Too Much of Nothing: Crime Without Punishment, War Without End by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Sunday, 13 April 2008

The President of the United States has openly, proudly admitted that he approved the use of interrogation methods that are by every measure — including the measure of United States law — criminal acts of torture. It is one of the most brazen and scandalous confessions of wrongdoing ever uttered by an American leader — and it has had no impact whatsoever. No scandal, no outcry, no protest, no prosecution.

This pattern has recurred over and over throughout the Bush Administration. Bush and his minions commit crimes and atrocities in secret; they move heaven and earth to conceal their filthy deeds; they squirm and squeal like panicked rats when their some small portion of their evil comes to light; they belch forth a relentless series of self-contradictory lies to cover up, obfuscate or explain away the crimes; and when at last their malefactions can no longer be denied, they trot out the president himself to say: “Yeah, we did it; so what?” And then….nothing happens.

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Bush speaks on the possibility of another 9/11 (+ video link)

The Waking Up Syndrome

Capital Crimes: Another Smoking Gun on Terror War Torture by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Thursday, 10 April 2008

From ABC:
In dozens of top-secret talks and meetings in the White House, the most senior Bush administration officials discussed and approved specific details of how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency, sources tell ABC News….

Highly placed sources said a handful of top advisers signed off on how the CIA would interrogate top al Qaeda suspects — whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called waterboarding.

The high-level discussions about these “enhanced interrogation techniques” were so detailed, these sources said, some of the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed — down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic…

At the time, the Principals Committee included Vice President Cheney, former National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as CIA Director George Tenet and Attorney General John Ashcroft.

This is not just a smoking gun — it’s a MOAB dropped right on the White House, confirming, yet again, what any sentient being should already know: the illegal torture tactics (yes, they are torture; and yes, they are illegal, no matter what “the Attorney General says”) used on George W. Bush’s Terror War captives were approved by the highest officials of the government, all of whom knew — in exacting, sickening detail — just what they were inflicting.

These cold-blooded atrocities were not restricted to “high value al Qaeda suspects” – the demure fiction that the ABC report, like most others in the mainstream media that have begun, gingerly, to delve into these crimes, still retains. As mountains of evidence has already shown, these “enhanced interrogation techniques” were used throughout the Terror War prison system, from top to bottom, on prisoners rounded up at random in mass raids in Iraq and Afghanistan, on innocent people sold into captivity by bounty hunters, on innocent people snatched off the streets in Asia, Africa, Europe. They’ve been used on “low-level prisoners” in Bagram, Diego Garcia, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, in the brig at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, South Carolina, and all the other “secret prisons” and holding pens of the Terror War regime.

All of the atrocities and murders that have thus far come to light from the hellish pit of the Bush gulag are the direct responsibility of the “Principals,” the inner circle, the Privy Council, the Star Chamber of the real American government: the “National Security State” that operates outside all law, all oversight, all constitutional legitimacy.

Yet even as the media digs out the workings of this junta, they feel compelled to offer what they believe is a fig leaf that will allow all good and decent folk to retain their sacred faith in American exceptionalism: “Hey, we’re not evil; we only torture the really bad guys, the worst of the worst, the high value al Qaeda scum. Torture’s too good for the likes of them!”

And the sad fact is, the media mandarins are right. American society has become so degenerate that the majority of people — and the entirety of the American Establishment — will now countenance torture, as long as they can convince themselves it is used only against “the bad guys.” At one time, the leaders of this nation condemned and punished the torture even of proven Nazis, on the principle that we must uphold our own humanity, and not descend to the brutish level of the most degraded among us.

But no more. We are the degraded now, ruled by brutes: by deliberate torturers, military aggressors and mass murderers who walk the streets freely, live in wealth and comfort, receive public honors, and will never face justice, never have to answer for their crimes against humanity. If this were not so, these evil counsellors and their leader would already be subjected to the workings of the law: impeachment proceedings, criminal investigations, arrest, trial. The fact that they are not is yet another crime — a crime in which the entire political establishment is deeply complicit.

We’ll say it again: anyone in public life who accords these criminals the slightest legitimacy is an accomplice to their crimes. It’s really that simple. You can move toward the light or you can hang back with the brutes.

