Contents - Weblog
February 27 to March 16, 2003
Note: This Index to postings is by date,
earliest first. The postings themselves show the latest at the
top, the earliest at the bottom.
Weblog 2003-02-27, Thursday
An exchange on NeoCons and Jewish
Weblog 2003-02-28, Friday
Judiciary Jammin! Debora Cook Appointment
Domestic stealth bombs - KRISTEN
Weblog 2003-03-01, Satyrday
Brady Kiesling's letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin L.
Weblog 2003-03-02, Sunday
There is a great contest - Enlightenment
and fundamentalism, a clash of world views
Weblog 2003-03-04, Tuesday
Davis to Get $15 Billion From Kissinger-Bush
Private Equity Firm "The Carlyle Group" for Vivendi Bid
The Bush administration's lies 'justifying'
war in Iraq - Carla Binion
Religious overtones in Bush drive to
The World Will Know the Truth - Pilger
Two men driving Bush into war
Every part of the Shrubbyist domestic and
international agenda depends on perpetual war
Warren Buffet's Apocalyptic Vision
Weblog 2003-03-05, Wednesday (Wodin's Day)
Fascism's Face in America
The White House had deeply angered the Iraqi
opposition to Hussein
Shame! Our Senate has Shamed Itself!
war policy in collapse By James Carroll
Weblog 2003-03-06, Thursday (Thor's Day)
Pride, Arrogance, and War
Weblog 2003-03-07, Friday (Freya's Day)
Whitewashing the Shrubbyist
National Security Agency spying on
delegates at the UN
A Pakistani view of the conflict over Kashmir
Weblog 2003-03-08, Satyrday
Low Frequency Active Sonar Experiments
Weblog 2003-03-09, Sunday
Self selecting straw vote site; a
clientele of right wing voters makes for depressing results
Police powers move into your browser
This war came from a think tank
Tony Blair faces government resignations
over lack of United Nations mandate for military action
"Let them hate as long as they fear" appears to
be official US policy
Special Agent Colleen Rowley's letter to FBI
Last minute UN & religious proposals to
head off war
Iraq a Detour From the War on
Weblog 2003-03-10, Moon day
US Spying at the
Just War — or a Just War? Jimmy
Carter - Linked to Road to
The Immorality of Preventive War - Arthur
Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man
- Carla Binion
For centuries, we've been
'liberating' the Middle East. Why do we never learn?
Weblog 2003-03-11, Tuesday, Tiw's Day
A Peace to End All Peace - David
The Xanax Cowboy
One of those "Do you remember?" lists, with a few
recollections and additions of my own!
rightist disinformation campaign
Bush Calls For Ban on
The White House's efforts to pack our
Judiciary system with right wing extremists
It is Not the Oil, It is the Distraction
Where things stand today - the best summary I
Why was Richard Perle meeting
with Adnan Khashoggi? - Seymour Hersch
Weblog 2003-03-14, Freya's Day
Conscience versus the group mind
In my dreams I keep you
Madness of Empire - Scott McConnell in "The American Conservative"
Weblog 2003-03-16, Sunday
A reminder for those of us who do not know war
When the bombs fall
A Third Way
War is Sell - Laura Miller
A New Era?
Contents indexed March 10, 2004
Weblog 2003-03-16, Sunday
From Jerry Bass, via
my French, the scapegoat of the day; but rest assured I have burned my
beret, poured my expensive French wine down the drain, and castrated my
French poodle! As a further patriotic gesture I am gorging myself on
fries and toast.
to us in a sad time but humor, the time-honored response to
And, make no mistake, this war will be a tragedy. Bush is right. It is
a moment of truth for the world, most of which opposes this war. All
protests to no avail, it seems to me the chickenhawks planned this war
for years, the beginning of the real American Empire. I had hoped we
have shown the maturity to exercise restraint, to foster the
of international law, to set a moral example. Polls show more and more
Americans behind a war, the bandwagon effect, the inevitable rallying
the flag, "our country, love it or leave it." We
are poised to "liberate Iraq" at whatever the cost to Iraqis, American
democracy, and global stability. What's
but "liberation" as a cause belli, the link between Saddam and Al
unproven, no immediate threat from Iraq demonstrable? We could simply
the arms inspectors remain in the country indefinitely, support UN
until Saddam is disposed or dies a natural death. Instead,
it seems almost certain we will engage in an illegal, immoral, and
war. The consequences will be with us for generations. We will reap the
Muller Email - This
is an example of how a particular 'theme' can have much longer legs on
the internet distribution channel than other closely related
A copy of the email, a report of a statement by Dr.
Robert Muller, is posted HERE.
This Is a New Era, By Lynne
Posted on Mar 14, 2003
The theme of the statement by Dr. Muller is, in
that the fact that the war on Iraq is drawing protest and discussion of
the merits and demerits of the war before it 'formally' begins is in
hopeful; that the fact that other nations in the UN are seriously
the United States in that forum is unprecedented and also hopeful; that
in fact this is the very purpose for which the UN was founded and
the coming to fruition of the vision for that organization, not its end.
Surely, I think, it is the very optimism of
theme that has given the email reporting on Dr. Muller's remarks
popularity on the internet distribution channel. The remarks (as
reported) provide a way to continue believing in the future of the UN,
and of the effectiveness of that organization and of public opinion and
protest in reigning in the abuses of power that seem otherwise so
to be leading us into an unjust and indefensible war.
I agree with Dr. Muller's statement, as
That the dialogue he speaks of is happening is important, and a great
forward. But the outcome is much in doubt, and I fear the
of the powerful against those, individuals and nations, who have dared
to ask these questions, and demand this dialogue. We are walking
a knife edge.
Yet, the fact that there is so much, compared
to similar times in the past, knowledge of and discussion of these
and perhaps even more significantly of the European and US policies and
actions that have created the tensions and divisions which have led us
to this point is potentially even more important.
The fact that our policies and our agencies
and funded Osama bin Laden, and Saddam Hussein, that we removed
a liberal secular Prime Minister from power in Iran and installed the
resulting in the Ayatollah's revolution there, that the British and
callousness in failing to deal with the Kurdish and Armenian questions
to the East of Turkey after WW I have led to genocide and ethnic
of both groups by the Turks -- surely all of these known facts may
in people demanding information about, and voice in determining future
foreign policy actions.
For if that does not happen, the same stupid,
self interested mistakes will continue to be made, with the same
|This should be a
time for deep,
self examination on the part of generations of Americans who were
happy with the motto "don't know much about history, don't know much
geography". For each and every one of us who have ever subscribed
to that false doctrine bear responsibility for the deaths of all those
Iraqi children, and I say also for the rise to power and criminal
of Osama's Al Qaeda.
emphasis, March 10, 2004
We face a crisis in popular education, an
of ignorance and lack of respect for learning and knowledge. A
that I think must be managed in the same way that a Public Health
should be managed, with intense efforts to create public support for
in the very culture itself so that effective preventive action can be
Weblog 2003-03-14, Freya's Day
is Sell by
Miller PR Watch, First Quarter 2003
point of view, you don't introduce new products in August," White House
Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. told the New York Times in September.
Card was explaining what the Times characterized as a "meticulously
strategy to persuade the public, the Congress, and the allies of the
to confront the threat from Saddam Hussein." http://www.prwatch.org/prwissues/2002Q4/war.html
Read the rest of this exhaustive analysis of the
government, right wing think tank, media talking head, and professional
PR groups who have been laboring for the
year to bring us the Iraq war. This
is an excellent introduction to the methods used to manage the media
public opinion, and the resources brought to bear for that purpose. This
is essential knowledge for anyone who wants to understand why mass
"direct action", and peaceful resistance actions are required to gain
attention and counter the drive toward war.
Is a Third Way
By Jim Wallis and John Bryson Chane, Washington Post, Friday,
March 14, 2003; Page A27
"Soujourners" - Christians for Justice and Peace - is appealing
to all who oppose War on Iraq to support a "third way" proposal of six
elements developed by US and British church leaders. The proposal
is described in this Washington Post article.
The proposal may be naive and is somewhat suspect, in that while
of Saddam from power is explicit in in the first element, the abjuring
of military force against Iraq is noted only in the sentence pair:
"So let's separate Hussein from the Iraqi people. Target
but protect them."
However, restraint from a military solution is also implied by a tacit
acceptance, in the second element, of the proposal floated by Germany a
few weeks ago for a greatly intensified inspections regime.
The fifth element of the six element proposal is that:
"we should recommit to a "road map"
peace in the Middle East. The United States, Britain and other
Union nations must address a root cause of Mideast conflict with a peace
plan resulting in a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel
the Palestinians by 2005, structured to include meaningful
deadlines enforced by the international community."
This is so close to the statement issued by GWB this morning that I am
tempted, against my better and skeptical judgement, to hope that the
of the proposal might be under consideration. Just
the chance that this is the case makes it essential, in conscience,
all who oppose unleashing 'shock and awe' on Iraq appeal, to every
leader they can reasonably hope to reach, for adoption of this
Last week I logged on to Sojourners web site, to read this six
element plan. I was sufficiently impressed to register my
for the proposal, and to forward it to 20 or so of my friends and
Sojourners indicates that overall more than half of the people to
they sent action alerts forwarded the plan to President Bush,
Minister Blair, and Secretary General Annan. This is an
response to such a mailing. But still,
Bush administration accelerates toward war on Iraq - unless the
to Peace" in Israel and Palestine indicates that the six point plan has
a chance of working. Just in case that is so, let's
try to hammer the point home, now. Sojourners has issued another
alert, providing tools we can use to press for that resolution.
suggested actions (including a fund appeal) are copied below.
