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“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man." ~George Washington_____________ “Loyalty is the realization that America was born of revolt, flourished in dissent, became great through experimentation. Our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past while we silence the rebels of the present.” ~Henry Steele Commager, Historian

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Ex-US Army Paratrooper and Infantryman, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69, San Francisco, CA. Graduate: The Colorado College, May 1996. Sower of hope; Farmer of ideas; Guardian of the Republic; I live and work in San Francisco, California. Formerly, I owned a corporation building marketing-style-relational-databases. Currently, I am employed with a company in San Francisco. In 1989 I volunteered for service in the United States Army Airborne (paratroopers) where I took an oath to uphold and defend the U.S. CONSTITUTION against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC and that is exactly what I aim to do. My intent is to keep writing and publishing openly and widely waging peace in defense of my brothers-in-arms in Iraq and Afghanistan to bring them home. BRING THEM HOME NOW!!!! Politically, my inner stars shine brightly progressive yet I also bear strong libertarian stripes. I love writing, activism, working hard, music, art, reading, truth-telling with realism, speaking out for peace and speaking out for justice in defense of the highest ideals upon which our country was founded. I consider myself a principled patriot.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

WHY IS AN UNJUST, UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON IRAN EVEN BEING CONSIDERED???

WHY IS AN UNJUST, UNPROVOKED ATTACK ON IRAN EVEN BEING CONSIDERED???
SUCH AN ATTACK WOULD SURELY RESULT IN RETALIATION UPON U.S. TROOPS AND SUCH AN ATTACK IS ACTUALLY VERY BAD FOR ISRAEL.

An attack on Iran? That would be disaster..must be a neocon idea, theyr'e always disasters.
http://www.amconmag.com/blog/the-road-to-war-with-iran/
http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2010/08/13/israeli-generals-and-intel-officials-oppose-attack-on-iran/
http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2010/08/24/the-bomb-iran-debate-from-hell/
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=1072
http://antiwar.com/radio/2010/08/25/glenn-greenwald-28/

Ok, time for a geography lesson, folks: Iran is situated between Afghanistan and Iraq...if Iran is attacked by the United States or Israel, how do you think the Iranians will respond? They will likely respond by sending agents into Afghanistan and Iraq to attack U.S. forces in retaliation so if you give a damn at all about the lives of U.S. troops in theater, then you should vigorously oppose any war or attack on Iran.

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2010/08/25/boxed-into-a-corner-on-iran/
"As is so often the case with the neoconservatives, the thinking is based on false assumptions, optimistic assessments, and leaps of the imagination about what might occur. One might recall neocon predictions of a "cakewalk" in Iraq, a war that still embroils tens of thousands of US troops and that kills Americans nearly every day."
~Philip Giraldi, Former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer

As if two useless, unjust, immoral wars weren't enough.....the neoconservative jackass idiots are planning another war on Iran which the CIA said is not pursuing nuclear weapons (NIE 2007): (no threat).
http://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2010/08/03/a-warning-to-the-president/
http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2010/08/04/a-cakewalk-against-iran/
http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2010/08/02/no-blank-checks-for-the-gop-or-likud/
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/LH05Ak02.html
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/05
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/05-3
http://www.counterpunch.com/porter07302010.html
http://original.antiwar.com/doug-casey/2010/08/05/doug-casey-war-is-coming/
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/05/having-just-rejected-them-obama-now-open-to-iran-talks/

Eventually the U.S. will go bankrupt and insolvent by waging all these perpetual unnecessary wars and when that occurs, the U.S. economy will contract considerably thus severely limiting the ability of the U.S. to project its power globally and this inability to project power could leave Israel somewhat isolated so it is in Israel's best interest to see the that U.S. is not rapidly accelerated toward insolvency. The greatest existential threat to Israel is not Iran rather it is the prospect of U.S. economic insolvency.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mj-rosenberg/pro-bombing-iran-is-anti_b_697161.html
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/27/mullen-national-debt-is-top-national-security-threat/

