Tuesday, August 30, 2005
HOW MANY MORE INNOCENT AMERICANS AND IRAQIS WILL DIE FOR WHAT "NOBLE" CAUSE?????
Why I'm Leaving the American Legion
An Open Letter to the National Commander
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Sean T Lewis
Thomas P. CadmusNational CommanderThe American Legion700 North Pennsylvania St.P.O. Box 1055Indianapolis, IN 46206
Dear Commander Cadmus:
I write today as a very distressed member of The American Legion.
I enlisted into the Regular Army in 1988 to fulfill my idealist's sense of duty -- a duty to do my part to preserve the freedom of my nation and the liberties of my countrymen. After five years of service, including duty in the Persian Gulf War, I was discharged in 1993 to join the swollen ranks of America's disabled veterans.
...........That your address to the National Convention this week repeated as fact the lies by which this country was led down the path to war in Iraq is despicable, but of only secondary importance to me. Passage of Resolution #3, and your statement that anti-war demonstrations should be suppressed "by any means necessary" is taken directly from playbooks written by Goebbels, Marcos and Duvalier.
........The American Legion's stance, and your attitude that Americans opposed to the war should be silenced as "unpatriotic," is an affront to great Americans whose lives and sacrifices I have lived to honor.
General Smedley Butler: "War is a Racket."
President George Washington: "My first wish is to see War, this plague to mankind, banished from off this earth."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower: "When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing."
President Theodore Roosevelt: "To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Published on Saturday, August 20, 2005 by CommonDreams.org by Cindy Sheehan
... "I got an e-mail the other day and it said, 'Cindy if you didn't use so much profanity '. There's people on the fence that get offended.'
And you know what I said? 'You know what? You know what, god damn it? How in the world is anybody still sitting on that fence?'
"If you fall on the side that is pro-George and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out." ...
Friday, August 12, 2005
A portrait of Cindy Sheehan holding a photo of her son, Casey, is on display as supporters of the California woman hold vigil in Portland, Ore., Friday, Aug. 12, 2005. Sheehan, whose son died in Iraq last year, has been holding vigil outside President Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch since the beginning of the month and is requesting to meet with the President. Her Portland supporters vow to continue the daily downtown vigils as long as she does in Texas.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
jpeg's photo's of the Memory Flags in the making
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
..........The commander of the British-led multinational division in southern Iraq - where an Australian force is based - on Friday told reporters here there has been "a lot of speculation," but not many facts, about Iranian activities in his sector.
But Major General James Dutton said an Iraqi border enforcement unit in southern Iraq found a major arms cache about two weeks ago near Route Six, which runs from Basra to al-Amarah.
"We don't know exactly where that came from. We are keen to find out, and investigations are ongoing," he said.
"There have been suggestions that they could have come from Iran, but I certainly can't prove that."
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accused Iran of allowing the weapons to be smuggled across its border, warning that "ultimately, it's a problem for Iran".
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Daily Kos Mon Aug 1st, 2005 at 09:33:02 PDT
Critic says Bolton a 'kiss-up, kick-down sort of guy'
By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — The former head of the State Department's in house intelligence bureau Tuesday described President Bush's nominee for United Nations ambassador as "a quintessential kiss-up, kick-down sort of guy" whose attempt to intimidate a mid-level analyst raises "real questions about his suitability for high office."
Bolton faced strong criticism Tuesday from a former intelligence colleague.
Mark Wilson, Getty Images
Carl Ford, who headed the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) in the State Department from 2001-2003, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that nominee John Bolton is "a serial abuser" of subordinates who berated an analyst and sought to have him fired in 2002 because he disagreed with Bolton's assessment that Cuba has a biological weapons program.