq
"Failure to internationalize the conflict in Iraq has made America less safe and destroyed our credibility in the world." I think I have that about right. This is a paraphrase of the official Democratic Party line on the ...
Welcome to the Club
"President Bush’s vision . . . provides for an Iraq made secure through the efforts of the Iraqis. In addition to a more secure environment, the President’s plan provides for an Iraqi economy based on sound economic principles, bolste...
Woodward’s Imperial Trifles
Bob Woodward, "How do you think history will regard the war in Iraq?" Bush, (hesitating) "It won’t matter. We’ll all be dead." Once again, imperial chronicler Bob Woodward finds himself at the...
Evil Does Often Triumph
It did appear that that mountainous bulk of murder and corruption, Ariel Sharon, was about to leave politics. Much as with Al Capone, authorities only caught up with him through a trail of crooked money. But we have heard less of his retirement lately and ...
Fallujah’s Collateral Damage
Mainstream media reported that many Iraqi civilians were outraged over the US Marines’ claims that most of the hundreds of casualties in Falluja were insurgents. Actually, mainstream media did not; Patrick Cockburn here on CounterPunch did. T...
"Your Fish, Sir"
In the twelve-course meal that is the war in Iraq, America has just been served the first entree. The fight with Iraq’s state armed forces was merely the amuse-bouche. The subsequent guerilla war with the Baath, as distasteful as we found it...
The Left Attacks from the Right
"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths and how many, what day it’s gonna happen? It’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" -Barbara B...
Gott Mit Uns
President George W. Bush, Attorney General John Ashcroft, and National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice all appeared on national television in the past week defending their wars abroad and at home, and working very hard to get another four years to...
Bush, Kerry and Empire
As one who regards Gerry Ford as our greatest president (least time served, least damage done, husband of Betty, plus Stevens as his contribution to the Supreme Court) I’d always imagined the man from Grand Rapids would never be surpassed in sheer slowness of thou...
Subvertng Brazil and Cuba
When declassified documents appear and show how Washington overthrew elected governments in Iran, Guatemala, Brazil, Chile etc… the media and government officials act as if this material relates only to unfortunate errors of the Cold War. Wou...
Bush Legitimizes Terrorism
The Independent So President George Bush tears up the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and that’s okay. Israeli settlements for Jews and Jews only on the West Bank. That’s okay. Taking land from Palestinians who have owned that land for...
Paying for War
Sitting here working on my taxes at the last minute, after having just watched President Bush’s appalling performance at his only press conference of 2004, and having just read about the plans for an all-out Marine assault on Fallujah and Naj...
How the "NewsHour" Changed History
When the anchor of public television’s main news program goes out of his way to tell viewers that he’s setting the record straight about a recent historic event, the people watching are apt to assume that they’re getting accurate ...
Bremer: "We’re Getting Rid of the Poison in the System"
WARNING: If you’re an American, don’t read this article!! Why? Because I’m a suicide writer, and this is a suicide article, and it’s aimed at–Americans. Not just overpaid, overfed, married Ameri...
Hate Crime Reporting in the Toronto Globe & Mail
The Globe and Mail is a respectable paper. It’s probably the most respectable paper in Canada. What’s more, it’s not owned by hard–line Zionists; Toronto has Izzy Asper’s National Post to fill that slot. The editor is Jewish, but so what? so...
The Passion Story
The Passion Story is not a whodidit vengeance saga, though it’s often played that way. Nor is it a mystery about how blood heals and washes and works, though it’s often interpreted that way. It’s about the human suffering of death, about the misery of t...
Just Change the Channel
If any shred of moral authority remained to the US occupation of Iraq, it finally evaporated in a single historical phrase, at a press conference in Baghdad this Easter morning. For those who missed it, an Arab journalist had asked commanding Brigadier General Mark Kimm...
What Dubya Really Said
Before I take your questions, let me speak with the American people about the situation in Iraq. This has been tough weeks in that country. Coalition forces have encountered serious violence in some areas of Iraq. Our military commanders report tha...
Follow the Families, Not the Script
Thanks to the families of 9/11, our expectations of democracy are suddenly raised up. Is it possible that an energized global community may finally intervene democratically into the history being made by the Executive Branch of the USA? Family memb...
The American Learning Zone
I returned this month from Haiti as part of the first independent U.S. observer delegation since the removal on February 29 of President Jean Bertrand Aristide. More than a decade ago, I helped organize the New England Observer Delegations to Haiti — nine diverse g...
Film Reviews from the Discount Bin
The "Hurricane" Directed by Norman Jewison The Hurricane is the story of boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s 1966 arrest, false conviction and subsequent imprisonment on triple murder charges, and the...
The Bridge
WARNING: This commentary may cause anxiety. The United States government has initiated a chain reaction that it can no longer control. The stalled vengeance assault on Fallujah is merely a symptom. So is the uprising triggered by the US closure of a Shia newspape...
"Do We Look Like Fighters?"
In an abandoned air-raid shelter in west Baghdad, people from Fallujah crouch in semi-darkness. Their voices tremble as they recall how they survived the week-long siege. Not all did. In a tent outside relatives were mourning for Mushref Mohi, aged...
Koizumi’s Itch Gets Scratched
The Japanese public has been thrown into an emotionally higher level of agitation than was expected, in the light of what their political leaders had painted. They have been sent a rude reminder that there is indeed a war raging in Iraq; one in which innocent civilians ...
The Real Lessons of Vietnam
No one could ever accuse our elected leaders, whether in the White House or in Congress, of being scholars and intellectuals, but when such people start prattling on about the “lessons of Vietnam,” it becomes even clearer that we’...