Friday, June 13, 2003



"We can easily become as much slaves to precaution as we can to fear. Although we can never rivet our fortune so tight as to make it impregnible, we may.......
by our excessive prudence.....squeeze out of the life that we are guarding so anxiously all the adventurous quality that makes it worth living.

Randolph Bourne

"Those Americans who opposed our going to war with Iraq, who wanted the United Nations to remove those weapons without war, need not apologize for giving voice to their conscience, last year, this year or next year. In a country devoted to the freedom of debate and dissent, it is every citizen's patriotic duty to speak out, even as we wish our troops well and pray for their safe return.
Congressman Abraham Lincoln did this in criticizing the Mexican War of 1846, as did Senator Robert F. Kennedy in calling the war in Vietnam 'unsuitable, immoral and intolerable.'
"This is not Iraq, where doubters and dissenters are punished or silenced - this is the United States of America. We need to support our young people as they are sent to war by the President, and I have no doubt that American military power will prevail. But to ensure that our post-war policies are constructive and humane, based on enduring principles of peace and justice, concerned Americans should continue to speak out; and I intend to do so."

Howard Dean
March 2003

Bush Must Step Down

"George W. Bush told us that Iraq and Al Qaeda were working together. They weren't. He repeatedly implied that Iraq had had something to do with 9/11. It hadn't. He claimed to have proof that Saddam Hussein possessed banned weapons of mass destruction. He didn't..."

"George W. Bush, like Richard Nixon, "endeavor[ed] to misuse the Central Intelligence Agency." George W. Bush, like Richard Nixon, "[made] or caus[ed] to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States."

Damnable lies....Impeachable lies?

"The latest challenge to the CIA involved a claim in Bush's State of the Union address that
Saddam had been trying to buy "significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

Bush aides have given somewhat conflicting accounts of how this claim made it into the speech.
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said intelligence officials declared the charge incorrect
"as the information was received."

"..Condoleezza Rice said "someone may have known" the information was false 11 months before Bush's speech,
but the White House believed it to be true at the time.
But she said the claim, attributed in the speech to the British government, was what "the intelligence community said we could say."

"We must find out whether
the CIA deceived the president ... or whether it is deceiving the
public now to protect the president and the vice president."

Rep. Henry Waxman

...and there stands a White House In Denial
"I don't believe that the president deliberately lied to the public in an attempt to scare Americans into supporting his war. But it does look as if ideologues in the administration deceived themselves about Iraq's nuclear programs — and then deceived the American public as well." Nicholas Kistof

Note: **I think Mr. Kristof is giving Bush too much benefit of doubt. I believe he DID deliberately lie to scare Americans into supporting his war.**



"One has to find out for oneself."

"This does not mean that you reject what others say...


....but that you inquire without acceptance or denial."

^~^~^~^~^~^"An aggressive mind, a mind tethered to a belief, is not free.......


~^~^~^~^~^~and therefore it is incapable of inquiry."

"All this demands intensive inquiry, not acceptance."