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In the News (Mon 22 Jul 19)

  Iraq war debate enters new phase
A self-described conservative, Bacevich argues that Americans have fallen prey to a "military metaphysic." By that he means all international problems are seen as military problems and the likelihood for finding a solution except through military means is discounted.
As the debate on the Iraq war enters a new phase, those who foisted a crusade theory of warfare on Americans, and those who bought it, have much to answer for.
Christian faith ought always to be a check on war's excesses and a challenge to an overreliance on the military, not a cheerleader in war's camp.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /opinion/251384_tony09.html   (823 words)

 OpinionJournal - Extra
Americans working and living in Europe are often struck by the preoccupation in defense and security circles with the pernicious influence of "neoconservatives" on U.S. foreign policy.
In essence, public opinion shifted in favor of policies that have been articulated by neoconservatives for at least a decade, and neocons have been very adept at articulating a policy that resonates with longstanding ideas in American public life.
The messianic aspects of American exceptionalism are found throughout many of the basic texts of American history, although they tend to focus on America as the exemplar of liberty (John Winthrop's "city upon a hill") rather than as a crusading state bringing the benefits of individual liberty to the oppressed.
www.opinionjournal.com /extra/?id=110005126   (4341 words)

 Iraq: The unseen war - Salon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The few exceptions -- the charred bodies of American contractors hanging from a bridge in Fallujah, the blood-spattered little girl wailing after her parents were killed next to her -- only prove the rule.
And in Iraq, a war whose official justification has turned out to be false, and which a majority of the American people now believe to have been a mistake, the administration would prefer that these grim images never be seen.
It is because we believe that the American people are not getting a look at the reality of the Iraq war, for Americans and Iraqis alike, that we decided to run this photo gallery.
dir.salon.com /story/news/feature/2005/08/23/iraq_gallery/index_np.html   (1798 words)

 War propaganda - SourceWatch
War propaganda is that branch of public relations devoted to manipulating people's attitude toward a war or war in general, rather than engaging in open dialogue.
War propaganda is used to confuse and demoralize enemies and also to influence public opinions in friendly countries.
During a war, almost any unusual event can be exploited for positive publicity to "prove" how "bad" the enemy is, or how "uncertain" the situation was or is in the country (should one's own troops do something wrong) - thus the troops are brave and good.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=War_propaganda   (1058 words)

 Predicted effects of invading Iraq - dKosopedia
Predicted effects of invading Iraq are those predicted prior to the actual invasion, not those that actually happened, nor new effects alleged after the fact with benefit of hindsight.
The predicted effects were often cited in United Nations actions regarding Iraq, popular opposition to war on Iraq and global protests against war on Iraq.
As American popular opinion of war on Iraq has changed to reflect doubts about the outcomes of war, it forced the American government position on war on Iraq to change somewhat, and worldwide government positions on war on Iraq increasingly isolated the American push to war.
www.dkosopedia.com /wiki/Predicted_effects_of_invading_Iraq   (2229 words)

 excerpts from the book Information War American Propaganda, Free Speech and Opinion Control since 9-11 by Nancy Snow
The message to the American public is to simply define the problem as an attack on freedom, to present a simplified, readily understood case that "terrorist parasites" want to destroy freedom and democracy.
The purpose of such propaganda phrases as "war on terrorism" and attacking "those who hate freedom" is to paralyze individual thought as well as to condition people to act as one mass, as when President Bush attempted to end debate on Iraq by claiming that the American people were of one voice.
The modern war president removes the individual nature of those who live in it by forcing us into a uniform state where the complexities of those we fight are erased.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com /Nancy_Snow/Information_War.html   (3877 words)