1. Read the 6-point plan and forward it from http://www.sojo.net/action
to world leaders.
2. If you've already read the plan, forward this alert to
in your address book.
Quoting the last paragraph of the Washington Post article:
3. Read today's op-ed by Jim Wallis and John Bryson Chane in The
Post and other press coverage at http://sojo.net/index.cfm?action=about_us.press_room
4. New! Tell your church that the 6-point plan is available today
a FREE Sunday bulletin insert - please go to http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.bulletin
or call 1-800-714-7474 for details.
5. Support Christians for justice and peace. We need you to
in this plan. Go to http://forms.my.sojo.net/3141/
to make a tax-deductible donation with our thanks. Or mail your
2401 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009.
6. Please pray for all leaders striving for diplomacy during this
Unless an alternative to war is found, a military
will soon be unleashed. A morally rooted and pragmatically minded
broadly supported by people of faith and goodwill, might help to
achieve a historic breakthrough and set a precedent for effective
action in the many crises we face in the post-Sept. 11 world.
It's worth a shot, considering the alternative.
Also From the
Lysistrata Project: http://www.lysistrataproject.org/news_and_articles.htm#WhenBombsFallUSWillJoinRanksofWarCriminals
Terrifyingly, we are hours away from
doing irreparable harm to our democratic heritage by launching a
risky, arrogant crusade that most of the world opposes, all at the
of a small coterie of neoconservative ideologues plotting to
the world in their image and who unfortunately have the ear of our
Fisk has a reminder
for those of us who do not know war:
On the road to Basra, ITV was filming
wild dogs as they tore at the corpses of the Iraqi dead. Every few
a ravenous beast would rip off a decaying arm and make off with it over
the desert in front of us, dead fingers trailing through the sand, the
remains of the burned military sleeve flapping in the wind. "Just for
record,"the cameraman said to me. Of course. Because ITV would
show such footage. The things we see---the filth and obscenity of
be shown. First because it is not "appropriate" to depict such reality
on breakfast-time TV. Second because, if what we saw was shown on
television, no one would ever again agree to support a war. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=372767
There is more, lots more. Well written
If you need a reminder, read it.
Madness of Empire: The War Party’s militarized strategy will
the world against us. By Scott McConnell. February 24,
The following paragraphs are excerpted, the rest of this longish and
argued article is worth reading.
...In 1998, the newly
Project for a New American Century (PNAC), an advocacy group chaired by
Standard editor Bill Kristol, began sending open letters from
foreign policy hawks. First, it wrote to the Clinton administration
upon the United States to “remove Saddam’s regime.” When its advice was
ignored, PNAC asked Republican Congressional leaders to push for war.
signatories included Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz (now number two at
the Pentagon), Elliott Abrams (recently appointed to the National
Council as a director of Mid-East policy), William Bennett, John Bolton
(now Undersecretary of State), and the ubiquitous Richard Perle,
of the Defense Policy Board and often considered the central figure in
the interlocking web of neoconservative think tanks.
The article concludes:
beyond Saddam’s overthrow. Immediately after 9/11, the group began
to expand the war against other Muslim states, calling for the U.S. to
target Hezbollah and its sponsors, Iran and Syria. PNAC also wants
U.S. to stop trying to foster a peace between Israel and the
advocating withdrawal of the small amount of aid the U.S. gives the
Authority and granting full support to Israel’s
wing Likud government.
are elements within a broader vision of a more militarized U.S. foreign
policy, carried out without allies if necessary. In the final year of
first Bush administration, Paul Wolfowitz penned a memo under the aegis
of then Secretary of Defense Cheney, calling for the United States to
up its defense spending in order to deter any other country from “even
aspiring to a larger regional or global role.” China, Russia, Germany,
and Japan were to be intimidated from seeking more power in their own
the Wolfowitz draft was leaked to the press, it received widespread
and the Bush I diplomats rushed to reassure allies that Wolfowitz’s
did not truly reflect American foreign policy.
But during the
they did become the views of the neoconservatives, packaged under the
“benevolent global hegemony” touted by Kristol and Robert Kagan. The
of the neoconservative foreign policy team in exile (a sort of shadow
during the Clinton years) were fleshed out in a PNAC book, Present
which called for the U.S. to “shape the international environment to
own advantage” by being “at once a European power, an Asian power, a
Eastern power, and of course a Western Hemisphere power” and to “act as
if instability in important regions of the world … affect[s] us with
the same immediacy as if [it] was occurring on our own doorstep.” In
this meant assertive risk-taking virtually everywhere. Jonathan Clarke,
reviewing the volume in the National Interest, wrote, “If
book’s recommendations were implemented all at once, the U.S. would
unilaterally fighting a five-front war, while simultaneously urging
to abandon the peace process in favor of a new no-holds-barred
with the Palestinians.” This book has become the blueprint for the
policy of George W. Bush.
Only recently has
become commonplace (outside of the Marxist Left) to call this new
imperialist. President Bush himself still shuns the word, telling a
Day audience, “We have no territorial ambitions. We don’t seek an
But a surprising number of foreign policy analysts, in the neocon orbit
and beyond, have picked up the “I” word and run with it. Max Boot, a
Street Journal editor who wrote a book about America’s splendid
wars writes in the Weekly Standard about “troubled lands [that]
cry out for the sort of enlightened foreign administration once
by self-confident Englishmen in jodhpurs and pith helmets.” Kristol
Robert Kagan prefers the term “hegenomy” to empire, and many
stress that the new American imperialism will differ from the bad old
sort because it will be welcomed by its subjects. The American
Institute’s Joshua Muravchik has written a primer on “exporting
whose phrases now pop up regularly in Bushite rhetoric.
Yes, it is madness, but a madness
for accomplishment of the rest of their megalomaniac agenda.
Iraq, the bottom will fall out of this argument. The first consequence
would probably be sharp drop in international co-operation against
especially terrorism directed against the United States. After that, we
can contemplate new alliances: Russia and China, Europe and the
Middle East, an international system in rapid flux but increasingly
on restraining American power. Of course, the United States will always
have Israel as its friend.
international situation: a country rich and technologicially advanced,
blessed with unusually stable political system, separated from hostile
countries by huge oceans, and still retaining durable long term
with the world’s most powerful and successful democratic states, and
serious international police and intelligence cooperation to deal with
its most pressing enemy, al-Qaeda. For such a nation suddenly to
that its best and only option to “save itself” is to embark on a course
of imperial expansion, one that will be opposed vigorously by the rest
of the world, seems almost a form of madness.
Weblog 2003-03-13, Thor's Day
In my life
I found you
I keep you
I will leave you
life I will look for you
Not exactly a day of peaceful meditation....
me why it is we don't lift our voices these days
cry over what is happening. Have you noticed
plans are made for Iraq and the ice cap is melting?
to myself: "Go on, cry. What's the sense
being an adult and having no voice? Cry out!
who will answer! This is Call and Answer!"
will have to call especially loud to reach
angels, who are hard of hearing; they are hiding
the jugs of silence filled during our wars.
we agreed to so many wars that we can't
from silence? If we don't lift our voices, we allow
(who are ourselves) to rob the house.
come we've listened to the great criers - Neruda,
Thoreau, Frederick Douglass - and now
silent as sparrows in the little bushes?
masters say our life lasts only seven days.
are we in the week? Is it Thursday yet?
cry now! Soon Sunday night will come.
versus the group mind:
Missouri County GOP Chairman Resigns Over War
Country Above Politics' by Jack Walters, March 10, 2003. From
"Old Conservative" site antiwar.com
comes news of another resignation, this time of the Boone
MO, Republican Committee Chair, Jack Walters.
Tide turns against Bush
by Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star, Mar. 11, 2003. 01:00 AM
turns against Bush "The Iraq crisis is no longer about
Iraq. It is about stopping the United States... Most countries
the U.S. are no longer worried about rogue Iraqi dictator Saddam
are worried about rogue American President
George W. Bush. ... For
now it is not Iraq, a minor Middle Eastern power, that is in potential
defiance of the U.N. system, but the mighty U.S.
In effect, Bush has served notice that the painstaking logic of
security, which the U.S. itself did so much to create 58 years ago, is
to be junked. War is to be no longer a last resort but an active
part of superpower foreign policy. Decisions on the international
order are to be made not at the U.N. but in Washington alone. The
of other nations is now to be wholly contingent upon U.S. geopolitical
interests. No wonder the rest of the world is nervous. No wonder
that France, Germany, Russia and (maybe) China have forged their
peace coalition. No wonder that even Canada is alarmed." (I
hear that the Wall Street Journal has a problem with this!)
