Archive for March, 2008
We should have a national day of mourning for the 4000 Americans killed in Iraq, the almost 30,000 wounded, and the hundreds more killed and wounded in Afghanistan. Our ignorance, their sacrifice.
Like senators Clinton and McCain, Chuck Hagel voted pro-war in 2002. Unlike Clinton and McCain, Hagel now regrets the decision, saying Bush misled him into believing diplomatic channels would be further pursued. Hagel was the only Republican to vote against the Surge last year. Hagel doesn’t plan to run for re-election, and is publishing a book, “America: Our Next Chapter.” In the book, Hagel says, “In the current impasse, an independent candidate for the presidency, or a bipartisan unity ticket … could be appealing to Americans.” Right on, Chuck!
Of course, we have alternative political parties, but the corporate media don’t trust us to know much about them. When Ralph Nader announced his candidacy, all they reported was old news about the 2000 election outcome in Florida, and speculation about whether Nader would “spoil” it for the Democrats again in 2008. It was as if Nader had no platform, no opinions, and no political experience. If you haven’t pigged out at the corporate trough, and been granted a major-party position, you don’t stand a chance in this democracy.
Thus it is ironic that this article appeared in the Boston Globe, owned by the New York Times, which has decided, five years after this awful war began, that our best choices for president are either of two senators who voted to start it.
The main reason alternative parties don’t fare well here is because the corporate-controlled media don’t want us to even consider them. Too much democracy is not good for corporate health, or wealth.
Despite the wind and clouds, I had to get out today. The wind did keep the smaller birds down, but I saw some larger ones.
BAGHDAD, March 13 — Iraqi leaders have failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said Thursday.
What evidence exists to suggest continued U.S. military occupation of Iraq will make a difference?