FLORIDA’S DEMOCRACY PROBLEM: INSPIRING BY EXAMPLE?

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THE FLORIDA REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATION members are being kept secret. A UPI newstrack story reports that Florida Republicans have refused to release the names of the state’s delegates to the national convention in New York. According to the story, Florida party spokesman Joseph Agostini reported to the Miami Herald that “some delegates are not comfortable speaking and don’t want their information given out, and we’ve honored their requests. Our priority is putting the interests and welfare of our delegates…

DON’T GET SCARED, GET PREPARED!

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RICHARD HAASS IS A NO NONSENSE REALIST about foreign policy issues. He is as blunt and straight shooting as they come and has on many occasions had no problem admitting his errors — or alternatively taking credit for a successful policy he designed. Of significant foreign policy hands in the Bush administration, he was the first to depart — leaving the competing team of neocon staffers one man stronger after he became President of the Council on Foreign Relations. That…

AMERICA SPENDING <u>$15,000</u> PER WORKING AGE CITIZEN TO LIBERATE & DEMOCRATIZE IRAQ

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THUS FAR, THE COST FOR INVADING AND OCCUPYING IRAQ (not counting lives lost) is approximately $166 billion. The President has just asked for an extra $25 billion on top of his FY2005 defense appropriations request — and most expect another $25 billion request during the next fiscal year, bringing the conservative estimate of accumulated Iraq related costs to approximately $216 billion. When one considers that there are 14.38 million working age Iraqis, the per capita working age costs thus far…

THE COMMITTEE ON THE PRESENT DANGER

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JAMES WOOLSEY IS AT IT AGAIN. He is now spearheading the revived Committee on the Present Danger which was a mainstay of national security hawks during the Cold War and served as the platform for the late Senator Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson‘s iconic ascent as the Democratic Party’s toughest national security voice. But now he’s lining up distinguished Americans, mostly neocons but not all, to stand tough against terror. You can find the list and more information at www.fightingterror.org. (One…