Friday, June 20, 2003


'You've been drafted'
By Rob Kall

"The questions are:
What can you do?
What have you done today?
How passionate are you about committing to fighting to make the change happen?
How big a change in your life are you willing to institute?
You know that the assault on America, on democracy on the working and middle class is nothing less
than a full blown pearl harbor attack, a declaration of war.
Will you sit passively and cooperate like the vast majority of Poles and French did during world war two?"

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"A Peek Inside Bush's Post-War Diary"
By: Bernard Weiner

The Most Dangerous Lie

"There comes a moment when the only option is to look the liar directly in the eyes and confront him,
not with his lies, but with his reasons for telling them.
There comes a moment when we must realize that time is running out, that if we wait much longer,
the shame that currently prevents the widespread and open advocacy of an unconscionable agenda will be gone."



From: "Get Your War On"

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"National politics briefly comes to Minnesota with the arrival of President Bush today.
Bush's visit will be followed on Friday and Saturday by a parade of yawns, also known as the field of Democratic presidential candidates.
The one Democrat in that parade who seems to have any buzz factor is Dean.."


What Did You Do in the Postwar, Daddy?
By Rick Horowitz

"The newscasters read what's put in front of them. The parts that I notice sound roughly like this:

"American soldiers encountered stiff resistance today outside the Iraqi village of Such-and-Such, in some of the heaviest fighting since the war ended."
"The Pentagon reported the capture today of Just This Many Iraqis, in the biggest American military operation since the war ended."
"A U.S. soldier was shot and killed early this morning by Iraqi sniper fire, the Somethingth American to die in Iraq since the war ended."

If the newscasters find any of this troublesome, they don't let on. I, on the other hand, find myself sitting there with forehead furrowed and nostrils flared. If there's heavy fighting, I say to myself, if there are large military operations, if there are dozens of fatalities "since the war ended" --
Maybe the war hasn't ended!
I mean, not to be a party pooper or anything, but does any of this sound like peace to you?


Rumsfeld says it's cool...after all, it's just like any other day on any other US urban battlefield

"You've got to remember that if Washington, D.C., were the size of Baghdad, we would be
having something like 215 murders a month," Rumsfeld said. "There's going to be violence in a big city


From "Meet the Press" transcript
June 15, 2003
Tim Russert interviewing guest Gen Wesley Clark:

GENERAL WESLEY CLARK (RETIRED), FORMER NATO SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER: ...All of us in the community who read intelligence believe that Saddam wanted these capabilities and he had some. We struck very hard in December of ’98, did everything we knew, all of his facilities. I think it was an effective set of strikes. Tony Zinni commanded that, called Operation Desert Fox, and I think that set them back a long ways. But we never believed that that was the end of the problem. I think there was a certain amount of hype in the intelligence, and I think the information that’s come out thus far does indicate that there was a sort of selective reading of the intelligence in the sense of sort of building a case.
TIM RUSSERT: Hyped by whom?
GEN. CLARK: Well, I...
MR. RUSSERT: The CIA, or the president or vice president? Secretary of Defense, who?
GEN. CLARK: I think it was an effort to convince the American people to do something, and I think there was an immediate determination right after 9/11 that Saddam Hussein was one of the keys to winning the war on terror. Whether it was the need just to strike out or whether he was a linchpin in this, there was a concerted effort during the fall of 2001 starting immediately after 9/11 to pin 9/11 and the terrorism problem on Saddam Hussein.
MR. RUSSERT: By who? Who did that?
GEN. CLARK: Well, it came from the White House, it came from people around the White House. It came from all over. I got a call on 9/11. I was on CNN, and I got a call at my home saying, “You got to say this is connected. This is state-sponsored terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein.” I said, “But—I’m willing to say it but what’s your evidence?” And I never got any evidence. And these were people who had—Middle East think tanks* and people like this and it was a lot of pressure to connect this and there were a lot of assumptions made. But I never personally saw the evidence and didn’t talk to anybody who had the evidence to make that connection.

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