Militarism

Submitted by tnjp on July 20, 2007 - 9:08pm.


Submitted by tnjp on June 18, 2007 - 10:24pm.

Sen. Clinton Wants Troops in Iraq for at Least 10 Years By David Swanson
On Monday, Ted Koppel offered a report / commentary on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" which can be found online with this headline: "A Duty to Mislead: Politics and the Iraq War," and this introductory text: "Democrats are telling voters that if they are elected, all U.S. troops will be pulled out of Iraq. But as Sen. Hillary Clinton privately told a senor military adviser, she knows there will be some troops there for decades. It's an example of how in some cases, politics can force dishonesty."

Well, someone is trying to force dishonesty. I'm not sure it's politics...

Submitted by tnjp on June 13, 2007 - 7:32pm.

OFC II: Reliving a Nightmare by Paul Abernathy Sat, 06/02/2007
I can remember it as if it had happened yesterday. It was April 9, 2003 at the Dyala River Checkpoint we had set up with the Marines in Baghdad. I had seen so much up to that point, enough death to last many lifetimes and yet little did I know my tour of duty in Iraq was actually just beginning. The scenario that morning involved nearly 200 U.S. troops and well over 1000+ Iraqi civilians, all trying to enter the heart of the city to check on loved ones cut off in the fighting. We, however, received orders to prevent them from entering at all costs and as the hours passed, Iraqi frustration increased. Suddenly the large crowd of Iraqi civilians turned into an angry mob demanding we leave at once. Immediately, we responded to the riot as harshly as we could. How clearly I remember the screams and cries of Iraqis as they watched their loved ones pulled from the crowd by soldiers and marines, beaten and detained for an indefinite period. I remember how we selected the detainees, essentially grabbing those who did not appear to be intimidated by us. That morning we detained Iraqis for what only could have been perceived as walking in their own country like free men and the only thing I can remember thinking is “How can I tell the people back home what happened here?”...

Submitted by tnjp on June 12, 2007 - 10:58am.
Global Peace Index and Sustainability
Peace and sustainability are the cornerstones of humanity’s survival in the 21st century. The major challenges facing humanity today are global – climate change, accessible fresh water, ever decreasing bio-diversity and over population. Problems that call for global solutions and these solutions will require co-operation on a global scale unparalleled in history. Peace is the essential prerequisite, for, without peace, how can the major nations of the world co-operate to solve these issues?... (rankings below the fold)
Submitted by tnjp on June 7, 2007 - 4:15am.

Iraq War Veteran Loses Protest Appeal By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Jun 7, 2:15 AM EDT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- An Iraq war veteran who was recommended for a general discharge because he wore his uniform to a protest lost his appeal Wednesday for a new hearing. An attorney for Cpl. Adam Kokesh appealed after a military panel Monday recommended kicking him out of the Marines for the uniform infraction and using an obscenity in an e-mail to superior officers.

Kokesh, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was pictured in uniform attending the March protest in a photograph that ran in The Washington Post. He said he removed his name tag and military emblems, making it clear he was not representing the military...

Submitted by tnjp on June 6, 2007 - 11:39am.

Hi Jerry,

Congressman Boyd requested more info on the 14 permanent military bases being constructed in Iraq. Though I'm sure the Congressman is aware of this issue, at least in a general sense, I'll paste in a few a the recent news articles that highlight concern on this issue (The first item was waiting in my inbox when I returned home home from our meeting with the Congressman on Mon. June 4th, 2007).

The Bush Regime must be made to follow the law on the issue of permanent bases in Iraq, as well as be held to account for the rest of its general lawlessness...

US is building bases in Iraq By Patrick Seale 04 Jun 2007 Last week, almost unnoticed, the war in Iraq entered a new phase. Laconic statements from the White House and the Pentagon confirmed what had long been suspected - namely that the US is planning a long-term military presence in Iraq... It is a clear statement that, in spite of its current difficulties in Iraq... the US firmly intends to maintain control of Iraq and its vast oil reserves.

Submitted by tnjp on June 3, 2007 - 3:59pm.



Kevin Zeese introduces Marine Mom Tina Richards of Grass Roots America, Garret Reppenhagen Chairman of the Board of Iraq Vets Against the War and Liam Madden, an IVAW member who is facing disciplinary action not only for speaking out while wearing a uniform but for "disloyal" statements while not wearing a uniform...

Submitted by tnjp on June 2, 2007 - 5:45am.

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! The right-wing VFW supports veterans free-speech rights!

