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Saturday, June 21, 2003
Fuck the Centrists: How to Win Back the White House in 2004 Number One.
Not content merely in (the recommending of) bullying the governments of the world around, now the American Enterprise Institute wants to go after NGOs, too.

Well, now, I think it's nigh time to issue the AEI new britches--are ya with me, world!?

World?

See also: Bush to NGOs: Watch Your Mouths, by the uber-beauty: Naomi Klein.

As President Bush said at an AEI dinner in February, "At the American Enterprise Institute, some of the finest minds in our nation are at work on some of the greatest challenges to our nation. You do such good work that my administration has borrowed 20 such minds." In other words, the AEI is more than a think tank; it's Mr. Bush's outsourced brain.

Taken together with Mr. Natsios's statements, this attack on the non-profit sector marks the emergence of a new Bush doctrine: NGOs should be nothing more than the good-hearted charity wing of the military, silently mopping up after wars and famines. Their job is not to ask how these tragedies could have been averted, or to advocate for policy solutions. And it is certainly not to join anti-war and fair-trade movements pushing for real political change. [more]

Globalize Revolution.



I, George Dubya

I.

I think there is some methodology in my travels
There's no question that the minute I got elected,
the storm clouds on the horizon
were getting nearly directly overhead.
There may be some tough times here in America.
But this country has gone through tough times before,
and we're going to do it again.
There's no cave deep enough for America,
or dark enough to hide.
If you're sick and tired of the politics
of cynicism and polls and principles,
come and join this campaign.

I understand how difficult
It is to put food on your family.
Families is where our nation finds hope,
where wings take dream.
When I was coming up
it was a dangerous world
and you knew exactly
who they were,
It was Us vs. Them,
and it was clear who them was.
Today, we are not so sure
who the they are,
but we know they're there.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty
and potential mental losses
We're concerned about AIDS
inside our White Houseó
make no mistake about it.
And, you know, hopefully,
condoms will work,
but it hasn't worked.
I also understand how tender
the free enterprise system can be.
It would be a mistake for
the United States Senate
to allow any kind of human cloning
to come out of that chamber.
We have nothing to fear butó
Ourselves.

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Friday, June 20, 2003

Global Eye -- Cry Freedom

By Chris Floyd

They were digging mass graves in Iraq last week.

No, not the mass graves that George W. Bush now reflexively invokes to justify his murder of up to 10,000 innocent Iraqi civilians and the needless deaths of more than 200 American soldiers in the aggressive war he launched on the basis of proven lies and outright fabrications. Those mass graves, containing victims of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, were dug years ago, back when powerful U.S. officials like Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz were pursuing "closer ties" to the Saddam regime at the signed, insistent order of another president named George Bush. (more)

Thursday, June 19, 2003
A funny thing happened while following the money trail of the neoconservatives who have hijacked U.S. foreign policy. The path led to a network of financial and intellectual resources that also is dedicated to neoracism.
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation has been the economic fount for the neoconservative notions of global affairs now ascendant in the Bush administration. According to a report by Media Transparency, from 1995 to 2001 the Milwaukee-based foundation provided about $14.5 million to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the think tank most responsible for incubating and nourishing the ideas of the neocon movement.

The Bradley Foundation also made grants totaling nearly $1.8 million to help fund the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), the influential group that had urged an invasion of Iraq since its 1997 founding.

. . .

The Bradley Foundation is the rightís economic fount for ideas promoting neoracist empire. [more]

Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Starting this week, the nation's largest discount retailer will quietly begin selling tracking-chipped products to clueless shoppers. The first volley in their war against our privacy is set to start at their Brockton, Massachusetts store.

Wal-Mart will put Radio Frequency I.D. sensors on shelves stocked with RFID-tagged Gillette products, but they'd rather you didn't know about it, because, hey, you might not like it, and then you might make noise and then they'd have a big PR mess on their hands.

You might even stop buying Gillette products or, say, refuse to shop at Wal-Mart.

These chips, researched at M.I.T.'s Auto-ID Center are about the size of a grain of sand. Chipsters say the technology will only be used to help retailers keep track of inventory - like bar codes. But privacy-loving consumers question the very concept of a device that sends out radio waves to "readers" that not only identify the article, but where and with whom it's going.

The Big Brother implications of this thing need little hyping to get your skin crawling.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Weapons and explosives smuggled out of Iraq after the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime may have ended up in the hands of al-Qaida militants in Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi officials and a former Iraqi army officer.