New York City Council Approves Resolution
Iraq War Until Options Exhausted
with the Chairman
by Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker, 10 March 2003. From Truthout.com
Perle meeting with Adnan Khashoggi? This
article details some of the dealings of Richard N. Perle, the chairman
of the Defense Policy Board. Perle, who is one of the most
and influential American advocates of war with Iraq, is also a managing
partner in a venture-capital company called Trireme Partners L.P.,
was registered in November, 2001, in Delaware. Its main business
to invest in companies dealing in technology, goods, and services that
are of value to homeland security and defense! Perle is ont of three of
Trireme’s Management Group members who currently advise the U.S.
of Defense by serving on the U.S. Defense Policy Board, the others are
Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State who is, in fact, only a
member of Trireme’s advisory group, and Gerald Hillman, an investor and
a close business associate of Perle’s. So why, on January 3rd at
a seaside restaurant in Marseilles, was he meeting with arms broker and
Iran - Contra - Reagan middleman Adnan Khashoggi (also a sometime
employer of Theresa LePore, Palm Beach Elections Supervisor of
ballot" fame) and Iraqi born Saudi industrialist Harb Zuhair?
when questioned about Sy Hersh's article, called him a
Go to Original Story
See also Sy
Hersh casts critical eye on Bush regime and Goldsmith
Award Winner Criticizes Bush Regime
probes fake papers on Iraq The FBI is looking into the forgery
of a key piece of evidence linking Iraq to a nuclear weapons program, including
the possibility that a foreign government is using a deception campaign
to foster support for military action against Iraq. (from
Where things stand today - the best summary
I have found
is Not the Oil, It is the
Why the Domestic Agenda Must
Still be A Primary Concern
As we know from having read these:
Two men driving Bush into war
The Project for the New American Century (aka
the Shrubbyist 'Mein Kampf')
(Both articles are also HERE)
the true objective of the Shrubbyist schemes is not to 'gain control
of Iraq's oil', or even to 'remove Saddam and liberate Iraq' or to
terrorism'. The true objective is the remaking of social
political institutions throughout the world, and especially in the US,
in the image of totalitarian
The so called War on Terror and the War on Iraq are essential tools,
but only tools, in this plan for transformation of the liberal,
and pluralist social and political arrangements, which world
has struggled to create over the last 400 years. The progress in
liberty, tolerance, pluralism, education, and equality which has been
on the foundation laid by the Renaissance and the Enlightenment will
replaced by a neo medievalist, authoritarian, order based
fundamentalism and superstition, and friendly to the Feudal
political and economic arrangements the Shrubbyists are so intent on
The attacks of 11 September 2001 and the subsequent Wars on
and Iraq are in fact only the desired "catastrophic
and catalysing event - like a new Pearl Harbor" described
as "the opportunity of ages" in the PNAC
Master Plan. There the 9-11 attack or a similar event was
out as the occasion to build the war machine and domestic political
that was needed for America to dominate much of humanity and the
resources. In the hands of Karl "Goebbels" Rove, Paul Wolfowitz,
Richard Perle, and others in the Shrubbyist White House it
became the tool for the desired transformation of social and political
institutions world wide, as well. And that expanded agenda
- not oil, and not some peculiar personality disorder -
what motivates the White House's intransingence, arrogance, and
today. That agenda is what we must not
their War on Iraq distract us from, for if they are successful in it,
fate if Iraq will be of small consequence in comparison.
I sometimes see speculation about 'what happened to Islam' that
the further development of the extraordinary cultural and
achievements of the Arab and Muslim world up to and including the 17th
Century. My response: The same as
happen to the civilization of the "West" if the Shrubbyist agenda goes
unchecked; a slide back into the reign of fundamentalist religion,
superstition, ignorance, and the suppression, by military and police
of the peoples' liberties and aspirations. Don't let the
of the Wolfowitz's and Kristol's fool you, that is where they have us
The Political Agenda in the
The agenda is multifaceted. At its core it rejects nearly all
of the political and social progress of the last 70 years, with goals
from the repeal of New Deal programs for the regulation of business
and Social Security to the purposeful use of ballooning military
and excessive, socially regressive tax reductions to permanently
the non military and police functions of government at all
The Shrubbyist objective for the 'perpetual
strategy is twofold. First, the passions and exigencies of
conflict has acted to increase political support they recieve,
for this disastrous, un American agenda. Second, the attention
of the media, and of those Americans who oppose their agenda has been
almost totally, from the legislative and executive actions putting it
- Reversal of 30 years of environmental
and regulation, such as exempting the military from environmental
opening wilderness areas to logging and energy exploration, and
environmental activism as terrorism.
- An attack on Civil Liberties, through
the "Patriot Act" and its proposed successor, Patriot II, as well as
'martial law' tools such as secret courts, torture of prisoners,
of the right to counsel, etc.
- Reversal of gains made in the Civil
protections offered racial and ethnic minorities.
- Attacks on the legal status of women, and
to reproductive choice.
- Efforts to pack the Federal Judiciary
extremists sympathetic to the Shrubbyist political agenda.
- Breakdown of the separation of church and
through the use of 'faith based' delivery of governmental services from
welfare to education, and permitting public religious observances, such
as public holidays based on the religous convictions of favored groups,
while those of other religous persuasions, especially non
are ignored, delegitimized, or even suppressed.
- Transfer of immense amounts of our
and product from education, health, social services, envoronmental
and other non military purposes to law enforcement, prisons, and
purposes. This will simultaneously militarize our society and
while impoverishing all other governmental functions - education,
health, social services, envoronmental protection, etc.
- Enacting tax reductions which will
government, and which will greatly increase the disparity of wealth and
income in our society.
- Destroying the character of our Social
as a guaranteed social insurance program, and reducing its value as an
economic stabilization tool, by measures which will subject it to the
of financial markets.
- For Kristen Lombardi's detailed
of these areas see HERE.
The point must be repeated: It is the agenda
for total control, for radical social change and political revolution -
oil, and not some peculiar personality disorder -
that motivates the White House's intransingence, arrogance, and
over Iraq. We must not let their War on Iraq
us from that agenda, for if they are successful in it, the fate if Iraq
will be of small consequence in comparison to what will follow - here
in the rest of the world.
The White House's current efforts to pack
our Judiciary system with
right wing extremists as Judges is but one example of the uses to which
the distraction of war can be put. The worst example,
is the Estrada nomination, where the nominee has NO judicial experience
or record and has refused to give any indication
of his judicial philosophy or to release to the Judiciary Committee of
the Senate any records or writings which might give information about
The Senate Democrats have successfully prevented Estrada's
with a filibuster, a device traditionally used for such purposes by
and Republicrats from the South. Now that it is being used
against them, the Shrubbyists and their Republican sympathizers have
it should be eliminated! (See the reporting copied below.)
call or write your Senators, Republican or Democrat, and ask them to preserve
this tool, which looks to be so essential in a coming protracted
battle against Shrubbyism. You may also want to make an
that they vote against closing debate on the Estrada nomination, that
to prevent a vote which would result in his confirmation.
Bush Calls For Ban on Judicial
Editor's Note (from Truthout.com): Amid
all the hue and cry regarding war in Iraq, Senate Democrats have been
but sternly wrestling Bush's judicial agenda to the mat with the
filibuster of conservative judicial nominee Miguel Estrada.
frustrated by their inability to break the filibuster, have gone so far
as to accuse the Democrats of anti-Hispanic bias on the matter.
ignores Estrada's ultra-conservative views, and further ignores the
that the Senate was given no data with which to judge Estrada's
Estrada refused to give up his papers, and has answered few questions
the Judiciary Committee. Thus, the filibuster.
Now, Mr. Bush and Senate Republicans
decided to try and overthrow a tried and true constitutional rule: the
filibuster itself. Apparently, says Majority Leader Frist, the
are failing the Founders by using the Constitution as it was meant to
used. Mr. Frist was apparently off practicing medicine when
Senators made rich use of the filibuster against Clinton's judicial
And so it goes. - wrp
Bush Calls For Ban on Judicial
CNN.com | Associated Press
Tuesday 11 March 2003
President Bush, his appeals court
of Miguel Estrada mired in party politics, called Tuesday for a ban on
judicial filibusters and a mandatory vote on all court nominations he
future presidents send to the Senate.
In a letter read on the Senate floor by
Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, Bush called for a permanent rule "to
timely up or down votes on judicial nominations both now and in the
no matter who is president or which party controls the Senate. This is
the only way to ensure our judiciary works and that good people remain
willing to be nominated to the federal bench."
Senators in the past have called for
changes but to no effect.
Republicans have so far failed in their
to end the Democratic filibuster of Estrada's nomination for the U.S.
of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Frist, with Vice President Dick Cheney
in the chamber, said Tuesday the Estrada filibuster goes against what
founding fathers wanted from the Senate on judicial nominations.
have "brought us to the point to failing that charge," Frist said.
Democrats cite 'precedent'
But Democrats said GOP senators have
Democratic judicial nominees from getting confirmation votes in the
"Because that precedent stands in the way
their political ends, Republicans now seek to deny their own words and
their own actions," said Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South
Dakota. "They're here today to claim that the Constitution is
by the very same procedures that they themselves have employed. They're
here today to claim the Constitution is going to be threatened by the
same powers that it grants."
But Bush called on the Senate to get beyond
the past. "I ask senators of both parties to come together and end the
escalating cycle of blame and bitterness and to restore fairness,
and dignity to the process," Bush said in the letter.
Republicans are moving aside Estrada's
appeals court nomination temporarily as they turn their attention to
Bush nominees, including Texas Supreme Court Judge Priscilla Owen, who
was rejected last year when Democrats controlled the Senate.
Frist said Estrada's filibustered
won't be left behind. The delay is to move other controversial U.S.
Court nominees such as Owen, Ohio appellate lawyer Jeff Sutton and Ohio
Supreme Court Justice Deborah Cook.
