FYI: Dismantling the “Global War on Terror” Metaphor

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I am chairing an event on Wednesday afternoon titled “Dismantling the ‘Global War on Terror’ Metaphor: Thoughts on Mending America’s Global Position” with George Soros.
Soros will address themes in his recent book, The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror, which will be available at the event. Because the response has overwhelmed the space we had arranged, the New America Foundation is hosting the event with the cooperation of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace at 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm.
— Steve Clemons
Update: The response to this event has been amazing. So much so that we are asking those that have not RSVP’d already to check here later for a link to a video of the event.
Also, Soros will be part of a conference on Iran being held tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency from 10:30 — 2 pm. More information on this event in the coming hours. — dtmeyer

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30 comments on “FYI: Dismantling the “Global War on Terror” Metaphor

  1. elementary teacher says:

    Oops … Another Privacy Malfunction
    In Prague today a Czech regulator stated that it was trying to determine whether the United States government overstepped its ongoing terrorist search by tapping the SWIFT international banking system for data that’s protected by Europe’s privacy laws.
    The investigation parallels similar probes by authorities in Belgium, the SWIFT headquarters, and the European Commission.
    Igor Nemec, chief of the Prague government’s Office for Personal Data Protection (UOOU), said the investigations were sparked by a non-profit group’s allegations of illegal US snooping.
    http://tinyurl.com/lykl8

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  2. sdemetri says:

    Steve,
    I hope this discussion on mending America’s global position has included some useful thoughts on the nuclear threat coming from the Bush Administration.
    Common Dreams is running the article:
    http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0913-01.htm
    excerpt:
    Five Former Soviet Republics Give Up Nukes
    by Aaron Glantz
    SAN FRANCISCO – The Bush Administration is objecting to a groundbreaking treaty that set up a nuclear weapon-free zone in Central Asia.
    Under the treaty signed Friday, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan committed themselves not to produce, buy, or allow the deployment of nuclear weapons on their soil.
    But the United States, along with Britain and France, refused to attend the signing ceremony in the Kazakh capital, Almaty, citing a 1992 treaty that Russia signed with four of the five nations that Moscow claims could allow missiles to be deployed in the region.
    In a fresh statement issued Monday, the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan warned that “other international treaties could take precedence over the provisions of this treaty, and thus obviate the central objective of creating a zone free of nuclear weapons.”
    Arms control groups believe the Bush administration is being disingenuous.
    “The reason that many of us suspect the U.S. is opposed to this is more fundamental,” the independent Arms Control Association’s Daryl G. Kimball told OneWorld. “This is a very strategic region. The U.S. is reticent to give up the option of deploying nuclear weapons in this region in the future.”
    In May, the journal Foreign Policy named Manas airbase in Kyrgyzstan one of the six most important U.S. military bases in the world. The base was originally established as a hub for multinational operations following the September 11th attacks five years ago.
    “In addition to its proximity to Afghanistan,” the Foreign Policy article stated, “Manas is located near the immense energy reserves of the Caspian Basin, as well as the Russian and Chinese frontiers.”
    According to Jackie Cabasso, who heads up the Western States Legal Foundation in Oakland, California, “the United states had drawn up a battle plan for the potential use of nuclear weapons in Iraq and the United States has been involved in planning potential nuclear use scenarios for Iran.”
    “The United States is now involved in a massive program to overhaul its nuclear arsenal,” she added. “In fact they’re working to replace every nuclear warhead and all of the existing delivery systems in the arsenal to ensure prompt precision global strike capabilities. So the United States is openly using the threatened use of nuclear weapons around the world.”

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  3. Marcia says:

    I don’t want to seem impatient but I am. Where is the digital video?

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  4. sdemetri says:

    Carroll,
    Check out this list of arguments on alternate 9/11 storylines:
    http://www.911truth.org/article.php?story=20041221155307646

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  5. Carroll says:

    Agreed Carroll. Not being in RI either, I thought we were dealing with ex-Senator Chaffee in reading about his balanced ME position. A position that doesn’t get funded by the ____first crowd.
    Posted by Easy E at September 12, 2006 11:42 PM
    >>>>>>>>>
    Easy…..maybe it is a crack in the dam?…we can hope….I have seen small signs of revolt against the AIPAC stranglehold…but the main AIPAC enforcers are still in the house, those are the ones that we need to get rid of and replaced with more American balanced reps. Also the dem nitwit Nelson -Fla., who wants to give some cuban terrorist 90 million USA dollars to overthrow Castro just so he can get the exile group’s vote in his district. What an ass. Vote them all out.

