NYCCAN’s March for Answers yesterday was to raise public awareness to the fact that despite 80,000 validated NYC resident signatures on their petition to put a vote for a new 9/11 investigation on November’s ballot, the City is moving to quash this effort. On Friday, Referee Louis Crespo issued his “report and recommendations” and recommended that the Court rule in favor of the City, which does not want to include this request on the ballot.
The march, organized in Battery Park, first came to Ground Zero to observe a moment of silence.
So House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi becomes very unusually emotional in recalling the events that lead up to the murders of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in November, 1978. She calls for some civility in the increasingly hostile attacks on herself, the Obama Administration, “liberals” in general, and “the government.” And then up steps Rep. John Boehner, the House Republican minority Leader. This is your big chance, Jack. You could say something like, “yes, the current protesters have perfectly legitimate grievances, but we do think that the rhetoric and the mood are getting out of hand, that threats of violence have no place in the conduct of our treasured American democracy, neither civil war nor secession is on the Republican agenda, that in fact we do have a major chance to begin to ‘take back America’ in the 2010 Congressional elections, that the Republican Party is organizing to do just that, and we welcome the support of everyone who wants to participate in the democratic process in order to accomplish that goal.” But you didn’t say anything like that. Instead, you threw red meat to the wolves.
According to scholar Michael Adler, a breakthrough agreement has come about from the Geneva talks. Apparently, Iran has agreed to ship 1,200 kilograms of enriched uranium to Russia to process for medical purposes. This would mean that Iran would no longer have enough enriched uranium to produce a nuclear weapon. RT’s Dina Gusovsky spoke to Michael Adler just hours after he broke this story.
Desperate Obama voters embrace whatever points towards change to believe in. So I perked up when learning voices other than war-happy Bush leftovers are getting President Obama’s ear on Afghanistan. Could our commander-in-chief take command, reevaluate his rash campaign promise to escalate, even defy gung ho warriors keen to duplicate another surge of mismatched troops against phantom insurgents? Despite conceding the corrupt, puppet Karzai government poses a mission threat equal to the Taliban, Gen. McChrystal imagines more visible Yank invaders will shore up disintegrating chaos caused by our presence and a pathetic lackey.
Who leads this “fewer soldiers, more targeted counterinsurgency” pitch? None other than butt of late-night jokes, Joe Biden, spurred by Sen. Carl Levin, his superior in foreign affairs. If Biden Democrats win the argument they lost last Spring, Obama could then rebuff McChrystal’s aggressively leaked ultimatum (surge or utter failure); it’s not as if the 21,000 newbies fulfilled their mission: the guarantee the election wouldn’t be a farce (it was).
Anyone with a modicum of sense knows what this post is about. We all feel a bit angry with Iran for running a clandestine nuclear facility. If you took this issue and didn’t involve anything else into it, sure, tight sanctions may be just what are needed. It’s unfortunate that our government works that way. We see the United States, time after time, reacting to world events instead of looking at the big picture. Reacting to events leaves us being wrapped around the axle every time. Too many crises will leave us little time to forge ahead with our own agenda, whatever that may be.
An American Writer and Veteran Speaks Out Against American Lies
By Timothy V. Gatto
Published by The Oliver Arts & Open Press
Tim Gatto is a rising voice in the Liberal Left and is destined to become a major thorn in the side of the Republican Fascist Right Wing. In his first of three books, From Complicity To Contempt, Gatto calls a spade a spade – and then he shows you how to use it to dig the truth out of NeoCon Lies.
In this collection of articles, written from August 2005, to January 2007, we see the evolution of a man, a man who served his country for nearly 21 years in the United States Army – including the last few years as an Army recruiter. We learn how that recruitment came to trouble him as young people signed up for what would become a seemingly endless series of wars. And where were the money, and the motivation, for these wars coming from?
by Phil Wilayto (source: CASMII)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Representatives of Iran and six of the world’s most powerful countries are scheduled to meet this week in Geneva, one of a series of events that increasingly looks like a rerun of the build-up to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
As we prepare for a barrage of anti-Iranian media spin, it would be good for anti-war activists to remember five basic facts:
One: There is absolutely no evidence that Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon.
Two: The U.S. has not discovered a “secret nuclear facility” in Iran.
A conversation with Gore Vidal unfolds at his pace. He answers questions imperiously, occasionally playfully, with a piercing, lethal dryness. He is 83 and in a wheelchair (a result of hypothermia suffered in the war, his left knee is made of titanium). But he can walk (“Of course I can”) and after a recent performance of Mother Courage at London’s National Theatre he stood to deliver an anti-war speech to the audience.