2007 vs. 2006: Bush’s Wars Continue, but New Year’s Wishes to All

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The probability is that 2007 will be a worse year for America’s national security portfolio than 2006. I’ve just been reading thoroughly Bob Woodward’s State of Denial, which I had previously read only in snippets.
The book is such a huge indictment of all those who are stakeholders in America’s failed crusades in the Middle East, but that has been written in the press before. What really irritates is that Bush hasn’t changed his tune.
In President Bush’s New Year message, he stated that defeating terrorists “is the challenge of our time, and we will answer history’s call with confidence and fight for liberty without wavering.”
This could have been Bush’s New Year comment in 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002. Not a note changed.
What was reminded so vividly from Woodward’s book was the White House’s systematic lack of concern for the many al Qaeda warnings that the CIA and others were waving in front of Bush and then National Security Advisor Rice at point blank range.
I hope that you have a good year and celebration tonight, but I really do fear that the nation as a whole will have an even rougher ride than last year.

— Steve Clemons

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46 comments on “2007 vs. 2006: Bush’s Wars Continue, but New Year’s Wishes to All

  1. ET says:

    Tony, So good to hear that. Bring a hot light and a back up generator. 😀 Ticia

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  2. TonyForesta says:

    Thanks Ticia. I registered for commentary, and look forward to keeping this critical issue under a hot light.

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  3. pauline says:

    “The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements.”
    Senator James W. Fulbright

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  4. Noziglia says:

    John, the question is:
    “can we have an open and honest discussion about resolving the problems in ways that address global warming and restore our relations with the rest of the world”?
    And the answer is no, because such a debate would require politicians and journalists telling people things that they don’t want to hear.
    Reagan was called “the great Communicator” for telling the American people lies that made no sense at any level, but sounded good. He said we could have everything we wanted without paying for it, and everyone said, fine, and he was elected twice.
    Democratic candidates told the truth, that if we wanted security and prosperity, we would have to have a strong government, and would have to pay for it, but people didn’t want to hear it, so they voted Republican. Republicans learned in the ’80’s and ’90’s that lies win elections, and that got us where we are today. The news media is a willing participant in the deception, because it makes them money, as well.
    Achieving energy security is going to take more than buying a Prius and better light bulbs, but the American people don’t want to hear that. And anyone who tries to tell them different will lose an election if a politician, or be fired if a journalist.
    The truth won’t sell, until things get so bad that there’s no choice. Even then, the Republican propaganda machine will protect their corporate masters’ profits. Even after the last polar bear dies, and the Artic ice cap melts, destroying the Atlantic heat exchange cycle, and the Antarctic cap melts, flooding half our cities and wiping out thirty or forty island nations, the Republican propaganda machine will claim that it’s a natural cycle, nothing to do with human activity, so nothing should be or can be done about it, so relax, keep shopping.
    And the American people will believe them, and keep waiting for the Rapture, while people die.
    I’m so depressed. Please let the Democrats in Congress grow a backbone, and do something to break through the Republican dominance of the media, and have the guts to tell the truth for once.
    If they can’t, even after this election showed that there are enough Americans who have woken up to win elections with the truth, we are well and truly screwed.
    Happy New Year.

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  5. winnipeger says:

    funny. POA cites ted pike on hate speech?!
    there’s a definitive source for you.
    oy.

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  6. ET says:

    Tony, I just started Impeachment Watch on my blog at TPM. Contributors welcome. We’re studying and collecting resources and communicating about the various action plans ongoing.
    POA, I checked out your sites on the anti-hate. I get the idea, but, man, some of the approach gives me the creeps. It’s like a watch that’s broken. It’s tells time correctly two times a day. Is there a more intelligent and fully orbed approach to this topic? I’ll check, too.
    Keep me informed? Happy New Year, 2007.
    Best, Ticia

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  7. Tony Foresta says:

    Dead on dell. Until democrats and all Americans muster the courage to forcibly remove this criminal regime, – it is full speed ahead for the fascist warmongers and profiteers in the Bush government.
    Americans will be forced to hazard and burden the terrible and escalating costs in blood, treasure, global loss of credibility, and the radical perversion of the Constitution, the rule of law, and the core principles that formally defined our unique experiment in democracy, for the singular and exlusive profits of cabals, cliques, klans, coteries, cronies, and oligarchs in, and/or beholden to the fascist warmogners and profiteers in the Bush government.
    The fascist warmongers and profiteers in the Bush government, (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Chertoff, Gonzalez, et al) must be impeached, – or America is doomed!
    “Deliver us from evil!”

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  8. Pissed Off American says:

    “POA, upon reading that comment on gay rams, above, I be……blahblahblah……”
    Such ignorance is truly breathtaking.