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Sources: Top Bush Advisors Approved ‘Enhanced Interrogation’

Is It Too Late for Impeachment? (videos)

Permissible Assaults Cited in Graphic Detail By Dan Eggen

White House Query Led to Memo Advising Bush to Ignore Fourth Amendment

The Constitution, John Yoo, and You

The Green Light: Attorney Philippe Sands Follows the Bush Admin Torture Trail

Worried Yet? Saudis Prepare for “Sudden Nuclear Hazards” After Cheney Visit

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Sunday, 23 March 2008

I. One Tick Closer to Midnight

Last Friday, Dick Cheney was in Saudi Arabia for high-level meetings with the Saudi king and his ministers. On Saturday, it was revealed that the Saudi Shura Council — the elite group that implements the decisions of the autocratic inner circle — is preparing “national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts’ warnings of possible attacks on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactors,” one of the kingdom’s leading newspapers, Okaz, reports. The German-based dpa news service relayed the paper’s story.

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Silent Scream: Anguish Grows in the Terror War’s Forgotten Victim by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Thursday, 13 March 2008

With each passing week, anguish and atrocity are deepening in Somalia, the third “regime change” target of George Bush’s Terror War. Thousands of innocent people have been killed and a million have been driven from their homes by an Ethiopian invasion backed, funded and armed by the Bush Administration, which has also intervened directly with air strikes, naval shelling, renditions of fleeing refugees (including U.S. citizens) to Ethiopia’s notorious prisons and, on at least one occasion, with a U.S. death squad sent in after an airstrike with orders to “kill anyone left alive.”

This week, both the International Red Cross and UN officials issued dire assessments of the “dramatically” deteriorating situation. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are surviving on “something less than one meal a day,” the Red Cross reports. Food and water shortages are now “life-threatening” in several regions across the country. Violent conflict with insurgents – and brutal “counterinsurgency” measures by the Ethiopian invaders and the “transitional government” – are intensifying, sending thousands more fleeing into the already stripped and overburdened countryside. Hospitals in the capital of Mogadishu are overflowing with wounded civilians, while there is little or no treatment for multitudes in other regions, where conflict and disease are spreading rapidly. Six humanitarian workers have been killed in Somalia in this year alone; only 2,000 are working there now –while there are 12,000 in Darfur, as Reuters notes. “I truly believe this is the worst humanitarian crisis on the continent, possibly in the world,” says Phillipe Lazzarini, the UN humanitarian chief for Somalia.

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Tomgram: Philip K. Dick Meet George W. Bush By Tom Engelhardt

Another Act of Evil: Slow Murder at Gitmo by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Friday, 14 March 2008

One grows weary, so weary, of plowing through filth, day after day – the unspeakable, blood-soaked, stinking filth of torture, murder, lies and degradation that pours in a relentless, unending stream from the belching pits of the Bush Regime. And let’s be clear: we speak here of deliberate evil – not good works gone wrong, not mere “incompetence,” not misguided policies or ignorance or even ideological blindness– but fully conscious acts of evil which the perpetrators themselves know are evil.

One such act is in the concentration camp in Guanatanamo Bay: the slow, deliberate murder of an innocent man, who is being killed with the collusion of oath-breaking physicians. In an important piece at Salon.com, Candace Gorman tells the story of Abdul Hamid Al-Ghizzawi, who was forced to flee from his home by American bombing raids in the early days of the attack on Afghanistan, and was then sold to American forces by local bounty hunters in December 2001. He has never been charged with any crime; indeed, one of Bush’s own military panels declared that Al-Ghizzawi was not an “enemy combatant.” One of the officers on the panel testified, under oath, that the evidence against the purchased prisoner was “garbage.” But Al-Ghizzawi has been left to rot in Guantanamo, where he is now dying of liver disease, a condition that was allowed to deteriorate while medical officials helped hide his true condition from American courts. Gorman, who is acting as his attorney, takes up the story:

Military officials claim he has been given proper healthcare. But Al-Ghizzawi appears to have acute liver disease, among other ailments, and the military is allowing his condition to deteriorate without proper diagnosis or treatment, according to a doctor with the International Committee of the Red Cross who has observed Al-Ghizzawi and his medical records at the prison. A leading medical expert who has reviewed Al-Ghizzawi’s case agrees with that conclusion, as do I, based on my observations of my client during repeated visits to Guantánamo. Military and government officials have refused to grant me access to my client’s medical records.