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  6. Easy E says:

    Agreed Carroll. Not being in RI either, I thought we were dealing with ex-Senator Chaffee in reading about his balanced ME position. A position that doesn’t get funded by the ____first crowd.

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  7. Carroll says:

    I am not in RI but I would have most likely voted for him of the basis of this:
    http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/001633.php#more
    What was the other guy’s position on the ME and the Isr/Pal deal? I didn’t follow as I said I am not in RI.

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  8. Marky says:

    Ugh. Chaffee is ahead in RI.
    A Chaffee win is a big win for Bush.

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  9. Carroll says:

    Billmon is on a roll today..and expresses my feelings exactly
    http://billmon.org/
    scroll down to Brave New World and the Sixteen Acre ditch…..and convince me that just voting in the dems will reverse this slid into a primitive type of world that is nothing more than a feifdom of ruling elite cannibals and stateless hordes of serfs…I really want to be convinced..really.

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  10. Pissed Off American says:

    And what a coincidence that some of them had patronized one of Abramoff’s party boats. Small world, eh?

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  11. Easy E says:

    Before the dust even settled on 09/11/01, the Bush Administration was announcing that 19 Arabs directed by Osama bin Laden were the perpetrators. Amazing—belongs in Guinness Book of Records for sheeple to enjoy.

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  12. Carroll says:

    P.S.
    About that passport…it is strange that there was no playing up of that on the news beyond the original news that it was found…just a mention to set it in the public mind…and no further explaination.
    Last night I was watching parts of some 911 review and they showed images of papers in the 911 rubble that were crystalized or fossilized, whatever the term is for it, by the extreme heat, ….so I really wonder even more how that passport on the plane didn’t suffer the same fate as the papers on the floors the plane hit. I haven’t studied all the films of the crash into WTC, did the explosion force out anything from the cargo hold of the plane?
    I don’t remember if there were other items from the plane found in the street, don’t remember any reporting of any but maybe there were some…it would be interesting to know. I also can’t remember how soon after they established the names of the bombers they announced Atta’s passport found….it just seemed like too much of a lucky find to me…and how likely was it that the person who found it knew the name immediately and the importance of it and who did they turn it into?
    There may be a good explaination but none was ever offered and it disappeared from the radar screen.

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  13. Carroll says:

    Posted by Pissed Off American at September 12, 2006 04:21 PM
    >>>>>>>>>
    Yes indeed, I agree there are lots of unanswered questions about 911. I am not expert enough to even understand the various arguements about how the towers came down or etc….so I don’t even try to get into that…and some of the more far out theories I think detract from the real questions.
    Since I am sort of simple minded I boiled it down to either accepting that ..
    1)every agency within the US goverment was totally incompetent and all failed at the exact same time on 911 …
    2)or that some element(s)- people within our goverment were deliberately “lax” because they thought an event like 911 would put the US on what they considered the right path.
    It’s like trying to figure out if the guy who didn’t put bolts in the brace under the bridge that collapsed did it out of incompetence or on purpose.

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  14. Pissed Off American says:

    Carroll, I know a few such individuals, who are so traumatized by the rhetoric of the likes of Fox News, and our favorite monkey boy, that they actually refuse to fly. There is a huge segment of our population that is actually buying Bush and Cheney’s snake oil.
    It amazes me that people can be so naive, trusting, and just plain ignorant. You pointed out a TRUE conspiracy theory a few days ago. How can ANYONE with two brain cells to rub together possibly entertain the notion that somehow a passport can fly out of a disintgrating aircraft and its resultant fireball, survive the collapse of millions of tons of debris, and miraculously get found, curbside, unscathed, within hours of the disaster??? (The “black boxes” should have been so lucky, eh?) Yet who do you know that has actually given voice to the IMPOSSIBLE ODDS of such an event occurring.
    Fear is not MY reaction to 9/11. My reaction is anger and dissappointment that so many people can continue to accept the official explanation for 9/11 when there are SO MANY unanswered questions and implausabilities attached to the official scenario.
    And if the official story about 9/11 does not survive scrutiny, then this whole fucking house of cards of Cheney’s and Bush’s comes tumbling down.
    Personally, I believe that what happened on 9/11 is discoverable, and the criminals that perpetrated this act did not hide thier tracks nearly as well as the framers of the Kennedy assasination did. We CAN discover the truth, and indict the true masterminds behind 9/11, but we will only do so through a complete fumigation of Washington, followed by a thorough investigation.