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  9. dell says:

    Hate to say this, but this is how I see some of this playing out:
    What we are going to find out, over the next 23 months, is the limit of Presidential powers to dictate a foreign policy course, the desires of the people, the desires of their representatives (just 12 supportive Republican Senators, plus, of course, Lieberman), the desires of the President’s own party be damned. (See Robert Novak today: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/ 12/31/AR2006123100931.html)
    Baker-Hamilton was conceived and staffed to be an intervention. It didn’t work. The administration will carry on regardless, unless and until they are, somehow, stopped, just as a drunk will carry on drinking.
    That is baseline reality.
    We can spin up Senatorial diplomatic initiatives, Iraq Study Group reports, International Crisis Group reports (that one might, just might actually work–IF…), assumptions of a reasoned policy debate all we want. But all of that is just pointless wanking.
    The Decider has decided on nothing less than victory, and victory it shall be–and thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands more will die in the trying for it. The mere fact that the situation is irretrievable will bother Bush – Cheney not in the slightest.
    When Nixon was shown the door, a bi-partisan delegation of Hill leaders went to the White House, telling him it was all over. I don’t see that happening with Iraq. Efforts to prevent spending on a surge will be met first with a veto, and then with Addington-drafted signing statements, finding those parts of the legislation an improper infringement on the Decider’s Commander-in-Chief powers. Efforts to modify the AUMF will meet the same fate. By the time the Supreme Court would decide the matter (IF this Court would even take jurisdiction), it will be 09 anyway.
    In sum, we will be searching for the outer limits of Presidential powers, and I think that, to our surprise, we will find that, if the President (and, in this case, the OVP) so decide, there are (in a second term) really no limits at all.
    This isn’t what the founding fathers conceived, but, with the Constitution being read as this administration does, that is, I fear, what they wrought.

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  10. ET says:

    2007: Soldier-Activists on the Move
    In the most significant movement of dissident soldiers since Vietnam, nearly 1,000 active-duty officers and enlisted personnel have petitioned the government to withdraw from Iraq.
    “As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq. Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.”
    Full story, About Face: Soldiers call for Iraq Withdrawal, appears at:
    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070101/cooperweb

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  11. robert says:

    What a disgraceful and barbaric show of utter arrogance by the USA and for Australia to support such action is saying enough about the state of this country, an illegal invasion of a free and independant country on account of lies,deception and political greed, the murder of millions of innocent civilians, a fixed and corrupt trial by the US occupacion force and now that barbaric show oof publically assasination their political opponents, the USA says to the rest of the world we can carry out whatever attrocities and war crimes we wish, we have the military power and that gives us the right, Iraq was a thousand fold safer under Saddam, to kill him for political gains is just another sign that the USA has crossed the line of human dignity and honor a long time ago, it is George Bush alongside that ugly short and utterly corrupt politician John Howard who should have been led to the gallows not Saddam.
    If there is a god, let us pray he punishes the guilty.
    Posted by: Robert Shaw at January 1, 2007 12:54 PM

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  12. rich says:

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it–just shy of 40 years ago.
    “A time comes when silence is betrayal.”
    “The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover when the issues at hand seem as perplexed as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.”
    Full text of King’s the speech:
    http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45a/058.html
    King led America out of the wilderness–not ‘just’ black Americans. Some, of course, would thrust us back into the unlit, nameless forest, back into the wilderness, and have us lose our way.
    Never forget that.

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  13. rich says:

    Steve wrote:
    >>”What was reminded so vividly from Woodward’s book was the White House’s systematic lack of concern for the many al Qaeda warnings that the CIA and others were waving in front of Bush and then National Security Advisor Rice at point blank range.”<<
    The conclusion being a ‘Yeah? Go ahead, hit me!’ approach to external actors bent on getting a hearing from or exacting a price from the U.S./Bush? More confirmation of a willfullness designed to keep the country moving towards conflict.

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  14. tucker's bow tie says:

    Just as a general comment on the coming year and why it is going to be crucial with respect to who’s sitting in the White House at the end of it, read this pair of articles in the Independent.
    · http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2116873.ece
    · http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2116874.ece
    One of them is an interview with Dr James Hansen — yes, *that* Dr. Hansen
    http://tinyurl.com/y7nzjx
    “Half the people in the world live within 15 miles of a coastline. A large fraction of the major cities are on coastlines. And the problem is that once you get the process started and well on the way, it’s impossible to prevent it. That’s why we need to address the issue before it gets out of control.”

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  15. Tony Foresta says:

