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Two War Presidents Better Than One?

How Forgotten Iraq May Elect the Next President: Whose War Will Win the Election -- McCain's or Obama's? 
by Ira Chernus
In 1932, in the midst of a disastrous economic meltdown, Franklin D. Roosevelt made "the forgotten man" the centerpiece of his presidential election campaign. Far more than we suspect, this year's election may turn not on a forgotten man, but on a forgotten war in a forgotten country.

Even before the present financial meltdown hit the news, the Iraq War had slipped out of the headlines and off the political stage. Now, as investment houses totter and bailout plans fill the headlines, it will be even harder for Iraq to get major media attention. Yet the war remains just beneath the surface of the presidential campaign, and so is sure to affect the outcome in ways too complicated to fully grasp.

Think of that war not as one, but two currents, affecting the coming election all the more powerfully because they are out of sight, out of mind, and -- interacting in unpredictable ways -- out of anyone's control. 
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Reviewing Canada's "Unexpected" War

Book Review - The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar
by Jim Miles 
Afghanistan may have been a war unexpected in Canada, but a familiarity with American expectations concerning the New American Century combined with the fawning willingness of the Canadian military would make it more probable than improbable. 
In “The Unexpected War” the authors Stein and Lang continually highlight two motifs: first, the degree of appeasement towards Americans by the Canadian government for its lack of commitment to Iraq and its lack of commitment to missile defence; second the obsequious manner in which the Canadian military tried to ingratiate itself to its American counterpart, wanting to prove itself with the big boys.
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Bailout Bail?

Taxpayers to Bailout Wall Street?
Danny Schechter: The bailout will preempt any new administration from following through on promises.


Following the collapse of some the biggest names on Wall Street, the Bush administration is asking congress to pass a 700 billion bail out package to take over bad debts from risky and careless investments. Legislators are divided and many commentators feel this is just another dubious effort to bend the rules further. The Real News Network spoke to journalist and media critique Danny Schechter.
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The Second Great Depression

The Creation of the Second Great Depression
by Ron Paul
Whenever a Great Bipartisan Consensus is announced, and a compliant media assures everyone that the wondrous actions of our wise leaders are being taken for our own good, you can know with absolute certainty that disaster is about to strike.

The events of the past week are no exception.

The bailout package that is about to be rammed down Congress’ throat is not just economically foolish. It is downright sinister.
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Sacred Swords: The Bottomless Military Budget

We Have the Money - If Only We Didn't Waste It on the Defense Budget
by Chalmers Johnson
There has been much moaning, air-sucking, and outrage about the $700 billion that the U.S. government is thinking of throwing away on rich New York bankers who have been ripping us off for the past few years and then letting greed drive their businesses into a variety of ditches. In fact, we dole out similar amounts of money every year in the form of payoffs to the armed services, the military-industrial complex, and powerful senators and representatives allied with the Pentagon.

On Wednesday, September 24th, right in the middle of the fight over billions of taxpayer dollars slated to bail out Wall Street, the House of Representatives passed a $612 billion defense authorization bill for 2009 without a murmur of public protest or any meaningful press comment at all. (The New York Times gave the matter only three short paragraphs buried in a story about another appropriations measure.) 

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Retaking Venezuela: Murmers of a New Coup

New Coup D’Etat Rumblings in Venezuela
by Stephen Lendman
Since taking office in January 2001, the Bush administration targeted Hugo Chavez for removal. It tried and failed three previous times:

– in April 2002 for two days; aborted by mass street protests and support from many in Venezuela’s military, especially from its middle-ranking officer corp;

– the 2002-2003 general strike and oil management lockout causing severe economic disruption; and

– the August 2004 national recall referendum in which Chavez resoundingly prevailed with a 59% majority.
Other disruptions have occurred since and now may again be ongoing.
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Congress Passes Bailout Package in Wee Hours

Wash. Post: Congress Passes Bailout Package in Wee Hours 
by C. L. Cook
The Washington Post is reporting Congress passed in principle a bailout package for the troubled financial industry early Sunday morning.  
The so-called 'Bailout' is a controversial salve to the banking and investment sector, with no clear consensus on its effects on the economies of the United States, and beyond. Last week, Ohio congressman and former Democratic party presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich spoke in the house against the deal. Meanwhile, in the shadow of the Bailout, congress is spending the weekend voting on a plethora of contentious bills.
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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Jay Mowat, David Swanson, Danny Schechter Mon. S29, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: An as yet to be named spokesperson from the striking United Steel  Workers Union, as UVic's Student Society (UVSS) refuses to consider a living wage for its workers; Jay Mowat of Erin Radio on his station's attempts to thwart a corporate media takeover of Erin's frequency; David Swanson, founder of and director of on the increasingly bizarre American presidential election; news dissector, Danny Schechter on the unfolding economic disaster.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

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A, B, C: How to Imprison Torturers

How to Put the Torturers in Prison
by David Swanson
U.S. politics has become something previously only found in science fiction, an intersection of parallel universes.  One universe is the one on television and in Congress.  In this universe there are suspicions that someone in the U.S. military may have used some technique bordering on torture, but there's just no way to know for sure. 
David Swanson will appear on Gorilla Radio this week , Monday S29 5pm pacific time 
Perhaps an investigation would be a good idea.  Or maybe a better solution would be to elect a new president, especially one who's been a victim of torture and opposes it. But the whole topic is very minor one, and the correct position is unclear since torture is both frowned on and useful for getting tough on terrorists.
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9/11 Trifecta: Arrogance, Ignorance, Cowardice

Arrogance, Ignorance, and Cowardice: Lessons from 9/11       
by Robert Jensen    
Given the disastrous decisions made by U.S. officials in the seven long years since September 11, 2001, it would be easy tonight simply to catalog those many mistakes and condemn the bipartisan depravity of the Republican and Democratic politicians who — starting almost immediately after the towers fell — manipulated people’s anger and fear to build support for illegal and immoral wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It would be especially easy for those of us in the anti-war/anti-empire movement to feel self-righteous and say, “We told you so.” By the end of the day on 9/11, many of us saw where the nation was heading and tried, in vain, to argue for a saner strategy.
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Canada Cracks Open Door to U.S. War Resisters

US War Resister is Granted Stay of Deportation
Canadian judge rules against deportation of outspoken anti-Iraq war resister


Iraq War Resister Jeremy Hinzman won a stay of deportation this week as a judge refused to allow Canada to send him back to the United States to face prosecution for desertion. Hinzman is one of numerous war resisters currently in Canada. Despite the Canadian parliament passing a non binding resolution on June 3rd calling for resisters to be allowed to stay in Canada permanently as conscientious objectors, the Canada Border Services Agency continues to routinely effect deportation orders of US war resisters.
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