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Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

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  • Re-invade Iraq? The US has been here before.
  • Iraq War Drums -- Again!

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post

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06/13/2014 | On her Thursday show, Rachel Maddow cautioned against any renewed American military action in Iraq, warning that the people who "most aggressively argued that we ought to start the Iraq War in 2003" should not be trusted when calling for intervention now.

Pressure is building on the Obama administration to back the Iraqi government with airstrikes to fight against militants who are capturing great swaths of the country.

Jack Mirkinson is the Senior Media Editor for Huffington Post.

Rachel Maddow is an American television host, political commentator, and author. She hosts a nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC.

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Iraq War Drums -- Again! Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The United States simply cannot be sucked into another round of war in Iraq.
  • sign-btn.png Sign our petition. Tell President Obama and Congress: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Part 1: Obama Weighs 'All Options' for Iraq as Hawks Revive War Drums
  • Part 2: No New U.S. War in Iraq!
  • Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

 

Tom Engelhardt | A Record of Unparalleled Failure

  • More than half a century of American-style war by the most powerful and potentially destructive military on the planet adds up to worse than nothing.
  • Part 1: Don’t Walk Away from War 
  • Part 2: Stop Here

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Don’t Walk Away from War 

  • It’s Not the American Way 
  • Here are five straightforward lessons -- none acceptable in what passes for discussion and debate in this country -- that could be drawn from that last half century of every kind of American warfare.

Tom Engelhardt, Tom Dispatch

End%20the%20War.jpg June 10, 2014 | The United States has been at war -- major boots-on-the-ground conflicts and minor interventions, firefights, air strikes, drone assassination campaigns, occupations, special ops raids, proxy conflicts, and covert actions -- nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began.  That’s more than half a century of experience with war, American-style, and yet few in our world bother to draw the obvious conclusions.

Given the historical record, those conclusions should be staring us in the face.  They are, however, the words that can’t be said in a country committed to a military-first approach to the world, a continual build-up of its forces, an emphasis on pioneering work in the development and deployment of the latest destructive technology, and a repetitious cycling through styles of war from full-scale invasions and occupations to counterinsurgency, proxy wars, and back again.

Tom Engelhardt created and runs the Tomdispatch.com website, a project of The Nation Institute where he is a Fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his Tomdispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished. Each spring he is a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Part 2: Stop Here ~ Beverly Gologorsky

One summer reading recommendation tied to today’s piece: don’t miss TomDispatch author Beverly Gologorsky’s Stop Here, a powerful working class novel about the effects on this country of its endless, distant wars. It’s riveting! Tom

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books/1364250859l/17412773.jpg June 10, 2014 | Ava, Mila, and Rosalyn all work at Murray's Diner in Long Island. They are friends and coworkers struggling to hold together their disordered lives. While Ava privately grieves the loss of her husband in the first Iraq War, Mila struggles to dissuade her seventeen-year-old daughter from enlisting in the second. Rosalyn works as an escort by night until love and illness to disrupt the tenuous balance she'd found and the past she'd kept at a safe distance. The promise of a new relationship with a coworker soon begins to restore Ava's faith in her own ability to feel, and Mila learns through wrenching loss that children must learn from their own mistakes. But ultimately it is love–for one another and for their wayward families–that sustains them through the pain and uncertainty of a world with no easy answers.

With tender, unadorned prose and a supremely human sympathy for the triumphs and defeats of everyday life, in this long-awaited second novel Beverly Gologorsky delivers a moving and incisive story about loss, friendship, and healing in the shadow of a seemingly endless war.

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The US Gun Culture, Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: Lt. Col. Robert Bateman challenges the NRA
  • Part 2: That's It. I am Coming Home. 
  • The US Gun Culture, Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Lt. Col. Robert Bateman challenges the NRA

  • It's pretty much an open declaration of war on the NRA. He is a brave man. He has already received a lot of hate mail. So, he seems to have no illusions about the risks. But he openly taunts them:
    • Wimps need guns. Come and get me.
    • Oh, and if you try to go lethal, to convince me that your rhetoric is more intellectually compelling than my own written words, I am going to be giggling at the Las Vegas odds on you, with your guns, and me.
    • So there is that. Bring it on, little boys.
  • Anyway, I am very proud of him and I wanted to bring him to your attention because he deserves our support and encouragement.


