Hard to Deny: Iraq is All About the Oil By Michael Schwartz, Tomdispatch.com How the U.S. is working to secure Iraq's oil -- one of the most important sources of petrochemical energy on the planet -- and how the Iraqis are resisting.
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Description This is a peace rally. Like Mother Teresa said: "I will never attend an anti-war rally. But you hold a peace rally, and I'll be there." So we will hold a peaceful candlelight vigil to end the War in Iraq and pull all troops out of the country. This war must end now! Are we going to wait around for another troop escalation by a desperate Republican war machine? I don't think so. Vietnam-time people! Let's stop this!
Have you seen the headlines? President Bush is quietly negotiating an agreement with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to keep our troops there indefinitely--an agreement that could include permanent bases and a massive military presence for years!1 Bush is trying to tie the hands of the next administration to keep us in Iraq for the foreseeable future.2 This is a pivotal moment—the agreement is still in the planning stages and if we don't act now, we could be stuck in Iraq for decades. It's critical to push Democrats into opposing this. Right now, President Bush's troop reduction plan has fooled some people into thinking we're headed toward an exit in Iraq—but this move makes it clear he's literally committing the U.S. to a war with no end. It's an extreme policy and Congress can stop it—but whether they do depends on how loud we are.
Can you sign the petition demanding that Congress act to stop the president from committing to a massive military presence in Iraq for decades? We'll deliver your comments to your representatives by the end of the week—there's no time to waste. Clicking here will add your name:http://pol.moveon.org/endless/o.pl?id=11723-8065784-RRhOqq&t=3
Holocaust Denial, American Style By Mark Weisbrot, AlterNet Institutionally unwilling to consider America's responsibility for the bloodbath, the traditional media have refused to acknowledge the massive number of Iraqis killed since the invasion.
The average American believes that 10,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the US invasion in March 2003. The most commonly cited figure in the media is 70,000. But the actual number of people who have been killed is most likely more than one million....
The estimate of more than one million violent deaths in Iraq was confirmed again two months ago in a poll by the British polling firm Opinion Research Business, which estimated 1,220,580 violent deaths since the US invasion. This is consistent with the study conducted by doctors and scientists from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health more than a year ago. Their study was published in the Lancet, Britain's leading medical journal. It estimated 601,000 people killed due to violence as of July 2006; but if updated on the basis of deaths since the study, this estimate would also be more than a million. These estimates do not include those who have died because of public health problems created by the war, including breakdowns in sewerage systems and electricity, shortages of medicines, etc....
Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy.
THE crisis over Iraq’s refugees is the first major policy issue in which Iraqi civilians are front and center. We debate how the surge looks today or how oil will be distributed tomorrow on the banks of a swelling river of human misery: two million Iraqis who couldn’t bear to live in Iraq anymore, and another two million displaced internally but too poor to flee.
Representatives from dozens of countries and international nongovernmental organizations have gathered in Geneva to discuss what might be done in the wake of the largest population shift in the Middle East since 1948. The world is asking what George W. Bush, who started the war in Iraq and presides over the country that historically accepts more refugees than any other, will do for these desperate people.
Many of them will most likely be denied refuge... OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Hounded by Insurgents, Abandoned by Us
By KIRK W. JOHNSON
How will the United States help those Iraqis whose belief in us cost them their country?
Iraqi Death Toll: Why the UN Can’t Count By Jon Wiener, www.TheNation.com
The UN has drastically underreported the number of Iraqis killed in 2006.
“The first problem with the UN count is that refers only to civilians — and thus almost certainly omitted deaths of Iraqi policemen, soldiers, insurgent fighters, and members of private
militias like the Badr brigade.” http://activeresource.org/wordpress/archives/84
Media Sham for Iraq War Is Happening Again By Norman Solomon, AlterNet
The mainstream media that misled the public into the war with Iraq is now trumpeting so-called analysis about why we should stay, but their rhetoric is just another betrayal of journalistic responsibility.
A recent USA Today/Gallup poll finds that a majority of Americans say it was a mistake to send troops to Iraq. This sentiment is on par with attitudes throughout most of the year, although slightly more negative than found in September. The current situation in Iraq continues to be one of the three issues Americans say they are most likely to take into account when voting in the November congressional elections. Americans are increasingly likely to say that the Democrats rather than the Republicans can best handle the situation in Iraq.
Situation Called Dire in West Iraq: Anbar Is Lost Politically, Marine Analyst Says
By Thomas E. Ricks Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, September 11, 2006; Page A01
The chief of intelligence for the Marine Corps in Iraq recently filed an unusual secret report concluding that the prospects for securing that country's western Anbar province are dim and that there is almost nothing the U.S. military can do to improve the political and social situation there, said several military officers and intelligence officials familiar with its contents. The officials described Col. Pete Devlin's classified assessment of the dire state of Anbar as the first time that a senior U.S. military officer has filed so negative a report from Iraq. One Army officer summarized it as arguing that in Anbar province, "We haven't been defeated militarily but we have been defeated politically -- and that's where wars are won and lost."
The Real Agenda Much of the Bush administration's response to the attacks of Sept. 11 had far less to do with fighting Osama bin Laden than with expanding presidential power. The Cost of Executive Arrogance The president’s constant efforts to assert his power to act without consent or consultation has warped the war on terror. The unity and sense of national purpose that followed 9/11 is gone, replaced by suspicion and divisiveness that never needed to emerge. The president had no need to go it alone — everyone wanted to go with him. Both parties in Congress were eager to show they were tough on terrorism. But the obsession with presidential prerogatives created fights where no fights needed to occur and made huge messes out of programs that could have functioned more efficiently within the rules.
Our Military-Industrial Boondoggle"We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." Dwight D. Eisenhower
"The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles." Ayn Rand