 How the war in Iraq has damaged the war on terrorism - Salon
Richard Clarke's argument that the war in Iraq was a distraction from the war on terrorism deserves extremely careful examination.
Moreover, by attacking Iraq without sufficient preparations for creating a functioning state, we have created precisely what the Bush administration had identified as a major threat to world security: a weak state unable to police its borders or to maintain a monopoly on violence.
Televised pictures of American soldiers and their tanks in Iraq are a "deeply humiliating scene to Muslims," explained Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih, who calls the war in Iraq a "gift" to Osama bin Laden.
dir.salon.com /story/opinion/feature/2004/04/07/terrorism/index.html   (1134 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Opinion | Lessons learned   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Bush administration won approval for the war from Congress by arguing that such a measure was necessary to pressure Iraq to dislodge Saddam, thereby enabling the US to control Iraq without having to actually wage a war.
Worse still is the fact that Iraq is seen to have been systematically brutalised by the United States and its allies before the war even began.
And because Iraq was constantly bombarded and brutalised for the last 12 years, people became accustomed to the awful destruction of the United States military.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2003/632/op53.htm   (1253 words)

 TAP: Vol 13, Iss. 22. The Other War. Gary Hart.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
We are either at war or we are not.
But the two-front war is presently being waged on one front alone.
If we are at war, we should act like it and not pretend that it will not affect us.
www.prospect.org /print/V13/22/hart-g.html   (1040 words)

 Bush's Credibility Problem on Iraq
In a democracy, it is the citizen's duty to form an informed opinion and debate the issues with fellow citizens and with the leaders.
War time is sometimes considered an exception, a time when we have to follow and put off debate until later.
However, war is the biggest disaster our leaders can lead us to, and more than any other time, it is when citizens must speak up and try to change the leaders' course.
www.celticfringe.net /opinions/iraq.shtml   (1329 words)

 TAP: Web Feature: Lebanon Redux?. by Gershom Gorenberg. March 31, 2003.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Three days into the war, Channel Two reported that among the war reporters, the Americans are "obedient" while the Brits ask tough questions at briefings and use derisive terms for their U.S. colleagues.
The meaning, at least as I heard it, was that the U.S. administration and press were still protecting Americans from the most basic fact of war, the one that every Israeli parent thinks of each time a son has a birthday and is one year closer to draft age.
Meanwhile, Israeli broadcasters were dismissing as "psychological warfare" the American claims that Saddam Hussein was killed in the first attack and that his TV appearances were faked.
www.prospect.org /webfeatures/2003/03/gorenberg-g-03-31.html   (1371 words)

 William Lind: Moral Level of War
Lind co-authored the prescient article, "The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation," which was published in The Marine Corps Gazette in October, 1989 and which first propounded the concept of "Fourth Generation War." Mr.
If American military leaders understood Fourth Generation war, they would slowly, patiently encourage the local Iraqi resistance to go after the outsiders, providing rewards and even assistance, if that was wanted (all done covertly, of course).
The first genuine American victory in Iraq would be the day the local resistance asked for our (again, covert) help.
www.military.com /Opinions/0,,Lind_102104,00.html   (1038 words)

 AlterNet: War on Iraq: Iraq: A Shocking Waste of Money
Iraq was said to have an advanced nuclear weapons program and to be likely to provide the fruits of its research to al-Qaeda.
Iraq is a senseless, counterproductive diversion in the so-called 'war on terror'.
Iraq is known to have at least 100 billion barrels of oil, and most of the world's remaining oil is in the Middle East as well.
www.alternet.org /waroniraq/38013   (6682 words)

 Andrew Sullivan | The Daily Dish   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
I came to Iraq a darkening pessimist about the war, due in large part to my doubts about the compatibility of Islam and Western-style democracy, but also as a result of the steady, sensational diet of "grim milestone" and "daily IED count" media coverage that aids the insurgency.
One moral aspect of the Iraq war that seems to me to have been under-estimated is the ultimate, moral responsibility of the United States for the thousands of civilian Iraqis murdered under U.S. occupation.
By refusing to fight a serious war, to commit enough troops for security, and to adjust as circumstances shifted, they let these innocent people die by the thousands, and they have abandoned those who risked their lives for us to scenes from Hieronymus Bosch.
time.blogs.com /daily_dish   (6310 words)

