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Showed on 9:00pm on Monday 18 February. Rachel Maddow previewed it a few days beforehand. Real Clear Politics presents all of the ten-minute segments of it. I agree with David Swanson, the show has some flaws, but I'm very happy that it was shown. As I've related to many people, I had read appeals before President George W. Bush's UN speech (Made just after the first anniversary of 9-11) to give Bush a chance to make his case for war against Iraq and to not dismiss his case out of hand, so I got the NY Times the day after and read his case from beginning to end. I immediately concluded that Bush was lying and that he had already made up his mind to go to war. I made it to what I believe was the first demonstration opposing the Iraq War. 

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At the demonstration, it was clear that everyone had reached the same conclusion that I had, that there was no point in even trying to persuade Bush to not go to war. Our protest was instead aimed squarely at the general public. One item that Hubris mentioned, that I remember well, was that President Bill Clinton had, in 1998, decided to bomb Iraq to make a point and to force compliance with American edicts. Not wanting American weapons inspectors to get hurt, he ordered the inspectors to be withdrawn. The annoyance and aggravation came on the American side when the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, had refused to let the inspectors back into Iraq after the bombing.

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Right-wing columnist accuses President Obama of having a “checkered record” as Commander-in-Chief. On close examination, it's not at all clear that Obama has any such thing.

Frank Gaffney, writing in the Washington Times, made a statement that caught my eye after it was reprinted in Media Matters.
 
If Mr. Obama persists in the latter, his already checkered record as commander in chief (sic) may make him... [emphasis added]

This statement puzzled me as I wasn't aware of Obama failing in his duties as Commander-in-Chief in any significant way. Turns out that Gaffney was complaining about things like the

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The march stretched for over 20 blocks at one point,” said UNAC co-coordinator Joe Lomardo, "and featured at least 18 spirited contingents from communities as diverse as immigrant workers, students, trade unions, socialist groups, Muslims, Palestinian, and teachers -- each with their own colorful flags, original banners, drums and chants.

More Reports from NYC March: Boston Indymedia | NYC Indymedia

Related from Buffalo: Anti-War Activist Brutalized, Maced & Clubbed at Peaceful Demonstration Charged with Slew of Offenses

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[Links available here]

 

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When someone becomes a soldier, they swear an oath to support and defend the US constitution by following “lawful” orders. Thus, they are legally obliged by their own oath to not follow unlawful orders. What Bradley Manning did by leaking this critical information has been to uphold his oath as a soldier in the most patriotic way. Now, compare that with how he has been raked over the coals by most of the mainstream media.

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Bradley Manning and GI Resistance to US War Crimes
--An interview with Dahr Jamail

By Angola 3 News

Independent journalist Dahr Jamail spent nine months reporting directly from Iraq, following the US invasion in 2003. His stories have been published by Inter Press Service, Truthout, Al-Jazeera, The Nation, The Sunday Herald in Scotland, the Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, Le Monde Diplomatique, the Independent, and many others. On radio as well as television, Dahr reports for Democracy Now!, has appeared on Al-Jazeera, the BBC and NPR, and numerous other stations around the globe.

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The WaPo runs interference for Bush's autobiographical book.

The WaPo uses an interesting phrase that I'm not sure actually means anything in the context in which it's used. In talking about the WaPo's reaction to the movie "Fair Game," they say:
 

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No, actually they didn't, but the Wikileaks release of nearly 400,000 documents from the Iraq War shows that there were indeed many cases of American troops discovering biological and chemical warfare shells.

Only problem of course, is that all of the shells discovered were old, in small numbers and in poor repair, suggesting that the Saddam Hussein regime was sloppy about disposing of weapons that the UN had ordered them to dispose of. What the shells do not suggest is that there was a working program to launch chemical or biological warfare against even close neighbors, let alone against the US.

Britain's The Guardian publishes extensive sets of documents concerning the Wikileaks release

Huffington Post summarizes many finding

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Celeste Zappala's picture protesting Iraq War promenently on cover of Today's Metro with stong antiwar story on page 2 and 3

 

 

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President Obama has recently pulled approximately 90,000 US troops out of the Republic of Iraq, leaving about 50,000 there. The Obama administration has referred to this move as an end to the “combat mission” there and is hailing this drawdown as an achievement. The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations calls for the complete withdrawal of all US and foreign troops and security forces out of Iraq.

We also know that complete withdrawal is not a victory; especially not for the Iraqi people who have experienced merciless terror since the first surge of US troops arrived there in March 2003, marking the beginning of an illegal war and occupation that has killed over 1,000,000 Iraqi men, women and children and has also displaced millions.

In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair told the world that the reasons for the war was "to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's alleged support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people." – President George W. Bush’s Radio Address on March 22, 2003.

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Yes, it was seven years ago on March 19th that "Shock & Awe" began and the Iraq War officially started. And no, as Ralph Nader said a bit later at the same podium, Iraqis are in much worse shape today than they were then. -note- Several MP4 filmclips included.

National Roundup from Indymedia.US

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Head of the VFP giving speech with Bill Perry by his side and Col. Ann Wright standing behind them.

event details

posted by: Uhuru News

begins: Nov 7, 10:00 am

ends: Nov 7, 2:00 pm

location: Malcolm X Park, (16th and Meridian St, NW) starting at 10am

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Black is Back Coalition for Peace, Social Justice & Reparations
is building solidarity in Philadelphia!

Get involved! Come to the planning meetings:
Mondays, October 26th and November 2nd
7:30pm at the Uhuru Solidarity Center, 3733 Lancaster Ave, W. Phila (#10 Trolley)