Some See Troubling Parallels Between Iraq and Vietnam
“If we quit Vietnam,” President Lyndon Johnson warned, “tomorrow we’ll be fighting in Hawaii, and next week we’ll have to fight in San Francisco.”
–Ron Hutcheson, “Some See Troubling Parallels Between Iraq and Vietnam” (Common Dreams, September 18, 2003)
“We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today,” Bush said in his televised speech Sept. 7 , “so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities.”
–same source as above
#11 of the Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007
#11 Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed
Independent/UK, May 22, 2005
Title: Revealed: “Health Fears Over Secret Study in GM Food”
Author: Geoffrey Lean
Organic Consumers Association website, June 2,2005
Title: “Monsanto’s GE Corn Experiments on Rats Continue to Generate Global Controversy”
Authors: GM Free Cymru
Independent/UK, January 8, 2006
Title: GM: New Study Shows Unborn Babies Could Be Harmed”
Author: Geoffrey Lean
Le Monde and Truthout, February 9, 2006
Title: “New Suspicions About GMOs”
Author: Herve Kempf
Faculty Evaluator: Michael Ezra
Student Researchers: Destiny Stone and Lani Ready
Several recent studies confirm fears that genetically modified (GM) foods damage human health. These studies were released as the World Trade Organization (WTO) moved toward upholding the ruling that the European Union has violated international trade rules by stopping importation of GM foods.
Research by the Russian Academy of Sciences released in December 2005 found that more than half of the offspring of rats fed GM soy died within the first three weeks of life, six times as many as those born to mothers fed on non-modified soy. Six times as many offspring fed GM soy were also severely underweight.
In November 2005, a private research institute in Australia, CSIRO Plant Industry, put a halt to further development of a GM pea cultivator when it was found to cause an immune response in laboratory mice.1
In the summer of 2005, an Italian research team led by a cellular biologist at the University of Urbino published confirmation that absorption of GM soy by mice causes development of misshapen liver cells, as well as other cellular anomalies.
In May of 2005 the review of a highly confidential and controversial Monsanto report on test results of corn modified with Monsanto MON863 was published in The Independent/UK.
Dr. Arpad Pusztai (see Censored 2001, Story #7), one of the few genuinely independent scientists specializing in plant genetics and animal feeding studies, was asked by the German authorities in the autumn of 2004 to examine Monsanto’s 1,139-page report on the feeding of MON863 to laboratory rats over a ninety-day period.
The study found “statistically significant” differences in kidney weights and certain blood parameters in the rats fed the GM corn as compared with the control groups. A number of scientists across Europe who saw the study (and heavily-censored summaries of it) expressed concerns about the health and safety implications if MON863 should ever enter the food chain. There was particular concern in France, where Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen has been trying (without success) for almost eighteen months to obtain full disclosure of all documents relating to the MON863 study.
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Bay Buchanan provided an “extreme makeover” of Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s 9-11 accounts
On CNN’s Situation Room, Bay Buchanan falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton said “her daughter [was] out jogging” on September 11, 2001, “and stopped near the [World Trade Center] towers.” Buchanan asserted that Clinton “fabricated” this story. However, Clinton did not say that her daughter jogged near the World Trade Center that day.
‘On this day, let us hold our government accountable.’ Decorated war hero compares war in Iraq with Vietnam
28 May 2007
(Bristol, CT) U. S. Army Capt. Paul W. Bucha, a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran, delivered an impassioned speech to the attendees of the Memorial Day Armed Forces Tribute on Memorial Boulevard Sunday, comparing the current war in Iraq with the Vietnam conflict.
‘Maybe the smartest thing to do is to pull it.’ Lucky Larry makes another killing on Bush bin Laden’s terrorist attacks: Insurers Agree to Pay Billions at Ground Zero
24 May 2007
The Spitzer administration announced the settlement of all insurance claims at ground zero yesterday, ensuring that $4.55 billion will be available for rebuilding the World Trade Center site. The agreement, which the insurers described as the largest single insurance settlement ever undertaken by the industry, ended a protracted legal battle with insurers over payouts related to the terrorist attack.
war funding bill fiasco masks collusion between Bush and Democrats Expansion of Middle East oil war is a bipartisan imperative
by Larry Chin
Global Research, May 26, 2007
On May 22, 2007, Washington’s Democrats obediently capitulated to the Bush administration, handing Bush a war spending bill completely stripped of conditions that would, in any way, slow the administration’s relentless Middle East conflagration. In fact, the new bill is an even more egregious blank check for a massive “surge” of Bush administration violence throughout the region, opening the door for a war with Iran. New Iraq “benchmarks” pushed by the Democrats themselves will result in new atrocities and more bloodshed, funded by the Democrats themselves.
In refusing to definitively corner a scandalized Bush administration, the Democratic Party leadership has earned itself a tidal wave of rage, vitriol and disgust from Americans who harbor any illusions that the Democrats have any intention of ending the war, or “bringing the troops home”.(see Entire US government failed us on Iraq by Keith Olbermann, and Funding Iraq occupation without deadlines or time lines is a travesty)
The Democrats’ open betrayal of their own constituents, their resounding slap in the face to the vast majority of the American people (70% of whom oppose the war) lays bare the true nature of the Democratic Party, and the US government itself. Dick Cheney stated with smug confidence weeks ago that the Democrats would surrender. Now, the Democrats have not only tossed away their own credibility, and their dreams of future political gain. They have fully revitalized Bush-Cheney and the Republicans.