    Happy New Year Steve, and thanks for your incite and insider commentary.
    Democrats, (Waxman is our best hope) MUST press for real investigations, including a reinvestigation, and a dismissing of the 9/11 whitewash.
    Particular emphasis needs to be focused on Sibel Edmonds, and Indira Singh’s reportage which cuts directly to the heart of the financial connectivity and machinations of the fascist warmongers and profiteers in the Bush government who are singularly and exclusively responsible and accountable for the catastrophic failures at least (if not actual complicity in 9/11 at worst). Ptech links interpenetrate directly with the revenge outing and act of treason against Valerie Plame and other operatives working for Brewster Jennings, Associates, and most alarmingly Saudi and al Quaida 9/11 cells financing of 9/11.
    The 9/11 whitewash conveniently IGNORED all of these critical fairly well documented issue’s and many others for obvious reasons.
    The prewar pimping (information warfare, informaiton domination, perception management, propaganda and disinformation campaigns) of sexedup dodgey, uncorroborated, unvetted, single sourced, unsubstantiated, hype, fictions, myths, and patent lies by PENTAGON OSP/OSI/PTEG CABALS must be thoroughly examined, investigated, and exposed. There are serious Posse Comitatus issues involved with using the DOD and the military to information warfare apparatus against the America people.
    Then we can revisit the entire Chalabi freakshow, (Enrynis militia with links to Livinenko) the wildly under-regulated and unaccountable unknown unknowns in the PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANY industry and the wanton profiteering ongoing in this rabidly expanding industry and the curious fact that all these nobid, openended, multimillion dollar, unacccountable contracts are being handed to cronies, cabals, klans, and cliques with tenticals deeply imbedded in the Bush government.
    The total information awareness spying on Americans, the torture and rendition policies, the HMS detention facilities are grotesque perversions and manglings of the Constitition, our laws, the rule of law, and the core principles that formally defined America. We can not tolerate these fascist policies and remain a free democracy.
    We all know the list of worthy and necessary investigations is long and festering. Anyone of these investigation can and will lead to necessary impeachment proceedings.
    Pelosi and any democrat that foolishly imagines they can “take impeachment off the table” should be inundated with attack campaigns staining them as complicit, apologists, and defenders of the Bush governments fascist policies, and forced by a tidal wave of street support to stand for justice, the rule of law, and our core principles and hold this criminal leadership of fascist warmongers and profiteers accountable!!
    WE MUST DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY!!!!

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  16. Steve Clemons says:

    Dear A.H. — Great to hear from you. Will say hello next time I’m near Trin. Church.
    As ever,
    Steve

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  17. rich says:

    >>>>………… wrote:
    “we need “Publius” to take exception to rich’es comment since i doubt Alexander Hamilton would do so under his own name.
    Posted by ……………. at January 1, 2007 12:18 PM”
    “Publius” can flounder all he wants, but 231+ documented years of American history will lay waste rhetoricians and compromisers denying their obligations and our birthright.

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  18. Carroll says:

    Carroll, your solution is impractical, because it won’t touch the alternative realities and parallel universes these folks have created for themselves.
    Posted by John at January 1, 2007 11:49 AM
    >>>>>>>>
    Oh, I don’t know…500 or so politicans with french fried feet standing in the ashy smoldering ruins of their former govermental shopping bazzar might punch thru their delusions.
    If that isn’t enough we can always consider a “surge” to put down these enemies of democracy.

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  19. ramcharger from dodge says:

    POA, upon reading that comment on gay rams, above, I became quite upset, but vaguely remember you saying that you spent some time in your life dealing with horses. If I am correct in my recollection, could you tell us if you ever saw a demonstrably gay horse, and it was agreed by fellow horsemen and women that the horse was if fact a gaylord. I remember once seeing a dog lick another dog and I got the children out of there real fast, but that was in the 1970s. Well, just tell us of anything you saw or may of heard of concerning horses being gay. I’d appreciate your input on the subject.

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  20. ................ says:

    we need “Publius” to take exception to rich’es comment since i doubt Alexander Hamilton would do so under his own name.

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  21. rich says:

    Alexander Hamilton:
    To quote The Minutemen, “the roar of the masses could be farts” (from “The Punchline” album).
    Deferring to so-called experts and glorious leaders is EVEN MORE a grievous error than deferring to and being responsive to the AMerican People: the Constitution ensures your monarchical attitude is not adopted.
    Hamilton’s sarcasm is unwarranted: “the voice of God” insofar as mortal men claim to hear it, is rejected, precisely because men of power and wealth abuse it and the power that comes from exploiting it. Hamilton’s comment is an inversion and a hypocrisy.
    “Can a democratic assembly who annually revolve in the mass of the people be supposed steadily to pursue the public good?” The answer is YES, and precisely why America was & had to be founded.
    “The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct permanent share in the government…”
    HOW does that make your point, Mr. Hamilton?? Leaders, the wealthy, aristocracy are equally human, equally prone to doubts and inner turbulence–and those who arrogate such baseless privilege even LESS “seldom judge or determine right.”
    With grievous consequences. As Ford erred in 1953, by seeing a greater ability to judge in the French generals in Saigon, because “THEY OUGHT TO KNOW MORE THAN I DID.”
    “The first class” is rarely, if ever, right or capable.
    For 21 YEARS Gerald Ford learned that lesson the hard way in Vietnam, not as a witness but as an active Congressman closely involved in war policy. The whole point of America is that power & knowledge seated in one man–or even in our elected Sens & Reps–is wholly unreliable and can only adequately serve the national security of the Nation by referencing and being responsive to input from the Citizenry. Ford learned that–but failed to apply it in 21 years of leadership.
    He could have voiced that lesson (cit. Woodward, WaPo, 12/31, see above) in that 21 years, when it mattered, instead of living out an obeisance to power. When he ascended the Throne, & had the opportunity to wield executive power, Ford could have loudly drawn that Lesson for the American public, and lived it. Instead he issued Nixon’s pardon, “Giv[ing] therefore to the first class a distinct permanent [control of] the government…” , permanently unaccountable.
    And after, in private life, Gerald Ford refused to benefit the Nation with the obviously lessons of the Vietnam war, if only for those too willful to accept it–but refused our country, our people–our soldiers–when most we needed his TRUE Leadership.
    It’s instructive that Gerald Ford, across a range of public offices and as a private citizen, felt no obligation other than to his own. To the Powerful. His allegiance was NOT TO wiser policy, and not to see that the country avoid repeating the same mistakes in Iraq. His silence allowed Hamilton’s ‘lesser’ men–soldiers and taxpayers and voters to pay the price for Bush’s intransigence and error.
    Ford even acknowledged being bewildered by Robert McNamara’s silence–but kept the same silence himself. Ultimately, the lessons Ford learned but failed to act on were originally won in the Revolutionary War, and are enshrined in the Constitution. My ancestors fought in that war. Ford’s pardon, it’s fair to say, eviscerated the structures that bound the Powerful, the Establishment, Those Who ‘Know’ More to the People they serve, and to the Constitution. He did it for their comfort & convenience–which clearly has kept the National Wound open and weeping, lo these 33 years (54 years going back to Ford’s first trip to Saigon).
    Gerald Ford was far more accomplished than many recognize. But he let us down, immeasurably, and even his good qualities resulted in an ugly, havoc-wreaking precedent, when the country most needed healing via restoration of the body politic. He was of a piece with the era, and had a direct hand in the damage to the country in evidence all around us. By what right, really, do any of them govern? The imperative then was to form a more perfect union–and that is the imperative now, one even more urgently demanded of every Citizen.

