Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
There is an important line in last week's Senate intelligence committee report on the Bush administration's prewar exaggerations of the threat posed by Saddam Hussein. It says that the panel did not review "less formal communications between intelligence agencies and other parts of the Executive Branch."
More important, there was no effort to obtain White House records or interview President Bush, Vice President Cheney or other administration officials whose speeches were analyzed because, the report says, such steps were considered beyond the scope of the report.
One obvious target for such an expanded inquiry would have been the records of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG), a group set up in August 2002 by then-White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Laila Al-Arian discusses her and Chris Hedges's new book Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians in a blog post on the Huffington Post:
We were astounded by the honesty and depth with which these troops approached their testimony. With no one around to hear their stories, it was as if they used the interviews as therapy sessions. Many of the veterans are young college students. They feel alienated from their peers, who they say only care about pop culture and their immediate surroundings. The war, it seems to them, affects few Americans outside of the military community.
"A lot of guys supported that whole concept that, you know, if they don't speak English and they have darker skin, they're not as human as us, so we can do what we want," Specialist Josh Middleton said. At home, young soldiers are yelled at and ordered around, but in Iraq, he said, "forty-year old Iraqi men look at us with fear and... we have this power that you can't have. That's really liberating."
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I've read lately that Americans are not following the war in Iraq any more. There are fewer reports in the news and we are distracted by the economy and the election. Those are also big issues, but I think that it's important that we not give anyone the impression that what's going on in Iraq doesn't matter to us. By "anyone," I mean the media, the government, politicians, the men and women serving in the war, and the journalists covering it.
One way that we can show our concern and awareness is with our clicks. With this in mind, I went out looking for war stories on websites. They are harder to find than they were two years ago. I found this site, The New York Times Baghdad Bureau Blog, and have added it to the sites that I check each day along with my email, calendar, and the Huffington Post. And when I visit Huffpost, I make an effort not to click on news about Brad and Angelina or who's going back to rehab (not always easy!) Instead I look for the Iraq stories first.
Clicking is a very, very small thing. But if we all do it, it makes a difference. It sends a message, and it keeps us better informed. You are probably already doing your own thing in your own way...reading, writing letters, demonstrating, sending care packages, talking, voting. But my one click here and there is so small, I thought I would try to boost its impact by multiplying it by a factor of You. I'd also like to know what sources you are turning to for news of Iraq. Send links! If you're interested, I'll post the recommendations I get on this blog.
Love and peace,