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June 15, 2008


Iraq News

The Bush administration, John McCain-McBush and the pair's mouthpieces, which include Charles Krauthammer of The Washington Post and Fox News Channel, not only think that the Iraq war going well, but that none other than Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Cabinet are doing a great job.

Why, it's almost as if former FEMA head Michael Brown were in charge there and President bush were offering him yet another "and Brownie here - you're doing a heck-of-a-job" compliments.

The ultra-conservative Krauthammer even had a question for Senator Barack Obama in his "Make the Election About Iraq" article which appeared this past week in the Washington Post, as well as other syndicated newspapers around the nation:

"...does (Obama) not read the papers?"

When one takes a peek at the US casualty rate in Iraq, one should ask Mr. Krauthammer that very same question.

As 2007 grew to a close, President bush was touting the "low" killed in action rate of our soldiers on the ground in Iraq. December 2007 had "only" twenty-five US service men and women lose their lives in Bush's war, an average of less than one soldier killed per day (0.81). Members of the Bush administration were screaming the praises of their actions while explaining to any and all Sunday morning talking heads that we are winning in Iraq, even though they still saw no end to our efforts there.

But something funny (as in scary, not '"ha!ha!") has happened there since the "good news" of December 2007: The US death count has erupted upward - again.

Even with the lower killed in action count of May (21 killed in 31 days) figured into the mix, an average of 1.17 US service members have lost their lives each and every day in Iraq since the new year. In 166 days, 195 have lost their lives and - get this - an additional 1,098 service men and women have been wounded in action. And the "wounded" number only included the first four months of 2008!

Other news from Iraq has seen a rise in Iraqi-on-Iraqi violence as well. As 2007 closed down, Iraq casualties were decreasing from the THOUSANDS to the HUNDREDS each month. Since the beginning of this year, 3,623 Iraqi military and civilians have lost their lives.

In the mind of a Bush, that, too is, somehow, "progress".

Here are just some of the headlines in just two incomplete days from Iraq:
06/14/08 Reuters: Roadside bomb kills traffic policeman, wounds 6 others in Samarra
06/14/08 Reuters: Roadside bomb kills three Iraqi soldiers in Dhuluiya
06/13/08 Reuters: Gunmen kill 3 people near Tuz Khurmato
06/13/08 Reuters: Roadside bomb kills 1 person, wounds 3 in Yusufiya

And if these headlines weren't enough to make one ill, the next one ought to really make your stomach churn:

06/13/08 AKI: Child terrorists behind growing number of attacks
"An al-Qaeda cell composed of children under the age of 16, known as "Children of Paradise", is believed to be responsible for a growing number of attacks in Iraq."

So much for winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqis, I guess.

President Bush's deniability has been, however, true to form. Even as March 2008 closed with nearly one-thousand Iraqi casualties (980), the highest total of Iraqi deaths since August 2007 when 1,674 Iraqis lost their lives, the White House put out the following as part of their April 10, 2008 WhiteHouse.com web page on Iraq:

"Neighborhoods once controlled by al Qaeda have been liberated. Sectarian violence is down dramatically, and civilian and military deaths are also down."
-The White House from http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/iraq/

I guess that President Bush doesn't read the news papers either. But we all knew that already.

In the end, the Bush-McCain-McBush "Stay the Course" plan for Iraq is in place. Even today, the former (Bush) is trying to put the next administration in a position where they'll have no choice but to keep US forces in Iraq - and keep our treasury in the red - for years, decades and maybe even a century to come. (That's McCain-McBush's idea.) How much damage can President Bush and the mouthpieces of the Bush administration do in the six months which remain for him and his Administration of Diminished Responsibility?

Too much, and it may be irreparable.

-Noah Greenberg

Spoilers: An Election Reality

Let me see if this makes sense. Come November 5th Obama or McCain will be elected president. Any one else running will be a Nader - a spoiler on whichever side they represent. So now some women (and men, too) who wanted Hillary are going to vote Green, not vote or vote for McClain. It is possible for McCain to thus get the Presidency. He will appoint Judges who will get rid of Roe vs. Wade. He will veto any pro woman’s rights programs. He has previously voted 100% of the time against woman’s rights. .

These women, as accused by the “white males,” are running on emotion and the men love it. It just proves to them, what they have been saying since the cave days. "Women are irrational and emotional and have no right to make the hard decisions necessary to run this world.” The women are not doing what is best for their country or themselves. Have you ever heard the expression “cutting off ones nose to spite the face?” What a better world we would have if Nader had kept his ego out of the 2000 race.

-Keith A. Dewey

And On the Other Side

It's always easy for men--the group that has had the power forever--to tell others not to have identity politics. Well, for the African Americans and women who voted identity politics, that was a dream they'd had all their lives. It's not surprising some can't get it, but Pat Thompson gets it so right: There were people voting for Hillary who were alive when women still didn't have the vote. As for the assertion about how Hillary votes or doesn't vote. One thing's for sure: She doesn't abstain from voting and she doesn't vote "present." Every politician has some weasel in them. Including Obama.

-Victoria Brownworth

A Letter From Rep. Robert Wexler

Dear Sandy,

Our campaign for accountability for the Bush administration is making legitimate progress.

I am pleased to announce to you that the House Judiciary Committee has met my public call for Scott McClellan's immediate testimony with action:

Today, Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers officially invited Mr. McClellan to testify under oath on Friday, June 20th at 10AM.

After all of our hard work pushing for impeachment hearings for Vice President Cheney – the McClellan hearing provides our cause with a legitimate opportunity to showcase the crimes and violations of this Administration for the American people, the mainstream media, reluctant members of the Democratic party, and sensible Republicans. This hearing provides us our first genuine opportunity to enter the public consciousness and change the dynamics that have prevented true accountability for Bush and Cheney.

Mr. McClellan was a major figure in the Valerie Plame/CIA scandal, as well as a leading propagandist for the Bush White House's deliberate attempts to hide the true costs of this war from the American public. As such, Mr. McClellan will testify under oath (and be subject to perjury charges should he lie) and be asked about the following matters:

What role did President Bush, Vice President Cheney , and key administration officials take in the effort to reveal the identity of covert CIA agent Valeria Plame Wilson – thus destroying her network and putting lives in jeopardy?

What role did President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and key administration officials take regarding the firing of U.S. Attorneys or political reasons?

What role did President Bush, Vice President Cheney, key administration officials take in conspiring to blatantly break U.S. and International laws prohibiting the use of torture?
I call on Mr. McClellan to immediately accept this invitation and testify under oath as he previously agreed to while being interviewed on national television.

During the hearing I will have roughly five short minutes to question Mr. McClellan and undercover the illegalities committed by this Administration – which is why it is critically important that every representative on the Judiciary Committee hears your voice. Please let them know that you demand answers to these questions.

Nor should it stop there: Karl Rove has thumbed his nose to the Judiciary Committee's subpoena – joining Harriet Miers, Joshua Bolton and Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff David Addington as the only Administration officials in history to claim Congress has no power to even bring them before a committee to be questioned.

I have called for Karl Rove to be held in inherent contempt and for the other renegade officials to appear as required by their subpoenas, or be forced to do so by the House Sergeant of Arms.

What the Judiciary's request of McClellan proves is that if we stay vigilant – if we call loudly and repeatedly for accountability - that we become very difficult to ignore.

Please stay tuned. I hope for more developments soon.

With great respect,

-Congressman Robert Wexler

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-Noah Greenberg