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  15. steve duncan says:

    Carroll, visit any damned bar or softball game, factory floor or county fair and you’ll be surrounded by rubes pissing down their legs in fear. Hell, Arabic writing on a t-shirt can get you thrown off a plane. Muttering an audible prayer in some Arabic language almost anywhere can get you whisked off to a small room for questioning. Bin Laden probably laughs his ass off reading about the nervous nellies he’s created. BOO!! There, someone just crapped their pants…………..

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  16. Carroll says:

    Well, it happened…I finally met someone today who really believes that the entire Arab world wants to invade America and kill us all and we have to kill them first to protect ourselves.
    I have seen the face of a normal looking, normally mild mannered, normally responsible, educated man, totally insane with fear…he was actually incoherent with emotion and hatred….and I can tell you it was scary as hell…
    This was my first experience with this type and if there are many more like him we are in deep doo-do in this country.

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  17. Easy E says:

    “MOTIVATION” of terror still not being addressed by political establishment, as evidenced by void in 9/11 Commission Report. Must-see video clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1bm2GPoFfg
    Surprised? Until this issue is resolved, the world will get more dangerous.

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  18. Pissed Off American says:

    Stop for a moment and ponder the ramifications of having a military leadership that is willing to participate in, and foster, the lies and deceptions of a criminal civilian leadership. Can there be a greater danger posed to a democracy?
    U.S. omitted key casualty details
    By Patrick Quinn
    Associated Press
    Published September 12, 2006
    BAGHDAD — The American military did not count people killed by bombs, mortars, rockets or other mass attacks, including suicide bombings, when it reported a dramatic drop in the number of murders in the Baghdad area last month, the U.S. command said Monday.
    The decision to include only victims of drive-by shootings and those killed by torture and execution, usually at the hands of death squads, allowed U.S. officials to argue that a security crackdown that began in the capital Aug. 7 had more than halved the city’s murder rate.
    But the types of slayings, including suicide bombings, that the U.S. excluded from the category of “murder” weren’t made explicit at the time. That led to confusion after Iraqi Health Ministry figures showed that 1,536 people died violently in and around Baghdad in August, nearly the same number as in July.
    continues at…..
    http://tinyurl.com/zmhex

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  19. steve duncan says:

    POA, two more years? Why only two? The electorate’s IQ and sense of decency is going to rise 50 points before the ’08 election? Democrats are going to field a credible candidate and raise the funds to back him (her)? Nah, I can see many, many more years of this insanity and genocide. And guess what? America likes it. Xenophobic homicide sprees are our specialty. Do you think people are going to elect someone intent on stopping the fun? Try running on a platform where you’re going to close the bars, ban porn and outlaw premarital sex. You’d have about as much succes as a Democrat will announcing we’re going to quit killing brown people. Boo, Hiss, Party Pooper!!!!

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  20. Easy E says:

    W’s “lying by implication” = “impeachable offense.” Olbermann hits one out of the ballpark.
    http://movies.crooksandliars.com/CountDown-SpecialComment-Bush-911.wmv
    How about “indictable offense”?

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  21. Pissed Off American says:

    “The crimes of Saddam and Osama pale in comparison to those of Olmert and Bush/Cheney. It’s time to bring ALL criminals to justice now.”
    Posted by Easy E
    We tend to tally the death toll of Bush’s criminal regime solely on this sham called “The Global War On Terror”.
    But in reality we have to factor in the deaths caused by his environmental policies, his handling of the Katrina debacle, the shameful pass he has given to the Pharmas, his complete disdain for science when it comes to stem cell policies, his asinine stance on AIDs education that preaches abstinence in lieu of safe sex, the list goes on and on.
    The bastard is arguably guilty of killing hundreds of thousands, probably more, BEFORE we even consider his foreign policies and his criminal invasion of Iraq.
    And the ramifications THERE, as far as loss of life are grossly underestimated as well. How many have died as a result of the looted yellowcake that disappeared out of Tuwaitha and other sites? How many generations will be damaged genetically because of it? How many Iraqis, and American servicemen or contractors will die as a result of our use of DU? How many generations will be damaged genetically because of it?
    And bear in mind, these sons of bitches aren’t finished. They have two more years during which they can they can exact thier toll on human life, human rights, our environment, our economy, our infrastructure, our rule of law, our reputation, our credibility, our world standing….
    …..and basic decency.
    Two more years. God help us.

