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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Generals Run Amuck

Generals Run Amuck

        Tomgram: William Astore, Generals Behaving Badly Posted by William Astore He was “an ascetic who... usually eats just one meal a day, in the evening, to avoid sluggishness. He is known for operating on a few hours' sleep and for running to and from work while listening to audio books on an iPod... an encyclopedic, even obsessive, knowledge about the lives of terrorists... a warrior-scholar, comfortable with diplomats, politicians..." Those ... Full Story

Petraeus: The hero that never was

Petraeus: The hero that never was

From the photos you would think General David Petraeus was a genuine hero. The left side of his jacket is filled with ribbons that make him look like a true warrior. Looks can be deceiving, only one of those ribbons is attached to a medal for action, the Bronze Star (with V device) and there is some question about how he earned that, See: "Petraeus Allegedly Earned A Bronze Star For Combat Valor 'Without Firing his Rifle'". The others are service ribbons or medals awarded for good staff work ... Full Story

Collapse of the Petraeus facade

Collapse of the Petraeus facade

As pointed out last week in this publication, General David Petraeus' reputation appears to be built upon a foundation of public relations sand, a foundation that is  quickly becoming quicksand. More and more publications and reporters are now beginning to take a hard look at the General and what they have written about him in the past. It appears that his greatness has been a media creation, one that he directed and fostered. My observations in the above mentioned article are based on my ... Full Story

Bush failure allowed 9/11 attack

                Why Bush, Cheney and the Neocons Failed to Protect America from al-Qaeda's Vicious Attacks By Walter Uhler Urgency about regime change in Iraq, rather than urgency about intelligence indicating an imminent al-Qaeda attack explains the failure of Bush, Cheney and the neocons to adequately prepare for 9/11.   NYT: White House Didn't Stop 9/11 Because It Thought "Bin Laden Was Merely Pretending To Be ... Full Story

Confessions of a Former Republican

Confessions of a Former Republican

        Joining the Reality-Based Community  Or How I Learned to Stop Loving the Bombs and Start Worrying By Jeremiah Goulka I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics.  But I am a Republican no longer. There’s an old joke we Republicans used to tell that goes something like this: “If you’re young and not a Democrat, you’re heartless. If you grow up ... Full Story

Republicans Want Veterans to Just Trust Them

Republicans Want Veterans to Just Trust Them Because…

    Graphic: Groobiecat Sources: Below No Need to Mention Vets. According to VetVoice--and myriad other news organizations--the GOP budget proposed by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan doesn't even mention veterans. Read More at groobiecat                              

“Defense Act is unconstitutional”

“Defense Act is unconstitutional”

      by Brian J. Trautman       Each year, Congress authorizes the budget of the Department of Defense through a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA of 2012, however, is unlike any previous ones. This year’s legislation contains highly controversialprovisions that empower the Armed Forces to engage in civilian law enforcement and to selectively suspend due process and habeas corpus, as well as other rights guaranteed ... Full Story

Privatizing the War on Terror

Privatizing the War on Terror

January 16, 2012 By John W. Whitehead   “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”—James Madison America’s troops may be returning home from Iraq, but contrary ... Full Story

Occupy Our Fears of Iran

By Winslow Myers U.S. behavior long ago provided one causal context for our unease about the presumed nuclear aspirations of the Islamic Republic of Iran: the U.S. and Britain messed with Iran’s last authentically democratic election in 1953, fearing communist influence and the nationalization of oil. U.S. oil corporations, a minor partner before the CIA overthrew elected Mohammad Mossadegh and installed the dictatorial Shah, then became the largest profiting entity, even more than the ... Full Story

OpEdNews Bold and Daring: The Way Progressive News

OpEdNews  Bold and Daring: The Way Progressive News Should Be

  Todays collection of articles in the OpEd News point at a difficult year ahead. Not the least of our problems is ten months of political campaigning. Keep looking here to see a candid look at the warts and all of the political newsmakers. It appears that war with Iran is inevitable no matter who is in the White House, though Rick Santorium says he will bomb them. Haven’t any of these politicians noticed how poorly we have done in Iraq and Afghanistan? The seem to still ... Full Story

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