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  22. John says:

    Please, let this time be about our New Year, not extraneous blather, for Peace’s Sake!
    Some above mentioned Steve’s ancestor Samuel Clemons, aka Mark Twain, who wrote in a letter to the Virginia City “Territorial Enterprise” Jan. 1863:
    “New Year’s Day–Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. We shall also reflect pleasantly upon how we did the same old thing last year about this time. However, go in, community. New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.”
    Happy New Year To All !!!!

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  23. John says:

    Burnstein: you seem to have misinterpreted my intent. Kucinich is on the right track, which is why I inserted excerpts from his speech. He exhibits extrordinary courage in trying to deal with the energy elephant in the middle of the room.
    In reality, ‘they’ (official Washington) won’t hafta do nuttin’ to him but do what they always do: ignore and marginalize him. Republiscum needn’t be bothered. Democraps proved themselves perfectly capable of quarantining his ideas in 2004. They’ll do it again.
    Apparently talking about energy and national security is a sure path to dead ending a career in DC. It helps explain why Flynt Leverett, the “Director of the Geopolitics of Energy Initiative,” won’t discuss energy in public. Even Richard Clarke talks about energy only as it pertains to the geopolitics of our opponents.
    We pretend to pursue a more enlightened foreign policy devoid of crass commercial interests. Realists explain it using the proxy terminology of undefined, vital strategic interests. Neo-cons are more creative, fabricating entire alternative realities around WMDs, designed to galvanize action and justify occupation of oil producers.
    Woodward is probably right that the WH is in denial. But the problem is much deeper: Alexander Hamilton would have been proud of their creativity in creating plausible fantasies that prevent the rabble from becoming involved or even understanding the fundamental issues facing the nation.
    Carroll, your solution is impractical, because it won’t touch the alternative realities and parallel universes these folks have created for themselves.

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  24. Concerned Citizen says:

    With all that’s happening in this God forsaken country, all the hate crimes, hate crime laws, hate speech, anti-hate speech, and people generally down in the mouth, now we have this! ………..
    “Science told: hands off gay sheep”

    “SCIENTISTS are conducting experiments to change the sexuality of “gay” sheep in a programme that critics fear could pave the way for breeding out homosexuality in humans.
    The technique being developed by American researchers adjusts the hormonal balance in the brains of homosexual rams so that they are more inclined to mate with ewes. …………
    For more about what is yet to come see
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2524408.html

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  25. km4 says:

    Bill Moyers Apologizes to Future Generations
    Pass the Bread
    by Bill Moyers
    Text of Baccalaureate Address
    Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
    May 20, 2006
    http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0522-35.htm
    Excerpt: “We’re sorry. We’re really sorry for the mess you’re inheriting. We are sorry for the war in Iraq. For the huge debts you will have to pay for without getting a new social infrastructure in return. We’re sorry for the polarized country. The corporate scandals. The corrupt politics. Our imperiled democracy. We’re sorry for the sprawl and our addiction to oil and for all those toxins in the environment. Sorry about all this, class of 2006. Good luck cleaning it up.”

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  26. Pissed Off American says:

    I see our troll has adopted another couple of screen names.