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The Ant Man Exits: War Crime Accomplice Canned for Insufficient Groveling by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Tuesday, 11 March 2008

If Admiral William Fallon really was the only man standing between us and a new war with Iran, as Esquire magazine claimed recently — well, he’s gone now.

Top U.S. Commander in Mideast to Retire Early (NYT)

As we noted here the other day, the magazine’s view of Fallon as some kind of secret peacenik was laughable: after all, Fallon, as head of U.S. Central Command, has been directing Bush’s murderous and illegal Terror War actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia for the past year. Multitudes of innocent people have died in the imperial satrapy under his command. And while it’s true that he voiced some disagreement over the timing and tactics of the White House’s bellicose approach to Iran, he also made his true opinion of the possibility of an assault on Iran abundantly clear, telling Esquire: “These guys are ants. When the time comes, you crush them.”

But it seems that a minion’s willingness to commit war crimes to further America’s “full spectrum dominance” of the earth is not enough in eyes of the Dear Leader. There is now an elaborate system of ritual crawling and kowtowing that must be followed to the letter by imperial courtiers. A prime example of this has been the sight of “tough, independent-minded” Attorney General Michael Mukasey constantly twisting himself into circus-freak contortions in order to countenance the Leader’s policies of torture and executive tyranny.

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h/t: Cem Ertür

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Crushing the Ants: The Admiral and the Empire by Chris Floyd

New UN Sanctions Make US-Iran War More Likely

‘Fox’ Fallon Fired – And we’re f*cked… By Justin Raimondo

Why Fallon’s Resignation is Frightening (video)

Fears of strike on Iran rise as Admiral Fallon quits by Chris Stephen

6 Signs the U.S. May Be Headed for War in Iran by Terry Atlas

Defense Sec Gates Announces Resignation of Admiral Fallon + More on Fallon’s Resignation

Crushing the Ants: The Admiral and the Empire by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Thursday, 06 March 2008

There has been quite a buzzing in “progressive” circles over the new Esquire article about Admiral William Fallon, head of U.S. Central Command, the military satrapy that covers the entire “arc of crisis” at the heart of the “War on Terror,” from east Africa, across the Middle East, and on to the borders of China. Much has been made of Fallon’s alleged apostasy from the Bush Regime’s bellicosity toward Tehran; indeed, the article paints Fallon as the sole bulwark against an American attack on Iran – and hints ominously that the good admiral may be forced out by George W. Bush this summer, clearing the way for one last murderous hurrah by the lame duck president. The general reaction to the article seems to be: God preserve this honorable man, and keep him as our shield and defender against the wicked tyrant.

But this is most curious. For behind the melodramatic framing and gushing hero-worship of the article – written by Thomas Barnett (of whom more later) – we find nothing but a few mild disagreements between Fallon and the White House over certain questions of tactics, timing and presentation in regard to American domination of a vast range of nations and peoples.

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I and Thou: The Road of Jewish Anti-Zionism by Chris Floyd

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Note: please read the entire post by Chris Floyd, it’s very well worth your time.  ~ Lo

by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

It is of course a sad fact that many people who call themselves “anti-Zionists” are, when you peel back enough layers, actually racists who hate Jews in general, and ascribe any sinister acts perpetrated by individual Jewish people or organizations to some sort of racial, genetic or cultural taint that pervades the entire group. I’ve gotten emails from many such folks over the years, who begin the exchange with justified blasts at war criminals like Paul Wolfowitz and Ariel Sharon and end up with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (a wholesale, often word-for-word re-write by the Tsarist security services of a French satirical novel that had nothing to do with Jews), Rothschilds under the bed, the whole schmeer.

