Norman Solomon

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Friday, July 15, 2005
War and Venture Capitalism
During the Vietnam War, one of the peace movement's more sardonic slogans was: "War is good business. Invest your son." In recent years, some eminent pundits and top government officials have become brazen about praising war as a good investment.
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Friday, July 08, 2005
Terrorism, "the War on Terror" and the Message of Carnage
When the French government suggested a diplomatic initiative that might interfere with the White House agenda for war, the president responded by saying that the proposed scenario would "ratify terror." The date was July 24, 1964, the president was Lyndon Johnson and the war was in Vietnam.
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Thursday, July 07, 2005
Judith Miller -- Drum Major for War
Judy, it's been so many wars since we've talked. Now people are hailing your dedication to the principle of journalistic independence. For many, you will always be the courageous reporter who went to jail. But I'll always remember what happened when we met under hot lights and you showed your stuff.
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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
War Made Easy: "Withdrawal Would Cripple U.S. Credibility"
Obsession with seeming unequivocal and immovable has been frequent in the Oval Office. During the Vietnam War, such fixations were indifferent to the fact that the war was losing the U.S. government moral credibility around the world. But from the outset, Lyndon Johnson invoked credibility as an argument for staying the course. "If we are driven from the field in Vietnam, then no nation can ever again have the same confidence in American promises, or in American protection," President Johnson said on July 28, 1965.
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Thursday, June 23, 2005
Voluntary Amnesia in the Service of War
Forget it! That seems to be an unstated motto for American media coverage of the Iranian presidential election. The axiom comes down to: "Don't let history get in the way of spin." Evasion smoothes the way to the next war. For maximum propaganda effect, the agenda-setting must be decoupled as much as possible from clear truths -- about the current president's mendacity in connection with Iraq, and about the record of U.S. government actions toward Iran.
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Friday, June 17, 2005
The Killing Street Memo
Keep them behind the war curve. While some Americans are exposing the deception for the latest war, steadily lay the groundwork for the next one.
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Monday, June 06, 2005
From Watergate to Downing Street -- Lying for War
You wouldn't know it from the media focus on Deep Throat last week, but the lies that Richard Nixon told about the Watergate break-in were part of his standard duplicity for the Vietnam War. It wasn't just that the Nixon administration engaged in secret illegal actions against a wide range of peace advocates -- including antiwar candidate George McGovern, the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972. Deception was always central to Nixon's war policy. Thirty-three years after Watergate, echoes of his fervent lies for war can be heard from George W. Bush.
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Thursday, June 02, 2005
War Made Easy: From Vietnam to Iraq
On February 27, 1968, I sat in a small room on Capitol Hill. Around a long table, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was in session, taking testimony from an administration official. Most of all, I remember a man with a push-broom moustache and a voice like sandpaper, raspy and urgent.
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Thursday, May 26, 2005
The Silent Media Curse of Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend brings media rituals. Old Glory flutters on television and newsprint. Grave ceremonies and oratory pay homage to the fallen. Many officials and pundits speak of remembering the dead. But for all the talk of war and remembrance, no time is more infused with insidious forgetting than the last days of May.
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Monday, May 23, 2005
And Now, It's Time For... "Media Jeopardy!"
The endless show that seems to fill America's every waking moment -- and many of its nightmares -- could be called "Media Jeopardy!" Before proceeding, here's a reminder of the rules: Listen to the answer and then try to come up with the question. Let's get started.
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