Not giving up
"I'm not going to give up on the Estrada
Frist said Monday. "We're going to pursue this nomination until we get
an up or down vote."
Owen, a Texas Supreme Court Justice who
a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, was one
of two White House judicial nominees voted down by Democrats in the
Judiciary Committee last year. Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah,
has planned a Thursday hearing, hoping to rehabilitate her nomination
move her on to the full Senate for confirmation with his GOP committee
Democrats complained that Owen has been an
anti-abortion and pro-business judicial activist whose opinions and
are overly influenced by her personal beliefs.
"The charge that she is a judicial activist was nothing more than a
cynical trick of words from Washington special interest lobbyists,"
The other nominee who failed to clear the
last year was U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering of Mississippi, who
also wanted a seat on the 5th Circuit. Hatch has said Pickering also
get another hearing.
Democrats have said Owen and Pickering
face serious opposition from them, including possible filibusters.
The Republicans lost a filibuster vote on
on Thursday, with only four Democrats voting with the GOP majority to
him an immediate confirmation vote. Frist said he would soon try vote
ending the filibuster, and Hatch said he expects such a vote perhaps as
early as next week.
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Weblog 2003-03-11, Tuesday, Tiw's
A U.S. diplomat resigned
from government service on Monday in
protest at GWB's preparations to attack Iraq, the second to do so in
than a month.
The slapstick side of opposition:
go to bushorchimp.com and whitehouse.org
(from Wink) These seem appropriate for the war god's day.
Disinformation Campaign is Underway
- A reported trashing of a 9-11 memorial being maintained by
of a mobil home park in Nixon's hometown, Whittier, CA, turns out to
been conducted by Shrubbyist sympathizing
to stir up resentment against opponents of the Iraq war.
the Whittier Police, who did observe the trashing of the memorial, did
not detain the people long enough to identify them, let alone arrest
But the "agent provacateur" nature of the action and the Shrubbyist
of the people involved are well enough known to locals.
Use a firewall!
All home and small
office and 'traveling' portable computer users should be using a
which blocks all ports to incoming traffic, unless the port is
by an authorized application on the user's machine, and which blocks
outgoing traffic which is not originated by an application which the
has given permission to access the internet. The free Zone
Alarm personal firewall is one such firewall.
A worm using port 445 has been pretty active since
I noticed the hits on my firewall, and now Brother has confirmed it
a forwarded note.
The worm does not rely on web browsing or email or file transfer to
propagate, but installs itself over any internet connection which is
protected by a firewall which blocks Port 445. Unlike
Anti Virus program tools do not detect, protect, or remove it if they
issued before the AV vendor discovered and covered this threat.
The worm installs a backdoor to the infected system which permits
control by any user from a remote location.
Win 2k and Win XP (and NT) machines unprotected by Port 445 blocking
firewalls can be infected, and "owned" (to become 'sleeper' systems),
they use one of the 'candidate' passwords and the network share
(IPC$ share) is not disabled. Naturally, since we are talking MS,
default setting for the share is "enabled" and it is not
disabled. The IPC$ share is used with temporary connections
clients and servers by using named pipes for communications among
programs. It is primarily used for remote
of network servers. (More at
The worm deletes the IPC$ and other shares.. so if you don't find
share, you may have the worm.
(Network Associates says: The worm requires WindowsNT/2k/XP in
order to spread, but the virus can copy itself onto Win9x/ME
--- (but) does not function on Win9x/ME systems. )
>Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 01:54:12 -0500
>Reply-To: Windows NTBugtraq Mailing List
>Sender: Windows NTBugtraq Mailing List
>From: Russ <Russ.Cooper@RC.ON.CA>
>Subject: Alert: New Worm - W32/Deloder on TCP445
>Our Director of Malcode Research, Roger Thompson, has been
the rapid increase in activity of the W32/Deloder worm;
>(Note: We're looking for someone in each country to run
drop me a note if you're interested and outside of North America)
>This worm, similar to previous worms on TCP445, spreads via network
shares. Most corporate environments should be protected because they
not allowing untrusted connections into their network, however, he's
a couple of scenarios where this may happen.
>1. Machines connected to raw Internet connections when out of the
corporate environment, either at home or while traveling, which are
brought back into the corporate network.
>2. Machines which use VPN connections into the corporate network
are not properly protected from the raw Internet.
>Update your AV definitions and ensure such machines receive
protection, as in Personal Firewalls and active AV.
>Russ - Surgeon General of TruSecure Corporation/NTBugtraq Editor
Weblog 2003-03-10, Moon day
I received one
of these internet stories about an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. "In the
bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. The kind that sat
on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with
we didn't have steam irons." LOL, "didn't have steam
I remember when the "gas iron" was new, replacing an unheated iron I do
not remember. Instead of a place for distilled water in the
there was a screw cap with a pump handle, so the gas could be poured in
and then pressurized. Then the iron was lit, and the gas burned,
heating the iron. Ah, the joys of modern, labor saving household
There are a
of these "do you remember" emails floating on the internet, the list
is from a couple of them. I don't remember quite all of them, but
not because I am too young. More likely because I am too
And in some cases because the items were too expensive or "urban" for
to come in contact with. Here is one such list, with a few
(And some additions of my own.) How
Many Do You Remember???
Car head lights dimmer switches on the floor
I also remember a bit of the first four years of my life in a log house
in the Rockies, in Chaffee County, CO. I took first and
grades in a one room country school (10 of us in eight grades, with
desks and inkwells, the pot bellied coal stove in the center of the
In first grade, BJ, a second grader, would often drive a Model A to
sometimes giving the teacher a lift. One time "the Dads" had to
the schoolhouse on its stone post foundation, after BJ didn't stop in
and almost knocked it off. I learned to read by the
of kerosene (its still here) lamp and gas lantern, and remember the
of the "indoor plumbing" and electricity (initially a Kohler generator
in the garage, then REA).
Ignition switches on the dashboard
"Throttle" and "Choke" knobs on the dashboard
Wondering why the new cars lacked running boards
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall
Driving to town to watch TV through the furniture store window (Also
driving to a neighboring house while visiting Dad's sister near Ottawa
to see the very first TV of my life. There was a giant glass
in front, to enlarge the picture. I wonder where all those
Cisterns, and the hand pump to provide water in the house
Rationing, Savings Stamps, CARE drives, and when bananas came back
after the War
Mixing dye into bags of white oleomargarine to color it yellow
Rail Road water towers (for the steam engines) and milk wagons (for
the milk cans) by the RR depot
Real ice boxes - (Ours was in the basement,
and I remember the ice house in town where we got the ice (when it was
not delivered)). I was a baby when my Dad worked winters at
the ice lake at Buena Vista, CO, cutting and warehousing the ice that
shipped out the next summer, cooling railroad 'refrigerator cars'.)
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. (Nope.
Remember my pant legs getting caught though, and lying under the bike
I tried to get uncaught. I was alone, and pretty well
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner. (The
burner was brass, gas fired like Mom's iron.)
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
Blackjack chewing gum
bottles with colored sugar water
for the wooden floors at school and in stores
that dispensed bottles (Recirculating
ice-water soda coolers were the absolute best. These deliver the
best, coldest, soda pop ever sold. Last winter, driving west
Arizona on I40 I saw a pickup truck with two of them in it, and three
topped gas pumps too, probably heading for some celebrity's estate in
Not the glass globes, but the glass five gallon containers that you
full before draining them into your tank. I barely remember my
using one up in the Rockies one time.)
tabletop jukeboxes (What's to
I still hang out in these places.)
in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers. (Those
are 'pogs' if I remember correctly. And they confused me a bit
I first saw them, in town, because milk came from a jug in the icebox,
which was filled from the milk bucket, which was filled from the
And Dad separated milk and cream with the hand cranked cream separator.)
Party lines (The
telephones were battery powered, with hand cranked magneto
Our 'number' was two longs and a short, once we got a phone. To
how to crank a 'number' and talk to a neighbor or call town was kind of
the movie (Movietone. I remember
WWII, a bit - Mussolini hanging with his (buxom) girlfriend, the A
And Ghandi's assasination by a 'former' RSS fascist Hindu
thug. And the King David Hotel bombing, a 'terrorist' act by the
Stern Gang that was instrumental in driving the British from
Tanks, crowds, people running, explosions. Yeah, I remember, it's
hard to forget that stuff. Especially in black and white.)
heard of them.)
new fangled substitute for good old American Vitalis. Brother had
a Mohawk cut, too radical for me.)
with a word prefix (Olive - 6933)
(Castle2-3492, we still have it.) (Still used them in KC when I
college and went to the big city for the first time; there was an
exchange there too.)
Cork popguns - (No,
I never had any use for them, as we had cap guns.)
45 RPM records
Stamps (And discussions of the
stamp' phenomenon in the business press. This is like yesterday,
for pete's sake.)
Hi-fi consoles (My
first memory of sound recording is Aunt Agnes's hand wound Victrola)
Metal ice trays
Melanie's wonderful song - "I've got brand new roller skates, you've
a brand new key", a singular, absolutely delicious paean to young
love. I loved that song.)
pits! YUMMMY! Especially one long night when JB and I
nearly all of "Around the World in 80 Days", and created the same in 80
ways instead. Mmmmm. We called it 'norgling', it had the
to necking that fine filet mignon would have to ground
All perfectly innocent, mind you, though I doubt Ken Starr would
So innocent that 'blue balls' or 'stones' could get to a fellow.
