Saturday, March 28, 2009

Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President

By Ray McGovern
March 28, 2009

I was wrong. I had been saying that it would be na├»ve to take too seriously presidential candidate Barack Obama’s rhetoric regarding the need to escalate the war in Afghanistan.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

The MSM and Swimming Naked

By Robert Parry
March 28, 2009

There’s a Wall Street saying about what happens to traders who have taken too many chances, when the stock prices ebb: “When the tide goes out,” it’s said, “you see who’s been swimming naked” – what might be called the ultimate consequence of a bear (or bare) market.

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No Angry Mob, But a Movement

By Michael Winship
March 27, 2009

A college friend of mine, after much quaffing from the keg, so to speak, would start singing a faux hymn that began, “We are sliding into sin – whee!”

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Iraqi Civil Strife Threatens US Pullout

By Ivan Eland
March 27, 2009

Bosnian Serb leaders have threatened to withdraw from Bosnia-Herzegovina, the decentralized entity created by the 1995 Dayton Accords, which ended a brutal civil war in the Balkans that killed more than 100,000 people in the early 1990s.

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Lost History Hurts Obama's Iran Bid

By Robert Parry
March 26, 2009

President Barack Obama and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke past each other in a recent exchange partly because both countries nurse historical grievances against the other and neither has fully acknowledged that mutual history dating back three decades.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bush's 'Lawyer-Shopping' for Torture

By Jason Leopold
March 24, 2009

In 2005, after pushing out the Justice Department lawyer who had overturned President George W. Bush’s claimed authority to abuse “war on terror” prisoners, his administration reinstated key elements of the memos granting Bush virtually unlimited powers over the detainees, according to a list of still-secret documents.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Laissez Unfair

By Brent Budowsky
March 24, 2009

This is a tale of Washington, Wall Street and wounded troops. It is a story about socialism for the few who game the system and Darwinian capitalism against the many who suffer the pain and pay the cost.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

WPost Elitists Feel for Wall St. Brethren

By Robert Parry
March 22, 2009

One interesting trait of elitists is that they show remarkable class solidarity, often more so than people of lesser means. Which may help explain why the Washington Post’s editorial writers penned three editorials last week decrying the populist outrage over the AIG bonuses.

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The Iraq War's Six Years of Mayhem

By David Swanson
March 22, 2009

Thus far, 4,261 members of the U.S. military have been killed in Iraq and 67,237 wounded.

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