The national debt is certainly a top a national security threat, but we got into debt by overspending on the military so Mullen's attempted justification for additional military spending is somewhat odd. We cannot dramatically reduce military spending immediately since doing so would irreparably harm the U.S. economy but over time we must begin dramatically reducing our economic dependence on military spending, which I might add, will also help reduce our dependence on foreign oil since the military is one of the larger consumers of oil. http://energybulletin.net/node/13199

Let's hope this is true:
http://www.truth-out.org/obama-resists-pressure-red-line-irans-nuclear-capability62737

Our common cause:
Our common cause is to save lives, ours and theirs, from dying for nothing in a useless war and occupation--both of them.
Secondarily our common cause is to save the cause of liberty in our own country and save our country from moral and financial ruin.
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/08/14-6

The reality, folks, is that one of Osama bin Laden's stated objectives was to draw the U.S. into a long-protracted war and financially bleed the United States slowly to death. And our great United States Federal Government, idiots that they are, are giving to Osama exactly what we wants by remaining in Afghanistan which is bleeding us financially and morally. Don't give the terrorists what they want.....get out of Afghanistan!!!! The Afghan war is lost. Staying in Afghanistan gives both comfort and aid to the terrorists by giving them what they most want: to financially and morally bleed America dry.
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't give the terrorists the gift of American financial ruin.

"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak."
~John Quincy Adams

Any person willing to risk placing the needs of their country or their world, as they see it, before their own needs can lead their fellow citizenry in a new direction. You must first believe in yourself, you must have faith in your own sense of self-empowerment and you must trust your fellow citizens to see the rationale of the principled stand you take by choosing to make up their own minds to follow your cause. So whatever cause is dear to your heart, I know you can make a difference. Do it.

Stop placing your faith in politicians to change things and start placing faith in yourself to change things.

My sense of duty, honor and country compel me to speak out. You can too. There is nothing to fear. You own this government, you pay for it, it is yours. You should never fear the government, however, you should participate in it----that is the way a democracy works. If you work all day, obey just laws (not all laws are just...where there is no victim, there is no crime) and participate in democracy in your evenings and weekends by speaking out, getting involved and voting actively in every election...local, state and federal, like I do, well, then I have good news for you, my fellow Americans: You are a model American citizen in a functioning democracy. Yes, you can. Yes, I can. Yes, we can.

If we oppose Tyranny to be visited upon our lives at home in America, then we must also oppose Tyranny to be visited upon the lives of others abroad!! There's no such thing as bombs of benevolence. End the war!!! A principled patriot opposes war. A principled patriot extols liberty. A principled patriot thinks for himself. A principled patriot is willing to risk putting the needs of his country before his own. A principled patriot tells the truth. Try to be a principled patriot, we each have flaws, but we can try.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/08/27/a_tea_party_foreign_policy

"Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty."
~George Washington

Why is the First Amendment first? It is first because it is the most important amendment of them all.
If Free Speech was always pleasant to hear, never challenged anything and was never rude or upsetting, then it would be Limited Speech wouldn't it? Free Speech is sometimes unnerving, upsetting and difficult to listen to, difficult to absorb and sometimes rude but that is also what makes it Free Speech.


"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."
~Abraham Lincoln

"Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides."
~Rita Mae Brown

Be a good patriotic citizen and share these websites, pass them along to all of your friends and family.
http://www.amconmag.com/
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/
http://www.lewrockwell.com/
http://www.reason.com/
http://www.cato.org
http://www.fff.org
http://www.antiwar.com/
http://www.wikileaks.com (the best way to disinfect is to shine light upon the filth)
http://www.bradleymanning.org/

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
~John Adams

http://www.consortiumnews.com
http://www.commondreams.org/
http://www.thenation.com
http://www.buzzflash.com/
http://www.tompaine.com/
http://www.truthout.com/
http://www.motherjones.com/
http://www.alternet.org/
http://www.thinkprogress.org/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
http://www.democracynow.org/
http://www.savetheinternet.com/
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/
http://www.fpif.org/
http://jstreet.org/
http://www.truthdig.com/
http://www.dailykos.com/
http://www.tomdispatch.com/
http://www.counterpunch.com/
http://www.veteransforpeace.org
http://www.ivaw.org
http://honeste--djoftruth.blogspot.com/2006/10/websites-to-help-you-stay-informed.html