Bipartisan criminal consensus confirmed
The US political and economic system, ruled by consensus, is deeply criminalized. It thrives on war and oppression. It is an elite racket, sustained by resource conquest, collusion, fraud, lies, cover-up, and the indoctrination and manipulation of minds. “The people”, whose votes never count, are viewed with contempt.
The Republicans and Democrats are factions of the same criminal New World Order, funded by the same criminal interests, beholden to the same think tanks, foundations, corporations and military-intelligence-industrial interests, following the same geopolitical script, written by bipartisan consensus.
Given this reality, it is no surprise that the Democratic leadership has kept its promise to keep the impeachment of Bush and Cheney “off the table” and reach “across the aisle”. Consensus interests are at stake.
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WHY THE US IS NOT LEAVING IRAQ
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Neither the Iraq Study Group nor other establishment critics of the Iraq war are calling for the withdrawal of US troops from that country. To the extent that the Study Group or the new Congress purport to inject some “realism” into the Iraq policy, such projected modifications do not seem to amount to more than changing the drivers of the US war machine without changing its destination, or objectives: control of Iraq’s political and economic policies.
In light of the fact that by now almost all of the factions of the ruling circles, including the White House and the neoconservative war-mongers, acknowledge the failure of the Iraq war, why, then, do they balk at the idea of pulling the troops out of that country?
Perhaps the shortest path to a relatively satisfactory answer would be to follow the money.
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Ismael Hossein-zadeh is a professor of economics at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.
He is the author of the newly published book, The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism.
His Web page is http://www.cbpa.drake.edu/hosseinzadeh
Is Bush Addressing the Root Causes of Terrorism — or Aggravating Them?
CHALMERS JOHNSON, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Johnson is the author of the new book “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.” He is also author of the widely-noted “Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire.” His most recent article is “Evil Empire: Is Imperial Liquidation Possible for America?”
Johnson said today: “Bush claimed in his news conference today, as he often does, that he is addressing the root causes of terrorism through the war in Iraq. In fact, much of what he has done is the exact opposite — it is aggravating the root causes of Al-Qaeda terrorism. He did this first and foremost by treating 9/11 as a war instead of an emergency action. … We helped spawn Al-Qaeda with the largest single clandestine operation, our backing the mujaheddin in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The three factors which Bin Ladin himself cites as causes of 9/11 were U.S. troops on the Arabian peninsula, the sanctions against Iraq which caused the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children and our backing of Zionist colonization. Now, I don’t necessarily agree with that, but we need to look at the actual root causes if we’re going to solve this problem.”
From: Institute for Public Accuracy
BUSH’S IMAGINARY MILITARY RECORD
By Evelyn Pringle
When evaluating Bush’s performance as the Commander-in-Chief leading the Iraq war, it might be helpful to take another look at his years of service in military, or lack thereof.
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Borowitz Report – Hillary Gift Shocker
Hillary Sends Gore Basket of Calorie-rich Treats
Attempt to Thwart Potential ’08 Run, Observers Believe
In a move that raised eyebrows among observers of the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) today sent former Vice President Al Gore a gift basket laden with high-calorie treats.
While the basket, chocked full of such sumptuous snacks as chocolate croissants and pecan buns, was ostensibly a gift to congratulate Mr. Gore on the publication of his new book, “The Assault on Reason,” some members of the former vice president’s staff saw more sinister motives in Sen. Clinton’s choice of present.
With Mr. Gore battling his waistline in recent years, any potential run for the White House in 2008 would presumably require a period of dieting and slimming down – processes that the basket of lip-smacking temptations seemed calculated to thwart.
At a press conference in Washington this morning, Carol Foyler, a senior member of Mr. Gore’s staff, told reporters that the basket of sugary delicacies had been “immediately identified as a threat to the vice president” and disposed of.
“At first we considered hiding the basket,” Ms. Foyler said. “Then we determined that it would be better to move the basket to an undisclosed location, where it was destroyed.”
Responding to the furor over the gift, Sen. Clinton called a press conference asking for forgiveness, claiming that she “meant no harm” in giving Mr. Gore the carbohydrate-rich basket.
“I value my friendship with with Al Gore,” Sen. Clinton said. “And, as a peace offering, I hope he will accept this case of Twinkies.”
Elsewhere, Dick Cheney welcomed his sixth grandchild into the world, meaning he now has more grandchildren than draft deferments.
Andy Rocks with Dave Barry, Steven King and Amy Tan – Friday Night!
Andy joins the 15th Anniversary Tour of the Rockbottom Remainders, an all-star author rock band featuring Dave Barry, Steven King, Amy Tan and special guest stars Frank McCourt, Roger McGuinn and more! This Friday night, June 1st, 9 PM at Webster Hall in NYC. For info go to http://www.rockbottomremainders.com/pages/band.html .
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This Modern World: Campaign season on planet Glox!
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