JB had Darvon for me, controlling the pain let us 'keep on
And sometimes the poor girls thought they had 'upset stomachs'!
And I have met kids (those under 50) who literally do not know or
such conditions exist! "Kids today don't have any idea what they
are missing---instant gratification took a whole bunch of the fun out
life" in the words of one of my sisters.)
nearly bought an Avanti in '63, matter of fact. And I hear they
trying to bring them back!)
and I drove two (48's?) in High School, but the 32 Chevy we drove
that was a better car. That was a FINE machine, wish we had it
this some Ford product I have forgotten?)
a green enameled washer, with NO motor or engine. Mom, or the
or the older kids used a lever handle to drive the agitator. The
wringer had a spring release, in case it jammed or a hand got caught in
it. The octagonal stick Mom used to push the laundry down in the tub is
now used to hold up the lid of the automatic washer - still in use
semi-retired, after 60 years or more. A later washer, in the new
basement, had a Maytag gas engine, with a kick starter. It was an
SOB to start, Dad often had to do that.)
No wonder I love time with my parents. Casual recollections in
conversation don't so often go past them without recognition or
Xanax Cowboy -
It still confuses many Americans that, in a world
full of vicious slimeballs, we're about to bomb one that didn't attack
us on 9/11 (like Osama); that isn't intercepting our planes (like North
Korea); that isn't financing Al Qaeda (like Saudi Arabia); that isn't
to Osama and his lieutenants (like Pakistan); that isn't a host body
terrorists (like Iran, Lebanon and Syria).
A Peace to End All Peace
by David Fromkin, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1989, ISBN
Copyright © 2002 Garret Wilson, 8 August 2002 8:43am -
The review includes a brief history of how:
"The system of states as we know it in the Middle East (a
only invented in 1902), was crafted by Europeans around 1922 as a
way to grab new expansions to their empire, to carve up the fallen
Empire and establish influence as they had done with other countries
The chief offenders were England and France, and the disastrous deed
done by 1922. The review, at least is worth a read.
purchase try Amazon.
centuries, we've been 'liberating' the Middle East. Why do we never
Robert Fisk, Independent News, 06 March 2003 (Also
On 8 March 1917, Lieutenant-general Stanley Maude issued
"Proclamation to the People of the Wilayat of Baghdad". Maude's
Army of the Tigres had just invaded and occupied Iraq – after
up the country from Basra – to "free" its people from their
Mr. Fisk's theme is that European intervention has always been excused
as an effort at liberation, has never succeeded in that, and that
such effort will likely be equally futile. There are those who
hope a form of "intervention" could be found that would work to that
I count myself among them. But it will
happen in the hands of the lying Shrubbyist imposters and their
allies, of that I am certain.
And in Iraq in the coming months? What will be the price of our folly
this time, of our failure to learn the lessons of history? Only after
United States has completed its occupation we shall find out. It is
the Iraqis demand an end to that occupation, when popular resistance to
the American presence by the Shias and the Kurds and even the Sunnis
to destroy the military "success" which President Bush will no doubt
when the first US troops enter Baghdad. It is then our real "story" as
journalists will begin.
It is then that all the empty words of colonial history, the need
topple tyrants and dictators, to assuage the suffering of the people of
the Middle East, to claim that we and we only are the best friends of
Arabs, that we and we only must help them, will unravel.
Here I will make a guess: that in the months and years that follow
invasion of Iraq, the United States, in its arrogant assumption that it
can create "democracy" in the ashes of a Middle East dictatorship as
as take its oil, will suffer the same as the British in Palestine. Of
tragedy, Winston Churchill wrote, and his words are likely to apply to
the US in Iraq: "At first, the steps were wide and shallow, covered
a carpet, but in the end the very stones crumbled under their feet."
Saying No to War: New
York times Editorial, Sunday 9 March 2003 - From Truthout:
"Editor's Note: Understand
for what it is. The Times hedges its language to a degree here,
at the end of the day the message is clear. The 'Paper of Record'
for the Western world has come out against the war."
Weblog 2003-03-09, Sunday
a cruel God makes a cruel man
By Carla Binion, Online Journal
Thomas Paine said belief in a cruel God
a cruel man. Paine biographer John Keane points out that Paine
organized religion and the cruel-God concept, while at the same time
"the idea of a benevolent Creator of the universe." George
W. Bush's God is so cruel that he wants Bush to massacre Iraqi children
in order to "get" Saddam Hussein and install a puppet government, which
he mislabels "democracy." The "God" whispering in George W.
ear is cruel enough to sanction lying as a way to gain support for
innocents. This "God" also approved the widely reported U.S.
of United Nations members as a means to his murderous ends.
Evidently, this isn't the same God
the Pope's ear, or speaking to the Dalai Lama, to former President
Carter, or countless other widely respected spiritual and political
and antiwar protesters, because that God is saying "don't massacre
babies based on lies." Whether one is religious, spiritual,
or otherwise, it's hard for the clear thinking reader to deny there's
deceptive and, well, diabolical about George W. Bush's "God."
The Progressive magazine (February 2003)
referred to Bush's belief he can purge the world of evil at the point
a gun as "messianic militarism."
Bush has referred to his mission to "democratize" the Middle East as
"crusade," calling perceived enemies "evildoers" and members of an
The Progressive quotes reporter Bob
as saying that Bush characterizes his "mission" and that of the U. S.
the grand vision of God's master plan." According to
book, BUSH AT WAR, Bush often states he operates mainly by gut
He told Woodward, "I'm not a textbook player. I'm a gut player."
After spending long hours studying Bush's
public statements and interviewing him, Woodward concludes that Bush's
instincts "are almost his second religion." With the power to go
around the world making war on any nation his instincts tell him is
Bush feels no need to clarify his reasons to critics or to seriously
counsel from those with differing views.
Bush told Woodward, "I don't need to
why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being the
Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I
feel like I owe anybody an explanation."
The Progressive points out that when Bush
was governor of Texas he stated, "I could not be governor if I did not
believe in a divine plan that supercedes all human plans." His
Barbara Bush, told her son he was a Moses figure, and in Bush's
book, he claimed he had "a charge to keep."
This messianic zeal combined with the
goal of bombing the Middle East allegedly for the sake of
the region, but in reality done for the purpose of dominating world
endangers the entire planet. Television news has barely
on the fact that war hawks in the Bush administration, including Dick
Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, have long planned to use military
to remake the entire Middle East. Fortunately,
the print media have repeatedly shown evidence that Bush hawks consider
Iraq a mere first step in a series of preemptive attacks on supposedly
"evil" nations that Bush and company imagine might some day threaten U.
S. global domination.
In The American Prospect (March 2003)
Kuttner writes that "throughout the Cold War, the lunatic fringe -
like Gen. Curtis LeMay, who wanted to bomb North Vietnam 'back to the
Age' - often served in government. But providentially, these
never seized control of policy. Until now."
Today the radicals of the far right have
taken control of American foreign policy. Kuttner says the
contingent "are considered lunatic fringe" even among certain foreign
Kuttner concludes that though the Bush
crusaders might wish it weren't true, it's impractical "to drain every
political swamp" by removing every world dictator. "Despite
abominations like Vietnam and sundry CIA-sponsored coups," says
"on the whole the United States has borne its vast power with a
sense of proportion. Until now."
Now we have the Dr. Strangelove
the war-zealots, at the helm. These messianic crusaders think
they can do no wrong and that they therefore can totally ignore, or
irrelevant, the United Nations, the Pope, countless other dissenting
and political leaders and the masses of protesters around the world,
their cruel God is on their side.
The "God" leading George W. Bush and his
minions into battle says the ends justify the means. This "God"
lying and murder and has chosen cruel men as his vehicles.
Not every stray Bush administration gut
or apparent spiritual "inspiration" is divine. Don't wise
leaders suggest we might distinguish between good and evil
"spirits" or individuals by their "fruits," or the results of their
In a Buzzflash interview (February 23,
Mark Crispin Miller, NYU Professor and author of "The Bush Dyslexicon,"
accurately described Bush as "a swaggering contradiction of the Sermon
on the Mount." Miller also mentioned Bush seems to believe "that
God has chosen him to be His instrument against 'the evil one.'"
This "divine instrument" has promoted
lies in order to trump up support for his upcoming war(s). As LA
Times reporter Robert Scheer pointed out (Marcy 4, 2003), Bush has lied
so often about such crucial matters that increasingly people in
are speaking out.
For example, John Brady Kiesling, a
veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, resigned recently, saying in his
of resignation that because of the actions of the current
he no longer believed that upholding the policies of the president also
meant upholding the best interests of America and the world.
Kiesling said, "we have not seen such
distortion of intelligence, such systematic manipulation of American
since the war in Vietnam." Is "God" guiding the Bush team to
intelligence reports and deceive the public?
Robert Scheer notes that Bush lied when
claimed Iraq aided the September 11 terrorists. Bush also lied
he claimed Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction are an imminent
to the U.S. Bush is lying when he claims his only interest is
rid of Saddam Hussein and restructuring Iraq. Scheer is another
journalist confirming the fact that the Bush hawks have no intention of
stopping with Iraq, but intend to reshape the entire Middle East.
Other journalists criticizing the Bush
deception include Paul Krugman of the New York Times who has written
"the Bush administration lies a lot." In an October Washington
article, Dana Milbank listed eight Bush administration statements that
were lies. William Raspberry said of Colin Powell's report to the
UN, "I don't believe him."