In reality, a corporation is not a citizen, not a person, not a human being....neither is a union. What does this mean? It means that corporate entities have a right to do business by making money but they should have no Bill of Rights protections because these protections were conferred solely upon human beings at the foundation of the Republic. So despite the justice-system corrupting this principle, to be a human being, one must have a beating heart and we all know that a corporation does not have a heart.

http://freespeechforpeople.com
http://www.movetoamend.org
http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/political_reform/proposed_constitutional_amendments.html
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/27-8


On tolerance:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/opinion/22rich.html?ref=opinion
http://www.alternet.org/rights/147920/fallout_of_hate_is_spreading_across_america_from_9_11_site
http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/08/26/the-mosque-rage-boils-over-anti-muslim-attacks-increasing-across-us/?artId=?contType=?chn=
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/27-9
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67J45U20100825?type=domesticNews&feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews&rpc=76
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/082410a.html

Sometimes truth sucks to hear, but better the truth to hear than be drunk on the Koolaid of delusion:
http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2010-08-26.asp
http://www.amconmag.com/tactv/2010/08/27/amen-to-the-imam/
http://www.lewrockwell.com/rep/wikileaks-cia-release.html
http://www.fff.org/whatsNew/2004-02-09a.htm
http://www.harpers.org/archive/2002/11/0079384?pg=1
http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/08/26/offended-man-shouts-terrorists-urinates-on-mosques-prayer-rugs/
http://www.alternet.org/rights/147935/are_the_right-wingers_stoking_islam_fury_invested_in_a_never-ending_war/
http://www.libertarianstandard.com/2010/08/23/another-u-s-inflicted-ground-zero-in-pakistan/
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/08/27/99769/why-are-so-many-americans-hostile.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-bromwich/cordoba-house-and-religio_b_697316.html
http://original.antiwar.com/levesque-alam/2010/08/27/christopher-hitchens-and-the-quest-for-grade-a-muslims/
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/religion/116065-president-obama-and-all-former-presidents-should-visit-a-mosque-together
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-feldman/lie-about-auschwitz-fuels_b_688070.html

You know when I see some people use the Holocaust for cheap-political posturing on certain issues of war and peace, like Jeffrey Goldberg recently did with his invade Iran advocacy article, or on issues of religious freedom, like Charles Krauthammer recently did, I have to ask does your cheap politicization of one of the greatest tragedies in human history reflect an inner self-hatred? I hope it does not. You see, I think hatred against others is always wrong even when that hatred directed inwards at oneself.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703589804575445841837725272.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_newyork&om_rid=CZthPx&om_mid=_BMdCGNB8TsRmyZ&
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/082410b.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/opinion/22kristof.html?src=un&feedurl=http%3A%2F%2Fjson8.nytimes.com%2Fpages%2Fopinion%2Findex.jsonp
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/faith/2010/08/ground_zero_mosque_jewish.html
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/18/opinion/la-oe-tarin-mosque-20100818
http://reason.com/archives/2010/08/23/a-reality-check-in-the-ground/1
http://www.thenation.com/article/154147/terrorists-win
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/22-2
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0825-rutten-20100825,0,762268.column
http://www.lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w165.html
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/08/26-7
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/doug-bandow/america-home-of-the-free_b_690768.html

