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Linda Bilmes, a public policy expert at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, concluded in a paper that total veterans' benefits stemming from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could end up costing more than $660 billion over the next few decades. In response, the numbers she used to form her conclusions were criticized by high-ranking Pentagon officials.

What is the president’s solution?
At that answer, I’m willing to take a crack:
Vietnamization’s the way to go
(But cross out Vietnam and write in Iraq.)


Formal opposition from Senators Levin and Warner
Suggest Iraq’s prosperity isn’t just around the corner.



U.S. Federal Court Judge Reggie B. Walton today denied all motions in sixteen cases pending before his court regarding the detentions at the Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp on the grounds that the Military Commissions Act (MCA) stripped the court of jurisdiction. In his decision he stated, "Until the District of Columbia Circuit resolves the jurisdictional questions raised by the MCA, it is this court's view that it lacks the authority to take any action in these cases." The denials were without prejudice, meaning that plaintiffs could move to reinstate the motions after the higher court rules on MCA questions. Other judges with Guantánamo cases have reached different conclusions and not denied all motions before them. Walton's decision affects over 200 individuals currently imprisoned at Guantanamo.


Stories like this are the very reason why war is not the answer! "There are growing suspicions in Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication. The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre."

by Dave Lindorff

This is madness!

I wrote last September that Bush was gearing up for war with Iran, as evidenced by the moving up of the deployment date of the carrier group headed by the recently re-fueled and re-armed USS Eisenhower, some of whose crewmembers had leaked that its mission was to attack Iran.

Thursday, 01 February 2007 02:29

Will Durst: The Big Game

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The two-minute warning has sounded and you can almost smell relief approaching like a cheese pretzel from two sections of drunken Raider fans away. They always string it out, but this year, our "get it over with already" meter is pinning deep in the red as the NFL season mercifully comes to an end on Sunday. When the Indianapolis Colts take the field as 7-point favorites against the Chicago Bears, in what is being called the I-65 Showdown, named for the 160 miles of freeway that separates the two cities and not the average IQ of anybody who still gives a rat's ass after two long weeks of empty hype. Do we really need to analyze the coaches' horoscopes down to the moon signs? Throw in 6½ hours of pre-game coverage yet to come, and we're talking PR OD.
Thursday, 01 February 2007 02:05

Marjorie Cohn: Bush Targets Iran


by Marjorie Cohn

As Congress and the American people protest the travesty Bush created in Iraq, our president is gunning for a confrontation with Iran. Bush is rattling the sabers and opting for gunboat diplomacy by pledging to "seek out and destroy" Iranian networks "providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies" in Iraq. But he has produced no hard evidence that Iran is supplying forces in Iraq with such weapons or manufacturing their own nuclear weapons.

Thursday, 01 February 2007 01:14

DNC: McCain Kicks-Off 'Hardball' GOTV Push

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January 31, 2007

Washington, DC - John McCain's inaugural get-out-the-vote meeting is taking place today in Dedham, Massachusetts according to the Boston Herald. [Boston Herald, 1/29/07] Ironically, while the meeting is supposed to be about getting people out to vote, McCain has hired a slew of political operatives who are famous for questionable tactics, some of which include voter suppression. The hires raise serious questions about how far McCain is willing to go to win the 2008 nomination.


As one expert in the film argues, if things continue like this, we're going straight into serfdom. Instead of being a serf to the landlord, you're a serf to the bank and to your debt. ... Prices are going up across the spectrum. Interest charges are going up. Adjustable rate mortgages are going up. All of this is squeezing the American consumer and your working people in this country tremendously. And our politicians are not speaking to it. -- Danny Schechter, maker of the film, "In Debt We Trust"

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