The Bush team's many lies should raise
about the motives and "divine" nature of their mission. It also
sense to ask whether "God" would approve their "dirty tricks" campaign,
described in a leaked National Security Agency memo. The memo
agency staff to spy on UN Security Council members in an effort to win
votes for war against Iraq. According to Martin Bright, Ed
and Peter Beaumont in The Observer (March 2, 2003), the surveillance
involved "interception of the home and office telephones and the emails
of UN delegates in New York."
A few months ago, the Dalai Lama sent a
to George W. Bush, trying to talk him out of attacking Iraq. The
Dalai Lama once said his religion is about loving kindness, adding that
if he had to choose, he would rather the world include larger numbers
loving, kind people than more Buddhists. In contrast, Bush would
apparently prefer to bully and blackmail the world into following his
than to cultivate loving kindness and worldwide good will.
The Bush hawks claim that doing nothing
be more dangerous than going forward with their war plans.
in his January 2003 article, "An Alternative to War," former President
Jimmy Carter suggested a third option, namely "a sustained and enlarged
inspection team, deployed as a permanent entity until the United States
and other members of the UN Security Council determine that its
is no longer needed." The earth might be a safer place if the
team would consider such options.
The Bush administration's mindset and
actions are leading the world toward a destructive future - toward a
and eerie "world order" of unprecedented darkness and peril - an order
that would please the cruelest "God" imaginable. People of
the world over would do well to oppose this.
of Preventive War
was first published by the Los Angeles Times
reprinted with permission of the author at the History News Network web
War — or a Just War? (Or just
Jimmy Carter "As a Christian and as a president who was severely
by international crises, I became thoroughly familiar with the
of a just war, and it is clear that a substantially unilateral attack
Iraq does not meet these standards. This is an almost universal
of religious leaders, with the most notable exception of a few
of the Southern Baptist Convention who are greatly influenced
by their commitment to Israel based on eschatological, or final days,
ARE DEATH WORSHIPERS!
With Passion and a Dash of Pink, Women Protest
War By THE NEW YORK TIMES March 9, 2003
Is it possible something is happening here? Opposition to the
war seems to be getting media coverage. Very odd.
US Spying at the
- In another, continuing oddity Rupert Murdoch's Guardian Unlimited
- The Observer has led
the reporting about an American 'dirty tricks' surveillance
to win votes at the United Nations in favor of the new US - British
on Iraq. Wonder what the folks at Prince Rupert's Faux News
think of this.
Detour From the War on Terrorism --by Gary Hart
urgent necessity to disband terrorist networks abroad and to secure the
American homeland has been replaced by the Bush administration's
preoccupation with Saddam Hussein. He has become George Bush's
Whale, an obsession that has cost us international solidarity in
terrorism, the goodwill of tens of millions of people worldwide and the
role of benign democratic world leader." (from
Hart was co-chairman, with former Senator Warren Rudman, of the U.S.
Commission on National Security/21st Century, which originated
the Homeland Security proposals during the Clinton
Yeah... the ones that were put on hold until Al Qaeda produced GWB's 'trifecta'.
Weblog 2003-03-08, Satyrday
UN plan to
give Saddam 72
hours to leave Baghdad or face March 17 invasion The
Scots "Sunday Herald" reports this rumored plan as a paragraph to be
in a new UN ultimatum resolution presented by Pakistan. It
has been brokered by the Vatican, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab
Administration of post Saddam Iraq would go directly to the UN under
rumored plan. The theory is that such a modified resolution will
be acceptable to the French, German, Russian and Chinese
It also seems to be in line with the Sojourner proposal described below.
An Alternative to War for Defeating Saddam
Hussein - A
Religious Initiative by Christians for Justice and Peace
offers a six point plan for freeing the Iraqi peoples from Saddam's
and the Baath party autocracy, while still avoiding war. At the
you can both send an appeal to GW Bush to reconsider the
Iraq to save it" strategy and send messages to your friends
them to do the same.
Colleen Rowley's letter
to FBI Director Mueller - From Truthout.org:
Editor's Note: You will remember Colleen Rowley
as the Minneapolis FBI agent who 'blew the whistle' on the fact that the
FBI had several serious warnings about the 9/11 attacks in hand before
that fateful day, and failed to act upon them. Ms. Rowley
once again stepped forward with this letter, written to FBI Director
on February 26, which describes in detail her concerns about domestic
issues in light of the looming war with Iraq. This letter covers
a wide variety of highly important issues, but foremost among them is
dire warning she delivers to her boss: "The
bottom line is this: We should be deluding neither ourselves nor the
people that there is any way the FBI, despite the various improvements
you are implementing, will be able to stem the flood of terrorism that
will likely head our way in the wake of an attack on Iraq."
dum metuant" translates, roughly, as "let
them hate as long as they fear." It was a favorite saying of
the emperor Caligula - and appears to be official US policy under the
regime. -- Paul Krugman in the NY Times, in an excellent riff on
the questions "Why does our president condone the swaggering and
approach to our friends and allies this administration is fostering,
among its most senior officials? Has 'oderint dum metuant' really
our motto?" asked in John
Brady Kiesling's letter of resignation from the US Foreign
Points Memo Joshua
Micah Marshall, up to now a supporter of war on Iraq now says "At
point, we truly have the worst case scenario on the international
And I think that those costs now outweigh the gains."
faces wave of resignations as ministerial aides issue ultimatumTony
Blair will face a wave of government
if he commits British troops to a war on Iraq without securing a second
United Nations mandate for military action.
think tank war: Why
old Europe says no This
war came from a think tank --by Jochen Boelsche
was in no way a conspiracy. As far back as 1998, ultra right US think
had developed and published plans for an era of US world domination,
the UN and attacking Iraq. These people were not taken seriously. But
now they are calling the tune." (from CLG)
powers move into your browser By Declan
CNET News.com March 3, 2003, 5:24 AM PT URL:
The discussion thread at [ Link
] is especially interesting, and the posting at [ Link
] is essential for its links on the subject of Voting Machine and
System Abuse. A copy of the latter is at VoteMachAbuse-VClay030304.html
It is ironic to see the response of ZDnet posters. As Atlant
One need only Google back to the time of the 2000 Selection
to see that most ZDnet posters were salivating at the prospect of
controlling all three branches of the US Government:
- The Executive
- The Congress
- The Supreme Court (One might also add a fourth branch:
- The media)
Now that's a fact, but it doesn't seem to be working out as
well as they had all hoped. As "The Onion" so succinctly put it
The Onion's satirical note predicted today's headlines too well,
Fall Sharply as Jobless Rate Rises to 5.8% http://truthout.org/docs_03/030903F.shtml
long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over'"
I don't think they realized at the time just how true their words would
of those self selecting straw vote sites; this one has a clientele of
wing voters, which makes for some depressing results.
Sonar Experiments may be harming, even killing significant
of Whales and other Cetaceans. A Yahoo email discussion group is
Another Viral Worm (Lovgate.C) is spreading; it is only a moderate
threat as it is confined to Outlook Express and Outlook email
It is a slow acting automated social engineering worm, as it
viral replies to email in the OE inbox of the infected machines.
The recipients receive messages in apparent reply to mail they sent to
the infected user, which induces them to trust the attachment. It
may be slow, but it looks like a troublemaker to me, if it can achieve
critical mass or 'tipping point'.
on your machine may be more of a problem than worms and viruses,
Weblog 2003-03-07, Friday (Freya's Day)
A Pakistani view of the conflict over
Kashmir, a call for peace and
a description of the effects of the violence -5 March -
With note from Mark Bruzonsky of MER:
KASHMIR, KOREA, IRAQ, PALESTINE, CHECHNYA, COLUMBIA...
Early this morning I sent yesterday's posting, about the PNAC master
and consequences, to my address book. My hope in such things
is to clear the air, and provide information to those who know this war
is wrong, but have to little time to track all the ebb and flow of
opinion, that their opposition cannot be discounted on "policy" grounds
by "subject matter experts". Representation of the war on
as a step to liberation for Arab and Muslim peoples appears to be the
example of such a "disinformation" effort. My deepest
gratitude goes to those who are opposing this war with their feet and
works in their communities.
MID-EAST REALITIES - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org
- Washington - 3/7/2003: This list of war areas -- a
number of which could indeed erupt into some kind of World War III as
very nerves of the world grow more tense -- is hardly complete; but it
dramatizes the exceedingly dangerous 'New World Order' of the current
moment After Iraq it's clear now the Americans (egged
on by the Israelis and with a little help if Tony Blair remains PM in
are planning to move on in their escalating crusade to enforce a new
order by superpower might and technology -- at huge cost in blood and
Iran, Korea, Lebanon (Hezbollah), Syria, Occupied Palestine (Hamas),
-- they are all on the target list, make no mistake about it
This article about the tinder-box of Kashmir is a perspective from
-- a country the Washington Post just last week editorialized (as it
does on behalf of the Washington power establishment as well as
American Jewish groups associated with Israel) should be warned that
it comply with the 'new world order' or it too will be put on the
Tough Questions for Bush on Iraq Tonight
- Has the National Security Agency, as the
Observer in Britain recently
been spying on delegates from various countries at the UN? Is the U.S.
bribing and threatening other UN members?