Part of a major arms cache discovered by Saudi authorities during a May 6 raid in Riyadh appears to have come from Iraq, according to a Saudi official and the former Iraqi officer. The raid had targeted 19 al-Qaida members who fled during a shoot-out with Saudi security forces. At least three of the fugitives died when they took part in a series of simultaneous suicide bombings in Riyadh a week later, Saudi officials said.
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
The Bush Lies Marathon
I should have posted this sooner, but it's better late than never.

Steve Perry of Bush Wars is currently collecting and enumerating lies told by the Bush administration throughout the course of their term in office. These lies are intended to be the backbone of an article for the City Pages, the largest of Minneapolis' local weekly newspapers.

He's asking readers of his blog to send him all the lies they recall, and so far, he's collected 36 discrete whoppers. Surely, there are more.

So read what's already there:

How to Beat Bush, Part 1
The Bush Lies Marathon, Day 2
The Lies Marathon: How You Can Help
The Bush Lies Marathon, Day 3

Then send him what isn't:

sperry@citypages.com


President Bush countered those questioning his justification for the invasion of Iraq on Monday, dismissing "revisionist historians" and saying Washington acted to counter an imminent a persistent threat.

"Now there are some who would like to rewrite history; revisionist historians is what I like to call them," Bush said in a speech to New Jersey business leaders.
Delusions Prove Durable Against Ground Truths
A fairly recent Gallup poll, as reported in the CSM, found that, "Overall, 70 percent say things are going either 'very' or 'moderately' well for the United States in Iraq."

Yet even the conservative elements of the British press are saying the doings in Iraq are mired in chaos, and that "very senior" British officials are painting "a grim picture of American incompetence and mismanagement as the Coalition Provisional Authority struggles to run post-Saddam Iraq." Despite the prognostications of Perle et al, even the coalition's junior partner is admitting that military operations may well continue for the next four years.
Monday, June 16, 2003
Many Americans Unaware WMD Have Not Been Found
A striking finding in the new PIPA/Knowledge Networks poll is that many Americans are unaware that weapons of mass destruction have not been found in Iraq. While 59% of those polled correctly said the US has not found Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, 41% said they believed that the US has found such weapons (34%) or were unsure (7%).
So shout it from the rooftops, fellows.

Link via Joerg Colberg
Rand Beers, the former top dog at the NSC who resigned a few months ago, has broken his silence and started talking to the Washington Post.

"The [Bush] administration wasn't matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They're making us less secure, not more secure," said Beers, who until now has remained largely silent about leaving his National Security Council job as special assistant to the president for combating terrorism. "As an insider, I saw the things that weren't being done. And the longer I sat and watched, the more concerned I became, until I got up and walked out."

...In a series of interviews, Beers, 60, critiqued Bush's war on terrorism...Much of what he knows is classified and cannot be discussed. Nevertheless, Beers will say that the administration is "underestimating the enemy." It has failed to address the root causes of terror, he said. "The difficult, long-term issues both at home and abroad have been avoided, neglected or shortchanged and generally underfunded."

The focus on Iraq has robbed domestic security of manpower, brainpower and money, he said. The Iraq war created fissures in the United States' counterterrorism alliances, he said, and could breed a new generation of al Qaeda recruits. Many of his government colleagues, he said, thought Iraq was an "ill-conceived and poorly executed strategy."

"I continue to be puzzled by it," said Beers, who did not oppose the war but thought it should have been fought with a broader coalition. "Why was it such a policy priority?" The official rationale was the search for weapons of mass destruction, he said, "although the evidence was pretty qualified, if you listened carefully."

He thinks the war in Afghanistan was a job begun, then abandoned. Rather than destroying al Qaeda terrorists, the fighting only dispersed them. The flow of aid has been slow and the U.S. military presence is too small, he said. "Terrorists move around the country with ease. We don't even know what's going on. Osama bin Laden could be almost anywhere in Afghanistan," he said.
Beers has apparently signed up to help John Kerry's presidential campaign. According to one observer, Paul C. Light of the Brookings Institution, this is an idication that "the way he [Beers] wants to make a difference in the world is to get his former boss out of office."

While Beers is hesitant to explicitly diss the Bush administration, his wife offered this comment about the clique that's running Washington these days: "It's a very closed, small, controlled group. This is an administration that determines what it thinks and then sets about to prove it. There's almost a religious kind of certainty. There's no curiosity about opposing points of view. It's very scary. There's kind of a ghost agenda."

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