 Spoils of War
Although British troops were slated to share dangers with American troops in the event of war, the spoils of war appeared to be moving into the American sector.
Iraq is a plutocrat's dream: the most advanced of the Arab states, with the best-educated population, though surrounded by desert, blessed with water.
Iraq is the keystone to southeast Asia, and, lest we forget, sits on all that oil.
www.hermes-press.com /spoils.htm   (1976 words)

 PI | The Iraq Solution
It is suicide at worst and perilous at best to assume Iraq is capable of adopting a fully functional democratic government without radically endangering the lives of every single citizen in the country, every country in the region, and even the United States.
The only viable solution in the opinion of this organization is to install in Iraq a moderate Muslim potentate who can effectively limit, with a strong centralized force (and perhaps decentralized provincial decision-making), sectarian conflict and radical fundamentalism.
The War on Terrorism is supposed to be pursuing this peace and stability, not facilitating the popular election of the very Islamofascists who wish to kill us.
www.prometheusinstitute.net /opinion/jh103006.htm   (1768 words)

 OpinionEditorials.com — Iraq's Historic Debate - Zielinski
Indeed it is hard to overstate the massive resistance to the war that existed during the long summer of 1864.
Today the new vogue critic on the war on terrorism is to compare the current situation in Iraq to the Vietnam conflict of the 1960s-70s.
In fifty years, if Iraq has developed into a stable democracy and other Arab nations follow suit, historians will be praising Bush for his fierce tenacity and resolve in the face of such aggressive public scrutiny.
www.opinioneditorials.com /freedomwriters/rzielinski_20051208.html   (997 words)

 Alternative Resources on the U.S.War Against Iraq
Iraq Aftermath: The Human Face of War: American Friends Service Committee This is "an alternative information web site focusing on the humanitarian crisis caused by the war on Iraq." It includes photographs, reports form correspondents, relief updates, and information on how you can get involved.
Uncovering the Rationales for the War on Iraq: The Words of the Bush Administration, Congress, and the Media from September 12, 2001 to October 11, 2002, Devon M. Largio, Senior Honors Thesis, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois.
US Labor Against the War "was established to encourage, support and give a national voice to the growing number of labor organizations that are registering their opposition to war in Iraq, the government assault on civil liberties and the joint government and corporate attack on worker and union rights."
www.pitt.edu /~ttwiss/irtf/iraq.html   (5753 words)

 Opinion: Failures at the top
Overreliance on reservists and mercenaries in prosecuting the war in Iraq.
Their American captors, almost none of whom speak Arabic or grasp Iraq's complex political and ethnic divisions, seem incapable of determining which are which.
If we have any hope of preventing this war from inspiring a new generation of anti-American Islamic extremists, those efforts need to be stronger, more frequent and more honest for years to come.
www.sptimes.com /2004/05/06/Opinion/Failures_at_the_top.shtml   (705 words)

 Iraq War: Price of failure
We have 2,600 fewer young American soldiers, hundreds of billions fewer dollars in the Treasury, a level of global disgust with American foreign policy that can only spur the radicalization and recruitment of future terrorists.
Three years ago, 57 percent of Americans were convinced that invading Iraq would make the United States safer from terrorism.
That 2,600 American soldiers have died in pursuit of the administration's misguided and clearly failed Iraq policy seems an unacceptable justification for more of them dying.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /opinion/282146_bushed.asp?source=rss   (376 words)

 TIME Magazine | 'Israel Is Obliged to Defend Itself' - March 24, 2003
It's a clear message to Iraq, Iran and Libya, and other states that don't have peace treaties with us, that nonconventional capabilities and support for terror are things the U.S. won't allow.
The surprising thing in this war is going to be the power of the American action in the first stages of the battle.
I assess that the war's going to take weeks, but the overall stay for the Americans is going to be quite long.
www.time.com /time/europe/magazine/2003/0324/war/mofaz.html   (657 words)

