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RPCVs who supported Wesley K. Clark continue their discussion
RPCVs who supported Wesley K. Clark continue their discussion
Friday, May 21, 2004
The Might of the Pen
Event Alert: THE Democratic Action Team presents An Evening With General Wesley Clark
Iraq 2004....What is the Impact? Is This the Defining Issue? Where Do We Go From Here? WesPAC event invitation
Monday May 24, 2004
Park Avenue Country Club
381 Park Avenue South (corner 27th St.) New York City
Doors Open 7:30pm
Nothing is more American; nothing is more patriotic than speaking out, questioning authority and holding your leaders accountable. Wes Clark
Down the drain in Iraq by H.D.S. Greenway - Boston Globe
...The giant sucking sound today is America being drawn deeper and deeper into the Baal-like maw of what used to be Babylon. President Bush is going back to Congress for another $25 billion of taxpayers' money for Iraq, and there can be no doubt that the tab will continue to mount into the hundreds and hundreds of billions. ...
...The sucking sound is the US military emptying out more and more of its men and equipment into Iraq; a military stretched so dangerously thin that troops from the Korean Peninsula will now be drawn away from confronting a far more dangerous country than Iraq ever was -- a country that actually has weapons of mass destruction. ...
...The sucking sound is of allies who are becoming less and less willing to be in the coalition of the willing. ...
...The drain is beginning to gurgle as America's prestige and popularity throughout the world runs out. ...
...Kristol and Kagan hear the slosh of the neoconservatives' dream of changing the Middle East into America's image also going down the drain...Back in January 2002, Kagan and Kristol, rebutting arguments that we ought to finish the job in Afghanistan and Al Qaeda first before going into Iraq, wrote that 'the United States can, after all, walk and chew gum at the same time.' But Washington famously cannot. The entire administration is now totally absorbed with the bubble gum of Iraq, which is bursting in its face...
But the most disturbing sucking sound of all is the security of the United States draining away as Iraq takes its toll. The world may be better off without Saddam Hussein, but it is hard to say that the world is now a safer place or that the threat of terror has been reduced by the Bush administration's occupation of Iraq. Quite the opposite.
With trembling fingers by Hal Crowther - Independent Online
...The irreducible truth is that the invasion of Iraq was the worst blunder, the most staggering miscarriage of judgment, the most fateful, egregious, deceitful abuse of power in the history of American foreign policy. If you don't believe it yet, just keep watching. ...
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Thursday, May 20, 2004
"A Resounding Global Statement"
Wes Clark is finally getting the attention this page strongly believes he merits.
Full medal ticket: Kerry-Clark ticket capable of taking no prisoners - Cleveland Free Press
...Kerry needs to act preemptively and choose retired General Wesley Clark as his running mate...by doing so, he can show himself to be a confident leader making a resounding global statement.
...naming Clark would definitely set off jolts of electricity in the political world and have Republicans shaking in their shoes. A Southerner and Washington “outsider,” Clark proved to be a quick study on the campaign trail and is absolutely brilliant on television.
With Clark on the ticket, Kerry becomes more appealing to moderates and sends his own considerable national security credentials through the roof. Anyone who has read Clark's recent Washington Monthly article analyzing the Bush administration's foreign policy failings understands how he is capable of eviscerating the Iraqi war fiasco in a devastating and sophisticated fashion.
When Bush goes after Kerry for his youthful anti-war activities, the general will dust off his four stars and shame the Alabama National guard no-show. Facing off against the shifty, mouth-twitching Cheney, Clark will destroy him with his clear-eyed intelligence and personal strength.
With the likelihood that the political climate will remain problematical for George W. Bush for the next several months at least, this election is Kerry's for the taking. Poll-wise, he's in a better position than any recent challenger of an incumbent president in 50 years, but still has work to do in order to seal the deal with the electorate. Choosing Wesley Clark to be his running mate would totally transform the perception of the Dems and show that John Kerry has the right stuff to be president.
Wesley Clark's vice presidential prospects may be on the rise - St. Augustine Record
Wesley Clark's vice presidential stock has shot up in recent days, as the war in Iraq and the Pentagon prisoner abuse scandal have dominated the news...
Advisers don't get the blame - Fort Wayne.com
...[Kerry] has stressed his own national security expertise and displayed the kinds of people who would be his top advisers...They include such foreign policy experts as former U. N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who devised the successful plan to stabilize the Balkans in the 1990s; former rival Gen. Wesley Clark; and key senators in both parties, such as Democrat Carl Levin of Michigan and Republicans John McCain of Arizona and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska...
Final Note: Campaign Blogs Outlive Candidates - CBS News
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Monday, May 17, 2004
Asking for Accountability is Not Playing Politics
The current administration would have one believe that asking for accountability is politicizing an issue. Unfortunately, being in charge does involve being held accountable for mistakes. Denying responsibility sets in motion the drip, drip, drip so familiar from the Vietnam and Watergate years.
The roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists but in a decision, approved last year by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to expand a highly secret operation, which had been focussed on the hunt for Al Qaeda, to the interrogation of prisoners in Iraq. Rumsfeld’s decision embittered the American intelligence community, damaged the effectiveness of élite combat units, and hurt America’s prospects in the war on terror.
The Gray Zone by Seymour M. Hersh - The New Yorker
The road to Abu Ghraib began after 9/11, when Washington wrote new rules to fight a new kind of war
The Roots of Torture - Newsweek Magazine
The road to the Abu Ghraib prison abuses began with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when the threat of Al Qaeda spurred the Bush administration to radically overhaul the way it questioned prisoners.
As threats to US changed, so did prison tactics by Charlie Savage - The Boston Globe
35 years ago, revelations of American atrocities in Vietnam forced a moral reckoning at home. Will Abu Ghraib change the way we see the mission in Iraq -- and ourselves?
Faces of war by Christian Appy - The Boston Globe
Senator urges action as Briton reveals Guantanamo abuse
US guards 'filmed beatings' at terror camp by David Rose and Gaby Hinsliff - The Guardian
Donald Rumsfeld has a new war on his hands - the US officer corps has turned on the government
America's military coup by Sidney Blumenthal - The Guardian
US forces were taught torture techniques by Susan Goldenberg - The Guardian
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said for the first time on Sunday that he now believes that the Central Intelligence Agency was deliberately misled about evidence that Saddam Hussein was developing unconventional weapons.
Powell Says C.I.A. Was Misled About Weapons by David E. Sanger - NYTimes
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