Dems Can Stand Firm

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I don’t think the Democrats have gone far enough in the legislation to end the war. Having said that, there is no reason for the Democratic leadership to give an …

Heroes of the Vote

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I understand the rationale that people are giving for the vote on the supplemental appropriations bill–that it, for the first time, sets a deadline for withdrawal of the troops. But, …

Pelosi Comes Down Hard

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Nancy Pelosi, in a move that is still perplexing to me, is going all out to pass the supplemental appropriations bill that funds the war for a very long time. …

Four Years Too Long

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In lamenting the devastation of the war, the media typically focuses on the 3,216 American soldiers who have been killed in the war. And, yes, I can’t stand reading the …

This Is Cutting And Running

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This is sad. So-called anti-war groups like MoveOn.Org and Win Without War are now abandoning the effort to cut off funding for the war–an effort that, in my humble opinion, …

Make Bush Pay For The War

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Why not call the president’s bluff on his escalation plan and continued funding for the war–using the very principle the Democrats declared would be a rock-solid commitment for all new …

Herbert on the March

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Bob Herbert has a good column today in the protest against the escalation and continued occupation of Iraq. The column is behind the Times’ Selection subscription. Here’s a snippet: But …

End The War Legislation

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Yesterday, I wrote about the terrible economic costs of the war. And, lo and behold, yesterday, the progressives in the House announced legislation to end the war. The bill, entitled …

What the War Costs

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Better late than never. The New York Times, which was a cheerleader for going to war (from its editorial pages, its news pages and, of course, from the most idiotic …

MLK Day

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I spent a number of hours at a commeration today for Martin Luther King, Jr. A number of speakers reminded the audience of King’s anti-Vietnam War speech and how, if …

3000 and Counting

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I took part in one of the many vigils that took place around the country to mark the awful arrival of the number 3,000–actually, it’s now 3,004 American men and …

3,000 and Counting

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As we ring in the New Year, Saddam Hussein may have been rushed to the gallows but 3,000 U.S. men and women are dead (and more than 20,000 wounded in …

Sunni Who?

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Last night, I went to a discussion between Scott Ritter, the former U.N top weapons inspector in Iraq, and investigative reporter Seymour Hersh. They were discussing the unthinkable: the gathering …

Rich Gets It Right

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I’m one of those people that has been totally unimpressed by the excitement over Bob Woodward’s new book. I haven’t read any of Woodward’s books since “All The President’s Men” …

The Abyss Gets Larger

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The combination of two stories today in The New York Times reinforces what has been clear: the occupation continues to descend into more chaos. My first thought in reading the …

The Ugly Facts of War

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Let’s see the spin Rumsfeld and his blind chorus put on this NYTimes article this morning: Iraqi casualties soared by more than 50 percent in recent months, the product of …

Walking Out

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This amazed me in terms of the numbers of deserters from the military: By Ana Radelat Gannett News Service July 05, 2006 Swept up by a wave of patriotism after …

What The War Does

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Here’s what the war will create: TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — A U.S. soldier testified Wednesday that four of his colleagues accused of murdering three Iraqis during a raid threatened to …

Why Are You Surprised?

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Apparently, Democrats are angry that the Pentagon presented a plan to the Administration that calls for troop withdrawals from Iraq–while, at the same time, Republicans were attacking Democrats for suggesting–pretty …

The Latest Photo-Op

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Well, the president flew off to Iraq for a secret trip, the latest photo-op designed to convince us that, yes, “victory” is just around the corner. Understand that this has …

Inhumanity Drives Suicide

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Now, what will the Administration claim here? A sign of the victory in the “war on terror?” 3 Prisoners Commit Suicide at Guantánamo By JAMES RISEN and TIM GOLDEN WASHINGTON, …

Good For Teddy

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Here’s a Democrat who stood up against this crazy war: Teddy Kennedy. And still proud of his vote. “My vote against this misbegotten war is the best vote I have …

A Real Reality Movie

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I had a chance to hear from the filmmakers of “The War Tapes” a few weeks back. Though I haven’t seen the film, the description of what they had captured …

The Absurdity of the War

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I’m not sure when people in the Administration and pro-war Democrats will stop the charade of “government-making” in Iraq. It’s not working and it’s time to recognize that ad try …

The $2 Trillion War

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This is worth repeating and reading: the economic costs of the Iraq war. And weeping about. Everything you want to make happen will be hampered by the waste of $2 …

The Forgotten War

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It’s a bit out of sight and out of mind–and obscured by the violence in Iraq–but there’s still a war going on in Afghanistan: 10 U.S. Soldiers Are Killed in …

Fire Rumsfeld

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I’m still irate a day after reading Michael Moss’ piece in The New York Times (registration required) about the Pentagon study that found “that as many as 80 percent of …

The Ground Moves A Bit More

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As I pointed out yesterday, the president’s empty “Strategy For Victory” speech has one unintended consequence: it pushed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a bit further in the direction of …