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  22. Easy E says:

    The crimes of Saddam and Osama pale in comparison to those of Olmert and Bush/Cheney. It’s time to bring ALL criminals to justice now.

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  23. Pissed Off American says:

    Made in USA. But they hate us for our freedoms….
    IDF commander: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon
    By Meron Rappaport
    “What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs,” the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war.
    Quoting his battalion commander, the rocket unit head stated that the IDF fired around 1,800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets.
    In addition, soldiers in IDF artillery units testified that the army used phosphorous shells during the war, widely forbidden by international law. According to their claims, the vast majority of said explosive ordinance was fired in the final 10 days of the war.
    continues at…..
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/761781.html

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  24. Deb says:

    Great video clip, Easy E. Thanks again!!

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  25. Easy E says:

    Bush: “Safer, but not yet safe…..”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUYfrH0vNYs&eurl=

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  26. Easy E says:

    Dubya’s “struggle for civilization” and “war on terror” is sinister smokescreen for economic dominance and empire. U.S. self serving foreign policy and global aggression has made the world less safe. The criminal neocons have captured public opinion and hijacked the constitution through politics of fear. Challenge is waking up a citizenry perpetually stupified by corporate media aparatus who continue to support bad ideas & policies. How about mass prescription for A.D.D. aimed at getting Americans to pay attention.

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  27. Pissed Off American says:

    An important website…
    http://www.wilsonsupport.org/

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  28. km4 says:

    “I think there are two clear paths ahead. This nation can listen to the dictates of fear and hubris as the administration alternately ignores Al Qaeda and then trumpets their success. Alternately brags about success in Iraq and then ignores it, and all the while beats the tom-toms for war with Iran.
    Yes, our country could slide that way if we listen to the dictates of fear. But we have nothing to fear in this country. We’re still the greatest power in the world. And we can be the greatest force of good in the world. And we can keep ourselves safe.
    I’d like us to resolve on this 5th Anniversary of 9/11, that we as Americans no longer need live in fear. We should live in determination that we’ll protect ourselves. Support our friends and allies around the world. Work together to solve the common problems that face mankind. And above all, we’ll make sure that at home that we never sacrifice the liberties and rights that define our country.
    We can have it all. We can do it all. We just have to be courageous and face the facts as they are and work for the future as we want it to be”.
    – Wes Clark
    PS – I hope he declares running for Pres. after Nov 2006 because IMO he is the only Dem that can kick the ass of ANY Republican opponent and win hands down in 2008.

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  29. A says:

    steve duskin, you seem to forget that we are in A STRUGGLE FOR CIVILIZATION !! Get the big picture, pal. All of civilization will go down if we do not win the Global War on Terror! We are fighting for OUR way of life ! There will be terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons ! This is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st Century and the calling of our generation ! We are fighting to maintain a way of life enjoyed by free nations ! The fucking sky is falling !!!
    You are not only un-American to deny these things but in league with Satan himself !!
    WAKE UP, PEOPLE !!!!!!!

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  30. steve duncan says:

    “The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad,” he said.
    George Bush, 9/11/06
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    We’ve survived the British, fighting a bloody war to establish our country. We fought them off again in 1812. Endured a ruinous Civil War, two World Wars fought to mostly satisfactory conclusions. Then we survive two more calamities in Korea and Viet Nam, emerging scarred but standing. And now we’re supposed to believe the security and safety of the entire nation hinges on events in a dusty capital of some backward, weak, war torn nation with no standing army and a GNP equal to Rhode Island? If we pull out there’ll be another Battle of Bladensburg, with Washington D.C. again burned to the ground? Bush and every nodding head in America are a sorry, deluded lot.

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