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Iraq War Boosters Get Second Chance In Media Spotlight

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  • This is the American corporate media at its perpetual game, manipulating public opinion as always, against the public interest-- favoring transnational corporations and transnational investors who don't give a damn about this country, or anything beyond their profits.
  • Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart

Michael Calderone, Huffington Post

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06/16/2014 | In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Paul Bremer criticized the Obama administration’s policy in the Middle East and argued that the United States needs to make “a clear commitment to help restabilize Iraq.”

Notably, Bremer’s op-ed -- “Only America Can Prevent a Disaster in Iraq” -- neglected to mention his own role in helping to destabilize Iraq following the Bush administration’s disastrous 2003 invasion. As U.S. presidential envoy to the nation, Bremer disbanded the Iraqi army at the beginning of the occupation, a critical blunder that was followed by years of sectarian violence.

Michael Calderone is the senior media reporter at the Huffington Post.

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Related:

Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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  • Representative of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against what he called "terrorists" who have overrun large swaths of the country. 
  • We go to the city of Najaf to speak to Sami Rasouli, founder and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. 
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

 

 

The real crime in the Bergdahl-Taliban prisoner swap

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  • Holding prisoners in perpetuity in Gitmo torture center is a crime against humanity
  • Anti-war veterans and service members say: Close Guantanamo now!

March Forward!

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images/gitmo-1.jpgHundreds have been held in the notorious torture center for years without the U.S. government ever finding any crime to charge them with. 

June 5, 2014 | The right wing is making a big deal out of the fact that five Taliban officials were released to retrieve captured U.S. Army infantryman Bowe Bergdahl. 

They shriek: “How many soldiers did they kill?”

The answer is none, actually. 

None of them were picked up in battle. In the 12 years they were held in Guantanamo, they were never charged with any crime. 

March Forward! is an affiliate of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). Along with others in the Coalition, we are organizing against the Iraq and Afghanistan war while fighting for social and economic justice at home—including the struggle against racism and all forms of discrimination and bigotry. March Forward! operates based on the belief that real change comes through struggle and mass action.

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Obama was right to bargain with Taliban for Bergdahl, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest  

  • The criticisms can be countered. In the big picture, this made sense.
  • Part 1: The Real Villains of the Bergdahl Tale
  • Part 2: Bergdahl critics desert U.S. values

 

 

Veteran Affairs scandal in context

  • Budget cuts to the VA amid war profiteering by corporations and politicians

  • Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA

Liberation Radio

episode-thumbnails/veterans-affairs-medical-center.jpg June 16, 2014 | Mike Prysner of March Forward! investigates the Veterans Affairs corruption story that has rocked the country, and looks at budget cuts to the VA amid war profiteering by corporations and politicians.

Mike Prysner is an American political activist. He is the co-founder of March Forward!, an organization of active-duty members of the US military and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict that encourages current active duty service personnel to resist deployment.

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Here's The Simple Reason Congress Hasn't Fixed The VA, Ryan Grim, Huffington PostPolitics%20Banner.jpg

  • The VA is low priority: the Senate vets committee had the second lowest budget to spend on staff and other expenses -- just a few thousand dollars more than the Committee on Indian Affairs. It is also one of the few, if not the only panel, without its own press operation. And it's such an afterthought that the Senate lets a socialist run it. (We kid, but it is chaired by Vermont independent Bernie Sanders.)
  • Who is to blame for the crisis at the VA?

 

 

Bowe Bergdahl and the Moral Rot of American Exceptionalism

  • “The future is too good to waste on lies,” Bowe wrote. “And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others, as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be american (sic). The horror of the self-righteous arrogance that they thrive in. It is all revolting.” --From “America’s Last Prisoner of War”, by Michael Hastings. Rolling Stone, June 7, 2012
  • The Debate We Won't Have but Should

Winston Warfield, Counterpunch

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471*425/02bowe+gal53114.JPG U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Photo: U.S. ARMY, NYT - NYT 

June 6-8, 2014 | Nothing exposes the decadence of American militarism and the ideology of American exceptionalism better than the explosion of emotion sweeping the internet, Congress and the news media over the prisoner exchange of Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban. He is being vilified as a deserter and personally responsible for the deaths of fellow soldiers missioned to find him. The American right-wing located in the Republican party, some liberals like Chris Matthews and Dianne Feinstein and some of his fellow soldiers are all calling for his head in a display of vengeful nastiness bordering on psychotic. Bergdahl’s motivations for walking away from the bizarre U.S. counterinsurgency expedition in Afghanistan, a “dirty war” seemingly without purpose or end, are being lost in the fog of infantile political temper tantrums.

Bergdahl was according to an in-depth Rolling Stone article in 2012 by the late Michael Hastings, an exceptionally competent and motivated soldier during training, serious about preparing himself for combat. So serious and competent, that his fellow soldiers kidded him about being too gung-ho. He was moved in part by what he had read or viewed of reports of atrocities against civilians by the Taliban and other jihadist groups in other countries. His was an honest and heartfelt desire to “serve and protect” the poor and destitute in conflict zones. He was a highly-motivated foot soldier for “humanitarian imperialism”, the perfect youthful idealist falling for the good-vs-evil fairy tale of American exceptionalism.

Winston Warfield is a member of the Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace, in Boston.

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Related:

Obama was right to bargain with Taliban for Bergdahl, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The criticisms can be countered. In the big picture, this made sense.
  • Part 1: The Real Villains of the Bergdahl Tale
  • Part 2: Bergdahl critics desert U.S. values

 

Emergency demonstrations nationwide: No New U.S. War on Iraq!

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  • Actions at the White House in D.C., in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Albuquerque, Sacramento and many more cities on June 20 and 21!
  • We in the anti-war movement fought too long and too hard to prevent and end that illegal and unjust war. We cannot sit by idly today when the Pentagon may be about to open a new chapter in its history of death and destruction.
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ANSWER Coalition

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Iraqi child maimed by U.S. bombs in 2003 

June 13, 2014 | Today, it has become increasingly likely that the U.S. government will once again take military action in Iraq. It is urgent that anti-war forces mobilize to tell the Obama administration that the people of this country completely oppose any new war on Iraq.

 

The ANSWER Coalition is gearing up for such efforts, and is calling for nationwide demonstrations on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, as well as emergency actions the day U.S. bombing starts, in the event that it happens before these dates. 

bombiiraq.jpg The ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) works to build an anti-racist, peace and social justice movement through grassroots activism and education.

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Related:

Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation ApartAmy GoodmanDemocracy Now!

  • Representative of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has called on Iraqis to take up arms against what he called "terrorists" who have overrun large swaths of the country.
  • We go to the city of Najaf to speak to Sami Rasouli, founder and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. He left Iraq in the late 1970s and eventually moved to the United States and settled in Minneapolis, where he was a well-known restaurateur. He moved back to Iraq in 2004 after living abroad for nearly 30 years.
  • Rachel Maddow Warns Against A New American Attack On Iraq

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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

 

 

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