 Jay Bookman | ajc.com
Stimson, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, recently complained that major American law firms were daring to provide free, or pro bono, legal assistance to detainees at Guantanamo Bay who otherwise would not have access to legal help.
To the contrary, they were serving their country by making sure that the American system works as it was designed.
Yet since then, almost of half of those alleged "worst of the worst" — more than 300 people — have been released outright or transferred to their home countries, suggesting that they were innocent or that their incarceration was a gross overreaction.
www.ajc.com /opinion/content/opinion/bookman/index.html   (761 words)

 War against Iraq
As the war in Iraq begins, Reporters Without Borders is adapting its website www.rsf.org to incorporate hour-by-hour news of press freedom violations by the various sides in the war.
On the brink of military confrontation with Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday said 45 countries have agreed to be part of a "coalition of the willing," but he didn't say exactly what the nations are willing to do.
This member states of the United Nations Security Council argue for a new UN resolution and war against Iraq: United States of America, United Kingdom and Spain.
www.nationsonline.org /oneworld/war_against_iraq.htm   (1333 words)

 Opinion, Editorials, Commentary, Editorial Cartoons - CBSNews.com
The Congressional Cake-And-Eat-It-Too Caucus, argues CBS' Dick Meyer, hopes to craft something to vote on to show disapproval of the Bush plan on Iraq without being mean to the troops and without giving ammo to future ad makers.
Senators supporting a purely symbolic disapproval of sending more troops to Iraq are driven by political expediency, not principle, according to National Review.
Iraq's prime minister reportedly is blaming the U.S. for his country's security woes.
www.cbsnews.com /sections/opinion/main215.shtml   (530 words)

 Theater of blood | Salon
Bush wanted his Iraq war to be a lofty Shakespearean history.
In the words of Frank Rich, his Iraq war was "The Greatest Story Ever Sold." But reality has overwhelmed Bush's stagecraft, and what he once dreamed of as the majestic climax of his mighty drama, the execution of Saddam Hussein, has revealed his entire Iraq spectacle to be a grotesque theater of blood.
In fact, Saddam had become a bit player, his villainy swallowed up by the horror show of Iraq, but still Bush intended his execution to allow the audience to contemplate Saddam's sins, give thanks for America's actions in removing him, and experience a patriotic catharsis.
images.salon.com /opinion/kamiya/2007/01/09/revenge   (470 words)

 Politics in American Popular Culture
Former Clinton administration officials have been busy revising the history of their failures in the war against international terrorism.
CIA Director George Tenet, a Clinton holdover in the Bush administration, claims to have declared war on Osama bin Laden in 1998.
Other officials, like former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, have been claiming credit for our military’s swift success in the war in Iraq.
www.americanpopularculture.com /archive/politics/clinton_media_pass.htm   (534 words)

 Pornographic Scholarship And The War On Terror - Earl Tilford   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
At the 1991 annual convention of the American Popular Cultural Association, an event best described as “the Gong Show of American Academia,” I presented a paper on the air war in Vietnam.
According to the professor, the scene captured the depravity of American soldiers, reflected the corruption of the Nixon administration, and depicted the end result of capitalist-imperialism.
The story line was predictable whether the characters had been attired in outlaw garb and schoolmarm dress, or dressed as cavemen with their captive cave girl.
www.americandaily.com /article/3295   (1246 words)

 Alternative Resources on the U.S. War Against Terrorism
Newsplace.org Includes links to news and opinion, sources, and tools related to the events of September 11 and the war.
No War: Stop "Operation Infinite Justice" "This site supports anti-authoritarian responses to "Operation Infinite Justice", with a focus on anti-war organizing in Canada and the west coast." Includes links to articles and to additional anti-war sites.
Peace Response: Sign the Campaign of Conscience Peace Pledge to Stop the Spread of the War to Iraq "I grant permission to use my name and city publicly as an opponent of the ongoing economic and bombing war on Iraq, and of any escalation of that war.
www.pitt.edu /~ttwiss/irtf/Alternative.html   (2207 words)

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