The crime of mass murder that was carried out on September 11, 2001 (that's what it was, a crime, and not a military attack) was carried out by violent-extremists who use a corrupt interpretation of their faith to justify murder. Most Muslims are peaceful religious people. And because that is true, Islam and Muslims had nothing to do with September 11 except in the minds of those who choose to hate. Conflating the crime of mass-murder that occurred on September 11 with the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world is truly nothing short of simple, ugly, bigotry. That said, I have also heard a number of Muslim leaders express forms of anti-Semitism and this also needs to be called-out and criticized for it also simple, ugly, bigotry. Expressed hatred of any group of people by anyone is always uniformly wrong. It should be evident to reasonable-minded Americans and anyone else that what drove the violent-extremists of Al-Qaeda who cowardly corrupt and cower behind what is otherwise a religion of peace, Islam, to commit the horrendous crime of mass-murder that they did on September 11, what drove them to commit this ghastly crime was hate and hate alone. And in that sense, I find Al-Qaeda to be indistinguishable from a bunch of cowardly white-hooded thuggish racist white people roaming the countryside lynching black people from trees (or those who now act as if we should do the same to Muslims) and doing it all while cowardly corrupting and cowering behind what is otherwise a religion of peace, Christianity. Also, I find both of these extremist-violent-hate groups to be indistinguishable from a bunch of cowardly thuggish yamulka wearing people roaming the countryside randomly shooting Palestinians, uprooting olive trees, demolishing homes, demolishing entire communities and vandalizing mosques and doing it all while cowardly corrupting and cowering behind what is otherwise a religion of peace, Judaism. The common motivating factors that drives each of these violent, murderous extremists is hatred, bigotry and racism. Extremist-terrorism is found in all three religions. Racism is wrong. Stand up against hate. Stand for peace. Stand up for the U.S. Constitution. Advance tolerance.

Do you know what I find most troubling, disconcerting and highly unnerving in the world today? I find it most troubling and unnerving that the violent-extremist elements do seem to bear as much influence on policy that they do. In my view, sound government policy should be chiefly driven by the moderates.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/09/0925_TVkoran.html
http://www.trinitygnv.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=604&Itemid=246

This is a must-read:
http://www.truth-out.org/near-ground-zero-a-shameful-intolerance62699
http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/25/foreign.policy.religion/index.html
http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/leaked-cia-memo-cites-u-s-jews-among-exporters-of-terrorism-1.310391#send-friend-popup
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/23/AR2007032301613.html
http://mondoweiss.net/2010/08/settlers-gone-wild.html
http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/08/25/new.york.muslim.stabbed/index.html?hpt=T2
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/us/26gainesville.html?ref=us
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100826/ARTICLES/8261022/1118?Title=Local-clergy-coming-together-for-a-response-to-Dove-World-s-Sept-11-plans

One of few principled politicians, Ron Paul:
http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2010/08/22/mosque-demagoguery-is-bipartisan/
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/religion/115535-ron-paul-speaks-truth-to-hate
http://freedomsyndicate.com/fair0000/latimes00302.html
http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/08/23-0

Refusal to construct the Islamic Community Center two-blocks away from the criminal event of mass-murder that occurred on 9/11 amounts to nothing short of mere discrimination based on hate:

The First Amendment:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

'The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the establishment of a national religion by the Congress or the preference of one religion over another, non-religion over religion, or religion over non-religion.'

No where does the U.S. Constitution call for a 'sensitivity to others.' That's why Hate-Speech is tolerated under the First Amendment. Harsh criticism of Hate-Speech is also tolerated. The whole argument of 'sensitivity to others' is merely a way of trying to place limits on Free Speech and Freedom of Religion (including Freedom from Religion), but Free Speech and Freedom of Relgion are largely without limits because that is what makes it 'Free Speech' and not 'Limited Speech.'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
http://reason.com/archives/2010/08/23/republicans-for-religous-freed

"I hold it to be the indispensable duty of all government, to protect all conscientious professors thereof, and I know of no other business which government hath to do therewith."
~Thomas Paine


"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787


"Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause."
~George Washington, letter to Sir Edward Newenham, June 22, 1792


"The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion."
~George Washington


"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
~Thomas Paine


"Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst; every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity."
~Thomas Paine


"Fear is the foundation of most governments."
~John Adams


"Courage, then, my countrymen, our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty."
~Samuel Adams


"It is in the religion of ignorance that Tyranny begins."
~Benjamin Franklin

On the Conservative principle of property-rights with respect to the Islamic Community Center:
(I don't agree with everything in the article but I do a agree with a lot of it):
http://www.lewrockwell.com/franke/franke13.1.html

