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Archives from October 2005
Dialectics of the Plame Affair
GARY LEUPP
The neocon-dominated Bush administration opted for generalized Southwest Asian war after 9-11. "S.H. and U.B.L.; things related and unrelated," penned Rumsfeld the day after. The meaning of this shorthand is clear in retrospect: the administration would ...
Could Somebody Recommend a President?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Someone should tell Condi Rice that the gig is up. With the Bush administration dissolving in illegalities committed by key officials in their attempts to protect the lies that they used to justify the US invasion of Iraq, the secretary of state is trying to ramp ...
Pulling the Court Strings
NAFEEZ MOSADDEQ AHMED
At last, the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein, on trial. At first glance, the event seems a landmark symbol of victory for the Iraqi people. But beneath the sense of vindication and hope experienced by countless Iraqis that justice will, finally, be done, there lies...
The Sleight of Hand
CONN HALLINAN
This is a tale about a vote, a strike, and a sleight of hand. For the past six months the United States and the European Union (EU) have led a full court press to haul Iran before the UN Security Council for violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (...
Talk to Strangers
ROBERT DAY
At the Library of Congress in 1994 there was a tribute to William Stafford, the American poet who, in 1970, had been what is now called the poet laureate of the United States. There were the usual accolades: Bill Stafford was a poet whose plain language fitted his...
Judith Miller and Me
JOHN SUGG
OK, for a start, there really is no "Judith Miller and me," at least in the sense that I’d invite her to my birthday party. But I have talked to her on the phone a few times (nothing to do with Valerie Plame, Scooter Libby or Karl Rove, however). F...
Attack on the Palestine Hotel
KEN SENGUPTA And PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad It was the second time the 19-storey Palestine has come under attack leading to deaths. As US forces were first moving into Baghdad, an American Abrams tank shelled the hotel, killing and injuring a number of journalists. A central Baghdad hotel ...
Barbara Bush: the Poster Gorgon of the Astros
JACKIE CORR
According to Texas papers, when the Cards/Astros’ baseball playoffs opened in Houston, ( Saturday, Oct. 15, game 3), the ex-president and ex-first lady Barbara Bush arrived 45 minutes before game time, drawing a loud ovation as ...
Shades of Iran/Contra
MICHAEL DONNELLY
It’s down to the finish line this week for special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald’s probe into just who in the Bush regime outed CIA agent Valerie Plame in a lame attempt to counteract her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson’s refutation of Bush’s fa...
Iraq is Not Vietnam, But…
NORMAN SOLOMON
Many politicians and pundits have told us that "Iraq is not Vietnam." Certainly, any competent geographer would agree. Substantively, the histories of Iraq and Vietnam are very different. And the dynamics of U.S. military intervention in the two c...
Revoke Miller’s Pulitzer
DAVE LINDORFF
Now that the New York Times’ own ombudsman has weighed in with a scathing critique of Judith Miller’s lies and deceptions about her WMD and Al Qaeda reporting, including a recommendation that the paper not allow her back in its newsroom, it’s tim...
A Nation Stands on Trial
PATRICK COCKBURN
in Baghdad It should have been a moment of supreme triumph: Saddam Hussein finally brought to bay, standing in the dock in Baghdad to answer for his crimes. The trial ought to have marked the victory of the new Iraqi state, but instead served only to underline...
Apres Rove
MIKE WHITNEY
Can Bush survive in a post-Rove world? Not likely. The Bush persona is mainly the invention of its author Rove; a careful stitching together of religious and western imagery, of pious moralizing and cowboy "straight-talk". Originally, Bush ...
US Foreign Policy and Palestine
BILL And KATHLEEN CHRISTISON
Former CIA analysts   On October 20, BILL and KATHLEEN CHRISTISON spoke in Montpelier, Vermont at the first of several public forums scheduled in connection with an exhibition of Palestinian art, entitled Made in Palestine. Their presenta...
Playlist
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
What I’m listening to this week. Doug Sahm– The Return of Wayne Douglas ...
When Abortion was Illegal
MICHELLE BOLLINGER
Abortion was criminalized throughout the U.S. between the late 1800s and 1973. But during that time, millions of women sought and obtained abortions anyway. Of these, tens upon tens of thousands died from illegal abortions or complications arising from them...
Dershowitzed
FRED GARDNER
Alan Dershowitz has written an introduction to a re-issue of The Unlawful Concert, a book I...
Invading Iran
JOSHUA FRANK
If the Bush administration wants it, they’ll get it. The threat of hurricanes and indictments isn’t going to stop these crazy guys. Nor will the Democrats, France, or that fallible United Nations. Nope, nothing is going to step in their way. Even if wh...
Letter from the Circle Bar
BILLY SOTHERN
Gunshots down on Franklin, 11:45, two boys from the Lower Ninth, the coroner arrives. There’s a blind man reading tarot cards over there in Jackson Square. He says the future is uncertain but he don’t really ...
Bush, an Assessment
SAUL LANDAU
My ninety year old cousin recalled The Teapot Dome scandal under Warren G. Harding. Albert Fall, Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, took a $100,000 bribe to allow some buddies to develop federally owned oil fields. Harry Daugherty, Harding’s confidan...
Intelligent Design
KONA LOWELL
Lately a furious debate has been raging between nuclear physicists, paleontologists, chiropractors, televangelists and other men of science as to whether the theory of evolution should be taught in our schools. The dissenters believe some other explanation should ...
Bush the Strategist
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
"Area by area, city by city, we’re conducting offensive operations to clear out enemy forces [in Iraq]." – George W. Bush, October 6 At the moment there are some 154,000 US troops in Iraq. T...
Disasters Are Us
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Is the West "sleeping through" the Pakistani earthquake disaster? (1) Why do the responses to recent natural disasters in the U.S.A. and, often, around the world seem so limited? Consider this, from William Blum’s "Anti-Empire Report&qu...
Harriet Miers, a Pre-Judger of Cases
RALPH NADER
Dear President Bush: Your position regarding the nomination of Harriet Miers to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is increasingly untenable, even with your own Party, for reasons well known to you. Moreover, before...
Tanks for the Memories
BEN TRIPP
There’s some terrible news, folks. George W. Bush is going down. Some of you, remembering a couple of pungent appellations I have applied to this horrible little Untermensch and his vampire wet-nurses, might be surprised to hear I’m not delighted about...