Demi Moaned, Daily Kos

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Betty Culver

robert_bateman_s2.jpg Bateman, pictured, is an infantryman and a Military Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). 

Jun 09, 2014 | It's been some time now since I added Charles Pierce's 'The Politics Blog' over at Esquire to my daily blogroll. His righteous indignation coupled with his madcap prose stylings are sui generis and often hilarious. But, although Pierce is the proprietor and primary contributor to the blog, other writers are sometimes featured. Among them is a semi-regular whom I've come to increasingly appreciate named Lt. Col. Robert Bateman.

Bateman is active-duty Army, 'an infantryman and a Military Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)' and currently stationed in England. His primary recurring feature at 'The Politics Blog' is the Civil War Reenactment an as-it-happened 150 years ago today recounting of the military events of the Civil War. But he's not one of those sentimentalists who appreciate the beauty and valor of the South's struggle. He unapologetically refers to it as The War of Southern Rebellion and considers Robert E. Lee a traitor. The last installment in the series to date had Grant stalemated just a few miles from Richmond.

Demi Moaned: I'm a 59-year-old male living in San Francisco and I've been on the individual insurance market for several years now, so you can imagine ...

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Part 2: That's It. I am Coming Home. 

The NRA has made mass killings normal in this country. I'm coming home from years of serving my country overseas to help stop it.

LTC Robert Bateman, Esquire Magazine 

June 9, 2014 | This is too much. We have Tea Party political activists shooting cops from behind, in the head, then covering their dead bodies with the Tea Party “Gadsden” flag and shouting, “The Revolution begins now!”

No. I am coming home. I need to be there and be part of the solution. Moms Demand Action is getting some traction, but they can use the lean-in of a few U.S. Army Airborne Infantry Rangers. I am only sorry that I did not stand up to this threat to our nation before. I am sorry. I was busy.

LTC Robert Bateman is an infantryman, historian and prolific writer. Bateman was a Military Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and has taught Military History at the U.S. Military Academy.

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The US Gun Culture, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: If It's A School Week In America, Odds Are There Will Be A School Shooting
  • Part 2: Shooter And Student Reported Dead At Reynolds High School

 

The US Gun Culture, June 10, 2014

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  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: If It's A School Week In America, Odds Are There Will Be A School Shooting
  • Part 2: Shooter And Student Reported Dead At Reynolds High School

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: If It's A School Week In America, Odds Are There Will Be A School Shooting

Including Tuesday's incident at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon, 74 school shootings have taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown shooting.

Nick Wing & Sam Stein, Huffington Post

2014_SchoolShootingsSinceNewtown1.png06/10/2014 | Since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings for each school week, according to data maintained by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group fighting to end gun violence.

Including Tuesday's incident at a high school in Troutdale, Oregon, 74 school shootings have taken place in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown shooting. The average school year typically lasts about 180 days, which means there have been roughly 270 school days, or 54 weeks, of class since the shooting at Newtown. With 74 total incidents over that period, the nation is averaging well over a shooting per school week.

Nick Wing: Senior Viral Editor at Huffington Post

Sam Stein: Political Editor and White House Correspondent at Huffington Post

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Part 2: Shooter And Student Reported Dead At Reynolds High School

The Oregon violence came less than a week after a gunman opened fire on a college campus in neighboring Washington state, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding two others. It follows a string of mass shootings that have disturbed the nation, including one on Sunday in Nevada that left two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian dead.

Nigel Duara and Jonathan Cooper, Associated Press / Huffington Post

06/10/2014 | A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

After the shooting stopped, police spotted the suspect slumped on a toilet in a bathroom but couldn't see what was happening with him.

Nigel Duara: Associated Press (AP) legal affairs reporter, focusing on civil liberties, mental health and terrorism.

Jonathan Cooper: Associated Press (AP) reporter covering Oregon politics and government. 

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