Being principled is not always popular, folks. Sometimes it is wildly unpopular. But I think it is still very important to try to be principled. I make mistakes too and sometimes I inevitably veer from principle, I mean c'mon who amongst us is perfect? Nobody. But I keep trying to be principled and you can too. I remember back in March of 2003 on the night when the troops were ordered to invade Baghdad, a night in which I was writing and publishing a piece against the war on Iraq about the duty of citizens to protest the war as the troops fight. My piece was torn down from where I posted it numerous times and I received many nasty emails. But I took refuge in my principles and continued to write and publish. Being principled isn't always easy and sometimes it is wildly unpopular but in the end, I still strongly believe that it is very important to try to be principled.
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/08/26/a-credit-score-for-pundits/
http://original.antiwar.com/paul/2009/10/05/instead-of-bombs-and-bribes/

Some politicians can be principled too:

"We must do what is right, not what is easy."
~Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York on the building of the Cordoba House controversy
http://wire.antiwar.com/2010/08/24/ny-mayor-stopping-mosque-compromises-terror-fight/
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/pro_mosque_mike_kos_compromise_SzQcRzaYlcIFVwJAfguV7K#ixzz0xcmimNcK

Good job, Mayor Bloomberg, good job indeed sir.

Nice article:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/real-americans-please-stand-up/?hp

Great article:
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/23-2
http://www.trentonian.com/articles/2010/08/20/opinion/doc4c6f408435638409342124.txt

On the incredibly potent power of diplomacy (smart soft power as opposed to brute hard power):
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/28/world/asia/28korea.html?ref=jimmy_carter

On the faux WOT (which is actually a war on the U.S. Constitution):
http://thebrandeishoot.com/articles/8108

On truth-telling and the great fallacy of hero-worship:
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/23

On war-profiteering:
http://www.truth-out.org/war-profiteers-corner-steven-r-loranger62704

I'd wager that if so mandated by Congress that all profits made by war-profiteering-corporations were required by law to be used to pay the costs of all injured troops including those suffering from PTSD and the remainder of funds given to families of dead troops, that there would be fewer useless, unjust wars.

On closing Guantanamo and restoring American honor:
http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/foreign-policy/4364-obamas-order-to-close-guantanamo-19-months-and-counting
"It doesn't matter what they do, it's what we do. We don't lower ourselves to the level of this terrible enemy we are fighting. It's about what our standards are."
~Lt. General Harry E. Soyster, USA Ret.
http://www.law.virginia.edu/html/news/2008_fall/torture.htm
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/us_law/military/history.aspx


On religious freedom inside the U.S. Military:
http://www.truth-out.org/troops-punished-after-refusing-attend-evangelical-concert62504

On reductions in war spending:
http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2010-08-16.asp
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-korb-partners-20100818,0,1348817.story
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/26/generals-push-back-on-gat_n_696224.html

Yet another reason in the growing mountain of reasons to completely abolish the Department of Homeland Security:
http://washingtonindependent.com/35337/the-new-mccarthyism?disqus_reply=7491526
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=1072

Your tax dollars at work......and you wonder why they hate us? Puuuleezzzz, pull your head out of your ass and see the light of day for a change.
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/23/us-drone-strike-destroys-house-full-of-children-in-pakistan/
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/27/nato-kills-six-children-in-afghanistan-air-strike/

Why are we in Afghanistan?

On the incredibly sad and terrible cost of our useless, lost war in Afghanistan, a mother speaks out:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/military/fallen-m...arines-mother-airs-grief/1117688

Another VIPS/Ray McGovern must read:
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/082610b.html
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/08/troops-wonder-wtf-are-we-doing-in-afghanistan-again/
http://www.htrnews.com/article/20100818/MAN06/8180555/Guest-commentary-Afghan-war-is-no-humanitarian-endeavor
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/27-0
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/27/admiral-olson-wars-hurting-hunt-for-wmds/
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/afghanistan-obama%E2%80%99s-war-president-thinking-3906
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/08/27-0
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/08/23-2
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-oped-0823-afghanistan-20100823,0,723083.story
http://original.antiwar.com/boyea/2010/08/25/nobody-should-die-for-coin/

Only beginning Afghanistan, huh Mr. Biden? Well, we're only beginning to throw your ass out of office..
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/23/biden-too-soon-to-declare-afghan-war-a-failure/

The continuing war on and Occupation of Iraq:
http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/08/20/deconstructing-the-official-narrative-on-the-u-s-withdrawal-from-iraq/
http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/07/US-iraq-withdrawal-left-behind

