January 24th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Nicholas Kristof op ed in NYTimes 1/23/07

January 23, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist


 Et Tu, George?

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/opinion/editorialsandoped/oped/columnists/nicholasdkristof/index.html?inline=nyt-per>

Maybe George W. Bush is the education president after all. Whatever one
thinks of his No Child Left Behind initiative, he has made the classics
powerfully resonant today.

So for those schoolchildren and university students out there struggling
through “Moby-Dick” or the “Aeneid,” take heart! They’re not just about
white whales or Trojan wanderers — they’re also about President Bush and
Iraq.

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Chris Keeley

United for Peace

http://www.unitedforpeace.org

MARCH ON WASHINGTON TO END THE WAR!

Saturday, January 27

Assemble 11:00AM on the Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets

Rally 11:00AM-1:00PM

March kicks off at 1:00PM

Full schedule of weekend events

We will be posting maps, parking information and more details on our website very soon!

Transportation information

Housing board

Grassroots Lobby Day -- Monday, Jan. 29

Spread the word!

Make a donation



http://www.unitedforpeace.org

 

 

Assemble on the National Mall,
between 3rd and 7th Streets, at 11 am.
Rally 11am-1pm.
March will kick off at 1pm.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
MAPS & LOGISTICS
More details coming soon!

TRANSPORTATION TO DC | HOUSING | LOBBY DAY
BUS TICKETS FROM NYC TO DC
VOLUNTEER | FLYERS, ETC.
FIND PEOPLE FROM YOUR AREA COMING TO DC
ENDORSE THE MOBILIZATION
J27 SOLIDARITY EVENTS: LA, SF, Denver, more!

SIGN OUR PETITION TO CONGRESS!
Click here to download and print the petition to collect signatures.

PRESS CREDENTIAL REGISTRATION

TABLE REGISTRATION

IT IS TIME FOR CONGRESS TO ACT!
With support from True Majority, Working Assets, the RainbowPUSH Coalition, the National Organization for Women and hundreds of other national and local groups, word about the Jan. 27th antiwar mobilization is reaching far and wide. Momentum is building and people from all walks of life and every corner of the country will be marching on Washington, DC, on Saturday, Jan. 27th.

Our message will be clear, our voice will be strong: End the war in Iraq, Bring all the troops home now! We urge you to join us!

On Mon., Jan. 29th, we will take our message directly to the new Congress during our lobby day. Click here for more info and to register for the lobby day.

You can help make these critical actions a great success:

 

Chris Keeley

What President Bush calls the “surge,” the more than 21,000 troops, are on their way. How do you sto

we believe that this plan that we worked, using a lot of what McGovern proposed in his book, is a plan that is credible.

Rep. Maxine Waters Calls on Congressional Colleagues to Join Massive Anti-War Rally

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/24/1534208

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California has sent a letter to every other member of the House urging them to participate in Saturday’s anti-war protest in Washington. She joins us to talk about her call and her resolution to withdraw US troops from Iraq. [includes rush transcript]

 


Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California has sent a letter to every other member of the House urging them to participate in Saturday’s anti-war protest in Washington. She joins us now to talk about her call and her resolution to withdraw US troops from Iraq.

 

  • Maxine Waters. Democratic Congresswoman from California. She is the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and the co-founder of the “Out of Iraq” Caucus.

AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to Washington, D.C. Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California joins us from Capitol Hill, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, co-founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus. Welcome to Democracy Now!, Congressmember Waters.

REP. MAXINE WATERS: Thank you for inviting me. Delighted to be with you this morning.

AMY GOODMAN: Your response to President Bush's State of the Union.

REP. MAXINE WATERS: Well, you know, I said to someone last night I was left feeling a little bit under-whelmed. I know that the President alluded to all of these domestic things. We have basically moved these issues, where he has to say something about energy, he has to talk about healthcare. So he alluded to an awful lot. He did some of the feel-good stuff. But the 100,000-pound elephant in the room was Iraq. There was nothing new. There was no brilliant exit strategy to go along with this escalation. He did not convince anybody that he had a winning formula with this escalation. And so, he left me, the chair of the Out of Iraq Caucus, more inspired to fight him and to try and bring our soldiers home than ever.

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Marc Grossman, the former No. 3 official at the State Department, testified Tuesday about a face-to-

Libby Lawyers Attack Witness Credibility

By MATT APUZZO
The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 24, 2007; 11:16 AM

 

WASHINGTON -- The government's first witness in the CIA leak trial acknowledged Wednesday that he made inconsistent statements about his conversations with former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, now on trial for lying to investigators.

Marc Grossman, the former No. 3 official at the State Department, testified Tuesday about a face-to-face meeting with Libby in June 2003 about a former ambassador who was criticizing the Bush administration's intelligence on Iraq.

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Madame Speaker didn’t lean over and boink the president on the head with her gavel, or garrote him w

The poor man. He probably thought that he came all this way to talk about how to fight the war, not to talk about how to talk about the war. 

A Case of Hearing Without Listening

WASHINGTON

Madame Speaker didn’t lean over and boink the president on the head with her gavel, or garrote him with her red pashmina.

No one was gelded or cuckolded or left to bleed on the floor of the Senate, as in HBO’s “Rome,” that other gory saga of a declining empire with people who can’t stop talking.

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Another blunder in Somalia

from Ray Close

Did I not hear today that Ethiopian troops are already pulling out of
Somalia?

This is long before they have consolidated their "victory" on the
ground, or come remotely close to achieving their goal of ensuring that
Somalia does not become a new base of operations for al-Qa'ida
terrorists.  The Ethiopians obediently did what the Bush Administration
promised them would be a major contribution to the Global War on Terror
--- but now, man, they're_ outta_ there!

Which means, I humbly suggest, that the rest of us are now saddled with
yet another intractable problem of how to bring stability and peace to a
war-torn country that lacks all the requisite social and institutional
infrastructure of a modern state. In fact, Somalia today has already
become exactly the kind of nation-building dilemma (I should say
"responsibility") that we are facing in both Iraq and Afghanistan --- in
a somewhat less interesting locale, perhaps (they are only black
Africans, after all), but with equal potential to create problems that
the United States is demonstrably incapable of dealing with successfully.

Significantly, the United States, by employing overt and aggressive
military force during the  Ethiopian invasion (futile but lethal air
strikes), has thereby publicly affirmed its primary responsibility for
encouraging and enabling the invasion of Somalia by the Ethiopians, and
hence has effectively imposed upon the American people a clear strategic
and moral obligation to repair the broken crockery that has inevitably
resulted.  But we will not recognize or act upon that responsibility, of
course. The Somalia crisis is taking place considerably south of Darfur,
after all, and coverage in our newspapers is buried back among the
hemorrhoid ads.

Meanwhile, if I were an ambitious young Islamist looking for an
opportunity to hone my terrorism skills, I'd be heading for the playing
fields so thoughtfully prepared for me by America in the Horn of Africa.

Two rules governing American national security policy these days:

(1) Never look ahead to the predictable consequences of impulsive and
ideology-driven initiatives;
(2) Always feel free to employ violent military force as a preferred option.