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  27. Pissed Off American says:

    Federal ‘Hate Law’ Could
    Be Introduced This Week
    By Rev. Ted Pike
    1-1-7
    With Congress back in session on January 3, the federal “hate crimes” bill could be reintroduced any time. The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith introduced the same legislation last January 6, three days after Congress convened.
    This is the most dangerous legislation ever to come before Congress. It leads directly to an end of free speech. Once free speech is gone, there is little to prevent the loss of all our other freedoms. The new Democrat-controlled Congress has all the votes it needs to quickly run this Orwellian bill through committee in the House and Senate and pass it. Unless they lose their nerve, thrown back by massive protest from the American people.
    Extraordinary action must be taken NOW to back down ADL and intimidate them from even introducing the hate bill in this session.
    Your Voice Will Make the Difference
    Protest from the American people has defeated the hate bill three times in the last two years. Here’s how, with God’s help, we can do it again:
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    Print out both sides of – http://www.truthtellers.org/hatelawsflyermailer.pdf – NPN’s brochure “Hate Laws Will Make You a Criminal,” available on the home page at http://www.truthtellers.org.
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    Don’t hesitate to send this brochure to liberal members of Congress or their aides. Hate laws can turn on them also. Already in many western nations liberals who publicly criticize Islam can be indicted as hate criminals. If enough of these brochures penetrate Congress, the effect will be to prejudice even liberal members of Congress and their staffs against the ADL hate crimes agenda. (Note: Do not send this brochure to members of Congress or their aides outside your district. Nonconstituent mail is discarded.)
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    Leave this message: “Please don?t vote for ‘anti-hate’ legislation. Hate laws have taken away free speech in Canada and most European countries.” Ask to be transferred to the next member of Congress on the list or use the redial feature on your phone. In only 15 minutes a day for 7 weeks, you can voice a powerful protest to every member of Congress against establishment of a “big brother” federal hate crimes bureaucracy like Canada’s.
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    For a quick education on the dangers of hate laws and the ADL conspiracy to take away freedom, go to http://www.video.google.com and watch Ted Pike’s 80-minute video, “Hate Laws: Making Criminals of Christians.” For a DVD or VHS copy to show in church or your conservative study group, order for $24.90 postage paid at http://www.truthtellers.org or by calling 503-631-3808.
    To read the hate bill for yourself, with commentary in red by Rev. Pike, click to (See, Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2005 [S. 1145]).
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  28. E. Billington III says:

    Pissed Off says, “you elitist piece of shit. We, the people, are coming for you.”
    PO, Alexander Hamilton is already dead! What are you going to do, rob his grave!
    Furthermore, PO, there are people still in this country who are related to important people in our nation’s history, and they MUST be heard as their perspective reaches deep into our historical past. Perhaps, PO, you are one of them, or perhaps you are descended from a more recent immigrant, and if so, i would be best if you kept your peace and listened more to your betters when they speak; they have much to offer from the experience of their ancestry.
    Your most humble servant, Ellsworth Billington III

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  29. Pissed Off American says:

    Happy New Year.
    This is the year we take it back, or we loose it. Our country, our economy, our military, and our greatly diminished world standing, simply cannot withstand two more years of this.

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  30. Pissed Off American says:

    A Formal Intervention with a Dry Drunk President
    by Katherine van Wormer
    One of the rituals well known to the addiction treatment world is the formal Intervention. The classic Intervention starts with meetings of concerned significant others that are called during a time of crisis. The result is a confrontation of the individual in trouble and an ultimatum of some sort for a drastic change in course (the most famous examples are Interventions of Betty Ford and Elizabeth Taylor for pill use and drinking.)
    The long-anticipated report of the Iraq Study Group has been likened in some media reports to the classic treatment Intervention provided to drug users and alcoholics who have “hit bottom.” Seething in its criticism, the report (Intervention) made a number of take-it- or-leave-it recommendations. “This is not like fruit salad,” the head facilitator later explained; the recommendations must be followed as a whole. Characteristic of a person with an addictive mentality, the president responded in a state of denial as do the “enablers” around him. His supporters are getting fewer and fewer, however. And even his father recently broke into tears. We will return to that later.
    The addictive mentality I am talking about is a cognitive impairment that is associated with alcohol-drug use, and may have preceded or followed the addictive behavior. George W. Bush, over his lifetime, has gone from one extreme-extensive and long-term binge drinking and at least some cocaine use-to another-affiliation with religious fundamentalism and authoritarian belief systems that cannot be explained by his religious upbringing. From an elitist background, the junior Bush was able to build a political base from a cultural group that was arguably alien from his own. (See What’s the Matter with Kansas?)
    For an understanding of this phenomenon of how the drinking and drug use affects patterns of thinking, we need to look at brain research. The most recent brain research, now revolutionized by technological advances in brain imaging, confirms what members of A.A. have known for years, labeled by them, the dry drunk phenomenon. Rigidity, poor impulse control, grandiosity, and all-or-nothing or black and white thinking are the classic characteristics. (See “the dry drunk syndrome” on google.) We now know that once the heavy drinking and/or other drug use stops, a certain amount of cognitive impairment may persist. We also know, however, that the brain can actually be “rewired” through cognitive work.
    “You’ve got to work at it.” This is a commonly heard saying of George W. Bush. One thing he has not worked at, however, is what is sometimes called in alcoholism treatment parlance, “the second recovery.” Treatment centers specialize in cognitive work, as does A.A., in effect, aiding persons in recovery to replace irrational, grandiose, and self-centered thoughts, with healthier and more moderate ways of thinking.
    The kind of intervention that our president needed was a personal intervention, one aimed at the reasons that Bush fool heartedly and dishonestly (pushing for false intelligence assessments of the international situation) led the nation in a fantasy mission that was doomed to failure against “evildoers” in the Middle East. As I described as early as 2002 and as psychiatrist Justin Frank later, in Bush on the Couch, also concluded, to understand the motives behind the ill-fated invasion of Iraq, we have to consider Bush’s role in his family, the unique psychological dynamics. As any Bush biography makes clear, the younger Bush was not only named for his father, but he was somehow destined to follow in his father’s footsteps most of his life- at Andover, Yale, as a military pilot, in the oil business-only to fail at each juncture until he would enter politics and as commander- in-chief be able to stride triumphant in 2004 and declare “mission accomplished” on the carrier flight deck. Then he would have proven himself to his father and to the world.
    In December, 2006, the elder Bush’s tears shed at the tribute to his son, Governor Jeb Bush, told it all. “The true measure of a man is how you handle victory, and also defeat”-these were his exact words uttered at the moment that he got too choked up to continue. Though his loss of control was later claimed to be related to his younger son’s (Jeb’s), earlier defeat in a governor’s race in 1994, it seems far more likely that his tears were shed over the disgraced presidency of his elder son and in recognition for the significance of this debacle for the entire Bush dynasty.
    In the future, it will be left to psychologists and historians to ponder the real reason for George W. Bush’s selection as members of his team, the very men like Cheney, Wolfowitz, Powell, and Rove, who, strikingly, had served under his father. Even Rumsfeld also had a historic relationship with Bush, Sr., albeit a problematic one. Above all, the challenge to psychologists and historians will be to ponder the real reason why the younger Bush was driven to an unnecessary and unbelievably costly war “mission impossible.” The Iraq Study Group, which, interestingly, was headed by Bush Sr.’s former secretary of state, James Baker, was summoned in desperation to find a way out of a disastrous course, failed to tackle causality, which, in the final analysis is the most significant issue of all.
    Katherine van Wormer (www.katherinevanwormer.com) teaches social work and addiction treatment at the University of Northern Iowa and is the co-author of Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective.