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American Psycho: An Elite Exposed in an Exit Speech by Chris Floyd

It appears that Chris Floyd’s website has been hacked again or is down for another reason. Check back later.  See: Ain’t Gonna Let No Cyber-Thugs Turn Me Around: Empire Burlesque Returns ~ Lo

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This is one of Chris’ best pieces, please read the entire post on his site. ~ Lo

by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Friday, 08 February 2008

If you would like to see just how sick the American elite really is – how morally depraved, how intellectually diseased, how addicted to the taste of human flesh, the scent of human blood, and the sight of human suffering – then you need go no further than the speech given by Mitt Romney to the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 7, 2008.

Now you might say that Mitt Romney is old news. After all, this was the very speech where he declared he was quitting the presidential race. He’s toast, he’s over, the fork has been stuck into his well-roasted hide; who cares what he says? This is of course the witless “horse-race” view that dominates political discourse in America: who’s up, who’s down, who’s getting the column inches, who’s on TV? But in reality, the American elite – or the Establishment, or the power structure, call it what you will (as long as you don’t call it what it really is: the ruling class) – is like an iceberg: most of its vast bulk exists unseen, it plows on beneath the surface, unperturbed by the media storms that rage around the small bit of exposed material at the summit.

Mitt Romney is an immensely wealthy, well-connected man, a former governor of the state of Massachusetts, born and bred in an extensive web of privilege and power. His defeat in a presidential campaign changes none of that. He will simply submerge – for a time – back into those depths where the real business of the elite is largely done. Thus his words to the conservative activists remain a highly relevant indication of the mindset that holds sway over the world’s most powerful nation. They show the barbarism, hatemongering and bloodlust that are considered perfectly acceptable in the polite company of our rulers and their sycophants.

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BBC: Romney suspends White House bid + TPMtv: Mittpocalypse Now (video)

Strange Fruit: America’s Gulag and the “Good War” by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Tuesday, 05 February 2008

“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”
— Yeshua ha-Notsri.

The long-running “progressive” stance on America’s 21st century imperial adventures can be reduced to this simple dichotomy: Afghan war good, Iraq war bad. And for all progressives who want to be regarded as “serious,” the Iraq war is bad because it has distracted us from the real war, the good war, in Afghanistan. This theme has been sounded over and over by the “progressive” candidates throughout the presidential campaign. It is the opinion of a sizable majority of the U.S. population, which has clearly repudiated the Iraq war but still supports the Afghan war.

But a story by Carlotta Gall and Andy Worthington in the New York Times reminds us most forcefully that the Afghan war is not and has never been some separate entity from the brutal, voracious “War on Terror” machine that has killed a million people in Iraq, spawned a global gulag of torture sites and secret prisons for uncharged captives and kidnap victims, and destroyed the last vestiges of the American republic, replacing it with an authoritarian “Commander-in-Chief State” ruled quite literally by the führerprinzip, where the order of the Leader transcends any law. A poison tree can only bring forth poison fruit — and the Afghan war is a fruit of the Terror War tree.

Gall tells the story of Abdul Razzaq Hekmati, an Afghan war hero who had fought against the Soviets, brazenly defied the Taliban – and died in the American concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay. After the American invasion replaced the Taliban with another set of vicious warlords, druglords and radical sectarians, Hekmati fell afoul of the new Bush-installed regime. In 2003, he accused the governor of Helmland province, Sher Mohammed Akhundzada, of widespread corruption – and of shielding senior Taliban members. Suddenly, Hekmati found himself accused of being a Taliban leader and high-level al Qaeda official – absurd charges, vehemently denied by all who knew him, including senior officials in the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

But still Hekmati was seized by American forces– acting as muscle to protect the notorious Helmland druglord – and shipped off to the American concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay. There he rotted for five years, hauled up occasionally for kangaroo “tribunals” which refused to contact the many officials in the American-backed Afghan government who would have vouched for his innocence – even when these same officials were actively seeking out top Bush administration figures to plead Hekmati’s case.