End of war in Iraq? No, folks, they're just shining you on....that's what liars do, they lie:
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/26/us-officials-raise-possibility-of-staying-in-iraq-past-2011/
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/08/22-3
http://original.antiwar.com/kevin-b-zeese/2010/08/24/old-war-in-new-bottles/
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/08/23-0
http://www.stripes.com/news/soldiers-remaining-in-iraq-expect-little-will-change-as-mission-evolves-1.115926
http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/constitution/4395-in-defiance-of-the-constitution-49000-troops-still-deployed-in-iraq
http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/constitution/4395-in-defiance-of-the-constitution-49000-troops-still-deployed-in-iraq
http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/08/22/cole.iraq.withdrawal/index.html?eref=rss_politics&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%2Brss%2Fcnn_allpolitics%2B%28RSS%3A%2BPolitics%29
http://original.antiwar.com/toensing/2010/08/23/rebranding-the-iraq-war/
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-iraq-20100822,0,5149845.story
http://www.amconmag.com/tactv/2010/08/24/iraq-and-the-big-picture/

With so many Iraqi's and American troops killed in the war, with so much ongoing civil violence since removing Saddam Hussein, with such ongoing everyday turmoil and with everyday Iraqi's still lacking basic services or electricity, can we really even say that toppling Saddam Hussein was a good idea? I don't think so. The ruthless dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, for all its ills, did keep that country together, kept the lights on and kept basic services in operation so I think that the war in Iraq is a complete, total failure and waste. A difficult truth is that sometimes dictatorships keep the peace.
After reading Tom Friedman's piece in the New York Times entitled, "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise" where he continues to defend the invasion and occupation of Iraq as such a great venture that will eventually prove its worth, I was left wondering whether the article was written by Friedman or Gomer Pyle.

On Wikileaks:
http://www.harpers.org/archive/2010/08/hbc-90007522

Let's hope he means it this time:
http://www.truth-out.org/obama-plays-down-plan-post-2011-iraq-troop-presence62573

Exactly what Karen says and in the future, it is not more taxes that we need, it is less spending:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/kwiatkowski/kwiatkowski254.html

On transparency in government:
http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd1001c.asp

Why are we an Empire?
http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/01/0081346
http://www.amconmag.com/blog/how-washington-rules/
http://www.fpif.org/articles/review_the_american_way_of_war_how_bushs_wars_became_obamas

On the infantile smear tactics employed by the idiots in government:
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2010/08/22/dirty-tricks/

On the noble action of Civil Disobedience---the noble, time honored action in the tradition of Thoreau of intentionally and repeatedly violating unjust laws----authentic Israeli patriots stepping up to the plate: Big cheers for the writer, Ilana Hammerman, and those joining with her....BRAVO!! Bravo, indeed!!!
http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100824/FOREIGN/708239920/0/LIFE
The reality:
http://original.antiwar.com/sherri-muzher/2010/08/25/middle-east-sound-of-music/
If the state of Israel cannot stop building settlements then the U.S. should twist arms to make it happen but since the cowards in Washington probably don't have the gonads to do that, then countries worldwide should maintain a vigilant boycott of all products produced in the Israeli-settlements.. The same is true for Hamas to release Gilad Shalit, so Washington should apply maximum pressure to push for the release of him.   Lastly, the Palestinian demand for a right-of-return to land inside the border of 1967 is completely unrealistic....that's never going to happen so the Palestinian leadership should drop that demand immediately.  Israel is a Jewish state that should, in my opinion, award all of its citizens equal rights.
http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2010/08/29/the-boycott-israel-movement-needs-to-rethink-tactics/
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/082510a.html
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/08/26/israel-looks-for-alternative-to-renewing-settlement-freeze/
http://consortiumnews.com/2010/071610b.html
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/082510a.html
This is a must read:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/27/opinion/27indyk.html?_r=1
And this one too:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-08-22/obamas-silent-jewish-majority/full/
http://jstreet.org/

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
~Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
~President John F. Kennedy


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
~Margaret Meade


"We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history."
~Sonia Johnson


Wage peace!!!

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