In Clash With Marines, Reservists Gain Ally in VFW By David Montgomery 02 June 2007
The national commander of the proud, patriotic, 2.4 million strong Veterans of Foreign Wars (motto: "Honor the dead by helping the living") took one look at the mushrooming dispute between three antiwar Marine reservists and the U.S. Marine Corps, and knew where his sympathies lay: with the protesters.

"What the Marine Corps is trying to do is hush up and punish these individuals who served our country," Gary Kurpius, the national commander, said in a telephone interview. "All they're doing is exercising the same democratic voice we're trying to instill over in Iraq right now." ...

Submitted by tnjp on June 1, 2007 - 10:51am.

IVAW Member Adam Kokesh may lose his "Honorable" status over a protest
Click here to read Adam Kokesh's letter requesting support and a copy of the notice he recieved from the Marine Corps detailing the charges against him. [Below this release is his letter to Captain Sibert and Brigadier General Moore, who is the convening authority for the hearing.]

After participating in an Iraq Veterans Against the War demonstration in Washington, DC earlier this year at which he wore parts of his uniform, Adam received a warning from Major Whyte, who had been assigned to investigate the incident. His strongly worded email response (see below) resulted in the Marine Corps pursuing Adam's separation from his current Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) status with an Other Than Honorable discharge...

Submitted by tnjp on June 1, 2007 - 1:50am.

Friendly Fire - Raising questions about 9/11 gets an Army sergeant demoted for 'disloyalty' By STEPHEN C. WEBSTER
These days, Donald Buswell’s job is not as exciting or dangerous as it once was. For the past few months, his working hours have been spent taking care of some 40-plus wounded soldiers at San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston medical center. The work is sometimes menial, even janitorial, but he doesn’t mind. After all, Buswell has been where these men are — three years ago, he too was recovering from wounds received in a battle zone in Iraq.

“I truly consider this an honor,” Buswell told his dad not long ago. Still, it’s not exactly where Buswell expected to be after 20 years of well-respected service in the Army.

Since joining the Army in 1987, he had risen to the rank of sergeant first class, serving in both Gulf Wars, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Korea. He ended up with shrapnel scars and a Purple Heart and, back in the U.S. after his last tour in Iraq, a job as intelligence analyst at Fort Sam Houston.

He couldn’t have foreseen that one e-mail could derail his career and put him on his way out of the Army. One e-mail, speculating about events that millions of people have questioned for the last six years, was all it took...

Submitted by tnjp on May 31, 2007 - 6:48am.



First Casualty, as in truth...

Submitted by tnjp on May 31, 2007 - 6:42am.

I've commented previously that WE ARE NEVER LEAVING IRAQ!

Bush envisions U.S. presence in Iraq like S.Korea
WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - pResident George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the WH said on Wednesday. The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years...

This proclamation by the CrippledChimp is SO WRONG. First, S. Korea ain't exactly the model occupation to be yearnin' after. FIFTY YEARS! Thirty-five of which S. Korea saw a military dictatorship...

Submitted by tnjp on May 31, 2007 - 6:04am.

IDEAS CAN NOT BE KILLED By Fidel Castro - I am not the first person whose death George Bush has anticipated, nor will I be the last.
0530/07 “The Guardian”—-- A few days ago, while analysing the expenses involved in the construction of three submarines of the Astute series, I said that with this money “75,000 doctors could be trained to look after 150 million people, assuming that the cost of training a doctor would be one-third of what it costs in the United States.” Now, along the lines of the same calculations, I wonder: how many doctors could be graduated with the one hundred billion dollars that Bush gets his hands on in just one year to keep on sowing grief in Iraqi and American homes...

Submitted by tnjp on May 30, 2007 - 10:30am.


On May 23, at the Vietnam Veterans memorial fountain in downtown Chicago, the local chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War assembled and, ...

Submitted by tnjp on May 28, 2007 - 10:04pm.

What Congress Really Approved: Benchmark No. 1: Privatizing Iraq's Oil for US Companies By Ann Wright Saturday 26 May 2007
On Thursday, May 24, the US Congress voted to continue the war in Iraq. The members called it "supporting the troops." I call it stealing Iraq's oil - the second largest reserves in the world. The "benchmark," or goal, the Bush administration has been working on furiously since the US invaded Iraq is privatization of Iraq's oil. Now they have Congress blackmailing the Iraqi Parliament and the Iraqi people: no privatization of Iraqi oil, no reconstruction funds...

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