Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is calling upon President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to create an independent, international and transparent investigation into the torture and murder of Iraqi detainees by Iraqi forces after leaked documents revealed that the scope of mistreatment of detainees and the death of civilians in Iraq was far greater that previously reported.
Renowned Jewish-American scholar Noam Chomsky says US invasion of Afghanistan was illegal since to date there is no evidence that al-Qaeda has carried out the 9/11 attacks.
“The explicit and declared motive of the [Afghanistan] war was to compel the Taliban to turn over to the United States, the people who they accused of having been involved in World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist acts. The Taliban…they requested evidence…and the Bush administration refused to provide any,” the 81-year-old senior academic made the remarks on Press TV’s program a Simple Question.
“We later discovered one of the reasons why they did not bring evidence: they did not have any.”
The political analyst also said that nonexistence of such evidence was confirmed by FBI eight months later.
This note is not just for you Michael. It is also for the progressive minded pundits that you rub elbows with. It is time to LET GO OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY! I sat last night and watched you and John Nichols with Laura Flanders and Amy Goodman. The election results were streaming in trumpeting a bloodbath for the Democrats. I sat forward in my chair, awaiting the truth of it all: That the Democrats have no one to blame but themselves for what transpired! You seemed at times, Michael, to want to just shout that out. Yet, along with the others ( including Thom Hartmann and his panel earlier) , as a group you all seemed to have hope for these hypocrites and sellouts! Am I being too rash? Sorry, but as a progressive small businessman and activist leader, I reached my breaking point in 2007. The Democrats regained control of the Congress and did ….NOTHING substantial regarding key issues
Despite all the hype and rhetoric, only one impact of the midterm elections is assured. Notwithstanding power shifts from Democrats to Republicans in Congress there will not be any deep, sorely needed true reforms of our corrupt, dysfunctional and inefficient government. The culture of corruption in Washington, DC will remain. Hundreds of millions of dollars from corporate and other special interests will assure that.
It’s almost midnight on Election Day. Yes, I went to the polls and voted, even though I didn’t want to. This happens every election day, I vow to opt out, but the guilt makes me go. This Election Day was no different. I’m in an uncomfortable position. I’m a lefty in the State of South Carolina. I couldn’t vote for Al Greene, a joke that never made a campaign speech, and is being investigated for sending pornography to women over the internet. I voted Green Party. I voted Democrat for Sheehan over the republican Nikki Haley for Governor. Sheehan was a guy I knew nothing about, he ran attack ads against Haley (as she did on him) but he was a Democrat in a Red State. He came surprisingly close to winning. If only he had told the voters who he was and what he believed in, we could have had a Democrat as South Carolina’s Governor.