The congressmen and senators who lined up to cast their yeas and nays on Oct. 11, 2002 knew that they were casting one of the most, if not the most, important votes of their political careers. Public Law 107-243, 116 Stat. 1497-1502, the result of the vote to authorize the Bush Administration to attack Iraq, would have incalculable moral, economic and geopolitical implications … [Read more...] about How Did You Vote on the War, Daddy?
Months after Time magazine reported that U.S. Marines had allegedly carried out a My Lai-style massacre of at least two dozen innocent Iraqi civilians, the average “support our troops” American is waking up and smelling the butchery. As usual, the U.S. government tried to cover up the mass murder—it initially claimed that the victims were blown up by an insurgent IED. But, … [Read more...] about The 10,000th Haditha
Abandon the tactic of terrorism and work within the system, the United States and its Western allies have long urged armed resistance groups. Lay down your weapons and pick up a megaphone. Campaign for public office and, if the people you claim to represent agree with your ideas, you’ll win power peacefully. Then, whether or not they share your values, the world will recognize … [Read more...] about Neocons Squander Their Only Victory
“In one of the great deceptive maneuvers in U.S. history,” Bob Herbert wrote recently, “the military-industrial complex (with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney as chairman and C.E.O., respectively) took its eye off the real enemy in Afghanistan and launched the pointless but far more remunerative war in Iraq.” Herbert, one of The New York Times’ better pundits, ought to know … [Read more...] about The Other Bad War
If you haven’t done anything wrong you have nothing to hide. Or does that only apply to victims of government wiretapping? On Feb. 11 Dick Cheney shot one of his quail hunting companions, 78-year-old lawyer Harry Whittington, in the face, neck and chest on the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas. What happened next was astonishing. What happened next was nothing. No public … [Read more...] about The Shootist