Created on Thursday, 04 October 2007 15:40
Written by Tom Engelhardt
Saving the Military from Itself:
Why Medals and Metrics Mislead
by William Astore
It's time to save the military from itself.
I say this as a
retired Air Force officer who served for twenty years, my last three in
a "joint" assignment, working closely with Army, Marine, and Navy
officers and enlisted men and women.
As the Dean of Students at the
Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, I saw hundreds of
young troops cross the stage, graduating with new skills in Arabic and
other strategic languages. With few exceptions, these (mostly) young
men and women were highly motivated, committed to their service and
country, and ready to go to war. They had no quit in them.
But in the words of Kenny Rogers, "You've got to know when to
hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. Know when to
run." The reference to his hit song, "The Gambler," is not facile.
Read more: Neck Deep: Can America's Military Be Saved from Itself?
Created on Thursday, 04 October 2007 14:26
Written by Scott Horton
A New Task Order from the Ministry of Love
by Scott Horton
Of all the ministries, one was the most frightening. Up until the last chapters of â€˜Nineteen Eighty-Four,â€™ Winston had never even been inside of it.
Today Scott Shane, David Johnston, and James Risen of the New York Times report on the construction of the new Ministry of Love. Alberto Gonzales and his loyal team of â€œmovement conservativeâ€ lawyers set out for themselves the tasks of approving as lawful the full panoply of highly coercive interrogation techniques developed for use by the CIA.
And those techniques include, among other, the practices uniformly recognized as torture which are described in George Orwellâ€™s classic, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Read more: Bushies' Ministry of Love Takes Wing
Created on Thursday, 04 October 2007 13:47
Written by Mickey Z
The Topic of Cancer
by Mickey Z.
When actress Farrah Fawcett recently sought out "alternative" cancer treatment, she was greeted with predictable media scorn.
For example, ABCNews.com (October 3) characterized such a choice as a "last-ditch attempt to find a cure, one that brings the patient into a murky world of offshore clinics and unproven courses of treatment that are scorned by the medical establishment."
Read more: Past Angels and the Topic of Cancer
Created on Thursday, 04 October 2007 13:39
Written by Medea Benjamin
Canada Refuses Entry to CODEPINK Cofounder Medea Benjamin and Retired Colonel Ann Wright
by Medea Benjamin
wo well-respected US peace activists, CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin and retired US Army Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright, were denied entry into Canada today (Wednesday, October 3).
The two women were headed to Toronto to discuss peace and security issues at the invitation of the Toronto Stop the War Coalition. At the Buffalo-Niagara Falls Bridge they were detained, questioned and denied entry. They will hold a press conference on Thursday afternoon in front of the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC to ask the Canadian government to reverse its policy of barring peaceful protesters.
Read more: Kanada Loves War
Created on Thursday, 04 October 2007 12:46
Written by Agence Global
by Jeremy Scahill
Erik Prince, the secretive 38-year-old owner of the leading US mercenary firm, Blackwater USA, has seldom appeared in public. He has never held a press conference and is only known to have given one television interview -- to Fox News shortly after 9/11.
When Congress called him to testify last February, he dispatched his lawyer. But on October 2, Prince found himself in front of a Congressional committee, TV cameras trained on his boyish face. The official focus of the hearing, convened by Henry Waxmanâ€™s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, was on two questions that should have been asked long ago: whether the governmentâ€™s heavy reliance on private security contractors is serving US interests in Iraq and whether the specific conduct of Blackwater has advanced or impeded US efforts.
Read more: BlackWater Down: The Thread Unravelled
Created on Wednesday, 03 October 2007 20:59
Written by Robert Parry
Read more: The Power Pragmatists
The Clintons and the Bushes
by Robert Parry
he book opens with a scene early in the second year of Bill Clintonâ€™s presidency with him explaining to White House guests why he didnâ€™t pursue geopolitical scandals that had implicated George H.W. Bush in gross abuses of power and arguably criminal acts.
President Clinton made clear he saw historical truth as less important than his hopes for Republican cooperation on his domestic agenda. But this willingness to sweep major scandals under the rug left the White House back door ajar for a restoration of the Bush Family dynasty a half dozen years later â€“ with disastrous consequences for the American Republic.
The relevance of this story today is that Bill Clintonâ€™s misguided â€œpragmatismâ€ seems to a characteristic of Hillary Clintonâ€™s political persona, too, as she hedges her positions on the Iraq War and signals a willingness to support a dangerous confrontation with Iran.
Created on Wednesday, 03 October 2007 17:50
by Chris Floyd A
s all the world knows â€“ oh, all right, as a handful of people in the
world knows â€“ over the weekend we were savagely hacked, yet again, by
the enemies of truth and enlightenment. (That is the current term of
art for political hackers, isn't it?) This was in fact the worst hack
yet, a most expert and sophisticated operation that penetrated some
very heavy security and wreaked enormous damage, essentially wiping out
the entire server with a number of dissident websites.
It was the precise equivalent of firebombing a newspaper or printing
press whose works displeased some powerful entity or individual.
Fortunately, almost everything had been backed up by our intrepid
publisher, Rich Kastelein, who by dint of Herculean labor has finally
restored Pacific Free Press (and Empire Burlesque) to rude health.
(Some pictures are still missing, but we're working on that.)
Read more: Back From the Hack, and Once More Into the Breach
Created on Friday, 28 September 2007 19:28
Written by William Bowles
Iâ€™ll huff and Iâ€™ll puff and
Iâ€™ll blow your centrifuges down
by William Bowles
â€™affaire Iran in its latest incarnation has been going on now for over two years with all kinds of dire threats emanating from the Beltway (and elsewhere eg, Sarkozyâ€™s recent remark about taking out Iran).
The latest â€˜leakâ€™ from the imperium is the Newsweek story â€˜The Whispers of Warâ€™ (Sunday, 23 September 2007) in which it is alleged that earlier this year vice-prez Cheney had suggested that Israel launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranâ€™s nuclear facilities at Natanz.
Read more: Newsweek Huffing Iran
Created on Thursday, 27 September 2007 20:28
Written by Jack Random
Read more: Katrina as Terrorism
KATRINA WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK: REMEMBERING NEW ORLEANS
by Jack Random
early four years after the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an unknown third target, there was a second terrorist attack and the conspiracy to cover up the truth was no less determined.
Katrina was a category three hurricane that missed New Orleans yet the devastation was complete. The lowlands of the Ninth Ward, Chantilly and St. Bernardâ€™s Parrish were buried under a wall of water, hundreds died, hundreds more would never be counted, and tens of thousands were scattered across the land like third world refugees.
It was not the storm that buried New Orleans. It was not the hand of god or the wheel of fortune that sealed her fate. It was negligence, human negligence, intentional negligence at the highest levels of government.
Created on Thursday, 27 September 2007 19:56
Written by Agence Global
Read more: The Man Behind the Money: Greenspan Shrugs
Greenspan and the Myth of the True Believer
by Naomi Klein
he tall graduate student, visiting the United States from Sweden, would not be satisfied with a quip. He wanted answers.
â€œThey cannot only be driven by greed and power. They must be driven by something higher. What?â€
Donâ€™t knock power and greed, I tried to suggest -- they have built empires. But he wanted more.
â€œWhat about a belief that they are building a better world?â€