Dave Lindorff

Dave Lindorff is a Philadelphia-based journalist and columnist. He is author of Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For-Profit Hospital Chains (BantamBooks, 1992), and his latest book "The Case for Impeachment" (St. Martin's Press, 2006). He is the founding editor of ThisCantBeHappening.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 11:36am
Battle for Marjah: The US Has Already Lost
The fighting is still underway in the town of Marjah, in what is being described as the first battle in Obama's War in Afghanistan, or alternatively as the biggest battle of the US War in Afghanistan. But already, the US has lost that battle. It lost it from day one, when troops fired missiles in to a Marjah house, killing 12 civilian occupants--half of them children. And it lost it further when another three more civilians were blown away by US-led forces. Finally, it lost the battle as much of the town has been simply destroyed by the fighting.
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Monday, February 1, 2010 - 9:43am
Talk Now With the Taliban (We’re Going to End Up Having to Talk With Them Anyhow)
You had to love the headline the Philadelphia Inquirer put on the jump page of columnist Trudy Rubin's Sunday commentary about word that the Obama administration is hoping to talk with at least some mid-level Taliban leaders about giving up the fight and "coming over" to the "government" side.
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Friday, January 15, 2010 - 10:28am
Cuba is Missing... From US Reports on the International Response to Haiti’s Earthquake
There are only two US media outlets that have reported on Cuba’s response to the deadly 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti. One was Fox News, which claimed, wrongly, that the Cubans were absent from the list of neighboring Caribbean countries providing aid. The other was the Christian Science Monitor (a respected news organization that recently shut down its print edition), which reported correctly that Cuba had dispatched 30 doctors to the stricken nation.
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Saturday, January 9, 2010 - 8:51am
Democrats and the Corporate Media: Looking for Green Shoots in an Economic Desert?
So much for economic "green shoots." The Obama administration and the Federal Reserve, along with the servile corporate media, have been quick to grasp at and trumpet every little suggestion that things might be improving, as they did when the Labor Dept. announced last week that new unemployment claims had dropped to "just" 434,000, from a high of 684,000 in the week ended March 28 or last year. Or when the Commerce Dept. reported last month that November housing starts had risen by 8.9% compared to the prior month.
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Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 11:34am
Sue the Bastards: Why are Only Republican AGs Threatening to Go to Court to Fight Health Care 'Reform’?
Attorneys General from 13 states--all of them Republicans--are saying that they are going to sue to block the health insurance reform bill if, when it is finally passed, it still includes a measure giving Nebraska an extra $100 million in Medicaid funds. They charge that this "bribe" was used to get Nebraska's conservative Democratic Senator Ben Nelson to join fellow Democrats to get the Senate's version of the bill passed.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 12:45pm
Paul Krugman’s Health Care Sell-Out: The Health 'Reform' Bill in Congress Is Worse Than Nothing
Paul Krugman, one of the few liberal columnists writing for the New York Times, claims that at some point in the hoary past when he "began writing a lot about health care," he was in favor of a Canadian-style single-payer health care system. He adds that even today if he thought there was "any chance of creating Medicare for All any time in the next decade," he would be "pushing for single-payer now."
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Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 1:34pm
Climate Change Conspiracy Theorists Are Today’s Flat Earthers
When I was back in eighth grade, my science teacher, Mr. Malone, a brittle old man with a shock of white hair and a stern classroom demeanor, but a sharp sense of humor, had made a banner that ran across the top of the blackboard. It read: "If you can't measure it, it doesn't exist." I used to ponder at that admonition every morning back in 1962, and its message did sink in, as I think it did in the minds of every student in the class who wasn't just falling asleep in the back of the room, or idly daydreaming.
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Monday, December 7, 2009 - 1:37pm
The Shame and Folly of Obama’s War in Afghanistan
There are so many things wrong with Obama's "New and Improved" Afghanistan War that it's hard to know where to begin, but I guess the place to start is with his premise. If America needs to be fighting in Afghanistan because Al Qaeda planned and launched the 9-11 attacks from there back in 2001, as the president claimed in his lackluster address to the cadets at West Point last week, then we would have to assume either that Al Qaeda is still there, or that if we were not there fighting, that Al Qaeda would be back to plan more attacks.
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Monday, November 30, 2009 - 10:50am
Barack Obama: Manchurian Candidate Version 2.0
I once wrote an article about former President George W. Bush saying that he was a perfect Manchurian candidate. That is, if his missing year when he was supposed to have been flying fighter jets with the Texas Air National Guard was actually spent in the former Soviet Union being reprogrammed as a covert KGB agent whose job it was to go back to America, win election to the White House, and proceed to destroy the US, he couldn't have done a better job than he actually did.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 10:51am
Let's Not Lecture Chinese About Censorship
President Obama, in his visit to China, held a "town meeting" with Chinese students in which he praised openness and lectured them on the value of freedom of information, saying that he is a "supporter of non-censorship" and that open access to information was a "source of strength."
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