But like so many people, Hekmati’s friends misunderstood the purpose of the Guantanamo concentration camp. It has nothing at all to do with “fighting terrorism,” in Afghanistan or anywhere else. It has nothing to do with prosecuting the “good war” in Afghanistan and bringing peace and freedom to that ravaged land. The Guantanamo concentration camp – like the Afghan war itself – is first and foremost a display of domination. It is the precise equivalent of a vicious ape beating his chest and baring his teeth to assert his sway over the group. The fate of any one individual, however innocent, caught up in the Terror War gulag – or killed in the Terror War’s military operations – does not matter in the least. They are merely means to an end – and the end is dominance, “full spectrum dominance” of world affairs. Our leading apes make no secret of this. A “unipolar world” under the hegemony of the United States has been the openly proclaimed goal of a broad swath of the bipartisan foreign establishment for many years — especially the particularly nasty faction that has coalesced around the illegitimate presidency of George W. Bush.

And that’s why the true nature of both the “good war” in Afghanistan and the “bad war” in Iraq has been equally misunderstood. Looked at from the outside, as an attempt at some kind of rational statecraft or coherent, competent military policy, the two wars look like a bloody shambles: lurching from here to there with no clear purpose, entirely counterproductive, spawning more and more of the very terrorism, chaos, extremism and repression they purport to be combatting. But if they are seen chiefly as displays – and physical manifestations – of dominance, then there is no need at all for the specific policies and tactics to make sense or be effective or aim toward a coherent goal. The display of dominance is the goal. You do whatever you need to do at any given point to keep it going: change tack, shift gears, contradict yourself, sell out one ally, buy off another, arm yesterday’s enemy, kill him tomorrow – the details don’t matter. The dominance is all.

And this is why we have seen so many bewildering changes and dodges in the various “tribunals” and policies regarding Guantanamo Bay. None of them are designed to produce justice for the captives – neither punishment for the guilty nor freedom for the innocent. They are simply a temporary grab-bag of elements thrown together to keep the display going from one shift in the political winds to the next. Sometimes it seems politic to dump a few prisoners out – even those previously proclaimed “the worst of the worst” – in Saudia Arabia or Britain or elsewhere, if that helps out a pal abroad or calms a little squall of bad PR at home ; at other times – most of the time – dominance is best served by keeping even the most glaringly innocent captives, like Hekmati, in chains for years.

The American concentration camp that George W. Bush has created at Guantanamo Bay is a sink of moral depravity, one of the most poisonous of the noxious Terror War fruits. And it has grown directly from the “good war” in Afghanistan. Indeed, it was first created to hold the captives and kidnap victims taken from Afghanistan. The rank evil of Guantanamo is part and parcel of the “good war,” as is Iraq, and every other operation of the Terror War, at home and abroad.

As a Jewish agitator killed by the unipolar power of his day once said: A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit. There is no “good war” in the Terror Imperium.

Note: For more on the inextricable links between the Afghan war and Bush’s gulag tortures, see this piece from Scott Horton at Harper’s.

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The New New World Order: A First-Strike NATO Über Alles by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Tuesday, 22 January 2008

The Lords of the West have called upon their elder chieftains of war to chart a course that will preserve their power and preeminence in the face of an ever-more uncertain future. The answer? A meaner, leaner NATO, openly committed to a nuclear first-strike strategy and stripped of all the “consensus” garbage that has sometimes hampered the organization’s American bosses.

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There Will Be Blood…But No Justice for Iraq Atrocity by Chris Floyd

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Written by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Saturday, 05 January 2008

The headline in Friday’s Washington Post says it all: “No Murder Charges Filed in Haditha Case.”

Two years ago, a group of Marines killed 24 Iraqi civilians — including women and children cowering in their own homes — in a revenge rampage in Haditha. Once the story emerged from the usual layers of lies and cover-up, the atrocity flared briefly on the public stage and eight of the Marines and their officers were charged “with murder or failing to investigate an apparent war crime,” as the Post reports. But public attention moved swiftly on, and over the past few months, the Pentagon’s “military justice” system has quietly reduced or dropped charges against most of the men. Yesterday’s announcement signaled the final climb-down in the case, leaving only a single Marine, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter, and lesser charges against one other enlisted man and two officers.