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  31. Pissed Off American says:

    “You Steve are first-class, unlike the rabble you surround yourself with here; and you can take that to the bank!”
    Thanks for the post, you elitist piece of shit. We, the people, are coming for you.

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  32. Z. M. says:

    Alexander, my good man (but first a hearty Happy New Year to your fifth half cousin nine times removes, our host, Steve Clemons!) …… Alexander, it appears another Clemens of a different strain had your number, and here I present to you, as you are apparently haunting us this day, his wise thoughts on your Death …….
    “Alexander Hamilton was a conspicuously high-principled man. He regarded dueling as wrong, and as opposed to the teachings of religion–but in deference to public opinion he fought a duel. He deeply loved his family, but to buy public approval he treacherously deserted them and threw his life away, ungenerously leaving them to lifelong sorrow in order that he might stand well with a foolish world. In the then condition of the public standards of honor he could not have been comfortable with the stigma upon him of having refused to fight. The teachings of religion, his devotion to his family, his kindness of heart, his high principles, all went for nothing when they stood in the way of his spiritual comfort. A man will do anything, no matter what it is, to secure his spiritual comfort; and he can neither be forced nor persuaded to any act which has not that goal for its object. Hamilton`s act was compelled by the inborn necessity of contenting his own spirit; in this it was like all the other acts of his life, and like all the acts of all men`s lives. Do you see where the kernel of the matter lies? A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. He will secure the largest share possible of that, at all costs, all sacrifices.” Mark Twain
    Take that! to the bank, and smoke it!
    With All Due Respect,
    Z. M.

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  33. FREE SAMIR AL KANTAR says:

    Our Dear Alexander,
    How gracious it was of you to pay us a visit at such a momentous time in our nation’s history.
    It is always helpful, if not reassuring, to be reminded of our elitist roots.
    As you have always said, if we are to continue our lives of privilege we absolutely MUST dominate and exploit the rabble under your brilliant concept of elective monarchial republicanism. We ALL know that America’s rabble are not adequate to the task of governing themselves.
    What a pity that we were forced to given them equal rights, for exploitation of the masses for capital gain is such a predictable, simple, and efficient way of controlling the rabble and gleaning ALL of the wealth for us in the first class.
    God Bless America and the Rabble Who Built It and the First Class Who Own It.
    Yours faithfully in the name of dollars and cents.
    America’s Billionaires

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  34. Alexander Hamilton says:

    Happy New Year! Steve!
    From your 5th half cousin 9 times removed, Alexander Hamilton.
    Let me leave you with one of my more prescient immortal thoughts that particularly address your times, cuz
    “The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct permanent share in the government… Can a democratic assembly who annually revolve in the mass of the people be supposed steadily to pursue the public good?”
    You Steve are first-class, unlike the rabble you surround yourself with here; and you can take that to the bank!
    Best,
    Cousin Alexander
    Trinity Cemetery
    NYC

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  35. ronald says:

    GREAT stuff, Mr Howard, your fulsome praise for Iraq, which despite its troubles “still extends due process to … a tyrant and brutal suppressor and murderer of his people. That is the mark of a country that is trying against fearful odds to embrace democracy.”
    But just a quick reminder: David Hicks was imprisoned by the US Administration roughly two years before Saddam Hussein was captured, and is yet to receive the benefit of even having charges read against him in a court of law, let alone receiving due process. But not a word of criticism from you.
    A truly brilliant performance, John, that earns you First-Class Honours in Final Year Hypocrisy.
    Ronald Burnstein, Mount Eliza

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  36. elizabeth says:

    Happy New Year and hopes for the best for 2007!