- You have said that this invasion of Iraq would be "moral," yet
board of your own denomination, the United Methodists, has said: "It is
inconceivable that Jesus Christ ... would support this proposed
How do you respond to them?
- and 14 others at http://www.accuracy.org/press_releases/PR030603a.htm
Weblog 2003-03-06, Thursday (Thor's Day)
It seems it is time to get off the fence and be clear about where I
stand on some things.
the Shrubbyist "Mein Kampf"
I see that
a news conference was scheduled for Thursday night. If
Drudge had it right Wednesday, GW Bush decided Wednesday night that we
are going to war. Or not. It's reported that British
troops have been told that 3/17 is the day their part in the
begins. It's also reported that there will be no additional UN
The rocket and bomb assault will last 3 days before serious ground
by ground troops begins.
Before that, there will be an intense campaign to justify the
propaganda campaign began in earnest with speeches declaring that
the war was the solution to the problems of the Mid East. No
sale here. I agree with Matthew Rothschild, editor of "The
Until Bush stands up to
the United States could overthrow the governments of Iraq and Iran and
Syria, for that matter, and still not solve the truly "growing threat,"
is the ongoing crisis between Israel and Palestine.
The campaign continued on Ted Koppel's "Nightline"
Wednesday night, with two segments
the now famous "Project for the New American Century",
I call the Shrubbyist "Mein Kampf".
by Jay Bookman in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution as early
as September, 2002, it is also described in some detail at [McConnell],
For those who fear to click on links... here is the nutshell:
Material originally at this location has been moved HERE
If Drudge has it right,
may God forbid, 6 hours or so from now - it is 2:00 am PT - we may well
be at war. The Shrubbyists have lost all credibility, support for
their adventure in the Mid East is paper thin, and turning to ash by
hour. All they have now is the authority of an unelected
in Chief" of the US armed forces, unchecked by a weak and frightened
to order them into war. It appears now that our only
if he insists on this path, would be impeachment,
a course that will be justified by his acts of war in violation of our
The war may well be brief, so brief that the devastation of Iraq's
and the deaths of tens or hundreds of thousands of its women, children,
and aged through direct combat action and the indirect effects of that
action will be ignored by the press and politicians. It is
that 300,000 bombs and missiles will be directed at Iraq by the US in
first 3 days of the assault.
The strategy has a name, Blitzkrieg or something like
But Kierkegaard's "Fear and Trembling" is what gnaws at my
The sense of wonderment, awe at our participation in this tremendous
and the life brought forth within it is utterly lacking in the dead
and spirits of the men and women in power who have brought us to this
The Dinosaurs lived on this earth for 250 million years, and featheredTheropods
are here to delight and entrance us still. The writ of genus
species (oh so ironically) sapiens, looks to run well short of half a
that of "modern" man perhaps a bit over 20,000 years, of "civilization"
in the neighborhood of 7,000. Ah, but such a proud race!
A Chorus Against War by Howard Zinn, The Progressive, March, 2003
Bush's Speech Falls Flat by Matthew Rothschild, February 27, 2003
Weblog 2003-03-05, Wednesday (Wodin's Day)
A war policy in
James Carroll, 3/4/2003 - Mr. Carroll's fine
All of this points to an administration whose policies are
confused and whose implementations are incompetent. The
with which the US military is moving into position for attack is
impressive; thousands of uniformed Americans are preparing to carry out
the orders of their civilian superiors with diligence and
But the hollowness of that civilian leadership, laid bare in
disarray of last week's news, is breathtaking.
That the United States of America should be on the brink of
an ill-conceived, unnecessary war is itself a crime. The hope now
is that -- even before the war has officially begun -- its true
is already manifesting itself, which could be enough, at last, to stop
||What's needed now is
massive display of ongoing opposition to the War. And we can do
and Easily-with a Blue Ribbon. If even a fraction of all those
oppose this unilateral war wear a blue ribbon on their lapels, shirts,
or dresses and tie it to their cars (and anything else), we will
create a force that can no longer be ignored. You can get the
to make your own in any craft or fabric store, or to learn more and
one or a bunch of these cheap, check out the store at:
The Blue Ribbon Campaign is a project of
Without War coalition.
Please ask your friends to sign the Fair
For All petition to Congress:
Weblog 2003-03-04, Tuesday
Our Senate has Shamed Itself!
The noble, courageous, and ever courteous and civilized President
of Afghanistan has been insulted and mistreated
the Senate of the United States. Hamid
risks his life every day, in service to the welfare and liberty of his
people and Nation (as do many other Afghans, equally dishonored by the
American press and political establishment), yet is treated as a vassal
and supplicant by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. This
at a time when our country needs all the friends it can get, and when President
Karzai has held fast in his friendship toward us.
Senator Lugar is showing signs of either senility or of infection by
virus of imperial delusion that is eating at the sanity of the
Branch. The URL:
The Black Hole that is Shrubbyist imperial
policy has spewed forth other signs of its accelerating spiral
OFFICIAL HIRED TO IMPROVE U.S. IMAGE RESIGNS
"The gap between who we are and how we
wish to be seen and how we are in fact seen is frighteningly
Charlotte Beers, the former advertising executive
who has been the Bush administration's point person in efforts to
improve America's image among Muslims, is quitting her State Department
job after 17 months, the State Department said today. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/03/international/03CND-BEERS.html
The high contrast between Shrubbyist commitment to its imperial
policies on their soil, and the Shrubbyists' vacillating and lily
approach to supporting the development of democratic and pluralist
will not improve the US image among Muslims.
FROM THE SHRUBBYIST BETRAYAL OF
DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ
We noted a few days ago that the White House had deeply angered
the Iraqi opposition to Hussein by greatly weakening its support
establishment of democratic institutions on "the day after" their
invasion. All of the major opposition groups, Kurds, Shia
Assyrian and Chaldean Christians, and the rest were angered, and some
that they would fight against the imposition of the planned
which the Shrubbyists have outlined. One of the primary
was that the relatively free and independent Kurdish area in the
was being sacrificed, as the Turks were being encouraged to take
there. Naturally, the Kurds are intensely upset by this.
we see that Anti-Saddam Shia are also pretty p.o.'d, and are taking
steps to do something about it.
Kurdish officials say that several thousand troops who deserted
army after the Gulf War and have been sheltered by Iran are redeploying
into Northern Iraq, 11 miles inside Iraq and about 135 miles from
in territory outside the Iraqi government’s control and administered
by Kurds! In addition to preparing to fight against
they are reported to be prepared to join with Kurds to resist
a Turkish incursion into northern Iraq.
The troops are part of Badr Brigade, estimated to have 15,000
in all, and which is the military wing of the Supreme Council for
the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a member of the Iraqi National
an umbrella opposition group that has supported US plans to oust
- at least until the recent "double cross". The brigade has
resided in Iran, and sees itself as a prominent voice for Shias,
who make up roughly 60 per cent of the Iraqi population.
The Supreme Council opposes the planned American
in Iraq and, in a recent interview, a council official said the
American military build-up was the latest manifestation of a Washington
blunder. The official, Galib al-Asadi, a council representative
northern Iraq, noted that after the Persian Gulf war in 1991, the
States allowed Iraq to keep much of its Army and to use
gunships to suppress uprisings that almost toppled Saddam.
Mr Asadi also suggested that the brigade’s military activities would be
wholly independent of American plans.
(based on reporting HERE)
Face in America
Stephen Downs was wearing a T-shirt bearing the words "Give Peace A
Chance'' that he had just purchased from a vendor inside the Crossgates
Mall in Guilderland, New York, near Albany, when he was confronted by
security guards and ordered to either take off the T-shirt or leave the
mall. When Downs refused the security officers' orders, police
the town of Guilderland were called and he was arrested and taken away
in handcuffs, charged with trespassing.
And from Jerry Bass:
In a recent posting I suggested
we have no need for conspiracy theories when we have already identified
the clique behind the rush to war, Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz,
et al. This is, in fact, a conspiracy in that they are deceiving the
people and the world about their real intentions, namely, to dominate
globe and even make the world safe for Christianity. These folks would
probably welcome additional terrorist actions, in reprisal if we attack
Iraq or otherwise, as generating the climate justifying their
and anti-democratic policies. Muslims speak about crusaders in their
referring to the military expeditions by European Christians in the
to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims. This may not be that far
the truth. There is a strong fundamental Christian component in the
behind our born-again President, who credits Christianity for his
of alcoholism! About fifteen years ago the conservative Harvard
Scientist, Samuel Huntington, wrote an influential book that the coming
wars would be between Western and Islamic civilizations. We see this
as a substitute for the political polarization of the Cold War. It will
be far worse once everyone has God or Allah on their side. Earlier,
into the Paradise Safeway parking lot, the car in front of me,
with American flags, had a bumper sticker reading, "I'm a child of God,
not a slave of Allah!" I was tempted to ask the driver the last time he
read the Koran, but was dissuaded by his tattoos! Paranoia has its uses!
is nigh, Buffett tells Berkshire faithful: Warren
Buffett is poised to issue his most doom-laden forecast for the state
the world economy yet, including a damning verdict on the derivatives
he fears could cause a global financial crisis. To be truthful,
"Sage of Omaha" is not predicting financial apocalypse - a meltdown of
the financial system resulting from instabilities in financial
markets. Rather, he is saying that though he cannot predict
a meltdown, he cannot believe it will not occur, based on the (lack of)
information available to him. Hey, if the world's
second wealthiest man and his partner throw up their hands and agree
the information provided by financial institutions about their risk
from derivatives is incomprehensible and essentially meaningless I am
to see a problem.
