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GALLUP: Bush Finally Tops Nixon -- In Unpopularity -- As Call for Iraq Pullout Hits New Peak

by E&P Staff[That is, Editor & Publisher. Clearly, with impeachment being a political process, these abysmal ratings shouldn't encourage anyone to actually impeach and try to save the republic! Of course not -- ask the Democratic "leadership." Gee, Clinton's inversely high ratings didn't stop the Republicans, did it? I mean, to say nothing of the relative seriousness of the charges. To all those who want to wait 15 months: how many deaths will that be? How many new wars? How much more damage? The best "public diplomacy" we could do, as a nation, is to impeach these criminals pronto. I introduce a new label below, "Spineless Democrats." Won't bother back-labelling; it'd take forever.]

Published: November 06, 2007 2:50 PM ET
NEW YORK For almost two years, President Bush has been threatening to unseat Richard M. Nixon as the most unpopular president in the history of the Gallup poll, and it finally happened this week.

The lat…

Blair 'knew Iraq had no WMD', Sunday Times of London

According to Robin Cook, foreign minister at the time, from his diary of events at the time.

But I'm sure Blair never breathed a word of it to Bush, Cheney, et al. Blair ought to be brought to justice, if such still exists in the UK. Seems like there's none in the US -- Kucinich is just a loony UFO-watcher with a hot wife and a giant ego. Cheney, who has enjoyed single-digit poll ratings for ages, is somehow sacrosanct. Lunacy.

Full Livni Article Inexplicably Absent from Haaretz Site

Promised in this article to be extended in the 10/26/07 Friday magazine; click above and tell me whether you can find it. I can't find any mention on Google or Google News, either; just two versions of the same article linked in the previous sentence.

It may only be in the Hebrew version, of course. This is not unheard of: certain things must be kept from American Israel-backers. Like the truth.


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In a stunning development on Nov 6th, 2007, a bipartisan majority of the House of Representativesrefused to kill the privileged resolution to impeach Cheney brought by Dennis Kucinich.

Instead it was referred to the Judiciary committee, which is exactly where we want it to really build our momentum.


Recognizing the gravity of the increasingly loud drumbeats for more war coming from the Vice President's office, last week Dennis Kucinich [MP3 Audio Clip] made good on his promise to force the House of Representatives to take up…

“Shock Doctrine” Author Naomi Klein on State-Sanctioned Torture and Disaster Response for the Chosen

"State-sanctioned torture" = the approval of Mukasey for AG. Thank you, Democrats. Think we'll see a principled filibuster? Nah. More on the confirmation of Mukasey here.

The rest is vintage Klein, a woman who knows what the hell is going on. Another person who does is David Harvey -- read his A Short History of Neoliberalismfor the big picture. Here's a repeat (for this blog) of Harvey's appearance on Conversations with History: third one down. He has interesting observations on postmodernism from a very unlikely angle, as well.

The Enemy Within: Finding American Backs to Stab

By William J. Astore

William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), earned a doctorate in modern history from the University of Oxford in 1996. He has taught military cadets at the Air Force Academy and officers at the Naval Postgraduate School, and now teaches at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. His books and articles focus primarily on military history and include Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism (Potomac Press, 2005). He may be reached at

The world's finest military launches a highly coordinated shock-and-awe attack that shows enormous initial progress. There's talk of the victorious troops being home for Christmas. But the war unexpectedly drags on. As fighting persists into a third, and then a fourth year, voices are heard calling for negotiations, even "peace without victory." Dismissing such peaceniks and critics as defeatists, a conservative and expansionist regime -- led by a figurehead who often resorts to simplistic slo…

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
October 3, 2007
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Stephen Walt
Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
John Mearsheimer
Wendell Harrison Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Bruce Riedel
Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Stephen Walt: Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Stephen Walt at the Kennedy School of Government

John Mearsheimer: Wendell Harrison Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
Mearsheimer at the University of Chicago

Bruce Riedel: Senior Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Riedel's Brookings website
The authors of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy caused a sensation on …

Olbermann on Bush, Waterboarding, and the Obvious "Criminal Conspiracy" Underway

As good as it gets in mainstream -- in fact, any -- media. Transcript below.

It is a fact startling in its cynical simplicity and it requires cynical and simple words to be properly expressed: The presidency of George W. Bush has now devolved into a criminal conspiracy to cover the ass of George W. Bush.

All the petulancy, all the childish threats, all the blank-stare stupidity; all the invocations of World War III, all the sophistic questions about which terrorist attacks we wanted him not to stop, all the phony secrets; all the claims of executive privilege, all the stumbling tap-dancing of his nominees, all the verbal flatulence of his apologists... All of it is now, after one revelation last week, transparently clear for what it is: the pathetic and desperate manipulation of the government, the refocusing of our entire nation, toward keeping this mock president and this unstable vice president and this departed wildly self-overrating attorney …

"We Are The Patriots," Gore Vidal, The Nation, June 2, 2003

I belong to a minority that is now one of the smallest in the country and, with every day, grows smaller. I am a veteran of World War II. And I can recall thinking, when I got out of the Army in 1946, Well, that's that. We won. And those who come after us will never need do this again. Then came the two mad wars of imperial vanity—Korea and Vietnam. They were bitter for us, not to mention for the so-called enemy. Next we were enrolled in a perpetual war against what seemed to be the enemy-of-the-month club. This war kept major revenues going to military procurement and secret police, while withholding money from us, the taxpayers, with our petty concerns for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But no matter how corrupt our system became over the last century—and I lived through three-quarters of it—we still held on to the Constitution and, above all, to the Bill of Rights. No matter how bad things got, I never once believed that I would see a great part of the nation—of we…

Impeach Cheney Now!

Submitted by davidswanson on Mon, 2006-05-08 14:22.ImpeachmentCongressman Dennis Kucnich, whose bill to impeach Cheney has 22 sponsors, will introduce a resolution on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6. Another congress member will move to table (kill) the resolution. The vote will come on the 6th, 7th, or 8th. We need you to ask your representative to vote No on tabling, Yes on giving impeachment a chance. Those who vote Yes to table cannot use the excuse that "We don't have the votes," since others will at that same instant with exactly the same exertion be voting No. Please scroll down to contact Congress and the media right away! Spread the word with these flyers.Watch Dennis in a short video.Dennis Kucinich will be on the phone, Monday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 CT, 5:30 MT, 4:30 PT. If you want to listen, call (641) 715-3300 The access number is: 324341# This is a one-way call with no restriction on the number who are on the line to…