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  37. Carroll says:

    I want to say Happy New Year to all but it doesn’t seem appropiate. We hit the 3000 number of American dead in Iraq today..God only knows how many Iraqis.
    Please make your resolution tonight to…..
    BURN WASHINGTON TO THE GROUND AND START OVER.

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  38. rich says:

    From the Washington Post, more revealing comments from Gerald Ford.
    Ford, who understand all along that believing and going along with “smarter” people, who must “know what they’re doing,” or who have power to abuse —
    — has immeasurable, bloody costs.
    See the capitalized phrase below. The implications for Gerald Ford’s expertise, his silence, for the reasons and results of his pardon of Richard Nixon are not heartening.
    Bob Woodward: [Vietnam] is the big master problem you got handed.
    Gerald R. Ford: My approach was, we inherited the problem with the job. It’s my obligation on behalf of the country to try and solve the damn thing.
    You know, there was a fundamental mistake made back after World War II, when the French had committed to support the Vietnamese. In fact, I went down to Saigon **[in 1953]** . . . . I wanted to find out why we’re going to spend a lot of money in South Vietnam on behalf of the South Vietnamese. I was in Saigon, stayed at the ambassador’s residence, and I went over to the French military headquarters, and boy, all these French generals and colonels were dressed up here out in Saigon and telling me how they were gonna win the war against the [North] Vietnamese.
    Well, it SOUNDED GOOD ON PAPER, AND THEY OUGHT TO KNOW MORE THAN I DID. Well, in about six months the French got the hell kicked out of them in Dien Bien Phu. . . . The point is, we were on the wrong side of the locals. We made the same mistake that the French did, except we got deeper and deeper in the war. We could have avoided the whole darn Vietnam War if somebody in the Department of Defense or State had said, “Look here. Do we want to inherit the French mess?”
    Woodward: What do you think about Vietnam in retrospect? Digging very deeply, what was the mistake? I don’t know that you ever looked at [Defense Secretary Robert S.] McNamara’s book “In Retrospect,” but he says we were wrong, terribly wrong.
    Gerald Ford: I know, and that used to bother me, because if we were wrong, why did he participate? I used to sit in the Congress and hear him testify to support the [Lyndon B.] Johnson commitment of 250,000, or whatever it was, U.S. personnel, and he never backed off until he got out.
    Woodward: How do you feel about it now? Ten years later, you were the president of the United States who had to eat that national humiliation.
    Gerald Ford: It was a combination of following the recommendations of top people in the executive branch and the feeling that we got involved in this, we better finish it. So it was not a pleasant decision over that long 10-year period to try and rationalize it. I don’t think I ever adequately did.
    Woodward: Did you ever, as president, during that period, particularly April ’75 during the evacuation, wake up in the morning and say, “What happened here? How did I get dealt this mess? ”
    Gerald Ford: I couldn’t help but wonder that, but we had a plan, or at least it was on paper a plan. . . . In retrospect, you wonder how unwise you were. In retrospect, if you could sit there and see in reality, I would hope you would do it differently, but we went along.

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  39. rich says:

    Happy New Year, Steve.
    Good Luck in 2007. . . . for all of us.

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  40. Pissed Off American says:

    Thanks for your post, John. Have you ever read the following? If you haven’t, you should.
    http://www.harpers.org/BaghdadYearZero.html

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  41. John says:

    POA: yup, might hafta kill him: he’s not supposed to talk about reality.
    More excerpts from his Dec. 7 speech:
    “How can we expect the end of the Iraq war and national reconciliation in Iraq, while we advocate that Iraq’s oil wealth by handled by private oil companies?
    “It is ironic that [the Baker] report comes at the exact time the Interior Department’s Inspector General says that oil companies are cheating the US out of billions of dollars while the Administration looks the other way.
    “Is it possible that Secretary Baker has a conflict of interest, which should have precluded him from co-chairing a study group whose final report promotes privatization of Iraq oil assets, given his ties to the oil industry?
    “Is it possible that our troops are dying for the profits of private oil companies?”

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  42. Frank says:

