The Global Citizen
According to the Daily Mail, a delegation of Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America's stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs to Defence Secretary Robert Gates: "I hate all Iranians."
That's right, on September 11th, Debra Cagan, one of the Bush administration's senior women officials, told our Brit allies that she hates all Iranians. Not just tyrannical leaders like Ahmadinejad? Or the religious fundamentalism that grips some Iranians (and Americans for that matter)? Not the anti-democratic forces of repression? Nope. She hates all Iranians. The student protesters? The pro-democracy activists? The religious and political moderates and reformers? The many, many Iranians that have positive views of the United States? Apparently, she hates them, too. How's that for painting with a BROAD brush stroke?
Deputy Assistant Secretary Cagan deserves four things: 1) immediate dismissal from her high-ranking position within the Bush adminstration, 2) a terribly hideous red leather jacket that was proudly sported by Michael Jackson in the Thriller video, 3) a medallion once worn by Vlad the Impaler, and 4) the Fonz's hairdo.
On September 22nd the PTR ran an article by Bill Steigerwald in opposition to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The article was based on an interview with Cliff Kincaid and it both mentioned CGS and contained several incorrect statements. We submitted a letter to the editor and followed up with repeated calls but to date have neither heard from the PTR nor seen any sign that they will let us respond in print.
Just thought we'd share this op-ed from our speaking tour of New Mexico:
Thomas Harrison, of Clovis, New Mexico, called it the"water treatment".
On May 21, 1951, Lieutenant Colonel Harrison's F-80 was shot down over North Korea. Two years later, Harrison returned home to Clovis a broken man. Harrison recalled:
Check out Jack Hitt's Rolling Stone article, "The Shield," and the interactive demonstration of how the Star Wars shield works. Here's the lede:
The Shield Star Wars began as a Reagan-era fantasy. Under Bush, it is now the most expensive weapons system in the history of man. It has never been successfully tested. It will never be finished. And it is completely unnecessary.
Thomas Friedman is once again finding his way back to the light after pulling himself up off the mat. Friedman was knocked silly after 9/11, almost punched himself out in the lead up to the Iraq War, was staggered by critics like Richard Florida who poked holes so big in his Flat World thesis that you could drive an 18-wheeler through them, but finally he's getting his legs back under him.
Karen J. Greenberg, Executive Director of the Center on Law and Security at New York University and the editor of The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (with Joshua Dratel), The Torture Debate in America, and Al Qaeda Now: Understanding Today's Terrorists, has a great commentary on motherjones.com.
Yesterday's Washington Post editorial, "Right on Torture" was Right on Point! On the subject of U.S. torture and interrogation policy, the Dems get it, and the Republicans (minus John McCain) don't. And does anybody else get the feeling that Rudy and Mitt sit down before their "debates" and watch episode after episode after episode of 24?
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