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by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

A just released study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, published in the current issue of the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet, reports that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has led to the deaths of between 426,000 and 794,000 Iraqis. This is a substantial increase over the 100,000 dead that the same research group found through 2004, based upon a smaller survey, and it represents an astonishing 2.5 percent of the country's total population.

The grim news was widely -- though not universally -- reported in the U.S. media (my local paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, blacked it out), but few news organizations reported the most disturbing finding of the study, which was that 31 percent of those killed were acatually slain by U.S. and "coalition" forces (actually by U.S. forces, since most of the other foreign forces working with the U.S., with the exception of the British, have not played combat roles, and even the British have largely operated in the south where fighting has been much less severe.

Wednesday, 11 October 2006 22:44

George Lakoff: A Call for Progressive Unity

by George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute

I have long been advocating unity among progressives of all stripes, including those on the Democratic right. The far right's dominance of the Republican party make it urgent that those who oppose the far right, even on partially progressive grounds, unite.

by Brent Budowsky

Election: If Republicans Win, Bush Requests More Troops to Iraq, If Democrats Win, Baker Moves Major Policy Change.

The new Army planning to keep current troops levels in Iraq into 2010 is a very honest plan based on the current policy. Note this Army contingency does not mean American troops stay into 2010 and then leave. It means the current projection, based on the current policy, is troop strength remains at current levels and our presence will, in fact, continue long after.



Well, it is the month of October and many of us are wondering about the hubristic threat of a Rovian October surprise, and if it would be deadly, because this is the administration for debt, death, and destruction ... at any cost.

Wednesday, 11 October 2006 06:38

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 11, 2006


Subject: Why is the GOP behind?

People have different opinions as to why Republicans are trailing in the polls this election season. Some say it's because of the Foley scandal. That's because Evangelicals took credit for electing Republicans they are now taking the blame for what the Republicans did. Putting a gay congressman in charge of the exploited children caucus who is trying to exploit children isn't what Evangelicals want on their list of political accomplishments.


Some stories just write themselves. Especially when Republicans are involved.

The newest is Sandy Sullivan, the 65-year-old Republican nominee for secretary of state in Wisconsin. With no political experience, her sole claim to fame rests on her 2004 memoir titled "Green Bay Love Stories and Other Affairs," in which she recalls an allegedly bountiful sexual history with members of the Packers football team during the '60s.


It sounds to me as though North Korea has answered George Bush's call to "bring it on"! Perhaps not quite in the way Bush thought, but nevertheless Kim Jong-il has stepped up to the plate with a "nukular" weapon of his own! And some foolishly think George Bush and the Repuglicans can keep us all safer! As the clock ticks, better listen up, the world has become a more dangerous place since George Bush first stole the office of the presidency! We are facing more peril than ever before thanks to Bush's in your face, intimidating, demanding, lack of diplomacy, macho, bullying, bravado! For God's sake and for our safety and security please pray that impeachment proceedings start sooner rather than later, and since he's afraid of horses, let Bush ride that limo back to the ranch!


1//The Guardian, UK--BIG POWERS HUFF AND PUFF OVER NORTH KOREA (... But the strong words did not disguise the weakness of the international community's position now that North Korea has finally crossed the line and indisputably become what it has long claimed to be - a nuclear weapons state. In short, the big powers can huff and puff, but there is not a lot new in practical terms that they can do. This development was expected. They simply couldn't stop it. ... Other countries with nascent nuclear ambitions will also be watching closely to see what happens next. The fate of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, which failed to develop a nuclear deterrent and was invaded and overthrown by bigger powers, unfortunately provides a cautionary tale for insecure leaderships. The residual idea that the US could one day impose regime change on North Korea by military force died a death when Pyongyang's bomb went off today. That underscores the importance of dialogue. But it is also a spur to further global nuclear weapons proliferation.)


Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
Study Claims Iraq's 'Excess' Death Toll Has Reached 655,000

Wednesday, 11 October 2006 03:04

Rory O'Connor: Time Is on His Side

by Rory O'Connor

Rick Stengel is a man of nuance in an increasingly unsubtle media world. What's more, Stengel believes much of the rest of America stands with him.

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