    A happy new year to you Steve…
    What somber and tragic times, of this administrations own making, we live in. I am ashamed to be an American. I have been ashamed these last three years after our nation invaded a sovereign country which did us no harm. The shame is intensified with each addtional death reported whether ours or Iraqis. I feel cowardly doing nothing other than voting for the dems in order to help rid this nation of the war criminal Bush and his ilk. He is demented to a degree challanging Hitler’s stubborn stance at Stalingrad. Where are our statesmen? Why is it that the word impeachment scares so many?
    We spoke in November.
    The silence of the dems before Bush makes his now expected “surge” decision is scary, and frankly cowardly. Is this silence reflective of the scope of control Israel has over this nation’s political system? Do we stay quiet until another criminal insult is foisted on this nation? To hear that a so called “decent” man like Gerald Ford wanted his negative feelings about the Iraq war to be kept unpublicized until after his death just stuns me . Ford a statesman? What is it about the word statesman that the American people, and especially the current “rhapsodic over Ford media”, do not understand. It turns out that Ford was another partisan and silent Bush enabler in more historic ways than one. He could have made a difference. So move over Powell. And oh yes, make more room for Hillary Clinton too, the only democrat of note wanting to be president that has not characterized her vote retrospectively, when she voted to give Bush the power to invade a sovereign country that did us no harm. (AIPAC again?)
    This country is awash with political oxymorons, and rank hypocrosy. More importantly, it seems we have no true outspoken statesmen in this time of our country’s greatest need.
    So a happy new year to you all who read this blog, and come out….. come out , who ever you are,…. you politicians who swore to uphold the constitution, and clear this stinking mess of a criminal administration who is drenching our nation with more shame each new year.

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  43. Pissed Off American says:

    Shhh, don’t tell anyone about this guy, they might hafta kill ‘im………
    http://tinyurl.com/y2xuv4

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  44. John says:

    Here’s wishing Steve and the foreign policy and national security communities a Happy, ‘Real’ New Year.
    Richard Clarke had an opinion piece published today, explaining how preoccupation with Iraq (and I assume Iran) has diverted attention from other, critical national security issues: Global warming, Russian revanchism, and Latin America’s lurch to the left were his top three unattended issues. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/29/AR2006122901238.html
    The common denominator among the issues, attended and unattended? Oil and energy.
    Clarke mentioned the words oil and energy a combined total of 3 times in 1500 words, which must be close to a record for national security and foreign policy experts these days.
    Your roles as leaders requires that your address the root causes of our national security dilemma. Only then can we have an open and honest discussion about resolving the problems in ways that address global warming and restore our relations with the rest of the world. Happy 2007!

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  45. dahreese says:

    “What really irritates is that Bush has not changed his tune.”
    As bad as Bush is and the hell he has caused, “what really irritates” is that the American people have no longer any reason to have trust or representation in their own government. Why should they? If any good has come out of the Bush era, it’s just how corrupt Congress really is – political party aside.
    And ethics? What ethics?
    “The inspectors general entrusted to unearth waste, fraud and abuse in federal agenies are increasingly under attack as government officials they scrutinize try to erode the watchdogs’ independence and authority.” (Larry Margasak, AP writer).
    Laws are created after the fact in order to cover Bush’s illegal spying on Americans; The 9/11 Commission Report is a whitewash; Phase two of the Senate Select Committee report on what the White House knew and how it used its information leading up to 9/11 has continually been withheld by Sen. Roberts for over two years for political/election purposes; The name of a covert CIA agent was purposely revealed because her husband openly disagreed with the “intelligence” used to attack Iraq; Supreme Court judges are appointed as much or more for their political leanings as for their legal expertise; and god only knows how many Congressional representatives, their aides, and lobbyest have been indicted or will be for bribery or “taking gifts” illegally. Nor should we forget the “no-bid” contracts given to favored corporations.
    But we don’t have a Congress that’s going to do anything about it. Perhaps it’s as true as I once watched a character say in a movie, “Is government corrupt? Sure it is! It can’t operate any other way!”
    American has seen its best days, and the Bush administration has revealed that to the entire world.
    In the meantime, we can all speculate on who all in the Bush circle will receive presidential pardons – even retroactively.
    You don’t have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

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  46. Pissed Off American says:

    You bet we are in for a rough ride. And every mewling slimey cowardly Congressman in Washington bears responsibility for our predicament. Bush has been shown that there are no repurcussions for his actions, and despite the will of the people being expressed in our last election, he has no fear of strong opposition or any demands of accountability. Pelosi has made it clear that she has no problem holding Bush above the law, and the current crop of Democratic leadership is firmly in Israel’s pocket through the pro-Israeli lobbys. The incoming policy maker’s are no more qualified to determine middle eastern policy than these bumbling asses in the Bush Administration are, as evidenced by Reyes’ unbelievably ignorant natterings about the religions of our so called “enemies” in Iraq. Hillary has her head so far up AIPAC’s ass that if her head ever pops out she’ll have an Israeli flag indelibly imprinted on her forhead. Bush’s ego overrides any sensible advice he may recieve about foreign policy or global warming, and McCain and Lieberman are more concerned about Kassam rocket attacks in Israel than they are about the thousands of American citizens that were displaced by Katrina. GM is taking a back seat to the Japanese now, and Wal-mart is fucking their employees faster than you can say “minimum wage”. Home Depot is selling us the makings of our housing and infrastructure, and it is all cheap substandard manufactured overseas CRAP. Good lumber goes to Asia, and the SHIT lumber is sold to us. Our roads and bridges are falling apart while we subsidize Israel’s infrastructure and military adventures. More American’s than ever before are without health insurance, and many of them are members of the rapidly dissappearing “middle class”. Our population just reached 300,000,000, and it is the unfettered influx of immigrants fueling the growth. And meanwhile, these lying scheming bastards in Washington vote themselves regular pay raises for the dandy job they do.
    Welcome to Bushworld.

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