Two dozen civilians slaughtered, as confirmed by the Pentagon itself — and yet there was no murder. Indeed, Brian Rooney, the lawyer for one of the officer charged with failing to investigate the killings, now says “it’s clear now that no massacre occurred, yet this legal fiction is moving forward.” Twenty-four actual, physical dead bodies in the ground — yet the incident was a “legal fiction” — “no massacre occurred.”

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Haditha Massacre

$70 billion more for the Terror War. Stand and Deliver: Democrats take a Bow by Chris Floyd

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by Chris Floyd
Global Research, December 23, 2007
Atlantic Free Press

As some of our own astute commenters and several bloggers have pointed out, while celebrations were going on yesterday over the forced postponement of the telecom amnesty bill (also known as the “Fuehrerprinzip Ueber Alles Act”), Senate Democrats again bowed to the Unitary Executive and gave him exactly what he asked for: $70 billion more in taxpayer money to continue the war crime in Iraq — and the surrender of a domestic spending package that Democrats had “insisted” must be passed.

To no one’s surprise, they simply rolled over yet again, all the while making feeble bleating noises about how they “were able to steer money to their priorities, win some spending against White House wishes” — as if Bush will not simply ignore any strictures on his imperial will via “signing statements,” executive orders, or plain old lawless neglect of legislative mandates. Why the hell shouldn’t he? He’s done it all along, without the slightest penalty.

So, $70 billion more for the Terror War, then. There were no filibusters, no “holds” on continuing this abomination, which in addition to slaughtering hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians is also shredding America’s military — those soldiers whom the warmongers “support” so much — in a useless, degrading, criminal action.

As we noted yesterday, even the slightest bit of moxie can gum up the works for the war-loot-and-tyranny machine. But this week’s “hero,” Chris Dodd, was nowhere to be found when the new war money was on the line. He was back on the campaign trail, with his fellow presidential aspirants from the Senate: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe “Ethnic Cleansing? Hell, Yeah!” Biden. Russ Feingold and Ted Kennedy made fine speeches, and Feingold did offer a troop-withdrawal amendment — but again, there was no filibuster, no sand thrown in the gears. The bill had been constructed — by the Democratic leadership, which is in charge of the Senate, after all — in a way to make it almost impossible for the politicians to derail it: it was tied to an omnibus spending bill whose defeat could have risked a Gingrichian shut-down of some government services. (“If you don’t vote for this war, poor children are going to go hungry and the national parks will close!”)

It didn’t have to be that way, but that’s the way it was — because that’s the way the Democratic leaders wanted it. They have absolutely no intention of stopping the war crime before the presidential election…and no intention to withdraw from Iraq after the election either. The Red Wheel of mass death will keep on rolling.

Chris Floyd is the Editor and co-founder of Atlantic Free Press. He is an American journalist now based in Great Britain and the UK correspondent for Truthout.org. For 10 years, he wrote the weekly Global Eye political column for The Moscow Times and St. Petersburg Times. His writings also appear in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, The Baltimore Chronicle, The Bergen Record and elsewhere around the world. His book, Empire Burlesque, is published by Expathos Books.

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The Green Stick: A Voice of Clarity and Truth Resurrected by Chris Floyd

Dandelion Salad

by Chris Floyd
Empire Burlesque
Dec. 23, 2007

You open the book, you turn the page, and once again you are in that familiar drawing-room, clutching your invitation to the soiree of Anna Pavlovna Scherer and being ushered over to pay your respects to her ancient, beribboned aunt. Then you take your long-accustomed place among the guests: the pert little Princess Bolkonsky with her needlework; the suave and repulsive Prince Vasily; the celebrity exile, Viscount Mortemart; and Princess Helene, whose astonishing yet deadening beauty gleams in the shining flesh of her bare shoulders and diamond-draped bosom…then at last to the fat, bumbling bear, the bastard Pierre Bezukhov, and his sworn friend, Prince Andrei, resplendent in his dry, sharp, angry gloom.

How many times have you been here, going back almost thirty years from your first entrance? A half a dozen, maybe more. Yet here you are again; and again, from the very first you are drawn back into that world that has lived inside you as vividly as your own life. And you know you will be there again through all twelve hundred pages; you have never yet stopped and walked away…

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