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The Surreal Politics of Premeditated War
George W. Bush, who proudly claimed the mantle of “war president,” was keenly rebuked in the recent mid-term election. The event was notable, but it merely continued the surreal politics of premeditated war—a politics that has dominated the last six bizarre, hideous years of our nation’s history...
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Neocons Blame Bush for Iraq Fiasco
The mid-term elections sounded the requiem for the group of neoconservatives who helped design the disastrous U.S. invasion of Iraq. It's over for them and their big dreams of pre-emptive wars and conquest of the Middle East. If anything, this group has left America weakened by the tragic military...
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World Bank Shuts Out Dissident Voices
To the bankers and government officials who descended on the city state for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings in September, Singapore may have looked like the perfect model of a globalized consumer society. Tellingly, for the first time, the annual meetings took place...
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Media With No Guts, No Grace
San Francisco -- Do you think the Bush administration is going after the press? The San Francisco Chronicle said on the front page, "Cameraman Jailed for Not Yielding Tape," whereas The New York Times reported, "U.S. Wins Access to Reporter Phone Records." I'm feeling like a bunny trying to outrun...
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America Transforms the Middle East, But Not As Envisioned
In one way, the Bush administration's Middle East policies from Iraq to Israel have been a smashing success. The watchword with which Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, and Condoleezza Rice defined the agenda they laid before a pliant George W. Bush was ``transformative." A new strategy...
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Washington's Latest Middle East War
The Israeli war against Lebanon and Palestine, euphemistically depicted as "self-defense" against Hezbollah and Hamas, is simultaneously an Israeli war for domination, and a regional war to "remap" the contemporary Middle East. In this context it is as much a US as an Israeli war. The immediate...
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Why Our Military Despises Donald Rumsfeld
Civilian control over the military is a long established democratic tradition in our country. It was the military that was believed by our founding fathers to be susceptible to plunging our country into foreign adventure. Presently, however, the boondoggles, crimes and recklessness of draft-dodging...
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George W. Bush's Noble Cause - 'Political Capital'
Cindy Sheehan continues to ask George W. Bush what the "Noble Cause" was for which her son died in Iraq, and why Bush's daughters haven't enlisted in this Cause. While Bush talked to us about WMDs, an imminent "mushroom cloud," and tried to link Saddam and Iraq to 9/11 (when it was 14 Saudis who...
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Dismissing the Evidence
I hope this is not too Inside Baseball, but I am genuinely astonished by what the bloggers call "Mainstream Media." The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times have all gone way out of their way to deny that the Downing Street Memos are news. Like many of you, during the...
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True Believers at the World Bank: Rigid Ideology is a Threat, Not an Asset
A few decades after the end of the war that he managed, former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara told us that the Vietnam War had been a mistake and he apologized. Great. But when, I'd like to know, is he going to apologize for the World Bank? In the late 1960s, you may remember, McNamara left the...
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