This one cannot be blamed on the current Shrubbyist
The financial derivatives markets, which still have some fans who
they are a great, positive innovation in the organization of capitalist
markets, started their explosive growth after deregulation of financial
institutions during Reagan's regime.
Weblog 2003-03-02, Sunday
The Shrubbyist Lust for War
This gun SMOKES!
Every part of the Shrubbyist domestic and international agenda
on perpetual war.
have no economic plan other than war.
It is the Shrubbyist political
agenda that drives their need for perpetual war,
not oil and not terrorism.
Two men driving Bush into war
The World Will Know the Truth
(Both articles are also HERE)
overtones spark concern Bush's faith part of war rationale (Chicago
Tribune) "As president [sic], Bush has infused his speeches with
references and language that evoke evangelical Christianity. But as he
talks about war with Iraq, many see increasingly religious overtones in
his rhetoric, prompting blistering criticism from a more secular Europe
and from Americans uneasy with his ready invocations."
a government lies to its people --by Carla Binion "The Bush
lies 'justifying' war in Iraq should insult the intelligence and
the conscience of the American people and the world community. The fact
that the administration has repeatedly exploited the September 11
and used it to build a case for unjust war is the most offensive lie of
Hill Republicans say Bush is screwing his own party President
George W. Bush has an interesting political strategy for why his
agenda may fail. Blame the Republicans... "That was an incredibly
stupid thing for the White House to do," a senior House GOP
aide complained Thursday." One Capitol Hill source said House Speaker
J. Hastert, already angry at Bush's remarks, lost his temper when a
suggested he go public with his feeling about what Bush said. "What
do you want me to do, call the President [sic] a liar? George
Bush may screw his party. I don't!" Hastert is reported to have
to Get Financing From Carlyle for Vivendi Bid, People Say
Marvin Davis will get financing from buyout firm Carlyle Group as part
of his $15 billion offer to buy Vivendi Universal SA's U.S.
assets, people familiar with the matter said. (jp note - Carlyle is a
investment firm, whose principals reportedly include George HW Bush, Al
Haig, Henry Kissinger, and other Nixon/Reagan/Bush administration
The group invests domestically and internationally in the media and
industries. As a private corporation, no detailed information
its activities or profits are available.
) (From CLG)
for Papal Intervention By Mary McGrory Thursday, February 27, 2003;
Pope John Paul II is causing
among one of the president's key constituencies: conservative Catholics.
Scholar Going to Rome to Make a Case for War By Alan Cooperman,
Post Staff Writer Thursday, February 6, 2003; Page A30 -- With Vatican
officials increasingly outspoken in opposition to a U.S.-led invasion
Iraq, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See is bringing a conservative
Catholic intellectual to Rome to help make the case that war is
The trip by Michael Novak, a scholar at the American Enterprise
in Washington, has generated fierce opposition from American
There is a
great contest now between
those of the Club
of Budapest's vision, and the visions of Bush's supporters and
and the rest of the fundamentalist haters of life and joy (e.g. the
RSS fundamentalists who butchered 2000 Muslims in Gujarat a year ago,
Wahabbist fundamentalists who are radicalizing Islam throughout Sout
in their "schools").
I fear that the good guys of the Club of Budapest and those who
their vision are at a tremendous disadvantage in this contest, because
they do not fully understand the importance of the political and
power arrayed against them in the hands of their sworn fundamentalist
Or the intensity of the hatred their fundamentalist enemies have for
They, we, are in fact in a struggle for our lives and freedoms at
most basic levels, at the levels that progressives and Jews were in in
Germany, in the 30's. And, we do not, largely, want to admit that
it is that serious -- that it requires the intensity of commitment of
and financial resources and personal risk that such a stuggle
requires. Or that, if we fail to organize and act now, we
(within a very few years) face the same legal, financial, and physical
oppression and retribution faced by victims of Fascism and Nazism in
in the 1930's.
Weblog 2003-03-01, Satyrday
Diplomat's Letter of Resignation
Text of John Brady Kiesling's
of resignation to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Mr. Kiesling is a
career diplomat who has served in United States embassies from Tel Aviv
to Casablanca to Yerevan. "...We spread disproportionate terror and
confusion in the public mind, arbitrarily linking the unrelated
of terrorism and Iraq. The result, and perhaps
motive, is to justify a vast misallocation of shrinking public
to the military and to weaken the safeguards that protect American
from the heavy hand of government..." (From CLG)
Weblog 2003-02-28, Friday
blasts Bush, calls on President to honor world opinion
Weblog 2003-02-27, Thursday
stealth bombs - from "The
Phoenix.com" by KRISTEN LOMBARDI
"While we stockpile supplies and wrap our windows
in duct tape, the Bushies are quietly advancing a frightening domestic
agenda that amounts to a far-right ideological assault on our civil
and social protections — and threatens to turn the clock back decades.
Here are five Bush-administration domestic policies of enormous
have been overlooked in this time of impending war and
The piece continues with descriptions of Shrubbyist schemes in the
of the assault on medical marijuana, the war on women, stacking the
Branch with right wingers, tax breaks for the wealthy and a broken
policy, and the federalization of capital punishment. Surely we
know what they are doing to the environment.
Judiciary Jammin! Looky
here! While we debate Bush's War, Cook is
in, along with two other rightwing nutcases! Senate GOP
Approval of 3 Nominees --A Senate committee approved three of
Bush's judicial nominees, overriding
attempts to delay a vote as they have with the nomination of Miguel
to the federal appellate bench. Deborah
Cook Is the Typical Bush Judicial Nominee — So Watch Out --by
Cohen "The administration is loading the courts with judges who rule
in favor of discriminating companies, abusive bosses and employers who
injure their workers and lie about it. And it is
counting on the rest of us not to notice." (From CLG)
An exchange on NeoCons and Jewish Intellectuals:
Response to an email received today:
Jerry, your email discussing the NeoCons and Bush's speech to the
Enterprise Institute ends with the note: "the transformation in
ideology among American Jews must be left for another time."
Let me suggest you check out a PBS program from several years ago,
something like "The New York Intellectuals", which deals with some of
in relatively fine and sophisticated detail, for TV. The program
may have had a book behind it, so you will want to Google for that.
I believe some of this shift occurred as a result of the strong
tendencies in the Boomer generation, which were exploited and
first by ultra-leftists in the Anti Viet Nam War movement, and then
by the US rightists as a way to emasculate that movement.
As a result, we see some of the brightest of Post Boomer students
to organizations they see as a strong contrast to the silly,
movements and cults of "The New Age".
These people form the intellectual core of very dangerous, rightist,
trends and organizati0ns, including not only the NeoConservatism of
Perle, and Rove, and but also the perpetual pseudo Democratic
pre-candidate Lyndon LaRouche's outfit, also Fascist in orientation.
The first academic study of this I have knowledge of is a book, "The
New American Right", 1955, Criterion Books, NY, NY. Daniel Bell,
ed., with Richard Hofstadter, David Riesman and Nathan Glazier, Peter
Seymour Lipset, Talcott Parsons.
You'll want to look at the influence of Sidney Hook, as well.
Many of these guys were irreversably pissed off at the post liberal
of the Boomer generation after their students closed down their classes
in protest against the Viet Nam War.
The Jews among them were affected as well by the ultra-leftist
of an anti-Israel agenda, driven at the time by Soviet foreign policy
and not, as now, by the excesses of the Sharon and his extreme rightist
supporters in Israel. (And remember that the NeoCon
in the US have subverted Irael's recent politics as well, and provided
the impetus for much of what has happened in Israel of late, as
"Perle and Feith wrote a paper in 1996 called 'A Clean
for the then leader of Israel's Likud bloc, Binyamin Netanyahu; the
break was from the Oslo peace process. Israel's 'claim to the
(including the West Bank) is legitimate and noble,' said the
'Only the unconditional acceptance by Arabs of our rights is a solid
for the future.' (When these people gained political power)
At the State Department, the 'Arabist' faction of regional experts
the diplomacy of alliances in the area was drowned out by the hawks,
by another new unit with favoured access to the White House.
Interesting stuff, Jerry. Thanks for your mail. If
(or any of the CC's) have corrections or additions to my notes here, I
would be grateful for them.
terrorist fears does serve the purpose of creating an atmosphere
the shift to the right we are experiencing, including the ever greater
movement toward a garrison state and encroachments on our civil
and privacy. Well, you get my drift; and if you don't, it's essentially
the importance, more than ever, of critical thinking as we will soon be
exhorted to rally behind the troops.
citing Ayn Rand on his talk show tonight, sang the praises of the
standing up against the herd mentality. (I do agree with him on the
of the Movie version of The Fountain Head, including Gary
acting.) If Dr. Savage (speaking as Dr. Bass) was serious, he would
this war. I don't see the courage in wrapping yourself in the flag and
going along with the powers that be, all the while claiming to be a
voice in the wilderness.
Why so many
intellectuals have come to occupy important positions on the right, a
transformation from earlier generations, would make a fascinating
Probably a significant proportion of the audience at the conservative
tank, The American Enterprise Institute, which hosted President
Bush's speech on the Middle East yesterday, including two he singled
for special mention, were of Jewish extraction. But the transformation
in political ideology among American Jews must be left for another time.