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If Bush had been allowed to win another term as President, then:

We would have 150,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Guantanamo Bay would be open. There would be no public option on healthcare, and policy costs would continue to rise. Seniors would face cuts in Social Security and Medicare benefits. DADT would be Pentagon policy. Wall Street would get all the tax breaks they wanted, paid for by the middle class. The Patriot Act wouldn’t be repealed. There would be no […]

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Our soldiers died for a Theocracy in Iraq?

The Associated Press reports today that tens of thousands of Americans died or were wounded to create a theocracy in Iraq. The news was downplayed by big media, but the following is the report: An agreement signed by Iraq’s two main Shiite blocs seeking to govern the country gives the final decision on all their political disputes to top Shiite clerics, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press […]

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Iraq elections look like phoney, corrupt exercise

Preparations for elections in Iraq next month have been thrown into disarray by a row over a court ruling allowing hundreds of candidates to stand, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The candidates were banned because they are affiliated with Saddam Hussein’s Baath party which ruled the country before the invasion in 2003. The Iraqi government has condemned the court’s decision and is set to hold an emergency debate […]

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Now, I know why we went to war in Iraq

There are about 250,000 American soldiers and U.S. paid contractors still in Iraq, all devoted to the latest effort there “Operation Enduring Misery.” Meanwhile, the defense industry wants us to hike the forces in Afghanistan to 200,000 soldiers and contractors. The two colonies have cost us about a trillion dollars in recent years and about 5,000 dead Americans and tens of thousands maimed. So, it was a surprise to me […]

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Hundreds of gays killed in occupied, so-called freedom-loving Iraq

Operation Iraqi Freedom is the name the U.S. military uses to describe the occupation and attempted colonization of Iraq. Some 4,331 American soldiers have died as a result of this blunderbush attack and 31,156 wounded – many severely, amputations, blindness, paralysis. A trillion dollars have been spent financing this offensive (good word), more than universal health care would cost for ten years of coverage. A few weeks ago, a couple […]

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Ban books and internet sites – is that why 4,331 Americans died for Iraqi "freedom"?

The Iraq government decision to control the flow of information both in print and online have raised fears of a crackdown on free speech reminiscent of the regime of ex-dictator Saddam Hussein. AFP reports that a decision to screen imported books plus plans for Internet filters are being seen as a sign that the years of freer expression ushered in by the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam could be […]

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French may take Iraq, America French fried

Remember when France decided not to support our war and occupation of Iraq? And some media neo-cons derided French culture? And some called french fries, freedom fries? It was fashionable at the time to promote the idea that we were helping Iraq, building relationships, and bonding in a way that meant guaranteed oil and great trade relations. During this past week, China and BP won the only oil contracts awarded […]

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Our guys are killed, Iraq’s oil goes to China, Britain

This news today from Wall Street Journal: BAGHDAD (Dow Jones)–A consortium of BP PLC (BP.LN) and China’s CNPC Tuesday won the contract for Rumaila oil field – the largest oil field in Iraq and one of the largest in the world, the Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said. The consortium had been seeking $3.99 remuneration for each extra barrel of oil produced but after last-minute negotiations Tuesday morning accepted the […]

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